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WATCH THE WEBCAST of the Public Launch of the National Core Arts Standards! The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards was joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist, Ben Folds at the formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards at 9:00 am on Monday, October 20, at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square.

10-27-14

Indicting Higher Education in the Arts and Beyond. There’s one very clear take-away from the latest report released by the collective BFAMFAPhD: people who graduate with arts degrees regularly end up with a lot of debt and incredibly low prospects for earning a living as artists. Or, as they put it in the report, titled Artists Report Back: A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists, “the fantasy of future earnings in the arts cannot justify the high cost of degrees.” (Hyperallergic)

Support high school arts programs and students! The VANS Custom Culture Grant Program 2014 is now officially open to all submissions! Help your local public high school apply to win a $2,000 grant: PLEDGE to refer a school and then SHARE the grant application with your high school's art teachers.

Video: 2014 Anthony Quinn Scholars. This year’s scholarship recipients were selected from among a record pool of applicants to receive funding for a wide variety of arts education experiences. Funded entirely by generous donors since 2007, these scholarships have helped to shape the lives of 44 young artists to date across the U.S.
2015 Applications Open. Anthony Quinn Foundation is excited to announce the opening of its 2015 scholarship application process honoring Anthony Quinn's 100th birthday. The Foundation’s panel of judges will review applications on a rolling basis through January 5, 2015

WVa. Spots still open for Visual Arts Center art education program. Marshall University's Visual Arts Center will open its doors to middle school students for four Saturdays beginning Oct. 18 during The Collaborative, a hands-on, student-centered workshop that allows youth to explore a range of art materials within the dynamic artistic space. (The Herald-Dispatch)

10-24-14

NAEA is pleased to join with national leaders to launch The Innovation Collaborative, a new, national organization which networks the arts, sciences and humanities in education to promote innovation thinking for students of all ages. As an outcome from the work of the National Science Foundation-funded Science, Engineering, Arts, Design (SEAD) network, the Collaborative plans to focus on the dissemination of research and effective practices at the intersections of art and design, science, humanities, and engineering, use of technology, and creativity, cognition, and learning in both Pre-K-12 and informal settings. Sign up here or visit website for more information. Press ReleaseMission and Goals | Collaborative Council
Position Statement on STEAM Education

Visit AEP's ArtScan to compare your state's current standards with the new national standards and to review other current policies supporting arts education in your state! (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Save the Date! AEP 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium, Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more details. Visit AEP for resources from the 2014 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium held last March. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Magazine. The October/November issue of NCSL's State Legislatures Magazine includes an article on arts education. The article "Art Smart" features data from AEP’s ArtScan and highlights ways state legislatures can support a high quality arts education. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

America After 3pm: Afterschool Programs in Demand. A new report from the Afterschool Alliance spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3-6 pm — the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. It highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, showing an increase over the last decade. The report also documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences. The Wallace Foundation released a guide describing nine evidence-based practices to help arts organizations become more effective in audience building. The study draws on the work of ten arts organizations that successfully expanded their audiences. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards.The Kennedy Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. With over $500,000 in awards available, this series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers, kindergarten through college, across the United States. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Young Audiences of Houston Release Report on Arts Education. Young Audiences of Houston released a report that shows Houston Independent School District students who take advanced fine arts courses are more likely to pass the Texas state assessment (STARR) in all subjects than a comparison group - and less likely to receive any type of disciplinary action. The study also measured arts education access in the Houston Independent School District and created an interactive arts access map. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award Program. The Kennedy Center is accepting applications for the 2015 Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award. This award is presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high quality arts education in its school district. The application deadline is November 3. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Premiering Tonight on PBS: Season 7 of ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century". ART21 returns to PBS tonight with a new season of the Peabody Award-winning series, ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, airing on four consecutive Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (check local listings). Season 7 features twelve artists across four episodes. The season premiere episode, Investigation, features artists Thomas Hirschhorn, Graciela Iturbide, and Leonardo Drew.

California Arts Council Blog, featuring a new blog which expands their storytelling and outreach opportunities. New blogs entries are posted every Wednesday. Today’s entry is from Arts Program Specialist Shelly Gilbride. Shelly recently observed the powerful work taking place in Alameda, CA as part of a statewide initiative, Creativity at the Core. This initiative positions the arts as integral part of a comprehensive curriculum, helping teachers and students thrive in 21st century learning with the new Common Core State Standards. In this blog, Shelly reflects on her personal experience at a juvenile justice center where one Creativity at the Core professional development module was piloted. Reflection: How the arts breach the 'school to prison pipeline'

FINAL REMINDER - Fall Art Drive ends October 31. Here are the rules for this year's prize giveaway:
Publish at least 100 artwork by October 31 and be entered into a drawing for one of ten (10) $100 gift cards from Blick Art Materials! Publish at least 300 artwork by October 31 and also be entered into a second drawing for one of five (5) $300 gift cards!

Ill. Call for Session Proposals, 2015 EIU HAPA Symposium. Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration Program Association (EIU HAPA) is accepting session, workshop, panel, and round table proposals on the theme “Museum Education in the 21st Century.” The educational and cultural sectors have experienced tremendous challenges recently, especially during the last decade. Continually changing standards, the explosion of digital technology, demographic shifts, and budget cuts that reduce schools' ability to visit cultural sites force museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations to adapt if we hope to engage our audiences. EIU HAPA invites your ideas and expertise for its 38th annual symposium to be held April 10-11, 2015 in Charleston, Illinois. Proposals should be submitted by December 31, 2014.

Md. Pyramid Atlantic Invites You to Join their First Juried Art Teachers Gallery Show, "Process and Purpose" Visual Reflections of K-12 Art Teachers. Reflect through visual expressions the process of the creative journey of teaching and shared interactions of art making. The gallery show will take place for the month of January and February. 50 two-dimensional works of any medium will be accepted and 10 three-dimensional works of any medium will be accepted. We will provide you with a month long gallery show, opening reception night with panel discussion, press release to all contacts including printed postcards, info will be sent out in weekly newsletter, on our blog, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts. Questions? Email Kristine DeNinno

Opportunities from the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago
NEW: Chicago Art & Design Initiative Grants. New grant initiative focused on the rich history of art and design in Chicago between the Great Fire (1871) and the close of the twentieth century. Through the initiative, the foundation will offer grant support for freshly conceived exhibitions, academic programs, publications, and public programs. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Chicago K–12 Education Grants. These grants support activities that bring American art into Chicago’s classrooms, with the aim of helping teachers enrich the curriculum and enhance learning. To achieve these goals, the foundation funds projects that strengthen Chicago teachers’ knowledge of historical American art (pre-1980) and the ability to teach with it effectively. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Chicago Public Program Grants. The aim of these grants is to increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (pre-1980) among general audiences. To achieve these goals, the foundation supports a variety of informal learning opportunities designed to make historical American art accessible and relevant to Chicago residents. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Academic Program Grants. The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that explore American art in an international context. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Academic Awards & Fellowships: A wide range of Terra Foundation academic awards and fellowships help scholars in the field of American art realize their academic and professional goals and support the worldwide study and presentation of historical art of the United States.
Doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior research travel grants to the United States
Terra Summer Residency fellowships in Giverny, France
Terra Foundation Fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum

N.J. Request for Proposal: West Windsor-Plainsboro - K-12 Fine & Performing Arts Program Evaluation. The WW-P Regional School District invites qualified consultants to submit a proposal to evaluate, in collaboration with district personnel, its K-12 Fine & Performing Arts program. The external consultant(s) will work with an internal task force to evaluate the existing program and will be expected to submit an evaluation report as per a content outline provided by the district.

Are you a museum educator or teacher? This online workshop is for you: Maker Space for Museums. There is a kind of revolution going on in programming and museums are one of the leaders of the movement.  Whether you call them Maker,  Community, or Hacker Spaces, these DIY working areas in libraries and museums have become a popular meeting and creative program space for patrons of all ages. This timely workshop will outline what Maker Spaces are and where they are located. The workshop will explore the best examples, and present how to advice, practical idea suggestions, and resources for creating art, science, career awareness, and hands on collaboration and learning into your museum or art center. Much more than a make it and take it, the Maker Space provides the tools, instruction, and company of others that inspire and enable creative making.  The programs are most popular with teens and young adults but can include all ages. Enroll today for the November 10th online workshop.

