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ARE Survey of Advocates II: The Results Are In

By James Palmarini

In January 2021, the Arts ARE Education campaign collaborated with the Arts Education Partnership on a survey of subscribers to gauge the effects of the pandemic on arts education during the 2020-2021 school year. This past November, the campaign conducted another survey, re-asking the same questions, using the first survey as a baseline to determine what had changed as the pandemic continued to impact education in the 2021-22 school year.

The second survey also included a new question about how federal Elementary & Secondary Education Relief (ESSER) funds from the American Rescue Plan—if received—were used to support arts education in the respondent’s district or school. Of the 106 people who completed the new survey, the great majority were educators (92%), with community members, parents, students, and others making up the balance of respondents.

Survey Results