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• Finding the Will and the Way to Make the Arts a Core Subject: Thirty Years of Mixed Progress
The State Standard, Winter 2004
Written by the director of arts learning at the National Endowment “the purpose of this article is threefold: To consider where arts education has come from since the early 1980s; to view where it stands today as a core subject in No Child Left Behind; and to see how policymakers can help insure that the arts reach the hilltop in the near future.”

• Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Art Centers in Education
The 168-page report — produced by the New York City-based Dana Foundation — provides case studies of eight model arts education programs at performing arts centers, and profiles 66 performing arts centers and institutions that partner with local school districts.

• Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge (TETAC)
Final project report from the National Arts Education Consortium. “Through the TETAC project, the consortium worked to integrate comprehensive approaches to arts education with other elements of whole-school reform to demonstrate the value of the arts as part of the core curriculum and to quantify student achievement in the arts.”

•The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar
Lecture given by Helen Vendler, 2004 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, on May 6, 2004.
Vendler proposed that humanistic study ought to center on the arts as they teach students more about humanities and national heritage than do either philosophy or history.  By focusing on language, literature, and the arts students can gain a truer portrayal of “the way we are and were, the way we actually live and have lived.”

• The Nation’s Report Card – Arts
This site includes information on the arts achievement of American students as determined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

• Educational Standards and Curriculum Frameworks for Art and Music
A collection of resources with information on national and state art & music standards.

•The Arts and the Creation of Mind
In this book, author Elliot Eisner argues that although the arts are often thought to be closer to the rim of education than to its core, they are, surprisingly, critically important means for developing complex and subtle aspects of the mind. The book is published by Yale University Press, and the introduction and first chapter, “The Role of the Arts in Transforming Conciousness,” are available online.

• The Arts and Academic Improvement: What the Evidence Shows
REAP (Reviewing Education and the Arts Project) has conducted the first comprehensive and quantitative study of what the research on academic outcomes of arts education really shows. The Executive Summary is presented here. From a double issue of The Journal of Aesthetic Education, entitled The Arts and Academic Improvement: What the Evidence Shows (Fall/Winter 2000).

Includes information on arts organizations, arts advocacy, funding resources for the arts, current arts issues in the news, links to arts departments of K-12 and higher ed schools, student research pages, and a young artists’ showcase.

• Arts Education Partnership
The Arts Education Partnership (formerly the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership) is a private, profit coalition of education,arts, business, philanthropic, and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of arts education in enabling all students to succeed in school, life, and work.

• Arts Education Advocacy Resources
This list is an attempt to identify the key advocacy resources of most practical use to the arts education community.

• National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Includes a guide to the NEA, grant information, lists of NEA publications, list of state and regional arts organizations; an arts resource center, links to other arts related sites.

•State Arts Agencies 1965-2003: Whose Interests to Serve?
Written by economist Dr. Julia Lowell, this RAND Corporation report looks at state arts funding over the last 40 years and offers policy suggestions to counter recent declines, including the need for arts agencies to work more closely with local communities.

• Resources in Art History for Graduate Students
“This continuously updated newsletter lists grants, fellowships, internships and study abroad opportunities for graduate students in art history and closely related areas such as humanities and visual art studies.”

•NGA Classroom
This site for teachers and students from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, is designed to connect art and curriculum. Use the Resource Finder to view lesson plans and resources by curriculum, topic, or artist. The site also contains a collection of interactive features.

•The National Gallery: Online Resources for Teachers
From the National Gallery, London, this site contains images and information for the museum’s entire collection, plus a Teachers’ Notes section with suggestions for using some of the paintings in the classroom, including artist biographies and downloadable lesson plans. A separate Zoomable Pictures area allows study of details in over 100 works.

• ArtsEdNet
The Getty Center for Education in the Arts Includes background knowledge for instructors using a discipline-based arts education approach, some excellent online activities for students, and wonderful artistic images.

• ArtLex Visual Arts Dictionary
Includes definitions of more than 3,300 terms here, along with numerous illustrations, pronunciation notes, great quotations, and links to other resources on the Web. More than 120 longer articles are also included on topics such as tessellations, mythological art, and more.

• Art Studio Chalkboard
These pages are a resource for artists and art students that focus on the technical fundamentals of perspective, shading, color and painting. They were compiled and designed by Ralph Larmann, art faculty member in the Southern Arkansas University Art Department.

• The Art Room
Designed for kids 8 and over and teachers who can find activities and information for curriculum planning.

• Scribbles
Includes art activities for children and information for adults interested in teaching children art concepts.

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• Arts & Crafts Chatboard at Teachers.net
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• National Art Education Association (NAEA)
1916 Association Drive
Reston, VA  20191-1590
Tel:  703/860.8000
Fax: 703/860.2960
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