New Georgia Arts Education Research and Recommendations

August 20, 2015 – A few days ago, the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) released two critically important reports relating to arts education.

The first is a research report on Public School Data and Principal Perspectives, using data collected by SouthArts for a regional study – this report takes a deeper dive into arts education data in our state of Georgia. From the GCA site: “the main finding of the research is the prevalence of uneven access to arts learning in Georgia.” This disparity in access is largely attributable to poverty disparity and population density. In other words, the poorer and/or more rural the school district, the less likely its children will have access to quality arts education.

Also released this week are the recommendations from Governor Nathan Deal’s Arts Learning Task Force, a group he created by Executive Order in the summer of 2014. A year later, they have come up with 19 recommended actions to improve Georgia’s schools through creative learning. A summary list of their recommendations are below, and we encourage you to read the full report for the details on each bullet point.

Both of these documents are fantastic jumping-off points for conversations and positive progress on arts education in Georgia. Be part of the movement to increase access and quality of arts instruction in our state! Join the Georgia Arts Network today (for as little as $5), and reach out if you’re interested in advocating for arts education and other arts-related public policy issues.


  1. Access to Arts Learning
    1. Requiring arts learning access and credits
    2. Expanding access to arts instruction
    3. Federal funding for arts learning
    4. Measuring access to arts learning
  2. Quality Arts Instruction
    1. Certified arts educators
    2. Pre-service training in the arts
    3. Professional development and resources for arts educators
    4. Assessment and evaluation tools for arts educators
  3. Support for Effective Arts Learning
    1. State leadership 10) School and district leadership
    2. Student, parent, and teacher engagement
    3. Facilities, supplies, equipment and resources
  4. Resourceful and Innovative Approaches to Arts Learning
    1. Community collaboration and involvement
    2. Artists and teaching artists
    3. Arts integration
    4. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
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