ARTSEDGE — the National Arts and Education Network — supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.
The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA)
The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to strengthen and serve Teaching Artists from all disciplines in New York State. The Association of Teaching Artists strives to create a community of professional Teaching Artists by: Empowering the practice of Teaching Artists’ as a profession; Providing a network for communication and the exchange of resources; Shaping the field of Arts in Education; Providing advocacy, training, and professional development; Publicly recognizing distinguished achievement. Teaching Artist Journal: www.teachingartists.com/journal8.htm
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrate and promote the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America’s schools.
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)
Founded in 1993, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) has become recognized as a leader in the field of school improvement through the arts. CAPE’s partnerships serve as a living laboratory for a community of artists and teachers dedicated to infusing arts throughout the curriculum, and for a community of researchers dedicated to understanding how teaching through the arts improves student achievement. “CAPE was one of the first – if not the first – organization in the country that put cultural resources system-wide to effect deep change, not just a quick fix in schools,” says Doug Herbert, former Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts. Several focus areas, but approximately 15 schools that they partner with over a long period of time. This site also houses lesson plans.
Big Thought is a learning partnership inspiring, empowering, and uniting children and communities through education, arts and culture. The big thought is that a community, working together, can lift children up and better their lives using arts and culture as tools and catalysts. Big Thought supports community partnerships, cultural integration for academic achievement, youth development and family learning. This is based in Dallas.