Our Work

AEC offers programs and resources to support quality arts education, including dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, in western Pennsylvania. These programs and resources support school districts, arts organizations, community members, and policymakers as they work to impact children and youth in the region.

The model below describes AEC’s work and its programming.

Arts Education Collaborative: Rings of Influence

AEC is making the arts integral to school culture. AEC’s approach and methodology, combined with its experience and relationships, are defining high quality arts education.

AEC Rings of Influence

AEC reaches across both the education and arts worlds. It is able to translate the needs and expertise of each and facilitate the exchange of ideas.


AEC works with educators to incorporate the arts into their thinking, impacting curriculum in ways that help educators engage with students meaningfully.

Arts Organizations

AEC helps education staff understand how the local educational system works and design programs that resonate with that audience.


AEC enhances the quality of education and cultivates a broader understanding of the value of the arts for individual and society.


AEC’s experience and analytical approach are valuable resources for leaders who set education policy.

Programs and Tools

AEC offers customized professional learning opportunities, planning processes, and publications.

Arts Ed Brief

An online publication that provides a synopsis of current issues and possible implications for arts educators.

Community of Learners for Arts Education (CLAE)

A focused program to help school and district administrators explore processes and tools to support quality arts education.

Curriculum Development

Professional learning opportunity that engages arts educators in the development of K-12 arts curriculum.


Two workshops with accompanying publications (Lessons in Imagination and Lessons in Symphony) that provide teacher-created curriculum

Leadership Academy

An intensive year-long professional learning opportunity that offers arts educators a close network of peers who are devoted to becoming leaders in their schools and communities.

Parent Handbook

Guide to help parents support, improve, and advocate for their school’s arts programs.

Self-Assessment Process

Facilitated evaluation of arts programs at a district level to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth.


A series that highlights prominent research in education and ways in which that research can be realized in the classroom in a practical way.

ArtsEdCollabOur Work