What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education

Learning in and through the arts develops the essential knowledge, skills, and creative capacities all students need to succeed in school, work, and life. As the top building-level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education.

In a time of shrinking budgets and shifting priorities, what can school principals do to make and keep the arts strong in their schools?

The Arts Education Partnership has provided a guide that offers three concrete actions school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools:

A. Establish a school-wide commitment to arts learning;
B. Create an arts-rich learning environment; and
C. Rethink the use of time and resources.

Each action is supported with several low-cost or no-cost strategies that other school leaders have used and found to be effective—whether it’s beginning an arts program where none exists, making an existing program stronger, or preserving an arts program against future cuts. While many of the strategies are drawn from elementary schools, they are likely to be applicable in a variety of grade levels.

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