Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity -- a great TED Talk about the importance of educating for creativity as a basic skill.

Americans for the Arts -- major arts advocacy organization.

The Arts Education Partnership -- a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic, and government organizations promoting the value of arts education in the development of youth.

The Tribes Project -- "A multicultural, youth driven, non-profit organization dedicated to race education through the performing arts. We produce evocative and honest theatre performances as forums for the open discussion of race. The Tribes Project produces professional youth theatre with high standards of excellence."

The Scribe Video Center -- a community based documentary film program, in Philadelphia, that trains people to make films about issues and stories of significance to them -- includes a documentary history project for youth -- the Center was started by award winning filmmaker, Cornell University graduate, past artist-in-residence at Ithaca College, and McArthur "genius grant" recipient, Louis Massiah.

The Rebecca Davis Dance Company: Dance for Social Change -- a modern dance company that incorporates traditional and modern forms, including classical ballet, jazz, modern dance and hip hop to create dances that address major social issues.

Shawn Ginwright Webpage -- the home page of scholar activisit Shawn Ginwright, a leading expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He's author of a number of good books (including Black in School: Afrocentric Reform, Urban Youth, and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture, and Black Youth Rising: Activism & Radical Healing in Urban America) and co-founder of the Institute for Radical Healing, a newly formed institute dedicated to pioneering research and wellness practices that build the capacity of individuals and communities of color to sustain social change efforts.

ArtsEdNet -- The Getty Foundation's arts education website -- lots of resources, lesson plans, and links.

Advocating for Arts in the Classroom -- An article outlining the ways in which an Art education can benefit our nation's students.

Art Smarts: Lessons Learned about Investing in a Well-Rounded Education -- An article from the California School Boards Association outlining the reasons why an Arts education is vital to students. 

Assuring Equitable Arts Learning in Urban K-12 Public Schools --  An article outlining the views of various education professionals explaining why they believe the Arts is an essential part of every student's educational experience.

Music and Multiculturalism -- This article offers evidence that music is an important subject to use for multicultural education.

American Music Conference -- an organization that promotes and supports music education -- includes information about research showing the benefits of music education.

No Subject Left Behind -- an article about arts education opportunities and their value.

Hillary Clinton’s Stance on Dance Education -- a video of a speech by Hilary Clinton in which she discusses dance’s impact on other academics and notes how the No Child Left Behind Act hinders dance education programs in schools.

The Status of Dance in Education -- this website provides research supporting dance’s contribution to a higher work ethic and performance in other academics.

Teaching Creative Dance: An Afrocentric Experience -- different approaches to dance are essential for American students to become culturally literate. This website shows different ways dance is celebrated, with a focus on the African American experience.

“DanceVersity:” A World Dance for American Youth Program -- this 10-minute video shows American children learning a variety of dances from around the world.

National Arts and Disability Center -- promotes inclusion of people with special needs in the arts.

Crayola Art Education -- a variety resources for educators, including lesson plans and project ideas that integrate the arts into a number of other disciplines.

Some Good Books & Articles

Bailey, S. 1993. Wings to Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts to Students with Special Needs. Woodbine House.

Consortium of National Arts Education Association. Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts: What Every Young American Should Know and Be Able to Do in the Arts. 1994. Reston, VA: MENC.

Davis, J. 2005. Framing Education as Art. New York: Teachers College Press.

Davis. J.  2011.  Why Our High Schools Need the Arts.  Teachers College Press.

Elliott, D. (1995). Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hutzel, K., Bastos, M. & Cosier, K. (Eds.)  2012.  Transforming City Schools Through Art.  Teachers College Press.

New Museum. 2010.  Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Routledge.

Quinn, T & Ploof, J. (Eds.) 2011.  Art and Social Justice. Routledge.

Reimer, B. and Smith, R.A. 1992. The Arts, Education, and Aesthetic Knowing. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Schwarz, I. (1979). Arts and Humanities Perspective. Brockport: State University of New York.

Smith, R.A. 2006. Culture and the Arts in Education: Critical Essays on Shaping Human Experience. New York: Teachers College Press.

Sternberg, P. 1998. Theatre for Conflict Resolution: In the Classroom and Beyond. Heinemann.


Responses of Young Children to Contemporary Art Exhibits: The Role of Artistic Experiences -- an article describing a study that tested the impact of trips to contemporary art exhibits on elementary students’ creativity, excitement about art class, and appreciation for modern art.

The Creators Project -- an online database including articles, videos, and interviews. The focus of this site is the incorporation of technology in all forms of art, including music, dance, visual arts, architecture, and more. Provides resources that can be incorporated into math, science, and technology curriculums.

Art21 -- a website organized by the PBS broadcast company. This is an amazing resource for videos and articles about artists working today in all fields. It also provides links to access full-length television episodes, which include interviews with artists about their work.

Cahan, S. & Kocur, Z. 1996. Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Routledge, New York.