DARTS: The Go To Site for Arts and Special Education


President's Message

senjuti-kundu-349426_girl_cropped_.jpgThe Division of Visual and Performing Arts (DARTS) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC ) invites your input in order to make DARTS an informative and interactive division and strengthen our work with people with exceptionalities by exchanging our successes, strategies, and struggles. Art educators and special educators are invited to send the editor, Jane Burnette (meljmay2017@gmail.com), your ideas, questions, conferences dates and topics to publish on this site, post on the FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/cecdarts/, submit proposals to state and national conferences, attend conferences, become a DARTS Ambassador for your state by contacting Lexi Soboleski (lexisoboleski@gmail.com). Lots to do and many ways to contribute.

Thank you for your interest. Spread the word. Together we empower our students. 

Lynne Horoschak
DARTS President 

Our Mission

  • Advocate for arts education for individuals with exceptionalities. 
  • Advance experiences with visual and performing arts for individuals with exceptionalities. 
  • Foster collaboration among special educators, arts educators, arts therapists, and national arts education organizations. 
  • Promote a professional community of educators in the fields of visual and performing arts education, arts therapy, and community arts organizations who work with individuals with exceptionalities. 
  • Encourage research about and disseminate information related to exemplary arts education for individuals with exceptionalities

New Publications

Jean Crockett and Sharon Malley are pleased to announce that the Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education is available. The volume brings together, for the first time in a single reference volume, policy, research, and
practices in special education and arts education synthesized to inform stakeholders across a broad spectrum of education.The handbook encompasses arts education for students with disabilities, from pre-K through transition to postsecondary education and careers as well as community arts education. Particular attention is given to conceptual foundations; research-based practices; professional standards; students' cognitive, artistic, and social growth; career education; and future directions for research and practice in special education and arts education.
The book contains 22 chapters by invited azuthors who are exceptional leaders in arts education and special education within the US.  Our hope is that this collection of chapters will help to link research with the practice of engaging young people with disabilities in learning through the arts in their schools and communities. The book is available at the following website: www.routledge.com/9781138669598.  It is also available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and in hardback, paperback, and e-book.

Arts Organizations Links

DARTS Events

Look for DARTS sessions at the 2018 CEC National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Convention info

Featured Articles

Facilitating pARTicipation with Adapted Repurposed Tools
by Deborah B. Schwind, M.Ed., OTR/L & 
Judith Schoonover, M.Ed., OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA  Article

Special Music Education 
by Alice-Ann Darrow Article

Kennedy Center VSA

The VSA and Accessibility at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts presents:

VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Exemplary Programs and Approaches.

Across art form, disability, educational setting, and age group, these papers address best practices, model programs, and rigorous research. The authors represent master teachers whose decades of classroom service provide us with important insights about collaboration to improve instruction, university faculty preparing the next generation of arts and special education teachers, community-based educators, researchers, and more. Together, this volume presents practices and approaches that make good on the promise of our field: to support the meaningful engagement and learning of students with disabilities in and through the arts.


DARTS Membership Benefits 

Free subscription to DARTS News.

Teaching techniques and adaptations to make your teaching easier and more successful.

Networking opportunities.

Discounts to selected conferences.

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lume 3 of Intersections: Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series is now available on the Kennedy Center website at http://education.kennedy-center.org/pdf/Professional_Papers_Vol3.pdf
Volume 3 of Intersections: Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series is now available on the Kennedy Center website at http://education.kennedy-center.org/pdf/Professional_Papers_Vol3.pdf

Reprinting Articles / Photo Credits

Article Use: Feel free to reprint our articles, but please give credit to the authors and to DARTS. The content is to be printed in its entirety; additions, deletions or changes in the text, title or illustrations may not be made.

Citations Format:  Author's Last Name and initials. Title of article. Reprinted from the DARTS website (date), http://www.community.cec.sped.org/DARTS.

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