Race to the Top and Personalized Learning: A Report Card. In 2012, the federal Race to the Top competition awarded 16 school districts, educational cooperatives, and charter school districts with more than $350 million to support personalize learning. Now, districts are beginning to see the outcomes from those efforts. (Education Week)

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability (Education Week/On California)

10-22-14

Mich. The importance of art in early education. Each year during ArtPrize, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids become an open playing field for discussing the arts and why art matters. The team at The Goddard School in Grand Rapids believes in the importance of the arts in Early Childhood Development and exposure to the arts at a young age is crucial to staying competitive in a global economy. (WOODTV)

Australia. Learn it: art is not just for art's sake. When school literacy and numeracy scores fall, a collective cry goes up to bring back chalkboard slates, lines, and rote-learning times tables. Drama and painting are given a pat on the head and told to wait. But the arts, perhaps paradoxically, are emerging as the true key to raising academic performance. According to international and local research, arts programs improve neurological capacity, student wellbeing, even improving engagement with the school itself. For over 30 years, the Victorian government's Artists in Schools grants program has connected schools with professional artists in projects that go beyond the art room. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

N.J. Rutgers engineering looks at intersection of art in STEM. A movement known as “STEAM,” a combination of Science Technology, Engineering and Math and Arts, has taken hold of Rutgers Engineering. The movement has been gaining traction over the last decade, according to the national STEM to STEAM group. STEAM advocates the intersection of science, technology, engineering and math with the arts and humanities in a push for innovation, as defined by the Rhode Island School of Design’s website. (The Daily Rargum)

Pa. Despite Cuts, Here’s Why Arts Education Matters to Kids of Every Age. I am a music teacher in a Philadelphia public elementary school. The school has more than 600 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and I have all of them in class at least once every week. I’m not supposed to be having this much fun. In my four years of teaching, I have been laid off and rehired twice, and though I survived the most recent round of layoffs, our school lost an art teacher and a librarian before reopening this year. When I meet people and tell them what I do for a living, the first response is usually one of pity. They expect me to follow up with how hard my job is, and how insurmountable the challenge must be, and how hopeless it must feel when the state cuts funding, and the city cuts salary, and the old buildings fall apart, and the students bring weapons to school. Instead, I tell them how much I love what I do and how lucky I am to do it. (takepart)

The Secret Lives Of Teachers. So where do they go, all the teachers, when the bell rings at 3 o'clock? When you're a kid, you don't really think they go anywhere. Except home, maybe, to grade papers and plan lessons and think up pop quizzes. And when you find out otherwise, it's a strange experience. Many people remember it vividly: the disorienting feeling of encountering your teacher in the grocery store, or in the line at McDonald's, talking and acting just like other grownups. A jarring reminder that they have lives outside the classroom. But of course teachers go off and do all sorts of things: They write books and play music and run for office and start businesses. For some, a life outside the classroom is an economic necessity. In many states, more than 1 in 5 teachers has a second job. (NPR)

Mo. Marta Churchwell: Art a big part of nature education. Back when I joined the Missouri Master Naturalist program, I was sent home with a backpack full of books and other materials that would become my bibles for working in nature and conservation. Stuck in the middle of it all was a blank book. How considerate that they gave us a book for note taking, I thought. Later, I learned that it wasn't to be filled only with notes from our trainings and meetings. While taking a break during one of our trainings, we were urged to pull out the blank books and spend time sketching the flora and fauna around us. I assumed it was aimed at developing a keener eye for the details of Mother Nature.

Ga. Teachers show music and art go hand in hand. One way she and music teacher Myra Coursey do this is by showing students how music and art are present and connected in the world. Recently, Watford and Coursey combined their efforts for a joint class, “Vivaldi Meets VanGogh.” They wanted to show a connection between music and art and were able to utilize Jefferson Parkway’s unique outdoor classroom for the class. (The Times-Herald)

Ore. Dyer art teacher honored for online gallery. Margaret Burman, an art teacher at Dyer Elementary School in South Portland, has been recognized by Artsonia for outstanding leadership in the area of arts education. (KeepMeCurrent.com)

Wyo. North teachers tackle art and science. When school district officials cancelled art classes in elementary and secondary schools, it sent a wave of shock and dismay through parents, teachers and students alike. The decision came from Uinta County School District No. 1 Superintendent James Bailey as science scores dropped on assessment tests. Bailey said the district needed to focus on science, but after concern from the public, the district agreed to a plan that would weave art into the curriculum of science and other classes. (Uinta County Herald)

Wis. Add hip hop dance, theater and digital art to math and science, says Any Given Child. After a year of surveys, training and arts-centric pilot programs in Madison's public elementary and middle schools, advocates behind Any Given Child Madison have some clear goals for making sure every student gets a chance to sing, sculpt and step. (The Cap Times)

Va. ‘Art carpet’ project envisioned by Richmond art teachers has global debut. What kind of carpet is outdoors, brightly colored, and doesn’t have to be vacuumed? If you said “astro turf,” then guess again.The correct answer is art carpet. Julie Crowder,  art teacher at William Fox Elementary, and Kirstie Hein Sadler, art teacher at Binford Middle School, adapted the project from traditional art carpets that are created in Guatemala during the Catholic celebration of  Corpus Christi. (CBS6)

S.C. Carson uses Artsonia to help students see with 'artist eyes'. Part of her job is to teach her students to also look at life with artist eyes. One of the methods she uses to do so earned her special recognition from Artsonia, the world's largest online student art museum. Carson was chosen for an Artsonia Leadership Award for "outstanding leadership in art education." The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration in the school's arts program, according to Greenville County Schools. (GreenvilleOnline)

Ca. Palm Springs school arts, tech programs seen as models. Three programs from the Palm Springs Unified (PSU) have been chosen as “models of excellence,” by Riverside County officials, who are encouraging other districts to duplicate the methods. PSU led workshops on the honored art program, classroom technology effort and attendance outreach during the Riverside County Education Summit Wednesday.“The goal of providing arts education is to keep students excited and enthusiastic about coming to school and learning,” Louisa Castrodale, district arts coordinator, said in a news release. (The Desert Sun)

Ohio. Area art teachers exhibiting works at Akrona Galleries. Artists Who Teach: An Art Show for K-12 Art Educators, on exhibit through Oct. 30 at Akrona Galleries, gives lie to an old maxim by showing those who can, do — and teach. The show gives art teachers a reason to do something many of them haven’t done since college — show their own work instead of the work of their students. Rich, in her 12th year of teaching and her second teaching fourth through eighth grade art at Miller South, said she hasn’t exhibited her work in 12 years. “There just aren’t a lot of opportunities,” she said.

La. Only 1 in 10 art school grads actually become working artists, report says. Spending heavily on an arts degree and hoping to become a working artist is a "fantasy" in most cases, according to a new report that estimates only 10 percent of 2 million arts graduates in the U.S. make their primary earnings as artists. The report was issued by BFAMFAPhD, a collective of artists, educators and others who study the impact of high rent and student loan debt on the creative community. The group found that of 1.4 million people nationwide who identify as working artists, around 40 percent of those 25 or older don't have any college degree at all. (nola.com)

Ohio. Developing their art. Indian Valley art teachers Lorna Waters (left) and Katie Gress examine Egyptian collection pieces from the “Art to Go” presentation by the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts. Twenty-five visual arts teachers from eight districts participated in a professional development... (The Time-Reporter)

Fla. Voters asked to continue paying tax for music, art, PE teachers. The biggest enemy of the referendum asking Palm Beach County residents to continue paying a property tax for art, music and P.E. teachers in public schools might be its location at the end of a packed ballot. (Palm Beach Post)

Design Thinking With the California Department of Education. How can California bring high-impact learning technologies into classrooms?  Karen Holst has been working on this issue.  She is an education technology fellow with the California Department of Education (CDE), brought from the private sector through the Fuse Corps program and the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation. (Education Week)

Smithsonian Aims to Raise $1.5B to Improve Museums. The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture. The Smithsonian's Board of Regents announced the goal Monday and revealed more than $1 billion already has been raised in a quiet phase since October 2011. This is the first institution-wide fundraising effort and the largest campaign in history for any cultural institution, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said. The campaign will continue through 2017. (NBC Washington)

Ill. Private donors contribute $11 million to fund arts in schools. Private donors have contributed $11 million to help tide the Chicago Public Schools over until the cash-strapped system can find the money to bankroll Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ambitious plan to put arts education in every school. A prolific fundraiser with nearly $9 million in his campaign warchest, Emanuel has set a goal of raising $38 million to elevate music and the arts to the level he believes is needed to inspire academic performance and keep students motivated and involved. (POLITICS)

