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IAC > Arts Education > About Arts Education About Arts Education

The IAC helps strengthen arts education in Indiana by providing assistance to enhance arts education delivery, support, and resources. We hope to increase access to arts education resources for educators, artists, and arts organizations as well as increase public awareness of the value of whole child education and in life-long learning in the arts.

2014 Pilot Study Report

In a proposal submitted to representatives from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in 2013, a study of high school graduates from Indiana secondary schools was detailed. The study endeavored to discover whether high school graduates from the past three to five years, who took arts education courses, differed in their performances with regard to a number of measures of academic performance from students who did not take arts education courses. 

Key takeaways from the report

  • GPAs of students with arts credits were higher than GPAs of  students without art credits. 
  • Students with arts credits outperformed students without art credits on all standardized measures (ECAs, ACT, PSAT,  and SAT).
  • Students with arts credits graduated with  Core 40 and Core 40 Honors diplomas more often than students without art credits.
  • Students with arts credits planned to pursue higher education more frequently than students without art credits.
  • More research is needed in rural, urban, and suburban schools
Read the report in its entirety here

Based on the results of the study, the Indiana Arts Commission initiated the development of a pilot arts education program (PACE) that could be field tested in different regions of the state. 

PACE: Partnering Arts, Communities and Education

PACE is intended to assist and enable elementary schools and artists/arts organizations in establishing long-term, in-depth, and sustainable partnerships for the purpose of impacting student growth and achievement through extended and connected arts and literacy experiences. More information can be found here.

Poetry Out Loud

The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest was created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The contest is administered in partnership with State Arts Agencies. In the fall of 2016 the IAC partnered with the Indiana State Library and the library will now take ownership of the Poetry Out Loud program for the State of Indiana. The program encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about our literary heritage.

Arts Organizations & Resources

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