ICA Why We're Here - Research

Why We're Here - Research

Inner-City Arts programs are informed by, and contribute to, the country's leading education research.

Through collaborations with researchers at UCLA, Harvard University, the U.S. Department of Education and other educational thought leaders, Inner-City Arts programs are regularly studied and supported by academic research teams throughout the country. Using rigorous in-house and third-party research and evaluations, Inner-City Arts continuously identitifes student needs, shapes programs, and measures program effectiveness.

The following resources have been instrumental in guiding and shaping the development and implementation of Inner-City Arts programs:

Evaluations of Inner-City Arts Programs

Learning and Achieving Through the Arts: US Department of Education, Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program, Executive Summary
Four-year partnership project between Los Angeles Unified School District and Inner-City Arts. The project implemented a collective and systemic model for bringing arts integration to the core of learning in elementary schools.
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Arts for Language and Learning: Project ALL Evaluation, Executive Summary
Inner-City Arts-conducted 3-year study on the effects of arts learning on academic achievement and teacher training.
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Arts in the Middle Project: Mid-Term Evaluation Report
Inner-City Arts-conducted study examining growth in language learning and arts learning in middle school students engaged in an in-depth theater, visual art and language arts program at Inner-City Arts.
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Learning in the Visual Arts and the Worldviews of Young Children, Cambridge Journal of Education. Executive Summary and Article
James Catterall evaluates the effect of an Inner-City Arts 3rd-grade visual art program on the motivation, transference and worldview of students.
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Publications of the Arts Education Partnership (www.aep-arts.org)

Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts
Researchers found that learners can attain higher levels of achievement through engagement with the arts. Moreover, one of the critical research findings is that the learning in and through the arts can help level the playing field for youngsters from disadvantaged circumstances.
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Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
Compendium of arts education research bringing together studies focused on understanding the cognitive capacities used and developed in learning and practicing the arts, and the relationship of these capacities to a student's academic performance as well as to social interactions and development.

Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries
Written report of presentations delivered by academic researchers, practicing leaders in education, and representatives from effective arts education programs.

Coming Up Taller
Report from The President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, with Americans for the Arts. Identifies community programs in the arts and humanities that reach at-risk children and youth and describes the principles and practices that make these programs effective.

Other Resources
A Marriage of Art and Learning: An Interview with James Catterall. Brain Connection

ICA Why We're Here - Research


Anecdotal evidence brings us stories of former Inner-City Arts students who are now college graduates; who use art in their everyday lives to raise families and teach others the impact of art; and even some who didn't expect to survive their teenage years but are now thriving in their chosen professions.