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 Arts & Culture
This section connects users to organizations promoting and furthering art programs in schools and afterschool. Organizations are located in various regions across
the country. Resources include art and dance curriculum, community service activities, and opportunities for mentorship in after school programs.
 
 

10 Community Service Ideas for College-Bound Teens
Ideas for teens to complete community service projects to add to their college applications.
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ARTS
A Reason to Survive provides services to youth who face major challenges through art and its transformative power.
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All The Way Live Foundation
An international organization dedicated to providing dance and art workshops, organizing competitions and events for youth, and outreach to at-risk communities. Though rooted in the Bay Area, ATWL has reached Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam.
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Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
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 Arts Edge

Embracing this responsibility, the Kennedy Center instituted ARTSEDGE in 1996 as its educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies.
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Arts Work
Offering K-12 arts education materials for visual arts, dance, music and drama/theater in formats useful for teachers, students and parents.
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Association of Teaching Artists
The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to advocate for, support, strengthen, and serve artists who teach in schools and in the community.
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The B-Boy Spot
Located in Orlando, FL, the B-Boy Spot brand’s community center provides a safe and open space for youth to practice breakin’, and offers various media libraries available for youth to learn the history of hip hop in all its forms. Classes, workshops and events are also organized at their space.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Connecting children to mentors that help build their self esteem, improve their schoolwork, and avoid risky behaviors
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Big Thought
Founded in 1987, Dallas-based Big Thought is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits focused on building partnerships that allow all children access to quality learning opportunities.
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The Center for Arts Education
A website and organization dedicated to improving the art education in America’s schools.
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Creative Advocacy Network
The Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) is a 501(c)3 organization established to mobilize the Portland Metropolitan Region in support of a dedicated public fund for the arts, to increase access to arts and culture for every resident, make free arts and music experiences available to every school-age child in their classrooms and communities and strengthen Portland’s highest-quality arts and cultural institutions.
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The Dreaming Zebra
The Dreaming Zebra is an organization that is dedicated to bringing art to children throughout the world.
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Extraordinary Futures
A Seattle based non-profit organization headed by world renowned Massive Monkees Crew, dedicated to provide urban youth with fun and unique, arts-based programs. Also created the first US dance-based leadership program for urban youth.
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Free to Dance
Free dance lesson plans for teachers to have students learn about themselves through the practice of dance.
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The Hip Hop Project
An organization dedicated to empowering youth through hip hop culture by implementation of various community service activities, mentorship, and media activism. Provided is HHP’s resource page for hip hop pedagogy, including scholarly articles and resources for the classroom.
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Kids Korps USA
This website provides service opportunities and programs to kids who wish to get more involved in their community.
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KinderArt
Making art in schools easier to teach! This website has lesson plans and ideas or teachers to incorporate art into their classrooms.
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National Art Education Association
A dynamic community of practice where visual arts teachers, scholars, researchers and professors, students, administrators, and art museum educators, and artists come together around a shared belief in the power of the arts in developing human potential.
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National Art Strategies
A collection of videos exploring management practices for arts and culture leaders.
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The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.
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Regional Arts and Cultural Council
Through vision, leadership, and service, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life.
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SaveTheArtsNow
This is an organization that provides funds to charities that are hoping to improve art in schools.
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Spark
PE lesson plans that children will enjoy.
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TeenLife
TeenLife connects teenagers to nonprofits they might be interested in helping.
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Work for Art
Work for Art raises money primarily through employee charitable campaigns at workplaces in Oregon and SW Washington. Donations to Work for Art support more than 80 vital arts and culture organizations every year—encompassing dance, visual arts, music, literary arts, media arts, theater, cultural arts, and arts education.
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WISE: Working to Improve Schools and Education - Hip Hop and Education
A resource list of different articles, curriculums, and media compiled by Ithaca College. Topics span from using hip hop in education, to practitioners breaking down different elements.
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YouthARTS
The YouthARTS site is designed to give arts agencies, juvenile justice agencies, social service organizations, and other community-based organizations detailed information about how to plan, run, provide training, and evaluate arts programs for at-risk youth.
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Youth Service America
An organization that helps youth change the world through service.
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Youth Speaks
Reaching 200,000 youth per year, Youth Speaks is a national organization focused on empowering youth by helping them to find their voice through spoken word and poetry. YS organizes an annual poetry slam, offers workshops, under 21 open mics, offers development opportunities for poet-mentors and teachers.
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