Barn Raising

The Arts in Education world has witnessed an explosion of interest and sophistication in the work of teaching artists, educators, researchers, and arts managers over the last few years. Even in the face of dwindling financial resources, the level of service and creativity continues to rise in communities around the country. Current research has elevated our work to a level of unprecedented legitimacy in the educational world. A ground swell of interest, talent, and hard work is forming at the grassroots level that has the potential to catapult this industry into the forefront of American Education. Funding presents a major obstacle to the continued growth of our profession. “Top- down” funding structures have been limited in their capacity to support this growing level of activity. Grant writers are overworked. In many cases, financial pressures have forced arts institutions to lay off their development staff in an effort to balance the books.

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