Washington. National Gallery of Art Announces Call for Applications for 2015-2016 Internships. The 2015-2016 Graduate Internships include Internships in the Museum Profession and Graduate Curatorial Internships. Internships in the Museum Profession provide institutional training to students interested in pursuing a museum career, while Graduate Curatorial Internships provide in-depth training for PhD students and recent PhD recipients interested in gaining curatorial experience in a museum setting. All graduate interns work with curators or heads of Gallery departments, and they attend a weekly museum seminar that introduces them to the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery.
2015 Summer Internships. The 2015 Summer Internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. The nine-week program also includes biweekly seminars, which introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions.
Graduate Unpaid Internships and Research Assistantships. Graduate Unpaid Internships and Research Assistantships allow candidates to work in various Gallery departments, supervised by a curator or other department head. Interns contribute to ongoing Gallery projects and programs and are invited to participate in the museum seminars that introduce the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery. Research assistants concentrate on specific projects and do not attend the museum seminars. For more information call (202) 842-6257, e-mail intern@nga.gov, or visit www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/interns-fellows.html

International Juried Design Award & Competition. A' Design Award & Competition is the Worlds' largest annual juried design competition that honors best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. The A' Design Accolades are organized and awarded internationally in a wide array of categories ranging from industrial design to architecture. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A' Award to push them further for success. The late entry period is now open and designs could still be nominated to be exhibited during Milan EXPO 2015. The selected designs will be presented and displayed during the Milan EXPO 2015, World Design Hub 2015 Dublin as well as in Hometex Amsterdam in 2015 plus online in a wide-array of creative publications as well as on traditional print media. The selected projects will be translated to 36 languages to create true international reach. Late Deadline for Applications: February 28, 2015 - 23.59 GMT+1.



Regents' Approval of Standards Could Help Okla. Regain NCLB Waiver (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Miller on Common Core, Teacher Evaluation, and NCLB Renewal (Education Week/Politics K-12)

10-20-14


Online registration for the 2015 NAEA National Convention, March 26-28 in New Orleans, LA, is now OPEN! Design certainly impacts and influences our lives. Connect with thousands of colleagues from around the globe in New Orleans to explore the link between form and function, design and fine art. Create your ideal professional learning experience when you choose from 1,000+ learning opportunities. Merge creative thinking, art knowledge, skills, technology, research, and design to generate new opportunities for your classroom, career, and beyond!

Jay Greene Is an Army of One for Arts Education...and He's Winning. The University of Arkansas's Jay Greene has just released a second pioneering study in his laudable push to confound the banal battle lines of the education debate. In this new study, "Learning From Live Theater," he and his coauthors find (using a randomized control trial) that taking students to the theater actually has serious, measurable benefits. The study follows upon Greene's acclaimed 2013 study (which also used an RCT design) that found that field trips to art museums have serious, measurable benefits for participating students. (Education Week)

Mass. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University launches a new program of exhibitions and public activity under the leadership of James Voorhies, the recently appointed John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director. This new program is dedicated to synthesizing art, design, and education through the exhibition of existing works and production of new commissions. Choreographing exhibitions, lectures, residencies, publications, performances, screenings, and informal gatherings, CCVA will strive to bring people, ideas, and objects together in generative ways that provide unparalleled experiences with contemporary art. (e-flux)

Detroit Autorama Design Contest 2015 | Flyer. Chrysler Group Product Design and College for Creative Studies are once again sponsoring the Detroit Autorama Design Contest for high school students in grades 10 – 12.  Students can win fabulous prizes including Apple computers, iPads, and a $60,000 scholarship to CCS! The goal with this contest is to spread the word about the excellent career opportunities for art students in the field of automotive design. This contest could be the spark that leads one of your talented art students to a successful and lucrative career as a designer. Their studios in Auburn Hills, MI are always looking for talented candidates in exterior design, interior design, color and materials design, digital sculpting/surfacing, graphic design, visual communications, clay sculpting, and user interface design. If you would like a large copy of the contest poster to hang in your classroom, or if you have questions regarding the contest, send an email to DriveforDesign@Chrysler.com.

Using Art to Raise Awareness about Missing Children
2014 National Poster Contest Winner Dawson M., Alabama
The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) coordinates a national poster contest for fifth grade students to increase awareness about national efforts to bring missing children home, and to remember children who are still missing. The poster contest is designed to provide an opportunity for communities to engage in educational discussions about safety and prevention. The theme for the poster contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” To participate, students should create a poster that reflects this theme and complete an application describing their poster and its relevance to raising awareness about missing children. Completed posters should be submitted to the state manager for entry in the state level competition. The winning poster from each state is submitted to OJJDP for selection of the national winner. If you have any questions, feel free to view our website at www.mecptraining.org or email mc.day@fvtc.edu.

10-17-14

You're Invited to the LIVESTREAM of the Public Launch of the National Core Arts Standards on Monday! The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist, Ben Folds to host a formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square. The one-hour event will feature remarks by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts and David A. Dik, NCCAS leadership member and National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and be live streamed via Google Hangout on this webpage. The Core Arts Standards were created by NCCAS, a partnership of ten national arts and education service organizations.

Okla. First-ever forum on arts education scheduled. The first-ever forum on arts education in Oklahoma has been scheduled later this month in Norman. Organized by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Oct. 21 event at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is designed to give participants a glance of the current situation of arts education programs throughout the state. The forum will also launch an effort to prioritize arts education as a way of improving education in Oklahoma. (News9)

Ga. Doors to Home art exhibits spread across Gwinnett. Colorful and artistic doors decorated across Gwinnett the rest of this month are on display to raise awareness about poverty and inadequate housing. More than 140 doors have been painted and will be on display through Nov. 1 in Duluth, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Sugar Hill and Suwanee. All of the doors may be viewed and purchased at gwinnetthabitat.org. Each door is $100 and may be picked up at the end of the exhibit. Proceeds will be shared by Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and Artworks! Gwinnett. (Gwinnett Daily Post)

Mo. Art students paint mural at MHS band room. For the second week, students in the National Art Honor Society has made progress painting a new mural for the band room at Monett High School. Art instructor Katherine Hamilton said 20 or more students of the 33 society members worked on Wednesday afternoons sketching, and now painting, a mural. (The Monett Times)

N.J. Chatham High School create sidewalk art as part of week of respect. Chatham High School art students, led by Visual Arts teachers showed their true colors by creating “week of respect” sidewalk chalk drawings in the style of artist Keith Haring. Students worked in groups of three or four to collaborate on a Haring-inspired design, and then interpreted that design on a sidewalk square. Over 80 individual artworks were created, each representing a positive character quality embraced in the high school. (nj.com)

Utah. Art competition offers scholarship opportunity, uses State Capitol for inspiration. The Utah State Capitol building is viewed as a work of art by some Utahns, and this fall it will serve as the inspiration for high school students entering a visual arts scholarship competition sponsored by the Utah Senate. Entries are due by November 14. (FOX13 SLC)

Fla. Southeastern College Art Conference highlights Florida's visual arts industry. People from all across the county are flocking to the Suncoast for the 70th annual Southeastern College Art Conference. The four-day event has attracted more than 600 art educators, and organizers say the conference allows the exchange of ideas and concerns surrounding the visual arts industry. This year’s event is titled “From Handmade to High-Tech,” and that concept continues to grow in all aspects of visual arts. (WWSB, ABC7)

Ohio. Art museum’s community focus to expand with grant - Partnerships will help increase interection for patrons, students. The Springfield Museum of Art is using a grant from a national oragnization to expand its focus on art education and interactive art in the community. The museum has been working to renew its focus on art education within the community over the last year. The new grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, worth nearly $24,000, will allow the museum to continue to expand this focus much faster than before. (Springfield News-Sun)

Ca. Local council offers grants for artists. The Chenango Arts Council has received $99,4000 to distribute for cultural initiatives in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties. Funding is available for grants up to $5,000 through the 2015 Decentralization (DEC) Program. DEC offers support for Community Arts (CA) grants and Arts Education (AE) grants. The deadline for 2015 grant application is 5 p.m. Jan. 7. Opportunities are for projects through Dec. 31, 2015. Visit www.chenangoarts.org for guidelines and application forms, or email info@chenangoarts.org to request a copy. Notification of intent to apply is required. (thedailystar.com)

Pa. Arts Education Network awards school board 2014 Leadership Award. Parkland's School Board was recently awarded the 2014 Arts Education School Board Leadership Award by the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network. The award was given in recognition of the board's commitment to sustaining and expanding its arts education throughout the school district, according to a press release. (The Morning Call)

Ca. Fresno school named as finalist in national art education program. Kepler Neighborhood School in Fresno was named as one of three finalists in Art.com’s Art Sparks Learning education program and will have until Friday to secure enough votes to claim the top prize. Each of the finalists received 20 pieces of framed art, and the winner will collect a $1,000 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. Anyone may vote for the local public charter school by visiting www.art.com/artsparks. The winning school will be announced Oct. 21. (The Fresno Bee)

Announcing the 2015 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program. The Anthony Quinn Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the application period for the 2014 Scholarship Program.  Applications will be accepted through Monday January 5th, 2015. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program.  Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

Announcing the Winner+s of the 2014 Ocean Awareness Student Contest! On October 14, 2014, From the Bow Seat, a national environmental education non-profit, announced the winners of its annual ocean awareness contest and gave away over $27,500 in prizes. This year's contest challenged students to consider the growing international problem of ocean plastic pollution through art, advocacy, and essay projects.

