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This compendium of 62 research studies on the impact of learning in the
arts on the academic and social development of students is available
in PDF format or by mail from the Arts Education Partnership.
This is the website for Project Zero, an educational research group at
the Harvard Graduate School of Education. "Project Zero's mission
is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the
arts and other disciplines for individuals and institutions."
Arts-in-Education Program and Service Providers:
Young Audiences (YA) is a network of chapters and affiliates providing
arts-in-education programs and services in 32 locations around the U.S.
Arts Partners is an affiliate of YA. This site not only has information
on arts-in-education activities in the Young Audiences network, but it
also contains links to many other arts and education sites.
Trap Early Learning Through the Arts
The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts provides
arts-in-education services for children ages 3-5 and their teachers and
families through the disciplines of drama, music and movement. Arts Partners
is home to the newest regional program of the Wolf Trap Institute for
Early Learning Through the Arts.
Americans for the Arts
The site for a national organization working to make the arts more accessible
to everyone contains arts advocacy information, research, and related
Arts Education Organizations:
This 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.”
ArtsEdge, the National Arts and Education Network site at The Kennedy
Center, contains a great deal of excellent information focusing on lesson
plans, standards, advocacy, and exploring the arts.
An international nonprofit organization with state affiliates, VSA (formerly
Very Special Arts) serves people with disabilities through teacher training
and workshops on topics related to special education or disabilities
adaptation in the arts so that “people with disabilities can learn
through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.”
of National Arts Education Associations:
Alliance for Theatre & Education
The AATE is a “professional organization for theatre educators,
theatre artists, and educators who use drama and/or theatre in the classroom.”
The National Association for Music Education
MENC provides information on national standards for music education,
advocacy, and research as well as ideas for using music in the classroom.
Art Education Association
This site contains information on the value of art education and offers
a wide variety of publications related to art education.
Dance Education Organization
This advocacy group offers information, lots of links to arts education
sites, and a variety of publications related to dance education.
Ideas and Resources:
Both teachers and teaching artists will find this comprehensive site
useful in designing lessons that emphasize learning in and through the
There are more than 400 lessons plans here that you can sort by grade
levels, art form, and/or other subject areas.
This site from the Hershberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State
University has standards based lesson plans in five categories: dance,
music, visual arts, drama/theater, and integrated arts.
to Building Visual Arts Lessons
This guide from the Getty includes a general guide, a grade-by-grade
guide, definitions and examples of the elements of art, and a lesson
Paul Getty Museum Lesson Plans
Search by grade/age level or subject for a wide variety of lesson plans
that focus on artwork from the Getty’s collection.
Musicians United for Songs in the Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit organization
that promotes the increased use of popular music in education. This site
contains lesson plans as well as information on popular music and related
Arts Standards Online
Thanks to the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge, here you'll find the complete
text of the National Standards for Arts Education.
The Arts & Literature section of this easy-to-navigate Web site allows
teachers to search for lesson plans by topic and grade levels.
This site has both online and "hands-on" classroom activities
to help your students learn about the science of sound.
Citizens for the Arts
This statewide grassroots organization supports arts funding and education
so that every Kansan has the opportunity to enjoy and learn in and through
the arts, both in their schools and in their communities.
State Department of Education
Here you will find information on Kansas education initiatives, education
resources, education agencies and K-12 schools in Kansas as well as publications