Saturday, March 5, 2016
8:30AM – 5:00PM
, with reception
Washington, DC

For 14 years, No Child Left Behind resulted in many unintended consequences to schools, teachers, and students across the country. It demanded accountability steps that resulted in a hyper-focus on testing in a few subjects, leaving other core academic subjects—like the arts—to be reduced, or in some places, abandoned. Now that the Every Student Succeeds Act has been signed into law, what can changed for the arts in education?

As states react to federal changes, it's a great time to invest in new arts education learning standards and resourcing of arts education to encourage creativity in our nation’s classrooms. Americans for the Arts, the Kennedy Center, and the Arts Education Partnership (newly hosted at the Education Commission of the States) convened on Saturday, March 5, 2016, for a one-day policy symposium discussing these States of Change. 100+ national and state-level leaders from the education, arts, business, philanthropic, and public sectors were brought together for a day-long conversation about the intersection between the arts and education policy.

The field of arts education is a complex ecosystem. Aligning national, state, and local efforts to advance arts education will make this ecosystem more powerful than the sum of each of its parts. Participants left the symposium empowered to strengthen arts education in their states and communities—ensuring that the arts are an integral part of all students’ lives.

Find all of the symposium materials here.

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