Assembly Concurrent Resolution 12 (ACR 12) declares March 2013 to be Arts Education Month and emphasizes the importance of arts education - a vital part of our public education system and economy.
Arts education is mandated in the State Education Code for pupils in grades 1-12 in the disciplines of dance, music, theater and visual arts. The Code does not mandate schools to follow particular standards, which leaves implementation of arts education to the discretion of each school district.
ACR 12 encourages all elected officials to participate with their educational communities in celebrating the arts, and would urge all residents to become interested in and give full support to quality school arts programs for children and youth. The measure emphasizes the importance of arts education during the month of March, serving as a reminder that the arts foster cross-cultural understanding, increase academic achievement, and prepare students to be innovative in a globally competitive world.