Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


With budgets cuts, standardized testing, and federal mandates to spend more time on reading and writing, art is no longer an integral part of the core curriculum. As art education has been in decline for more than two decades, the number of art classes taught by credentialed art instructors in public schools today is also dropping. If schools do not have art teachers on site, how are kids learning art skills and concepts in their classrooms? To better understand the role that art plays inside the classroom, how teachers are supplementing art without an art instructor on site, and what teachers need to be more effective educators using the arts, surveys were distributed to teachers across a local school district. While more supplies and resources for the arts were suggested, most teachers expressed a desire for professional development and arts training. Many teachers stated that they would like to be trained on how to integrate the arts into other subject matter. To effectively advocate for the arts and heighten awareness of the concerns and suggestions expressed by teachers throughout the district, a report of the emergent themes found in the data collection was developed and presented to members of the school board. With this report, the school board will have a greater understanding of the needs of their district and how to make effective improvements for art education.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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