Category Archives: Arts Education

November 16

State Plan for ESSA

The State Department of Education released their first draft of the State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Review the draft State Plan here.   Give your feedback at the upcoming Town Hall meetings in Yukon, Muskogee and Enid. Background and information for arts education advocates about the Every Student Succeeds Act in Oklahoma can be […]

November 14

Arts Education: Serving All Students

This diagram show the ways students benefit from arts education in their schools and communities. Each part of the arts education ecosystem is important to benefit students. As we advocate for more certified arts teachers in schools or more community arts groups serving neighborhoods, let’s respect the role of each. Americans for the Arts and […]

November 01

Arts Education & ESSA

Laws and policy are changing education standards and accountability. Oklahoma’s Department of Education is working now to decide how our state will implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Our State Department of Oklahoma is creating a State Plan in preparation for implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 academic year. Each state must revise its accountability […]

August 31

Contributing to Democracy

By: Mira Alpers, Oklahomans for the Arts’ Summer Intern This summer I spent one day a week in Oklahoma City, interning for Oklahomans For The Arts (OFTA). I had wanted the position because I felt that working at OFTA would combine my interest in politics with my love of art. Though I was excited to begin […]

May 13

Speak up for Arts Education: Petition

We — a diverse group of active and engaged residents of Oklahoma — are writing to you in strong support of arts education as imperative for Oklahoma students. We believe Oklahoma should be a state where each child participates in high-quality arts learning experiences in school and the community… As school districts across the state struggle […]

December 30

Inspired By A Teacher: Must See Video

Thanks to all the arts and music educators who made sacrifices for Oklahoma students in 2013! Oklahomans for the Arts appreciates you! The rain it falls right outside your door and you know if you call I’ll be there, I’ll be there Not A Lullaby Lyrics | MetroLyrics

young rembrandts child's ar September 16

Member Minute: Young Rembrandts

Welcome to our most recent member, the Tulsa franchise of Young Rembrandts. Their membership dues arrived last week and we are so glad to learn about their work. They are a national organization with a mission of teaching kids the power of art. Please visit the Young Rembrandt’s website. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and […]

music education September 10

Arts in Education Week September 8-14

We’re going to be talking about arts education on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. We want to know about your favorite memory in arts education. We’d especially love to hear from students, teachers, artists, legislators and YOU! Click here to view HR275, the U.S. House of Representatives resolution on Arts in Education Week Resolution. You can […]

May 18

No Chance At Life

Kate Eshelman just got the worst news. For an arts teacher anyway. On April 6, she wrote the following on her blog, Lessons From the K-12 Art Room: I just received news that the K-12 art program in my school district is being cut due to lack of funding.  While I am upset about losing […]