Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts Resources

Published: 12/20/2023 8:09 AM

American Alliance for Theatre and Education
The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) is a networking organization for theatre artists and educators. AATE provides opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, creativity, artistry, mentorship, recognition, advocacy and more to those with a vested interest in the field of theatre and education. Whether you are a theatre teacher, youth theatre director, playwright, education director for a theatre, arts integration specialist, theatre scholar, teaching artist, theatre advocate or an individual who finds theatre arts essential in education we are here to provide services and programming that help you advance our field.

Americans for the Arts

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

AP Central

Information for students, parents, and professionals about Advanced Placement from the College Board.

Arts Education Partnership
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels. Our major projects and activities include: commissioning and disseminating research about critical arts and education issues; maintaining and linking databases on state-level policies for arts education; and convening national forums around significant themes and issues in the field. Our partners include federal arts and education agencies, state departments of education, state arts agencies, national arts and education organizations, and arts and education collaboration at the state and local level.

ArtsEdSearch is a project of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), and builds on Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, a compendium of research that the AEP published in 2002 exploring the impact of arts education on student success in school, life, and work. Critical Links identified a range of outcomes of arts learning—including students’ development of skills for creative thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration—which are of central interest today, not only to the arts education field, but more broadly to education policymakers and leaders concerned with preparing students to succeed in the changing contexts of the 21st Century. AEP has developed ArtsEdSearch as a resource for policymakers and education stakeholders and leaders to better understand and articulate the role that arts education can play in meeting this challenge. ArtsEdSearch is designed to be an interactive, living resource that will grow and evolve along with arts and education research and practice.

​Educational Theatre Association​​

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 100,000 student and professional members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.​
EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than 2.2 million theatre students since its founding in 1929. EdTA also publishes Dramatics, a monthly magazine for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre, a quarterly journal for theatre education professionals.​

The Kennedy Center

Since opening in 1971, the Kennedy Center has continued its efforts to fulfill his vision—presenting the greatest performers and performances from across America and around the world, nurturing new works and young artists, and serving the nation as a leader in arts education.

Kentucky Educational Television Arts Toolkits
Teachers will find high-quality lesson plans and other resources in dance, drama, visual arts, and music, all designed to help you integrate the arts into the classroom experience. Students are invited to visit the Student Center for quick access to information about arts careers, our virtual museum, and other interesting activities.

Kentucky Humanities Council

The Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. (KHC) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. The Council is supported by the National Endowment and by private contributions. We are not a state agency, and we receive no state funds, but we are proud partners with Kentucky's cultural, heritage, arts, and tourism agencies.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress provides Classroom materials with primary sources, themed resources, collections, and presentation activities as well as professional development opportunities and news and events of interest to arts teachers.

PBS Learning Center
PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. They provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations, and professional learning. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA, Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology​ 

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) was founded in 1960 as an organization to promote dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology. Today it has grown to include members at all levels of their careers and has embraced the new technologies being used in entertainment.  USITT is now the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry. The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialog among practitioners, educators, and students. 

Visual and Performing Arts Listse​rv

In the Commonwealth, LISTSERVs are one of the ways to support communications among students, teachers and administrators​ and Kentucky Department of Education staff. We have provided you with an easy way to subscribe to a KERA related discussion list. Please stay on the list as long as you find the information useful.

The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation seeks to support and share effective ideas and practices that will strengthen education leadership, arts participation and out-of-school learning.

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