The Arts Education Data Grant

NAfME, in collaboration with our NCCAS partners and Quadrant Research, is applying for the NEA’s Statewide Arts Education Data Infrastructure Project in 2017.

Letters of support: the States

States have been working with NAfME and its coalition partners for more than a decade on state arts education data collection, reporting and infrastructure products, as exemplified in these letters of support.

  1. State Letters of Support
  2. Letter of support from states currently part of the arts education data project led by the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.Signatories include:
    • Minnesota (Perpich Center for Arts Education)
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania
  1. Letter from State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), representing support from SEADAE members in 20 states, along with 6 retired directors of arts education.

Letters of support: Partners

NAfME’s partners in this grant represent 187,000 arts educators, educators and teaching artists in our nation’s schools. These partners understand the power and value of having accurate, reliable, longitudinal arts education data for planning, professional development and research.

  1. American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
  2. Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
  3. Educational Theatre Association
  4. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan
  5. National Art Education Association (NAEA)
  6. National Dance Education Organization
  8. Young Audiences, Arts for Learning
  9. Hewlett
  10. National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
  11. VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Evidence of Arts Education Data Infrastructure Expertise

The coalition members have engaged in conversation, dialogue and work with arts education data for more than decade. Evidence includes:

Evidence of Arts Education Data Dashboards and Reporting Structures

The coalition members have been creating and working with arts education data reports and dashboards:

CA Dashboard

NJ Dashboard

AZ Dashboard

Prior State Arts Education Census Reports

The coalition members and their partners in states across the country have been creating and working with arts education data reports for more than 15 years:

Project Team Bios

Evidence of Communication Tool Development for Arts Education Data

The Project Team worked with Spitfire communications for the development of a comprehensive strategy for the development of communication vehicles, data literacy training and tools to accompany the release of the California Arts Education Data Project in October, 2016. These included the following key elements of the communications toolkit:

Press Release
Project FAQ
Two Page Executive Summary of the Project
Talking Points
Sample Newsletter Article
Sample Social Media Content
A Roadmap for School Districts including sections on:
                4. Q & A FOR DATA ANALYSIS

Research Interest from NAfME members

NAfME’s research community has invested in investigating longitudinal data systems in order to better understand access to and equity within music education. Some examples include: