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Aligning to North Carolina's Comprehensive Arts Education Plan

In December 2010, Senate Bill 66 directed the State Board of Education to appoint a task force of members from the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Cultural Resources to create a Comprehensive Arts Education Development Plan for the public schools of North Carolina.

In today’s globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity are essential for all school children. High quality, standards-based instruction in the arts develops these skills and effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students for graduation and success in an entrepreneurial economy.  Dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, taught by licensed arts educators and integrated throughout the curriculum, are critical to North Carolina’s 21st century education.

The S66 Task Force recognizes a Comprehensive Arts Education Plan to include the following three components:


  • Arts Education (arts as core, academic subjects)
  • Arts Integration (arts as a catalyst for learning across the curriculum)
  • Arts Exposure (exposure to arts experiences)

Comprehensive Arts Education Plan


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James DaughertyFor questions or comment, please contact:
James G. Daugherty
Arts Education and Distance Learning Program Specialist
Davidson County Schools
250 County School Road
Lexington, NC 27292

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