10-16-14

2015 Getty Leadership Institute Applications Now Open. The Getty Leadership Institute at CGU invites applications for the GLI 2015 and NextGen 2015 executive education programs in museum leadership. GLI programs academically rigorous and address current topics in the museum field.
GLI 2015 is an intensive management program for leading CEOs, COOs, directors, and senior-level executives who influence policy and effect change, and are in their first five to seven years of their position. Participants take two weeks of online courses plus two weeks of classroom study and practicum in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from May 4-15; Residency from June 12-27. Applications are due January 15, 2015.
NextGen 2015 is a new blended learning experience for the field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and recognized leadership potential. The program blends one week of online learning and three days of classroom study in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from March 9-15; Residency from March 24-28. Applications are due January 5, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit www.cgu.edu/gli or contact gli@cgu.edu.

Learn x Design the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers PreK-16 Education, June 28 - July 1, 2015 Chicago, IL, USA School of the Art Institute of Chicago SAIC. Organizers: the DESIGN-ED Coalition in partnership with Design Research Society and Cumulus. Call for Paper abstracts - Deadline: October 30, 2014. Workshop/Symposium proposals - Deadline: November 15, 2014. Click here to download submission information. Learn x Design is a conference for the wide range of topics from theoretical research to practical application. On a career level, the study of design is to create a well-crafted, aesthetic fit of form to function, materials, and tools. Each designed item contains a narrative about the culture from which it evolved, about the person who produced it, and the values and practices of both. Research develops theories and principles about learning, tests and validates them for implementation in classroom, policy and practice. This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research and the teaching of design. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of approaches to design education research, pedagogy and teaching. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research and teaching methodology in any aspect and discipline of design education. More information about the conference and registration will be available in the coming months at www.learnxdesign2015.com.

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$25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Now accepting nominations and applications for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice—the only national award exclusively for exceptional teachers in high-poverty public schools. Four winners a year from across the country receive $25,000 each, gain national recognition, and spend a summer reflecting on teaching, meeting with education leaders, and writing a short collection of essays on their best teaching practices. This must-read look into the 2014 winners’ extraordinary classrooms is available for download today—I encourage you to share it with anyone who’s passionate about great teaching. Nominate the best teachers you know. It only takes a minute, and nominations are so important. In fact, three of the four 2014 Fishman Prize winners decided to apply because of a nomination. The first application deadline is Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

The Da Vinci Initiative. The stone has been thrown. The splash is being made and as the repercussions arc across the surface of the representational revolution, they are intercepted as inspiration, as ideas, and The Da Vinci Initiative is capitalizing on them. Everybody has them, these ideas that surface from the student's questions, formed from their longing and quiet desperation to make something of the talents that they KNOW lay within! "Can you teach me to draw better?", asks one girl. (The Huffington Post)

Supporting Youth in the Arts. The American education system is known for producing the best and brightest minds in the world. Our curriculums push towards the study of math, science, technology, medicine and law in order to make a more perfect world. What is missing from this equation is an emphasis on arts. Arts and musical education is devalued and dismissed as a legitimate pathway to successful life or prosperous career. (The Huffington Post)

How Designers Can Enable and Empower Our Schools. Good design shifts the way people think about the world around them. It has the power to inform and empower by providing a greater understanding of complex issues. Graphic designers have the unique ability to take information and transform it through data visualization. They consider the user experience in ways that most people may not. (Education Week)

Artsonia Fall Art Drive ends Oct 31. Artsonia's Fall Art Drive 2014 will be coming to an end on October 31. As a reminder, here are the rules for this year's prize giveaway: Publish at least 100 artwork by October 31 and be entered into a drawing for one of ten (10) $100 gift cards from Blick Art Materials! Publish at least 300 artwork by October 31 and also be entered into a second drawing for one of five (5) $300 gift cards! If you've already published 100 pieces this school year, you've already been entered into the first drawing, so don't stop now-go for 300! Wondering how many pieces you've published? Login to your teacher section where you will see the Fall Drive Announcement and your current totals. All artwork published between July 1 and October 31 goes towards your total art-drive count. Last year our winners made some major upgrades to their artroom resources. This year, it's YOUR turn! With FIFTEEN gift cards to giveaway, you've got a good chance of being announced a winner on November 7th!

Vote for Artsonia by Friday October 17 as your favorite Small Business -- Help them get a $150,000 grant! Voting is an EASY 3-STEP process! Browse to https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/47229; Click on the blue VOTE NOW button on the side; and Login with your Facebook account (required).
 
Fall Forum 2014: Contexts of Quality Arts Education - What is the practice and purpose of quality arts education? October 16-18, 2014, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Registration Ends Monday October 13th. The Fall 2014 Arts & Education Forum presented by the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga convenes educators, administrators, and practitioners who are passionate about increasing access to quality arts education in our schools. The Forum provides an intimate venue for up to 50 participants to engage in interactive sessions and robust conversations around the following question: what is the purpose and practice of quality arts education?
 
Texas. Garland ISD students get creative during National Arts in Education Week. Numerous studies have shown that art education provides the critical thinking, communication and creativity skills essential to academic success. To celebrate this vital scholastic field, schools across Garland ISD commemorated National Arts in Education Week with fun, imaginative assignments. (Blue Ribbon News)

New Study Finds Artists Higher Functioning Than General Population. A new study by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) shows that artists are highly functioning members of society who experience less loneliness and depression than the general population. (RCAC)

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AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 8, 2014

Wallace Foundation Announces $40 Million Effort to Help Arts Organizations Thrive. The Wallace foundation announced a new arts initiative "Building Audiences for Sustainability" that will support 25 exemplary performing arts organizations in attracting new audiences and sharing what works, what does not, and why.

Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award Program. The Kennedy Center is accepting applications for the 2015 Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award. This award is presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high quality arts education in its school district. The application deadline is November 3.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Education Webinar. Researchers from the Kennedy Center and Johns Hopkins University discussed how in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, and social outcomes during the August 27 NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development webinar.

What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education. October is also National Principals month, honoring the hard work and dedication of America's principals. As the top building-level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education. Check out three concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. (AEP)

Your November Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! In this issue . . .Students explore Day of the Dead by creating Mexican sugar-skull whistles in“Musical Calaveras”; Expressing feelings of isolation across a variety of media in “Metamorphosis”; Exploring the unique fabric traditions of the Kuna People of Panama in “Molas: A Cloth Tradition”; Learn about amazing travel opportunitues in Oaxaca and New Mexico in “Journeys of Art and Soul”; Explore the work of Françoise Duparc and Pierre Prins in Looking and Learning; and Find some of the best classroom products, websites, workshops, and more in The Shop.

