The National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) has warmly welcomed news the ACARA Board has approved the new The Australian Curriculum: The Arts. NAAE, of which Ausdance is a member, has strongly supported the development of the arts curriculum and its central principle of the entitlement of every young Australian to an arts education, one that includes all five artforms – dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts.
The next step is agreement by State and Territory Education Ministers to the curriculum’s final form in the coming weeks, and then commitment to its implementation. NAAE urges Ministers to remember arts education across all artforms is central to young people’s cultural understanding, their ability to express ideas and to problem solve. It is the essential means to build a skilful, knowledgeable, arts literate, articulate and confident generation equipped to deal with 21st Century challenges.
NAAE has strongly urged State and Territory Ministers to sign an agreement that will entitle every young person to learning in all arts subjects, while noting that matters of implementation remain under the jurisdiction of the states and territories.
NAAE welcomes new Arts Curriculum (media release).