Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. It has been around for more than 40 years. It is dedicated to representing and serving communities through opportunities for participation in and appreciate of the arts. The Arts Education section is especially helpful. There is also a link to a Public Awareness section which includes questions to ask and a breakdown of state standards involving the arts. This may be beneficial in understanding how each state handles art education in public schools.
American Music Conference is a national non-profit educational association founded in 1947, which promotes the importance of music for all age groups. They have a special section entitled School Music in Crisis. The organization provides advocacy sections for educators, schools, students, parents, teens, and the music industry. The Music Education Advocacy Kit may be downloaded and includes a guidebook and brochure with advocacy tips. In addition, the website provides links to current research supporting music education.
Angie Villa Art & Education Angie Villa (Mrs. Dottie) is a certified art teacher, visual artist and musician from Allentown, PA. She taught elementary and middle school art in the Allentown School District. Angie blogs about the loss of the arts and problems relating in general to school reform. While the blog talks about Allentown, it also has stunning relevance to school districts across the country in danger of losing public school art programs. The artwork is fine as well! Thank you, Angie Villa!
ArtJobs describes jobs and provides information about the arts. Search for full and part-time employment, internships, grants, public art projects, residencies by region, art discipline, type of organization, and more. There is a fee involved to learn specific job information.
Good Morning Art Teacher to find ideas for student art projects for children.
Life’s A Poodle is a whimsical website by two moms who understand learning differences and the arts and decided to write about them. You can embrace diversity and find joy in the challenge. I like this website and the women who run it. It will make you smile.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) has an art safari where students can look at famous paintings and sculptures and then write a story about the art work. Then they can go do their own art.
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) provides a wealth of information to assist with art advocacy. They also provide links to assist with starting school art programs.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) Assists each state in creating an arts support agency for excellence and access to the arts. The NASAA unites, represents and serves those jurisdictional arts agencies. Their website has links to various support organizations. The description is as follows:
- NASAA works at the national, state and local levels to ensure that every individual has abundant opportunities to participate in the artistic experience;
- the arts play a valued role in the educational, economic and cultural well-being of our communities;
- the nation’s artists and arts organizations are key partners in providing public benefits; and
- our nation’s diversity is recognized and celebrated through the arts.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation has as its mission to assist children who learn art in different ways. It is to help integrate art into the school curriculum. Founded in 1995, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation provides grants to teachers seeking to utilize the arts to help children with learning disabilities.
The Rhode Island Music Educators Association website stands out because while it is dedicated to music education in Rhode Island, it might also be a model to help other states save their music programs. Resources and links to various music sites of interest are provided including information that may be helpful for advocacy.
Support Music: A Public Service of the Music Education Coalition provides information for advocating music in public schools. There are checklists to see where various schools stand when it comes to music and links to many other music and art support organizations.
Very Special Arts is an international nonprofit organization with affiliates in 60 countries around the world. It was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and helps individuals with disabilities showcase their artistic abilities. Valuable resources are provided for teachers.
VH1 Save the Music is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools. This nonprofit organization has provided more than $30 million in instruments for schools since 1997. This foundation purchases instruments in order to save music programs that are at risk of being eliminated due to budget cuts or lack of instruments. They conduct awareness campaigns, musical instrument drives, and fundraising events to meet their goals.
Imagine Bus Project is a video demonstrating the power of art. Here it is with incarcerated students.
State Website Links to the Arts and Public Schools
The Artist as Citizen by Joseph W. Polisi
Strong Arts, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling by Charles Fowler
Understanding Those Who Create by Jane Piirto