Arts in Education Week, September 9 – 15, 2012

There are many studies that prove Arts learning is linked to positive student outcomes such as engagement and persistence, overall academic achievement, communication and collaboration, and positive behavior.

On July 26, 2012, our U.S. Representatives agreed by passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week to promote and show the importance of art education in making engaged and successful students.

The resolution states:

Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

There are also many Art in Education websites dedicated to prove the importance of the arts in the classroom.  The websites listed below work together to inform parents, students and teachers of activities to engage students in the classroom this week and throughout the year.

K-12 Curriculum Resources

The Art and Science of Impressionist Color
Students will learn about the Impressionist painters’ use of color and how it connected to early-19th-century scientific theories about color. They will explore combinations of primary and secondary colors, experiment creating secondary colors, and create a landscape using complementary colors.

Creating Comic Strips
Starting with the familiar Peanuts comic strip characters in the form of video and print media, students explore comic strips as a form of communication of both fiction and nonfiction. In this lesson, each student creates an original comic strip to convey a mathematical concept to share with a younger student.

21st Century Skills Map ( PDF, 2.5 MB, 17 pgs.)
This Skills Map from the Partnership of 21st Century Skills (P21) presents just a few of the many ways that children acquire 21st Century Learning Skills through arts study.

(List compiled by the National Education Association.  For more information visit

Get Involved!

Get the facts about the benefits of arts learning for students and teachers.  Visit, a first-of-its-kind clearinghouse of arts education research, to learn more about these and other benefits of arts learning for teachers and students.

Find out what is going on in your school, district, and state. What are the policies in place in your community that either support or hinder student access and participation in arts learning? You can use the Arts Education State Policy Database to find out information about your state. This searchable database contains the latest information on arts education state policies and practices. Since 1999, AEP has gathered these data through an annual survey of arts education personnel in state education agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

(Thanks to the Arts in Education Partnership.  For more ways to get involved, visit

About April Forrer

April Forrer has been a Maryland resident for over 15 years, having moved from Washington, DC after graduate school at the George Washington University. She began her writing career on Capitol Hill as a speech and legislation writer for two U.S. Representatives. She then started working with non-profits to enhance their media and development outreach. She now spends her professional time writing her first novel and designing and constructing costumes for theatrical productions. She savors her time spent with her three children, her dog and her husband.