Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Staikidis, Kryssi

Second Advisor

Freedman, Kerry

Third Advisor

Boughton, Doug

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)


School of Art and Design


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, education has drastically changed. The months of pandemic coupled with rising political upheaval left issues with schooling at the bottom of the list. Yet, the repercussions of the pandemic have forever changed the face of our educational system. Especially hard hit during this time was subjects deemed unimportant such as music and art. These classes, which already have faced their fair amount of cutbacks, were once again left on the chopping block. Even though the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 ensured that art would be treated as a core subject, it was not considered to be during the pandemic (Bowen & Kisida, 2017). The pandemic has exacerbated the inequities in education as whole, but especially the arts (Herbst & Schwab, 2020).