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The African American Performance Art Archive (aapaa.org) makes crucial documentation of historically significant performances by African American artists available on-line to artists, scholars, and students in the spirit of intellectual exchange.

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Dewey21C is a blog dedicated to the belief that the arts are part of our genetic code. That the arts are in the DNA of every child, and that our job as teachers, parents, mentors, advocates, and administrators is to provide quality, sustained arts learning pathways for every child to develop fully as a human being.

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Intermediate agencies between the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts.

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For K-12 teachers and administrators, this valuable guide is filled with many innovative tips and resources to help you expand and refine your assessment strategies for project-based learning.  One of the ways to propel Edutopia’s movement for positive change in education is to spread the word about strategies that work. Edutopia urges colleagues to share these practical ideas and resources with friends and colleagues.

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A useful starting point for anyone trying to determine where holdings related to Illinois folk and popular music reside. Individuals interested in the folk revival in Chicago, fiddle music in eastern Illinois, folk ballads in the Illinois Ozarks, blues, Swedish Lutheran hymnals, early jazz, Chicago gospel, country music in Chicago, marching band music, Polish folk and popular music, jazz musicians from the East St. Louis region, and the history of recording in Chicago will all find something of interest here. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Illinois Humanities Council.

Illinois Folk and Popular Music: A Guide to Archival Collections

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The Illinois Mississippi River Valley Project Teacher’s Guide is designed to be used by Illinois classroom teachers in order to introduce the arts and culture of the Illinois Mississippi River Valley to students through hands-on activities in the classroom. While the lesson plans have been geared to K-6 elementary and middle students, they can be adapted to meet Common Core Learning Standards and goals for pre-K, junior high, and high school students.  This resource can also be used by libraries, park districts, and other community organizations interested in introducing arts activities related to the Illinois Mississippi River Valley to youth groups, teachers, and other educators.

The Illinois Mississippi River Valley Project (IMRVP) is a result of a partnership between the Illinois Arts Council (IAC), an agency of the state of Illinois, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America Program.  Challenge America was created to provide additional funding for arts education and outreach activities for rural and underserved areas.

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The Illinois PTA was founded on May 30, 1900, and has since worked diligently to support public schools and to ensure that all children and youth have equal opportunities and access to a quality education.

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Illinois Poet Laureate's website

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The National Arts and Education Network offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.