Arts Education Network: Americans for the Arts – A comprehensive network and website which includes research publications, toolkits, webinars, articles and quick facts that make the case for more arts in our schools.

Arts Education Partnership – A leading source for information on arts education policy and research, the Arts Education Partnership website includes useful publications as well as easy-to-use advocacy tools for educators, parents and other advocates.

CAPE-Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education – CAPE, founded on the belief that arts education plays a crucial role in the academic success of students, partners with Chicago Public Schools to bring integrated arts education to thousands of students. Teachers and teaching artists collaborate to combine the arts and other core academic areas. The CAPE website includes the latest formal research findings on arts education and delivers articles and presentations in an easily digestible format.

Edutopia – A print and online magazine created and maintained by The George Lucas Educational Foundation that is dedicated to promoting positive change in education. The arts education section contains articles, blog posts, videos and slideshows on the latest in arts education news.

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network – A coalition of arts education non-profits that work together with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to support policies, practices, programs and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of American K-12 education. This website is a great resource for information on developing and assessing arts education programs.

National Art Education Association – The NAEA promotes art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership and hosts a website which offers free lesson plans as well other useful information for educators as well as information on grants, research and community-building through the arts.

National Endowment for the Arts – A public agency dedicate to supporting excellence in the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts’ website contains information on grants and research and contains useful arts education publications.

National Assembly of State Art Agencies – This website provides links to state arts agencies, major grant-makers in arts and culture, arts and learning resources and information about cultural tourism policy, the creative economy and arts as a public policy asset.

Project Zero – A research project of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking and creativity at the individual and institutional levels. The Project Zero website features useful research projects as well as links to arts frameworks, tools and books.

STEM + Art = STEAM – STEAM is a movement championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and adopted widely by institutions, corporations, and individuals.
The objectives of the STEAM movement are: To transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM; Encourage integration of Art + Design in K-20 education; Influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation.

Wallace Foundation: Arts
Education – A grant-making foundation that has been supporting arts education since 2005. A key research website for such topics as community approaches to building arts education and arts classroom instruction.


California Alliance for Arts Educators – A go-to place for fact sheets, policy news and current research. Sign up for the newsletter to receive action alerts for important arts education policy matters.

California Arts Advocates – A resource for news, research and advocacy tools that provides a free monthly e-newsletter with up-to-date arts education news in California.

California Arts Council – The California Arts Council promotes the awareness of the importance of the arts and directly funds arts programs in California. The California Arts Council’s artists-in-the-schools program emphasizes long-term, in-depth arts education during school hours or in after-school programs toward the goal of offering K-12 students comprehensive, California standards-based arts education.

SF Bay Area

Alameda County Office of Education’s Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership and Art Is Education – Offers culturally responsive arts integrated curriculum units as well as arts education research and advocacy tools. Programming includes professional development for teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists.

Mendocino County

Arts Council of Mendocino County – In partnership with the California Alliance for Arts Education, the Arts Council of Mendocino County is working to convene business partners, community, artists and parent organizations to stand together for arts education through the County Alliance for Arts Education and Local Arts Network.

Program Spotlight

Get Arts in the Schools Program

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2023.

Artist in the Spotlight

Event Spotlight

Willits Art Party

at Recreation Grove,
on Sunday, October 1 from 11am to 5pm.