As participation in the arts has exponentially increased, Duval County students are subsequently doing better in school, ranking top in the nation for math and reading, competing and winning nationally in the arts, and graduating at record-high rates. However, without reliable data on arts education in schools – especially in large districts like Duval County – it is difficult for communities to understand the impact, equity and standards of quality arts learning. We need to show that #TheArtsAddUp for our community.
In 2019, AGC Jax and Ingenuity Inc. began the first phase of this effort by developing and implementing the Landscape of Education in the Arts in Duval (LEAD) Report, a survey to assess arts education opportunities in all K-12 Duval County Public Schools (DCPS). A survey was created and tailored for all DCPS schools that was administered in May and a subsequent survey for arts partners such as museums, community centers and grantors will be deployed this fall.
Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago-based Ingenuity, Inc., the Cathedral Arts Project and Any Given Child Jacksonville, our communities and cities across the country will create an online mapping system called artlook©, to continually update and assess the local and national landscape of arts education.
This project is community driven, supported and implemented through collaboration among CAP, Ingenuity, DCPS, local arts organizations, funders and experts.
Read the recent press release here.