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Visual and Performing Arts Resources

Sites with information on California resources relating to general arts education.

State Resources

National Resources

  • American Alliance for Theatre Education External link opens in new window or tab.
    Promotes theatre education, theatre arts and educators who use theatre in the classroom as well as higher education resources.

  • American Music Conference External link opens in new window or tab.
    Building credibility for music and music education, especially at an early age.

  • Arts Education Partnership External link opens in new window or tab.
    Here you will find a circle of support for your ideas, leadership, and voice in making the arts an essential part of a complete education for every child - especially our most underserved who show the greatest improvement in academic achievement when participating in the arts.

  • Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Promotes and advances theatre education; provides resources for scripts, resource links, directing, designing, producing, Shakespeare, dramaturgy, musicals, copyrighting, play writing and Thespian connections.

  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts External link opens in new window or tab.
    Serving the nation as a leader in arts education.

  • Lincoln Center External link opens in new window or tab.
    A performing arts center representing 12 organizations (including Julliard, Metropolitan Opera, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center) and links to K-12 classrooms across the nation with programming.

  • NationalCore Arts Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
    The result of the work of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), this website launched in June 2014 contains arts standards for five disciplines: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

  • National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Advances and promotes dance education providing teacher resources including research, artistic, educational and cultural values of dance and provides strong advocacy online tools and information.

  • National Gallery of Art (NGA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Collection of paintings, sculpture and works of art on paper from the late middle ages to today and of Eurpoe and the United States; offers online resources for teachers and students plus a loan program.

  • Smithsonian Museum External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Smithsonian encompasses 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. Explore the Smithsonian online resources including their encyclopedian Smithsonian, Exhibits and Events and their Research resources. It includes the American Indian Museum, American Art Museum, the Portrait Gallery and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

  • Smithsonian Art Collection External link opens in new window or tab.
    Art collections including textile - fiber, yarn, fabric; fashion illustration, paintings, lithographs, photography, ceramics, book illustration and 150 years of prints of American art.

  • Smithsonian Cultures and Communities External link opens in new window or tab.
    Artifacts from European Americans, Latinos, Arab Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Gypsies, Jews and Christian, both Catholic and Protestant.

  • Smithsonian Music Collection External link opens in new window or tab.
    Music collections, performances and public programs, resources for educators including the Smithsonian Jazz Class.

  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History External link opens in new window or tab.
    Three million artifacts via online collections and database. Includes collections in art, music, textiles, photography, architecture, cultures and communities, and advertising.

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Professional Learning

  • Arts Standards – Other States Standards and Frameworks External link opens in new window or tab.
    New! Explore the interactive US Map on the SEADAE website to view VAPA standards and frameworks from around the country, as well as downloadable document.

  • Career Technical Education Model Standards
    See industry sector, Arts, Media and Entertainment, and the “Academic Alignment Matrix” starting on page 22.

  • National Coalition for Core Arts Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
    This is a great resource site for the new national arts standards, and for webinars on the arts and common core.

  • Professional Learning Module, Content Literacy for Technical Subjects External link opens in new window or tab.
    This series is the product of collaborative efforts between the California Department of Education and content and professional learning experts throughout California to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards. The series currently includes ten modules available in both online and on-site professional learning formats. The Visual and Performing Arts and connections to Common Core State Standards are thoroughly covered in the module titled, “Content Literacy for Technical Subjects”, which was developed by The California Arts Project.

  • Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California (TASC) External link opens in new window or tab.
    TASC is a collaborative Community of Practice for teaching artists and the organizations that hire them, committed to the professional support of artists who are passionate about education and community engagement in schools, community settings and social service organizations.

 

Questions: Mary Rice | MRice@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0270 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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