Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.

Performing / Presenting / Producing

Performing (dance, music, theatre): Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation.

Presenting (visual arts): Interpreting and sharing artistic work.

Producing (media arts): Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work.


Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.


Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

A process that guides educators in providing a unified quality arts education for students in Kindergarten through high school.

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Together we Create Present Perform Produce Respond Connect

  • Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
  • Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #4. Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.
  • Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
  • Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #8. Interpret meaning in artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #10. Relate and synthesize knowledge and personal experiences to inspire and inform artistic work.
  • Anchor Standard #11. Investigate ways that artistic work is influenced by societal, cultural, and historical context and, in turn, how artistic ideas shape cultures past, present, and future.

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