The August 27, 2014 webinar from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Task Force on the Arts and Human Development focused on how in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, or social outcomes. Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Director of Research and Evaluation at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, shared the results of her evaluation of the Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program in the Washington DC-area public schools, and Mariale Hardiman, Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and former principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, discussed her work at the intersection of cognitive research and effective teaching strategies.
The NEA Interagency Task Force was formed in 2011 to encourage research on how the arts can help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. Task Force members represent multiple units across federal government, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others.
The Task Force meets quarterly to share ideas and information about research gaps and opportunities for understanding the arts’ role in improving health and educational outcomes throughout a life time. The Task Force is conducting a literature review of research on the arts and human development and sponsors webinars to highlight recent research on the arts and human development.
The FYI Arts updates are written by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. The purpose of FYI Arts is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities. The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association ( www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association ( www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association ( www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education ( www.oaae.net).