- ESSER Fund: Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). Signed into law on March 20, 2021, the Department awarded these grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the Nation. ESSER Fund awards to SEAs are in the same proportion as each State received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year 2019. Click here for more info.
- Research and resources on arts education collected by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
- Arts Education Partnership:
- Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities.
- ArtsEd Search – the nation’s first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school.
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Arts Education Partnership: The nation’s hub for arts and education leaders, building their leadership capacity to support students, educators, and learning environments through research, reporting, counseling, and convening.
- State Data Infrastructure Project for Arts Education: To promote more and better information in young people’s access to, and participation in, arts education, the State Data Infrastructure Project for Arts Education provides a suite of groundbreaking tools and resources and case studies to help stakeholders extract, analyze, and report on data about arts education.
- Arts Education Data Toolkit Webinar (3/24/21)
- Professional Development Institute for State Arts Agency Arts Education Managers: The annual Professional Development Institute for state arts agency arts education managers provides meaningful leadership development and technical assistance for this field.
- State Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education: An annual leadership grant supports professional development for state education agency directors of arts education, which consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts.
ARTS EDUCATION SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Local and statewide organizations
- Arts Wisconsin–Wisconsin’s community cultural development and advocacy organization
- Arts@Large, Milwaukee – promoting arts education in the Milwaukee school district. The website includes a handbook, advocacy links, and educational resources for artists and teachers.
- Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education– Committed to promoting comprehensive theatre education in Wisconsin.
- Organic Arts, Milwaukee – artists with deep roots serving the Wisconsin community
- Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education– Task force met in 2008 and released its report in 2009.
- Wisconsin Art Education Association-Promotes excellence in visual and design art education for all students.
- Wisconsin Dance Council-Serves as an advocate for dance education in our schools.
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Fine Arts and Creativity
- Wisconsin Music Educators Association – professional development and advocacy for music educators
- Wisconsin School Music Association: Founded in 1932, Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, statewide association serving more than 3,500 music teachers and school administrators in the education of 100,000+ students who annually participate in the organization’s activities through their school’s membership. WSMA is a leader in providing programs and services that challenge youth to achieve excellence through music.
- WMEA Advocacy Committee – A special feature of this organization is a “Music Advocacy Help Line,” a variety of resources including tips, quotes, and research are provided for all those involved in music education including teachers, students, and parents.
Regional and national organizations
- American Alliance for Theatre & Education– A website filled with resources and information about events.
- Americans for the Arts: Arts Education Network-Many resources, including an easy to use e-advocacy center, information about their public awareness campaign “The Arts. Ask for More,” and art education research.
- Arts Education Partnership– Information about forums and an easy to understand state policy database.
- National Art Education Association-Easy to use advocacy information and research.
- National Association for Music Education– Resources for every aspect of school music education, including a “Grab and Go Advocacy” flyer
- National Association of Music Merchandisers (NAMM) Foundation – advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs
- National Endowment for the Arts-Arts education resources under “Publications.”
- National Guild for Community Arts Education– Links to resources, as well as information about advocacy actions
- School Music Matters-Facts, quotations, and an idea bank targeted towards saving your school music program
- SupportMusic.com – providing tools and resources to advance community support for music education
updated August 2021