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State Arts in Education Policies and Schools for the Arts

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This Artscan database report highlights state policies (in statute or code) that support arts in education and state-sponsored schools for the arts. The database does not capture arts in education policy decisions and activities at the district level.

State-sponsored school for the arts Other state arts in education policies in statute or administrative code
Alabama Alabama School of Fine Arts: Specifies the rules for governance of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. (Ala. Admin. Code r. 356-X-1-.01 through .19)

Provisional certificates: Permits an expanded alternative certification program for prospective teachers for grades 9-12 only, except that an alternative certificate may be issued to K-8 teachers if limited to the areas of fine arts and/or foreign language. (Ala.Code 1975 § 16-23-3)

Support the Arts: Establishes a program to support arts education through sale of special "Support the Arts" license plates. (Ala. Code 1975 § 32-6-470)

Alaska Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Arizona Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Arkansas Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts: The residential school serves eleventh and twelfth grade students who exhibit outstanding academic credentials and who have the ability to undertake course work in an environment and with demands similar to those of a university. The purpose of the school is to educate gifted and talented math, science, and the fine and performing arts students and to develop curricula and materials to improve instruction in these subjects for all students in the state. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6-42-301 through 309)

Arkansas Governor’s School: The state provides funding for a six- week residential summer program for high school seniors, which includes a significant focus on the arts as well as other subjects. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6-42-106 and 6-42-108)

Future Art and Music Teachers Pilot Program: Requires the department of education to develop a program to provide in at least six schools a program through which 11th- and 12th-grade students may provide arts instruction to K-6 students. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6-16-131)

Distance learning: Requires the department of education to oversee and coordinate distance learning courses that may include advanced art courses. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6-47-201)

Arts and Humanities (Arts Council): Includes guidelines and rules for the Arts in Education (AIE) grant program. The purpose of the program is "to assist students in grades pre-K through 12, teachers, administrators and communities in gaining greater familiarity with the major art forms. The Arts Council's purpose is to strengthen the awareness that the arts should be an integral part of the basic education process through programs that are curriculum-based and involve sequential arts activities." (Code Ark. R. 012 03 002)

Summer educational programs: The department of education is authorized to establish annual summer programs to provide enriched educational offerings for exceptional junior high and high school students. Each program shall offer instruction in subject areas designated annually by the department from a list of subjects that includes arts and music. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6-42-108)

California Specialized secondary programs: Purpose is "to assist in the establishment of specialized high schools in the state to provide advanced instruction and training in high technology fields and in the performing arts." A school district, county superintendent, county board of education or consortium of districts may submit a proposal to the State Superintendent to establish a specialty high school. Faculty members must develop model curricula to be shared with other school districts in the state. Also allows the State Superintendent and district consortia to establish an academy of performing and visual arts to offer secondary programs outside the regular school day. (CA EDUC CODE Title 2, Division 4, Part 31, Chapter 6.)

California State Summer School for the Arts: Establishes a "multidisciplinary arts training program which will enable artistically gifted and talented students to receive intensive training in the arts." Between 50% and 75% of the costs of the school are to be paid by the state, with the balance financed with fees and private support. (CA EDUC CODE, Title 1, Division 1, Part 6, Chapter 7)

The California Arts Project (TCAP): The project's central mission is to deepen teachers’ knowledge of dance, music, theatre and visual art, to enhance student success pre-kindergarten through post-secondary, and develop instructional strategies to support the Visual & Performing Arts Content Standards and the state VAPA Framework. (CA EDUC CODE § 99200-99206)

University admissions requirements: University of California and California State University require a minimum of one year of visual and performing arts chosen from dance, drama/theater, music or visual art, for admissions to their 33 campuses.

Arts education: Replicates a program created under previous statute, called the Exemplary Arts Education Program, "to develop a locally based approach to the improvement of arts education by using existing community arts resources in a planned and coordinated way to strengthen basic arts skills and knowledge in the public schools." Establishes rules for funding of local arts agencies; responsibilities of the Department of Education and California Arts Council (which are to jointly administer the program); and local education agencies. The program is funded through the Graphic Design License Plate Account of the General Fund. (CA EDUC CODE 8810 - 8819)

Arts work visual and performing arts education program: Establishes this grant program to help LEAs establish standards-based visual and performing arts programs. This grant program existed 1999-2004 and is no longer active. (CA EDUC CODE 8820)

