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I live in the Hillsboro school district. Arts funding in the school has been minimized for more than a decade. Here are things that have worked:
Art literacy programs run by parent volunteers in the elementary schools. (This is great at certain schools, but not all. It depends on the level of parent involvement.)
Coordination between the part-time music and P.E. teachers for elementary school 'concerts'. I've seen those teachers work their hearts out to make great programs out of thin air.
Parent/Booster clubs that run fundraisers that pay for artist-in-residence programs or arts assemblies. (Again, this depends on the level of parent involvement for the schools. Examples are Lenox, Jackson, Imlay.)
Flexibility at the middle school level that allows occasional trade-off of P.E. for other 'art' electives for individual students.
Century HS music director Jim Dunlop runs an amazing evening music program for middle school band students all over the district. It's low-cost and involves high school students as mentors.
Things that need improvement:
Access to more art for all elementary students. Some teachers incorporate it as well as they can, but not all teachers have the apptitude to teach art as well as ALL the core elem. subjects, and none of them have enough time in the school day.
I have gained a deep appreciation for Oregon's elementary teachers while I volunteered for Art Literacy. Teaching a lesson (and getting it cleaned up) in one hour is very hard. It's even harder with large classes (25-32 kids). Every time we scheduled art literacy lessons, the teachers had to reschedule regular lessons. That's not easy with pressure to get all the kids performing at or above academic benchmarks.
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