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United Arts Council

Teacher Resources

This pages is intended to raise awareness about arts-related opportunities and resources available to teachers and students. See our calendar for upcoming events as well. To have your program or opportunity considered for inclusion, contact Ragen Carlile at [email protected].


North Carolina’s statewide advocacy organization for the arts, now with information about arts education in North Carolina. Arts Education=More Than You Think.

Arts Education Partnership
The Arts Education Partnership provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.

Asheville Art Museum
The Asheville Art Museum offers resources and programs that help students and teachers investigate the important role art plays in life and learning.  (See More than Math, etc.)

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Sets the standard for arts integration nationwide. Includes lesson plans and weblinks. Also includes teaching artists, among them some of the artists who have taught at this institute. Look for the great arts-integrated lesson plans on this site.

Find out more about the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards here. Lesson plans, education references, news, online courses and more are all available in one central, user-friendly place!

The National Endowment for the Arts
You got it, the national arts organization. Look for grants and National Initiatives.

NC Department of Public Instruction
North Carolina’s own central online location for all things educational. Sign up for e-mail updates if you don’t already receive them, see the latest NC Education news, and more!

The North Carolina Arts Council
Great resource for a variety of things including booking teaching artists for your school, some of whom have taught at this institute, not to mention the grants to fund their residencies, workshops and performances.  This site also includes a great deal of information you may find useful, particularly in the Arts in Education Section.

North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study
Defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. This resource includes standard areas, Common Core State Standards, and the North Carolina Essential Standards.

NC Museum of Art
The North Carolina Museum of Art has a wealth of educational materials specifically for teachers, including sample lesson plans and ideas for incorporating pieces from the Museum into the classroom.

NC Museum of History
The North Carolina Museum of History also offers many programs and resources to teachers and schools.

Education Closet   Education closet is an on-line source for integrated lesson plans and courses.  They offer a free lesson plan per month.

The Wolftrap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts  
Wolftrap provides not only great performances but also wonderful resources and teaching artists for early childhood education.

Partnership for 21st Century Learning Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. Those skills include critical thinking and problem solving, communication, creativity and innovation, collaboration, information and media literacy, and contextual learning skills. Includes resources for defining and implementing these skills.


Journal for Learning through the Arts: A Research Journal on Arts Integration in Schools and Communities.  University of California, Irvine.  (You can subscribe to this journal online.)

Teaching Artist Journal. A journal by and for teaching artists which includes best practices and up-to-date arts integration resources.

Armstrong, Thomas (2009). Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, (3rd Ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Booth, Eric (2001). The Everyday Work of Art: Awakening the Extraordinary in Your Daily Life. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.

Booth, Eric (2009). The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator. New York: Oxford University.

Burnaford, Gail E., Arnold Aprill and Cynthia Weiss (2001). Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Cornett, Claudia (2014). Creating Meaning through Literature and the Arts: Arts Integration Resource for Classroom Teachers (5th Ed.). New York: Pearson.

Coyle, Daniel (2009). The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. New York: Bantam.

Gardner, Howard (2011). The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach (2nd Ed.).  New York: Basic Books.

Gardner, Howard (1993). Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.  New York: Basic Books.

Jaffe, Nick, Becca Barniskis and Barbara Hackett Cox (2013). The Teaching Artist Handbook: Volume 1:Tools, Techniques, and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach. Chicago: Columbia College Chicago Press.

Hoffman, Jessica (2008). Why Our Schools Need the Arts.  New York: Teachers College Press.

Pink, Daniel (2006). A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Trade.

Rabkin, Nick (2004).  Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century.  Chicago: Columbia College Chicago Press.

Robinson, Sir Ken. (2011). Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (2nd Ed.). Chichester, West Sussex, England: Capstone Publishing, Ltd.

PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
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