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Arts programs have the potential to center joy, creativity, and resilience in our schools, provide meaningful and relevant learning opportunities for our students, and prepare all students for healthy and successful future endeavors through well-rounded learning. Through standards-aligned arts learning opportunities, students gain access to essential skills and knowledge needed to communicate effectively, develop their creativity, and make meaningful change in our complex world.

Oregon adopted new Arts standards in September 2015. Based on the National Core Arts Standards, they contain standards for five discrete disciplines, a glossary for each discipline and supporting materials for the standards.

The State Board Adopted Oregon Arts standards provide a guide to what students should be able to know and do in arts courses at specified grade levels.


New Transformative SEL and Arts Guidance from the Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is excited to announce the upcoming release of new resources to support K-12 education programs across the state. Integrating Transformative SEL and the Arts highlights areas where the arts are especially suited to support students’ transformative social and emotional growth by reinforcing connections and helps support coherence, consistent language use, and alignment between Oregon’s Transformative Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards and Oregon Arts Standards.  
ODE invited administrators, educators, teaching artists, arts organizations, and all school staff, families, and community members interested in arts education to join them May 15th to learn more about this guidance. Although this session has passed, you can view the presentation materials here.

Teaching Artists Needed

Arts for Learning NW is seeking teaching artists and elementary dance, music, theatre, and visual arts educators to create arts education lessons and videos for this project. Click here to apply!

Oregon's State Board Adopted Arts Education Standards


Explore more Arts Education Resources!

For more information, contact Shannon Johnson, Arts Education Specialist, (503) 863-6237.