What It Looks Like


Here's what happens when the arts become part of a

school success strategy.


Click on the video links below to see what schools

around the country are doing.  Your school

could be next!

The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.        


 President Barack Obama                                                                                         


Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative


Since 2008, this public-private partnership has almost doubled the amount of arts instruction BPS students receive from pre-K to high school.

Four Seasons A+ Elementary, St. Paul, Minnesota


Arts strategies as a bridge and catalyst in a Title I school with 10 languages and a high percentage of deaf and hearing-impaired students.

Dennis Creedon, Assistant Superintendent 

Philadelphia, PA


A school leader speaks from personal and professional experience about arts education as a change agent in public schools.

Conservatory Lab Charter School


Arts strategies in action - using music and art to teach science concepts.

Bates Middle School, Annapolis, Maryland


How the arts transformed a low-performing middle school in Maryland.





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The Arts and Title I: A Journey From Policy to Practice


In 2011, the California Alliance for Arts Education began a policy iniative to help schools and districts understand how arts-based strategies can support Title I goals.  In this film, leaders from the Alliance and two California districts share what is happening as these policies begin to be put into practice.

The Story of the San Diego Learning Through the Arts Project


In 2014, San Diego Unified School District committed $3 million in Title I funds to student success through arts integrated initiatives.  Here is the story of how it came together.

Student Engagement and Parent Involvement: Why the Arts Are Effective and Why It's Important


In this film, parents and school leaders talk about how arts strategies engage students and involve parents in powerful ways that support both academic goals and a positive school environment.



The Building Blocks of an Effective Program: Planning, Partnership, and Professional Development


School leaders share what they have learned in implementing Title I arts programs.

Data, Evaluation, Research: Methods to Build and Strengthen Your Program


School leaders share strategies for incorporating data, research, and evaluation into your program as a core element of ongoing learning and improvement.

These five films were created to document and share the work happening in California school districts that are committing to arts-based strategies to support Title I goals.  We hope these concrete examples of the nuts and bolts of building a program, and why school leaders are so passionate about the work, will inform and inspire.

Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships


Between 2014 and 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts developed and piloted the Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grant program in Arizona “D” and “F” label schools. Designed to effect change by strengthening teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration through school/community partnerships, findings from the first two years of funded partnerships confirmed that across school type, grade level and arts discipline, arts programs connected to a school’s school improvement plan or capacity building efforts had a significant impact on academic achievement, student engagement, and student self-efficacy.

The following resources provide information on the four programs funded in the first two years of the initiative, including their evaluation metrics and results, as well as a cross-case analysis and summary results of all funded programs.