Arts programs can help schools achieve the goals of Title I.
The Arts facilitate student engagement and learning, strengthen parent involvement, and improve school climate and culture.

This site provides resources for school leaders who wish to embrace arts programming among their strategies for achieving Title I goals. It is intended, in particular, for schools with schoolwide Title I programs, and includes tools for planning, implementing, and evaluating arts-based strategies in alignment with state and federal Title I regulations. Start here to begin planning your own program.

Arts programs are not just nice to have, they are an essential part of a well-rounded education system. Arts education fosters critical thinking skills, improves overall academic performance, and sparks creativity. In short – we need the arts to ensure students realize their full potential.
— Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman
Schools and districts may use Title I funds to support arts programs that improve student outcomes and facilitate educational equity. 
Dr. Monique Chism, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs for the U.S. Department of Education, provided an overview of this guidance in a Letter to State Title I Directors and in remarks at the 2014 National Title I Conference (left).
Film: The Arts and Title I – A Journey From Policy to Practice
In 2011, the California Alliance for Arts Education began a policy iniative to help schools and districts understand how arts-based strategies can support Title I goals.  In this film, leaders from the Alliance and two California districts share what is happening as these policies begin to be put into practice.  Arizona schools can benefit from California's journey implementing arts-based strategies that support Title I goals.



 is a project of the Arizona Citizens for the Arts in collaboration with the California Alliance for Arts Education, now in its fourth decade of working to build a brighter future for the state by making the arts a core part of every child's education.


The development of this site was made possible with the vision and generous support of:


The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Panta Rhea Foundation

Rosenthal Family Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation

Arizona Community Foundation

DMB Associates Inc.

Americans for the Arts