Research

Arts Alliance Illinois commissioned Arts at the Core: Every School, Every Student in 2005 to assess the status of arts education in Illinois public schools. While almost all superintendents and principals agree the arts are essential to a well-rounded, quality education, 1 in 5 schools reported no programming in visual arts, theatre, music, or dance.

Key findings from Arts at the Core:

  • Almost all superintendents and principals agree the arts are essential to a well-rounded, quality education
  • Despite this, 1 in 5 schools report no programming in visual arts, theatre, music, or dance
  • Students in rural areas and small school districts receive the least amount of instruction in the arts
  • 1 in 4 schools and 1 in 10 school districts do not employ an arts specialist in any arts discipline
  • The majority of high school students are not required to take an arts course in order to graduate
  • The most significant barrier to arts education is budget considerations according to school administrators

As a follow-up, Arts Alliance Illinois published Committing to Quality in Education -- Arts at the Core: A Guidebook and Planning Tool in 2008 to assist teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members in advocating for arts education. Check out the guidebook.