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Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
State Alliance Information

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) is a coalition of statewide, not-for-profit Alliances for Arts Education working in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The purpose of the KCAAEN is to strengthen and support policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of American K-12 education. KCAAEN members benefit through numerous opportunities such as participation in arts education initiatives and award programs; consulting services; and leadership opportunities such as the Network Leadership Committee (NLC).

How to Become a State Alliance

The KCAAEN welcomes applications for membership from states not currently represented in the State Alliance network. In keeping with the KCAAEN policy, each state may have only one Alliance office. For more information, contact

Network Leadership Committee

The KCAAEN Network Leadership Committee (NLC) consists of six elected advisors and experts from the membership of the KCAAEN. This committee advises the Kennedy Center and the coalition of State Alliances on programming and policies to support the success of the Network and its members.


The Kennedy Center develops and maintains partnerships with national organizations, which in turn strengthen national, state, and local support for the mission of the KCAAEN and the work of the State Alliances. These partners include the Arts Education Partnership, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Educational Theatre Association, National Art Education Association, National Association for Music Education, National Dance Education Organization, the National School Boards Association, and federal agencies engaged in arts education including the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Alliances are encouraged to develop their own partnerships, including collaborations which support coalition-building among state arts education professional associations. These include, but are not limited to, the state level associations of NAEA, NAfME, NDEO, NDA, ETA, AATE, as well as Kennedy Center Partners in Education teams, VSA presenting organizations, local arts agencies, citizens for the arts, and others interested in advancing quality arts education for all students.