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Arts Education:
A Resource List

Studies have shown that the arts can play a strong role in enhancing the education of children and the development of communities. As more educators and administrators recognize the value of the arts, the demand for examples, best practices, and sources of funding continues to grow. This resource list, which contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center's bibliographic database Catalog of Nonprofit Literature and PubHub, will explore arts education in areas such as planning, evaluation, and resource development. For a complete bibliography, search Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, using "Arts education" in the Subject field (click here).


Dreeszen, Craig (ed.) Fundamentals of Arts Management. 5th ed. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2007. xii, 448 p. Call Number: 202 KOR
The broad topics discussed include community organizing, strategic planning, board development, volunteers, program development, arts education, cultural access, evaluation, marketing, fundraising, and financial management. For each topic, a specialist provides information, advice, and worksheets, as well as bibliographical references.

Fineberg, Carol (ed.) Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook. New York, NY: Dana Foundation, 2002. 164 p. Call Number: 211 FIN PLA
Twenty-two experts contribute essays on establishing arts education programs, and many describe school-based activities. See chapter 17 entitled, "Finding the Money for a School Focused on the Arts."

Lind, Vicki R.; Lindsley, Elizabeth. Creative Collaboration: Teachers and Artists in the Classroom. Pasadena, CA: California Alliance for Arts Education, 2003. 44 p. Subject File Number: 211
The booklet provides a framework for collaborative efforts between teachers and artists, with a particular focus on initiatives in California. Examples of contractual agreements are included, along with a resource list.

MacLaughlin, LaMoine. Ten Steps Toward Starting a Community School of the Arts. New York, NY: National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, 2003. iv, 28 p. Subject File Number: 211
The book explains the characteristics of community schools of the arts, of which there are more than 800 in the U. S.


You can find these and other papers from PubHub, your source for foundation-sponsored reports:

The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2009.
Based on interviews, site visits, and a literature review, examines how excellence in arts education is defined, how it is measured, and how decisions at all levels affect program quality. Offers tools to help decision makers reflect on and align goals.

Spilka, Gerri and Meg Long. Arts Education for All: Lessons From the First Half of the Ford Foundation's National Arts Education Initiative. OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, 2009.
Provides an overview of an initiative designed to expand access to integrated arts education and boost partnership building, advocacy, and strategic communications. Discusses Ford's theory of change, challenges, lessons learned, and case summaries.
An Unfinished Canvas: Local Partnerships in Support of Arts Education in California. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International, 2009.
Based on case studies of partnerships between districts, schools, and arts organizations, highlights findings and lessons learned about partnership goals and design, instruction, teachers' capacity building, funding, and assessment and accountability.

Gittleman, Julia and Laura Perille. The Arts Advantage: Expanding Arts Education in the Boston Public Schools. Boston, MA: Boston Foundation, 2009.
Presents findings from a survey on the availability of arts education in the city's public schools, relevant school traits, funding needs, and partners. Offers recommendations and strategies for a three-year expansion plan. Highlights best practices.

Renz, L. and J. Atienza. Foundation Funding for Arts Education: An Overview of Recent Trends. New York: Foundation Center, 2005.
The report prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with Grantmakers in the Arts examines the distribution of foundation funding for arts education in 2003 and changes in giving since 1999. Foundation Funding for Arts Education is sponsored by the Wallace Foundation.

Funding Directories

Arts Education. Washington, DC: Americans for the Arts. 2006. 19 p. Call Number: 202 AME FED #1
Provides basic profiles of federal funding opportunities to support arts education. Listings include contact information, type of assistance, and information on eligibility. The grant programs fall under the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Use "Arts Education" as a search term in the following directories:
Foundation Center. Grants for Arts, Culture, and the Humanities.Digital edition. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.
Lists more than 25,500 grants of $10,000 or more made by over 1,150 foundations for a variety of arts and cultural programs, including the visual and performing arts, arts education, music, art conservation, film and video, radio and television, literature and writing, architecture, historic preservation, museums, and planetariums. Grants are indexed by recipient name, location, and subject. Available for purchase

Foundation Directory Online
Online database that provides detailed information on more than 98,000 foundations, with links to current foundation 990-PF tax returns. The grants database gives details about more than 1.6 million grants, including the purpose, amount, and recipient. Updated weekly.

Government Funding Links

National Endowment for the Arts

U.S. Department of Education

Internet Resources

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts nationwide by partnering with "local, state, and national arts organizations; government agencies; business leaders; individual philanthropists; educators; and funders throughout the country." The organization's Web site includes a special area promoting arts education.

Arts Education Partnership
The Arts Education Partnership, administered by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic, and government organizations that demonstrate and promote the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools. The Web site has advocacy resources, funding opportunities, publications and resources, task force reports and updates, and arts education links.

Arts for Learning
The Web site developed by Young Audiences, Inc. helps arts educators learn about best practices from programs across the country. Here you can download lesson plans and join online discussions.

National Art Education Association
Founded in 1947, this membership organization supports arts educators at every level.


In the Mix: Arts Education...A+ [video recording]. New York, NY: Public Broadcasting Service, 2003. 30:00 minutes. Call Number: A 050 INT ART
A visit to four innovative arts education programs: Essentially Ellington (New York), WriteGirl (Los Angeles), Summer School of the Arts (Rochester, NY), and Urban Academy (New York). The young program participants talk about the meaning of the arts in their lives.
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