Materials on this page are developed for a presentation March 23, 2012.

Ouachita Parish School System

Positive Benefits (Research Studies)
Gifts of the Muse
Health Benefits of the Arts
Impact of Arts Education on Workforce Preparation National Governors Association
(A pdf of the issue brief is available at the bottom of the page.)

Books mentioned

Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music
Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision
The Rise of the Creative Class ... and how it's transforming work, leisure, community, and everyday life
Strong Art, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling
Transforming Education through the Arts
Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the World
Why Our Schools Need the Arts
Why Our High Schools Need the Arts


Ken Robinson - Schools Kill Creativity and Changing Educational Paradigms
Dan Pink - The Surprising Science of Motivation

Louisiana Links

Act 175 (2007) (R.S. 17:7 (26)) (A copy of the arts education law may be found at this link.)
Louisiana Partnership for the Arts


Arts Education Partnership
National Endowment for the Arts Research Reports All research reports are freely available.


The Relationship between Music and Visual Arts Formal Study and Academic Achievement on the Eighth-Grade Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Test.
A physical copy is available through the State Library of Louisiana.