The formation of arts-based school-community partnerships has become a popular strategy for addressing declines in arts resources and opportunities for K-12 students. The most successful programs tend to take the form of a coalition that links cultural organizations and artists to local schools with oversight provided by a board that includes school and district officials, leaders of cultural institutions and organizations, government officials, philanthropists, and researchers. Typically, these partnerships also rely on local backbone organizations, which build relationships among various stakeholders, coordinate their efforts, and serve as a hub for information sharing and strategic planning.


Improving arts access through multisector collaborations, Arts Education Policy Review

The art of partnerships: Community resources for arts education: Phi Delta Kappan

Arts education partnerships: sources of harmony and dissonance with cultural institutions’ collaborative efforts: Cultural Trends