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Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Tools & Resources

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) develops and provides tools and resources that assist in developing and assessing programs related to arts education for State Alliances and the general public. Each tool and resource is available for download below.

  • KCAAEN Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit

    Developed in 2009, the KCAAEN Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit is a resource for State Alliances and the general public to use in planning, organizing, and implementing their arts education advocacy efforts. The tool kit includes information on topics such as messaging, developing an advocacy plan, and the nine habits of effective arts education advocates. A companion video helps prepare advocates to make visits to their state and national legislators.

    Contact Us for the Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit video.

  • A Community Audit for Arts Education: Better Schools, Better Skills, Better Communities

    In November 2000, the KCAAEN developed an effective tool known as A Community Audit for Arts Education: Better Schools, Better Skills, Better Communities to assist local education, community and cultural leaders in assessing the status of arts education in their schools and school districts, and to encourage community partnerships to strengthen and expand arts education for all students. While designed to encourage serious evaluation, it is most valuable as a vehicle for encouraging conversation and community planning in support of arts education.

    The Community Audit was updated in May 2007 and is available as a workable PDF. This version is best viewed using Adobe Reader 6.0 or higher. If you would like to save your edits to the Audit, please use Adobe Acrobat Professional.

  • Community Audit Resource Assessment

    Developed in 2009 as a companion piece to A Community Audit for Arts Education, the Community Audit Resource Assessment is meant to more thoroughly inventory the available school and community arts education programs and resources. Where the Community Audit results in a prioritized list of Next Steps, the Assessment provides deeper insight into the resources available to put those Next Steps into action. The Assessment consists of two sections: a survey for local arts organizations; and surveys, site visits, and interviews for the local school district.

  • A Community Audit for Arts Education: Findings Report

    The Findings Report is a document that shares the use of an audit process that the KCAAEN developed in A Community Audit for Arts Education used by 11 demonstration site communities. Published in July 2002 by the Kennedy Center, the research findings in the report have provided new information and important insights for local school and community leaders interested in providing an education that includes the arts for children.

  • A Community Audit for Arts Education Addendum

    In June 2003, an Addendum to the Findings Report was published that summarizes the work of five additional national demonstration sites that used A Community Audit for Arts Education in 2002-2003.

    Both the Findings Report and Addendum are designed to help other communities understand the ways in which the Audit publication was used by the demonstration sites and to summarize the impact of this process on building support for arts education in these communities.

  • The Arts Beyond the School Day: Extending the Power

    Published by the Kennedy Center in November 2000, this report provides information about opportunities for arts education within the after-school arena and a protocol for evaluating quality after-school programs in the arts. The report was compiled by a joint task force of the KCAAEN and Partners in Education program.

  • KCAAEN Self-Assessment Kit

    The KCAAEN Self-Assessment Kit is a framework for State Alliances to use to conduct an assessment of their operations, programs and services. This kit was designed in 1999 for the use of staff and board members involved with managing State Alliances. This guide will assist State Alliances to understand how they are performing by providing a comprehensive overview of all aspects of managing the work of State Alliances as independent, not-for-profit organizations.

  • KCAAEN Leadership Kit

    Designed in 2003 as a companion piece to the KCAAEN Self-Assessment Kit, the KCAAEN Leadership Kit is a framework to support leadership development needs of State Alliances. The kit guides individuals to understand their leadership role within the context of executive director, chair with staff, chair without staff, and board member.

    The KCAAEN Self-Assessment Kit and KCAAEN Leadership Kit were updated in December of 2007 and are available as workable PDFs. These versions are best viewed using Adobe Reader 6.0 or higher. If you would like to save your edits to these documents, please use Adobe Acrobat Professional.