Schools draw on the community to bring art and music to students.
Read about a network of educators committed to offering essential activities (1) based on Howard Gardner's eight intelligences, including integrated daily arts instruction.
Watch students sing opera through a program built on theories about brain-based learning (2) and research into children's neurological development.
Discover how one school district grew a program to link children with the city's vast cultural resources (3) by working with community professionals from orchestras, dance companies, theaters, and museums.
Follow the design and testing of an arts-integrated curriculum that includes theater arts, spoken word poetry, and hip-hop (4) to make the arts more accessible to the most marginalized students.
And, in celebrating National Novel Writing Month, we discover a nationwide program that encourages would-be student novelists (5) to write their hearts out -- not for glory or grades but just for the intrinsic reward of writing the story.
When you click on any of these links, you'll also find links to the rest of this special report about the advantages of arts education -- more articles, a video, and a slide show -- so read on, and we think you'll agree that all of us should support the arts in school with all our vigor.