Content Standards and Model Curriculum Guide Documents

For questions about these standards and documents email
Return to the K-12 Content Standards home page.

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.




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Please get your forms filled out for your student's art so Victoria knows how much work to expect. Then get your items ready and mail or deliver them to Victoria.  To register your artwork please fill out a separate form for each student located here: (The registration link is also available on the Youth Art Month Website)



Start collecting the best of the best of your students’ works of art, K-12

  • Each teacher can send two to three 2-D piecespending scale & response
  • Works must be mounted/matted and hang-able (hot glue and string works great). Please use foam core or cardboard backing on larger pieces
  • We use Command strips on marble to hang, so works can’t be too heavy
  • NO FRAMES unless YOU are delivering locally and brining a full size easel
  • 3-D works are encouraged, number is not as limited but please think of media when shipping

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Here is the link to register for Paint the State!  Get your students signed up today 

Paint the State Registration


Together we are stronger!  To find out the benefits of NAEA membership.  Our local organization is run by volunteers 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.