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.
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,
I am VERY excited to introduce our NEW Arts Education Title IV-A Program Specialist, Haley Honeman!
Haley comes to us with a diverse teaching experience: she has served as a Teaching Artist specializing in arts integration, worked as an educator, and is a professional theatre artist in her own right. Honeman is the latest addition to the Title IV-A Program Area and will oversee the ADE’s Office of Arts Education.
For the first time in 30 years, ADE is proud to have 2 dedicated staff members committed to the advancement and implementation of high quality Arts Education programming throughout each Arizona school. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Arts in Education Week!
I encourage you to read Haley’s Introduction Letter, and to welcome our new Arts Ed Leader!
Yours in collaboration,
Dustin K. Loehr
Director of Arts Education & Title IV-A
Arizona Department of Education