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Fine Arts (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts)

Fine Arts Education Creates Student Success in School, Work, and Life. Arts education benefits both students and society, providing skills and knowledge in:

  •  understanding human experiences, both past and present;
  • working collaboratively;    
  • using innovation and creativity when making decisions;
  • applying critical thinking and problem solving when non-prescribed answers exist;
  • adapting to and respecting others' diverse ways of thinking, working, and expressing themselves;
  • understanding the influence of the arts and their power to create and reflect cultures;
  • analyzing nonverbal communication for making informed judgments about products and issues; and
  • communicating effectively

Arts Education includes five separate and distinct disciplines: dance, music, theatre arts, visual arts, and media arts - each with its own body of knowledge and skills.


The arts are core subjects in the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and Kansas’ Basic Education Program. While not all students will become professional dancers, musicians, actors, visual artists, or media artists, all students will benefit from skills and processes that are developed through the arts and that can be applied in a variety of disciplines and settings.


Kansas High School Fine Arts Graduation Requirements


Fine Arts
Education Program Consultant

Joyce Huser
(785) 296-4932

Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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