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The Practice of Partnership: High-Impact Arts Education Partnerships with K-12 Schools

A detailed report of the Guild’s nine-year MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program (PIAE), providing practical strategies for developing and sustaining arts organization and public school partnerships. Includes case studies from successful Guild member organizations and examines the important role of funders and policymakers in bringing impactful arts education to students.

The Guild and MetLife Foundation developed PIAE out of a shared belief that access to arts education must be universal, must address issues of inequity, and must take place over a sustained period to have durable impact. The report details successful elements from the arts programs supported through PIAE, including clear communications and partnership structure, shared responsibility for program funding, cultural and community responsiveness, joint professional development for teachers and teaching artists, and evaluation of both the program and partnership process.

Between 2005 and 2014, the PIAE program documented and disseminated effective practices, and provided grants, training, and technical assistance to advance partnership practice across the community arts education field. Forty-nine community arts education organizations received 109 grants, totaling $1,889,400. Grantees partnered with 694 public schools to serve 79,467 students. A total of 2,971 public school teachers and 848 teaching artists were engaged and trained. 

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