The competencies that comprise arts learning are critical to solving the complex and ever-evolving needs facing our workforce. The artistic processes of creating; presenting, performing, and/or producing; responding; and connecting are not only fundamental to arts education, they are fundamental to student success across all domains. These artistic processes also increase learner empowerment, interest, and engagement; and students’ ability to make connections and transfer knowledge.
The education community has established that, for our future generations to be prepared to address global challenges, they must be able to think creatively and innovatively. By effectively integrating instruction for students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics
(STEAM), educators can better help learners prepare for these challenges.