Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is the nation's largest forum for organizations and individuals committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students, and researching how art influences and strengthens education. The AEP has tons of resources that will help you demonstrate the benefits of a quality arts education.
Kennedy Center's VSA (Very Special Artist), the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA was created to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities as well as to increase access to the Arts for all. The VSA and Accessibility Department can support you in your role to provide meaningful arts learning experiences for all children. Visit Texas VSA for resources relevant to Very Special Artists in Texas.
Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives.
The National Endowment for the Arts' arts education program is focused on pre-K to 12th grade students, the educators and civic leaders who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. Access the many funding resources available for arts education.
A well-rounded education includes the arts (music, dance, theater, visual arts, literature, film). The arts encourage creativity, innovation, and self-confidence—essential skills for a 21st century workforce. The arts have been shown to reach students that do not learn well through traditional methods, sparking an interest in learning and academic achievement. Increased school attendance, civic engagement, and decrease anti-social behaviors have all been linked to arts education. In fact, children who participate in the arts win much more than competitions. They...
Outperform their peers on the SAT
Show more empathy towards others
Attend school more frequently
Are more likely to graduate from college
Show significantly greater creative thinking skills
Are better team players
Have higher high school graduation rates
• The PTA Reflections Program engages children in the arts, providing opportunities for students in grades PK-12 to participate in categories
including Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, and Special Artist.
• Sample Arts in Education Plan of Work
• 2017 Arts in Education Leaders Guide
• Arts Ed Handbook
• Arts Ed - Appendices
• Texas PTA BASICS: Arts in Education Webinar
• National PTA E-Learning Library
- Running a Successful Program: Learn the steps for taking a program idea from concept to reality.(approx. 30 min.)
- Reflections Leader Training: Walk through a step-by-step process, gather tools and resources, and learn best practices for encouraging creativity
in your school with the National PTA Reflections student arts recognition program.(approx. 30 min.)
Resource Partners in the Arts