Covid-19 has disrupted the normal education process and presented particular challenges to learning and teaching in the Arts. Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions (OSPI) in collaboration with the Statewide Arts Education Advisory Team created a set of documents to emphasize the importance of the arts in a COVID-19 environment.

Did you know that the Arts are part of basic education under Washington state law and a requirement for high school graduation?

I support providing a well-rounded education for our students: the arts are an essential part of this.
The arts teach to the whole child, engage all learning styles, and lead to the development of
powerful learning habits that include such essential 21st Century Skills as creativity, collaboration,
communication, and critical thinking. The arts also provide our students with keys to understanding
the world around them and an array of strategies for learning, interpreting, and expressing their
– Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Arts education addresses an essential form of human communication and provides unparalleled opportunities for exploring a multiplicity of viewpoints and modes of expression. To achieve artistic literacy, students not only learn about and respond thoughtfully to art, but also actively participate in making it.

The Arts in Washington state include dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Quality instruction in the Arts is provided by specialists and classroom teachers and supported by partnerships with professional organizations and community programs in the Arts.

Please refer to the OSPI website to learn more:

Considerations for The Arts (PDF)

The Arts Are Essential 2020 (PDF)

The Arts Learning Standards: Entry Points (PDF)