Webinar: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas

On May 31, 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a robust discussion about arts education in rural areas with researchers and practitioners. The webinar included time for discussion among the participants, led by Ayanna Hudson, NEA arts education director, and questions from the public.

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  1. The NEA ensures that the arts thrive across the nation, especially in small, rural, and underserved communities.

  2. Webinar Focus: With nearly one-third of public schools in America rural, how do we ensure that students in these areas receive access to arts education and how can arts education help to strengthen these communities. To help answer this question, the webinar focused on a recently released NEA funded working paper Leveraging Change—Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas.
  3. The webinar began with a short presentation by the authors of the working paper Lisa Donovan, professor of Arts Management at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Maren Brown, of Maren Brown Associates.
  4. Following the presentation were responses to ideas and effective practices that emerged from the report from three individuals working in rural communities: Tim Lampkin, CEO of Higher Purpose; Jake Eberwein, dean, Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; and Laura Forbes, education program director at Alaska State Council on the Arts.
  5. The webinar included time for a discussion among the participants, led by Ayanna Hudson, NEA arts education director, and questions from the public.
  6. We encourage you to the continue the conversation! Please do not hesitate to contact NEA Arts Education staff if you have questions about applying for collective impact projects or would like more information on the resources mentioned in the webinar.
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