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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 for residents and visitors. The Division supports the view that the arts build cultural understanding, mutual respect, and strong communities. Arts In Education projects accomplish this by bringing artists and cultural experiences directly into Florida schools, hospitals, nursing and eldercare facilities, senior centers, correctional facilities, community spaces, cultural facilities, and other organizations.

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.
  • National Endowment for the Arts 
    The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
  • 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 
    By supporting arts education, state arts agencies help to foster young imaginations and facilitate children's success in school. Arts education also provides the critical thinking, communications and creativity skills essential to 21st century success.
  • Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education 
    The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) is a coalition of statewide non-profit Alliances for Arts Education working in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to support policies, practices, programs, and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of American K-12 education.

State Resources

  • Florida Alliance for Arts Education
    Florida Alliance for Arts Education is a statewide organization of partners and coalitions working to promote arts in education.
  • VSA Florida
    VSA Florida is a state affiliate of "VSA arts," an international nonprofit organization that creates educational opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities.
  • Florida Department of Education, Office of Humanities
    Students across the state of Florida are engaged in creative learning and exploration of the humanities. Through language arts, social sciences, music, art, dance, and drama, we explore what it means to be human. The unifying themes of production, history, criticism, and aesthetics are common within Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for the humanities.
  • Florida Art Education Association
    The Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) is a membership association dedicated to providing visual art educators in Florida with the knowledge, skills and support that will ensure the highest quality instruction possible to all students in Florida.
  • Florida Dance Education Organization
    The Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance.
  • Florida Department of State Sunshine State Standards
    This link provides expectations for student achievement in Florida public schools (K-12).
  • Chalk Walk Toolkit
    Each year, the Division of Cultural Affairs partners with the Tallahassee/Leon County Council on Arts & Culture (COCA) for Chalk Walk, a celebration of Florida artists and arts in education featuring dozens of artworks recreated in chalk by local high school students.
    • The Chalk Walk Toolkit includes instructions and educational standards for hosting a Chalk Walk in your local community.

Other Resources

  • Arts Edge
    Arts Edge is an online resource center funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Department of Education and administered by the Kennedy Center Education Department. Its mission is to help artists, teachers, and students gain access to and share information, resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject in the K-12 curriculum.
  • Imagine Mars Project
    Imagine Mars is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) is a unique national arts, science and education initiative. The website contains lesson plans and resources for k-12 students to design a futuristic Mars community. Students explore their own community and decide which arts, scientific and cultural elements will be important on Mars. Then they develop their ideal community, from an interdisciplinary perspective of arts, sciences and technology.
  • Arts Education Resource
    Arts Education Resource (AER) works with professional artists, teaching artists, arts specialists, classroom teachers, and administrators from schools, school districts, and arts and cultural organizations.
  • Arts Education Partnership Publications
    Here you can find recent research publications from the Arts Education Partnership covering various aspects of information about current and emerging arts and education research, policy, and practice that can be used to advocate for arts education.