The Arts – Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts – are essential components of a complete and well-rounded education. Through the Arts, we share and celebrate humanity’s highest achievements and develop enduring historical and cultural understandings of ourselves and the world around us.

A balanced, comprehensive, and sequential program of study in the Arts allows Arizona’s students to learn and practice 21st-Century skills and behaviors that foster critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving. The Arts seamlessly integrate with other disciplines and subject areas to create engaging and rigorous learning opportunities for all students. Instruction in the Arts builds discipline, enhances self-esteem, inspires creativity, fosters linguistic, numeric, and aesthetic literacy, and encourages students to make and reach personal and academic goals

“As an artist myself, I know that the Arts have the power
to change the way we see and understand our world.
I believe that is what makes the Arts
a valuable contributor
to students’ success
and an imperative part of a well-rounded education.”

 ~Diane Douglas, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

The mission of the Arizona Department of Education Arts Education Office is to provide support to Arts educators, classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and Arts stakeholders – including Arts and education organizations, community groups, and service organizations – so that every student has the opportunity to experience the power and beauty of the Arts, and the joy, creativity, and intellectual stimulation that instruction in the Arts provides.

Arts Education Specialist
The roles of the Arts Education Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education include the following:

  • Serving as a liaison to the state’s Arts educators
  • Providing professional development in Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards, Arts assessment, and Arts integration
  • Promoting quality Arts education programs in all of Arizona’s schools
  • Providing a variety of high-quality tools and resources for LEAs interested in learning how to create balanced, comprehensive, and sequential Arts learning programs for their students