Arts and Creativity in Education Resource Center


  • 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.



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

updated August 2021