Art in Action is a national nonprofit that creates comprehensive, easy-to-teach visual arts curriculum for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. An After Degree (BEAD) Program of 60 credit hours is also available for students with a BA, BFA or another approved degree in one of the arts areas of concentration chosen from Dance, Drama, Literature, Music, Visual Arts, as well as Creative Technologies for Education, or Indigenous Visual Education.
Another reason for the lack of arts in the classroom author Victoria Jacobs explains, Given the shrinking budgets of school districts around the country, art specialists and art programs have disappeared from many elementary schools (Jacobs, 1999, p. 4). Fine arts are being seen as non-educational or an extra-curricular activity.
The Arts Education Partnership reports that students from low socio-economic backgrounds, English language learners, and students with special needs—often underserved in public schools—show the greatest relative improvement in academic achievement when participating in the arts.
We serve our Partner Organizations by providing priority access to research and information, and creating opportunities for communication and collaboration between arts disciplines and across sectors on key education issues, which benefits their work with their constituents in schools and communities nationwide.
Composed of administrators responsible for music and arts programs in their school districts, the Arts Education Advisory Council (AEAC) meets five times each year to examine issues of particular relevance to music, art, dance, theatre arts and creative writing curricula.