THE VALUE OF THE ARTS
While the value of the arts is undeniable it is sometimes hard to quantify. The Americans for the Arts recently published 10 Reasons to Support the Arts which includes statistics on the significant benefits the arts provide. Take time to read and share this encouraging information!
Americans for the Arts, Randy I. Cohen
The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.
- Arts improve individual well-being. 63 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 64 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 73 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”
2. Arts unify communities. 67 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 62 percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.
3. Arts improve academic performance. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and college-going rates as well as lower drop-out rates. These academic benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Yet, the Department of Education reports that access to arts education for students of color is significantly lower than for their white peers. 88 percent of Americans believe that arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education.
4. Arts strengthen the economy. The production of arts and cultural goods in the U.S. added $730 billion to the economy in 2014, and included a $30 billion international trade surplus. The arts represented a larger share of the nation’s economy (4.2 percent of GDP) than transportation, tourism, and agriculture (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis). The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $166.3 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), which supports 4.6 million jobs and generates $27.5 billion in government revenue.
5. Arts drive tourism and revenue to local businesses. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters—valuable commerce for local businesses. 34 percent of attendees live outside the county in which the arts event takes place; they average $47.57 in event-related spending. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences.
6. Arts spark creativity and innovation. Creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders, per the Conference Board’s Ready to Innovate report—with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. Research on creativity shows that Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.
7. Arts drive the creative industries. The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. A 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 673,656 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts—4.01 percent of all businesses and 2.04 percent of all employees.
8. Arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates.
9. Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.
10. Arts for the health and well-being of our military. The arts heal the mental, physical, and moral injuries of war for military servicemembers and Veterans, who rank the creative arts therapies in the top 4 (out of 40) interventions and treatments. Across the military continuum, the arts promote resilience during pre-deployment, deployment, and the reintegration of military servicemembers, Veterans, their families, and caregivers into communities.
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
House Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
Proponent testimony on HB318 (Patterson, LaTourette) This measure would standardize the role of the Student Resource Officer (SRO) in schools, require new SROs to receive 40 hours of training and create a list of qualities districts should consider when making hiring decisions. HB318 was created as a response to Ohio’s deadliest school shooting at Chardon High School in 2012. Tim Armelli, a teacher and coach at CHS, was present when a student opened fire in their building and testified before the committee that it’s important SROs are trained properly. “Throughout Ohio there currently exists confusion and inconsistency in the term and training of School Resource Officers. Local school officials can use the term school resource officer as they see fit. They can determine what training, if any, a school resource officer needs,” he said. “We need to set a standard by which the people in our buildings, with the task of protecting our children’s lives, are held to a high standard of moral, ethical, and legal responsibility.”
Proponent testimony on HB338 (Ginter) This bill would amend current law to include licensed chiropractors as medical professionals who are qualified to perform an annual physical exam for school bus drivers. Chiropractors are one of a few types of healthcare professionals who can be certified by the Federal Motor Carry Safety Administration to provide driver examinations. Brandy Spaulding, director of Chiropractic Services for the Ohio State Chiropractic Association, told the committee that chiropractors are already using their certification to perform state-required physicals on truck drivers and the bill would expand their expertise to school bus drivers.
Proponent testimony on HB360 (Greenspan) HB360 would enact the Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act. This bill addresses school discipline, bullying and hazing policies at public schools and would provide a standard general protocol for addressing acts of bullying and hazing while continuing to respect the concept of local control.
OHIO EDUCATION & PUBLIC POLICY
“More than half of Ohio’s schools ring their first bell before 8 a.m., but a new study shows, if that time was pushed back, it could make a positive impact on the state’s economy. Previous studies have shown when school starts later, students will see both an academic and health benefit from the extra sleep over the course of their academic careers, but the Rand Corporation – an international think tank – found an economic benefits as well.
Shifting to an 8:30 a.m. school start time would result in an additional $435 million in economic output for Ohio in two years. In 10 years, that number grows to nearly $4 billion, according to the study.”
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“In a celebration at Hamilton Township High School, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced the first eight Ohio schools to receive the Purple Star Award for their commitment to serving military-connected students and families.
‘A supportive school environment can have a significant impact on our military-connected students,” said Superintendent DeMaria. ‘These Purple Star schools provide our children and families with the resources they need to be successful. We’re thankful for their service and honored to continue the important work of improving services for Ohio’s military families.’
The first eight schools to receive the Purple Star Award are:
- Beverly Gardens Elementary School (Mad River Local Schools, Montgomery County)
- Caldwell High School (Caldwell Exempted Village Local Schools, Noble County)
- Hamilton Township High School (Hamilton Local Schools, Franklin County)
- Liberty Middle School (Olentangy Local Schools, Delaware County)
- Oak Harbor Middle School (Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools, Ottawa County)
- Swanton Middle School (Swanton Local Schools, Lucas County)
- Trebein Elementary School (Beavercreek City Schools, Greene County)
- Wooster High School (Wooster City Schools, Wayne County)
The Purple Star Award for military friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility.”
“Quality leadership is essential to the success of any organization. As the Ohio Department of Education works together with education stakeholders to strengthen pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education, it is important to focus on strategies supporting principals’ continuous improvement and journeys to excellence.
The Department, in partnership with the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators and the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, identified individuals throughout the state to participate in a community of practice, or workgroup of advisors. This workgroup examined what we can do in Ohio to support high-quality leadership practices aimed at addressing the needs of principals and all students they serve.
