Date of Award
College of Education
The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of corporate America on the presentation of art education throughout the history of American public education. The needs of Industrial America forced the entry of art into the curriculum in 1870. Over the years art has been justified and offered to serve numerous ends. Art education has prepared draftsmen for industry and crafts, trained a moral citizenry, promoted creativity and self-expression and provided aesthetic understanding of the nature of beauty. As these needs evolve to the philosophic end of the spectrum the arts are perceived as less functional to the students and less able to service the needs of corporate America, therefore less valuable as a required course.
Lausch, Nancy Vanderboom, "The Effects of the Corporate, Private and Government Sectors on the History of Art Education in American Schools" (1993). Masters Theses. 201.