Montana Arts Council

An Agency of State Government

Arts Learning

Adaptations for Using the Arts in Elementary Classrooms

A good tool for classroom teachers.


Adopt a Classroom

Invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students.


Advanced Placement Courses

Work samples to view student work from advanced placement courses.


The Art of Education

Professional development resources for all art teachers at every stage of their career.


Art is Education

Resources to advocate for arts education from the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership.


Artist's Toolkit

An introduction to basic concepts in art for students and teachers.


Art Mobile of Montana

An educational art outreach program that provides access to high quality, original and contemporary art exhibits and art instruction by a professional art educator for schools and diverse groups.


Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

Shows that at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new National Endowment for the Arts report.


Arts Edge

Goal is to place and maintain the arts as a core subject area in the K-12 curriculum.



Provides user-friendly summaries and overviews of arts education research focused entirely on student and teacher outcomes of arts learning in and out of school.


Arts Education in Montana: 2009-2010 school year

Report summarizes the status of arts education in Montana using data collected from 313 of Montana’s 847 elementary, middle and secondary schools statewide.


Arts Education Partnership

A national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of American’s schools.


Arts Learning Resource videos


ARTS Washington: Want to Make Your Own Video Tutorial?

Many educators are making videos to support learning for the first time. Need some home production tips and tricks? Watch ARTSWA's videos to learn how to make your videos more engaging for students.

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

Serves education by providing an integrated arts education program that blends innovation, consistency and research into teachable programs that really work.


Designing the Arts Learning Opportunity

A handbook for K-12 professional development planners synthesizing extensive research for arts education practice across the United States.


Donors Choose

Offers teachers to post requests for specific materials and donors can choose what they donate.


Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD)

Intended to help identify and contact organizations that provide information and assistance on a broad range of education-related topics.


Folkways Collection

Explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records.


How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain video


Library of Congress

Resources include the American Folklife Center, American Memory Collections, Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Lyrical and Local Legacies.


Lincoln Center Institute Curriki

Offers free, open-source instructional materials for K-12.


Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation is dedicated to fostering a love of reading among underserved children and youth. The Foundation provides grants for the purchase of books published for young people preschool through grade 8.


Montana Historical Society's the Art of Storytelling: Plains Indian Perspective

Curriculum provides all the tools necessary to bring ledger drawings and other pictographic art from the permanent collections of the Montana Historical Society into your classroom and engage students in the study of a vibrant art form and gain new insights into Indian peoples’ adaptability.


Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Succeed

Was prepared by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) and shows conclusively that music education equips students to learn, facilities student academic achievement and develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.


National Arts Education Association

Includes advocacy, research, community, and opportunities for arts educators.


National Guild for Community Arts Education

Provides assistance to community arts schools.


No Child Left Behind Act

Named arts as a core academic subject. Title IX: Core Academic Subject | Title V: Arts in Education


PBS Teacher Source

Includes a section on arts and literature with available lesson plans and activities subdivided by grade.


Podcasts for Educators

Montana Poet Laureate Sheryl Noethe’s recording of ten 15-minute podcasts, focusing on lessons she has taught for the last 30 years. Noethe designed the podcasts for educators to use in teaching creative writing, especially poetry.


Poetry Out Loud

A national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - "Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses"

Presents a fascinating array of Native women’s clothing from the Plains, Plateau and Great Basin regions of the United States and Canada, dating from the 1800s to the present.


STEM to STEAM: Science and Art go hand-in-hand

A growing group of advocates believe that STEM is missing a key component – the Arts.


Support Music

Created to provide step-by-step instructions and a databank of facts for would-be advocates.

There is More: Supporting Arts Education in our Schools, a Montana Arts Council arts education advocacy video.


"SWIFT in 60"

SWIFT Center is a national K-8 technical assistance center for academic and behavioral support that promotes achievement for all students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.


What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education (2011)

A guide that offers concrete actions school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools, each action supported with low or no-cost strategies that other school leaders have used effectively.



Designed to give arts agencies, juvenile justice agencies, social service organizations, and other community-based organizations detailed information about how to plan, run, provide training and evaluate arts programs for at-risk youth.


Adaptations for Using the Arts in Elementary Classrooms

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