The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) 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. AEP was founded and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and U. S. Department of Education in cooperation with the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Together they are the Governance Committee of AEP.
AEP includes over 140 organizations that are national in scope and impact. It also includes state and local partnerships focused on influencing policies and practices to promote quality arts education. AEP organizations affirm the central role of imagination, creativity and the arts in culture and society; the power of the arts to enliven and transform education and schools; and collective action through partnerships as the means to place the arts at the center of learning.
Among the AEP's resources are a listserv and a newsletter. The Arts Education Partnership believes that partnerships involving public education, higher education, and the arts and cultural sectors are essential, in providing quality arts education to students of all ages in schools and other settings. AEP has published materials on the effectiveness of such partnerships and guidance on how to develop and sustain them.
AEP also seeks to identify outstanding partnerships and learn the lessons and promising practices they embody. A specific interest of AEP has been to identify partnerships that engage higher education institutions in providing quality undergraduate and continuing professional development in the arts to those who teach the arts to young people, including certified arts teachers, classroom teachers, and artists from the community who teach in schools.
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ARTSEDGE - the National Arts and Education Network - supports placing the arts at the center of the curriculum and the creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. It empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula to fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects.
ARTSEDGE’s mission is to connect people to people, to connect people to resources, and to build a new base of knowledge in the area of arts education. To achieve these goals, it offers:
A program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ARTSEDGE is also a partner of Thinkfinity, a consortium of national education organizations, state education agencies and the Verizon Foundation.
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. ATHE serves the interests of its individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.
The mission of ATHE is:
Resources for members include a job bank, listservs, publications and an advocacy info bank.
The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is a non-profit professional organization, the mission of which is to strengthen and serve teaching artists from all disciplines in New York State. ATA strives to create a community of professional teaching artists by:
Among the useful items on the Association's web site is a guide to getting started as a teaching artist and a list of resources.
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