The Role of Public-Private Collaborations in Arts Education

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There continues to be a high demand for public-private partnerships (PPPs) that focus on organizations thinking and working together on issues of critical concern, shifting the emphasis from individual efforts to group work, and from independent to community projects. The purpose for collaboration between 2 sectors is to allow for the delivery of public goods and services in more effective and efficient ways. Public school districts in the United States have demonstrated the greatest improvement in student outcomes based on deep collaboration between public schools and community organizations. The focus of this research is to understand how nonprofits approach collaboration and partnerships with a public agency to provide arts education to kindergarten through 12th-grade students. This study is divided into 5 chapters; the first chapter introduces the topic of public-private partnerships in arts education and the purpose and significance of the study. The second chapter presents a review of existing literature related to the topic and an introduction of the cooperation and partnership model. Chapter 3 explains how using a qualitative content analysis as a methodological approach was best suited for this type of research.Chapter 4 presents the findings and the different characteristics of collaboration that emerged, which include general practices of successful collaboration; factors contributing to the development of successful collaborations; challenges to establishing and maintaining successful collaborations; and the presence of trust, collegiality, and communication and their effect on success and longevity. Finally, Chapter 5 presents a discussion of the results, the limitations, and recommendations for further research.
Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Public Administration