21st Century Skills for the Arts

21st Century Skills for the Arts



Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Outcome: Students will use various types of reasoning to think and reflect critically and solve problems in both conventional and innovative ways.

• Exercising sound reasoning in understanding

• Making complex choices and decisions

• Understanding the interconnections among systems

• Identifying and asking significant questions that clarify various points        of view and lead to better solutions

• Framing, analyzing and synthesizing information in order to solve problems and answer questions



Outcome : Students will communicate in a variety of contexts through a variety of artistic media, including technologies, to convey their own ideas and to interpret the ideas of others.

• Articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through speaking and writing



Outcome : Students will work together effectively to share and accept responsibility, compromise respectfully to reconcile diverse ideas, and accomplish a common goal.

• Demonstrating ability to work effectively with diverse teams

• Exercising flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal

• Assuming shared responsibility for collaborative work



Outcome : Students will draw on a variety of sources to generate, evaluate, and select creative ideas to turn into personally meaningful products.

• Demonstrating originality and inventiveness in work

• Being open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives



Outcome : Students will investigate new processes, implement creative ideas, and revisit traditional ideas to create new and reinterpret existing works of visual and performing arts.

• Developing, implementing, and communicating new ideas to others

• Acting on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the domain in which innovation occurs


Information Literacy

Outcome : Students will access and evaluate information from a variety of sources accurately and creatively with an understanding of ethical and legal issues.


• Accessing information efficiently and effectively, evaluating information critically and competently, and using information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand

• Possessing a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues

surrounding the access and use of information


Media Literacy

Outcome : Students will analyze and use media to understand how and why messages are created and interpreted and how media influences culture, beliefs, and behaviors.

• Understanding how media messages are constructed, for what purposes and using which tools, characteristics, and conventions

• Examining how individuals interpret messages differently, how values

and points of view are included or excluded, and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors

• Possessing a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues

surrounding the access and use of information


Information, Communication and Technology Literacy

Outcome : Students will use technology effectively to research, access, create, and communicate creative ideas and information with an understanding of ethical and legal issues.

• Using digital technology, communication tools, and/or networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in order to function in a knowledge economy

• Using technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate information and the possession of a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access

and use of information


Flexibility and Adaptability

Outcome : Students will be flexible and adapt to change in a variety of artistic contexts.

• Adapting to varied roles and responsibilities

• Working effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities


Initiative and Self-direction

Outcome : Students will be motivated, self-directed, and reflective learners, who independently manage their goals and time to continuously improve as artists.

• Monitoring one’s own understanding and learning needs

• Going beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore

and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise

• Utilizing time efficiently and managing workload

• Defining, prioritizing, and\completing tasks without direct oversight

• Demonstrating initiative to advance skill levels toward a professional level

• Demonstrating commitment to learning as a lifelong process


Social and Cross-cultural Skills

Outcome : Students work respectfully and effectively with socially and culturally diverse teams or content to increase innovation and quality in their work.

• Working appropriately and productively with others

• Leveraging the collective intelligence of groups when appropriate

• Bridging cultural differences and using differing perspectives to increase innovation and the quality of work


Productivity and Accountability

Outcome : Students will set goals, accept responsibility, and refine their work to meet high standards of excellence and accountability.

• Setting and meeting appropriate standards and goals for delivering high-quality work on time

• Demonstrating diligence and a positive work ethic (e.g., being punctual and reliable)


Leadership and Responsibility

Outcome : Students will use the arts to inspire others, optimizing the skills of team members through their interpersonal awareness, integrity, and ethical leadership to solve problems that benefit the larger community.

• Using interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal

• Leveraging strengths of others to accomplish a common goal

• Demonstrating integrity and ethical behavior

• Acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind