Research shows that students exposed to the arts and engaged in art-making activities learn a variety of cognitive and behavioral habits not acquired in other components of a school education. In particular, using the arts across curriculum develops pathways of learning through exploration. We at the Millay Colony for the Arts believe that a multiform program of arts education is fundamentally important to our mission to nourish contemporary art and artists.

In addition to the Arts Education programs we offer in area schools, here are some resources for teachers seeking to expand their use of the arts in the classroom. Check back often as we are always adding new material!

Lesson Plans

Below are a variety of options for bringing the arts into the classroom. Some of them are from Millay programs, others are from online resources. If you have lesson plans you’d like to share here, please email cara@millaycolony.org.

*Dadaist Self-Portraits: Poetry Plan by Janice Lowe
Notes from Janice Lowe’s Residency at Germantown High School

Poem, Poets, Arts Education
Student work in Millay Visiting Poet Program

*The Practice of Presence: by Barbara Bernstein
Using the act of paying attention to make art

*Stanza: Using the Space in Poetry by Danniel Schoonebeek
This lesson plan incorporates image and text to make new connections

*The Art of Ed: Lesson Plans for Art Teachers
Free downloads for K-12 Art teachers!

*Literature in World Context: Educator Guide from Asypmtote Journal
Chock full of lesson plans for Middle School and High School

Articles & Publications

These articles and publications have so much to offer! Whether it’s a compilation of the latest research in the field or new insights into cross-curricular learning, the links below are well worth the click.

*11 Fascinating Artists Inspired by Science by Timothy Bogatz
Explores interdisciplinary connections between the world of art and the world of science

*A Blueprint for Successful Arts Education by Laura Perille
Five strategies for investing in students’ creative capital

*Writing in the Wild: Beyond the 5-Paragraph Essay by Tricia Ebarvia
A must-read for teachers wanting to encourage their students to expand their writing

Student Displays Work in Millay Visiting Writer Program

*Teachers & Writers Magazine
Lesson plans, articles, essays, & student writing

*International Journal of Education & The Arts
Scholarly journal on Arts Education

*Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts
National Guild for Community Arts Education Guide

*How to Assess Arts Education
By Emily Gasoi & Sonya Robbins Hoffmann
Provides specific goals and strategies


The following organizations provide a variety of services and resources to Arts Educators, Teaching Artists, Schools, and Students.

*Arts Education Partnership
National network of organizations dedicated to advancing the arts in education

*National Guild for Community Arts Education
National service organization for community arts education providers

Millay Visiting Artist in Albany HS

*Arts Education at Americans for the Arts
National advocacy organization

*Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education
World premier performing arts center innovative Arts Ed program

*Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Free digital resource for teaching and learning in and through the arts

*The Center for Arts Education
NYC based non-profit

*National Art Education Association
Member organization for visual arts educators


Here are articles and op-eds to inspire, encourage, and provide material for making the case to local and national decision makers to provide funding and support for Arts Ed.

*Arts Ed Search
Online database of research on the impact of arts in education

*Why All Parents Should Care About Arts Education
Washington Post Editorial by Jill Coody Smits

*We Need Visual Art Education Now More Than Ever
MOMA Director Wendy Moon at NY Daily News

*Beyond the Core: Advancing student success through the arts
Chock full of studies and data

Poet Dave Johnson in Hudson Schools

*How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it
Josh Halliday at The Guardian

*The Importance of Art in Child Development
PBS Parents on the developmental benefits of art

*The Arts and Creative Problem Solving
University of Michigan lecturer at PBS Parents

*10 Studies on the Arts in Education
Center for Online Education compiles salient research

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