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
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 links.
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 arts.
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 plan template.
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
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
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 and data.