Arts Education


State of the Arts


Published: March 1st, 2019

March is Youth Arts Month!

In March the Arizona Department of Education celebrates Youth Arts Month! This year we will highlight stories and educators from around the state with daily blog posts & weekly social media blasts.

Do you have an arts education story that you would like to feature on our blog? We would like to hear from you about the Youth Arts Education happening around the state. Please send your photos and stories to us at the Arts Education Inbox: [email protected]. You can also tag your photos on social media with #AZYouthArts #AZArtsED

Arizona arts educators, administrators, community organizations, and students work hard every day engaging in arts learning activities that are an essential part of a well-rounded education. Our world needs more of the creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, empathy, and social engagement that the arts develop. Take time this month to CELEBRATE young artists, their mentors, advocates, and supporters!

~HAPPY YOUTH ARTS MONTH~

Haley Honeman

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Published: December 27th, 2018

ADE Office of Arts Education Partners with ASU Bio Safety

On December 20th, 13 Arizona students were recognized at ASU’s “Arizona Biosecurity Workshop”! Challenged to illustrate their understanding of germ prevention and biosafety, the students competed in a Visual Arts competition designed to highlight student learning while capitalizing on youth and community outreach. Putting the “A” in STEM is a central focus at ADE’s Office of Arts Education, and there to lend her support of the effort and conversation was ADE’s Arts Education Specialist Haley Honeman:

“As the world increases in complexity, it’s important that we prepare our children to be imaginative thinkers to confront today’s challenges and tomorrow’s unimaginable situations with creativity and grace.”

Haley Honeman

 

 

Read more about this and the important intersections of the Arts and Sciences by accessing the compete article.

 

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Published: December 7th, 2018

Arizona featured in National Report: Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape

Our partners and colleagues from Arts Education Partnership recently published a report “Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape” which explores education policy areas where Arts Education can can expand policy solutions! Arizona was highlighted as an example for the emphasis we place on Equity in terms of access to high quality Arts Education instruction. Our intense focus on infusing the Arts within our Title I schools has resulted in a partnership between the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education that produced the “Strengthening Schools through the Arts Partnership Grants“.

“…across school type, grade level and arts discipline, arts programs connected to a school’s school improvement plan or capacity building efforts had a significant impact on academic achievement, student engagement and student self-efficacy.”

 

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Published: December 6th, 2018

ADE Arts Education Director featured by YabYum Music + Arts

Arts Education and Title IV-A Director Dustin Loehr was recently interviewed by YabYum Music + Arts. Loehr shares about the importance of measuring and valuing Arizona Arts Education and his focus and efforts as a leader within the Arts Education field.

“For so long, the argument for arts programs has been art for art’s sake–and there is an argument there–that being said, the arts can improve test scores, the arts can improve social and emotional literacy, the arts can curb high school dropout rates.”

Dustin Loehr

 

 

 

 

 

You can access the complete article here. 

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Published: October 30th, 2018

Arts Education for all! Doctor’s orders!!

BBC Headline:

Surgery students ‘losing dexterity to stitch patients’

Answer??

ARTS EDUCATION!!

“Creativity is not just for artists. Subjects like design and technology, music, art and drama are vitally important for children to develop imagination and resourcefulness, resilience, problem-solving, team-working and technical skills,” says Mr Hunt. “These are the skills which will enable young people to navigate the changing workplace of the future and stay ahead of the robots, not exam grades.”

Read the full article and share with the decision makers YOU know!

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Published: October 8th, 2018

Nominations OPEN! 2019 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards

Do you know an AMAZING Arizona Artist or Arts Organization? How about a robust and innovative Arts Educator or Arts Education Organization? Well NOW is your time to celebrate the creativity and dedication of our Arts Education community!  Arizona Citizens for the Arts is once again accepting nominations for the 2019 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards. The process is simple, and the chance to recognize our community members and colleagues is worth the time of you investment!!

Friday November 30, 2018 is the last day to submit your nominations. 

Visit their website to submit your nominations now!

 

 

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Published: October 3rd, 2018

Americans Increasingly & Overwhelmingly Support Arts Education in 2018

According to a comprehensive new public opinion poll report put out by Americans for the Arts Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018:

  • 91% of Americans (and 92% of Arizonians) agree the arts are part of a well-rounded education
  • 94% believe students should receive an education in the arts in elementary school, middle school, and high school
  • 89% say the arts should be taught in out-of-school programs in the community
  • And public support for arts programs taught in our schools and communities has increased from 2015-2018

The Arts Education team knows that the impacts of arts education are felt in our schools and communities and we are excited by how this is reflected in public opinion. It is encouraging to know as we advocate for the well-rounded arts education that is our students’ right, chances are we will be in good company. If you’d like to know what else Americans said about the Arts you can read the full report, review the one-page highlights, or view the infographic. You can also view the Arizona infographics report. Public Opinion ARIZONA

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Published: September 18th, 2018

Share YOUR perspective on the Arts Ed Landscape!

Help Us Build an Arts Education Advocacy Network

Please complete this short survey!

Your input is vital. Arizona Citizens for the Arts, with the assistance of a collaborative of arts education stakeholders, is developing an arts education advocacy network to guide and provide support for policy initiatives and strategies to increase access and availability of arts education in K-12 schools and adequate resources for arts educators in our community. Email For more information about the Arts Education Advocacy Effort, email

 

 

 

Ayúdanos a construir una red de apoyo para la educación artística

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Tu opinión es vital. Arizona Citizens for the Arts, con la ayuda de la colaboración de educadores de las artes, esta desarrollando una red de apoyo para guiar y brindar apoyo a iniciativas estratégicas para aumentar el acceso y la disponibilidad de la educación artística, así también como recursos adecuados para los maestros en las escuelas K-12 en nuestra comunidad. Para más información acerca del programa de apoyo a la educación artística, envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]. Para más información acerca de Arizona Citizens for the Arts, visite www.azcitizensforthearts.org.

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Published: September 14th, 2018

ADE and the AZ Arts Commission releases the AZ Arts Ed. Data Project

What an amazing week we have journeyed through together! We have introduced our new Arts Education Specialist, sent our Director to the National Arts Education Partnership Conference in Indiana, we’ve highlighted celebrations happening in our schools, and now we are pleased to unveil the Arizona Arts Education Data Project!  This interactive dashboard is the most comprehensive analysis to-date of Arizona Student access and participation in Arts Education courses. Interested in learning about Arts Education access in your county? The dashboard can tell you that. What about 5th grade enrollment in dance at your district? The dashboard can tell you that. For the first time, we can clearly analyze student access and participation in the arts by geographic location, economical demographic, by artistic discipline- for EVERY school in Arizona!

Interested in the full Executive Summary, or would you rather just look at the highlights? Either way, we are working hard to better frame the Arts Education landscape as it truly exists in each of our Arizona schools.

We are very proud to share this information with you, adding to transparency and choice for you and your student(s).

Happy National Arts in Education Week form the ADE Office of Arts Education,

 

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Published: September 13th, 2018

AZ “Act One” Celebrates Arts Ed Week! Join the Movement!!

Big shout out to Act One and their National Arts in Education Awareness campaign! Visit their website to proclaim “I Value the Arts in Education“!

It is through a collective effort, through meaningful community and school partnerships that we can begin to realize a health Arts Education landscape that allows ALL children throughout Arizona access to a robust and well-rounded education. Thank you Act One for being a partner our schools and students can count on.

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