Newark public school students take more arts-related field trips, have more teaching artists in the classrooms and engage in more long-term partnerships with outside arts organizations than the state average, according to new research about New Jersey arts education programs.
All of Newark’s 35,000 public school students have access to classes in music, visual art, theater and dance — as required by the state. And 15 percent of the city’s elementary students participate in dance classes, five times the state average.
But the percentage of Newark high school students enrolled in arts classes is just 32 percent, lower than the state average, and the percentage of students who spend at least one hour a week in an arts class is also below the statewide figure, the research shows.
These are among the findings released Wednesday at a day-long conference, “Bridging the Gap: Creating a Partnership for Arts Education in Newark,” convened by the Newark Arts Council and the Newark Arts Education Leadership Council.
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