School-Museum Partnerships: Examining an Art Museum's Partnering Relationship with an Urban School District [thesis]

Kymberly Cruz
Art education has faced cutbacks in school funding because of the mandates and current trends in our nation?s educational policies. The United States Department of Education states that its federal involvement in education is limited. In fact, federal legislation, regulations, and other policies dictate the structure of education in every state particularly with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and now the Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative. The arts have been unfavorably impacted under the
more » ... tion?s most predominant policy, NCLB, and run the risk of further adverse impacts with RTTT, regardless of the public?s support of the arts and its educational benefits. By linking federal funding to the school's yearly progress in reading and mathematics, NCLB created an environment in which art is viewed as nonessential and secondary to the academic mission of the school. Policymakers have underestimated the critical role the non-profit cultural sector can offer to arts learning for academic support. Collaboration of the arts community with local schools expands access to the arts for America?s schools. Some schools have already adopted this strategy to tap the expertise of local community arts organizations to address the issues surrounding arts education, like the lack of funding and resources. The future of our educational system must create innovative ways for students, teachers, parents, and the community to work together in partnerships to ensure all American children is provided a high-quality education. An example of this promising practice would be to connect schools with the arts community, particularly schools and museum partnerships. School and museum partnerships have a long-standing history of collaborating with one another and therefore share a commitment to some of the same educational goals (Osterman & Sheppard, 2010). The purpose of this study investigated features and operational logistics of successful partnerships between museums and schools. The study explored an existing partnership with an art m [...]
doi:10.57709/2727312 fatcat:lrql72zvlban7h5swxitpmzhxq