Friday, December 10, 2010

Arts Education Advocacy Groups--NEA Fine Arts Task Force

Below is a list of organizations that actively participate in AEP's Forums.
(**Indicates NEA’s current partners)

Afterschool Alliance: The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. Alliance vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010.

Alliance for Young Artist & Writers, Inc.: The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is a national network of arts, education, and community leaders who foster creative expression and artistic achievement in junior and senior high school students. The Alliance was established in 1994 to expand the network of support for aspiring young American artists and writers through the distinguished Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the largest, longest-running, and most prestigious recognition programs for creative young people in the United States.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE): The mission of American Alliance for Theatre and Education is to promote standards of excellence in theatre and theatre education. We achieve this mission by disseminating quality practices in theatre and theatre education, connecting artists, educators, researchers, and scholars with each other, and by providing opportunities for our membership to learn, exchange, expand and diversify their work, the audience and their perspectives.

American Architectural Foundation (AAF): The AAF is a national resource for those who want our communities to be centers of civilization and our children to inherit a wholesome physical environment that uplifts the spirit. The Foundation's purpose is to help people understand the importance of architecture in their lives and then use that understanding to enrich their lives and transform their communities.
American Arts Alliance: Established in 1977, the American Arts Alliance is a nationwide consortium of nonprofit performing, presenting and exhibiting arts organizations.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE): The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) provides leadership for the continuing transformation of professional preparation programs to ensure competent and caring educators of all America's children and youth.  American Association of Museums: Founded in 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards, and volunteers across the country to better serve the public.

American Association of School Administrators: AASA's mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.
American Association of School Librarians: The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field.
American Composers Forum (ACF): The mission of the ACF is to link communities with composers and performers, encouraging the making, playing, and enjoyment of new music.
American Educational Research Association (AERA): The American Educational Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT): The AFT represents one million teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, health care professionals, and state and municipal employees.
American Library Association: The American Library Association provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

American Music Center: Founded in 1939 by a consortium of six composers including Aaron Copeland, the American Music Center is the nation's first information and support center for new American music. AMC has consistently pioneered groundbreaking initiatives that have supported and advanced the field through the decades, and today the Center's programs and service help make possible the countless performances of new music each year. These efforts collectively further the Center's mission of building a national community for new American music.

American Music Conference: AMC is dedicated to promoting the importance of music, music-making, and music education to the general public.

Americans for the Arts: Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With a 40-year record of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

America's Promise: To mobilize people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation's youth by fulfilling Five Promises for young people.
American String Teachers Association: The American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association promote excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing.
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF): The American Youth Policy Forum provides learning and networking opportunities for policymakers working on education and youth issues at the local, state and national levels.

Annenberg Institute for School Reform: The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University develops, shares and acts on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children.
A+ Schools Network: The A+ Schools Program was initiated in 1993 as a statewide project in North Carolina by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. The A+ Schools Program is an approach to teaching and learning grounded in the belief that the arts can play a central role in how children learn.
ArtsTeach: is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Arts & Science Council and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. ArtsTeach provides funding and professional development in support of arts education in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Arts for Learning: Developed by Young Audiences, Inc. is a comprehensive education program connecting community arts resources to the K-12 curriculum.

ArtsConnection: ArtsConnection is New York City’s most comprehensive arts-in-education organization. Since 1979, ArtsConnection has made a profound difference in the lives of the city’s children by providing exceptional programming in the performing, visual, literary and media arts to public schools in all five boroughs. Special initiatives include training for teaching artists, art specialists and classroom teachers; a program using theater and dance to promote language acquisition skills in English-language learners; and periodic national conferences sharing research findings on ArtsConnection’s methodologies and promoting replication of successful programs.

ARTSEDGE: supports the place of arts education at the center of the curriculum through the creative and appropriate uses of technology. ARTSEDGE helps educators to teach in, through and about the arts.
Arts Extension Service: The Arts Extension Service connects arts and communities with learning. AES is a national, nonprofit arts service organization, a program of the Division of Continuing Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Arts Horizons: Arts Horizons brings the power, the joy and positive influence of the arts into the lives of young people by making music, visual art, dance, theatre and creative writing an integral part of learning and teaching. Multicultural assembly programs, artist-in-residence programs, classroom workshops and professional development for teachers offer schools exciting opportunities to integrate arts into the curriculum for Grades PreK-12, including youth at-risk and students with special needs.
Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project: The ABC Project is a statewide collaborative initiative begun in 1987, whose goal is to ensure that every child in South Carolina, from pre-school through college levels, has access to a quality, comprehensive education in the arts, including dance, drama, music, visual arts and creative writing.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: ASCD offers broad, multiple perspectives across all education professions in reporting key policies and practices. ASCD reflects the conscience and content of education.

