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dc.contributor.authorMiller, Lorena Janeyen_US
dc.description.abstractIn 1880, the 46th US Congress requested the first federal study of the state of arts education. A two-volume report, of almost 2,000 pages, was written by Issac Edwards Clarke and submitted in 1885. Titled Art and Industry: Education in the Industrial and Fine Arts in the United States, it stated, "The wide spread interest and activity [of the arts] gives promise of an important development in the art productions of the United States."

Now, over a century later, the expansion of arts continues. A most recent development is the growth of arts education programs within professional producing/presenting organizations.

The purpose of this study is to understand the motivations, benefits and realities of educational programs from the perspective of a professional producing/presenting arts organization. More specifically, what has enticed these organizations to create and sustain educational programs? Are these programs viewed as an extension of outreach, or as a program to serve their mission, or for reasons unstated?

Research was collected in Charlotte, NC, a community with diverse arts organizations, many of whom support educational programs. The school district also has a strong arts education programming. Nine arts organizations and three supporting organizations were selected for direct interviews. Each interview was conducted in the same manner, based on five questions.

This research reveals that arts organizations are proactive and have created valuable educational experiences for their community, but many organizations are doing a disservice to their core beliefs by not defining the value the educational program provides for the organization.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.titleArts Education: Motivations, Benefits and Realities of Educational Programs from the Perspective of Professional Arts Organizationsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentTheatre Artsen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Fine Artsen_US of Fine Artsen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Artsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairLavender, Patriciaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCarlisle, Barbara L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcCann, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDrapeau, Donald A.en_US

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