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    The transformative Arts Education program will aid to improve student achievement, attendance and graduations rates, by engaging students in an integrated, equitable, and culturally responsive artistic study that provides a new lens to understand their school, community and the world. Students will learn to think creatively and critically like artists and educated consumers of the arts. 


    With funding from The Heinz Endowments and The Grable Foundation, RAND jointly conducted a study with the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) to identify the context for and current state of arts education (i.e., instruction in the visual arts, music, dance, and theatre) in grades K-12 throughout the Pittsburgh Public Schools district.  As a result of the study, the mission of the Arts Education department is to offer a high-quality standards-based curriculum, utilizing Pittsburgh's arts community-based connections, and providing beyond the classroom capacity to ensure involvement in the arts for life.   

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