Arts and Humanities at the Kentucky Department of Education is proud to partner with other outside agencies and organizations; sharing expertise and resources. The partners can assist districts, schools, teachers, and other stakeholders to locate visiting artists, attain grants, and a myriad of other resources.
Kentucky Arts Council
The Kentucky Arts Council is the state government agency responsible for developing and promoting support for the arts in Kentucky. As the state’s arts agency, we create opportunities for people to find value in the arts, participate in the arts and benefit from the arts through programs, grants and services.
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the lives of all people in our community, state and region through the arts. We believe that the human capacity for art is universal and that we have been called upon both to present art and to build bridges of understanding and access to the arts.
Since 2000, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide active, standards-aligned professional learning Academies in the Arts and Arts Integration for certified Kentucky public school teachers. This summer, we are proud to announce the four Kentucky Center Academies for Arts & Arts Integration. Stipends and travel subsidies are available. For further information about these four- and five-day Academies, please visit the
Kentucky Center Arts Academies webpage.
Kentucky Educational Television
KET is Kentucky’s educational television network, but its vision takes you far beyond just television or computer screens. These are merely the tools KET uses to
deliver resources to Kentucky. KET is really about ideas—about learning, the arts and culture, and citizenship. KET works each day to use
online video and related media for the benefit of everyone in Kentucky. A very valuable resource available to arts teachers as well as to other content area teachers are the
Collaborative for Teaching and Learning
Founded in 1994, CTL helps schools, school districts, post-secondary institutions, and other learning organizations to reach and teach all learners. Our work extends from our home base in Louisville, Kentucky to national and international settings, increasing the capacity of all kinds of organizations to meet their learning goals.
VSA Kentucky is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts, education and creative expression for all, with an emphasis on persons with disabilities. VSA Kentucky provides arts education and inclusion programs for children and adults with disabilities throughout the state and offers an under-served population equal opportunity to explore the arts in a way that is fully accessible. Through participatory involvement with trained professionals and volunteers, people with disabilities learn new creative and social skills that open doors to new opportunities in the arts. Programming and initiatives are guided by four essential principles:
Every young person with a disability deserves access to appropriate arts learning experiences.
All resident artists in schools and art educators should be adequately prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction.
All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have access to community cultural facilities and activities.
All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop necessary skills.
Arts Professional Organizations
Kentucky Art Education Association
The mission of the Kentucky Art Education Association (KyAEA) is to advance art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership. To that end, the association promotes quality instruction in visual arts education that is delivered by qualified personnel; holds public discussions; sponsors workshops and institutes, publishes articles, reports, and surveys; provides a network for communication; supports student exhibitions; and works with other related agencies in support of visual arts education.
The Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (KAHPERD) is a non-profit association representing professionals in Health and Safety education, Physical Education and Sport, Recreation and Leisure, and Dance education. The mission is to support the needs of professionals in these fields who work to improve the quality of life for citizens of Kentucky.
Kentucky Music Educators Association
The Kentucky Music Educators Association, is a 501(c)3 organization consisting of over 2,000 professional music educators at all levels from kindergarten to the university level who are dedicated to the cause of music education in Kentucky. Included are in-service, pre-service and retired music educators. Associated with the National Music Educators Association, KMEA serves as a voice for Kentucky's music educators.
Kentucky Theatre Association
The Kentucky Theatre Association’s (KTA) mission is to represent theatres on all levels. In essence, KTA does whatever theatre in Kentucky needs to achieve sustainability. This method allows KTA the opportunity to be ever-evolving. Currently, KTA's key focal points are: Promoting, Instructing, Advocating, and Facilitating. Through these four key areas, KTA seeks to promote not theatre that can simply sustain itself in Kentucky, but also thrive.
As an Educational Theatre Association affiliate, the mission of the Kentucky Thespians is to honor Kentucky theatre students and educators by supporting adn encouraging educational theatre achievement. As an affiliate of the Educational Theatre Association and The International Thespian Society, KTS provides schools, teachers and students with opportunities for recognition and state-wide events to enrich the curriculum.
KDEArts@education.ky.gov with any questions.