DAA is committed to ensuring that the arts stay central in curricula throughout the state. Our LEAD Committee (Legislative Affairs, Education, Advocacy, Economic Development) considers the best ways to advocate for the arts in education and implements strategies. DAA is committed to making sure that common core state standards reflect the inclusion of arts education in all public schools. We are the arts education advocacy resource in the First State.
Areas of DAA’s focus in Education:
New Arts Standards in Delaware!
The Department of Education, with the support of the Delaware Arts Alliance and Delaware Division of the Arts announced on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 the Delaware Board of Education voted to adopt new arts standards for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.
These statements of learning, developed by teachers for teachers, will replace standards that have been used to guide instruction in arts classrooms for the last 20 years. Utilizing a framework that includes philosophical foundations and lifelong learning, the new standards focus on the creative process and highlight learning that includes Creating, Performing, Responding and Connecting across arts disciplines. Details on the new standards can be found on the Department of Education’s website here.
Arts educators in public schools and in community and cultural institutions will begin professional learning this summer to unpack the standards and adapt them for use in their classrooms.
The approval of the standards coincided with March for the Arts, a statewide celebration of Arts Education. Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a proclamation designating the month of March as “March for the Arts” in the state of Delaware. The importance of arts education is cited in the proclamation, as it “contributes to increased attendance and graduation rates; elevates academic achievement; and prepares students for college, career, and citizenship readiness.”
2015 Arts Education Symposium
In 2015, Arts Education Partnership (AEP) – an inter-agency collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Education – also convened a symposium in Washington, DC. DAA Executive Director Guillermina Gonzalez participated in the symposium. See her report below.