Arts in Education


The arts are essential to learning and life. North Dakota Council on the Arts envisions a state where all students have access to, takes part in, and reap the benefits of high quality, lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. The arts teach students innumerable lessons—practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, and collaboration leads to creativity. They also teach children that there are several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution.

Research has shown impressive benefits of arts education on entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, social/emotional well-being and attendance. Numerous reports discuss the ways that increased access and involvement in arts education encourage students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in life, and succeed in work.  And yet, despite the impressive benefits of arts education, not every student in North Dakota has access to these quality learning experiences.  North Dakota Council on the Arts is committed to improving equity and access to the arts for all students, especially those marginalized due to social economic status and/or geographic or cultural barriers, through a variety of partnerships and grant programs.



Arts in Education Week

North Dakota Council on the Arts in partnership with the Communications, Speech and Theater Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Arts Education Association, North Dakota Music Educators Association, and North Dakota Choral Directors Association are proud to announce that Governor Doug Burgum has joined in the national celebration and proclaimed September 13-19 as Arts in Education Week in North Dakota.

This came by way of an official proclamation from his office, which recognized the “arts as an integral part of life in North Dakota and an integral part of a complete education that contributes to the vibrancy and vitality of communities and the nation.” Please reach out and let Governor Burgum know you appreciate his support of arts in education via Facebook, Twitter, or Email.

Rebecca Engelman, NDCA Arts in Education Director states, “At a time when we are deliberately distancing ourselves from other people, we turn to the arts to entertain, distract and comfort us. But the arts do even more! During challenging times, the arts are critical for helping us connect with each other, express difficult emotions, process stress, and stay engaged.  Now more than ever, children and adults need art to remind us why life is worth living, to reawaken our sense of the wonder of being, to remind us of our freedom, and to highlight the things in our cultures that connect us and enable us to withstand unexpected challenges.” 

Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. 

Share your personal stories of the impact the arts and arts education have made in your life and the lives of your students and community.  Be sure to share using  #NDGOV#BecauseOfArtsEd and #ArtsEdWeek.

See the full proclamation via this link.