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December 22, 1997
CONTACT: Steve Libowitz

First State-wide Summit on the Role of Arts in Education to Be Held at Johns Hopkins University

Policy makers, school officials to explore how arts improve education outcomes

A recent study by the Business Committee for the Arts found that students who had been studying the arts scored 30 percent higher on academic skills tests than those who did not have arts in their curriculum.

What's the story: The Johns Hopkins University and the of Maryland State Department of Education will host the first-ever summit at which educators, all the superintendents of a state's school system (in this case, Maryland) and policy makers will sit together to share knowledge and experience about how the study of music, dance, theater and the visual arts in school significantly improves students' ability to learn and their level of learning.

Logistics: The Johns Hopkins University Policy Summit. The Arts in Education: Addressing Educational Reform Goals

Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hutzler Reading Room, Gilman Hall
Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.

Who will attend: The leadership of the Maryland State legislature, members of the Maryland State Board of Education, the superintendents of Maryland's 24 local school districts, chairs of the school systems' respective boards of education and selected executives of foundations, businesses, arts organizations and institutions of higher education.

What will occur:

  • Morning Session: researchers from Harvard, UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will present their research on how ongoing education in the arts positively affects student performance and outcomes in school and later in life.

  • Afternoon Session: funders, state superintendents and directors of arts education programs grounded in research will discuss how the public and private sectors work successfully together to create and sustain successful arts education programs. The final hour will feature a discussion among all the participants.

    Organizers: The Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of the Superintendent

    Quote: "National polls have shown that education reform is the number one concern of the American public. Well, more and more research is strongly suggesting that involving the arts in the curriculum for all students may be one of the most effective and powerful ways to improve student performance and outcomes. And it may prove, in the long haul, to be one of the most economical."
    Eileen Cline Senior University Fellow in the Arts Institute for Policy Studies at the Johns Hopkins University

    Follow these links for more information about the summit:

    Fact Sheet: Background
    Fact Sheet: Research
    Fact Sheet: The Presenters
    Addressing Educational Reform Goals

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