N.Y. Teaching Teachers the Basics of Visual Arts. Da Vinci Initiative raising funds to promote visual literacy in public schools. It’s no secret that art instruction in public schools is hurting—not only for funding, but for applicable skills. The problem often starts at the top. Students may have the desire to learn to draw, but their teachers are at a loss as to how to help them. (Epoch Times)

Fla. Art teachers hone techniques at educators retreat
. During two days in September, 37 teachers from Sarasota and Manatee counties gathered on the Ringling College campus to participate in a two-day retreat designed to reinvigorate educators' teaching practices while inspiring their creativity and art integration skills. (Herald Tribune)

Fla. New Art Program: The Creative City Collaborative Brings Arts & Education to Delray Beach and Pompano Beach. The Creative City Collaborative (CCC) is proud to announce its newly enhanced arts education programs entitled The Studio at Arts Garage and The Studio at BaCA. The 8-week sessions will commence October 20, at both the Delray Beach and Pompano Beach venues. The curriculum driven, goal-based programs will include instruction in voice, acting, theater, instrumental performance and visual arts. (Pineapple Newspaper)

Fla. Local celebrities raise more than $18,000 for kids' art education. Celebrity services rallied together this week at Bonefish Grill to bring awareness for arts education and raised more than $18,0000 to fund the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s All Kinds of Art, an educational outreach program serving students and special needs children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. (Walton Sun)

N.J. Four Hunterdon County residents honored by art educators of New Jersey. Lebanon Township resident Elie Porter Trubert, Lebanon resident Susan Bivona, Whitehouse resident Lisa Conklin and Deb Huff of Flemington were honored by Art Educators of New Jersey on Oct. 5 at the organization’s 2014 Fall Conference in Long Branch. (NJ.com)

Mich. Art prize: Help decide which local art teachers are the best artists. They teach our children to be artists, but local art instructors are artists themselves -- and 21 of them are competing in their own art prize competition this month. The teachers from local public schools are displaying their art at the Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery through November. The public is invited to view the artwork, which teachers spent the summer creating, and to vote on their favorites. (mlive.com)

Art League of Long Island Launches Atelier Style Arts Education Program. The Art League of Long Island is introducing a concept new to its roster of arts education programs, but steeped in the history and tradition of the Atelier method of art instruction. Classically trained under Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier at the Grand Central Academy of Art, instructor Michelle Palatnik will guide and mentor students in a structured methodology employed by many of the great master artists and passed down through the ages. (LongIsland Exchange)

Australia. International expert to share film insights. A leading international expert in film history and film studies will deliver The University of Queensland’s 2014 Daphne Mayo Lecture, ‘Cinema after Film: A Poetics of Obsolescence?’ on Wednesday 8 October. Professor Emeritus Thomas Elsaesser from the University of Amsterdam is a pre-eminent figure and thinker in visual culture, with scholarly interests ranging across film, literature, television and art. (The University of Queensland)

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Six States. The Obama Administration announced today that Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (ED.gov)

The Helpful Use of Digital Tools in 21st Century Classrooms. In countless schools across the US, a new year brings new students. It also brings “wonder” tools, applications and processes. For many educators, this deluge of technology threatens to drown them in an ocean of confusion and frustration. They face hard choices, not only about which tools to purchase, but how to integrate these tools into classroom instruction in a 21st century information and media rich curriculum. (Learning First Alliance)

Eksperimenta! artworks audience vote is open. Videos of participating artists are being uploaded to Eksperimenta! FB and are looking for your votes. Which artwork do you like best? Vote until 23. October 10 a.m. The winner of the audience award will be announced at the opening of the exhibition in Tallinn.

N,Y, Tax Court Ruling Is Seen as a Victory for Artists. If you say you are an artist, but you make little money from selling your art, can your work be considered a profession in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service? (The New York Times)

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $13.4 Million in Grants to 34 Organizations to Enhance Teaching and Learning Through Arts Education. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $13.4 million to 34 organizations to help arts educators grow and improve arts instruction, and share effective models of arts in education that support student achievement in the arts and other areas. (ED.gov)

2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners Featured at ED: They Gave Their Inspiring Voices and Visions. Each September brings a special day at the U.S. Department of Education: a day when the marble halls and foyers of the agency’s headquarters fill with excited crowds of students, teachers, families, local and visiting officials, and passionate supporters of the arts. On Friday, Sept. 19, winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were honored for their accomplishments. (ED.gov)

Ben Folds joins Arts Education Leaders to launch the National Core Arts Standards at Microsoft New York on October 20. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist, Ben Folds to host a formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square. The one-hour event will feature remarks by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts and David A. Dik, NCCAS leadership member and National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and be livestreamed via Google Hangout at the launch webpage.

Young Audiences Resources from National Arts in Education Week 2014. What is Arts in Education?, Tools for Arts in Education, Why Arts in Education?, Arts in Education in Action.

Infographic: What is Arts Integration? Here’s an easy-to-understand definition for arts integration: Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning through which content standards are taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts. (educationcloset)

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Maryland's Program to Prevent Summer Learning Loss in Baltimore City Schools

Looking Forward: The Sun is Rising in Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County

Where Do We Stand on NCLB? A Progress Report for Congress (Education Week/Politics K-12)

California, the Arts and the Creative Economy. For the state that is home to Silicon Valley and high tech invention, to Hollywood and the single largest export in the world: theatrical films, it has always been a mystery why so few dollars were spent on the arts. In fact, the California Arts Council limped along for 11 years on the lowest allocation per capita than any state in America. It has ranked 50th since 2003, except for 2011 when Kansas temporarily eliminated all arts funding. (The Huffington Post)

Creativity at the Core: Powerful arts teaching and learning in the common core. Creativity at the CoreThe education leaders behind the Common Core State Standards have emphasized the need for implementation of critical thinking skills and creative exploration, and cite complementary subjects to achieve this goal – including the arts. The 2014 roll-out of the Common Core State Standards in California is a key time for influencing how arts education is utilized by local school districts, local schools, and individual teachers.

Turnaround Arts CA: Creating Successful Schools through Arts Education. Turnaround ArtsA program using arts education strategies to significantly improve ten of California’s lowest performing elementary schools, in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Turnaround Arts CA is administered through a joint venture of four statewide organizations under the umbrella CREATE CA. Itself a public-private partnership that includes the California Department of Education, CREATE CA initiated Turnaround Arts: California with financial support from the California Arts Council and architect and Turnaround Artist Frank Gehry.

The Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. The Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition is a terrific teaching opportunity about thanksgiving and gratitude designed to inspire students to think creatively and express cultural and personal perspectives on gratefulness. Expressions of Gratitude supports arts in schools and encourages teachers, mentors or parents to have a lesson with young people from kindergarten through 12th grade on a particular theme. 2014 theme: I am grateful for the Golden Rule, focuses attention on an integral aspect of the mission of The Thanks-Giving Foundation – treating others as one would his or her self. Teachers, mentors and parents across the country and around the globe are invited to enter the work of their students and children in Expressions of Gratitude from September 15 through December 15, 2014. To learn more on how to enter, please download the Expressions of Gratitude Entry Packet. Send entries to expressionsofgratitude@thanksgiving.org

Learn x Design the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers PreK-16 Education
June 28 - July 1, 2015, Chicago, IL, USA School of the Art Institute of Chicago SAIC

Organizers: the DESIGN-ED Coalition in partnership with Design Research Society and Cumulus
Call for Paper abstracts and Workshop/Symposium proposals
Deadline: October 22, 2014
Click here to download submission information (PDF)
Learn x Design is a conference for the wide range of topics from theoretical research to practical application. On a career level, the study of design is to create a well-crafted, aesthetic fit of form to function, materials, and tools. Each designed item contains a narrative about the culture from which it evolved, about the person who produced it, and the values and practices of both. Research develops theories and principles about learning, tests and validates them for implementation in classroom, policy and practice. This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research and the teaching of design. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of approaches to design education research, pedagogy and teaching. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research and teaching methodology in any aspect and discipline of design education.
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PAST EVENTS of DRS/Cumulus:
 The 1st International Symposium for Design Education Researchers
Researching Design Education
Paris, France in May 2011 hosted by Syndicat Général de la Bourse de Commerce de Paris
Materials online or on Issuu
 
The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers
Design Learning for Tomorrow - Design Education from Kindergarten to PhD
Oslo, Norway in May 2013 hosted by HIOA
Materials online

Va. Arts Council of Fairfax County - Opportunities in the Arts
Visual Storyteller (FT) - Deadline: October 31, 2014
Ecosystems is looking for a passionate and creative mind to join their team and bring their stories to life. You will lead the artistic design of the company’s vision and enhance its brand using video editing, animation,  audio, and design software.
2014 Arts Awards - Deadline: October 23, 2014
This event recognizes the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations, and the individuals, businesses, and foundations in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church that support them. This event will sell out. Hurry and get your tickets now.

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NEW WEBINAR: Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards: A Resource to Support Instruction Aligned with State Standards - October 21, 2014 | 7pm ET NAEA Members: FREE; Non-members: $49 Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team; Scott Russell, Elementary Art Teacher and Writing Team Member; Cory Wilkerson, Communications Chair, National Coalition of Core Arts Standards. The new standards provide opportunities for art educators to look at instruction and student growth through an aspirational lens.   Learn how art educators are connecting the new voluntary standards with their own state and district standards. See how the new standards framework can be aligned with state standards to support student learning by embedding Enduring Understandings for instruction.

