arts education in action
arts education in action

BUILDING A COMPREHENSIVE ARTS EDUCATION

The arts can benefit a child in many ways, both inside and outside of school. In North Carolina, we are striving to make dynamic, engaging, broad-based arts opportunities available to all of our students. We call this vision Comprehensive Arts Education (CAE).

Our Three-Part Plan

In today’s globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity are essential for all schoolchildren. Our three-pronged Comprehensive Arts Education (CAE) approach helps students develop these skills as well as effectively engage, retain, and prepare them for graduation and success in tomorrow’s global economy.

These three components of CAE are interdependent and are all necessary.

Arts Education Arts Integration Arts Exposure
Arts Education Arts Integration Arts Exposure

Arts Education

The arts as core academic subjects, taught by licensed arts educators. This includes dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts.

 

Arts Integration

The arts as a catalyst for learning across the curriculum creating deeper learning experiences that support content mastery and the development of critical and creative twenty-first century skills

 

Arts Exposure

Exposure to quality arts experience offered during and outside of school such as artists-in-residence, visits to galleries, concerts, and performances.

 

Arts Education

The arts as core academic subjects, taught by licensed arts educators. This includes dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts.

 

Arts Integration

The arts as a catalyst for learning across the curriculum creating deeper learning experiences that support content mastery and the development of critical and creative twenty-first century skills

 

Arts Exposure

Exposure to quality arts experience offered during and outside of school such as artists-in-residence, visits to galleries, concerts, and performances.

 

The responsibility to provide a comprehensive arts education is shared by many partners. It requires a collaboration of administrators, educators, artists and community organizations to bring a full complement of CAE opportunities to our children. CAE, when implemented in all districts of North Carolina, will provide access and equity for all children to be successful in work and life. Find out more about the CAE Plan

CAE In Action

Children playing instruments, painting and dancing

It is clear that learning in and through the arts is a powerful tool for engaging all types of learners. What people aren’t talking much about though is the positive effect it can have on teachers. Teachers at our school are trusted to take creative risks, encouraged to work collaboratively, and supported as they grow in their abilities to integrate the arts. I have no doubt this has helped us attract and retain top-notch teachers. The arts have proven to be an accessible and positive force for our school.

Lori Cozzi, Executive Director, ArtSpace Charter School,
a public A+ School in Buncombe County

Young child working with art teacher and student orchestra

“We are able to provide our students with exciting learning opportunities through our belief in comprehensive arts education. All of our teachers are teachers of the arts and educate our students on the value of the arts in their lives while integrating the arts into reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Our students are exposed to valuable arts experiences within and outside of our school. Many students would never get these types of experiences if we did not embrace the importance of the arts. Valuing and prioritizing comprehensive arts education has changed the mindsets of our teachers, has provided our students with rich, arts-filled learning experiences and has helped our parents and community to value the arts more too.”

Shane Barham, Former Principal, Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary, an A+ School in Wake County and the 2015 Top Elementary Magnet School in America

Young children dancing and working with music teacher

What You Can Do

1

Do Your Homework

What is CAE and why is it important?


  • Reflect and assess CAE
    in our community
  • Gauge local interest
  • Articulate what CAE is and
    why it is important
  • Identify challenges
2

Build Support

Gather your partners! What are your goals?


  • Determine new partners
    as you go
  • Determine local goals
  • Determine “assets” and re-allocate as needed
3

Implement a Plan

Collaborate and participate!


  • Create a message
  • Draft action plan
    (short-and long-term goals)
  • Gather and convene regularly
  • Reassess goals and find
    solutions to new challenges
  • Celebrate successes!
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1

Do Your Homework

What is CAE and why is it important?


  • Reflect and assess CAE in our community
  • Gauge local interest
  • Articulate what CAE is and why it is important
  • Identify challenges
2

Build Support

Gather your partners! What are your goals?


  • Determine new partners as you go
  • Determine local goals
  • Determine “assets” and re-allocate as needed
3

Implement a Plan

Collaborate and participate!


  • Create a message
  • Draft action plan (short-and long-term goals)
  • Gather and convene regularly
  • Reassess goals and find solutions to new challenges
  • Celebrate successes!

Here Are the Organizations That Can Help You

Here Are the Organizations
That Can Help You

The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, understands that the arts create opportunities for success for all students in many areas of learning and life. NCAC is also the home of A+ Schools of North Carolina

Arts NC is a private, nonprofit organization that advocates for all the arts in North Carolina. Arts NC's vision is a vibrant North Carolina where the arts are embraced by all as indispensable and believe that arts education policy is essential in obtaining our vision. It is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a statewide board of directors.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is charged with implementing the state's public school laws and the State Board of Education's policies and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education.

The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, understands that the arts create opportunities for success for all students in many areas of learning and life. NCAC is also the home of A+ Schools of North Carolina

Arts NC is a private, nonprofit organization that advocates for all the arts in North Carolina. Arts NC's vision is a vibrant North Carolina where the arts are embraced by all as indispensable and believe that arts education policy is essential in obtaining our vision. It is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a statewide board of directors.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is charged with implementing the state's public school laws and the State Board of Education's policies and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education.