OAAE champions, strengthens and celebrates the arts as an integral part of education for the people of Oregon.

Our goals:

  • Improve the quality of/access to arts education for Oregon's children

  • Support and honor excellence in arts education throughout the state

  • Increase the understanding and appreciation of the value of arts education among Oregon's educators and the communities they serve  


What We Do

Next Generation Oregon Arts Standards

The Oregon Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), the statewide advocacy organization promoting PreK-12 instructional access to the arts for all students, is leading an effort to revise and update the Oregon Arts Content Standards, called OPALS or Oregon Partnership for Arts Learning Standards.  In partnership with the leading professional arts education organizations in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts and in consultation with the Oregon Department of Education, OAAE has developed and funded a statewide working group to align Oregon’s arts standards to the new voluntary national standards in the arts and the Common Core State Standards.  These standards will re-affirm that the arts are a core academic subject area in the well-rounded curricular education of Oregon’s PreK-12 students.  Five writing teams for dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts are established and have about completed their first draft writing.  They prepared for this work by reviewing pre-work undertaken by the national writing teams, reviewed the High School and the  the PreK-8 national standards when they were up for public review nationally and received other information from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) as they were working on their efforts for national standards. The Oregonians have been working on like Oregon standards and will have them ready for Oregon public review on our website will be coming as soon all of the teams' work is completed, in 2015; Please watch this site for the announcement of the Oregon Public Review of these five sets of arts discipline standards. Questions, please contact Nancy at ncarroaae@gmail.com.

National Core Arts Standards

PreK through 12th grade June 2014 national core arts standards  for dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts are now in place.  Go to www.nationalartsstandards.org. You can also, on that website,  click on "resources" at the bottom of the page and then click on NCCAS Anchor Standards to access  the anchor standards for of the arts.  If you have questions, please  contact Nancy at njcarroaae@gmail.com 

OPALS (Oregon Partnership for Arts Learning Standards)

Click here to read the NCCAS and OPALS narrative re presentation at the Oregon State Board of Education Presentation June 20. 2013

The OPALS five writing teams, working on writing of Oregon Arts Standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts are:

DANCE – Lead is Marita Cardinal(Monmouth at WOU), with Jessica Murray (West Linn – high school) and Monica Simon (Beaverton – high school)

MEDIA ARTS – Co-leads of Colin O’Neill (Portland – Aii) and Ellen Thomas (Portland – NW Film), with Ted Brown (Eugene – Oreganik and OregonASK), Scott Guthrie (Beaverton – high school), Melinda McCrussen (Portland – middle school), Liz Randall (McMinnville – high school) and Danielle Risso (Tigard – high school)

MUSIC – Co-leads of Tina Bull (Eugene – OSU) and Anna Rikli (Portland – Hillsboro high school), with Don Brown (Gladstone – curriculum & instruction and OregonASK), Debbie Glaze (Portland – PSU), Dan Johnson (Philomath – high school), Regina Pirruccello (Portland – elementary)

THEATRE – Co-leads of Karin Magaldi (Portland – PSU), Janet Van Wess (Hillsboro – high school), with Sara McNaughton (Clackamas – middle school), Ms. Zena (Portland – high school)

VISUAL ARTS – Co-leads of Katie Gillard (Beaverton – middle school and high school), Cynthia Schubert (Portland – high school), with Lisa Abia-Smith  (Corvallis – U of O – museum),  Rebecca Buchanan (Hillsboro – high school),  Pat Roberts (Bend – middle school), Michael Simmons (Portland – elementary)

For questions regarding OPALS, please contact Nancy Carr at OAAE.


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Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future. -- Sophocles

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Research shows how the arts help kids:

Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours, three days a week for a year are: 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools, and 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair.

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