ArtServe Michigan, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,
and Michigan Department of Education Release Survey Report on State
of Arts Education
is first comprehensive study in 12 years
SOUTHFIELD, MI (January 13, 2003)
ArtServe Michigan (ASM), the Michigan Council for Arts
and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), and the Michigan Department of Education
(MDE) have together released the results of a school year 2001-2002
survey on arts education.
The Survey Report, Arts Alive! The
2001 Survey Report on the State of Arts Education in Michigan
Schools Grades K-12, suggests that Michigan still has work
to do when it comes to providing a quality arts education to all
students. It further suggests that while arts education has taken
a back seat to testing and budget cuts in certain areas of the
state, schools and districts continue to find ways to expose their
students to the arts.
"This report gives us a new baseline
to help us know what needs to be done throughout Michigan to expand
arts education opportunities in the schools and what role our
organizations must play in the coming decade," explained
Barbara Kratchman, president of ArtServe Michigan. "In view
of recent federal budget cuts in education and the arts, this
information is especially critical to anyone involved in arts
education including teachers, parents, artists, administrators,
arts and cultural organizations and others."
The students highlighted by the results
of this Survey represent approximately 44% of the 1.8 million
students enrolled in public schools, public academies and nonpublic
schools in Michigan. More than 300 public school districts/academies
and non-public schools responded to the survey, with the most
responses coming from elementary schools, followed by junior high/middle
schools and senior high schools.
The Survey Report consisted of 36 questions
about dance, drama, music and the visual arts in grades K-12 with
reference to policy/administration, teachers, professional development,
curriculum, budgets and best practices. As an example, the Survey
revealed that specialists in the fields of Dance and Drama/Theatre
are extremely scarce throughout the state; however, the report
also shows a steady proliferation of involvement by the arts and
cultural community in schools throughout Michigan.
"We know that arts education is
a unique and integral part of a world-class education. The State
Board of Education approved a new accreditation system titled
Education YES!A Yardstick for Excellent Schools, which looks
at arts education and humanities as one of four indicators
of instructional quality in schools," said Tom Watkins, Michigans
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Watkins continued "Education
YES! Provides a new role for arts education in which incremental,
but steady progress will be key. Arts Alive provides baseline
data for where we are and where we need to improve."
"This report gives us concrete
statistics from public and private schools throughout Michigan,
which can better equip the entire state to improve arts education
in our schools. The future for arts education in Michigan is encouraging,
but there is always more work to be done," said MCACAs
Executive Director Betty Boone.
While thousands of studies have
been published to address the impact of the arts on student participation
and achievement, parental involvement, community cohesion, and
other global issues, Arts Alive is the first report in
12 years about arts education in Michigan. Previously published
was The State of Arts Education in Public Schools 1988-89 study
funded by the Michigan Council for the Arts and the National Endowment
for the Arts.
Copies of the 2001 Survey Report
are available for purchase from ArtServe Michigan. The survey
report is also available in PDF form on the websites of ArtServe
the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs www.cis.state.mi.us/arts/home.htm
and the Michigan Department of Education www.michigan.gov/mde.
Funding for the survey was provided
by General Motors, Hudson-Webber Foundation, the Michigan Council
for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and The John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts.
ArtServe Michigan, an independent
statewide not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with offices in
Southfield and Lansing, builds support for the arts, artists and
cultural activities throughout Michigan through advocacy, education
The Michigan Council for Arts and
Cultural Affairs serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an
enriched environment of artistic, creative, and cultural activity
The Michigan Department of Education
assists the State Board of Education in providing educational
leadership, advising the State Legislature on the financial needs
of schools; provides technical assistance to local Intermediate
School Districts; and approves the certification of teachers.
For more information about ArtServe,
its programs and services or to become a member, call (248) 557-8288
or visit www.artservemichigan.org.
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Barbara Kratchman Margaret
248-557-8288 x16 313-406-3467