Published: 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: Published: September 14th, 2018

ADE and the AZ Arts Commission releases the AZ Arts Ed. Data Project

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,



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Published: Published: September 11th, 2018

ADE welcomes Haley Honeman- NEW Arts Education Specialist

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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


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Published: Published: August 27th, 2018

2018 International Biosafety Month Posters Contest

Arizona State University Environmental Health and Safety will host its first “International Biosafety Month Poster Contest”!

The contest is open to all Arizona K–8 students and is intended to increase the students’ interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields, and to foster awareness on the topics of biosafety and biosecurity. The contest consists of two divisions:

Students in grades K–5 will use their imagination to create and submit posters illustrating the theme — How would you stop germs?

Students in grades 6–8 will submit posters illustrating the theme — Biosafety: defending the Earth from germs.

Important dates and deadlines

Poster submission deadline:   Monday, October 1, 2018 – Entries postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted.
Award notifications mailed:     Monday, November 12, 2018
Contest winners recognized:   Friday, December 14, 2018 at the 2018 Arizona Biosecurity Workshop.

For more information about the official rules and methods of entry, contact:
[email protected], ASU EHS associate biosafety officer and CDC responsible official, at 480-965-5347, or
[email protected], EHS program manager, at 480-965-5443

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Published: Published: August 27th, 2018

First Annual AAEA National Art Education Week Meet & Greet

Did you know that the week of September 9th is National Art Education Week?

To celebrate, Arizona Arts Education Association (AAEA) has planned a meet and greet for all art educators at Helton Brewery. You do not have to be a member of AAEA to participate, simply gather up your art ed peeps and come celebrate. Aside from conversations, there are many games on the patio that are worth playing. As a bonus, the wonderful people at Helton Brewery will be donating $1 from specific purchases to AAEA! Food is available to order if you work up an appetite.

Bring your fellow art educators for a fun-filled afternoon!


Helton Brewery

2144 East Indian School Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016

September 15, 2018    Noon-4:00 pm

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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: June 29th, 2018

2018 Summer Arts Education Institute- Master Class Instructor Julie Peters

ADE is excited to partner with AAEA President Julie Peters! 

When asked about what she LOVES about Arts Education Ms. Peter’s responded, “I just completed my 21st year as an art educator and I look forward to the teaching years ahead of me. Along the way, I have grown as an artist and as an educator. I have worked diligently to improve my teaching while increasing my range of artistic skills. I remember making a paper mache fish with a button eye when I was in third grade. I truly believe that is the point when my passion for art first began.”

Be sure to Register for our Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists! Julie will be sharing her original unit on Social Issues. This project will allow Arts Educators to experience a strategy designed to  help students understand how artist’s use their visual voice to send their messages to their communities and the world!

AAEA 2018 President

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Published: Published: May 30th, 2018

Have a GREAT Summer!!

Dear Arts Educators, Teaching Artists, Administrators, and ALL Arts Education Stakeholders:

It has been my pleasure to spend the 2017-18 school year with you as your ADE Arts Education representative! Together we have listened, grown, celebrated, and explored the work we collectively endeavor to elevate and expand. Your commitment to your students and communities is inspiring, I am so excited to build upon this year’s discoveries. As I transition into my new role as ADE’s Director of Arts Education & Title IV-A, I look forward to building an interdisciplinary team that can support your work. Our increased capacity will allow us more opportunity to partner, share, and learn alongside you, and the increased resources provided through Title IV-A allows for new and emerging collaborations! I have so enjoyed attending your school performances, showcasing your students’ creations, and sharing resources for your classrooms, leadership, and school communities. Take time to rest and re-charge this summer break. Reflect on your teaching artistry and what you might choose to tackle in the upcoming year. As you begin planning, remember that the Office of Arts Education and the Title IV-A Team are here to assist you. 

Please mark your calendars now for the first annual “Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators & Teaching Artists”! Our District, school, and organizational leadership are invited to join us for the “Arts Education Leadership Summit” immediately following the Summer institute event. This event is FREE, lunch and Certificates of Completion will be provided. Registration information will be sent soon.

When:            July 20th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Summer Institute)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Leadership Summit)

Why: To sharpen our skills, explore creative youth development, build community arts organization partnerships, and create collaborative networking relationships with other schools. We will ignite our energy for the 18-19 school-year!

 Where: Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation 13625 N. 32nd St., Phx, AZ 85032.

The”Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators & Teaching Artists” is made possible through the partnership of the Alice Cooper Solid Rock Foundation 

Yours in creation,


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Published: Published: May 24th, 2018

Save the Date! Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists + Arts Education Leadership Summit!!

SAVE the Date!

Keep your teaching and artistry skills sharp over the summer and join us for a half-day of Arts Education Fun & PD!

The ADE is excited to announce our first EVER Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators & Teaching Artists!

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This year’s event is presented in partnership with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation!

When: July 20th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Summer Institute)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Leadership Summit)

What: “Arts Education Summer Institute” and “Arts Education Leadership Summit!”

Why: To sharpen our skills, explore student-centered practice, and build community partnerships. To ignite our energy for the 18-19 school-year!

Where: Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation 13625 N. 32nd St., Phx, AZ 85032.

Cost: FREE! Lunch provided!


Registration info will be made available SOON via our Arts Ed Blog!

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Published: Published: May 23rd, 2018

UPDATE! Call for Student Art! Teacher Plan and Prep – ADE WeAreAz 4th Grade Visual Arts Competition!

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Calling ALL 4th Grade students! 

With our NEW Social Study Standards still in the works, we will once again be collaborating with 4th Grade for the WeAreAz Competition! Depending on how things land with the standards revision, we may be engaging different grade bands in the future.

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.

More information will be made available SOON on our Arts Education website! Subscribe to our blog for instant information!

Visit: www.azed.gov/artseducation or email [email protected]


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