On July 11, 2012, The Kansas State Board of Education approved a resolution acknowledging the establishment of the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education (KSAAE) and recognizing the organization for its efforts to promote the arts in preK-12 education. The alliance was formed in January 2012 and adopted a mission to ensure that the arts are an integral part of preK-12 education throughout Kansas as a means of promoting students’ personal development and academic performance. The Alliance plans to provide development opportunities for educators and teaching artists through workshops, symposiums and an annual conference. In addition, the organization seeks to work directly with district curriculum and fine arts coordinators to develop meaningful arts integration strategies for effective teacher training.
Dr. Diane DeBacker-Kansas Commissioner of Education, Ms. Sandy Gonsher-2012 Emporia State University Kansas Master Teacher, Mr. David T. Dennis-Chair of Kansas State Board of Education and State Board District 10, Ms. Barbara Warady-President, Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education, Ms. Sue Storm- State Board District 2, Joyce Huser-Kansas State Department of Education Fine Arts Education Consultant