Colorado Not found in statute or code. Special education generalists: Educator Licensing Act of 1991 requires special education generalists to be knowledgeable in music and visual arts, among other areas. (1 Colo. Code Regs. 301-37)
Connecticut Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Delaware Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
District of Columbia Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Florida New World School of the Arts. Establishes a school to offer academic and artistic studies to talented high school and college students. (F.S.A. § 1002.35) Career education certification: Students may receive a career education certification on their diploma by completing the high school graduation requirements, passing a college entry-level placement or equivalent test and completing a career education program of study that includes a one-credit course addressing workplace readiness skills. The state board of education must ensure that the course meets graduation requirements for performing arts or practical arts. (F.S.A. § 1003.431)

State universities - Admission of students: The minimum admission standards adopted by the State Board of Education or a university board of trustees must permit a student to earn at least 3 of the 18 credits constituting the college-preparatory curriculum required for admission as electives, including no more than 2 credits in art-visual arts, dance, drama-theatre arts, language arts, or music. In addition, a Florida resident denied admission to a state university for failure to meet the GPA requirement may appeal the decision and request a GPA recalculation that includes up to 3 credits of advanced fine arts courses. (F.S.A. § 1007.261)

Cultural Institutions Program: Cultural Institutions Trust Fund is established to support, among other things, arts in education and visiting arts programs. Administered by the department of state. (F.S.A. § 265.2861)

Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs - Arts grant program: Establishes rules for state arts grants to organizations, including an arts in education (grant) program, in which there are three funding categories, one of which is School-Based Arts Education. (Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 1T-1.001)

Georgia Not found in statute or code. Georgia Challenge Program: Provides arts education grants to school systems to develop, implement and expand K-5 arts education curriculum. (GA COMP. R. & REGS. r. 269-1-.06)
Hawaii Not found in statute or code. Foundation on Culture and the Arts: The Foundation must submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature that includes a description of the activities of the Hawaii arts education partners and the Foundation's progress in implementing the Hawaii arts education strategic plan. (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 9-3)
Idaho Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Illinois Illinois Summer School for the Arts. Residential summer program for talented high school students, staffed by artists and teachers from around the state who are known for the high quality of their work. (105 Ill. Comp. Stat. 310/2) Arts programs grants: Requires state board of education to provide competitive grants to support development of comprehensive K-6 programs in music, drama, dance, and visual arts. (105 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/2-3.65)
Indiana Not found in statute or code.

Arts Education Program: Provides grants, training and assistance to LEAs, coordinates resources in support of arts education programs. (Ind. Code § 20-20-24)

Professional standards board: Must include one member licensed in fine arts education. (Ind. Code § 20-28-2-2)

Iowa Not found in statute or code. Project support: Provides financial incentives for nonprofit organizations, area education agencies and schools for the development of exemplary arts education activities. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 222-12.1(303))

Residency program: Provides financial incentives for nonprofit organizations, area education agencies and schools for the development of exemplary arts education residency activities. (Iowa Admin. Code r. 222-13.1(303))
Kansas Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.

The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts: The Governor’s School for the Arts offers high school juniors and seniors an in-depth instruction in one of seven artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theater, visual art or vocal music. The program is held for three weeks each summer.

Alternative certification program: Allows a person with expertise in a specific area, including art or music, to serve as a part-time, adjunct instructor.(Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 161.048)

Commonwealth diploma program: Requirements for a Commonwealth diploma include completion of an Advanced Placement course selected from English, science, foreign language, history, computer science, political science, music, or art. (704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 3:340)

House Bill 940 (Ch. 476), known as the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990: (KERA) made significant changes to the state's education law, including the following: Capacities required of students -- The General Assembly states its intent to create a system of public education that allows and assists all students in acquiring eight capacities, one of which is "Sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each student to appreciate his or her cultural and historical heritage." (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.645)

Legislative declaration on goals for Commonwealth's schools: Schools shall develop their students' ability to "Apply core concepts and principles from mathematics, the sciences, the arts, the humanities, social studies, and practical living studies to situations they will encounter throughout their lives." (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.6451)

Promote instruction in the arts: Establishes a grant program to promote the integration of the arts and foreign languages in the elementary school program. (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.7992)

Ride to the Center for the Arts Program Fund: Establishes a program to provide matching funds to school districts for the cost of transportation of students in grades 6-9 to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 157.606)

