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State of the Arts


Published: September 10th, 2019

Call for Student Designers: State Seal of Arts Proficiency

Today, in celebration of National Arts in Education Week, ADE’s Office of Arts Education is opening a call for student designers to design the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency! Feature your artwork on the diplomas of arts students across the state.

History:

On May 14th, 2019 Governor Doug Ducey signed SB1111 State Seal of Arts Proficiency into law. On August 26th, the Arizona State Board of Education voted to open rulemaking on this law. Currently, the State Seal of Arts Proficiency has entered into a 60 day public comment process. If the measure becomes official board rule after this 60 day period, it will recognize graduating seniors who meet the minimum requirements as soon as THIS YEAR 2020!

Call for Designers:

The Arizona Department of Education Office of Arts Education will be featuring an original student design on the State Seal of Arts Proficiency which would be affixed to the diploma of graduates who meet the minimum requirements.

Each school may submit the online application for up to 2 students per grade level 9-12. Each student entry will require a separate application. Designs must be created and uploaded using the Arts Proficiency Seal Design Form.

Who is eligible to participate?

Arizona district or charter high school students in grades 9-12

Timeline:

  •  Applications due Friday December 20th by 5pm MST
  • Winning design will be unveiled in March during Youth Arts Month and the designer will be recognized at a reception at the Arizona Department of Education.

To Apply:

Each school may submit the online application and upload the Arts Proficiency Seal Design Form for up to 2 students per grade level 9-12.

Tips:

  • Keep it simple! Lots of detail will NOT show up on the seal. Utilize positive and negative space, line drawings, and/or silhouettes.
  • Represent Arizona’s 5 artistic disciplines: Dance, Music, Media Arts,Theatre, and Visual Arts.
  • Two Colors: Submit black and white designs or designs utilizing two colors only.

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Published: September 9th, 2019

ARIZONA CELEBRATES 2019 ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK

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.

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Published: September 3rd, 2019

UPDATE: Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal

SB1111, better known as Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal, took another step forward on Monday August 26th. The Arizona State Board of Education unanimously allowed the bill (known as R7-2-321 to the State Board) to open for rulemaking.

What is rulemaking?

SB1111 was signed into law by Governor Ducey on May 14th, 2019. The law stipulates that, ADE and the State Board, in partnership with Arts Education experts, will create the student and LEA requirements for participation in the Arts Education Proficiency Seal. ADE and stakeholders submitted the proposed requirements for State Board rule on Monday, August 26th, and the board agreed that the item should move forward through the process.

What’s next?

The State Board’s rulemaking procedures require a public hearing no sooner than 20 days following opening the rule. The Board will be hosting a public hearing at the Board’s offices on September 18, 2019 at noon. Findings from this meeting will be submitted to the board on September 23rd.

It is anticipated that the board will not officially adopt the rule until their October 28 meeting, in which the rule will become active or will remain tabled for adjustments. If activated, the 2019-20 Arts Education Proficiency Seal LEA Application will be opened in November 2019. 

What are the proposed student requirements?

Arts Education Stakeholders from across the state submitted the following recommendation to the ADE and Arizona State Board of Education:

To qualify for the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, a student will complete:

        • A final GPA of 3.0 or 4.0 in each qualifying arts/career and technical education (CTE) course.
        • 4 minimum credit requirements in one of the following ways:
          • A minimum of 4 credits in one artistic discipline: (dance, music, theatre, visual arts or media arts)
          • OR
          • 3 credits in one artistic discipline, and 1 qualifying creative industries CTE credit or separate artistic discipline.
          • OR
          • 2 credits in one artistic discipline, and 2 credits in a qualifying creative industries CTE class
        • 80 hours of arts related extracurricular activities
        • A student capstone project

Stakeholders also requested that the ADE produce a guidance document to assist in LEA implementation of the Arts Seal program, including examples and definitions of: appropriate extracurricular activities, appropriate and rigorous capstones, an approved list of Creative Industries CTE courses.

How can students begin the Arts Seal Pathway?

Interested students must be enrolled in a participating District/LEA. Districts and LEAs will submit an annual application to the department of education. Approved applications will allow Districts and LEAs to administer the seal of Arts Proficiency to qualifying students.

Can I engage in Public Comment?

Yes! You may express your support or share your concerns with the Arizona State Board of Education. If you would like to submit a public comment on rules, please submit them to [email protected], or you may attend the public hearing on September 18th. Information can be found via the Arizona State Board Website

The ADE Office of Arts Education is happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Published: July 10th, 2019

AZ Office of Arts Education Releases 18-19 Year End Report

 

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,

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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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