Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Fine Arts


Art and Visual Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Allan Richards


This study examined the budgets for art education programs in elementary schools within Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS), how they were funded, and potential solutions for attaining needed funds for art programs. FCPS elementary principals and art teachers were selected for this study and given a survey determining how art programs were funded and the amount of funding at each school. The results of the survey suggest that art programs in FCPS at the elementary level are not adequately and consistently funded, art teachers are spending substantial personal funds to purchase art materials for the public school art programs, Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) better support schools with lower free and reduced lunch (FRL) percentages and schools and FRL percentages does not seem to affect funding from School-Based Decision Making Councils. Potential solutions included building relationships, advocacy and working with non-profits for increasing funding for art programs.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

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Art Education Commons