In 1997, The Surdna Foundation began its long-term commitment to the artistic advancement of teens. As part of this commitment, we soon recognized that public arts high schools around the country were critical democratic sources offering advancement of artistic opportunity to teens from all backgrounds.
By the year 2000, Surdna launched its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF) in support of the talented and committed teachers helping to guide the artistic growth of the young people in these schools.
We are delighted to share the documented analysis of SATF's first decade.
Developing High Impact Arts Programs for Teens
Recently, evaluators articulated the particularly strong characteristics evident in Surdna-funded arts programs. The key findings can be read in this monograph.
In an effort to better understand the value and impact of its Arts Program, the Surdna Foundation undertook a formal program evaluation in Spring 2000. The study, conducted by Emc.Arts, a prominent full-service national arts consulting firm, is part of a larger foundation-wide effort to evaluate grant-making activities more systematically.