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Quickly reference key information and resources from AEP.

The Arts Education Partnership is a national network of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing arts education. AEP has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education since 1995 and is administered by Education Commission of the States (ECS). AEP is one of ten teams within ECS, serving as an arts education voice both within ECS’ staff and for 350 ECS commissioners across the country.

Media requests for background information, interviews, photographs or expert sources can be directed to Gwynne Middleton, Communications Specialist, at or 303.299.3614.

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ArtScan at a Glance is updated annually to reflect changes in legislation concerning the arts education. It includes arts education policies for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. Complete results from this review are available in an online searchable database on the Arts Education Partnership website.


Launched in April 2012, ArtsEdSearch is an online clearinghouse of research focused on the outcomes of arts education for students and educators, both during and outside the school day. ArtsEdSearch builds on Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, a compendium of research that AEP published in 2002 exploring the impact of arts education on student success in school, life and work. AEP developed ArtsEdSearch as a resource for policymakers and education stakeholders and leaders to better understand and articulate the role that arts education can play in preparing students to succeed in the changing contexts of the 21st Century. ArtsEdSearch is designed to be an interactive, living resource that will grow and evolve along with arts education research and practice.


The ArtsEd Digest is AEP’s bi-monthly newsletter highlighting news from AEP partner organizations and the field, including reports, research and job opportunities.


AEP believes that we can collectively advance arts education for all students when education leaders from across arts disciplines and the broad education policy field learn and work together. Through exploring the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches, the AEP Annual Convening serves as our premier event for helping to build leadership capacity and supports the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all learners — especially those that have historically been marginalized — for success in school, work and life.



National in scope and far-reaching in their community impact, AEP’s partner organizations are a diverse coalition of more than 100 education, arts, cultural, government, research, business and philanthropic organizations with shared commitment to and diverse expertise in arts education. Their collective voice works to improve equitable access to arts education for all learners, especially those that have historically been marginalized.




AEP and Education Commission of the States provide resources — including policy briefs, 50-state comparisons and state profiles — that cover a variety of issues and topics. These resources include a variety of arts-related and general education issues and topics and are free to download and share.