AEP Partners

National in scope and far-reaching in their community impact, AEP partner organizations share a belief that children and youth are a national priority, and are a diverse group of organizations representing the breadth of the arts in education field, including the arts, business, culture, education, government and philanthropic sectors. Their collective voice elevates the critical role arts learning plays in shaping a complete and competitive education for every child in America.


Partners can be any organization supporting AEP’s aspirational goal as articulated in the 2020 Action Agenda: “By the year 2020 every young person in America, at every grade level, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, will have equitable access to high-quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and in out-of-school time.”



Benefits of Becoming an AEP Partner Organization

Partners benefit from their affiliation with AEP in various ways:

  • Membership in a nationally recognized partnership organization dedicated to advancing the arts in education.
  • Opportunities to connect, collaborate and convene with other AEP partner organizations and engage around pressing issues for the arts in education.
  • Increased visibility through the AEP Success Stories initiative and a direct link on the AEP website.
  • Priority consideration for announcements submitted to AEP’s biweekly newsletter, ArtsEd Digest.
  • Ability to participate on one or more AEP Working Groups.
  • Access to robust research and evidence to support the goals of expanding access to and opportunities in the arts in education.
  • Advance notification of AEP publications and events.

AEP Partner Organization Criteria

  • An organization supporting AEP’s mission, vision and 2020 Action Agenda and conducts programs or projects with national, regional or field-wide significance.
  • Part of the organization’s work or goals fit within at least one of the priority areas articulated in the 2020 Action Agenda.

AEP Partner Organization Responsibilities

  • Share the landscape of arts learning in their communities, knowledge of best practices and results of their work efforts with AEP.
  • Communicate AEP messaging, initiatives and opportunities to their respective constituencies.
  • Include the AEP logo badge on their organization’s website.

To become an AEP partner organization, you must complete the AEP Partner Organization Application.


Advisory Council

The partner organizations comprising AEP’s Advisory Council advise the AEP Director on AEP programs and initiatives and participate in the creation and execution of those initiatives. These members represent the breadth of AEP partner organizations, including organizations representing the arts, business, culture, education, government and philanthropic sectors.