Creating a holistic and broad ranging educational agenda in an era of sparse allocations of educational programming and school budgets is much on the minds of arts and culture sector workers. Indeed, calls for more science and technology; more basics of math, reading and writing; and more creative problem solving and design are found in the daily news. In the midst of these competing educational demands emerges a highly significant question: how do we create sustainable quality arts education for youth?
The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has begun to tackle this question through its Studio to School pilot program. In this issue of CultureWork, authors Kim Leonard and Sonia Worcel, researchers at OCF, provide a snapshot of this case-study model within the State of Oregon. They describe the power of creative expression experienced by youth through the arts learning supported in these OCF funded programs. They also explore needs for differentiation in arts learning within specific school settings and suggest initial ways to think successful arts education principles, outcomes, and offerings.
As editors, we hope this articles leads to further dialogue and action about this important component of our national wellbeing–the future of arts education and the overarching educational robustness for our children.