National Arts Organizations


Americans For The Arts 

Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.


Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers is dedicated to securing a high-quality arts education for every young person in America. In-school and out-of-school—each and every day—all children need the opportunity …to create …to perform …to learn about and …to experience

the arts in all forms, including dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.


Carnegie Hall Music Educators Toolbox

This set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices. Designed to be effective and adaptable in a wide variety of music classrooms, the resources were developed through Carnegie Hall’s five-year residency in a New York City elementary/middle school.


Kennedy Center, Arts Edge 

Since the Kennedy Center’s opening in 1971, schoolchildren, parents and educators have turned to us as the nation’s premiere cultural resource. Embracing this responsibility, the Kennedy Center instituted ARTSEDGE in 1996 as its educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies. The full impact of ARTSEDGE might be measured by considering that of the eleven million people who participate in Kennedy Center Education Department programming each year, four million do it through ARTSEDGE resources. The site is visited each day by more than can be held if every theater in the Kennedy Center complex was filled to capacity.


Maryland Fine Arts Education

A great website that gets down to business with regard to authentic assessment.


National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. Click here for the Maine state chapter.


National Art Education Association 

NAEA provides professional development, resources and networking for Visual Art educators across the country. Click here for the Maine state chapter.


Partnership for 21st Century Skills 

To serve as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of US PK-12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders.


State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)

SEADAE consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts). Our Mission: To support the professional effectiveness of individual members and provide a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education.