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January 2012
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Media Highlights

New data provided by the Florida Department of Education illustrates that individuals who participate in school music experiences achieve higher academic success in the classroom and higher scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The new data provides a clearer more comprehensive report of the influence of K-12 music education experiences in the overall academic success of Florida public school students than any data previously examined.

The data also shows that participation in school music education activities can benefit ALL students, not just the “talented” few, thereby
contributing to the future of all Floridians. No other aspect of the school curriculum provides a cultural diverse experience while stimulating the cognitive processes involved in preparing students to achieve higher levels of academic achievement than school music education programs.

Edited from "2007-2008 12 Grade Cohort & Fine Arts Enrollment Comparison," by Steve Kelly, Ph.D.

Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM

The acronym STEM—shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—has quickly taken hold in education policy circles, but some experts in the arts community and beyond suggest it may be missing another initial to make the combination more powerful. The idea? Move from STEM to STEAM, with an A for the arts.

Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF), are helping to fuel work in those areas. The NSF has provided research grants and underwritten a number of conferences and workshops around the nation this year, including a forum hosted by the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, titled “Bridging STEM to STEAM: Developing New Frameworks for Art-Science-Design Pedagogy.”

Edited from "STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM" , from Education Week By Erik W. Robelen

Arts Education Committee

This advisory committee of the Broward Cultural Council identifies community needs related to arts education. There are representatives from the School Board of Broward County, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Children's Services Council of Broward County, Florida, Nova Southeastern University, educators, arts and cultural professionals and organizations. New members sign up in January.

Broward Cultural Council
Amy Ostrau
Arts Education Chair

Michael Bassichis
Arts Education Vice Chair
Dorothene Kelly-Hoilett


Arts Professional
Grace Abel

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Kelly Armstead
Sharon Brooks

School Board of Broward County, Florida
Marla Armstrong
Joe Luechauer

Cultural Foundation of Broward, Education Committee
Melanie Camp
Pam Dearden, Gold Coast Jazz
Fran Mulcahy

Young At Art Museum
Adrienne Chadwick

Charter Schools USA
Hilary Fine

Museum of Art
Fort Lauderdale
Nova Southeastern University
Holly Giuliano

Power of Performance
Darby Hayes