Arts for All: An Analysis of Arts Access as it Relates to Socioeconomic Status and other Demographic Factors (thesis)
This paper provides empirical evidence on the benefits of arts education. Building on this, I draw from moral philosophy to advance the claim that all children should receive arts education. However, this paper includes a discussion of the history of arts education in the American school system that makes it abundantly clear that not all children do receive education in the arts. The paper concludes with a discussion of non-profit arts organizations and their efforts to bridge the gap between what children do have and what they should have. Common challenges faced by these organizations are considered and solutions are proposed. It is my hope that this paper will go on to influence the thoughts and actions of those existing at all levels of arts education -- those writing policy, those giving grants, those educating, and those learning -- to increase access to arts education until it is truly: for all. [From Introduction]
Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Hailey Glick is a member of the Class of 2019 of Washington and Lee University.