Many of us can attribute our connections to the arts to one particular teacher or role model, often from our childhood. Unfortunately, arts education funding continues to be one of the first line-items to be cut from budgets nationwide. In fact, two-thirds of public school teachers feel the arts are getting crowded out of the school curriculum, according to Americans for the Arts.
That’s why Pittsburgh’s Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) focuses its work on supporting educators in the region to strengthen leadership, curriculum development, student assessment, community partnerships, program evaluation, and most recently, culturally responsive practices.
Jaime Kasper, former AEC associate director and director of programs. Photo by Nico Segall Tobon.