Louisiana Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts: Establishes a residential school for the gifted and talented children of the state. (LA R.S. 17:1961--Part II)

Louis Armstrong High School for the Arts: In 1997, the Legislature authorized a residential high school for the arts. However, it does not appear that the school has yet opened. (LA R.S. 17:1970.1, Part II-A)

Not found in statute or code.
Maine Not found in statute or code. Arts outreach program: Provides professional development opportunities in arts education to public school teachers, including classroom teachers and special education teachers, statewide. (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 27 § 410)

Arts in Education Program: Provides support for planning and implementing artist residencies and related school and community arts programs. Provides funding to one third of the state's schools on a 3-year rotating basis. (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 27 § 411)
Maryland Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Massachusetts Not found in statute or code. Advisory councils: Establishes advisory councils to the state board of education in a number of areas, including fine arts education. (Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 15 § 1G)
Michigan Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Minnesota Perpich Center for Arts Education: The primary purpose of the center is to provide assistance in arts education to school districts, including professional development, funding and educational programs around the state. The center also maintains "an interdisciplinary academic and arts program for pupils in the 11th and 12th grades." (Minn. Stat. 129C § 10)

Grade-level benchmarks: The commissioner of education must supplement required state academic standards, including the arts, with grade-level benchmarks. The commissioner must develop and implement a system for reviewing on a four-year cycle each of the required academic standards and related benchmarks beginning in the 2006-2007 school year. (Minn. Stat. 120B § 023)Arts benchmarks:Published in the Minnesota State Register per statutory requirement. (28 SR 749–757)

Minnesota state colleges and universities admissions requirement: To be considered for admission to a university as a new first year student, students shall have completed courses determined to be college preparatory or which provide mastery of equivalent competencies in grades 9-12: … (f) one year of arts (visual arts and the performing arts of theater, music, dance and media arts). (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Policies, Chapter 3.4)

Comprehensive arts planning program: Provides funding to school districts for the establishment and maintenance of a district-wide comprehensive arts program. (Minn. Stat. 129C § 25–26)

Magnet programs: The Perpich Center for Arts Education must identify at least one school district in each congressional district with interest and the potential to offer magnet arts programs using the curriculum developed by PCAE. (Minn. Stat. 129C § 10)

Additional requirements and processes for arts in education programs: Provides grants to schools to support artist-in-residence programs. (Minn R. 1900.2010)

Mississippi Mississippi School of the Arts: Residential program. Opened in 2001-02. Purpose: "to provide a more challenging educational experience for artistically talented and gifted students of the state to develop their full potential, including the teaching of humanities, creative writing, literature, theater, music, dance and visual arts." (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-140-1 through § 37-140-17) Curriculum coordinator: "The State Department of Education shall employ a Curriculum Coordinator of Music and Art Education who holds certification as a music and/or art teacher. The supervisor's responsibilities shall include the oversight of the elementary music/art programs as well as secondary programs." (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-3-79)
Missouri Missouri Fine Arts Academy The three-week summer program offers artistically gifted youth a curriculum in four distinct categories: interdisciplinary artistic studies, enrichment workshops, applied studies and coursework related to one or more artistic disciplines.

Programs for gifted children: Special programs for gifted students shall be designed in the general academic area, fine arts or both. (Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 50-200.010)

Standards for innovative and experimental programs: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has authority to recognize and approve four types of off-campus programs for students who are 16+, juniors or seniors. Programs are for students who are enrolled in advanced academic or fine arts classes. (Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 50-340.090)

Montana Not found in statute or code. Specific standards: Art K-12 Describes standards for approval of teacher education programs leading to interstate reciprocity of teacher certification. (ARM tit. 10-58 § 503)
Nebraska Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Nevada Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
New Hampshire Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
New Jersey Arts pilot program: Establishes in the department of education the "Arts Create Excellent Schools" (ACES) Pilot Program. The department, in consultation with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, is to develop three model schools which incorporate an innovative arts-infused curriculum into the student learning process. (N.J. STAT. ANN. 18A §54G)

New Jersey School of the Arts: "The primary purpose of the school shall be the professional training of students in the fields of art, music, drama, dance, and creative writing at the secondary level of instruction, with emphasis placed upon performance of the arts and academic studies of the arts. The school will provide such courses to any secondary school within the State and such other programs as are deemed necessary to meet the needs of its students and of the State." (N.J. STAT. ANN. 18A §61A)

