The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency is the latest testament to a rich history of excellent arts education in the state. This diploma seal is administered by the Arizona Department of Education’s Office of Arts Education and is awarded to graduates who complete minimum arts pathway requirements throughout their high school career. The State Seal of Arts Proficiency, or SB1111 as sponsored by Senator Paul Boyer, had bipartisan support and was a grassroots effort from Arizona Arts Education Advocates from across the state. It was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey on May 14th, 2019. Board rule was adopted by the State Board of Education on October 28th, 2019.
What are the objectives of the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency?
- To celebrate students who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in the Arizona Arts Education Standards through personal expression and creative experiences in arts education programs
- To identify pathways of artistic literacy that cultivate skills for 21st century success
- To prepare students for college and career readiness, including active participation in the creative industries sector
- To promote increased access to well-rounded, high quality arts education across the state
What is the Art Seal?
- It is a project-based learning opportunity that will showcase the culmination of your knowledge
in an art discipline.
- A capstone project that shows your mastery of the Arizona Arts Education Standards
- You will receive the Art Seal on your diploma showing that you have mastered an art form
- It is a prestigious award that will set you apart when applying for scholarships, colleges, or jobs.
- You will join an elite group of students who have shown mastery of the Arizona Arts Education Standards
- It will give you real world experience in your given field.
- Fosters a relationship with your community.
How do I get started as student?
1. Set up a meeting with the teacher in your discipline during the first two weeks of the semester
2. During this meeting students will discuss what project ideas they will plan to create. Teachers will
help students to outline the steps in order to achieve this project.
3. Once a project is agreed upon students should fill in the student proposal portion of the form.
This proposal should outline exactly what will be created, why the project is significant, what
steps will need to go into creating this project, and how it shows mastery in the content area.
4. Students will also need to create a timeline of when each portion will need to be completed in
order to accomplish the final capstone project.
5. Once the proposal is completed it should be brought to the teacher for signature approval. With
approval, students may begin on their project.
6. Students will need to set up a meeting with their guidance counselor in order to have the
program verification form signed. Documenting that they have completed the necessary course
7. Students will need to check in 3 times over the course of the semester in order to show that
progress has been made on the project. On the second check in students should bring in a log of
hours showing progress has been made towards the project.
8. On the final meeting students will submit the completed application that includes: completed
proposal, program verification form signed by their counselor, extracurricular log documenting
completed hours, artistic statement, student reflection, and video or proof of completed