Welcome to ArtScan! ArtScan, a project of the Arts Education Partnership, is a searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For the purposes of ArtScan, “state policy” refers to the system of laws and regulatory measures that pertain to the provision of arts education. Only those policies that hold the weight of law and refer to the arts explicitly are included in ArtScan.


How to Use ArtScan

Below are five ways to engage with the data housed in ArtScan.



Explore a summary of state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


State Policies

Capture a snapshot of all the data ArtScan has to offer about your state including state policies in 14 policy areas.


State Comparisons

Create custom side-by-side comparison reports using a search engine that allows you to choose individual states and policy areas/data points of interest to you.


State Reports (All States)

Compare the policies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia within specific policy areas.

• Arts Education Instructional Requirements
• High School Requirements for Arts Education
• Arts Requirements for Educator Licensure
• Arts in Core Academic Subjects, Assessment, & Accreditation


Research and Policy Briefs

Learn more about ArtScan and explore an analysis of the findings in A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education (March 2014).


ArtScan will be updated as new information becomes available. Please contact Cassandra Quillen with questions or updates.
To track the most recent policy updates:  


Education Commission of the States’ Policy Database: Curriculum—Arts Education — Education Commission of the States’ policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state’s fiscal support of Education Commission of the States. Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included.


About ArtScan

Since 1999, the Arts Education Partnership has tracked state policies for arts education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2013, AEP, with the cooperation of Education Commission of the States, merged its State Policy Database with the Education Commission of the States’ database, ArtScan. To update the information for the 2014 edition of ArtScan, AEP staff conducted a comprehensive search of state education statutes and codes on each state’s relevant websites. The new structure for the 2014 ArtScan allows users to explore the data in multiple ways, including a state level profile for all policy areas, a comparison of selected states and policy areas, and several types of 50-state reports.