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Arts Education Month

March 2, 2021

YAHOOOOO and Happy Arts Education Month!

I know this March is a bit different than other years but we as visual and performing arts educators still have important work to do – celebrating and raising up the voices of our students in the arts. The creative minds of arts educators are serving you well, as you plan and implement a way to recognize the accomplishments of your students in the arts. CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all the educators who provide an excellent arts education and access to it for learners of all ages. I know that you are proud of your students and I encourage you to take advantage of this month designated to celebrate arts education. Whether you do it in a small or large way, please let me know about the work you are doing so I can include your story on this blog. Your good ideas should be shared so others can learn from you! I appreciate your ongoing commitment to providing THE BEST visual and performing arts education!

Take advantage of Arts Education Month to engage others in the conversation of why a quality arts education is essential for all students. Use the Commissioner of Education Pender Makin’s message, posted on this blog yesterday, to help others understand what we know to be important.

If you’re looking for resources each of the national professional organizations below have a plethora of information on their websites. Check them out and consider becoming members to support their good work.



The National Art Education Association has been celebrating Youth Art Month since the 1960’s. Check out what NAEA has to offer on the topic. The purpose of YAM is to emphasize the value to children from participating in visual art education. 



The Council for Art Education provides tons of resources to help you plan. They have ideas on their site that teachers and students are engaged in across the country. The ideas range from school based to community, both large and small. You can sign up for their free newsletter and receive information on a regular basis.



The National Association for Music Education has been recognizing Music in Our Schools Month since 1985. The idea started in 1973. You can learn what NAfME has to offer on MIOSM by CLICKING HEREThe purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that schools is where all children should have access to music.



The Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society and the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) all provide resources for theater educators. Their resources are directed towards Thespians, schools, and educators. The purpose is to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students.



The National Dance Education Organization celebrates the artistic and academic achievements of exceptional students through the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NAHSDA) by teaming up with the US Department of Education during March. Learn more about their advocacy work by CLICKING HERE.

As you’re contemplating your March celebration checking out a blog post from the past with more resources. CLICK HERE



Americans for the Arts envisions a country where everyone has access to—and takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. Their arts education council represents a cross section of the country so all voices are represented. The Americans for the Arts website has a plethora of resources on arts education. Check them out by CLICKING HERE.



We know that arts-rich schools benefit everyone. It is our responsibility to help others who may not understand this statement. Arts Education month provides that opportunity and in the near future the Maine Alliance for Arts Education will be sharing a video of Arts Education Advocacy Day that took place on February 17, 2021.


Arts Education for America’s Students

January 14, 2014

A Shared Endeavor

A Shared Endeavor is a recently released statement which represents a groundbreaking joint endeavor with twelve major arts organizations stemming from the Accord meeting in Washington D.C., May 2013.  A Shared Vision defines what quality arts education looks like at the local level, encourages partnerships, and calls on organizations and individuals to actively support and promote:   

  • Policies and resources for arts education.
  • Access to arts education for all students.
  • Collaboration between school-based arts educators, other subject area teachers, and community-based artists and arts educators.
  • Long-term advocacy partnership between all providers of arts education.  

A Shared Vision can be used in a multiple ways. Please share it with your administrators, colleagues, and community members. Encourage other educators to distribute the statement to education organizations. Be a leader and use Shared Vision to start a conversation at the local level, within your school and community.

The arts(1) are part of a balanced education, providing America’s learners with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive, college and career ready citizens. A core academic subject of learning,(2) the arts are supported by a rigorous set of voluntary national standards(3) and assessment frameworks(4) designed to improve and support arts learning. In addition, forty‐nine states support sequential arts learning in their public schools with state‐adopted arts standards.(5)

The American public values a quality arts education in our schools.(6) When America’s public schools invest in certified arts educators, students gain the opportunity for a sequential, standards‐based education in the arts. Certified non‐arts educators in schools expand students’ opportunities for arts learning by providing curricular connections among the arts and other subjects.(7) Furthermore, students gain deeper, additional standards‐based arts learning experiences through America’s cultural organizations, community arts organizations, and teaching artists. It is the convergence of the contributions of all partners and opportunities that provides a quality arts education for our students.

Despite the rich body of data(8 )demonstrating how students benefit from quality arts education, many American children lack access to it in their schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students in high poverty schools are more than twice as likely to have no access to the arts.(9) We believe that the inequity of access to quality arts education must be addressed. Too often, arts education is squeezed out of America’s public schools.

An education without the arts is inadequate. Therefore, we call on our public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students in all public schools by leveraging the expertise and experience of the partners involved in arts education. To this end, the signatories of this document will support efforts to:

  • Advance policies and resources that ensure access to arts education for all students— delivered by certified arts educators—and that develop artistic literacy through a sequential, standards‐based arts education.
  • Ensure that all students have access to in‐school and community arts learning opportunities that add value to a standards‐based PK‐12 education in America’s public schools.
  • Encourage certified arts educators, community arts providers and certified non‐ arts educators to provide quality arts education for their students by collaborating together in support of improved instructional and classroom practices.
  • Foster proactive, long‐term advocacy collaborations among certified arts educators, community arts providers, and certified non‐arts educators that engage parents, school leaders, and other key stakeholders to support student access to high‐quality arts education throughout the school and community.

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1 The arts are defined here as dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts, following the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, Each state defines the arts differently within statute. Reference http://www.aep‐
research‐policy/state‐policy‐database/ for further state information.
2 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IX, Section 9101, 11,; http://www.aep‐‐content/uploads/2012/07/State‐of‐the‐states‐2012‐FINAL.pdf
3 http://artsedge.kennedy‐                                                     4                                                        5 http://www.aep‐‐content/uploads/2012/07/State‐of‐the‐states‐2012‐FINAL.pdf
6 Americans for the Arts (2005), “New Harris Poll Reveals That 93% of Americans Believe That the Arts Are Vital to Providing a Well Rounded Education,”‐releases/2005/06/New‐Harris%20Poll‐
7‐%20final%20report1.pdf/404993792/Arts%20and%20 Common%20Core%20‐%20final%20report1.pdf
8‐program/networks‐and‐councils/arts‐education‐network/tools‐resources/arts‐ed‐navigator/ facts
9 http://www.aep‐‐2/report‐arts‐education‐in‐public‐elementary‐and‐secondary‐schools/

If you’d like to download this information in document form please go to or or email me.  

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