On February 23, the Cathedral Arts Project and Any Given Child Jacksonville announced the launch of the Landscape of Education in the Arts in Duval (LEAD) artlook® map. This launch is part of a collective national effort to affect systemic change for arts education through partnerships with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Ingenuity, the Chicago-based arts advocacy organization that created the artlook® platform.
The LEAD artlook® map provides a real-time snapshot of arts resources and services on a school-by-school basis in Duval County, using data from schools, funding resources and cultural service providers, such as local museums and arts organizations. This cutting-edge tool allows community stakeholders to identify funding and partnership opportunities that will lead to greater support and resources for arts education in Duval County schools.
“For nearly three decades, CAP has worked to make sure every child has access to an arts-rich education with tremendous progress,” said The Rev. Kimberly L. Hyatt, CAP President and CEO. “Now, with the launch of the LEAD artlook® map, it will be easier than ever for our community — rich in quality arts learning resources — to come together on behalf of our children.”
The LEAD artlook® map provides a real-time snapshot of arts resources and services on a school-by-school basis in Duval County.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education and the PNC Foundation, AGC Jacksonville is working to assess the state of the arts and advocate for increased equity and access to high quality arts education for all students enrolled in Duval County Public Schools — goals that took on even more significance as a result of the pandemic.
“The arts in Jacksonville have been an important part of the culture and growth of our city,” said Brian Bucher, PNC regional president for Port Cities. “We’re pleased to know that through PNC’s support, the LEAD artlook® map will provide essential information to parents, school and community leaders to keep track of all the wonderful in-person and virtual arts programming available for families in Duval County schools, which inevitably will lead to greater equity in funding and programming.”
AGC Jacksonville initiated a collaboration between Ingenuity, the Kennedy Center and the NEA to launch the artlook® Project, a three-year initiative to gather comprehensive data to improve equitable access to arts education. Jacksonville is one of eight cities nationally, and the only city in Florida, to participate in the artlook® Project. Other communities selected for the initiative include Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; and Southwestern PA.
“The work of AGC is focused on changing systems to ensure equity and diversity in arts education for every young person,” said Allison Galloway-Gonzalez, Chief Program Officer of CAP and Executive Director of AGC Jacksonville. “This tool provides a new perspective on how the arts add up in our education system.”
LEAD began in 2019 with surveys to all Duval County Public Schools to collect information about arts programming and resources. A separate survey was created for local arts and culture organizations to gather information about their arts education offerings. The map will be updated annually; data from the 2020-2021 school year will be active on the map by fall 2021.
“The LEAD artlook® map will provide essential information to parents, school and community leaders to keep track of all the wonderful in-person and virtual arts programming available for families in Duval County schools.”
-Brian Bucher, PNC Regional President for Port Cities
LEAD is the first artlook® map to launch outside of Ingenuity’s original Chicago map and provides a template for other school districts seeking to use data to strengthen teaching, learning, whole-child education and strategies to address equity gaps. Locally, Assessment Technologies Group and the University of North Florida are providing data analysis support to translate the map into an advocacy plan.
“Ingenuity’s goal from day one has been to help ensure that every student, in every grade, in every public school has access to quality arts instruction,” said Paul Sznewajs, Executive Director of Ingenuity. “This partnership with AGC Jacksonville and the Kennedy Center is equipping the arts educators, administrators and community organizations of Duval County with the tools to bring transformative arts learning opportunities to all 130,000+ DCPS students.”
“Through this investment in the mapping program, Jacksonville is serving as an example for other communities around the country,” stated Jeanette McCune, Director of School and Community Programs at the Kennedy Center. “The Kennedy Center is honored to have Jacksonville as one of the Any Given Child collective communities selected to participate in the artlook® map through our partnership with Ingenuity.”
“Arts education plays a critical role in the development of children, and we are fortunate that multiple community partners have come together to provide this new resource that will lead to greater access and equity.”
-Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools
In recent years, DCPS has expanded its arts education opportunities for students. Recent advancements include:
- – The creation of a new arts magnet middle school, Fort Caroline Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts
- – New digital arts, digital photography and cinematic film programs in multiple secondary schools
- – Expanded performing arts programs, including show choir, theatre, band and choral programs
- – The addition of more than 80 fine arts teaching positions since 2013
- – Active representation for arts education in all pandemic planning efforts to keep programs and positions intact and available as safely as possible
“We are so excited to engage with the LEAD artlook® map as it will be an invaluable tool in helping us enhance arts education in our schools, and expand how we serve Team Duval students, teachers and parents,” said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. “Arts education plays a critical role in the development of children, and we are fortunate that multiple community partners have come together to provide this new resource that will lead to greater access and equity. This will provide a comprehensive way for parents to navigate arts education opportunities in schools and the community. It also gives educators the ability to engage with art providers and find pathways of bringing arts resources into the classroom.”