Arts Education Resources

Informational Resources on Arts Education

Where do you go when you’re looking for good quality arts programs that you can use in your school district? Where can you find information that will help you convince people that arts education is important for all students? And how can you keep up with the latest information in the ever-changing arts field?

AASA has compiled several informational resource links to address these needs. Below are state and national organizations could be helpful.

American Alliance for Theater and Education Offers resources, publications, conferences, awards.

Americans for the Arts Monitors arts education legislation. Offers links to arts organizations and resource centers, research abstracts, news articles. Of special value is the field service link.

A+ Schools Network Provides model arts integration curricula you can replicate.

ARTSEDGE The National Arts and Education Network provides tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula, including professional development resources, free student and teaching materials and guidelines for assessment.

Artscan This ECS database supports the analysis of state-level policies (in statute or code) related to the arts in education. You can generate profiles of the state policies for arts education in individual states, create comparisons of specific types of arts education state policies across several states and view compiled reports on state policies for arts education.

Arts Education Partnership A national coalition that promotes the importance of the arts in education. Offers forums, updated state policy databases (, research materials and advocacy. This is the primary source of research and publications ( to help make the case for arts education. Many address arts learning and what it can do for students.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education Advocates for theatre in K-12 education.

The Dana Foundation Publishes books and other resources on arts education, including an ongoing newsletter.

Editorial Projects in Education Research Center Research and resources, including the arts. See Quality Counts 2007, which describes efforts by some states to mandate inclusion of the arts in college-prep programs.

Education Commission of the States Several arts-related articles are listed. Under search, put in “arts.” In particular, read The Arts in Education by Mike Huckabee.

Education Research Service Part of The Informed Educator Series, Arts Education in a High-Stakes Environment (Stock #1E-0682) provides information, examples and resources on the place of arts in our schools.

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education A national coalition of state affiliates that promotes learning in and through the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts provides touring performances, professional development and other educational services to local communities.
A Community Audit for Arts Education is available on line (; local districts can apply national research to assess the state of their arts education program.

National Art Education Association Professional organization for art educators to promote art education through professional development, advocacy, publications, research.

National Association for Music Education Professional organization that offers music educators information, conferences, networking, professional development.

National Dance Association Promotes and supports creative, artistic and healthy lifestyles through programs and services in dance education.

National Dance Education Organization Promotes standards of excellence in dance education. Provides a network of support and resources and access to successful projects and programs.

National Endowment for the Arts Provides research, publications ( More information at New Education Leaders Institute shares arts education challenges and makes strategic plans to advance arts education. Jazz in the Schools is a free on-line jazz curriculum. Teachers can request physical toolkits if using on-line in the classroom is not practical. (

State Education Departments Consult with your arts education manager and fine arts consultant for state resources.

Support Music An advocacy website with tips for taking action, evidence of importance of music education and links to arts organizations.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement provide resources on arts-related topics. A free, monthly e-newsletter, The Education Innovator, ( highlights promising programs, practices and information, including those in arts education. Can also search “arts education” on the site.

VSA Arts Network of local, state, national and international arts organizations, in collaboration or partnership with educational and cultural institutions, arts agencies and associations for people with disabilities. Provides resources and tools to support arts programming in schools. Sponsors international young soloist’s award for artists with disabilities. Affiliate of Kennedy Center.

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts Offers regional programs in music, drama and movement for children ages 3-5, their teachers and families. Recognized experts in early childhood arts education.

Young Audiences, Inc. Thirty-three chapters bring students together with professional artists to learn, create and participate in the arts. Its Arts for Learning program connects community resources to curricula.

Funding Resources for Arts Education

School districts can find information on arts education funding through several local, state and national arts organizations. AASA has compiled some of the possible resources.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Encourages creativity and showcases high levels of achievement through awards programs, sponsored by Scholastic.

American Federation of Musicians A portion of musician union dues pays for professional musicians to perform in school districts. The Musician Performance Fund supports music performances and runs workshops at no charge.

Arts Connect All Provides grants to arts organizations in select metropolitan areas that partner with school districts for programs that include students with disabilities.

Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination U.S. Department Of Education awards grants for innovative, cohesive models that have demonstrated their effectiveness in integrating arts into the elementary and middle school curriculum; strengthening arts instruction in these grades; and improving academic performance, including skills in creating, performing and responding to the arts. Abstracts of past grants are available (

The Dana Foundation Provides professional development grants for arts educators in rural areas. Primarily interested in training for in-school arts specialists and professional artists who teach the performing arts to students in pre-K-12.

The Foundation Center Lists information on funding organizations and allows users to search for grants and funding and provides guidance for grant seekers. Go to topical resources list and click on arts education.

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network Awards project grants through 37 state alliance organizations that support arts education.

MetLife Foundation Through collaboration with national and regional organizations, grants are made to support sustained in-school arts education programs and after-school youth art initiatives.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Provides new and refurbished musical instruments to schools and students.

NAMM Foundation Rotates cycle of grants to provide support for music education and research from the international music products industry.

National Assembly of State Art Agencies Each state arts agency operates differently and sponsors different programs. To check what’s available for your school district, go to, click on “arts over america” on the left and click on your state or territory. Can explore what’s available and find information on how to contact the arts education manager, who supports artists, schools and teachers.

National Education Association Foundation Provides professional development arts grants for teachers and support personnel to improve student learning.

National Endowment for the Arts Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grants — standards-based arts education programs that occur over an extended period of time. Grants to school districts, not individual schools. Includes professional development projects and those for after-school programs. Contact arts education specialist, listed on the web page, before applying for the grant. To review information on recent grants, go to Next deadline is June 2008. Also, grants for short-term projects through Access to Artistic Excellence.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Art youngARTS provides recognition and awards to young artists. Of the approximately 7,000 students who register for the program (making them eligible for $3 million in college scholarships), some 10 percent receive cash awards. Each year, 20 students are chosen as Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Professional Development for Arts Educators U.S. Department of Education grants support professional development programs for dance, music, theater and visual arts educators and other instructional staff of K-12 students in high-poverty schools. Purpose is to strengthen standards-based arts education programs, ensure all students meet state academic content and achievement standards in the arts and integrate arts instruction with other core academic-area content. Abstracts of past grants available. (

Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program Supports artistic revitalization of outstanding art teachers in specialized, public arts high schools.

Target Corp. Provides grants to local schools for arts education.
Go to search, put in “grants,” go to link for Target Foundation and click on “arts” on the left.

U.S. Department of Education Information in the updated No Subject Left Behind: A Guide to Arts Education Opportunities in the No Child Left Behind Act 2001 includes where to find specific references to the arts, descriptions of individual. programs with examples of arts programs that have received funding, and links to websites for additional information. Note: Title 1 funds can be used by local school districts to finance arts education programs and activities.

Wolf Trap Foundation Scholarship Program Provides artist residencies, commissions, master classes and technology in the arts.

-- Marian Kisch