Many leading researchers and practitioners are studying the widespread interest in how the arts enhance learning outcomes and contribute to the cognitive and social development of children. Studies in the cognitive and neurological sciences suggest that children who participate in the arts have advantages in cognitive development and attention for learning. However, until recently, few studies have explored the influence of visual art, music, dance, theater, and creative writing on how children think and learn.
To access online resources that showcase some of the latest findings from leading researchers and practitioners in arts education, please click on the following links.
- ArtsEdSearch - From The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), ArtsEdSearch is the nation’s first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school.
- The Arts Help Achieve Multiple Measures of Success (From Americans for the Arts) - Compilation of research that supports the arts as a strategy to improve your state’s most pressing measures of success.
- Governor's P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools
- Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
- Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning
- Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
- Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
- Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Education
- Gaining the Arts Advantage: More Lessons from Districts that Value Arts Education
- Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed
- Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education
- Third Space: When Learning Matters
- What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education
- Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections