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Fine Arts

Tell me and I will forget 

Show me and I will remember 

Involve me and I will understand  

~ Chinese Proverb

DoDEA Fine Arts is inclusive of Music, Visual Arts, and Theater programs, to include Humanities class offerings. All are central to the education and growth of the whole child. Fine Arts curricula epitomize the concepts of 21st Century Teaching and Learning through student engagement of critical thinking & problem solving; creativity & innovation, communication & collaboration. “The arts humanize the curriculum while affirming the interconnectedness of all forms of knowing. They are a powerful means to improve general education." ~ Charles Fowler. 

Fine Arts programs: 

  • Provide an environment that encourages the development of student’s aesthetic awareness and skills. 
  • Provide opportunities in which students are challenged to develop and demonstrate the critical thinking and problem solving processes and proficiencies involved with creation, interpretation, communication, and learning, in and through visual arts, music and drama.

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Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education and dedicated to representing and serving local communities and to creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
Artscan: Education Commission of the States
ECS has developed Artscan to support the analysis of state-level policies (in statute or code) related to the arts in education. From this database, you can generate profiles of the state policies for arts education in individual states, create comparisons of specific types of arts education state policies across several states and view compiled reports on state arts education policies.
ArtsEdge (The Kennedy Center)
Based on national standards it is a webpage for teaching and learning in the arts.
Research in this section examines the academic, cognitive, personal, social, and civic outcomes for students of arts education. This section includes studies of arts education programs that take place during school as well as those that take place out-of-school.
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
10 Lessons the Arts Teach by Elliot Eisner
National Arts Policy Database (NAPD)
A tool that enables users to access current information on a multitude of topics related to arts policy. Records are classified into four types: research abstracts, news articles, project profiles, and sample documents. The database is updated weekly and contains over 8,200 records—providing arts policy researchers, advocates, and administrators with comprehensive information on arts policy and practice.
National Standards for Arts Education
National standards in the arts (dance, music, theater, visual arts) have been developed to provide a guide and resource to states and school districts that want to develop their own standards.

Contact Information

Fine Arts ISS Coordinator for Visual Arts, Music and Drama
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400
Phone: 571-372-6027