ERIC Number: ED160483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Extending the Dream: A Report of the 1975 Artists-in-Schools National Conference.
The document reports on a conference which reviewed progress of the Artists-in-Schools (AIS) program. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program places professional artists in elementary and secondary schools for residencies of several days to a full year. Artists, educators, and AIS state coordinators who participated in the conference expressed their concerns about what was and should be happening as professional artists are utilized to help develop children's creative skills. The following topics were discussed: (1) defining the roles of coordinators, artists, and educators; (2) selecting artists and schools for participation; (3) experiences of success and disappointment; (4) the tension inherent in striving for uniqueness against the need to recognize commonalities; (5) whether priorities should be directed toward benefiting the artists or the students, with consensus that a clarification of goals was desirable; (6) reports from state coordinators about problems of excessive paperwork, travel, and demands on time; (7) cooperation between the AIS program and state education departments; (8) the number of variables which make evaluation difficult to describe in precise terms; (9) the need for greater public relations efforts from the National Endowment for the Arts; and (10) the need to train teachers to carry on the program's work. Looking ahead, the conferees felt that success will be contingent upon funding and public support. A reprint from the Congressional Record gives an idea of the history, growth, and potential of the AIS program. (DL)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art, Art Activities, Art Education, Art Expression, Art Teachers, Artists, Arts Centers, Childrens Art, Conference Reports, Creative Art, Cultural Enrichment, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Personnel, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Residential Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Artists in Schools Program
Note: Report of the 1975 Artists-in-Schools National Conference (Notre Dame, Indiana, July 16-18, 1975); Pages 35-36 may not reproduce clearly due to small type size of the original document