There are many opportunities to participate in arts education in Wyoming!
The Wyoming Arts Council has for many years had a strong commitment to arts education in Wyoming. The program provides leadership in developing arts education programs, grants and technical assistance to schools and organizations wishing to begin or strengthen arts education in their communities.
Schools may apply for funding to enrich and extend their arts education programming. Some examples of this include bringing in artists for residencies or performances, purchasing new equipment which will grow a program, or after school programming. WAC expects that school districts will provide basic arts education as is required by law, but does occasionally work with schools to get new programs off the ground or revive old programs. Please call to discuss specific situations. Schools generally apply through the Arts Projects program, but are also eligible for Arts Education.
Organizations apply for funding to bring artists into schools, senior centers, arts centers, or to do special projects involving education such as summer camps, or to support classes. Organizations who have ongoing programming usually apply through Arts Education.
The Wyoming Fine & Performing Arts Standards are currently waiting for the Governor’s signature, which is the last step in the Rules process for making them law. The WY Department of Education believes there will be no problem getting the Governor’s signature on the new and revised standards, and at that point, they will no longer be draft standards. They have been approved by the State Board of Education, and gone through public comment. They do NOT go to the Legislature for approval. We encourage districts to use the new standards (even listed with ‘draft’) as they move forward with curriculum development and planning, and in the classroom. For more questions, please contact Jim Verley at the WY Department of Education, 307-777-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards has written the framework and guidelines for K-8 standards and the comment period for high school standards will happen later this fall. All teachers can share their comments and have their voice be heard in this process by visiting their website. WAC will share information on our Facebook page as well. The national standards are voluntary (not mandatory), and will not have an impact on the Wyoming state standards at this time. Some states are fully adopting these standards, some are adapting them and some are unsure how they will impact current state standards– Wyoming fits in with the last group, as we just created and are in the process of adopting our own standards for fine and performing arts.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s WY Outside video competition, F.E. Warren Youth Center. Check it out!
WY Outside is a consortium of public and private organizations with a shared stake in promoting outdoor recreation to children and families. Members include representatives of federal and state agencies and the health and recreation industries. Developed in 2008, the purpose of WY Outside is to foster the mind, body, and spirit of youth and families by inspiring long-term appreciation of Wyoming outdoors through education, interaction and adventure.
There are several listservs available to arts teachers in the state. To subscribe to them, please determine which is correct for you and follow the instructions. All the listservs are used to let teachers know of opportunities for themselves and their students.
Information about state issues including standards and assessments are also sent over the listservs. All of them are discussion listservs and teachers are encouraged to use them to ask questions about anything relevant.
The listserv owners request that you provide your name, school and email address as these are restricted membership listservs.
For Wyoming music educators of all levels. The listserv distributes important information about All State Music and is used to request information and talk about issues of interest. To subscribe click here. This takes you to WMEA’s pages where you can learn more about them and music education in the state.
This listserv is for WY art teachers who teach grades 9-12. WSAE uses it to distribute information about the WY High School Art Symposium, the Fall Conference and other topics of interest. To subscribe click here.
This listserv is for WY art teachers who teach grades k-8. This listserv is intended to be a place for elementary art educators in the state of Wyoming to discuss relevant issues and provide support for each other. To subscribe click here.
This listserv is for drama coaches who work with students grades 9-12. You may be a teacher or not. The listserv is used by WEST to distribute information about All State Drama, Fall Conference and other topics. To subscribe click here.
Contact: Katie Christensen