2015 USSEA Regional Conference. The 2015 USSEA Regional Conference will be held July 17-19 at the Queens Museum in Queens, New York. USSEA will partner with the travelling arts project, An Inclusive World to present the conference theme, An Inclusive World: Bridging Communities. The three-day conference will examine art education in classrooms, museums, and community arts organizations. This conference will explore ways that participants might share resources, knowledge and expertise to enrich their respective disciplines. In addition An Inclusive World will exhibit the works of artists of diverse backgrounds. Please join us and share your ideas.

Get ready for the next Peer 2 Peer Google Hangout presented by the NAEA Museum Education Division P2P Task Force! Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6 PM EST. We're thrilled to welcome Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale to discuss their inspiring book "Creativity in Museum Practice." This is the last in our series of “Reading Days” where we discuss a book related to the museum education field. Doing the reading isn’t necessary, but it sure helps to keep us all on track. Plus, this book is very easy to read and full of great practical tips for reinvigorating your museum practice. What is a Google Hangout? It’s a free platform that allows you to video chat with up to 10 people, and an infinite number of folks can watch, and type questions for the presenters. It’s free to use and to watch. More info here. How do I watch/participate? 1.Get a Google+ account. You can also link your existing Gmail account to Google+. 2. For your computer, download the free Google Hangout plugin a few days before the Hangout so that your computer is ready to go. For your tablet or smartphone, download an app from Google Play or the Apple AppStore. 3. Watch a Hangout on Air and type questions for the presenters.

Teacher Programs - National Gallery of Art, Washington. TEACHER WORKSHOPS: Information about 2014-2015 Teacher Workshops is now available online, including the upcoming event Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In. NGAKIDS: The National Gallery of Art recently released a new children’s app for iPad, NGAkids Art Zone, now available for free download on iTunes. LEARNING RESOURCES: Search the online database to access, download, or borrow teaching resources. Here you will find dynamic in-depth studies on individual works, artists, and periods, as well as online versions of teaching packets. Check back often, as new subjects are added regularly. SCHOOL TOURS: The National Gallery of Art is currently accepting school tour requests for dates through December 4, 2014. Please note that all school tours will take place in the West Building. DRAWING SALON: Join them for sketching and conversation in the galleries. Led by practicing artists and museum educators, this series of workshops integrates art history and studio art practices. EYE FOR ART: This family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing.

Neb. LPS will buy laptops, tablets so art students can create and record their work. Thanks in part to the state’s new fine arts standards, Lincoln Public Schools visual arts students will get iPad minis and laptops to create digital art and portfolios and to record class presentations. The high school classes need laptops so students can create digital art projects. The iPad minis in elementary and middle school classrooms will be used to record students’ art presentations and their response to their own and others’ art, a focus of the fine arts standards approved by the Nebraska Board of Education in March, Miller said. (JournalStar.com)

2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners Featured at ED They Gave Their Inspiring Voices and Visions. The day began with two workshops — one in the visual arts for the teachers of student winners, and one in poetry for the student winners. Nancy D. Hoover, art director of the Girls’ School of Austin, had traveled to the Nation’s Capital to honor her student Alabel Chapin, who won a Gold Award for […] (ED.gov)

Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month in Your Community This October! National Arts & Humanities Month—the greatest month of the year—is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and to nurture a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. To celebrate this October, visit the National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) website to find all of the information you need to host, promote, or participate in this month's festivities. From getting press coverage in your community and obtaining a mayoral proclamation to tips for planning and promoting your event, there are many ways you can take part in National Arts & Humanities Month!

How to view art: Be dead serious about it, but don’t expect too much. The biggest challenge when visiting an art museum is to disengage from our distracted selves. The pervasive, relentless, all-consuming power of time is the enemy. If you are thinking about where you have to be next, what you have left undone, what you could be doing instead of standing in front of art, there is no hope that anything significant will happen. But to disengage from time has become extraordinarily complicated. We are addicted to devices that remind us of the presence of time, cellphones and watches among them, but cameras too, because the camera has become a crutch to memory, and memory is our only defense against the loss of time. (The Washington Post)

Washington, D.C. Fall Museums Guide 2014. From new exhibitions and museum news to guides on how to look at art, here’s a break down of what’s happening this fall. (The Washington Post)

New Hampshire Institute of Art - MFA Meet and Greet in Boston this Wednesday! Join the New Hampshire Institute of Art's current Master of Fine Arts students, Program Directors, admissions staff and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for wine and cheese gatherings in New England this fall. Find out about admissions deadlines or program details, network with artists, or just relax and enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 5-7pm, Panopticon Gallery, Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. RSVPs appreciated, but not required: dianerobinson@nhia.edu, 603.836.2508.

Va. Fall Classes Now Enrolling at Arlington Arts Center! This fall AAC is offering after school classes for kids, weekend sessions for teens, and evening classes for adults -- not to mention special workshops like Day of the Dead, Art's Cool! Art School and Gift Mania! Register online today..

N.C. Awards paint picture of appreciation for Lee County art. The North Carolina Art Education Association’s 2014 award list proves that the visual arts are alive and well in Lee County. Among recipients of NCAEA awards were Judy McDonald, art instructor at Greenwood Elementary School, Jody Stouffer, ceramics instructor at Lee County High School and Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Andy Bryan. The awards were announced in mid-September. (The Sandord Herald)

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National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Launches Assessment Pilot Project. NCCAS has issued a call for elementary and middle school teachers to help pilot the Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) during the 2014-2015 school year. The Model Cornerstone Assessments are rich performance-based assessment examples at the benchmark grades of 2, 5, and 8. The MCAs were designed in conjunction with the new voluntary grade-by-grade Core Arts Standards released by NCCAS in June. Pilot sites will be selected from a range of rural, suburban, and urban classroom settings across the nation. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday October 15, 2014. Applicants must complete an online application form. Questions should be addressed to NCCAS leadership representative Lynn Tuttle.

View The Kennedy Center's Model Cornerstone Assessments (Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Dance)

NAEA challenges YOU to share your outstanding lesson designs with art educators around the world! Connect and share through the Lesson Design Challenge Pinterest Board!

 
PURCHASE THE ON DEMAND ARCHIVE of the New National Visual Arts Standards Virtual Conference. Learn from art education leaders including members of the Visual Arts Writing and Assessment Teams who will introduce the new visual arts standards and the dynamic web-based standards environment that can be customized for teachers use. Viewers get an in-depth look at the Philosophical Foundations, Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions used to guide curriculum design and assessment. Learn what's new about these Standards; how to use the new Standards to create instructional and assessment strategies that make connections to Common Core and 21st Century Skills;  and how to demonstrate student growth in relation to teacher effectiveness and evaluation.

Why the kids who most need arts education aren’t getting it. Though the benefits of art education are very real (see here for a list of 10), it is one of the big, unfortunate casualties of the high-stakes testing era, with its laser focus on math and English Language Arts — especially in schools with big populations of students who live in poverty. Just how effective a good arts program can be was shown by Michael Sokolove, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, on saving arts education. (The Washington Post)

VIDEO: ArtPrize partners with prestigious national art organization ART21
. ArtPrize is partnering this year with ART21, one of the nation's leading chroniclers of contemporary art and artists through its TV series "Art in the Twenty-First Century." The program is seen locally on WGVU-TV, and the PBS outlet making the most of the partnership. (WZZM)

Mich. Special education students' self-portraits on display in ArtPrize Education Days project. The exhibit is inspired by Jesse Jackson’s famous quote, “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” It will feature nearly 375 self-portraits from students, as well as from a group of veterans who participated in the project on the first day of ArtPrize. (mlive)

Artsonia Upcoming Webinars: Getting Started & Classroom Mode. Jim Meyers, the CEO and Co-Founder of Artsonia, will be giving two webinars next week on the topics of "Getting Started with Artsonia" and "Artsonia's Classroom Mode". If interested, please register for the webinar by following the link below (note: there is a 100 attendee limit, so please attend if you register for an event): Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:00 PM CDT: Getting Started  & Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:00 PM CDT: Artsonia's Classroom Mode

Art Education and Digital Technologies: Virtual World Conference. Are you interested in art education and technology? This is the conference for you! Join us in Second Life OR Google Hangout on Air. Participants can interact with presenters through Google accounts. The conference is free! Find the presentation that interests you, turn on your computer or mobile device, sit back, relax, and join the very first international virtual art education conference from UBC Lillooet Room at Irving K. Barber! Date/ Time: October 18, 2014 (Saturday)/8:00 am PDT to 4:30 pm PDT | Virtual Venue: Second Life | Online Venue: Google Hangout on Air | Conference program | Second Life tutorial

Texas. Garland ISD students get creative during National Arts in Education Week. Numerous studies have shown that art education provides the critical thinking, communication and creativity skills essential to academic success. To celebrate this vital scholastic field, schools across Garland ISD commemorated National Arts in Education Week with fun, imaginative assignments.

