Arts Education Month promotes and recognizes the arts as a critical component of K-12 Education

Arts Education Month celebrates the powerful role of arts education in the lives of our students, schools, and communities. ArtsWA, along with our partners, ArtsEd Washington and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), is once again promoting May as Arts Education Month to celebrate arts education in K-12 schools.

Under state law the arts are a required core academic subject--dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts have been formally adopted into the state's arts standards. However, the delivery of arts instruction can be inconsistent from school to school, which is why we hope you will join us in sharing the importance of arts learning all year long, and especially in May.

"One of ArtsWA's key goals is to strengthen arts education as a fundamental part of K-12 basic education," said Lisa Jaret, ArtsWA Arts Education Manager. "Learning in and through the arts supports overall academic success as well as social emotional learning; it increases student engagement and can make a positive difference in school climate."

In his proclamation declaring May as Arts Education Month, Governor Inslee states that "the arts can transform our schools into havens of creativity and exploration-places where students want to learn, teachers want to teach, and all members of the learning community are more engaged, included, and motivated." Read Governor Inslee's Proclamation for Arts Education Month.

Arts Education Month helps shine a spotlight on the incredible community and school partnerships doing this critical work and we'll be featuring some of these stories in social media throughout the month of May.

Following the lead of the Governor, ArtsWA invites communities, schools, and other entities to participate in Arts Education Month this May. Download ArtsEd Washington's Arts Education Month Toolkit for sample proclamations, speaking points, and suggested activities that you can use in your school or community arts learning settings.

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