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The Nebraska Arts Council strives to establish the arts as basic to education and lifelong learning. Through its education-related grant programs, the NAC promotes the arts in education for all pre-K-12 Nebraska students, supports professional development opportunities for teachers and artists, encourages partnerships among arts and educational institutions, and champions lifelong learning in the arts.

In 2014, Nebraska adopted Statewide Fine Arts Standards for the first time, ensuring that K-12 educators and students have clear benchmarks for learning in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. This is a milestone in our state, demonstrating a newly strengthened commitment to arts education for Nebraska children.

Additionally, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning’s ‘four C’s’ (Creativity and innovation, Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication and Collaboration) are all supported through sequential arts education. Instruction in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts can help students attain learning and innovation skills necessary in the 21st century. Our young people deserve a comprehensive education, including the arts, that will help them navigate a complex world.