In this project, students worked with Hartford Perform to research the impact of Hartford Performs’ programming in Hartford Public Schools and the effectiveness of arts-based education. This team conducted a focus group of teaching artists and interviewed parents to gain a comprehensive understanding of both the program’s impact on Hartford students and insight on program logistics. Students also observed classrooms in different public schools across Hartford to investigate the effects of teaching artists’ engagement with students. The project team found that arts integration in the classroom improves creativity, self-expression, and student engagement. They recommended expanding the program into middle and high schools, increasing funding for Hartford Performs, and more communication between Hartford Performs, teaching artists, and parents.
Barrett, Sarah; Goncalves, Ava; Kardulis, Levi; Ordonez, Brenda; and Robinson, Lashawn, "Arts Education" (2020). Liberal Arts Action Lab. 12.