A Strategy for Education Excellence in Illinois: Improving Arts Education Access, Equity, and Quality

To bring about lasting, system-wide change so that every student in Illinois has access to high-quality arts education, Arts Alliance Illinois assembled the Illinois Arts Education Advisory Committee. To strengthen arts education access, equity, and quality statewide, the Advisory Committee has identified seven essential goals and policy actions. Learn more about this initiative here.

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Arts at the Core Tour

With the support of the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Arts Council, Arts Alliance Illinois hit the road in the fall of 2012 to build and mobilize a base of arts education advocates across the state. Stops included Southern Illinois, Peoria, Rockford, and Evanston. Learn more about the Arts at the Core Tour. Arts at the Core Tour  

Arts at the Core

While almost all superintendents and principals agree the arts are essential to a well-rounded, quality education, 1 in 5 schools report no programming in visual arts, theatre, music, or dance. To expand access to the arts for every student at every grade level, Arts Alliance Illinois published Committing to Quality in Education—Arts at the Core: A Guidebook and Planning Tool. Our arts education guidebook will help you create an arts education plan and turn it into official school policy. Check out the guidebook.