Art Education Resources

Information about arts education is available through web sites and resources available through the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, state and national arts education associations, and advocacy organizations.

Web Resources

A+ Schools of North Carolina
A+ Schools of North Carolina is a whole-school transformation model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning. Our schools develop a creative culture in which the state's mandated curriculum is taught through collaboration and multi-discipline integration, with the arts continuously woven into every child's learning experience. Our “Connect” page offers a variety of resources for arts-based teaching and learning.

Arts Education at NC DPI
This site is intended for local leaders to assist with implementation of the North Carolina Arts Education Essential Standards. It includes Summer Institute presentations, templates, materials, and resources, as well as other important information specifically related to the Essential Standards.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
This site is a great resource for information about arts education in North Carolina schools. Click on Curriculum then Arts Education for arts education curriculum and resources, click on other links for information and resources from DPI such as publications, education directory (with listings of every school system and school in NC), legislative updates, school laws, etc. To join the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Artsed Listserv and receive weekly updates, send an e-mail to

Grassroots Arts in Education Idea Book
The book is a tool for local arts councils to use in partnership with their school systems in planning arts in education residency programs.

Americans for the Arts
A national organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information and advocacy for the arts.

Arts Education Partnership
Provides information on the latest developments in arts education, advocacy resources, funding opportunities, publications and resources, evaluation and research, and links to other related sites.

Getty Education Institute for the Arts
Provides a variety of resources and services for K-12 educators.

The John F. Kennedy Center Education Department’s Arts Edge
The Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts. The web site features current arts education news, professional resources for teachers and others, and an annotated catalog of other related web sites.

The John F. Kennedy Center VSA Resources for Educators and Parents
Information on ways to connect the arts, education and disabilities.

Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education
Features information on professional development opportunities for educators on exploring the arts with their students through an experiential approach that emphasizes learning across the curriculum.

National Endowment for the Arts
Includes descriptions of current and former arts education publications available on-line and through other resources, an Arts Learning Resource Center, a list of cultural funding opportunities, and guidelines and application forms for Arts Learning grants for which schools and non-profit organizations can apply.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Provides research and analysis of national and statewide issues of importance to arts education.

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
An advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. Addresses policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange, and creative economy.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA)
Offers innovative professional development in arts education and arts integration to enhance teaching and deepen learning in preK-12 classrooms.

U.S. Department of Education’s
Promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Includes information on federal financial aid for education, research data on America’s schools, and key educational issues

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts
Features information on the arts in education services that the Institute provides for children ages 3-5, their teachers and families through drama, music and movement. It also contains information on pre-school artist residencies that can be booked through them. Schools and non-profit organizations can seek funding for these programs through the North Carolina Arts Council.

State and National Arts Education Associations

North Carolina Arts Education Associations

North Carolina Art Education Association

North Carolina Music Educators Association

North Carolina Theatre Conference

North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators

North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NCAAHPERD).

North Carolina Arts Organizations with Arts Programs by County

Dance Association for North Carolina Educators

North Carolina Dance Alliance

National Arts Education Associations

National Art Education Association

NAfME – National Association for Music Education

American Alliance for Theatre and Education

Educational Theatre Association

Advocacy Resources

American Music Conference

ARTS North Carolina

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign

NC General Assembly home page with links to legislators

Support Music

Tools and Funding Resources

Arts Assessment Tool Box
A new online resource presents a straightforward set of resources for developing assessment tools and using them to illuminate and communicate student learning. Developed by the leaders of CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education).

North Carolina Humanities Council
Offers programs and publications on North Carolina culture and history, grants for programs that promote community understanding and insight, awards and a Teachers Institute.

North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources Professional Development Opportunities and Resources for N.C. Educators and Students