Results


What We Are Learning

Select findings from additional data collected from Lane County’s schools and arts organizations.

 

Arts Access

What’s Available in Schools?

More Lane County schools report a decrease in arts programming in the last five years (33%) than an increase (21%), with 36% attesting arts programming at their school has remained stable. 

Percentage of Lane County schools offering the following disciplines for academic credit:

Music

76%

Visual Arts

46%

Literary Arts

42%

Media Arts

35%

Theater

28%

Dance

6%

Who is teaching arts in schools?

Whereas Music is most likely to be taught by a full-time, licensed Arts Specialist (68%), Literary Arts and Theater are most likely to be taught by classroom teachers (75% and 57% respectively).

Required or Elective?

Literary Arts are most likely to be a required part of the core curriculum (64% of schools) whereas Theater and Media Arts are most likely to be offered as electives (95% and 85% respectively).

Access by Discipline

 

Media

Literary

Dance

Theater

Visual Arts

Music

Discipline is taught by a full-time Arts Specialist

42%

19%

0%

24%

47%

63%

Discipline is taught by a classroom  teacher

43%

75%

40%

57%

42%

5%

School has a dedicated physical space for discipline-specific activities

39%

36%

13%

28%

49%

86%

For schools that offer it, the discipline is a required part of the core curriculum  

15%

75%

40%*

5%

33%

36%

For schools that offer it, the discipline is elective (not a required part of core curriculum)

85%

25%

60%

95%

67%

64%

*Typically as part of physical education classes.

 

What's Available in the Community?

Arts Organizations in Lane County focus on the following one or more disciplines: 

Music

42%

Visual Arts

36%

Dance

21%

Media Arts

18%

Theater

12%

Literary Arts

9%

How many Arts Organizations provide school-based programming? 

About half, 53%, of Lane County's Arts Organizations provide school-based programming. Of those who do, the following school-based programming disciplines are offered:

Music

53%

Visual Arts

33%

Literary Arts

20%

Theater

13%

Dance

13%

Media Arts

7%

Of the 47% of Arts Organizations who do not provide school-based programming, 80% expressed interest in doing so but cited barriers listed below. 

At Arts Organizations, who teaches arts programming in schools, if offered?

Well over half of arts organization report utilizing volunteers to teach school-based arts programming (62%), while paid staff and contracted teaching artists were both tied at 46%. 

 

Barriers to Increased Arts Programming

 

Barriers for Schools

The most common barriers to increased arts programming among schools included funding (94%), time (65%), lack of staff expertise (56%), and lack of partnerships (53%).

About half (47%) of classroom teachers have an opportunity to participate in arts-based professional development, but less than a quarter (19%) have received training related to arts integration.

Barriers for Arts Organizations

Funding was also the largest barrier for arts organizations (100%) with scheduling difficulties (79%), time (73%), and limited outreach capability (69%) as additional common barriers. 

67% of organizations that provide school-based arts programming do not provide professional development opportunities for their staff, volunteers, or contracted teaching artists.