Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Arizona, has officially proclaimed March 2018 as Arizona Youth Art Month, urging Arizona residents to “give their full support toquality school arts programs for our youth.” The proclamation coincides with the second statewide tour of community conversation hosted by Arizona Department of Education’s Arts Education office, in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. To find a conversation in your area, click here.

The full text of the proclamation, signed by Superintendent Douglas on February 14, 2018, is presented below:


WHEREAS: The study of the arts is a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society with a fuller, more meaningful life; and

WHEREAS: Art education provides substantial educational benefits to all elementary, middle and secondary students; and

WHEREAS: Art education develops students’ creative potential and improves problem solving and critical-thinking skills by reinforcing and bringing to life what students learn in other academic subject areas; and

WHEREAS: Art education teaches sensitivity to beauty, order and expressive qualities, and also gives students a deeper understanding of multicultural values and beliefs; and

WHEREAS: Art education advances student mastery in art production, art history, art criticism and artistic literacy creating lifelong learners; and

WHEREAS: Our national leaders have acknowledged the necessity of including arts experiences in all students’ education; and

WHEREAS: The National Art Education Association, in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Education, strives to improve the well-rounded education of our students and communities by upgrading visual awareness of the cultural
strengths of Arizona and the United States as a whole; and

WHEREAS: The residents of Arizona have joined the National Art Education Association and the Arizona Department of Education in supporting the youth of our community in their intellectual development through the support of an artful
education, offering support to our committed art educators, teaching artists, and arts organizations.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Diane M Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim March 2018 as


All residents are urged to give their full support to quality school arts programs for our youth.