Northeast Florida Roundup
Duval County non-profits join forces to find successful arts programs
Several non-profits have joined forces in Duval County to launch a web-based regional map of educational offerings in the arts.
Modeled after an art map in Chicago developed by Ingenuity, the interactive Landscape of Education in the Arts in Duval (LEAD) Artlook map (jacksonville.artlookmap.com) can be used by parents, corporations, schools and arts educators to identify successful arts programs and opportunities.
Chief program officer with the Cathedral Arts Project, Allison Galloway-Gonzalez, says schools already measure academic success with tools like the Sunshine State Standards and graduation rates, but there are no measurements for the arts in schools — “a signal that it’s not as important. But we feel it is very important.”
“There are decades of research on why arts education is critically important for childhood development,” Galloway-Gonzalez says.
The art map project highlights a growing trend of multiple organizations working together on social issues, she says. Collaborators on the map project include the Cathedral Arts Project, Ingenuity, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the PNC Foundation.
“Art education access and equity is a community-wide issue that needs to be solved by a community,” Galloway- Gonzalez says.
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