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A3C Arts Advisory and Action Committee

Overview of Arts Education

The Arts – Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual, and Media 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