Arts as Core Subjects

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Arts education supporters gained footing in education reform when the arts were listed as one of the “core academic subjects” of public education in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The arts received equal billing with reading, math, science, and other disciplines that make up the 10 “core academic subjects.” This designation qualifies arts instruction for federal grants as well as for other support. Whenever federal education programs (such as teacher training, school reform, and technology programs) are targeted to “core academic subjects,” the arts may be eligible to receive funds. Decision-makers may not be aware that the arts are considered a core subject and, as a result, may be unaware that arts education is eligible for many types of federal education funds. The federal policy that recognizes the arts as "core academic subjects" continues under the current administration.

“No Subject Left Behind” is a report produced by a consortium of national arts organization, including Americans for the Arts, on the arts-related aspects of NCLB. The document includes information on arts education policy under NCLB and information on grant opportunities including program descriptions, Department of Education contact information, and links to many other resources. It offers the best industry information on NCLB and arts education. Click below to view a copy of “No Subject Left Behind.”

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