- The Arts
"We have an innate desire to endlessly learn, grow, and develop. We want to
become more than what we already are. Once we yield to this inclination for
continuous and never-ending improvement, we lead a life of endless
accomplishments and satisfaction." — Chuck Gallozzi
Teachers are endlessly learning, growing and developing the next generation
and themselves. This webpage will be updated regularly with some of the many
opportunities available for continued professional growth in the area of the
arts. For additional supports please check Instructional
State Agencies and Non-profit
Colorado Creative Industries
The mission of the Colorado Creative Industries
(Formerly the Colorado Council on the Arts) is to
promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive
Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. CCI offers grant funding to help develop arts-rich schools.
Contact Sheila Sears for more information: 303-892-3852
- Think 360
Arts Complete Education serves K-12 schools in Colorado through
teacher training, direct services to classrooms and public awareness programs.
Center for Integrated Arts Education
The Center for Integrated Arts Education (CIAE) is located at the University of Northern
Colorado. CIAE provides leadership in arts planning, formation of arts policy,
professional collaborations and curriculum development.
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Colorado Arts Professional Organizations
- Colorado Art Education Association
The Colorado Art Education Association (CAEA)
is a professional organization for Visual Arts Educators with links to
national discipline organizations.
- Colorado Music Educators Association
The Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA)
is a professional organization
for Music Educators with links to national discipline organizations.
Alliance for Colorado Theatre
The Alliance for Colorado Theatre (ACT)
is a professional organization for
Theatre Educators with links to national discipline organizations.
- Colorado Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Colorado Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and
(COAHPERD) is a professional organization for Dance Educators with links to
national discipline organizations.
- Colorado Dance Alliance
The Colorado Dance Alliance is a statewide organization whose mission is to
foster and support dance in the state of Colorado.
- Scientific and Cultural Facilities District/Scientific and Cultural
Scientific and Cultural Facilities District/Scientific and Cultural
Collaborative established in 1988, when voters in the Denver metro area created the SCFD to
provide a consistent source of funding to over 300 scientific and cultural
organizations. SCFD produces a teachers’ guide to arts & cultural field
trips, workshops, performances and tours in the Metro Denver area. Contact:
Charlotte D’Armond Talbert, 303-893-6093
ArtReach offers three programs for at risk and underprivileged populations are
Arts Benefiting Kids, afterschool workshops, Community Tickets, free tickets
for underserved populations, and ArtsExpress, transportation to arts events.
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Arts Education Study - released October, 2008
Creative Economy study
- released February, 2009
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies--Researched-Based Communication Tool
Kit is a comprehensive document that brings together several components that
advocates can use at state and local levels. Each component is research-based,
drawing on careful reviews and analyses of research literature that confirm,
explain and clarify the role of the arts in various significant policy contexts.
An Introduction to Scientifically Based Research -
National Assembly of State
Arts Agencies (2005).
- Arts Education Partnership
(AEP) is a national coalition of arts, education,
business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrate and
promote the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every
child and in the improvement of America's schools. Publications on arts
education advocacy and research.
Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning- Arts Education
Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social
Development - Arts Education Partnership. (2002).
- The Dana Foundation
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization
with particular interests in brain science, immunology, and arts education. The
Arts Education initiative at Dana supports innovative programs leading to
improved teaching in the performing arts in public schools. Grants, guidelines,
publications, and resources are all online.
Impact of the Arts on Learning - Arts Education Partnership. (1999).
Arts and the Brain - The Dana Foundation. (2008).
The YouthARTS Development Project
US Department of Justice. (2001).
- National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an
investment in America's living cultural heritage, serves the public good by
nurturing the expression of human creativity, supporting the cultivation of
community spirit, and fostering the recognition and appreciation of excellence
and diversity of our nation's artistic accomplishments. Arts Learning
publications, including, “How the Arts can enhance After School Programming.”
Third Space: When
Council of Chief State School Officers recently published, Third Space: When
Learning Matters which tells the riveting story of the profound changes in the lives
of kids, teachers, and parents in ten economically disadvantaged communities
across the country that place their bets on the arts as a way to create great
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform
at Brown University develops, shares and acts on knowledge that improves the
conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities
and in schools serving disadvantaged children.
- Harvard Project Zero
Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance
learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and
scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels. Research
Projects: Arts: This organization also has strong research on family
- The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation works to expand learning and enrichment
opportunities for all people. The Knowledge Center on the web site is a
repository of field-based evidence of what is working, what is not and why.
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