Arts Learning

The Arts provide students in school and after school settings the opportunity to actively engage in the learning process by providing them ways to create, collaborate, and innovate.

The visual and performing arts in school and after school programs provide multiple opportunities for students to learn a diversity of skills through active learning. Through dance, music, media arts, theatre, and visual arts, students learn a wide range of critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills. Perhaps one of the most important benefits is that creative learning cultivates deeper learning and builds multiple kinds of literacy including reasoning, imagining, dexterity and many unique forms of expression. The arts provide students many lenses to view history, culture, and the world around us. We know that the creative work force is looking for 21st century learners that have the creative capacities to solve complex problems. Through extended day learning opportunities, the arts open up new doors for creative expression.

California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards) on January 9, 2019. To download the publication version of the standards, select the link below. You can access these arts standards on the California Department of Education website here.

Development of the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) on July 8, 2020. The Arts Framework supports the California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve, (Arts Standards), which were adopted by the SBE in January 2019. You can access the Arts Education Framework on the California Department of Education website here. 

The Arts Education Framework Introduction describes the purpose of the Arts Education Framework:

“The purpose of the 2020 California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework) is to provide guidance and support for all educators and partners in arts education in implementing the 2019 California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Standards). The Arts Framework contains an overview of the standards that are organized along common concepts and processes shared among all of the arts. It also invites the reader to explore the discipline-specific learning expectations of students and conditions for learning in each of the arts disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The Arts Framework aims to inspire educators as they design and implement a myriad of unique instructional approaches and multiple learning opportunities for diverse learners so that students develop as artistically literate individuals.”


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