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Americans for the Arts
"The nation's leading arts information clearinghouse, with a 40-year record of objective arts industry research. As the preeminent arts advocacy organization, it is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts." Located in Washington, D.C. this organization has its finger on the pulse of arts in education. The website offers a myriad of up to date information on the arts and funding. Workshops and conferences around the country are listed as well as publications, news reports, budget information from President Bush, reference material, legislation, contact information for House and Senate committee members, and the list goes on. It is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
Arts Education PartnershipArts Partnership
"The Arts Education Partnership is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools." The Partnership includes over 140 organizations that are national in scope and impact. Over 140 organizations are part of the AEP which also includes state and local partnerships. There is free access to publications and advocacy resources, funding opportunities and information on how to participate in the partnership. Their focus is to promote quality arts education in culture and society and promote the power of the arts to transform education and schools and place the arts at the center of learning…and wouldn't that make it a perfect world!
ArtsEdNet – The Getty's Art Education Website
Part of the J. Paul Getty Trust this site is balm for the weary soul. There is an online art gallery filled with breathtaking oils, paintings and photography, all with thumbnail pictures which you can click on for a larger view. In addition, there is a well organized site map and a searchable data base, along with an alphabetical listing of lesson plans and curriculum ideas. This site paints a picturesque mural of art across the curriculum. Sit back and enjoy the view!
Association of Teaching Artists
The ATA is a membership organization of Teaching Artists from all disciplines from across New York State. It is a not for profit advocacy organization that brings together artists who teach in schools and in the community to: Educate, Collaborate, and Communicate.
Founded in 1998, teaching Artists, arts administrators, and leaders in statewide arts funding came together at the request of The New York State Council on The Arts to consider the need and feasibility of forming an organization of Teaching Artists. The ATA created two awards; in 2002 The Teaching Artist Distinguished Service to the Field Award, "a lifetime achievement award presented to an individual who not only pioneered the Arts In Education field but who continues to define the best of what it means to be a Teaching Artist." In addition, in 2003 the first Golden Administrator Award was bestowed to "honor an Arts In Education professional whose talent, dedication, and administrative skills actively strengthen and support the role of Teaching Artists and the arts in the schools."
The ATA site offers information on Cultural Organizations and Arts Councils. They also offer an online Teaching Artists Journal, Discussion Room, Job Listings, Links and more. They also need your help. If you are interested in volunteering to help keep their On Line Teaching Artist's Journal for one month or becoming a mentor for beginning Teaching Artists in their On Line Mentoring Program please raise your hand!
Bookpals ~ Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools
Founded in 1993 by actress Barbara Bain, the original chapter has now grown to 20 cities across the United States. Bookpals is made up exclusively of professional artists. This all-volunteer team travels to at-risk neighborhoods to read to children with the goal of introducing them to the world of reading and literacy.
"BookPALS is founded on a very clear premise: In order for children to learn to read — especially if they are non-native English speakers, or are not read to at home — they must experience the magic of books and develop a love for reading. The art of story telling is an actor's craft... no one brings life to a book better than an actor." Bookpal volunteers now read to more than 100,000 children each week! With "pals" like these, any child is sure to succeed!
National Performance Network
Their mission statement reads, "The National Performance Network (NPN) is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United States." The NPN provides support for established and emerging artists in dance, music, theater, performance art, puppetry, and spoken word. With that in mind, the National Performance Network has brought innovative performing artists to all corners of the United States for over 17 years. NPN connects artists with communities across the country. In 1985 a group of 14 arts organizations from around the country came together around two simple ideas - "to help artists make work in their own neighborhoods, and to cross geographic and cultural divides to increase the traffic of fresh, challenging artistic work." Today, it has grown into a partnership of 61 art organizations, called Partners, in over 40 cities across the country.
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education
This California based foundation was created in 1969 by the National Education Association. Their vision is to provide a world class public education for all students; however, their mission is two-fold. First, to ensure that the nation's public teachers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the areas of technology and to help them weave their learning into their curriculum. Second, to identify and support those educators who go above and beyond to serve their profession and their students. This site provides information on grants, resources, news, publications but most importantly, support for our children and teachers.
Survivor's Art Foundation
A non-profit organization, SAF encourages healing through the arts and offering support to survivors of trauma. They committed to "empowering trauma survivors with effective expressive outlets via internet art gallery, outreach programs, national exhibitions, publications and development of employment skills." Here you can view works of artists in many disciplines; photography, mixed media, sculpture, fabric, glass, film, video, ceramics and more. In addition, there are links to Art and Survivor Resources and Foundation news. With participants from 20 countries and 48 states they seek to raise public awareness through the arts and to provide "entertainment, education and exposure to the arts." All you have to do is take a little time to read some of the inspiring stories of trauma survivors and you will understand the incredible work the Survivors Art Foundation accomplishes.
Smithsonian Archives of American Art
"The Archives of American Art, founded in 1954 and a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution since 1970, provides researchers with access to the largest collection of documents on the history of the visual arts in the United States. The collection now totals more than thirteen million items, consisting of the papers of artists, dealers, critics, art historians, curators, administrators and the records of art dealers, museums, and other art-related businesses, institutions, and organizations."
The AAA offers researchers access to letters, diaries, sketchbooks, photographs, business records, journals, and other documentation. The collection encompasses American art from Colonial times to the present day and reveals our nation's cultural diversity, "illustrating the rich influences of African, Asian Pacific, and Latin countries, among others, and provide rare insights into the sensitivity and perspectives that artists bring to their own times and environments."
In addition, AAA now offers an incredible section of Oral History transcripts, 30 interviews with some of the most prominent artists from around the world. A feast for both the eyes and ears!
Who's Dancin Now?
This site is a terrific tool for educators, artists, administrators, parents, and students to learn about arts education in an easy and effective way. From their searchable database you can locate local arts education opportunities in dance, literary arts, music, visual arts, and theatre in your community from our database of over 600 organizations either by state or zip code index. "Each organization is profiled to describe mission, programs, administration, and community outreach so that you can decide which arts education initiative is right for your students or children."
As performers we know that the arts are basic to education. "A school with strong arts education helps provide students with a complete academic experience… Through the arts, children build cognitive, perceptual, and analytic abilities. In the process, they also gain a heightened sensitivity, understanding, and respect for themselves and their diverse community." Who's Dancin Now? will help you bring the arts into the classroom with Lesson Plans, Activities and Curriculum Guides. In addition, you can purchase WHO'S DANCIN' NOW? the award winning documentary that explores the impact of an early arts experience by revisiting students of Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute.