Research and Results



In August of 2012, Tulsa Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa shared the results of a recent study about arts education programming in TPS classrooms. This report speaks to the need for integrated arts curriculum in TPS classrooms, and guided the implementation of the Any Given Child program.

View our Evaluation Report 2014-2015

Learning In and Through the Arts

The arts help students develop the thinking, social, and motivational skills needed for success in school, work and life.

  • Arts education develops skills in communication, collaboration, perseverance, and concentration, as well as setting and achieving goals; it fosters individual and collective creativity and enhances understanding of and respect for others.
  • The arts have the power to engage children and give them multiple modes of learning. The benefits of the arts are inclusive of all students, although they can be greatest for students who are challenged economically or have special needs.
  • Through arts courses, we can help children stay in school and learn a variety of skills and habits they need for life.
  • In an era of increasing global competitiveness, which rewards progress and discovery, our economy requires ingenuity and innovation.
  • Developing the skills of the imagination provides students with the workforce skills to be innovative and creative—skills essential to a knowledge-based economy.
  • Education should not just prepare students for the workforce, it should also help them succeed and be fulfilled in their lives, including being active members of their communities and our democracy.
  • Students who develop their imaginations and creative skills will be rewarded throughout their lives and strengthen our community and democracy.


Kennedy Center’s Report on Any Given Child Community Outcomes 

Kennedy Center Arts in Education Research Study

International Handbook of Research in Arts Integration

Arts Integration and Student Learning  

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development

Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning

Arts Integration Frameworks, Research and Practice

Americans for the Arts: Preparing Students for The Workplace

Americans for the Arts: Improved Academic Performance 

Americans for the Arts: Arts Education Research Summary