ARTS SERVICE ORGANISATIONS
This page lists arts organisations that provide support, advice and practical assistance to artists, managers and arts educators. These arts service organisations are valued because they advocate for the arts, especially with government and in policy forums. Educators can contact local support organisations for advice on best practice, funding opportunities, information on possible collaboration, industry news, professional development opportunities, and to view policy documents and government reports.
Many arts service organisations offer artist in residence programs that provide longer-term collaborations between teachers, schools, artists and cultural organisations. These programs are a key element of arts-rich schools. In the US, artists who work in community settings, including schools, are known as teaching-artists. If you decide to invite teaching-artists into your school, your state support organisations are a good first point for enquiry. However, it is wise to prepare both the school and the artists for the residency. A US expert, Eric Booth, proposes, 'A teaching-artist is a practising professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts'. Extremely useful advice on teaching-artists can be found at his website and in a series of vodcasts.
This page links with Australia's finest arts service organisation resources. The lists cannot ever be complete or fully comprehensive as organisations change purposes and new entities arise to support arts education. As circumstances change so will these lists, and readers are invited to contact us with their own commentary on these and emerging service organisations.