Fine Arts

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Fine Arts

Information on the 2020 fine arts standards is available HERE. Public comment has ended and the writing committees are meeting to revise the standards based on those comments. The standards will be presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Education in January 2020. 


Youth Arts Day 2020

In place of a capitol celebration, OSDE is encouraging districts to hold their own Youth Arts Month celebrations! The official day that we would like to recognize fine arts programs is Friday, March 6th, 2020. However, your school and district may hold celebrations throughout the month whenever it is convenient for you. 

We have created graphics for schools and districts to use as they celebrate dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art education. Please feel free to use these for promotional materials, concert programs, art displays, etc. 

Youth Arts Day Logos

As you make plans for your Youth Arts Day, remember to invite your legislators to any events. The legislature is in session in March, but with enough notice, many Senators and Representatives are willing to be home on Fridays in March for events in their district. You can find your Senators and Representatives here: 

Be sure to send a personal mailed invitation from yourself and your students - a physical invitation will have a greater impact than an email invitation. 

As you host art shows, school singalongs, concerts, etc., tag your social media posts so we can easily see all the great things happening in our state!

#okfinearts  #okyouthartsday  #oklaed

Fine Arts Requirements

School districts shall develop and implement curriculum, courses, and instruction in order to ensure that students meet the skills and competencies as set forth in this section and in the subject matter standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  Students, therefore, shall study social studies, literature, languages, the arts, mathematics, and science (70 O.S. 11-103.6). 

The fine arts include dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art.  Although there is no fine arts assessment, state law mandates access to a PK-12 fine arts education. 

Ardmore City Schools shows how their commitment to the fine arts is raising ACT scores
and getting their kids ready for college and careers after high school.

Fine Arts Newsletter 

Check out the latest edition for professional development opportunities, important announcements, and fine arts news from across the state!  

January 2020    
December 2019 November 2019 October 2019
September 2019 August 2019 May 2019
April 2019 March 2019 February 2019
January 2019 December 2018 November 2018
October 2018 September 2018 August 2018


State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is pleased to join with the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education and the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma for the 29th Annual State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. This special recognition is given to high school juniors and seniors who meet certain criteria.  In addition, we recognize fine arts educators, school administrators, and school boards who exhibit leadership, support quality arts education, and demand academic excellence in Oklahoma schools. 

2020 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Applications

  • Applications are available now! Applications are due March 2, 2020. Notification of awards will be mailed by March 30, 2020. The awards ceremony will be held in Guthrie on April, 21, 2020. 


Copyright Law

Copyright law can be an intimidating subject for arts educators.  However, every Oklahoma fine arts teacher should know and follow copyright law.  If you have technical questions about possible legalities of a copyright, speak to your administrator or district music supervisor for advice on legal counsel. 

Music Education Copyright Law Guidance

Visual Art Education Copyright Law Guidance 


Regional Professional Learning Workshops

As part of the EngageOK cycle, the State Department of Education is offering regional meetings around the state for educators.  Fine Arts educators will have the opportunity to attend subject specific professional learning workshops.  These professional workshops are FREE to attend!  More information can be found here.   

Professional Development

The Office of Standards and Curriculum is available to provide professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through video conference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for the professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at least 5 districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 25 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated. 
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Last updated on January 15, 2020