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Visual and Performing Arts Education

"The arts can no longer be treated as a frill."
US Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Remarks at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum April 9, 2010

2017-2018 Application for
Elementary Arts Funding
Memo | RFA

Deadline May 24, 2017

New Mexico State Fair
School Art Exhibit
August 29–31, 2017

• Flyer
• Registration Form < • Artwork label

2016–2017 Application for Elementary Arts Funding


Letter from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in support of the arts education

March 23, 2010—Interview with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan on CSPAN

Memo from NMPED Secretary Hanna Skandera Regarding the Program Plan for Elementary Arts Education for School Year 2011-12

2015-2016 Fine Arts Education Annual Report
Fine Arts Education Act
Program Plan and Evaluation -
Year 10 with Letter
New Mexico Arts Standards
and National Arts Standards

The revised Standards for Arts will embrace the idea of Artistic Literacy and Processes – the ability of students to create art, perform, produce and present art, respond to or critique art, and connect art to their lives and the world around them.

The arts are essential to a world-class education. Studying the arts helps to develop critical habits of mind—creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking that lead to college, career and civic readiness. These skills have been recognized as essential to lifelong success both in and out of school by a variety of education and civic leaders, including the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Education Commission of the States, and The Conference Board.

The content areas covered by these model arts standards include:

  • Dance
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

National Arts Standards

Proposed National Arts Standards

Existing New Mexico Arts Standards

NMAEA Press Release

Click for images from the New Mexico School Art Display at the State Fair

Click for images from past state fair shows

District Arts Coordinators, Teachers and Administrators 2016 FAEA Winter Meeting

School Arts Professional Development and Networking

Hobbs Schools
Fine Arts Education—Best Practices

Visual and Performing Arts Standards
New Mexico Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards: Visual & Peforming Arts K-12

August 27, 2009
Supplemental Rubric - Native American Arts and Culture
Letter to educators | Download the rubric

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For more information call Vicki Breen at 505.827-4278