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Published: January 14th, 2020

New Data Sheds Light on Access to Arts Education in Arizona Schools

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.

Download the Full Executive Summary, One Page Highlights, or explore the Online Interactive Dashboard to learn more about who has access and who enrolls in arts education courses in Arizona Schools.


The Data

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.”


Arizonans Respond

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.


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Published: January 9th, 2020

YOUTH ARTS MONTH SHOWCASE DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY JANUARY 31st

Young Artists wishing to display their work at the Arizona Department of Education to celebrate Youth Arts Month in March have an additional 3 weeks to submit artwork! The call for Artwork for the Youth Arts Month (YAM) Showcase has been extended until Friday January 31st at 4:30pm. Submit your artwork to display in the Arizona Department of Education’s Jefferson lobby.


ABOUT

This year the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Art Education Association are partnering to celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM) with a showcase during March & April. This collaboration will unveil ADE’s Brand New Student Art Gallery.

We invite schools to submit student artworks to showcase in celebration of Youth Arts Month in the Arizona Department of Education’s Jefferson Building. A reception will be held Friday March 6th from 6-7:30pm at the Arizona Department of Education Jefferson Building to present awards in Elementary, Middle, and High School grade bands and to celebrate the excellent art education happening in Arizona Schools.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

• Open to ALL public-school students grades K-12!

• Each teacher may submit up to 2 student artworks per grade band K-4, 5-8, 9-12.

• Frames will be provided by ADE sized 8×10, 9×12, 12X12, 11×14, 16×20, and 18×24.

• Work must be matted or mounted to one of these sizes on a black mat with artwork labels attached to the front and ready to be framed. Works not following these guidelines may not be eligible for display.


For more information see flyer: YAM Showcase -DEADLINE EXTENDED January 31st

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 602.542.5179

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Published: November 25th, 2019

Cybersecurity Calendar Contest Deadline Approaching: December 13, 2019

Only 3 weeks left to enter the Cybersecurity Calendar Contest! Entry forms are to be postmarked or received electronically by ​December 13, 2019.

Public, Private, and home schooled students in Grades K-12 are invited to participate for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the 2020-2021 Cyber Security Calendar. Entries should feature original artwork illustrating the safe use of the Internet and/or mobile devices.

​Winners will be  announced in January 2020 and will also be entered in the federal calendar contest.

 

For more information: Cyber Security Calendar Rules 2020-2021

To enter: Cyber Security Calendar Entry Form 2020-2021

*Featured Artwork: 2019 Overall Winner Miyu 11th Grade Cibola High School

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Published: November 13th, 2019

Key Connections Mixer Nov. 21st 4:30-6:30pm

An Invitation for All Music Educators and a chance to win a Casio for your Classroom!

Hosted by Phoenix Conservatory of Music

When: Thursday, November 21 from 4:30p- 6:30p

Where: Phoenix Conservatory of Music (PCM) Inside Metrocenter Mall, 2nd Floor, North End 9617 N. Metro Parkway West, Ste. 2112 Phoenix, AZ 85051

Through the support of the CMA Foundation (Country Music Association) and US Bank, The Phoenix Conservatory of Music is hosting a series of networking mixers designed specifically for music educators! General Music Educators, Band, Orchestra, Choir, Electronic Music, Teaching Artists and Private Teachers- ALL are welcome!! This is an opportunity for you to network and mix outside of your schools, districts and organizations. Let’s come together as a community and support each other…

RSVP: http://evite.me/HFCvFygvYT

This is a FREE Event.

  • There will be food…and cookies.
  • There will be goodie bags….
  • There will be a door prize from CASIO!!! Who has graciously donated a Casio Portable CT-S200 that can live in your classroom if you have the winning ticket!

Please RSVP so we know how much food and cookies and cake to provide and come meet with other music educators and see what we can’t do to help each other.

For more information: 11.21 Key Connections Mixer Flyer

Questions? Email [email protected]

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Published: November 8th, 2019

Youth Arts Month Showcase: Call for Participation

This year the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Art Education Association are partnering to celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM) with a showcase during March & April. This collaboration will unveil ADE’s Brand New Student Art Gallery. We invite schools to submit student artworks to showcase in celebration of Youth Arts Month in the Arizona Department of Education’s Jefferson Building.

reception will be held Friday March 6th from 6-7:30pm at the Arizona Department of Education Jefferson Building to present awards in Elementary, Middle, and High School grade bands and to celebrate the excellent art education happening in Arizona Schools.

