Impact & Research

We conduct rigorous evaluation of our programs each year, observing classes and surveying and interviewing students, teaching artists, classroom assistants and program partners to measure success in each area.

Each year, an outside evaluator reviews our evaluation plan, analyzes results and writes a comprehensive evaluation report made available to the public.

Here are the results from our most recent evaluation:

Arts Corps is a crucial link to quality arts education.

  • 33% of program partners report that Arts Corps provides the only access to arts classes for a majority of their students
  • 3 out of 4 partner sites serve a population in which the majority of students qualify for free and reduced price lunch

Arts Corps fosters creative habits of mind in young people.

  • Pre- and post-class student surveys, as well as partner interviews, confirm that students engage in increased critical thinking, persistence, risk-taking and imagination after participating in an Arts Corps class.

Arts Corps empowers young people to express ideas and feelings through the arts.

  • Student surveys and teaching artist feedback prove that students discover new ways to articulate their thoughts and feelings, strengthening the link between artwork and everyday experience.

Arts Corps enhances artistic understanding.

  • The majority of our students report that they have grown in their artistic abilities as a result of their Arts Corps class. Students are empowered with new skills and techniques as well as new concepts and vocabulary related to the arts.

For more highlights, view or download a full copy of our evaluation report here.



The Seattle Arts Education Consortium was launched in 2005 and spearheaded by Arts Corps. This three-year project was a learning network and advocacy group of seven youth arts education organizations in King County. The first two years were dedicated to improving member evaluations, sharing best teaching practices, and piloting a successful professional development and networking program.

In 2007 the film, “Powerful Learning through the Arts,” was released along with the written counterpart, “Assessing Learning through the Arts.” Both contain findings from the Consortium’s two-year project offering valuable information for anyone interested in arts assessment, best practices and convening an advocacy group of their own.

The Consortium project was made possible by generous grants from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.


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