Vocational-technical education certification requirements: (a) Vocational-technical education may be offered in program areas represented by the career clusters recognized nationally and by the Department, including (3.) Arts, audio/video technology and communications. (N.J. Admin. Code 6A §9-11.2)
New Mexico Not found in statute or code. Fine Arts Education Act:The state board of education is required to issue guidelines for development and implementation of fine arts programs. The state department of education is required to administer and enforce the provisions of the Act and assist local school boards in developing and evaluating programs. Local boards may submit a fine arts education program plan in accordance with guidelines issued by the state board, which must be reviewed annually by the local board, the department and a parent advisory committee from the district. To be eligible for state financial support, a district's fine arts education program must integrate the arts into the curriculum, use certified instructors and require background checks. (N. M. S. A. 1978, § 22-15D)

General provisions for the New Mexico Arts Commission: Includes definition of "artist residency," which may occur in schools. In schools, artist residencies educate teachers, administrators and artists "in methods which provide hands-on involvement in the creative process for students based on state arts education standards and which evaluate the results of the classroom activities. Residencies should be considered supplemental to a school's regular arts education program." (N.M. Admin. Code tit. 4 § 12.1)

New York New York State Summer School of the Arts: The summer residential programs for New York State high school students provides intensive pre-professional training with artists and artistic companies. Eight component schools offer training in the specific disciplines of ballet, choral studies, dance, jazz studies, media arts, orchestral studies, theatre and visual arts. (Arts and Cultural Affairs Law § 7.01 through § 7.15) Not found in statute or code.
North Carolina North Carolina School of the Arts Establishes the school as part of the University of North Carolina. The school trains talented high school and college students, and occasionally exceptionally talented elementary-aged students, in the arts. The emphasis is on performance rather than academic study of the arts, though academic courses also may be offered. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 116-69) Not found in statute or code.
North Dakota Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Ohio Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Oklahoma Not found in statute or code. Statewide system of alternative education programs: Beginning in the 2002-2003 school year, all districts are required to provide alternative education programs. These programs must, among other requirements, provide opportunities for arts education to students, including Artists in Residence programs coordinated with the Oklahoma Arts Council. (70 Okl.St.Ann. § 1210.568)

School/Community Network for Arts in Education: Defines rules for a grant program for LEAs to develop arts instruction/programming for elementary, middle school/junior high and/or high school. (Okla. Admin. Code 210:40-63-5)

Oregon Not found in statute or code. School system characteristics: Delineates the characteristics of the public school system, which include "Provides for rigorous academic content standards and instruction in mathematics, science, English, history, geography, economics, civics, physical education, health, the arts and second languages." (Or. Rev. Stat. § 329.025)

Special programs and services: School districts may identify and provide special educational programs and services for students who demonstrate creative abilities…or unusual abilities in the visual or performing arts. The board must adopt state guidelines for the identification and provision of special educational programs and services for students. (Or. Rev. Stat. § 343.411(2))

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts: Students major in one art area where they work intensely for five weeks on visual arts (including photography), creative writing, dance, music or theater arts (including theater design).
Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts
Not found in statute or code.
Rhode Island Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
South Carolina South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities: Residential school established to "provide intensive preprofessional and professional instruction in the arts and a strong academic and humanities program which will lead to a high school diploma and college credits." (S.C. Code Ann. § 59-50-10) Not found in statute or code.
South Dakota Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Tennessee Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Texas Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Utah Not found in statute or code. Professional Outreach Program in the Schools: The purpose of the arts and science program is to provide opportunities for students to develop and use the knowledge, skills, and appreciation contained in the arts and sciences core curricula through in-depth school instructional services, performances or presentations in school and theatres, or arts or science museum tours. (Utah Code Ann. § 277-444-2)
Vermont Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Virginia Not found in statute or code. Resource teachers: Local school boards shall employ five positions per 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through five to serve as elementary resource teachers in art, music, and physical education. (Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:2)
Washington Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
West Virginia West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts: The three-week residential program provides individual and in-depth group instruction in the arts for current high school sophomores. Artistic areas addressed are creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art and vocal music. In addition, the Governor’s School for the Arts attempts to broaden the students’ understanding of the arts through interdisciplinary courses focusing on common elements in the arts disciplines. Not found in statute or code.
Wisconsin Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.
Wyoming Not found in statute or code. Not found in statute or code.

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