To unite local, regional and national arts and learning communities in a network for exchange, research and collaboration. Todd Elkin is an artist and arts educator currently living in Oakland, California. It may be (and research is currently investigating this) that by learning these skills in an artistic way children will be better prepared for more traditional academic learning and creating their own knowledge.
Further, the arts are a fertile breeding ground for students to experience and develop creative thinking, a skill widely recognized as essential for participation in the 21st century knowledge and innovation economy. Research has identified that arts opportunities are correlated with increased academic achievement and school engagement.
The researchers studied 2,406 students in fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth grade in a diverse group of 12 public schools at which arts specialists delivered integrated and discipline-based arts instruction. In growing numbers of classrooms eye-catching posters created by students reinforce current learning.
Exposure to the arts can help to unlock potential in young people, developing skills in communication, problem solving and collaboration. This study challenges the notion found in much literature on transfer that transfer should be thought of as a single defining relationship where learning in the arts serves learning in other subjects.
Three grant categories are offered to educators, schools and school districts in the area of arts education. The forum was part of the Australia Council’s continued commitment to build capacity of the sector and to help make the arts more accessible to all Australians.