Published: 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: 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: 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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Published: Published: April 2nd, 2018

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Honors Teacher

Alyssa McMichael, dance teacher at Apollo High School in Glendale, was awarded the 2018 Katherine Lindholm Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year Award at the annual Arizona High School Dance Festival at Raymond S. Kellis  High School, March 24th.  This award honors a teacher for demonstrating support for and contributing to the larger dance education community, inspiring students and colleagues through example, enthusiasm and encouragement, and advocating for quality dance education and the arts.  Alyssa exemplifies these characteristics in her teaching and by her involvement in the dance community.


Congratulations from ADE’s Office of Arts Education!

Alyssa McMichael AzDEO Awardee

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Published: Published: February 8th, 2018

ADE Celebrates our 4th Grade WeAreAz Visual Arts participants!

Join us for a celebration of arts, student learning, and Arizona Statehood Day!

On Wednesday, February 14th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, ADE will host our Student and Family Reception for the 2018 Visual Art Competition “WeArAz!” The evening will include refreshments, an open gallery space where student artwork will be displayed, the BIG reveal of our winning schools!

RSVP is Required! Let us know you’ll be there today!

Where: Sonoran Fine Arts League- 7100 E Cave Creek Rd (Suite 144) in Stagecoach Village, Cave Creek 85331

When: Wed., Feb. 14th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Published: Published: January 30th, 2018

Arts Education Course Requirements Changed

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The Arizona State Board of Education has changed the Minimum Course of Study Requirements for Arts Education.

As of Monday, January 29th, the new State Board requirements are as follows:

R7-2-301. Minimum Course of Study and Competency Goals for Students in the Common Schools

A. Students shall demonstrate competency as defined by the State Board-adopted academic standards, at the grade levels specified, in the following required subject areas. District and charter school instructional programs shall include an ongoing assessment of student progress toward meeting the competency requirements. These shall include the successful completion of the academic standards in at least reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as determined by district and/or statewide assessments.

The Arts, which may consist of one or more of the following: visual arts, dance, theatre, music or media arts.

The previous requirements included Music and Visual Arts as separate requirements, with the Performing and Practical Arts listed as additional subjects that districts may elect to offer.

The Arts Education Office of the Arizona Department of Education felt it important you be made aware of these changes. For additional guidance and dialogue, please consider participating in the A3C initiative.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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Published: Published: January 23rd, 2018

Introducing our NEW ArtsEd Blog!!

Announcing the roll out of our NEW Arts Education Blog! This feature will replace the monthly e-News which has been traditionally sent out the second week of each month! NOW, subscribers have the opportunity to sign up for their category of interest OR they may elect to receive ALL of our communications! Blog posts will be sent out once or twice a week!

For the most up-to-date information from our Professional Arts Education Service Organizations sign-up to receive our “Arts Associations Updates” mailings.

For all the various resources for your schools, classrooms, students and professional growth, sign up to receive our “Opportunities” mailings.

To share in the success of our schools and community partners, be sure to sign up for our “Spotlight” mailings.

And for all things related to arts education policies, calls to action, and local/federal updates, be sure to sign up for our “State of the Arts” mailing.

On behalf of the Office of Arts Education with the Arizona Department of Education, I am SO very excited to offer communication that is timely and relevant to your needs and interests.

Yours in creation,

Dustin Loehr

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