Last year Round Table Advisory Committee members voted to transition leadership and organize as an advisory committee to ADE’s Office of Arts Education to:
- Represent Arts Education from around ALL communities in Arizona
- Meet quarterly in various geographic areas and providing digital access
- Guide the ADE Arts Specialists on all areas of Arts education in our state
We are excited to announce our new RTAC member portal http://www.azed.gov/artseducation/rtac/
We encourage Arts Education Stakeholders to sign up to serve on this committee through the portal. Meetings will be held quarterly during the 19-20 school year in the afternoons at locations around Arizona with virtual access for distant members.
The first RTAC meeting will be held:
Monday August 19th from 4-6pm
Scottsdale Unified School District 8500 E. Jackrabbit Road Room D
If you will be joining us virtually: https://zoom.us/j/100330711
We look forward to seeing you there!
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It has been a busy year at The Office of Arts Education.
Some of the highlights:
- A State Arts Proficiency Diploma Seal Became Law
- Media Arts Courses Were Added to the Arizona Course Catalogue
- Over 300 students showcased their artistic voice at the 2019 ESSA Conference
- Arts Educators of the Year were Celebrated During Youth Arts Month
- Conferences and Various Professional Development Trainings Were Provided Across the State
- New Data Provided the Clearest Picture Yet of who has Access to Arts Education in Arizona
We want to celebrate the momentum in Arts Education in our state with you.
This year we are thrilled to release our first annual Arts Education Year End Report.
We hope you will take time to read about some of the going ons in Arizona Arts Education.
18-19 Arizona Department of Education Arts Education Year End Report
You can also find this report housed on the Arts Education Website under Research & Advocacy
As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, we want to thank you for your shared commitment to quality Arts Education experiences for Arizona students.
We look forward to collaborating to advance arts education in the state of Arizona.
Wishing you a year full of imagination,
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~
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.”
Read more about this and the important intersections of the Arts and Sciences by accessing the compete article.
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.”
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.”
You can access the complete article here.
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!
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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