Arts Schools Netowrk: The Arts Schools Network is a non -profit professional association founded in 1981, dedicated to serving arts school leaders. ASN provides the leadership and resources necessary to inspire and maintain excellence in arts education by supporting, serving, and creating network opportunities for leaders of specialized arts schools, arts integration schools, and complimentary arts and education organizations across the country.

Blue Apple Players: Founded in 1976, Blue Apple Players brings original touring musicals and educational theater programs to youth throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Cable in the Classroom: Cable in the Classroom is a special initiative begun in 1989 by the cable industry to provide public and private schools in the United States with free access to educational television programs.
Center for Arts Education: The Center for Arts Education is a not-for-profit organization committed to restoring and sustaining arts education as an essential part of every child's education in the New York City public schools.

Chamber Music America: The mission of Chamber Music America is to promote artistic excellence and economic stability within the profession, and to ensure that chamber music, in its broadest sense is a vital part of American life.

Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE): The mission of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) is to serve students by advancing the role of the arts in K-12 public education. CAPE catalyzes and supports school improvementthrough the creation of partnerships that integrate the arts into the overall educational program of Chicago public schools. The arts, when introduced through integrated instruction as well as discipline-specific study, can be an essential element to school improvement.

Children's Television/Sesame Workshop: From Sesame Workshop, creators of Sesame Street, it's the only site that delivers high-quality entertaining and educational programming for kids and parents together.
College Art Association (CAA): Founded in 1911, the College Art Association promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skills in the teaching and practices of art.

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO):The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nationwide nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead the departments responsible for elementary and secondary education in the United States, the U.S. extra-state jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. In representing the chief education officers, CCSSO works on behalf of the state agencies that serve pre-K-12 students throughout the nation.

Crayola LLC: At Crayola, we believe a sound art education is fundamental to the creative development of all children and should be an active part of the core educational curriculum. We believe that the arts need to play a larger role in enhancing overall creative development and learning by bringing school lessons to life and strengthening children's abilities to visualize, problem-solve, communicate and think critically and creatively.

Creative Directions: The Creative Directions has been working for over 25 years to teach, facilitate, and integrate the arts (with an emphasis on drama/theater) in schools and communities by providing creative drama resources and professional development opportunities for educators, administrators, and artists.

The Dana Foundation: The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization with particular interests in brain science, immunology, and arts education. The Arts Education initiative at Dana supports innovative programs leading to improved teaching in the performing arts in public schools. Grants, guidelines, publications, and resources are all online.

Disney Learning Partnership: Our goal is to support teachers, schools, and parents in their efforts to effectively engage children in learning.

Educational Research Service (ERS): The mission of ERS is to improve the education of children and youth by providing educators and the public with timely and reliable research and information.

Educational Testing Service (ETS): Educational Testing Service is the world'slargest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research.

Educational Theatre Association (EdTA): The Association provides a broad range of professional services and support to theatre educators and their students.

Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC): Education Development Center (EDC) is an international, non-profit organization with projects dedicated to enhancing learning, promoting health, and fostering a deeper understanding of the world.

Education Trust: The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, kindergarten through college, and forever closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth.

Girl Scouts of the USA: Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls - all girls - where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, Girl Scouts cultivate their full individual potential. The qualities they develop in Girl Scouting - leadership, values, social conscience, and conviction about their own self-worth - serve them all their lives.

Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts: A unique collaborative partnership of educators, arts and cultural organizations, and the Globe-News Center, Window On the World has been created to maintain a dynamic arts and cultural education program that meets the needs of children and schools in the Texas Panhandle. This program will magnify the impact of every child’s learning experience in and out of the classroom by facilitating the process for teachers to integrate arts and cultural programming across the curriculum, thus enriching the education of our students by integrating cultural experiences into the core curriculum of math, science, language arts and social studies.

Grammy Foundation: The GRAMMY® Foundation, a non-profit arm of the Recording Academy, has a challenging responsibility to bring national attention to important issues such as the value of music and arts education and preserving our rich cultural legacy for future generations. Through its nationwide efforts, the Foundation has made great inroads. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley said, "By helping students discover and appreciate music and the arts, organizations like the GRAMMY Foundation are opening up new opportunities in education for America's young people.

