The following is a list of organizations with links to their websites, Facebook and Twitter social media for those interested in arts education, arts in education, arts education advocacy, policy or teaching artist materials to explore and use. Programs associated with the national organizations will also be found under resources, policy and publications. This is an extensive list, rich in resources on the topic of arts education, which will take more than one visit to digest and find what may be of help to you, your programs or your organization. Please submit others we may have omitted or your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Endowment for the Arts
NEA Partners ArtsEd
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Arts Education – Key Research Tools
Americans for the Arts
AFTA Arts Education Network
Arts Education Navigator
Through a partnership with Vans Custom Culture, Americans for the Arts has designed the Arts Education Navigator, a series of e-books designed to help educators, students, and advocates alike navigate the complex field of arts education. Each e-book in the Navigator series below will cover a specific topic, ensuring arts education supporters like you are equipped with the knowledge, statistics, and case-making techniques needed to effectively communicate with decision-makers.
Americans for the Arts
National Art Education Association
This dynamic community of practice is where visual arts teachers, scholars, researchers and professors, students, administrators, and art museum educators, and artists come together around a shared belief in the power of the arts in developing human potential.
Advocacy “Basics” Resources
• Americans for the Arts – Arts Action Center (with links to finding local, state and federal legislator and media contacts)
• Arts Education Partnership – The source for research compendia and policy information on the national and state level
• Keep Arts in Public Schools – An online community for arts education advocates
• Kennedy Center Advocacy Toolkit – A good basic “how to” for effective advocacy
• National Association for Music Education (NAfME) (formerly MENC) – Advocacy and Public Policy Resources
National Art Education Association
The Kennedy Center
Multiple programs found here:
Kennedy Center @kencen
ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts. Educators-Lessons-How To’s-Standards-Families-Students-Themes-Multimedia
National Guild for Community Arts Education
The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. We foster the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities and funding, and by advocating on behalf of the field.
American Alliance for Theatre & Education
The American Alliance for Theatre & Education connects and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.
Arts Education Partnership
Dedicated to securing a high-quality arts education for every young person in America
ArtsEdSearch is a project of the Arts Education Partnership. ArtsEdSearch, an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice.
American Enterprise Institute Education
Policy Studies || K-12 | Higher Education | Private Enterprise
AEI Education @AEIeducation
The nation’s leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. The Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors and advocates across the country.
Keep the Arts in Public Schools
A community of people dedicated to supporting the arts as part of a well-rounded education for all students.
Arts In Pub Schools @KAIPS
Arts Schools Network
Arts School Network is committed to its mission: to promote excellence in arts education by supporting and recognizing students, leaders, educators, schools, institutions, and organizations. Our vision is to be the resource for arts schools leaders and best practice models.
Educational Theater Association
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.
EdTA Advocacy @edtadvocacy
Education Week is American education’s newspaper of record, covering local, state, and national education news and issues from preschool through high school transition to college and career.
Education Week @educationweek
Metropolitan Opera Guild
The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s School Partnerships use opera to provide arts learning opportunities for all students.
Met Guild Arts Ed @GuildArtsEd
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities.
Stem to Steam
The STEM to STEAM initiative, championed by RISD President John Maeda, is supported by teachers, researchers, policy makers, students, and businesspeople from RISD and beyond.
Teaching Artist Guild
Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, is a member-driven organization committed to the professionalization of the field of teaching the arts. We are the voice of the teaching artist, communicating the depth and breadth of work that teaching artists provide our educational systems and communities.
Teaching Artist Journal
The Teaching Artist Journal is a print quarterly that serves as a voice, forum and resource for teaching artists and all those working at the intersection of art and learning. Each issue includes a wide variety of writing about the most innovative and powerful work being done by teaching artists across the US and around the world.
STATE and MUNICIPAL ORGANIZATIONS
California Alliance for Arts Education
The mission of California Alliance for Arts Education is to promote, support, and advocate for visual and performing arts education for preschool through post-secondary students in California schools. The curriculum is too narrow, and schools are producing test-takers, not imaginative thinkers. Policies must change. School funding must change.That’s where the Alliance comes in.
Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership (California – Bay Area)
The Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership is a broad network of teachers, administrators, parents, artists, community members and students working together to ensure that every child has access to high quality arts education in every school, every day.
Tools: Art IS Education Templates
Edutopia: Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core
“These days, integration in any area, be it STEM or the arts, seems to be the buzzword to curriculum designers everywhere. There are so many resources floating around out there with the claim of integrating content areas. Yet, true integration is often difficult to find. Indeed, integration is a rare yet seemingly “magical” approach that has the capacity to turn learning into meaningful practice. Which of course, as any teacher will tell you, is anything but magic.”
