By Jim Palmarini, Arts ARE Education
In November of 2022, the Arts ARE Education campaign conducted its third survey of advocate-subscribers to gauge the ongoing effects of the pandemic on arts education. ARE was particularly interested in gaining a better understanding of how the 2021-22 school year was going, as perceived by the varied respondents.
The new survey asked the same questions included in the earlier iterations and one new question about student and teacher wellness. The survey III respondent rate was significantly higher (209) than the 2020 and 2021 surveys, with a lower percentage of educator respondents (65%) then in (92%), but nearly the same as 2020 (61%).
Before addressing the baseline questions data, it’s worth looking first at the response to the new ARE survey question: “Has your district created or coordinated any new arts-based initiatives in support of teacher and student wellness?”
The great majority of respondents (69%) answered “no”; 16% said “yes”; and 15% were not sure. At the outset of the 2022-23 school year, many districts were just beginning to fully return to in-school learning, so it may be premature to expect that wellness programs that are mindful of the social and emotional needs of traumatized students and educators to be in place.