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.
Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cathedral Arts Project and Any Given Child Jacksonville will administer and publish an extensive survey, analysis and report on arts education in Duval County. We have partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago-based Ingenuity, Inc., the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, AGC cities across the country and other regional partners to launch this project.
The purpose of the LEAD survey and report is to inform and help families, schools, teachers, administrators, artists, arts organizations and community stakeholders understand the state of arts education in every K-12 Duval County Public School and to continue moving toward the goal of ensuring the arts for any given child.