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Cultural Fieldtrips Make a Difference: Science Says Art Fieldtrips Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People)
Groundbreaking Evidence of Impact From the Team at Crystal Bridges and University of Arkansas
Presenters and Panelists:
- Lionell Thomas, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
- Gregory McGruder, DC Collaborative Board Member, National Geographic Society
- Jeanette McCune, DC Collaborative Board Member, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Ben Hall, District of Columbia Public Schools
- Amanda Boggs, District of Columbia Public Schools
- Moshe Adams, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
- David Markey, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
- Ariel Wilson, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
- Brian Kisida, University of Arkansas Dept. of Education Reform
- Anne Kraybill, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Summary of Study Findings
Students who received the school tour were more likely to:
- Recall school visit themes
- Demonstrate stronger critical thinking skills
- Display higher tolerance
- Exhibit greater historical empathy
- Develop a taste for art museums and cultural institutions
- Benefits are generally significantly larger for disadvantaged students (minority, low-income, or rural schools)
Helpful Links and Resources:
- "Art Makes You Smart,"The New York Times, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Read the article Here.
- "The Educational Value of Field Trips," Education Next, Winter 2014. Read the article Here.
- "Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment," Educational Researcher, Winter 2014. Read the article Here.
- American Public Radioworks podcast "What Good are Field Trips?" Listen to the Podcast Here.
DC Collaborative and DCPS PowerPoint
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art PowerPoint
University of Arkansas PowerPoint
Look out for the full program on DC channels 2 & 16