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!
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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.
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,
National Arts in Education Week is a Congressionally designated celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education. The field of arts education annually joins together to bring visibility to the cause, unify stakeholders with a shared message, and provide the tools and resources for local leaders to advance arts education in their communities.
National Arts in Education Week, will be celebrated from September 9-15, 2018!
What are YOU doing to celebrate this year’s National Arts in Education Week!?! Please let us know and fill out this form!
Find many ways to celebrate the week alongside 500+ other communities by visiting www.NationalArtsInEducationWeek.org for more information.
Share your event with ADE, and we’ll celebrate with you by SPOTLIGHTING your work on our Arts Ed Blog!! Our Office of Arts Education has a few celebrations to announce as well! More on that soon!
Be sure to TAG all your events #becauseofartsed #AzArtsEd.
As we approach the 2nd month of the 2018/19 School year, I wanted to remind you to keep up your Arts Ed Advocacy efforts! Those of us involved in the profession should know that it’s not enough to teach our classes well. It’s not enough to secure the championship trophy. OUR job is to ensure that EVERY Arizona students has the opportunity and access to high quality Arts Education instruction designed to increase their artistic literacy and Well-Rounded education.
Take a moment to review this easy-to-use article by Americans for the Arts and start your advocacy story today! Reflect upon the personal stories of teaching and learning through the arts, juxtapose this with some of the state-wide stories we have collected through the A3C initiative, and stay tuned for updated student enrollment and access data from the AZ Arts Ed Data Project (to be released next month).
Yours in collaboration,
How can you leverage the skills and abilities cultivated in the Drama/Theatre classroom to increase student engagement and retention in the ELA classroom? This Education Week Article shares some highlights and approaches.
A recent MIT study found that Mandarin-speaking kindergarten students receiving piano lessons showed increased improvement in word discrimination. Students receiving musical training also exhibited increased brain activity when listening to tones and pitches.
How could your LEA/school leverage music and the arts to increase academic skills and knowledge acquisition?