The Arts Education Data Project is a report by the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which offers insights into arts course access and participation rates in Arizona schools. Quadrant Research prepared the report which features analysis of all available school enrollment data self-reported through the Arizona Department of Education’s AZEDS system by schools across the state, both traditional public schools and charter, grades K through 12. Visit the Art Education Data Explorer Project.
The Arts ARE Education is a new national campaign in support of arts education for all students. As states and schools work through multiple challenges in the years ahead, arts education must remain central to a well-rounded education and fully funded to support the well-being of all students and the entire school community.
Beginning in July 2018, Arizona Citizens for the Arts (AzCA), with the support of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation and the assistance of ckSYNERGY, convened a Steering Committee comprised of leaders from across the state to build an Initiative that drives systemic change to ensure Arts Education access and equity for every student in Arizona. In order to inform the creation of this Initiative, the committee and consultants sought comprehensive input from across the state of Arizona through listening sessions and a survey; conducted interviews with similar organizations across the country; and reviewed literature and studies. Read the Report from the initial work of this Initiative
The Arts Advisory & Action Committee or A3C is an advocacy initiative created by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Having numerous iterations over the years, the current A3C convening is centered on gathering arts education stakeholders together in a shared space allowing ADE to better engage with the supporting of the needs and challenges of this specialized group of educators.
ADE has partnered with Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA), and together, ADE and ACA will tour the state to engage stakeholders within their own communities. These meetings are free and open to the public. We encourage teachers, teaching artists, community arts organizations, administrators, parents, and policymakers to attend an event in YOUR area! Data collected through this community will be reviewed by our RTAC Leadership Team, and communicated to education and state leaders.
For more information about this advocacy group and joining A3C, contact [email protected] or call (602) 542-5179.
Congratulations teachers and students for making it through another challenging and artful school year! ADE Arts Education is thrilled to share the State Seal of Arts Proficiency Year End Report. Participation and achievement grew again for the third year in a row, with 978 students earning a Seal of Arts Proficiency! Congratulations to the students, teachers, and LEAs for their ongoing dedication and commitment to the arts. In this newsletter, we will also share several opportunities to showcase the amazing work of Arizona student artists.
Nine high school students from across the nation are vying for the title of 2022 Poetry Out Loud™ National Champion and the $20,000 prize as part of an annual poetry recitation competition from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The 2022 competition will culminate on Sunday, June 5, 2022, with a one-time-only webcast available on the NEA’s website at Arts.gov/Poetry-Out-Loud beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. PT. Poet, publisher, and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander will host the virtual event that will include poetry recitations by each of the finalists and the announcement of the National Champion.