AISD awarded $350K for fine arts education. The Austin Independent School District has been awarded nearly $350,000 in federal funding for improvements to fine arts education, according to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman. (KVUE)

Michigan Youth Arts offering grant for classroom art supplies, equipment. With assistance from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts, based in Ferndale, will offer the Art Equipment & Supplies grant for up to $2,500 for teachers in kindergarten through 12th-grade art classrooms, which could range from theater to music to creative writing. (candgnews.com)

MUSEUM EDUCATION: 2014 Google Hangouts! Join us for the last session in our Reading Days series on October 14, 2014, 6 PM EST. Join a conversation about the exciting new book, “Creativity in Museum Practice” with its authors Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale. Juline Chevalier will moderate a lively discussion sure to get our creativity going. Advance reading is not required but sure helps us stay on task! And we hope you read this book since it’s a lot of fun, is very easy to read, and has a lot of great ideas to help get you out of a rut – professional or personal. Please feel free to submit questions, topics, or specific passages for discussion in advance. And we’re working on a great line-up of Peer 2 Peer Hangouts for the coming months! Stay tuned.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: SERVICE - Premieres on PBS Sunday, November 2, 2014*. CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning series, continues to explore America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, SERVICE, part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military from the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans.

Halloween is almost here!... No more banality this year, let's create the memorable thing for years to come. Did YOU know that the Halloween mask could be made that simple and funny way, using the NeoPopRealist ink pen pattern drawing on it? Check this Art Lesson Plan with instructions and enjoy the process and result. Do not forget to tape a short film "The Dancing Monsters and Ghosts" and post it on Youtube with a keyword 'neopoprealism'! The Halloween Mask's Art Lesson Plan, adaptable to all ages. If some teachers and librarians are still not familiar with the NeoPopRealist art books and art concept, created by artist Nadia Russ, the books can be viewed in catalog in www.neopoprealism.org/.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION:  “Fusion” National Juried Exhibition 2015 - at Arc Gallery - DEADLINE:  February 22nd, 2015. Mix it UP!  Fusion is the binding of two or more things into something new that possesses properties of both, incorporating different styles, ideas and designs. In a world where boundaries don't exist and technology provides the ability to connect globally, we can create collaborations and build connections that were impossible in the past.  Through creative energy, the fusion of ideas can create new forms, blending cultures, colors, ideas, shapes, designs and intent. Fusion can be the melding of art and science, the conscious and unconscious, the tangible and intangible. CATEGORIES ACCEPTED: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book.

How to teach and assess arts? Find out at Eksperimenta! and IDEAlaboratory! The international youth contemporary art triennial Eksperimenta! returns to Tallinn for the second time to explore the topic of Art and Science from 23rd October to 23rd November. Together with the opening of the exhibition the Eksperimenta! team invites education and art professionals to the IDEAlaboratory to explore the Art of Teaching and Art of Assessment on 24th and 25th October.

SEPTEMBER

9-29-14

New eBook for High School Students Contemplating a Career in Illustration. When young artists think about a career in illustration, their focus is usually limited to video games, graphic novels, and children’s books. John Roman, an illustration professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, has written an eBook that, for the first time, presents a comprehensive 360-degree view of the entire illustration field. His just-released 50 Markets of Illustration eBook (a HOW + Print Books Exclusive) catalogs the entire illustration industry from high-visibility clients to the numerous, lesser-known esoteric markets. Roman’s eBook documents how today’s illustrators are earning their livings doing what they enjoy! Professor Roman is also available to bring his 60-minute, 50 Markets of Illustration PowerPoint show to your high school. For more information, contact: www.johnromanillustration.com.

Crayola: Seasonal Crafts for Fall. Let in the Leaves. Bring the fun of fall leaves indoors! Combine colorful Crayola Color Wonder™ leaf prints and Triangular Crayon leaf rubbings to brighten fall days. Get more ideas online!

Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Students from around the world, ages 3 to 18 years, are invited to enter the Space Foundation’s fifth annual International Student Art Contest. Children may draw, paint or create a digital image of their idea of the view looking into space from a spaceship for the contest theme “The View From My Spaceship.” The deadline to submit entries is Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, and artwork must be submitted online by the student’s teacher. Homeschool students are also invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded by age category and the winners notified in early 2015. For the 2014 contest, more than 7,100 entries representing 54 countries, including 43 U.S. states and two U.S. territories, were received.

9-26-14

Make Your Case to Attend the 2015 NAEA National Convention! Also, download the Encouragement Letter from your Executive Director.

Elementary & Middle Level Art Educators: Invitation to Pilot Model Cornerstone Assessments: Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, October 15. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is launching a call to schools and teachers interested in piloting Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in elementary and middle school settings during the 2014-2015 school year. The Model Cornerstone Assessments are rich performance-based assessments designed in conjunction with the newly released National Core Arts Standards.
The Coalition has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to pilot the MCAs in elementary and middle school settings during the 2014-2015 school year, with the intention of a doing a similar benchmark pilot in high schools during 2015-16.  If you are interested in helping pilot assessments in dance, media arts, music, theatre or visual arts in our nation’s elementary and middle schools, please apply. The nationwide call for applicants will allow us to select pilot sites from a range of schools in rural, suburban and urban settings.
Participating educators will receive training on the assessments; and will be asked to pilot or try out the assessment in their class(es); select student work generated in the assessment to share back with the Coalition; and upload the assessments into a web-based application for review by the Coalition.
Applications, including a résumé or CV, and your principal’s or school administrator’s permission, will be accepted through Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Interested applicants can apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PKY8GKM.
Questions can be addressed to:  Lynn.Tuttle@azed.gov, a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership Team.
The Coalition will announce selected pilot sites by November 21, 2014.

ART21 News: Season 7 Previews, New Videos Featuring Sally Mann and Abigail DeVille, and More - 9/25/14
. In this issue of ART21 News: Previews from ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7; New Videos Featuring Sally Mann and Abigail DeVille; ART21 Education Events in NYC and Grand Rapids; Access '14 Screenings Across the Globe; and Highlights from the ART21 Magazine

9-24-14

The Virtual Film School: Camera & Editing is a ground-breaking initiative designed to get filmmaking going in every classroom. Without any prior knowledge or experience, teachers can simply visit the website and - along with their students - watch a step-by-step guide in how to make a professional-looking film using iMovie 2.0 for iPad. For free. In just one hour, pupils learn the basics in camera and editing, then shoot (and edit) a short film for screening at the end of the session. Teachers and students alike can use skills learned in further filmmaking projects to explore classroom topics and texts. Documentaries looking at the impact of WW1, behind-the-scenes looks at art exhibitions and creative responses to Shakespeare texts are just some of the ways schools have benefitted from the Virtual Film School. Everything you need to run the Virtual Film School in your classroom is located on the website. What's stopping you?

Is Studying the Arts in School Important? In recent decades, American schools have been pressured to increase standardized test scores, causing them to make cuts to programs like visual art, music, dance and theater. At the same time, studies have shown that involvement in the arts helps students stay in school, perform better in all academic subjects, and enjoy the school experience more. The arts are often the only subjects in which students can express creative individuality and have a platform for personal expression. In the past 30 years, access to arts education in schools has declined significantly. (KQED)

New Orleans Receives Planning Grant To Boost Arts Education. New Orleans is now the 16th city to participate in a national program aimed at boosting arts education. The Kennedy Center's Any Given Child program helps K-8 schools come up with long-term plans for arts instruction during the school day. A 2009 KID SmART study found that almost half of Louisiana schools don't have visual arts or music teachers on staff. Even fewer have dance or theater instructors. Many schools only offer art through after-school programs and require students to find their own transportation. (WWNO)

U.K. Every child should have an education in arts and culture. It should, in the UK and in this day and age, be the case that education in arts and culture is something to which every child should be entitled, and enabled to access.  Who would disagree that this is a basic human right – it is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that children have a right ‘to participate fully in cultural and artistic life’.  However, the fact remains that cultural education remains the privilege of some, but not all our children. (Royal Opera House)

Neb. Art teachers to meet in Aurora
. Art educators from across the state will gather in Aurora on Sept. 26 and 27 for the Nebraska Art Teachers Association fall conference at the Leadership Center. This year’s fall conference is taking on a new format in which attendees will participate in hands-on workshops combining instruction in various art media techniques, discussion about the newly released Nebraska Visual Art Standards and ways to integrate art and science goals into lessons that educators will write as a result of their experiences. (The Independent)

