The Arts as a Strategy to Keep Kids in School

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Aired on: April 10th, 2018

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Mark Slavkin

Mark Slavkin is Director of Education for The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Wallis is dedicated to engaging arts learners of all ages, from K-12 school partnerships, to courses for young artists and to a range of activities to engage adults as audience members and as art makers. Mark served as Vice President for Education at the Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County from 2001–14, directing a wide range of programs and services that helped advance arts education in schools and communities. He played a key role in the development of Arts for All: The Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education and continues to cochair the Executive Committee for this initiative. Before joining the Music Center, Mark served on the staff of the Los Angeles component of the national Annenberg Challenge, a half-billion-dollar private effort to improve public schools in the United States. From 1997–1999 Mark was Los Angeles Program Officer for the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, a program of the J. Paul Getty Trust. At the Getty, Mark utilized his advocacy and communications skills to help launch a renaissance for arts education in Los Angeles area schools. He served from 1989-1997 as an elected member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, including two years as president. Currently, Mark serves on the Board of Directors for the California Alliance for Arts Education, the statewide policy and advocacy organization.

This Week's Topic

Too often educators and policymakers see arts education and dropout prevention as two separate issues. This webinar explores the causes of the disconnect between arts education and dropout prevention and offers strategies for a more integrated approach or alignment of these efforts. The webcast is a conversation with guest Mark Slavkin, a national leader in the field of arts education, who is currently Director of Education for The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a community arts center in Beverly Hills, CA, colloquially known as “The Wallis.”

The webcast presents lessons learned and best practices for integrating arts learning as a dropout prevention strategy by

  • connecting audiences with the performing arts,
  • using the power of the arts to build community and address pressing social issues, and
  • responding to critical community needs through arts leadership, collaboration, and partnership.

Participants will learn about the qualities of effective arts programs, the ways in which students are engaged and given a voice, and some examples of schools that are making this happen. These schools offer models for utilizing arts education as a dropout prevention strategy.


Mark Slavkin’s speech to the National Dropout Prevention Center conference in Palm Springs October, 2017

Arts Integration Resources from Edutopia

Using the Arts to Achieve Title 1 Goals is the nation’s first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school