Arts in Education Collective

The Arts in Education Collective is a community of practice for Idaho teachers, teaching artists, and arts administrators. Our yearly convenings create space for collegial connection and help to forge working coalitions of arts educators in Idaho.

The Collective is comprised of members from three areas of the state:

  • North (Moscow, Coeur d’ Alene, and surrounding areas)
  • Central & East (Sun Valley/Hailey, Pocatello/Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, and surrounding areas)
  • West (Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, and surrounding areas)

We would love to have your voice at the table.

Join Us!

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is looking for leaders from various artistic disciplines to join our Arts in Education Collective.

Help the Idaho Commission on the Arts shape the future of arts education through collaboration, programs, resources, and meaningful professional development opportunities.

For more information, contact Laura Roghaar at

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Arts Education Collective

Arts Powered Learning

Arts Powered Learning: An Idaho Arts Education Toolkit is designed to provide essential resources for effective arts instruction in the classroom. Pioneered by former Arts Education Director for the Idaho Commission on the Arts Ruth Piispanen in partnership with Dr. Peggy Wenner, former Coordinator of Humanities and Fine Arts for the Idaho State Department of Education, this toolkit is a supplement to the Idaho Arts and Humanities standards. The authors of this toolkit have gathered best practices from a variety of sources and refined this information into a vision of quality arts education in Idaho. The contents have been reviewed by a team of arts educators and administrators throughout Idaho who support education that addresses the whole child.

Past Convenings

June 2023: How can we make arts more inclusive for every learner?

The Arts in Education Collective presented a two-day, in-person workshop with CAST exploring the Universal Design for Learning framework. In this training, arts educators were able to:

  • Understand the underlying foundations of UDL
  • Explore the UDL Guidelines
  • Observe and analyze teaching using the UDL lens
  • Design or redesign an arts learning experience using the UDL Lesson Designer

Resource Site: Introduction to UDL for Idaho Arts Educators