ArtsEd Programs


AFTA Arts Education Network

Learning and participation in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts are vital to the development of our children and our communities. Through advocacy, research, partnerships, and professional development, Americans for the Arts strives to provide and secure more resources and support for arts education. Visit for more information on the Arts Education Network.

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Georgia Council for the Arts

The GCA’s arts education programs were dismantled in the last decade and almost completely terminated due to extreme budget cuts.  The state arts agency went from having staff to having part time staff, but has had no arts in education full time staff for several years.  A Facebook post in August, 2013, advertised that an Arts Education Manager would be employed.

The GCA does maintain some Artists Rosters:

Touring Artists:

GCA produces several rosters that promote the state’s talented pool of performing artists. These publications feature artists who have been professionally adjudicated by a peer review panel and include areas such as music, theatre, and dance. The artists selected for inclusion on the teaching artists bank are qualified as instructors for ages ranging from pre-K through post-college. Each is skilled in developing curricula that corresponds to Georgia teaching standards and/or developing learning skills and more.

Traditional Artists Roster and Teaching Artists Bank:

Lists of artists only, the adjudication of applications has been temporarily suspended.

Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture

The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture operates four art centers; Abernathy Arts Center, South Fulton Arts Center, Southwest Arts Center, West End Performing Arts Center and a public/private partnership with Johns Creek Arts Center. Through community based centers, Fulton County Arts & Culture provides residents: arts instruction for all ages and most disciplines including visual art, dance, theatre, music, multi-media, creative writing and quilting. Summer programming includes art camps for youth ages 5-12 and the Teen Artists Academy for teen artists age 13-18.

City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs

Chastain Arts Center , the city’s oldest art education facility, offers arts classes.

ARTSReacH,  partners with community-based organizations to offer art programs to young people in otherwise “underserved” communities.

ARTSCooL, an arts-based employment program, provides arts instruction and job training to Atlanta area high school students.


Georgia Art Education Association

The primary purpose of GAEA is to promote, maintain and achieve the highest quality of instruction possible in art education throughout Georgia. Our association is addressing several important issues for Georgia’s art educators:

  • With the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education, we want to help insure that Georgia’s Quality Core Curriculum is properly implemented to include funding for elementary art teaching positions with reasonable teaching schedules. We want to help to see that high school programs receive budget credit for the FTE student enrollment lab course funds the art department earns. We want to increase the awareness of high school guidance counselors and the Georgia Board of Regents to the art needs of high school and college students.
  • We want to make state legislators aware of the impact the funding of art can make in the lives of children and the importance which students and parents give to having school art teaching positions state funded.
  • Through the GAEA Collage telling of future events, teaching ideas, conferences, student exhibitions, workshops, and opportunities such as the Capitol Art Show and the Youth Art Month celebrations, GAEA wants the best art program possible for Georgia students.

Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta)

The Woodruff Arts Center has a core competency in arts education, with a network of programs that reaches over 700,000 students in 76 counties each year.

Together, the four Woodruff Divisions – Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences – invest more time, money and talent in arts education than any other institution in Georgia. Our new education initiatives fall into five categories:

Professional Learning Initiative and the Georgia Center for Professional Learning in Arts Education

In-School Programming – Pre-K – 12 Arts Education Initiative

Out of School Programming Initiative for Middle and High School Students

Outreach and Engagement of Underserved and Diverse Populations Initiative

Family Programming Initiative

The Woodruff Arts Center also hosts the annual Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders, a program designed to honor teachers, school and arts administrators, community leaders, and volunteers throughout Georgia who have championed and demonstrated the ability of the arts to impact positively the lives and learning of young people.  The program is in its fifth year and since its inception, has honored nineteen educators and one school chosen from more than 325 nominations.

Young Audiences

Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (YA) is Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programming. Part of the prestigious 30-chapter national Young Audiences organization and a division of the Woodruff Arts Center, YA brings the power of live arts experiences to Georgia students from pre-school through high school. Young Audiences is celebrating 30 years of service and has grown into a force in arts education, with dozens of professional roster artists and ensembles that deliver programs in schools and community centers.  We fulfill our mission – to transform the lives and learning of young people through the arts – by providing a dazzling and culturally diverse array of curriculum-based performances, workshops and residencies in music, dance, theatre, literary arts and visual arts.

Young Audiences programs provide developmentally appropriate, engaging arts experiences for students. We review all of our professionally developed programs to confirm connections to Georgia’s Performance Standards (Common Core Standards). Our top-quality, experienced artists come directly to you at times that suit your schedule. From choosing programs to scheduling and contracting, our Education Outreach Coordinators make the process seamless.

YA works with professional teaching artists with expertise in the fields of music, dance, theatre, and visual, digital and literary arts.  Our nearly 60 teaching artists are driven by our mission, interested in developing innovative, curriculum-aligned, arts integrated programs and committed to documentation, research and evaluation.

Our Artist Credentialing Process assesses teaching artists and their programs.  The process includes the submission of Teaching Artist Portfolios which are evaluated by a third party portfolio review committee composed of educators, artists and other members of the community.  Credentialing our artists is paramount to insuring that our programs meet or exceed the needs of the students that we serve.  In addition, we conduct background checks on all artists.