ERIC Number: ED404230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska Native Arts Education Survey.
Naccereto, R. W.
In 1987 the Alaska Department of Education conducted a survey of the state fine arts curriculum. The resulting information revealed an inconsistency in Alaska Native Arts Education throughout the state. To explore this situation further, the Arts in Education Program conducted its own survey in the spring of 1990, entitled, "Native Arts Curriculum in the Schools." This survey was sent to 55 districts and was returned by 54. A similar survey, "Native Arts Educational Programming" was returned by 14 Native/Arts organizations. The findings indicated: (1) 11 districts have a formal arts curriculum, with formal defined as a complete packaged guide. 30 districts have an informal curriculum that integrates Native Arts into other areas such as social studies or literary arts. 13 districts had no Native Arts curriculum. (2) The development and evaluation of Native Arts curriculum generally involves input from local teachers, Native corporations and personnel representing the Johnson O'Malley Program, and Indian Education Studies. (3) The Alaskan Native Art forms taught, in order of most to least, are carving, beadwork, skinsewing, storytelling, dance, basketry, maskmaking, and other. (4) Most artists are recruited by "word of mouth." (5) Other than funding, primary needs of school districts are in areas of curriculum development and resource lists of available artists and curriculum materials. Recommendations to promote quality Alaska Native Arts Education in the Arts Education Program include: (1) establish a statewide Alaska Native Artist Talent Bank; (2) develop a resource list of curriculum materials; (3) promote the State Arts Council's Artists in Schools Program; and (4) train classroom teachers in the area of Alaska Native Arts. The document includes descriptive paragraphs of each participating school district and organization. (MM)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indians, Art Education, Artists, Community Resources, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Visual Arts
Alaska State Council on the Arts, 411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 1E, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-2343.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska