The mission of arts education in Mississippi is to ensure that students know and experience the uniqueness of the arts, understand themselves and their world by creating, expressing, and communicating meaning through the arts, and value the arts as humanity’s most essential and universal language transcending culture, time, and place.
The Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Arts Learning Standards for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers and to compete in the global economy. The Arts standards also serve to empower and inspire arts educators and their students to explore the many facets of the arts and prepare them for a lifetime of engagement with art forms.
Ensuring a Well-Rounded Education means that all students have access and the opportunity to experience a high-quality instruction in the Arts (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts).
The Mississippi Department of Education has developed Recommendations for PreK-12th Grade Arts Education as Mississippi Schools Reopen 2020-2021, in conjunction with a group of educators and state arts association leaders.
This document provides practical guidance for PreK-12 schools as administrators and arts educators seek to provide meaningful arts instruction for students of all ages and grade levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed recommendations outlined in this document represent a workable program that balances student health and safety with innovative and reimagined approaches to the courses and activities so important to students, parents, and schools across the state.
By maintaining access to safe and meaningful arts experiences, arts educators will continue to support the artistic, academic, social emotional development of students, schools, and communities across Mississippi.