The conclusions and recommendations of the workgroup appear in the following report: Strengthening Educational Leader Supports
The principal workgroup identified five areas in which Ohio can map a route for improving principal effectiveness: education and preparation for serving in the principal role; recruitment and job seeking; assignment to appropriate settings; supportive experiences; and ongoing professional development and supports. ”
ON THE CALENDAR
Wednesday, November 8
1:30 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Senate South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner
SB105 Tavares 3rd Hearing, All testimony
HB170 Carfagna, Duffey 5th Hearing, All testimony
SB34 Manning 4th Hearing, All testimony
SB216 Huffman 2nd Hearing, Proponent
SCHOOL DEREGULATION ACT
Columbus Dispatch: Kasich urges manufacturers to ‘stick your nose’ in schools
“Ohio manufacturers need to go back to school, Gov. John Kasich told the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association on Wednesday. ‘Stick your nose in the school district,’ Kasich told an audience of about 400 gathered at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to discuss workforce development amid a shortage of qualified workers. The governor lamented a ‘disconnect’ between businesses and schools, saying, ‘You need to be out there in these schools.'”
The US Department of Education recently announced the withdrawal of nearly 600 pieces of subregulatory guidance as part of an effort to reduce the federal regulatory burden. The items identified for withdrawal were identified by the recently formed USDOE Regulatory Reform Task Force. The Task Force, composed of career and non-career employees, has spent the last six months reviewing USDOE documents and identified hundreds of documents ready for withdrawal due to being superseded by current law or simply out-of-date. The USDOE did not rescind any Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) guidance related to evidence-based interventions for low-performing schools, Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants guidance, or documents previously released from its office for civil rights.
“As part of the ongoing Administration-wide effort to reduce the regulatory burden on Americans, today the Department of Education announced it will withdraw nearly 600 out-of-date pieces of subregulatory guidance on its books. Each item has been either superseded by current law or is no longer in effect. Removing these out-of-date materials will make it easier for schools, educators, parents and the public to understand what guidance is still in effect.”
“The Education Department said Friday it is withdrawing nearly 600 policy guidance documents it says are outdated, including 72 in special education previously announced and others in offices dealing with K-12 and higher education. The move is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to reduce existing or planned regulations, many of them from the Obama administration.”
US News & World Report: Education Department to Withdraw 600 ‘Out-of-Date’ Guidance Documents
“The Department of Education announced Friday it is in the process of withdrawing nearly 600 pieces of guidance – regulations federals officials say are “out of date” but which some advocates say are an attempt to rollback protections for minorities and disabled students. ‘Each item has been either superseded by current law or is no longer in effect,’ Education Department officials wrote in a press release. ‘Removing these out-of-date materials will make it easier for schools, educators, parents and the public to understand what guidance is still in effect.'”
Seeking High School Arts Advocates for Arts Day 2018
The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in Ohio’s annual Arts Day and Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. Several Ohio high schools will be chosen to send a team of students to Columbus to serve as student advocates. The students will participate in a range of activities highlighting the importance of the arts and arts education. This is a valuable opportunity for the students to participate in the public policy process in a meaningful way.
Arts Day 2018 takes place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Columbus. To apply, submit a brief statement expressing your school’s interest and what you hope to achieve by participating in the student advocates program. The statement must be submitted by December 15, 2017.
Chance to Dance
Momentum-Excellence at the Speed of Dance invites dance instructors and educators from across the state to take part in one or all of a series of workshops designed to support inclusive dance instruction. The workshops are open to all educators, with the workshop content focusing on dance/ movement.
These workshops are presented in collaboration with VSA Ohio and Ohio Dance. The workshops are free of charge to participants, thanks to funding provided by the Ohio Department of Education.
The full-day workshops take place at varying locations in Columbus. Visit the website for full details.
Autism/ Sensory Sensitivities
Date: November 13, 2017
Presenter: Andrew Palermo, Founder of Creatively Abled
Date: January 12, 2018
Presenters: Mary Verdi Fletcher, Founder and Sara Lawrence Sucato, Touring Manager, Dancing Wheels
Date: January 22, 2018
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Seham, Director of Dance Education, National Dance Institute
Scientific Thought in Motion
The Mansfield team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program will offer an arts integration professional development workshop for teachers on Thursday, November 9. The free workshop will guide teachers through the translation of basic concepts in science into meaningful, self-assessing movement activities that put abstract ideas into tangible, visible form.
Location: Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield
Date: November 9, 2017
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration and program details
Ohio Music Education Association 2018 Professional Development Conference
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is giving OAAE members the opportunity to attend their 2018 Professional Development Conference at a discounted rate. This is a great opportunity to learn from the wide variety of clinics that will be presented during the conference.
Use the attached flyer to register for OMEA’s conference: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1f361256-90b5-42f4-8ef4-e670726bbf63.pdf
Renew your OAAE membership: http://www.oaae.net/index.php/en/about-us/join-the-oaae-online
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.
Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)
Workshops will focus on these topics:
- How to prioritize fine arts standards
- Deconstruction of standards
- Aligning assessments with standards
- Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
- Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
- Sharing with & learning from colleagues
- Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website
To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1b5630a4-43c0-4c81-baee-ad930f9b9173.pdf
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.
Upcoming public sessions hosted by Educational Service Centers:
Host: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact: http://summitesc.org/events
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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).
This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.