Bring the Arts Back to the Classroom

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has long been a source for art teachers and others interested in teaching related subjects. The Kennedy Center has just relaunched its website with new lesson plans, multimedia enhanced instruction, and performance footage. The website is

ArtsEdge -- the National Arts and Education Network --  is a Kennedy Center program that supports emphasizing the arts in the school curriculum. It offers free teaching materials, professional development opportunities, and materials for students.

Associate Editor Joetta Sack-Min spoke with Darrell Ayers, vice president of education at the Kennedy Center, on educating the whole child, budget cuts in school arts programs, and the unintended consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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