ArtsEdSearch: ArtsEdSearch is an online clearinghouse and searchable database of research focused on the outcomes of arts education for students and educators, both during and outside the school day. It is a resource for policymakers and education stakeholders and leaders to better understand and articulate the role that arts education can play in preparing students to succeed in the changing contexts of the 21st Century.

American Psychological Association Division 10 : The Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts is committed to interdisciplinary scholarship, both theoretical and empirical, encompassing the visual, literary, and performing arts.

AERA Arts and Learning Special Interest Group: The Arts and Learning Special Interest Group (A&L SIG) of the American Educational Research Association is a forum for discussion of research issues related to the arts and education. All arts disciplines are entertained, and a wide range of research technique is represented.

National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

Studio Thinking: A systematic investigation of what it is that visual arts teachers in arts-based high schools teach in their classes, and how these classes are organized.

NEA WebinarOn October 29, 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a 90-minute webinar titled “New Research on the Arts & Early Childhood: A Symposium”. The webinar showcased a series of research articles that will appear in a special section of Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ECRQ).


Arts Integration in Classrooms

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education: CAPE aims to offer free training on arts integration to school teachers so that they can effectively teach art principles to their students.

Drama for Schools at UT Austin: The program trains teachers to integrate drama techniques into authentic instruction and make learning meaningful to
students. The website offers many informative resources like detailed teaching strategies, videos, and facilitation plans.

Whole Schools Initiative (WSI): WSI provides learning opportunities for students to integrate arts into the core curriculum, offers professional development for teachers and schools to build the art integration school culture, and engage the community and families with arts.

A+ Schools of North Carolina: A+ Schools of North Carolina is a whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning in all subjects. A+ Schools combine interdisciplinary teaching and daily arts instruction, offering children opportunities to develop creative, innovative ways of thinking, learning and showing what they know.

Los Angeles County Arts Ed Collective: The LA County Arts Ed Collective is a collaborative effort of teachers, policymakers, and funders to provide arts education to all students in LA public schools.

The Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA): The CETA program facilitates arts integration in the classroom. It includes both instruction teachers and arts integrated teaching for students through various resources like courses and workshops.

Ohio Alliance Arts Education: OAAE provides professional development services to educators, artists, and parents. It also connects artists to K-12 schools and educational venues.

Arts Education Resources

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge: ArtsEdge provides free arts and cross-curricular resources for educators, families and students. It also includes collection and multimedia finder to browse the collection.

National Art Education Association: The NAEA provides learning resources for art educators to support their
professional growth and leadership as well as the growth of their students.

Arts Education Partnership: AEP provides partner organizations access to research and information, and create opportunities for communication and collaboration between arts disciplines and across sectors to improve arts education practice and make high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students.

Incredible Art Department: On this site one can find free art lessons, news, art resources, art careers, schools, and help for new art teachers. It includes a diverse range of subjects and topics of interest to art educators, general area teachers, students, parents, artists, and homeschoolers the world over.

The Phillips Collection K-12 Education: The Phillips Collection offers a variety of arts education opportunities, such as museum visits for students, in-classroom workshops, and professional development seminars.

Arts Opportunities and Community Events in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia

Off the Wall at George Mason University: Every Spring, Mason opens its state-of-the-art, Art and Design Building to alumni, parents, and the public for a family-friendly celebration to benefit the visual arts at Mason. Guests tour more than 15 studio spaces and interact with student and faculty artists, plus have the opportunity to create their own works of art. Creative mac-and-cheese cuisine and beverage stations (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) will be located throughout the event, plus a silent auction of arts-related items and experiences.

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Millennium Stage is a free performance series and part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It features a broad spectrum of national and international performing arts companies, from dance and jazz, to chamber music and folk, comedy, storytelling and theater, every day of the year. Performances always begin at 6pm.

Reston Community Center: The goal of the Reston Community Center is to provide a broad range of programs in arts, aquatics, recreation, enrichment and life-long learning. The center offers theater performances, art classes, activities, exhibitions, and galleries.

Imagination Stage: Imagination Stage empowers all young people to discover their voice and identity through performing arts education and professional theatre.

City of Fairfax Arts Events: The City of Fairfax offers numerous different events to stimulate community engagement in the arts such as Friday Morning Music Club, the Irish Folk Festival, and Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts: Through a partnership and collaboration of the National Park Service and the non-profit Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Park offers both natural and cultural resources including concerts, music education programs, and the Wolf Trap Opera.

The US Army Band: The United States Army Band is the premier musical organization of the United States Army, founded in 1922. In addition to providing support to the armed forces and military events around the world, they also offer free concerts to the public in the DC area.

Arlington Arts in Arlington, VA: Their mission is to create, support, and promote the arts, connecting artists and community to reflect the diversity of Arlington. They do this for the public by: presenting high quality performing, literary, visual and new media programs across the County. The website lists numerous arts opportunities for individual involvement.

WSC Avant Bard: WSC Avant Bard is a performing arts organization dedicated primarily to producing classic works in small theaters throughout Northern Virginia which is funded by NEA and Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Arlington Arts Center: Arlington Arts Center is a contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by regional artists in the Mid-Atlantic states. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studio spaces, AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the public.

ARTSFairfax: This organization supports the community by sponsoring arts events such as Theatre, Music, Dance, Museums, Galleries, Arts Education, Professional Development, Master Classes, and Camps in the Fairfax area.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia: The mission of the JCCNV Cultural Arts department is to demonstrate, illuminate and celebrate the breadth and depth of Judaism’s culture, identity, creativity, diversity and resiliency through the performing, visual and literary arts. They have numerous events to engage the community, such as film festivals, performing arts series, Jewish food festivals, and fine arts programming.

Vienna Arts Society: An excellent resource for those who live in Northern Virginia, the VAS offers community arts events such as photography, watercolors, mosaics, and numerous arts exhibits.

Art Works Now: Art Works Now provides arts education and family arts programs for Hyattsville, MD and surrounding communities. They are focused on teaching arts technique as well as providing after school opportunities for children to engage in the arts.

The Phillips Collection Artful Adventures: The Phillips Collection is an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art in a dynamic environment. In their Artful Adventures, children can experience art at eye level in special galleries, engage in family friendly arts activities, and materials designed for arts discovery.

Phillips@THEARC: The Phillips Collection’s Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) provides arts-infused services to Southeast DC, such as galleries, workshops, and artful wellness kits.