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Arts

The 2019 Massachusetts Framework for the Arts establishes that all Massachusetts students will develop artistic literacy through active participation in the arts, expressing creative ideas with skill, confidence, and artistic intent.

A high-quality arts education empowers students to take artistic risks and supports the social emotional and learning needs of all students. Through practices related to creating, presenting/performing, responding, and connecting, students will understand the role of the arts in their individual lives and interests. While recognizing the intrinsic value of the arts, students will also discover the meaningful connections between the arts and other disciplines, and how the arts contribute to their communities and cultures around the world.

As art students respond to great artists and works of art, they develop the ability to analyze artworks in terms of their formal qualities, historic style, social context, and artistic intent. The practice of responding to works of art builds perceptive acuity and aesthetic sensitivity. A rigorous progression of learning and engagement with the arts throughout Pre-K–12 education is the foundation for a rich, lifelong relationship with the arts.

Arts Learning Standards and Supporting Documents

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2019 Arts Curriculum Framework
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Arts Framework FAQs
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Featured Resource: Guidebook of Culturally Diverse Artists and Artworks
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Quick Reference Guide for Artistic Intent
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Arts Unit Scoring Rubric

Contact for the Arts

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Dawn BenskiArts Content Support Lead Dawn.M.Benski@mass.gov

Last Updated: February 4, 2021

 
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