Los Angeles Area Arts Organizations
The Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching and presenting the arts. By working in partnerships with schools, libraries, parks, neighborhood groups, community centers and city agencies, the museum’s programs brought the arts to new audiences – a trend that continues to this day.
Arts for All is the dynamic, county-wide collaboration working to create vibrant classrooms, schools, communities and economies through the restoration of all arts disciplines into the core curriculum for each of our 1.6 million public K-12 students. Arts for All mobilizes diverse stakeholders including policymakers and local leadership, school district leaders and teachers, the arts community, artists, advocates, funders, business leaders, parents, students and community leaders.
Arts for LA Vision Statement: Arts for LA envisions the greater Los Angeles region as one in which government, education, business and residents alike support and fully integrate the arts -- in all their diversity -- into the fabric of civic life. Arts for LA facilitates the annual Artsday at which the citizens of the LA area can talk with their elected officials about the importance of the arts. Artsday is a day when the contributions of the arts to all areas of life are highlighted. Artsday 2015
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership in cultural services. The Arts Commission funds nonprofit arts organizations and implements Arts for All, programs and operates the Ford Theatres, funds the largest arts internship program in the country and manages the County’s civic art policy.
The California Arts Project (TCAP) is a collaborative, statewide network of classroom teachers and university scholars with the mission of improving teaching and learning in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and in arts, media, and entertainment.
Arts Integration Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources
Educational outreach is a major part of the Armory’s ongoing work. The Armory offers popular online art and mathematics integrated lessons to educators, in addition to rich professional development opportunities.
Artsedge is a leading advocate for the arts and arts integration. The resources and lessons housed on their site are searchable by keyword, by visual and performing arts integrated with other subject areas, as well as grade level, The lessons include the state, national and Common Core standards that are addressed.
From Baltimore City Schools, Arts Every Day supports arts education with resources for educators, students and families, teaching artists, and cultural organizations.
Education Closet is a rich resource for arts integration for educators at all stages of the practice. The website provides a wide array educational tools and resources for arts integration, STEAM, and project based learning, including a large compilation of lesson plans and implementation guidance that span grades K-12.
The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) publishes Edutopia, one of the most extensive sites for teaching and learning. The Foundation "celebrates and encourages innovation" in K-12 schools. As a notable advocate for arts education, Edutopia offers lesson plans, articles, implementation tools, and many more resources for arts integration.
From the U.S. Department of Defense Education Agency. This is a large collection of digital resources for the Fine Arts, including the Visual Arts, Music, Drama, and the Humanities.
The Getty Museum website has a searchable list of lesson plans for all grade levels, along with numerous resources to use in lesson design and implementation. In addition, the Getty Museum website is a rich cultural resource, offering exploration and discovery in the awe-inspiring world of the visual arts.
The abundance of educational offerings and opportunities that LACMA provides, both online and on site, is astonishing. An encyclopedic online art collection, e-news, K-12 grade level and thematic curriculum, Evenings for Educators, and workshops are only some of the valuable resources this world-class museum offers.
A “must have” tool for teachers is the Teaching Channel. Video lesson plans are accompanied by lesson plan downloads. The Teaching Channel has resources for educators across the curriculum. A convenient search feature allows the user to locate arts integrated lessons and videos, along with many other subject areas.
Arts Education Advocacy
Arts in Education – General Topic
Americans for the Arts urges individuals, informal groups, and organizations to advocate for the arts and provides many resources for this purpose.
The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) has a vast collection of advocacy resources, plus information on State Alliances for Arts Education, and how to develop partnerships to promote arts education.
Dance in Education
The Nation Dance Education Organization (NDEO) maintains a website with a wide range of materials for educators and dancers, including recommendations for advocacy. Videos, research reports, and articles about the positive impact of arts and dance education in the lives of students are available in the NDEO Advocacy Tools section.
Media Arts in Education
The Consortium for Media Literacy online publication, Connections, contains some insights into how to extend the media arts in schools.
Music in Education
The National Association of Music Merchants’ (NAMM) site contains a wealth of advocacy information, including this video and article focused on how school leadership can create the culture and climate for music education that also teaches life skills.
Why Should Children Play Music? if anyone needs convincing, check it out here.
Theatre in Education
The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) offers “Advocacy Basics”, the What, When, Who, Where, and How of advocacy in general and Theatre Education, specifically.
Visual Arts in Education
National Arts Education Association (NAEA) – as the leading professional member organization for visual arts educators, the NAEA maintains a website with tools and multiple learning resources, an abundance of advocacy materials, even an online store for advocacy merchandise.