Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Florida Alliance for Arts Education

Sarasota, FL


To improve, enhance, and promote arts education in Florida. The arts - are basic to a complete education - are essential to the vitality and quality of life in schools and communities - address both cultural inclusiveness and diversity - are powerful in the education of students with special needs - have a positive impact on student achievement. Vision For every child in every school to have a well-rounded education that includes a comprehensive, sequential, high-quality program of arts instruction; and for all Florida communities to have broad-based cultural programs available to support lifelong learning in and through the arts.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ms. Leiland Schaefer Theriot

Main Address

2380 Bay Street

Sarasota, FL 34237 USA

Formerly Known As

Arts for a Complete Education (ACE)


Arts, Education, Arts Education, dance, drama, music, visual art, leadership, Advocacy, Arts Integration, theatre





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The FAAE is aware that there are many educational settings where our students in schools do not have access to the arts and arts education.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Florida Arts Model Schools and Arts Achieve! Model Schools

Leadership Summit

Arts Integration Symposia Series

Arts Education Leadership Recognition

Advancing Arts Educataion

ACE Collection for CPALMS

Careers in the Arts

REDI Area Teaching Artist Residency

State Teacher/Artist Residency (STAR)

PAInT Across Florida

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education's mission is to improve, enhance, and promote arts education in all educational settings in the state of Florida. FAAE are mostly concerned with insuring that at a minimum all students, grades K-12, have access to a high quality, sequential education in dance, music, theatre, and/or visual arts. The FAAE is also working to ensure that students in early learning (0-5 years) and adults in our colleges, universities, and communities also have access to arts education.

The FAAE partners with the Department of Education, the Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Dance Educators Organization, the Florida Arts Educators Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Association of Theatre Educators, Florida PTA, Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign, Black Violin Foundation, and legislative and academic stakeholders throughout Florida.

By actively maintaining our partnerships across the state, we have created a statewide coalition of stakeholders and advocates for arts education.

The FAAE will know it is making progress by seeing an increase on the Fine Arts Enrollment report published annually by the FL Dept of Education.

Since the late 1980's the FAAE has been working with coalitions and partners throughout the state to ensure that all students have access to arts education. As of the last Fine Arts Enrollment report (2018) there are currently only four school districts (out of 67) that have less than 20% of their students enrolled in arts education courses. Sadly, those four districts are missing music and visual art classes in their elementary schools. The FAAE is immediately concerned with this problem and seeking solutions.

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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