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Arts Education Toolkit

Arts Education includes the areas of Drama/Theatre, General Music, Instrumental Music, Orchestra, Vocal Music and Visual Arts. The ISEA has developed this Arts Education Toolkit to help you find the resources you need. To learn more about how arts education fits into the common core visit the Iowa Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education websites.

Iowa Arts Council
The mission of the Iowa Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. The vision of this state government agency is that Iowans recognize the arts are essential to their quality of life.The Iowa Arts Council offers several resources to help educators and others build and strengthen the role of arts in the lives of our students and communities.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Since its inception in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has provided leadership to develop and sustain an agenda for arts education.  The agency has led efforts to make the arts a part of the core education for all K-12 students and to increase arts education opportunities outside of school settings.

NEA Arts Advocacy Resource Guide

K-12 21st Century Skills Map




Educational Theatre Association

National Association for Music Education

National Art Education Association

National Dance Education Organization

Americans for the Arts

NEA Fine Arts Caucus

ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education

Arts Education Partnership

Professional Arts Education Organizations

The following arts education organizations are actively serving Iowa educators in areas of professional development, advocacy, and leadership opportunities:

Art Educators of Iowa (

Arts Midwest (

First Iowa Orff Chapter 28 - Cedar Falls (

Greater Des Moines Orff Chapter 48

Iowa Alliance for Arts Education (

Iowa Bandmasters Association (

Iowa Cultural Corridor (

Iowa Communication Association (

Iowa Choral Directors Association (

Iowa High School Music Association (

Iowa Music Educators Association (

Iowa Music Teachers Association (

Iowa String Teachers Association (

Iowa Thespians (

KEI - Kodaly Educators of Iowa (

Metro Arts Alliance (

Sioux Valley Orff - Sioux City (

Very Special Arts Iowa (


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