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The arts standards reflect the innate creativity and rigorous cognition, required to produce a work of art, all students deserve to experience. The standards challenge the elitist perception sometimes associated with the arts, asking all students to stretch their thinking and participate in the creative process inherent in each arts discipline (Know/Comprehend, Create, Perform/Present, and Refine/Critique).

Important Announcements

TIGER Grants Now Available: Applications due Friday, November 22, 2019, by 11:59 pm

Technology, Instruments, Guest Experiences, and Resources (TIGER) Music Grant is sponsored by gifts, grants, and donations from FACE Vocal Band.  Learn more.

2020 Visual and Performing Arts Standards

Visit the main Office of Standards and Instructional Support page for available resources supporting education professionals across the state in implementing the Colorado Academic Standards. From the main page, you can plan for 2020 standards implementation and access support for transition from the 2009 to the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. The CDE-developed implementation materials include a transition timeline and newly released Professional Learning Modules. You can also interact with the 2020 standards online and browse the 2020 standards downloads. Current features of 2020 standards online include the ability to create a customized view based on selections of content areas, grade level, and standards categories. The customized view creates a specific link that you can then share with your colleagues. The 2020 standards downloads provides PDF versions (among other formats) of the standards by content area and summaries of the changes made during the revision process.

Arts Education eUpdate

The Arts Education eUpdates are intended to be a monthly announcement regarding arts education initiatives and opportunities. View the current October/November 2018 and past e-updates

Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook & Resources (2nd ed.)

The Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook & Resources was written to provide Colorado schools and districts with research-based information and best practices to support the ongoing development of their visual and performing arts programs. Since the first edition was published in 2011, the arts have been increasingly recognized as an important strategy in keeping students in school and in best preparing them for the workforce of tomorrow.  The 2018 update of the guidebook compiles existing and new references to research studies, arts organization websites, and other useful resources for strengthening a school or district arts program. Each section contains hyperlinks that when clicked, will take readers directly to the source material.  We hope that this guidebook will prove useful to educators and their arts partners across Colorado, help to inform the expansion and sustainability of quality arts programs, and result in a vibrant, creative and engaging education for all students.

Dance Endorsement Approved by State Board

The State Board of Education unanimously approved the dance endorsement rules for Colorado. View: News ReleaseDance Endorsement Rules | Educator Talent - Licensing Office | Endorsement Requirements under Endorsements with Additional Requirements


Instructional Unit Samples

Colorado teacher-authored instructional units are on our website. Hundreds of teachers from 116 school districts participated in workshops for the creation of Colorado Academic Standards-based curriculum overviews and instructional units. 

Fast Facts: Arts Education

If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding arts education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of arts education in Colorado!

Colorado Department of Education's Response to the National Core Arts Standards 

The final version of the National Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) was released on June 4, 2014. 

Relevant Legislation

What are the relevant statutes that guide arts education?

CRS 22-7-1005: The State Board of Education is required to adopt standards for arts education.

CRS 22-7-1013: Districts are required to adopt student education standards that meet or exceed all areas that the state has standards.

Arts Education for Workforce Development Act: This statute encourages all public schools to provide courses in performing and visual arts. Courses may include traditional arts classes, on-line study, internships, externships, mentor experiences, or independent study. Schools are encouraged to use innovative ways to deliver arts education, such as technology, software, and forming partnerships with other school districts, or community colleges. The statute also provides definitions for visual and performing arts in Colorado.

For further assistance, please contact:

Judi Hofmeister
Dance Arts Consultant
Drama and Theatre Arts Consultant
P 303.866.6571


Donna Goodwin, Ph.D.
Visual Arts Consultant
P 303.866.6571


Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.
Music Arts Consultant
P 303.615.0105