Published: 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.


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


  •  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.


  • 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: Published: August 28th, 2018

Date extended! Apply to present Student Talent at ADE’s ESSA Conference!

Showcasing Title I talent!

ADE invites you to apply to showcase your Title I Student Talent!

Complete the Performing Arts, or STEAM application by September 14!

Complete the Visual Arts entry form and submit your work to ADE by October 31!


You can access the NEW digital Application Form and Eligibility/Requirements by visiting our student portal!

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Come join us!! The ADE ESSA Conference is November 14th and 15th in Tucson Arizona.

Student Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of the LEA.

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Published: Published: August 27th, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for National Arts in Education Week September 9-15, 2018!

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.


Happy celebrating!!!


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Published: Published: August 3rd, 2018

Accepting Request for Proposals: Present at ADE’s ESSA Conference!

NOW is the time to roll up your sleeves and submit your application to present at this year’s ESSA  “Student-Focused, Well-Rounded Education” Conference!

We are looking for teachers, administrators, educational professionals, teaching artists, and community organizations to join us in Tucson at the El Conquistador Resort on November 14th and 15th! You will have the opportunity to share information (tools, resources, and strategies) with our over 400 conference participants! All sessions are 75 min in length. If your presentation is selected, you may participate in sessions and meals throughout the day for free OR, you may stay an additional day at a reduced conference rate!

Visit our Digital Conference Portal to review and sign the Request for Proposal Assurances, along with the digital submission form.

The deadline for submissions is September 7th! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with school leaders and educators from across the state! 


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Questions? Please contact us through the Arts Education Inbox




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Published: Published: August 1st, 2018

ADE Student Opportunity: WeAreAz 4th Grade Collaborative Visual Arts Competition!


The “We Are Arizona!” 4th Grade Collaborative Student Artwork Competition is a visual arts integration contest for 4th grade students from around the State of Arizona. Students participate in the contest by working with their classmates to create and submit an original work of art designed around the theme:

“We Are Arizona!”


Under the supervision of their teacher, 4th grade students within a single classroom or grade level will work together to integrate their recently-acquired knowledge of Arizona – its rich and enduring history, its magnificent and awe-inspiring vistas, its industrious and rugged people, and its diverse and vibrant cultures – into a cohesive and inspiring work of art. ALL visual media – including tapestry, sculpture, paintings and drawings, collage, photography, and mixed media artworks – are eligible for Entry.

The contest is open to all Arizona 4th grade students working collaboratively within a single classroom or school! You can access the Entry Form and Rules/Requirements on our Arts Education Portal!


All WeAreAz entries are due to ADE by December 14th at 5:00 pm. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Arts Education!

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Published: Published: August 1st, 2018

ADE Student SHOWCASE Opportunity: ESSA Conference, Student Talent Call!

The School Excellence Unit of the Arizona Department of Education is excited to offer their annual ESSA Conference, your one-stop-shop for federal grant program needs! 

Formally known as the Title I MEGA Conference, this year’s conference theme “Student-Focused, Well-Rounded Education” celebrates the wonderful programming and innovative solutions our schools are providing for our students. 

Seeking Student Talent

We are seeking to showcase our talented students and successful Title I programs.

Calling all K-12 Visual Artists and 6th- 12th grade Performing Artists! 

Now is your opportunity to present or perform at the 2018 ESSA Conference!
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Visit our Arts Education portal to access the Application and Download the Entry Requirements!
Deadlines are already approaching!
  • Performing Arts groups are required to submit their Audition materials by August 31st at 5:00 pm! 
  • Visual Arts students are required to submit entries by October 31st at 5:00 pm!


Please note: this year’s event will be hosted at the El Conquistador Resort and Event Center in Tucson Arizona! More information will be made available on our Conference website soon! 

 If you have any questions, please contact our Arts Ed Inbox!
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Published: Published: July 23rd, 2018

Summer Arts Ed a Success!

We had a GREAT time last Friday at ADE’s first annual Summer Arts Education Institute for K-12 Teachers and Teaching Artists! We had over 100 Arts Educators, Teaching Artists, Administrators, and Leaders in attendance! Participants enjoyed learning about Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, building sustainable community partnerships to extend learning, and leveraging the POWER of student voice in lesson planning and performance.

Special thanks to the Alice Cooper’s Teen Solid Rock Teen Center for sponsoring the event and Chick-fil-A for providing our lunch!

PD Certificates are available through the Event Management System. Stay tuned for the NEXT ADE ArtsEd Opportunity!  

 SolidRock Doors  Summer Institute- VA Summer Institute Drama  

AliceCooper Solid Rock Thank you, Chick-Fil-A!

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Published: Published: July 13th, 2018

2018 Summer Arts Education Institute- Keynote “Cultivating Creativity In The Classroom” by Richard Maxwell

Only 1 week left to register for ADE’s first annual Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists!

Join us on July 20th to experience our Keynote Speaker Richard Maxwell and share in his insight on cultivating creativity in the classroom! Richard will speak to his experience with creating the Arcadia CMAS Program, and how a “fully open creative platform” might mean with regard to what students experience, what teachers require to facilitate, and how the Creative Process can be furthered in the classroom.

Richard will also be teaching the Music Master Class!

Be sure to Register  NOW for a chance to experience all this and more, while gearing up for the 2018-19 school year!

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Published: Published: July 4th, 2018

2018 Summer Arts Education Institute- Master Class Instructor Dustin Loehr

We are VERY excited to announce that ADE’s Director of Arts Education and Title IV-A will be teaching the Theatre Master Class for the K-12 Arts Summer Institute! Loehr celebrates a year with ADE, previously serving as the Title I Arts Education Specialist, and now overseeing the newly created interdisciplinary Title IV-A Program: Arts Education, Gifted and Advanced Learning, College & Career Readiness, and the Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grants (Title IV-A). Loehr has a background in teaching artistry, arts administration, and performance art. His workshop will focus on building community through ensemble creation.

Be sure to Register  now for our Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists!


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