Centering Student Voices to Transform Educational Systems

As policymakers continue to rethink, reshape and reform systems, it has become vital to involve the appropriate voices in these conversations. Inclusion of the people who are directly affected by policy and funding actions in their communities leads to equitable...

State Information Request: The Arts in ESSER State Plans

An arts education organization asked about states that named the arts in their approved state ESSER plans and their proposed arts-related activities. Our response includes an overview of the the states that included arts in their plans, the states with plans that have...

State Information Request: Dance Certification

An arts organization requested information on the status of academic standards and teacher certification for dance in each state and details on licensure assessment requirements to become a dance educator in states where dance certification exists. Our response...

State Information Request: Media Arts in State Policy

An Arts Education Partnership partner requested information on the status of media arts in state policy. Specifically, the partner wanted to know which states have media arts included in state policy and in what ways they are included. Our response includes an...

Expanding the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System

This Policy Brief captures the discussion, insights and policy considerations that came out of a Thinkers Meeting with 11 experts in the arts education and juvenile justice fields. It builds on the report, “Engaging the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System,” by...

The Arts in Charter Schools

This Special Report examines how arts-based charter schools in the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland and North Carolina provide access to arts education and integrate the arts schoolwide across curricula, community engagement and teacher professional...

State Information Request: Funding the Arts in CTE

An AEP partner asked if states are allowing schools to use Perkins V funds for arts pathways — other than digital media or film — within CTE programs. Our response includes an overview of three states’ CTE programs that incorporate visual and performing arts, and...

The Arts in Schools of Choice

This Policy Brief highlights how states currently address schools of choice within policy, including those that intersect with arts education, and explores further opportunities to engage the arts in statewide policies and practices.

Policy Considerations for STEAM Education

This Policy Brief highlights state policies and practices — including access efforts, federal and state funding and statewide coordination — that can help states to advance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education and increase student...

ArtScan at a Glance

This summary is updated annually to reflect changes in legislation concerning the arts in education. It includes arts education policies for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. Complete results from this review are available in an online searchable database...

Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits