March is Arts Education Month
Many educators celebrating the importance of arts education during March as Arts Education Month. This is a month dedicated to arts education and gives our education community an opportunity to appreciate how important arts education is for ALL students in California schools. Our students need access to the arts learning much more now than ever before. Communities across California are spotlighting the importance of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts education for all students. We also celebrate the collective work of county offices of education, school districts, and communities who are providing arts education opportunities for Pk-12 students.
As our CA Arts Education Frameworks states,
The arts are a necessary and required component for all California students to develop as well-rounded, lifelong learners who contribute to the prosperity and quality of life for local and global communities. An education in the arts (dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts) develops engaged, creative, expressive, responsive, and artistically literate citizens. Artistic literacy is the ability to understand, create, perform/present/produce, respond, and connect through the arts, and transfer knowledge and skills learned from authentic experiences in the arts that transcend historical, cultural, and societal contexts. Achieving literacy in the arts is joyful, inspirational, and creates a lifelong appreciation of the arts; it also prepares students for the twenty-first century workforce and plays a critical role in developing well-rounded citizens. A standards-based arts education in all five disciplines with equitable arts learning experiences available to all students furthers students’ academic goals, increases student engagement, enhances parent and community engagement, and improves school culture and climate.
The California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve Arts Standards (arts standards), adopted by the State Board of Education in 2019, map a pathway for a standards-based arts education in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The intention of the arts standards is that they are equitable and accessible to each and every California student. The California Arts Education Framework for California Public Schools: Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve provides guidance for implementation of the arts standards.