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Professional Development - 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 Resources.

State Agencies and Non-profit Arts Partners

  • 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. Telephone: 720-904-8890
  • 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.
  • Colorado Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
    Colorado Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (COAHPERD) is a professional organization for Dance Educators with links to national discipline organizations.
  • Colorado Dance Education Organization
    CoDEO is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for dance education in the state of Colorado.  CoDEO provides the dance artist and dance educator a state and national network of resources and support, as well as access to programs and projects that focus on the importance of dance in education.  The purpose of the Colorado Dance Education Organization shall be to enrich the lives of the people of Colorado by supporting and promoting the dance arts and arts performances through education, communication and advocacy.
  • Scientific and Cultural Facilities District/Scientific and Cultural Collaborative
    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
    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. Telephone: 303-433-2882

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Research Resources

  • Colorado Creative Industries (Formerly Colorado Council on the Arts)
  • 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.
  • 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 Partnership. (1999).
    • 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.
  • 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 Learning Matters
    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 schools.
  • 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 involvement.
  • 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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