Welcome to the North Alabama Arts Education Collaborative!

This pilot program is an initiative of the Alabama Artistic Literacy Consortium, and Arts Huntsville is one of three organizations statewide launching this program in the 2018-19 academic year.

This pilot initiative is designed to arts-based instruction in area schools and to expand student access to arts education opportunities offered by regional arts organizations and trained teaching artists. Through integrated arts partnerships, teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to use the arts to engage students in core curricular subjects such as math, science and language arts. As the initiative expands its work, professional development for educators will provide training in creative teaching strategies that can be used in all classrooms.

The North Alabama Arts Education Collaborative is funded by the Alabama State Council on the Arts with support from the Alabama State Legislature and operates in association with the Alabama State Department of Education.

While headquartered in Huntsville, the North Alabama Arts Education Collaborative will serve six school districts across three counties: Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County, Athens City, Limestone County, and Decatur City schools.


Alabama’s Plan for Arts Education recognizes that arts education resources vary across the state. The Plan is centered around strategically placed Regional Resource Centers – Regional Arts Collaboratives – that partner with and support the local community to expand arts education opportunities throughout the area.

The Arts Education Collaborative works to serve schools and students through:

  • Benchmark regional arts education inventories assessing current student learning opportunities
  • Expanded networking opportunities to connect area teachers to arts organizations and teaching artists with a goal to expand student engagement in arts integration, arts enhancement, arts exposure, arts competition and community arts programs across the region
  • Arts Education / Arts Integration professional development training for area teachers, arts organizations and artists
  • Integrated Arts Partnerships that partner trained teaching artists with classroom teachers to use the arts to better engage students and achieve benchmarks in math, science, language arts and other core curricular areas.


Funding sources are available locally through Arts Huntsville and at the state level for schools committed to an Integrated Arts Partnership. In its pilot year, Arts Huntsville will offer funding to a limited number of schools across six districts. Residencies last about 3 to 4 weeks, with a minimum 2-week planning period for the teaching artist, administrator and teachers prior to the program’s implementation.

Interested in bringing an Integrated Arts Partnership to your school or classroom?

Email Karen Anderson, Director of the North Alabama Arts Education Collaborative.


North Alabama is home to hundreds of artists working across all disciplines, and the Arts Education Collaborative is offering professional development training for those who want to use their skills to engage young people in cross-curricular learning. Our paid teaching artists spend three to four weeks with in-school residencies as part of the Collaborative’s Integrated Arts Partnership’s in K-12 schools. Interested artists can apply at the link below.


Each year Arts Huntsville creates a FREE Classroom Arts Guide resource guide full of arts education experiences and opportunities for teachers and classrooms – from field trips to in-school arts integration experiences. This year opportunities are broken down into 4 categories to best help educators (and parents!) reach their arts ed goals:

  • Arts Integration
  • Arts Enhancement
  • Arts Exposure and
  • Arts Competitions


Want to stay informed about Collaborative updates, arts education resources, professional development and networking events? Sign up for our newsletter HERE.


Are you looking for even more arts integration opportunities? Explore the Alabama State Council on the Arts Collaborating Artist Program.


THANK YOU to our NAAEC Collaborative Partners