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Tech Report  September 1, 2008

An Unfinished Canvas: Allocating Funding and Instructional Time for Elementary Arts Education

SRI Authors Katrina Woodworth



Gallagher, H.A., Campbell, A.Z., Esch, C.E., Malin, H., Mayes, N., & Woodworth, K.R. (2008). An unfinished canvas. Allocating funding and instructional time for elementary arts education. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.


The study’s aim is to provide California policy-makers and educators with examples and lessons from other jurisdictions that have been more successful in providing all students with access to arts education. These examples and lessons are particularly important at this time, when California has made new investments in arts education: In 2006, the state committed an unprecedented amount of funding to arts education, including $500 million in one-time funds for arts and physical education and $105 million in ongoing funding.

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