State of the Arts
ADE Arts Education extends a tremendous congratulations to the 585 graduates awarded the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency!
Learn more about this year’s graduates of the program by reading the one-page: 2019-2020 Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency Year End Report
access to arts education increases statewide but lags in rural, tribal, and low-income communities.
According to a new report on access to arts education in Arizona public and charter schools during the 2017-2018 school year, access increased by 4% to 88% since the last published report. Over 130,000 students are estimated to remain without access to arts education.
The data reflect both access (the presence of a course of instruction in at least one arts discipline) and participation (student enrollment).
Additionally, the analysis considers such variables as
- school configuration (Elementary, Middle, or High School),
- school type (traditional public or charter),
- locale (urban, suburban, rural, etc., based on classification codes devised by National Center for Education Statistics)
- Number of students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, and
- School Majority Race/Ethnicity
Key Findings: Access to Arts Instruction
Access is the lowest threshold measure for arts education. It is used to determine if a school offers at least one arts discipline with any student enrollment. This only indicates presence of program, not breadth, and is used primarily to determine where schools may be operating without arts instruction.
- While 88% of all students have access to some arts instruction, only 71% of students in grades K-8 had access to both Music and Art as requirement by state education code during the period covered by the report.
- The number of students without access to arts instruction decreased 4% between 2015 and 2018.
- The proportion of students without access to any arts courses was greatest in schools where more than 75% of students are eligible to receive Free/Reduced Price.
- Student access to the two required arts disciplines (Art and Music) for elementary and middle schools (K-8) is lowest in schools where more than 75% of students receive Free/Reduced Price Lunch (69%).
- While Public Schools represent 83% of the population they represent 60% of the “no arts” student population whereas Charter Schools represent 17% of the overall student population they hold 40% of the “no arts” students.
Key Findings: Participation in Arts Instruction
- 71% of all students participated in arts education courses.
- Music and Art are the most widely available of the arts disciplines and have the highest participation rates—45% and 52%, respectively—among the five artistic disciplines.
- Student participation varies only slightly between Traditional schools and Charter schools. In traditional schools, 73% of students are enrolled in the arts as compared to 60% for Charter schools.
The following chart highlights where participation in arts education is highest and lowest based on specific characteristics:
|Highest Arts Participation Rates||Lowest Arts Participation Rates|
|High Poverty (Free Lunch Students 76%+)||Mid-High Poverty (Free Lunch Students 51%-75%)|
|City (mid-size)||City (small)|
|Majority Race/Ethnicity is White||Majority Race/Ethnicity is American Indian|
|Traditional Public Schools||Charter Schools|
|Elementary Schools||High Schools|
The full Executive Summary Report can be found at https://azarts.gov/azartsed-explorer/.
The Data Explorer Dashboard
Beyond the Executive Summary Report, Arizonans can explore the data through an easy-to-use interactive online dashboard at https://azarts.gov/azartsed-explorer/. With intuitive controls and myriad visualization options, this powerful tool allows users to venture deep into the data, following whatever path they choose, including statewide geographic comparisons; county-, district-, and school-level reporting, and year-over changes in enrollment, to name just a few.
According to Elisa Radcliffe, the Arts Commission’s Arts Learning Manager, “This tool provides a picture of where Arizona’s schools currently stand, allowing school leaders, parents and advocates to ensure that every child in Arizona can participate in the arts.”
Among those taking a close look at the picture presented by the report is Joseph Benesh, Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a statewide advocacy network that partnered with AZ DOE and the Arts Commission to sponsor the research with funding from Americans for the Arts.
“Every study ever done reports the same data: children do better when the arts are a robust part of their education: they develop more self-confidence; they graduate at higher rates; they perform better in school and in life,” said Benesh, referring to data such as that reported by Americans for the Arts (https://bit.ly/2sQ0YHM) showing that students who took four years of arts and music classes while in high school scored an average of 92 points higher on their SATs than students who took only one-half year or less.
“I worry about the +/- 30% of our children who are missing out on those benefits. All of our children deserve better than a C grade in access to a well-rounded education,” said Benesh.
According to a survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs (https://bit.ly/34uKu4m) on behalf of Americans for the Arts in 2018, Arizonans feel very strongly about the value of arts education. 92% of Arizonans agree that the arts are part of a well-rounded education while 80% say the arts help students perform better academically.
Happy National Arts in Education Week! September 8-14th 2019
Arts Education has a huge impact on Arizonans! From providing us with vibrate, creative public spaces to enjoy, to providing students with supportive, caring environments to explore their self expression, to laying the foundation for the future of the creative industries sector– it is clear that arts education deeply matters.
Since 2010, House Resolution 275 has designated the week beginning the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together to tell the story of the impact and power of the arts in education.
This year ADE’s Office of Arts Education, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Act One, The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts asked for videos telling your stories of how arts education impacts the lives of Arizonans. The #BecauseofArtsEd2019 video below resulted from your responses.
It’s not too late to add your story on social media during Arts in Education Week about the impact Arts Education had on your life using the hashtag #BecauseofArtsEd! How are you celebrating National Arts in Education Week? Take pictures of celebration events and tag them with the hashtag #ArtsEdWeek. What’s going on in Arizona? Tag your Arizona events with the hashtag #AZArtsEd!
Stay tuned for more exciting updates this week from ADE’s Office of Arts Education to celebrate 2019 National Arts in Education Week.
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!
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.
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.