Grantmakers for Education: The Grantmakers for Education is a membership organization for private and public grantmakers that support education from early childhood through K-12 and higher education. Our mission is to strengthen philanthropy's capacity to improve educational outcomes for all students.
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA): Since its founding in 1985, GIA has been the only national organization focusing on philanthropy in the arts and culture.

Harvard Project Zero: Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels.
Industrial Designer's Society of America: IDSA is the voice of industrial design, representing the profession to business, government, education, the media and the general public and serving its information and networking needs.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS is an independent Federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's museums and libraries.
International Child Art Foundation (ICAF): ICAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the premise that the innate creativity of every child on the planet needs to be nurtured, celebrated, and supported.
International Council of Fine Arts Deans: The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) is an alliance of arts administrators representing institutions of higher education. ICFAD provides leadership in arts education, offers a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, and addresses issues of common concern.

International Council of Museums (ICOM): The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is an international organization of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Education and Outreach: The Kennedy Center has dramatically expanded its education programs to reach young people, teachers, and families throughout the nation.

Joy2Learn: Joy2Learn presents world-class visual and performing artists in e-Presentations available to schools free of charge. These are the first in an ongoing series of interactive presentations created for classroom use. Students can navigate through an exciting array of videos including performances, insight, history and quiz games.

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN): The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network is dedicated to the support of policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure the arts are woven into the very fabric of American education.

Keep Arts in Schools: Keep Arts in Schools highlights the efforts of arts education organizations throughout the country, using the power of the web to make tools and resources available to those seeking to make the arts top priority in public schools and communities at-large.

League of American Orchestras : The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America's orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. The League works to stimulate the exchange of innovative ideas and practices and to promote unity across the orchestra field. The League delivers meaningful information, learning and leadership opportunities, grass-roots advocacy and other services to its diverse membership, which encompasses nearly 900 member symphony, chamber, youth, and collegiate orchestras of all sizes.

Learning First Alliance: The Learning First Alliance represents unprecedented, self-initiated commitment by its members to work in concert to improve student learning. The Alliance organizations represent more than ten million individuals engaged in providing, governing, and improving America's public schools at the local, state, and national levels.

Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education: Lincoln Center Institute is an arts center and an education institution, trains educators to explore the arts with the students through an experiential approach that supports broader learning across the curriculum.

Meet the Composer: Meet the Composer's mission is to increase opportunities for composers by fostering the creation, performance, dissemination, and appreciation of their music.

MENC**-The National Association for Music Education: The mission of MENC: the National Association for Music Education is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation: The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation is dedicated to promoting instrumental music education nationwide by partnering with businesses, schools, and communities to provide new and refurbished musical instruments to qualified schools and individual students.

Music Teachers National Association: Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is the professional society for independent and collegiate studio music teachers. Comprised of nearly 24,000 members, representing all instruments including voice, MTNA is committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and supporting the professionalism of music teachers.

National Art Education Association (NAEA): NAEA is a non-profit, educational organization that promotes art education through Professional Development, Service, Advancement of Knowledge, and Leadership.

National Arts & Learning Collaborative (NALC): The NALC is a nonprofit organization that develops, implements, and evaluates model programs that incorporate the arts into the core curriculum of urban schools, and forges networks to support those activities among schools, arts/cultural organizations, businesses, and institutions of higher education.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA): NASAA is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA's mission is to advance and promote a meaningful role for the arts in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the United States. We empower state arts agencies through strategic assistance that fosters leadership, enhances planning and decision making, and increases resources.

National Assessment Governing Board: Congress created the 26 member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the "Nation's Report Card".

National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP): In 1997, NAEP administered an arts assessment of approximately 6,480 students in grade 8 in the nation. The assessment measured students' knowledge and skills in music, theatre and visual arts.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP): The mission of NAESP is to lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): Excellence in School Leadership is our relentless goal, and in order to meet it, we provide our members with various programs and services to guide them in the following: administration, supervision curriculum planning and staff development.

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE): Our principal objectives include strengthening state leadership in educational policymaking; promoting excellence in the education of all students; advocating equality of access to educational opportunity; and assuring continued citizen support for public education.

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS): The National Boards of Professional Teaching Standards is leading the way in making teaching a profession dedicated to student learning and to upholding high standards forprofessional performance.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): The NCSL is a bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.

National Dance Association: The mission of the National Dance Association is to increase knowledge, improve skills, and encourage sound professional practices in dance education while promoting and supporting creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality dance programs.

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO): The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) advances dance education centered in the arts. We are the voice of representation for the field in legislatures, schools of dance, PreK-12 schools, and institutions of higher education throughout the country.

