Resources: Websites

American Alliance for Theatre and Education

Promotes standards in theatre education. With organization’s activities, contact information and a membership form.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts’ mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.
Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. From offices in Washington, DC and New York City, we provide a rich array of programs that meet the needs of over 150,000 members and stakeholders. We are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

Any Given Child Initiative

The Any Given Child initiative, created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child’s arts education, using an affordable model that combines the resources of the school district, local arts groups, and the Kennedy Center.

Arts Education Partnership

Collaboration between arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that promote educational policies supportive of arts education.


ARTSEDGE is the Kennedy Center’s interactive education program for K-12 teachers, parents and students. Founded in 1991, ARTSEDGE supports the creative use …

Artsource Curriculum

Artsource is a resource that empowers teachers to present artistic models in dance, theatre, and music to their students; integrate the arts with other subject areas; and explore a broad spectrum of multicultural art forms in their classrooms. Each curriculum unit focuses on a specific artist and work in the performing arts with extensive lesson plans for different levels of student readiness, and each is built on the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Arts Standards. You can see all the available resources here:


Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

The Benefits Of Music Education

It is important for students to have an education in the arts. While most would not challenge the fact that kids should have an arts education however in reality time and funding greatly influence the inclusion of arts in education.

The Center for Arts Education of New York | Arts Powered Learning

The Center for Arts Education (CAE) is committed to restoring, stimulating, and sustaining quality arts education as an essential part of every child’s …


Edutopia is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement the strategies below. These strategies — and the educators who implement them — are empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact. Discover the resources, research, experts, and fellow Edutopia members who are changing our schools. Join us in reinventing the learning process!

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

FREE — Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal …
More than 1600 federal teaching and learning resources organized by subject: arts, history, language arts, math, science, and others — from FREE, …

Grantmakers in the Arts

Published three times per year, the Reader features articles on topics of interest to arts grantmakers, summaries of recently published reports and studies, …

Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts: State of the Field and Recommendations

Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts: State of the Field and Recommendations was commissioned by the NEA from the evaluation firm WestEd. This national research report describes the current state of arts learning assessment tools and techniques. It provides a description of the current state of arts assessment from the perspective of two groups of stakeholders: district and school staff as one group, and policy-makers, arts organizations, and researchers as a second group.

Keep Arts in Schools

All children deserve a great well-rounded education. Learning in and through the arts should be a vital component of all public schools for every student — no matter where they live.

MENC—The National Association for Music Education

MENC: The National Association for Music Education is the world’s largest arts education organization and the only association that addresses all aspects of …

Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education

The mission of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is to advocate for high quality, comprehensive and sequential arts education for all Mississippi students.

Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum

The Mississippi Blues Trail attracts blues fans from around the globe who are seeking a deeper understanding of the musical style that lies at the base of so many other forms of music. By drawing upon the tremendous amount of content on the individual markers, the Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum project brings the blues to the classroom, where today’s youth can learn more about this original art form as well as of the experiences of the men and women behind the music.

National Art Education Association

A non-profit organization promoting art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

National Dance Education Organization

NDEO is a non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to advance dance education centered in the arts. NDEO serves educators, artists, …
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National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations and bringing the arts to all Americans.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in…

NCES Kids’ Zone

The NCES Kids’ Zone provides information to help you learn about schools; decide on a college; find a public library; engage in several games, quizzes and skill building about math, probability, graphing, and mathematicians; and to learn many interesting facts about education.

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education

AEP’s latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. Download a free .pdf here

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announces the release of its landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools. The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade.

Smithsonian Education

Discover education resources and information, lesson plans, field trips, and fun interactive … All based on Smithsonian museum collections and research.

On August 18, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with the SupportMusic Coalition regarding his letter about the importance of Arts …

Teachers & Writers Collaborative Digital Resource Center

Teachers & Writers Collaborative Digital Resource Center makes it easy for you to search T&W’s archives of magazines and books, along with material from other members of the Writers in the Schools Alliance; and to find lessons and exercises for the writing classroom, how-to pieces on teaching the work of particular writers, essays about teaching creative writing, profiles of creative writing programs, and more! You can restrict your searches to one or more of the categories on the left and/or search for any subject by entering that information in the search box.

Turnaround Arts Initiative

The Turnaround Arts Initiative is a new public-private partnership designed to help narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans … Read this series of speeches about the four reform areas states must …

The Value of Arts Education

From the US Secretary of Education, August 2009:

“Dear School and Education Community Leaders:

At this time when you are making critical and far-reaching budget and program decisions for the upcoming school year, I write to bring to your attention the importance of the arts as a core academic subject and part of a complete education for all students. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) defines the arts as a core subject, and the arts play a significant role in children’s development and learning process.”

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