Partner With AEP

AEP partners work in arts education at the national level or focus on systems change.

Benefits of Becoming an AEP Partner

  • Receive priority consideration for technical assistance, capacity-building and information requests.

  • Benefit from increased visibility of the organization through a link on AEP’s website.

  • Benefit from connections between arts education and the broader education sector through AEP’s positioning at ECS, (e.g. ECS state relations staff and AEP staff collaborate to raise relevant work of AEP partners when meeting with ECS constituents).

  • Receive priority referral as experts for various inquiries, e.g. media inquiries and speaking engagements.

  • Connect with other partner organizations during scheduled in-person and web-based meetings.

  • Collaborate with AEP staff members and other partners on external conference session proposals and publications in the field, beyond the AEP convening.

  • Become eligible to participate in AEP’s Advisory Council, task forces or special project teams and serve as co-chair of working groups.

  • Receive free or discounted registration rates for select AEP events.

  • Receive discounts on hard copies of AEP publications upon request.

AEP Partner Organization Criteria

  • Must be an education, arts, research, cultural, government, business or philanthropic organization working to improve equitable access to arts education for all learners.
  • Must conduct arts education-related programs or projects at a national level or focus on systems change in arts education. AEP defines “systems change” as working to change how institutions behave, public attitudes, cultural norms, policy decisions and/or resource allocation in order to support equitable access to arts education for all learners, especially those that have historically been marginalized.
  • At least part of the organization’s work or goals must fit within at least one of the following priority areas:
    • Raise Student Achievement and Success
    • Support Effective Educators and School Leaders
    • Transform the Teaching and Learning Environment
    • Build Leadership Capacity and Knowledge
  • Must be an organization with demonstrated metrics and outcomes.
  • Must demonstrate the capacity to meet the responsibilities of engagement outlined below.

AEP Partner Organization Responsibilities

  • Communicate AEP initiatives and opportunities to respective constituencies.

  • Share updates with AEP staff members and other partner organizations on the landscape of arts learning in communities, knowledge of effective practices and results of work.

  • Submit major conferences or events hosted by the partner organization to the AEP partner calendar.

  • Include the AEP logo badge on the organization’s website.

  • Participate in a minimum of three engagement activities on an annual basis. These activities may also engage staff members from ECS teams, such as state relations or policy.

Apply to Become an AEP Partner Organization

Please Note: AEP reviews applications on a quarterly basis via a review committee comprised of Advisory Council Members. For any questions on the application or process, please contact AEP Engagement Specialist, Erika Hawthorne.