Thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council, the state will develop its first standards for the visual and performing arts.
Creating standards for the fine arts will help level the playing field for arts education, said Suzanne Wise, executive director of the council.
“We feel that this is the one area of curriculum where there hasn’t been a standard,” she said. “As studies show, having fine arts within the curriculum prepares students for the 21st century. They have to be creative. The arts teach you to be creative.”