The Institute for Education and the Arts was established in 2002 to promote the use of the creative arts to help teach core academic subjects at the K-12 levels.

Based in Washington, DC, the Institute is the education program of the National Music Center and Museum Foundation, a private non-profit organization operating in association with the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. The Institute is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.

The Institute conducts a variety of programs that explore and demonstrate how the arts are used as teaching tools to help students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds become more engaged and successful in their learning.

These programs are conducted on a community, district or statewide level and bring together educators, community and business leaders, policymakers, parents, and concerned citizens to learn more about the power of teaching through the arts and how to make this approach a regular part of their children’s school experience.