Welcome to the alabama Institute for education in the arts web site
AIEA is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide comprehensive arts education professional development services to schools throughout Alabama. Our philosophy is that all children, not just the gifted and talented, benefit from an intensive study of the arts and are entitled to that opportunity. Comprehensive arts education is not just a curriculum but rather a method of teaching and learning, focusing on the inquiry method that emphasizes creative and higher order thinking skills, requiring students to analyze, synthesize, explain, justify and make critical judgments about the work being studied.
AIEA was founded in 1995 by a consortium of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, a satellite of the J.Paul Getty Education Foundation, the Selma City Schools and the Saint James Independent School. AIEA was recognized in Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons From School Districts That Value Arts Education, published by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Arts Education Partnership.
The Institute has grown from this visionary partnership into a statewide provider of quality professional development for teachers and administrators in multi-arts education. Participation in the Institute's programs has continued to expand and now includes teachers and principals from all areas of Alabama and surrounding states, from schools in all socioeconomic groups, and from all curricular areas—generalists as well as specialists. Major funding for the Institute's work has come from the public as well as from the private sector. In 2007, 2008 and again in 2009 the Dana Foundation awarded a grant to the Institute for training Dana Teaching Artists to work in schools in Alabama's Black Belt and other rural counties.
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Alabama State Course of Study-Arts National Endowment for the Arts Arts Education Partnership Americans for the Arts Education at the Getty Museum National Art Education Association
National Standards for the Arts ArtsEdge ALEX-Alabama Learning Exchange Alabama Alliance for Arts Education Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Edutopia Magazine - "Art and Soul - Why Arts education Must Be Saved" The entire February 2009 issue is devoted to the benefits of including all the arts disciplines in the school curriculum.
ASCD Education Update Publication - click here to read an article in which AIEA is featured as helping promote the arts, particularly in the rural Alabama schools.
To find out more about us, our programs and how they impact education in alabama, click one of the links below.
Below are links to the speeches given at the April 2010, Arts Education Partnership Meeting. They make powerful points about the importance of arts education and the recognition at the national level of that importance. The information can also be used as talking points or for support in grant applications.
Arne Duncan Speech - "The Well-Rounded Curriculum"
Rocco Landesman Comments at the Opening Plenary of the Arts Education Partnership Meeting
Dana Teaching Artists work in the rural schools to spread the arts in areas without art specialists.