Regional State Arts Agencies and Organizations
Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA)
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MAEA is an affiliate of the NAEA. Membership is concurrent. The mission of MAEA is to represent, inform and support art educators, and to promote art education throughout Massachusetts. MAEA sponsors meetings, exhibits and workshops. The Boston Globe Scholastic Arts Competition is facilitated through this organization. All PPS visual arts teachers are encouraged to participate in exhibits, scholarships, workshops, conferences and symposiums to enhance their professional development and career opportunities.
Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative (MAEC)
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MAEC educates about, advocates for and supports the importance of lifelong learning in and through the arts by building and creating a network among individuals, organizations and institutions in Massachusetts. MAEC is a statewide action committee housed in the National Arts Learning Collaborative, a member of a national coalition of state alliance organizations operating in partnership with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network to support policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure the arts are woven into American education.
Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)
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The mission of the MCC is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA)
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MMEA is a federated state unit of NAfME that advances and strengthens music education in the state of Massachusetts. MMEA sponsors a yearly state convention, meetings, festivals, and workshops. Regional and All-State opportunities for middle and high school students are facilitated through this organization. All PPS music teachers are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities and to sponsor and showcase outstanding middle and high school musicians in District and All-State ensembles.
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
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NEFA functions as a grant-maker, program initiator, regional laboratory, project coordinator, developer of resources and builder of creative partnerships among artists, arts organizations and funding agencies.
New England Theatre Conference (NETC)
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NETC is a regional theatre organization that sponsors a regional conferences for professional growth and networking, newsletters, a journal, directory and several student competitions throughout New England.
VSA Arts of Massachusetts
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VSA Arts of Massachusetts (a network member of VSA International and affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in our communities and develops arts-based teaching strategies that allow students with and without disabilities to learn together.
Methodology Based Organizations
American Bandmaster’s Association (ABA)
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ABA is committed to the preservation of American band music and history. It is a national association of band masters that promotes better bands and better repertoire through collegial sharing ad presentations.
American Dance Festival (ADF)
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“ADF encourages and supports the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers; preserves modern dance heritage through continued presentation of classic works, as well as through archival efforts; works to build wider national and international audiences for modern dance; enhances public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its cultural and historical significance; provides a sound scientific/aesthetic base for professional education and training of young dancers and is a forum for integrating and disseminating information on dance education.”
American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA)
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AOSA is a professional organization dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.
Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project
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ABC is a South Carolina model for sequential and integrated arts education.
Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA)
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CETA is a model for integrated arts education.
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The Dalcroze approach to music education teaches an understanding of music through Eurhythmics (movement), Solfege, and Improvisation.
Discipline Based Arts Education
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International Animation Association (ASIFA)
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The International Animation Association promotes the art of animation and furthers international understanding and good will through the medium of animated film.
Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education
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The Institute trains teachers to implement a model of arts integration instruction.
Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE)
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OAKE promotes Kodaly’s concept of “Music for Everyone” through the improvement of music education in schools.
National Arts Organizations
American Craft Council (ACC)
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The ACC is a leading voice for the crafts in America, celebrating the achievements of gifted artists working in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and other materials.
Americans for the Arts
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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.
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, The (ASCAP)
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ArtsEdge is a national arts and education information internet web site that supports the use of technology to integrate the arts with other academic subjects.
Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
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The 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.
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA)
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GIA is an organization for philanthropy organizations that support arts organizations and initiatives.
International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD)
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ICFAD addresses issues, provides leadership and offers forums for information exchange in arts education.
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN)
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KCAAEN is a national coalition of not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the Kennedy Center to support the arts as a critical and essential part of American K-12 education.
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. (NARAS)
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National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASSA)
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NASSA is a national service organization for state arts agencies.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
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The National Endowment for the Arts is a federal agency that advocates for human creativity, supports the creative endeavors in communities and schools and fosters the excellence of U.S. artistic accomplishments.
National Young Arts Foundation
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The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.
National Guild for Community Arts Education
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Founded in 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. We foster the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities and funding, and by advocating on behalf of the field.
National Music Publishers Association (NMPA)/The Harry Fox Agency
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The Harry Fox Agency was created by the NMPA to provide an informational source, clearinghouse and monitoring services for licensing musical copyrights.
National Office for the Council of Arts Accrediting Associations (NOCAAA)
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NOCAA serves the Council of Arts Accrediting Association for the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance. The Council of Arts Accrediting established the Accrediting of Community and pre-collegiate Schools(ACCPAS) for the purpose of accrediting k-12 and community arts programs.
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH)
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PCAH encourages private sector support of the arts and humanities and public appreciation for the arts through projects and publications.
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VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. VSA arts offers arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts implemented primarily through their affiliate networks.
National Education Organizations
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national voluntary association of higher education institutions and other organizations and is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality preparation and continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning.
American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
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The AASA is the professional organization for chief executive officers, superintendents and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders. AASA members advance the goals of public education, champion children’s causes in their districts and nationwide, set the pace for academic achievement, help shape policy, oversee its implementation and represent school districts to the public at large.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
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The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.
Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
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ASCD is a membership organization that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
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This is the member organization for state commissioners of education.
Harvard Project Zero
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Project Zero is an education research group in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
National Assessment Governing Board (NAGBO)
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NAGBO is a congressionally created governing board that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), “The Nation’s Report Card.”
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
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The NAEYC is an organization of early childhood educators and others that promotes improvement in the quality of programs for children through third grade.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
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NAGC is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
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NAESP leads advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
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NASSP is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. NASSP promotes excellence in school leadership.
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
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NASBE strengthens state leadership in policymaking; promotes excellence in the education of all students; advocates for equality of access to educational opportunities, and assures continued citizen support for public education.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
NBPTS promotes the upholding of high standards for professional performance in the teaching profession.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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NCES is a federal agency that collects and analyzes data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
This bipartisan organization is dedicated to aiding the nation’s lawmakers.
National Education Association (NEA)
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NEA is American’s oldest and largest organization committed to advancing public education.
National Schools Boards Association (NSBA)
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The National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit federation of state associations of school boards across the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership.
United States Department of Education (USDOE)
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This federal agency directs and supports education in the USA.
United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress
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To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times
to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries”
(U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8)
Professional Arts Education Associations
American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
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AATE promotes standards of excellence in theatre and theatre education and supports the power of the creative experience. AATE connects educators, artists, researchers, scholars and administrators, and provides opportunities for members to learn from each other, and exchange and diversify their practices, their audiences, and their perspectives.
American String Teachers
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The American String Teachers Association is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
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The Educational Theatre Association and its International Thespian Society branch have been working since 1929 to honor excellence among students of theatre and support the work of theatre educators. Originally focused on theatre in high schools, EdTA has in recent years broadened the scope of its mission to embrace the concept of theatre as an instrument of lifelong learning and has expanded its membership to include students and teachers in middle schools, and college students preparing for careers in theatre education. EdTA publishes Dramatics, a monthly magazine for theatre students and teachers, and Teaching Theatre, a quarterly journal for educators. It sponsors the annual International Thespian Festival.
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
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NAEA is the national professional organization for art educators from every level of instruction: early childhood, elementary, intermediate, secondary, college and university, administration, museum education, and lifelong learning. It also includes publishers, manufacturers and suppliers of art materials, parents, students, retired teachers, arts councils, and schools. NAEA promotes quality art education in all schools.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
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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. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
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The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is an autonomous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting standards of excellence in dance education. NDEO provides the dance artist, educator and administrator a network of resources and support, a base for advocacy, and access to programs and projects that focus on the importance of dance in the human experience.