•     Who are teaching artists?
  •     Where do they work? Under what terms and conditions?
  •     What sort of education have they had?
  •     How are they hired and what qualifications do employers look for?
  •     How much do they make?
  •     How much experience do they have?
  •     What drew them to the field? What pushes them out?
  •     What are their goals?

Find out the answers to these questions in the NORC University of Chicago’s final report on the multi-year work of the Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP). The TARP report deepens our understanding of the world of teaching artists through studies in twelve communities, and it will inform policy designed to make their work sustainable, more effective, and more meaningful.

The TARP report includes serious reflection on the conditions and policies that have affected arts education in schools, particularly over the last thirty years, a period of intense school reform efforts and consistent erosion of arts education for students. The report includes new and important qualitative data about teaching artists, documenting their educational background, economic status, the conditions in which they work, and their goals as artists and educators. It also includes new insights about how learning in the arts is associated with learning in general, illuminating findings from other studies that have suggested a powerful connection between arts education and positive outcomes for students in a wide range of domains.

Anyone who works with teaching artists, is and/or might be a teaching artist or who wants to know how arts education makes it into our schools and communities should read this report.

Find out more here.


Download the Executive Summary (27 page pdf)

Download the Full Report (288 page pdf)Image