Ingenuity launched the Initiative in November 2015 to define, assess, and enhance quality in arts education. This report explains the work of Phase One of the Quality Initiative, presenting insights from the 22 quality conversations conducted from January–July 2016. We are currently in the second phase of the Quality Initiative (October 2016–July 2017). The first phase has identified:
Next Steps: The second phase of the Quality Initiative will yield an Arts Partner Quality Framework, analogous to the CPS Framework for Teaching, that will describe the attributes of quality arts instruction by partners and outline the ways in which other stakeholders in the system can support partners in the pursuit of quality. We will also create a complementary quality toolkit to support arts partners in practices of quality within their organizations. The next steps below move us toward the creation of the Framework and toolkit, and are directly informed by recommendations and requests that participants made at the end of the Phase One quality conversations.
Shortly after the release of the Phase One Report, Ingenuity opened up public comment to gather additional feedback from the arts sectory. Public comment was open through the end of March 2017.
Phase Two quality conversations will focus on particular stakeholder groups whose voices need to be added to the conversation in a more targeted way and follow up on key issues determined in Phase One.
Organizations will apply to pilot tools and supports for partners that will eventually become the quality toolkit requested by partners at quality conversations.
Groups with specialized knowledge will be tasked with providing recommendations in response to areas that quality conversation participants felt merited more explanation.