I am thrilled to be the new committee head for our PTO's Cultural Arts Committee. That's the one that brings the assemblies to the school.
Now, where do I start? Is there a listing, database or resource anywhere online where I can find all of the (or many of the) organizations & entertainers that are ready & willing to do school assemblies?
As an FYI, listings in that directory are free, so as you're working with performers and enrichment folks -- I hope you'll encourage them to get their free listing in the directory. the more listings there, the better for group leaders and for enrichment professionals.
I've had great success with talking to my local children's librarian. She's given me many great ideas and I have actually hired some of the performers she's had come in. She's also hired some of the people I've had come in for assemblies for children's programs at the library.
Some states also have a BOCES list of performers that have been approved in the past. I've also gotten recommendations from the teachers in my school and our county has once a year an artist showcase where you can go and talk to the performers.
Good luck with planning the cultural arts for your school! I've been doing my school for the past two years and will continue for the next two.
If you're in NY, I can send you links I've found very useful.