Tools: Policy Advocacy Tools
Art is Education
Art IS Education! @ArtIsEd
San Francisco Arts Education Project
We are educators, artists, administrators and volunteers. We are public: present in over 20 San Francisco schools, bringing art into classrooms, summer camps and after school programs.
Think 360 Arts complete education
At Think 360 Arts Complete Education, our mission is to lead Colorado in cultivating and sustaining the arts as essential to a complete education, a vibrant economy, and a dynamic community. Everything we do is based in arts integration, the practice of weaving together content area subjects with rich, substantive art lessons.
Think 360 Arts @Think360Arts
Arts Every Day Baltimore
Arts Every Day has as its mission to strengthen learning by making arts education and cultural experiences an integral part of the education of all Baltimore City School students, with an emphasis on middle grades, through the facilitation of collaborations among the arts, educational, cultural, and leadership communities.
Arts Every Day @ArtsEveryDay
The Center for Arts Education
The Center for Arts Education (CAE) is dedicated to ensuring that New York City Public School students have quality arts learning as an essential part of their K-12 education.
Arts Connection NYC
To make the arts an essential part of education, we connect artists with children, families and schools in creative partnerships for teaching and learning.
New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) was established in 2007 with the mission to provide a unified voice for a diverse group of constituents who agree on the educational benefits and impact of the arts, specifically the contribution they make to student achievement and a civilized, sustainable society. The NJAEP carries out this mission by providing a clearinghouse for information and best practices, providing opportunities for people to come together on topics of interest and initiating advocacy opportunities to effect public information and policy on arts education issues.
Arts Horizons New Jersey/New York
Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region.
Arts Horizons @artshorizons1
ArtsInEducation Performance Arts Center Purchase College, NY
We see it every time a young person encounters one of our programs, whether at The Center or in the community. A single spark, ignited by a thrilling encounter with a live performance or a gifted artist, can inspire a lifelong passion for the arts and a love of learning.
A+ Schools Program of the NC Arts Council
The A+ Schools Program is a whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning in all subjects. A+ Schools combine interdisciplinary teaching and daily arts instruction, offering children opportunities to develop creative, innovative ways of thinking, learning and showing what they know. In A+ Schools, teaching the state’s mandated curriculum involves a collaborative, many-disciplined approach, with the arts continuously woven into every aspect of a child’s learning.
Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (Univ. Tenn Chattanooga)
The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts provides innovative professional development in arts education and arts integration to enhance teaching and deepen learning in preK-12 classrooms. SCEA’s nationally recognized forums, workshops, on-site mentoring, and consulting services create exciting opportunities for personal and professional discovery, nurturing the artist within and fostering the artistry of teaching.
ArtsEd Washington works to ensure that all students in Washington state have access to a complete education that includes the arts. We believe that the only equitable way to reach every child is to teach the arts at school, during school hours.
ArtsEd Washington @ArtsEdWA
NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Young Audiences National
Arts for Learning
Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center Atlanta
Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (YA) is Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programming. Part of the prestigious 30-chapter national Young Audiences organization and a division of the Woodruff Arts Center, YA brings the power of live arts experiences to Georgia students from pre-school through high school. We fulfill our mission – to transform the lives and learning of young people through the arts – by providing a dazzling and culturally diverse array of curriculum-based performances, workshops and residencies in music, dance, theatre, literary arts and visual arts.
ArtsVibe is a new initiative to engage metropolitan Atlanta teenagers as active participants in the arts.
Arts for Learning Indiana
Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, is Indiana’s only statewide organization that delivers arts education programs to schools and sites through our team of more than 100 professional teaching artists.
Young Audiences Southeast Texas
Young Audiences of Southeast Texas, Inc. has been dedicated to helping the arts become a fundamental part of the education of our youth by assisting students and teachers in reaching educational goals through programs which showcase music, dance, theater, visual and literary arts professionals in a myriad of settings, i.e. assembly programs, classroom workshops, residencies and teacher enrichment workshops.
Young Audiences SETX @YASETX
Silk Road Project
We have a passion for education, and our goal is to inspire self-motivated learning through the arts. Our educational principles guide our work with students, educators and partner institutions.
The Silk Road Project provides a gateway to greater understanding of the world through active educational programs and resources and multidisciplinary explorations of topics inspired by the Silk Road.