When Bob Morrison, founder and executive vice president of Music For All, departed the organization earlier this year, he endeavored to find a new way to support arts education through research.
On April 3, Morrison announced his partnership with MTD Marketing founder Mike Danforth to create Quadrant Arts Education Research to serve both commercial and not-for-profit entities.
“It’s all about bringing to the arts education community the same kind of qualitative analysis that are used in other aspects of education and other aspects of business in this country,” says Morrison. “The big thing that we have learned over the years is that better information about the status and condition of music and arts education programs at the state level leads to improved opportunities for students to become involved in music programs, arts programs and dance programs.”
Morrison laments the fact that so little is known about arts education, including how many students really have access. He calls it a “fundamental fairness” issue and hopes that Quadrant’s research efforts can help provide access for students nationwide.