While New Jersey claims to offer 'universal arts education', more than 100,000 students aren't in arts instruction programmes. Barry Hessenius considers what we can learn from the state's successes and failures.
'An article last month in Hyperallergic had an attention grabbing headline:
"New Jersey is First in the US to Provide Arts Education For All Students"
"The state has reached the benchmark for “universal arts education access”, meaning each one of its public schools provides some type of school-based arts instruction during the school day for all students. As of now, over a million students in the state are actively participating in classes in visual and performing arts, according to an announcement by New Jersy’s Governor Phil Murphy on Monday, August 9."
Now there was something to celebrate. That's exactly what we want. But if you read the entire article, the news was good, but conditional. And a little confusing.' ... Keep reading on Barry's Blog