Arts programs can help schools achieve the goals of Title I 
by facilitating student engagement and learning, strengthening parent involvement, and improving school climate and school
wide behavior. 

This site provides resources for school leaders who wish to embrace arts programming among their strategies for achieving Title I goals. It is intended, in particular, for schools with schoolwide Title I programs, and includes tools for planning, implementing, and evaluating arts-based strategies in alignment with state and federal Title I regulations. Start here to begin planning your own program.

Arts education remains critical to leveling the playing field of opportunity.
— Arne Duncan, Former Secretary of Education
Schools and districts may use Title I funds to support arts programs that improve student outcomes and facilitate educational equity. 
Dr. Monique Chism, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Former Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs for the U.S. Department of Education, provided an overview of this guidance in a Letter to State Title I Directors and in remarks at the 2014 National Title I Conference (left).
Film: Title I and the Arts
In 2011, the California Alliance for Arts Education began a policy initiative to help schools and districts understand how arts strategies can support Title I goals.  This short animation is an introduction to how Title I funding works and the connections between evidence-based arts strategies and achieving student success through academic support, student engagement, family and community involvement, and positive school climate and culture.


newjerseytitle1arts.org is a project of Arts Ed NJ—the unifying organization and central resource for arts education information, policy and advocacy in New Jersey. Arts Ed NJ (previously the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership) was originally founded in 2007 as a cosponsored program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Department of Education and Music for All Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The mission of Arts Ed NJ is to provide a unified voice for a diverse group of constituents who agree on the educational benefits and impact of the arts, specifically the contribution they make to student achievement and a civilized, sustainable society. Additional information is available at www.artsednj.org.


The site was developed in collaboration with the California Alliance for Arts Education, now in its fifth decade of working to build a brighter future for the state by making the arts a core part of every child's education.


The development of this site was made possible with the vision and generous support of:







The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Panta Rhea Foundation

Rosenthal Family Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation