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art in action

K-8 Art Curriculum | Easy to Teach | Parent Engagement | Ready-To-Use Supplies

Art in Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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what we do

we’ve designed a
complete art program

Art in Action’s curriculum spans from Kindergarten-8th Grade, so whether you’re looking to teach art to a single class or a whole school, we’ve got you covered.

we train your
teachers & volunteers

6th Grade Training 2013
Having a culture of art at your school means everyone can get involved! Most training can be done over the web, even if you’ve never taught art before.

we provide the
art materials

You can purchase pre-cut, counted, and labeled program-specific art supplies needed for a year of art!  We present an easy solution for teachers and parent volunteers.

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a quick introduction

why we do it


“Arts education fosters bright, creative, and socially engaged students who will grow up to be our next leaders, parents, teachers, artists, and engineers. Their innovative ideas will shape industries; their creative thinking will find out-of-the-box solutions for a global society, and will provide students with a way to understand themselves, and have a sense of belonging.” — Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts.

creative confidence

“Art in Action not only provides an exposure to the arts, it helps students develop self esteem, is an outlet for creative expression, and it increases parent participation within the school. Our students are very fortunate to have this program.” — Art in Action Parent Docent


“My class has studied Van Gogh, Ghirlandaio, Miro, and African textiles to name a few… I see my students lose any hesitation with regard to self-expression and make meaningful connections across the curriculum. They are as intrigued by the lives and techniques of the artists as they are with the projects.” — Elementary School Teacher

We currently make an arts education accessible to 200 schools, 2500 teachers & parents, and 50,000 students. But there are still 4 million students without access to a visual arts program. Join us in our mission to bring art to students everywhere!

the curriculum

Each of Art in Action’s nine program levels has at least twelve sequential, age-appropriate lessons that provide a high-quality visual art curriculum. The multifaceted lessons develop students’ critical-thinking skills, creative confidence, hands-on skills, visual literacy, self-esteem, and an appreciation of other cultures.


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Try a Free Lesson


  • Sample our robust visual arts curriculum with easy-to-teach lessons that allow kids to explore different cultures, cultivate creativity and broaden their world-view
  • Primary or intermediate curriculum choice
  • Access to 3 different grade-level lessons
  • Select materials included
  • $95
  • Three-month Subscription

  • Access our dynamic, common-core aligned curriculum for your grade level with a dozen comprehensive lessons that teach art techniques, skills, vocabulary and history.
  • Webinar orientation and grade-specific training
  • Online interactive curriculum with printable teaching notes, images and a robust community forum
  • Year-round support
  • $210
  • One-year Subscription

  • Whether you need an art program for the entire school, multiple classrooms, after-school programs, or summer camp, we can help!
  • Build a community of art in your school that engages parents, teachers, volunteers and students
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As a nonprofit organization we raise funds to keep costs low so all kids can have a visual arts program. Thanks to our generous donors, our prices reflect a 42% subsidy for all schools and organizations.

what’s new blog

A Camp Trophy Sets Path for Creativity

Posted by | October 17 | No Comments on A Camp Trophy Sets Path for Creativity

I won. I got the award for arts and crafts at Triangle Acres summer day camp. It was a very happy day for me. “Uncle” Harry, my arts counselor, said he was proud of me because I tried everything, never gave up and had a great attitude. I have never forgotten Uncle Harry. He influenced […]

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Free Art Lesson Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Posted by | October 17 | No Comments on Free Art Lesson Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday for people to celebrate their loved ones who have died. Families make art of different types to decorate the graves of the relatives as well as altars honoring the dead. The art of Dia de los Muertos is characterized by vibrant colors, skulls and skeletons, and flowers, especially […]

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Welcome Ken Toren, Interim Executive Director

Posted by | August 31 | No Comments on Welcome Ken Toren, Interim Executive Director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ken Toren has joined Art in Action as Interim Executive Director. Ken comes with extensive leadership skills and entrepreneurial success through his management of organizations in the profit and nonprofit sectors. “Ken’s proven business development and fundraising skills make him an excellent choice for Art in […]

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sponsors and partners

Art in Action is made possible through the generous support of sponsors, donors and partners like these...