Artistic literacy is a combination of foundational knowledge and skills in an art form with the ability to work in four processes fundamental to the arts: Creating, Responding, Performing/Presenting, and Connecting. The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts include five arts areas: dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.

Standards, Assessment and Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements in the Arts include standards and course requirements. See the Graduation Requirements page.

The 2008 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts (PDF, Excel) were revised during the 2017-2018 school year, and are currently going through the rulemaking process. View the draft 2018 arts standards.

The date by which all schools must implement the new standards will be determined during the rulemaking process. Relevant rulemaking documents will be posted on the MDE Arts Rulemaking webpage. The next arts standards review will happen in 2027-2028. For more information about the arts standards review process, contact Alina Campana at 651-582-8706.

Special Projects

Turnaround Arts
Turnaround Arts, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is based on the premise that high quality learning in and through the arts can strengthen school reform efforts, boost academic achievement, and increase student engagement in schools facing some of the toughest educational challenges. Turnaround Arts: Minnesota began working with low-performing schools across Minnesota in 2014, and became a MDE program in 2018. Participating schools have demonstrated increased student achievement, increased student and family engagement, decreased suspensions and behavior increased teacher instructional capacity, and improved school culture and climate.

Recognition and Awards Programs

The Minnesota Scholars of Distinction program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated, self-directed students. In the arts, Scholars of Distinction awards may be earned in Theater Arts. Learn more about this opportunity in general by visiting the Scholars of Distinction page, or visit this page for information specific to the Theater Arts award.

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