National Education Association: NEA is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): The National Endowment for the Arts, an investment in America's living cultural heritage, serves the public good by nurturing the expression of human creativity, supporting the cultivation of community spirit, and fostering the recognition and appreciation of excellence and diversity of our nation's artistic accomplishments.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research education, and public programs in the humanities.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA): NFAA's mission is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional developments, and to raise appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society.

National Gallery of Art: The mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards.

National Guild for Community Arts Education : The Guild's mission is to foster and promote broad access to high quality arts education designed to meet community needs.

National Head Start Association (NHSA): NHSA provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for poor children ages 0-5 and their families.

National PTA: A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities, the National PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligation to children.

National School Boards Association (NSBA): NSBA engages in a public relations program designed to increase public awareness of NSBA, the state school board associations, local school boards and issues directly affecting public elementary and secondary education.

New York Foundation for the Arts: The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) helps artists turn inspiration into art by giving more money and support to individual artists and arts organizations than any other comparable institution in the U.S. Our goal is to provide the time and resources for the creative mind and the artistic spirit to think, work, and prosper.

OPERA America: OPERA America serves and strengthens the field of opera by providing a variety of informational, technical, and administrative resources to the greater opera community.
Perpich Center for Arts Education: The Perpich Center for Arts Education is an executive branch agency of the State of Minnesota. It houses the state's Arts High School Program and Professional Development Institute.

President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH): The President's Committee works to encourage private sector support for the arts and humanities and public appreciation of their value through projects, publications and meetings.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS): PBS, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a private, non-profit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's public television stations. A trusted community resource, PBS uses the power of noncommercial television, the Internet and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services that inform, inspire and delight. Available to 99 percent of American homes with televisions and to an increasing number of digital multimedia households, PBS serves nearly 100 million people each week.

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC): The SEEC philosophy is based upon five key concepts: Child-oriented learning, real-world integrated learning, cultural diversity, critical thinking skills, and aesthetic awareness.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts: The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) is located on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. SCEA's current work focuses on how arts education and arts integration can enhance learning and transform schools. Our professional development programs provide opportunities for discovery – about education and ourselves – fostering the artistry of teaching and nurturing the artist within each of us.

Studio in a School (STUDIO): STUDIO brings professional artists into public schools, childcare centers and community organizations to encourage children's creativity and to enrich their lives with visual arts.

SupportMusic: SupportMusic.com is a public service initiative of the music education coalition that intends to impact resolve and support for music education in local communities around the United States. Founded in March, 2002, this advocacy effort unites over fifty national and regional organizations with parents and community leaders seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning.

Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians: The School brings together families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds in Chicago, with a strong emphasis on reaching those who face significant economic and environmental challenges.

Teachers and Writers Collaborative (T&W): T&W brings writers and educators together in collaborations that explore the connections between writing and reading literature and that generate new ideas and materials.

Theatre Communications Group, Inc.: Theatre Communications Group is a national service organization that exists to strengthen, nurture and promote the not-for-profit American theatre.

Time for Kids: The online version of the Time for Kids magazine, is the news information and exploration destination for kids on the internet. The site lets you create, learn, get involved, explore, play, guess right, guess wrong, exercise your clicking finger, and generally become a news know-it-all!

U.S. Department of Education: In 1980, the U.S. Department of Education was created by bringing together offices from several other departments. Its original directive remains its mission today - to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.

VSA arts: VSA arts creates opportunities for persons with disabilities through education and employment in the arts. Our mission is to include all children, youth, and adults with physical, emotional, intellectual and employment and life skills.

The Wallace Foundation: The Wallace Foundation works to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. We especially invite you to browse the Knowledge Center on the web site. It is a repository of field-based evidence of what is working, what is not, and why - not only in our current areas of focus, but in areas where we have worked in the past.

Who's Dancin' Now?: This web site is not only a companion to WHO'S DANCIN' NOW?, a documentary that explores the impact of early exposure to the arts, it is also a valuable tool for educators, artists, administrators, parents, and students to learn about arts education in an easy and effective way.

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts: Founded in 1981, the Institute provides arts-in-education services for children ages 3-5 and their teachers and family through the disciplines of drama, music and movement. Regional programs of the institute are located throughout the country.

Young Audiences, Inc.: Commending Young Audiences as the first non-profit organization to receive the National Medal of Arts, President Clinton praised YA's achievements in working with educational systems, the arts community and the private and public sectors to make the arts an essential part of all children's education.

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