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Arts in Education

Arts in Education cultivates learning and artistic development for all students and teachers by promoting, encouraging, and supporting arts and culture as an integral part of education and lifelong learning. Arts in Education projects bring artists and cultural experiences directly into Florida schools, hospitals, nursing and eldercare facilities, senior centers, correctional facilities, community spaces, cultural facilities and other organizations.

Organizations and individuals can apply for Arts in Education grants through the Specific Cultural Projects and General Program Support programs.

National Resources

  • Americans for the Arts 
    Americans for the Arts is a national nonprofit organization that works to advance the arts in America, offers numerous arts education resources you need to make the case for the arts — in school and after — including research, toolkits, and examples of exemplary programs.
  • Arts Education Partnership 
    Arts Education Partnership is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools.
  • Imagine Mars Project
    The Imagine Mars is a unique national arts, science and education initiative co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. The website provides lesson plans and resources for k-12 students to design a futuristic Mars community. Students explore their own communities and determine which arts, culture and science elements will be important on Mars. They then develop their ideal communities from an interdisciplinary perspective of arts, sciences and technology.
  • Kennedy Center Education
    Kennedy Center Education is a resource collection for policies, best practices, connections and resources around arts in American K-12 education provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The site includes classroom lessons, digital resources, resources for educators, opportunities for artists and more.
  • National Art Education Association
    The National Art Education Association promotes art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership.
  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
    NASAA is a national nonprofit association of the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. This page provides research, resources and support for all levels of arts in education.
  • National Endowment for the Arts
    The Arts Endowment’s 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. The agency’s funding is focused on providing dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts and media arts education for all students and closing the opportunity gap for students who have the least arts education access.

Florida Resources

  • Arts4All Florida
    Arts4All Florida conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers; promotes the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through an artist registry, exhibitions, and performances; and increases access to the arts through professional development workshops.
  • Florida Alliance for Arts Education
    Florida Alliance for Arts Education is a statewide organization of partners and coalitions working to promote arts in education.
  • Florida Department of Education
    Creative learning and exploration of the humanities are part of Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The Department of Education provides toolkits and other resources for K-12 educators. More information is available at the Fine Arts Standards webpage.
  • Florida Art Education Association (FAEA)
    FAEA is a membership association dedicated to providing knowledge, skills and support to visual art educators in Florida.
  • Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO)
    FDEO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high-quality education in the art of dance.
  • CPalms Standards
    This link provides expectations for student achievement in Florida public schools (K-12)
  • Chalk Walk Toolkit
    Each year, the Tallahassee/Leon County Council on Arts & Culture (COCA) partners with Leon County Schools and the Division of Cultural Affairs for Chalk Walk, a celebration of Florida artists and arts in education featuring dozens of artworks recreated in chalk by local high school students. COCA's Chalk Walk Toolkit includes instructions and educational standards for hosting a Chalk Walk in your local community.
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