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Oct. 18, 2017 12:29 pm

How many arts assets does your local public school have?

The School District of Philadelphia just launched a new Arts & Creativity Framework, and with it, an interactive map of the school arts ecosystem.

The arts ecosystem.

(Screenshot via whimsymaps.com)

Despite the School District of Philadelphia’s reputation for being derelict and underfunded, 90 percent of schools do have some form of arts education.

That’s pretty good news — but are they concentrated in the affluent areas of the city, or spread out evenly?

The school district announced yesterday its new plan for arts education: the Arts & Creativity Framework, a research report supported by the Neubauer Family Foundation that “establishes a path forward for a comprehensive redesign of arts education in the City.”

The resulting plan calls for more arts programming overall, integration of the arts into non-arts classes and increased ease for community partners to get involved. Read more about the framework here.

As part of the initiative, the school district also teamed up with Penn’s Graduate School of Education to make an interactive map to help Philadelphians find out how many arts assets (i.e. partnerships, technology, teachers) their local catchments have.

For instance, mine in West Philadelphia (Huey) has only two, though both — a music educator and a visual arts educator — are full-time.

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