ADE Logo

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

  • Open to ALL public-school students grades K-12!
  • Each teacher may submit up to 2 student artworks per grade band K-4, 5-8, 9-12.
  • Frames will be provided by ADE sized 8×10, 9×12, 12×12, 11×14, 16×20, and 18×24.
  • Work must be be matted or mounted to one of these sizes on a black mat with artwork labels attached to the front and ready to be framed. Works not following these guidelines may not be eligible for display.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

  1. Fill out the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

http://www.azed.gov/artseducation/youth-arts-month-showcase/

and upload a signed Artwork-Photography Release form.

  1. Attach label to the front of the artwork.
  2. Drop off or mail submissions to The Office of Arts Education M-F 8-4:30pm. Drop off artwork by Friday January 10th at 4:30pm.

Attn: Haley Honeman

1535 W. Jefferson St.

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

 

Title I Districts/Charters may elect to also display submissions at the 2020 ESSA Conference.

Artworks will be displayed Mon. March 2nd– Fri. April 24th at the Department of Education.

Artworks are available for retrieval Monday April 27th– Friday May 8th at drop off location.

Questions? Contact Haley Honeman [email protected]

The Council for Art Education administers Youth Art Month (YAM) at the national level to showcase the positive impact and association between art teachers and students. YAM promotes visual art education for all K – 12 students and encourages funding for quality school art programs.

Download this flyer here: YAM Showcase Flyer

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Published: November 8th, 2019

2 Weeks Left to Submit Applications: Student Engagement 2020 ESSA Conference

Applications are due November 22nd at 5pm MST to showcase student voice & highlight well-rounded education in Arizona schools at the 2020 ESSA Conference. Get involved in one of the following ways:

STEM/STEAM Panel Presentations

Present with students during a break-out session on a hands-on learning project integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math at your school. Click the link below to apply!

STEM/STEAM Panel: Apply Now

Featured Student Performances

Highlight a 15-minute performance from a student theatre, dance, or music group at your school. Click the link below to apply!

Featured Performances: Apply Now

Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Friday December 6th 5pm MST. This year’s ESSA Conference will be held February 19-21 at the We Ko Pa Resort Conference Center.

Questions? Contact Haley Honeman [email protected]

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Published: November 7th, 2019

Music Booster Group Registry for Advocacy

The Arizona Music Educators Association is collecting information from music booster groups throughout the state. Please visit https://azmea.org/advocacy  to sign up your organization on the AMEA booster group registry.

Please distribute the flyer below to other music booster groups throughout the state:

AMEA Advocacy Flyer 2019.docx

 

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Published: November 7th, 2019

Art Ed Now: Global Online Conference Saturday February 2nd

What is Art Ed Now?

Art Ed Now is the world’s largest online conference for art educators! This one-day event (join us live or watch on-demand for an entire year) features 20+ inspiring and innovative TED TALK-style presentations covering topics that are relevant right NOW in Art Ed!

For more information visit Download the Flyer Below or visit the Art of Education University Website:

Art Ed Now Flyer

 

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Published: November 7th, 2019

Foothills Fine Arts Academy Visit Day

You are invited to visit Foothills Fine Arts Academy and experience how students learn through the arts!

For More information: 2019 Foothills Fine Arts Academy Invitation

WHEN DECEMBER 4th, 2019 8:30AM- 1:00PM

WHERE Foothills Fine Arts Academy PEORIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 15808 N. 63rd Avenue Glendale- Arizona- 85306

VISIT FOCUS • Observe classroom use of arts strategies and group discuss quality instruction.

• FH Model of Arts Learning

• FH Arts Education

• Observe Moving Through Math Arts Integration Residency and Coaching Model.

• Maker Space

RSVP- SPACE IS LIMITED Email Dr. Robert Benson @ [email protected]

He will respond with a sign-up link ASAP. Any questions, please call 623-412-4626

THIS IS FOR • K-8 EDUCATORS

• K-8 SCHOOL / DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS

• ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

• BOARD MEMBERS

• STATE EMPLOYEES

• UNIVERSITY STAFF

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Published: November 7th, 2019

AzDEO’s 16th Annual Pink Tutu Flu 2020

Join AzDEO for a day of professional development for dance educators. A great day of sharing curriculum ideas and methods from fellow educators including information from the NDEO annual conference last October. All welcome- K-12 teachers, college students, studio teachers, Post-Secondary teachers.

Friday, Jan. 24th 2020 9 am-3 pm. Check in from 8:30-9 am

 

Ballet Theatre of Phoenix

2326 E Indian School Rd.

Phoenix AZ 85016

 

Coffee, Tea and lunch included.

Certificate of hours awarded.

 

To register email Lynn Monson at [email protected].

Send registration fee to:

AzDEO

PO Box 60152

Phoenix, AZ. 85082

 

AzDEO Members: Free

Non-Members: $20

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