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.”
Read more about this and the important intersections of the Arts and Sciences by accessing the compete article.
Our partners and colleagues from Arts Education Partnership recently published a report “Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape” which explores education policy areas where Arts Education can can expand policy solutions! Arizona was highlighted as an example for the emphasis we place on Equity in terms of access to high quality Arts Education instruction. Our intense focus on infusing the Arts within our Title I schools has resulted in a partnership between the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education that produced the “Strengthening Schools through the Arts Partnership Grants“.
“…across school type, grade level and arts discipline, arts programs connected to a school’s school improvement plan or capacity building efforts had a significant impact on academic achievement, student engagement and student self-efficacy.”
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,
Big shout out to Act One and their National Arts in Education Awareness campaign! Visit their website to proclaim “I Value the Arts in Education“!
It is through a collective effort, through meaningful community and school partnerships that we can begin to realize a health Arts Education landscape that allows ALL children throughout Arizona access to a robust and well-rounded education. Thank you Act One for being a partner our schools and students can count on.
ADE would like to thank DEHS for their #ArtsEdWeek Celebration! We are SO lucky that the Conservatory of Arts and Design is a cornerstone for high quality Arts instruction in our schools!
Here’s what they’ve been up to this week:
In celebration of Arts in Education Week 2018, the Conservatory of Arts and Design will honor and recognize arts education by providing a variety of Fine Arts performances and presentations during lunch time. Art will occur in the lobby, Black Box Theater, and courtyard. See you all there.
Art Activities during the week include:
Monday- 9/10 – Choir & Visual Arts (Lobby)
Tuesday 9/11 – Dance & Visual Arts (Courtyard)
Thursday 9/13 – Theater & Visual Arts (Blackbox)
Friday 9/14 – Band & Visual Arts (School)
- Dance- School wide choreographed dance
- Choir-Music in the lobby
- Theater-Arts Cafe (Blackbox)
- Band- Flash mob marching
- Visual Art- Mobile Mural in the courtyard
National Arts in Education Week takes place annually during the week beginning with the second Sunday of September.
National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275o, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.