Education & the Arts


Experiences and creative learning through arts is critical to student achievement and success.

The arts can help keep students in school and help build Colorado's creative workforce. And when students engage in the  arts, they see options for future careers that they may have not known about before.   

Unfortunately, many students who have a passion for creativity fail to find the career or occupational pathways to pursue that vision and become a vital part of Colorado’s creative workforce. We work to connect students of all ages to industry and organizations that employ creative’s.

Colorado is a magnet for creative talent: Colorado ranks 5th among all states for concentration of artists Colorado ranks 2nd in concentration of architects Colorado ranks 7th in concentration of writers, designers, entertainers and performers Colorado ranks 8th in concentration of photographers

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Interested?  View some of the highlights below:
  1. State Resources
  2. National Resources

  • Arts Education In Colorado Guidebook As a way to support requirements of the Arts Education for Workforce Development Act (House Bill 10-1273) that was passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2010 an HB 10-1273 The Arts Education task force convened to support efforts to prepare students for a creative and competitive 21st century workforce. - See more at:

  • Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud Presented by Colorado Creative Industries and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. From Fall 2012 through Spring 2013, schools are invited to participate in classroom and school wide contests, advancing to a state competition on March 19, 2013. Colorado’s State Champion will emerge from a field of 30 schools though three rounds of rigorous and exciting poetry recitation to advance to the National Finals, to take place on April 29-30, 2013, in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more

  • Success Through Art (StART) Grant StART grants support in-school arts learning for K-12 students, both formal training in the arts and arts infused into other disciplines or subject areas. CCI’s intent is to help establish a cadre of model schools that will define, plan and implement arts education programs that are specifically aligned with Colorado Academic Standards and with their school or district learning goals. These model programs are becoming a network that will share promising practices and support one another through CCI assistance.  Click here to learn more

  • Colorado Creative Careers Festival Nine strand categories (Computer Animation, Film/Video, Graphic Design, Photography, Audio Technology, Technical Theatre, Web Design, Product Design, and Media Communications) and five student project submission categories (Web Design, Film/Video Production, Graphic Design, Computer Animation, and Photography). More information and official Guidelines will be posted on the Festival website.