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Board OKs Nebraska fine arts standards for schools

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Keeping Fine Arts lessons within the classroom just became a little easier thanks to the state Department of Education and the Nebraska Arts Council.
 
The state Board of Education has approved Nebraska's first fine arts standards in music, visual performing and media arts.

The standards set expectations for what schools should teach in each of the areas.

Fine arts education supporters say the move is important not just for students aiming to become sculptors and gallery owner but employers want to hire creative people.
 
"Whether you're going to be a fine artist or not after high school," said Mason Burbach, Executive Director of West Nebraska Arts Center. "Employers are looking for individuals that can think creatively and think outside the box and such valuable skills I think the Nebraska Board of Education is to be commended. It's a wonderful thing for students in Nebraska."
 
The Nebraska Arts Council provided a $46,000 grant to the state Department of Education to develop the standards.

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