The records consist of a Getty Education Institute sponsored program to video-record interviews with leading art educators
of the 1980s and 1990s. The resulting 45 VHS cassette recordings and transcriptions, produced during 1998 and 1999, document
the ideas and programs of the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, later known as the Getty Education Institute, that helped
shape contemporary arts education in the United States.
The Getty Center for Education in the Arts, later known as the Getty Education Institute for the Arts (GEI), was one of the
original programs established by the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic organization serving
both general audiences and specialized professionals. The Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and
character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their dimensions. As of 2009 the Trust supports and oversees four programs:
the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute. The Trust
founded the Getty Center for Education in the Arts in 1982 with the mission of improving the quality and status of arts education
in the nation's public schools. The education programs were guided by three premises: the visual arts should be an essential
part of every child's education because knowledge of the arts is a principal means of understanding human experiences and
transmitting cultural values; art education's content must be broadened to include instruction in art production, art history,
art criticism, and aesthetics—an approach known as discipline-based art education (DBAE); and the most effective art education
programs are based on partnerships among teachers, administrators, artists, museums, universities, and parents.