For Immediate Release
March 10, 2006
IAAE Awards Ceremony held at State Capitol
Springfield, Ill. – The IAAE Awards ceremony, which
recognizes art educators throughout the state, was held
on March 9 at the State Capitol Rotunda, Springfield,
Illinois. It was open to the public. The keynote speaker
was the State Superintendent of Education, Randy Dunn
and entertainment was provided by the University of Illinois
Laboratory High School Madrigal Choir.
During the month of March, the Illinois Alliance for
Arts Education will be recognizing outstanding service
to the field of arts education. IAAE recognizes Arts Education
in Theater, Dance, Visual Arts (media arts), and Music.
Awards are presented in the following categories: Artist,
Arts Educator, IAAE Organization, Industry, Public/Community
Service, and School Administration.
“Arts education is an important component to learning
alongside problem-solving,” said State Superintendent
of Education Randy Dunn. “Educators have long-recognized
that arts education plays a vital and essential role in
overall child and student development.”
The third week of March is traditionally designated
Illinois Arts Education Week in cooperation with the Illinois
Alliance for Art Education (IAAE), the Illinois State
Board of Education (ISBE), and the Governor's office.
This year it will be on March 13-19, 2006.
As part of Illinois Arts Education Week, ISBE sponsored
a poster contest in coordination with the Illinois Alliance
for Arts Education and the Governor’s Office. The
winner was Astri Snodgrass, who is a sophomore at St.
Charles East High School, St. Charles CUSD #303. Her illustration
appears on posters celebrating the 24th Annual
Illinois Arts Education Week. A smaller version of the
poster can be downloaded at http://www.isbe.net/ils/fine_arts/resources.htm
along with more information about Illinois Arts Education
IAAE established and supports a mission to ensure high-quality
arts education for all Illinois K-12 students. The inclusion
of the fine arts as a fundamental learning area, in learning
standards, and in state assessment has been critical to
arts education in Illinois schools.
In 1997, Illinois became one of the first states to develop
and adopt learning standards. The IL Learning Standards
define what all students in Illinois public schools should
know and be able to do as a result of their elementary
and secondary schooling in the content learning areas
of English language arts, mathematics, science, social
science, physical development and health, fine arts, and