The Arts Mission and Vision
A Letter From the Superintendent
As we continue to lift the academic bar and challenge the education system, we recognize that students engage in their learning in different ways. One of the most important is through the arts.
The Arts – dance, music, theatre and visual arts – are basic and core subject areas, and are essential to the well-rounded education of the whole child. The OSPI Arts mission states, "The Arts – communicating and integrating life, literacy and learning through experience for all learners."
We know that arts education allows students to learn and practice skills and behaviors that foster out-of-the-box thinking and creative problem solving. Those skills will be crucial to innovation in the 21st century.
If we are dedicated to preparing all students, we must be sure that all schools have access to a well-rounded arts program. We want every student engaged, not just most. As superintendent of public instruction, I urge all school districts to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality opportunities in arts education.
Randy I. Dorn
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Arts, which include dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, will be effectively integrated into student educational experiences in all Washington state schools. Our belief is that quality instruction in The Arts shall be provided by Arts specialists and classroom teachers and supported by partnerships with professional organizations and community programs in the Arts. This partnered instruction will enhance both student literacy, and meaningful, purposeful, and enjoyable educational learning opportunities. It will also support student preparation for life as a contributing 21st century citizen. We further believe that the arts integrate with all other subject areas to create learning opportunities for all learners that communicate achievement, respect, freedom, and fun.
Our continuous goal for the arts is to offer and support a comprehensive and sequential, standards based K-12 arts program, in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts, available to all learners in all 295 school districts in Washington state.
The Arts: CPR for Learning!
C = Creating
P = Performing
R = Responding