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RESEARCH

CASE originates, compiles, and disseminates research and case studies to highlight innovation and promote best practices for arts-centered, impact-oriented research. We are defining assessment methodologies that are holistic, longitudinal, multi-variable, and based in community and equitable practice. Prior work includes: 

Arts for Learning Lab

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In partnership with Young Audiences of Houston and Professor Rebecca Valls of the School of Theatre & Dance, CASE develops the evaluation and assessment measures for Arts for Learning Lab (ALL). ALL is an engaged and collaborative professional development program that provides training to professional artists entering the teaching-artist field and K–12 classroom educators on arts integration theory and practice. Artists and educators gain skills to foster arts-filled learning experiences for K–12 schools.  All is supported through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

State of Houston Dance

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In 2019, CASE worked with Dance Source Houston (DSH) to release a report on the state of Houston dance. Based on a 2018 needs assessment surveying the individuals and organizations that make up the dance community in the Greater Houston region, the study sheds light on the state of the diverse Houston dance sector in terms of economics, programmatic activities, professional and business skills, and affordability of needs. From January through June 2018, DSH collected survey responses from individual and organizational respondents. The surveys were facilitated by the Third Ward’s Sankofa Research Institute, with input from community members throughout the process as part of a community-based participatory research methodology.  CASE completed the data analysis and developed a report that summarized DSH and other relevant stakeholders' recommendations and recommendations.