Art education refers to learning, instruction and programming grounded in the visual and performing arts. Because school districts have largely eliminated art education from the curriculum, despite research showing how it benefits student learning and human development, arts organizations have stepped in to fill the gap. These organizations often partner with teaching artists to provide ways for young people in school and in after-school programs to discover their own creativity, raise their self-confidence, improve their ability to solve problems, and grow an appreciation for all forms of art.
Dr. Martha Brown is a professional evaluator of art education programs. She partners with arts organizations to help teaching artists, funders, organizations, and community members understand the effects art education has on young people, particularly those from economically disadvantaged families.
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