ERIC Number: ED260164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Arts Partners Program. March-June, 1984. Final Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
The Arts Partners program, run collaboratively by the New York City Public Schools and other city offices and agencies, was designed to help community school districts initiate or enrich arts education experiences in the basic curriculum. In its pilot phase (from March to June, 1984), the project linked 13 school districts with 13 arts agencies to provide arts programming for 117 schools in all 5 boroughs, serving an estimated 19,000 students. An evaluation of the pilot phase found that, in general, the program operated well. Participants were very pleased with the program, believed that it had a positive impact on students, and wanted it to continue. The program goal of promoting positive student social development by channeling energies into arts activities was successful. Artists established a creative relationship with students in assigned workshop classes and learned about the students' artistic interests. Teachers, in turn, learned about innovative art techniques. The evaluation produced four general recommendations for program enhancement: (1) complete, early planning is crucial to success; (2) to ensure that arts programming is a collaborative effort among districts, awareness about the diversity of arts activities should be increased throughout the districts; (3) each school should appoint a school coordinator to be responsible for implementing the program; and (4) all districts should evaluate their programs with appropriate pre- and posttest measures. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.