Content Standards and Model Curriculum Guide Documents

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Model Curriculum Guides

Tech Directors: To access a machine readable version of the official Montana Arts Content Standards, please visit the IMS Global CASE Network site.  Create a free login, select Montana Office of Public Instruction, and view or download the standards.  The CASE version of the standards can be uploaded to student information systems, curriculum mapping programs, and a variety of other uses. Learn more about the CASE Network CASE Network FAQ


Big Sky Film Institute

Interested in participating in our 2023 Filmmakers in the Schools program?

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is celebrating its 20th year this upcoming February and we're excited to continue one of our farthest reaching and best attended program, Filmmakers in the School. Each year we bring attending filmmakers of the festival into classrooms in-person and online, connecting students with stories from across the globe and encouraging media literacy at all ages. Filmmakers in the Schools will run Tuesday, February 21 - Friday, February 24, 2023.  

New to the program and interested in participating this year? Email Director of Education Julia Sherman at for more details on the program, or register. Sign up for the Newsletter


  • Montana Arts Education Association - MAEA brings you content specific professional development; events like MAI; advocacy through events such as the state Youth Art Month exhibition; and so much more. 
  • National Core Arts Standards - Montana's standards are closely aligned with the National Core Arts Standards.  Visit this site to access instructional resources.
  • Montana Arts Council - learn more about a variety of professional development opportunities, resources, and people who work to support arts education in Montana.

What's Happening in 2024

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Douglas Taylor is an artist from Hamilton, MT. He is a printmaker and mixed media artist. In the survey I did this winter mixed media was most requested. Douglas is going to present how to teach mixed media to elementary, middle, and high school students by thinking outside the box and creating mixed media items that can then be applied to a final work. This will be a great retreat for elementary, middle, and high school teachers! I encourage you to go to his website and read about him and his work. Here is a link to his website []

This is my favorite mixed media work of his!


The Seasons

Please open the survey and let me know what date would work best for you. The date with the highest number will be our date. I know it is hard to find the perfect date but I hope we can get at least 10 people to come (we can have up to 100 participants. That would be amazing)

We will be at the Holter Museum in Helena, MT

Please consider coming and bringing a friend and getting an AIRB&B which is very reasonable in Helena. If you are coming alone and would like to share an AIRB&B with someone let me know and we can get you matched up with someone. 

Please have the survey filled out by Friday, Feb. 23rd at 10 am.  I have to call the Holter with our dates that morning.

SURVEY Please select the date []

Prices will remain the same

  • $150 for member
  • $175 for non-members


Thank you to Laura Elliott and the MAI committee for getting MAI planned. Here is the registration for students, chaperones, and permission slips. Links are below and information can be accessed on our website []. Hope to see you all in Missoula.

Mrs. Autumn Elliot

MAEA President [], 2021

Bring the arts to your community or school with an AISC grant!

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New year, new opportunities! For more than 50 years, MAC has supported arts learning projects through its annual Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) grant program. Newly updated AISC opportunities are now open for the coming year, and we're excited to partner with both arts and non-art organizations to increase access to lifelong learning opportunities for every Montanan.

In 2024 we will again accept applications through two separate processes, AISC Experiences and AISC Residencies, both of which serve the needs of learners of every age and ability, across disciplines and distances. Contact Monica Grable, Arts Education Director, to discuss your project and have your questions answered ahead of the upcoming springtime AISC deadlines. Reach her at or (406) 444-6522.

To learn more about AISC grants, deadlines, and other details, visit

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is celebrating its 21st year this upcoming February and we're excited to continue bringing our festival films to young people across Montana. Among our many youth education programs is our much-anticipated Filmmakers in the Schools program, where we bring attending filmmakers of the festival into classrooms in-person and online, connecting students with stories from across the globe and encouraging media literacy at all ages. Though our film selections don’t come together until December and January, we start early to gauge school and teacher interest in participation in February. The in-person and virtual Filmmakers in the Schools program will run from Tuesday, February 20 - Friday, February 23, 2024. We serve upwards of 20 schools with in-person filmmaker visits in classrooms and have limited capacity with those who can participate, so the sooner you register your interest in participating, the more likely we are to incorporate your classroom/school into our in-person schedule. We also offer a virtual program throughout that main week of the festival, and encourage schools from around the state to take advantage of this opportunity—all of which is free of charge to our educators! Register your interest in the 2024 Filmmakers in the Schools program today:

Curious about the Film Club? Please view our full line-up on our website 

Humanities Montana - not just for social studies, has started its new grant openings!  

Check it out and see if you could combine standards to meet those goals!

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS Together we are stronger!  To find out the benefits of NAEA membership.  Volunteers run our local organization and your membership lets us know you appreciate all we do for you.  We serve you on the state and national level.  We organize the fall conference, spring retreat, and MAI as well as serve as a medium of communication with interested parties across our state and nation.  We do our best to keep you informed and connected.  If there is a way, we could better serve you, please let us know.  If you appreciate what we do, please make sure you have a current membership in place.  You matter.  We matter.  Art matters. 

Montana Arts Council Opportunities: