“Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor” Released

The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) have officially released their long awaited “Arts Education for America’s Students:  A Shared Endeavor,” statement.

From SEADAE’s website:

“The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, in partnership with 12 national arts and education organizations, has released “Arts Education for America’s Students, a Shared Endeavor,” a statement outlining the importance of high quality arts education and those responsible for providing it to students.  “A Shared Endeavor” articulates the purpose and value of arts education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserts its place as a core academic subject area, and details how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments.”

As we all know, music and arts education serve an essential role in the development of students, imparting a breadth of unique skills and offering up a seemingly endless variety of benefits. As policymakers continue to evaluate how best to measure growth in students and researchers continue pursuing links between engagement and music and arts education, those dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to these important experiences, are joining forces.

To that end, SEADAE’s work asserts that all children, regardless of their school’s wealth, should have access to an array of opportunities in music and arts education. By encouraging collaboration across the music and arts education communities, the shared goal of advocating for access to quality programs nationwide, is strengthened that much further.

We are grateful that the hard work that our friends at SEADAE undertook in order to craft this statement ultimately yielded fruitful results.  Today, we celebrate the collaborative spirit of the statement’s development, and look forward to future conversations about its use in practice.

Alexandra Eaton, Policy Analyst/Coordinator, January 9, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)