Ohio. SpringHill Suites' Save Art! Campaign Bolsters Art Education in Under-Resourced Schools. Showcasing the brand's ongoing passion for the arts, SpringHill Suites by Marriott today launched Save Art!, an initiative to provide under-resourced schools with much needed classroom art supplies. The SpringHill Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna hotel in Gahanna, Ohio is participating in the Save Art! initiative. In partnership with Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that brings quality art supplies and innovative art programs to teachers in need, SpringHill Suites will provide art materials to local schools in communities across North America. (MarketWatch)

Art.com Selects Three Elementary Schools as Finalists in National Program Supporting Art Education. Art.com, the world's leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art, today announced the schools nominated for its fall Art Sparks Learning ™ program dedicated to supporting art education and inspiring the artists of tomorrow. Chosen from nominations submitted nationwide, three schools have been selected as finalists and given 20 pieces of framed art each to enjoy as well as the chance to win the grand prize -- a $1,000 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. (MarketWired)

Thanks-Giving Foundation’s 10th Annual Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. You are invited to submit your students’ work in the Thanks-Giving Foundation’s 10th Annual Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. This competition highlights the value of being grateful. Students can express personal and cultural perspectives through visual arts, essays or dance on our annual theme. Cash awards will be given to the winning students and double that amount to their teachers to support teaching arts in schools. Entries are accepted from across America. The 2014 theme is: I am grateful for the Golden Rule, focusing on treating others the way you would want to be treated. Entries will be accepted through December 15. The awards ceremony will be January 23.

KRIS Wine and Americans for the Arts Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the "Art of Education" Campaign. Consumers can support arts education programs nationwide in K-12 public schools as they enjoy KRIS, one of America's fastest growing Italian wines. KRIS and Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, are partnering again for the fifth annual "Art of Education" program. KRIS will award 16 schools in the United States a total of $25,000 in grants to improve academic achievement through quality arts education. This year's campaign runs from now to October 31, 2014. (PRNewsWire)

Ed Games Week Highlights the Emergence of Video Games in Education. Games and play are a central part of childhood and can stimulate creativity and learning. As technology grows as a tool for teachers, one question has been: what role might educational video games play in the classroom? Today, increasing numbers of teachers are incorporating games to supplement and enrich classroom instruction. (ED.gov)

9-23-14

The Council for Art Education Announces 2014 Youth Art Month Award Winners. The Council for Art Education is excited to announce the recipients of the 2014 Youth Art Month Awards. Based on submissions from participating states, The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following Youth Art Month Chairpersons for outstanding participation in their states’ 2013/2014 Youth Art Month Program. Each state submitted documentation of its Youth Art Month Program across a variety of key categories, which was evaluated based on predetermined criteria. Awards will be presented at the 2015 NAEA National Convention, which takes place March 26 - 28, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

9-22-14

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life. A lot of what artists do is tell stories. They help us make sense of our world, and they broaden our experience and understanding. The arts enable us to imagine the unimaginable, and to connect us to the past, the present, and the future, sometimes simultaneously. (The Huffington Post)

Reach to teach: Arts organizations make education a priority. At one time, symphony orchestras were obligated only, or mostly, to present good concerts. Museums showed painting and sculpture. Theater companies mounted their productions. It was simple; it was all about the art. These organizations generated revenue by selling tickets and raising money from donors sympathetic to the cause.

NEW! Artsonia Webinar: Getting Started with Artsonia. Artsonia announces all-new webinars to help teachers learn about how to use Artsonia! Jim Meyers, the CEO and Co-Founder of Artsonia, will be hosting several webinars this week on the topic of "Getting Started with Artsonia" where he will explain how to get your Artsonia program off the ground! Topics: Getting your roster uploaded to Artsonia;
initial selection to track or not track parent permissions; how to print permission slips; how to input parent emails to get permission; setting up your first exhibit; and a brief overview of all the artwork submission tools.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM CDT - Register here
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM CDT - Register here
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM CDT - Register here

Enter the American Immigration Council's 2015 "Change in Motion" Multimedia Contest. The American Immigration Council is seeking submission for its national multimedia competition. The contest, "Change in Motion," challenges young adults to explore the role immigration plays in their everyday lives and communities through creative multimedia projects. Projects should focus on celebrating the diversity of the United States and explore the commonalities that bind our “nation of immigrants” together. Who is eligible? Young adults between the ages of 14-25 are eligible. Individual or group entries are permitted; however, there is a single cash prize for first, second and third places.
What do we mean by “multimedia?” Acceptable entries are videos, photo essays or slideshows. Presentations (video or photographic) should focus on the benefits of immigration. Entries are due by January 15, 2015.

MIT INSPIIRE: National High School Research Competition in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. The INSPIRE student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pleased to announce MIT INSPIRE, a new national research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, organized by MIT students exclusively for high school students. The first of its kind on a national scale, INSPIRE will enable students to showcase and present original research in one of thirteen fields, ranging from anthropology to music, economics, and philosophy. Expert judges will award prizes for the most outstanding work in each category. The first deadline, for abstract submission, is on January 7, 2015, and the final round of the competition will be held at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA from April 7-9, 2015.

9-19-14

Arts in Education Week: A Time to Validate the Importance of Hope. What’s hope go to do with it? When the “it” is the persistent achievement gaps for African American and Hispanic students, the answer is a lot. At two recent national forums on arts education, keynote speakers described how filling an arts opportunity gap nationally can instill the hope that gives students visions of possible pathways to college and careers and a brighter future. Learn more about the keynotes, the forums, and National Arts in Education Week.
 
AEP ArtsEd Digest - National Arts in Education Week Special Edition. More than 270 leaders representing 178 organizations and 30 states ushered in National Arts in Education week to explore key issues ranging from the role of the arts in closing the opportunity to gap (plenary session video here) to the Maker Movement’s impact on classrooms across the country. In case you were unable to attend, visit AEP's National Arts in Education Week page for National Forum highlights, information, resources, and ways to continue advancing a complete and competitive education that includes the arts for every student.

Life of Learning: American Education and the Arts. WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh's NPR news station, broadcasted "American Education and the Arts," a special edition of the Life of Learning series featuring AEP Director Sandra Ruppert, Sarah Tambucci of the Arts Education Collaborative, Carol Wolfe of Western PA Wolf Trap Gateway to the Arts, and Doug Herbert of the U.S. Department of Education. (90.5 WESA)

#StartTheArts with National PTA during National Arts in Education Week. From September 15-19, National PTA and PTA’s across the country participated in Start the Arts Week, the official PTA Reflections kick-off event, to raise awareness of the significance of arts education and encourage school community participation in the arts. AEP Director Sandra Ruppert wrote a blog post for the National PTA Start the Arts Week about what parents can do to include the arts in a child's education. Read it here.

KDKA-TV Feature Story on National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu at the AEP National Forum. The National Forum’s official television sponsor, KDKA-TV (the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh), aired this feature segment last week on NEA Chairman Jane Chu speaking on the importance of the arts in our country.

Share your Favorite Crayola Color for a Chance to Win! Be entered for a chance to win a 64 count box of your favorite crayon and a $100 gift card!

Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley to Keynote Opening of 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit. Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley will deliver keynote remarks at the opening of the exhibit of art works by winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, on Friday, Sept. 19, at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters building in Washington, D.C. (ED.gov)

9-17-14

Attention, Creative Teens: How to Become an Exhibited Artist or Published Author. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Are Accepting Submissions from Students in Grades 7–12 Who Aspire to Follow in the Footsteps of Stephen King, Andy Warhol and Lena Dunham and Gain Opportunities for Exhibition, Publication, Scholarships and More. The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest- running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for students in grades 7–12, is now open for submissions and invites all aspiring teen artists and writers to share their work. Over the past five years alone, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit presenter of the Awards, has received more than one million original works from public, private and homeschooled students. The program provides top-winning artistic and literary teens with exhibition and publication opportunities, as well as access to millions of dollars in scholarships, while continuing its legacy of identifying the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries. To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit www.artandwriting.org.

Crayola Creative Corner. Be creative while preparing for Back-to-School with some fun craft ideas.

Teaching Artist Development Track with Eric Booth. Ensuring that teaching artists are well prepared and supported is of core importance for any organization providing quality arts instruction. Participate in the Teaching Artist Development Track, facilitated by Eric Booth, at the 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education (Nov. 19 - 22, Los Angeles) to find out what efforts are underway, across the United States and around the globe, to energize and elevate the field of teaching artistry. During the course of the track, you'll also have the rare opportunity to roll up your sleeves and accomplish significant work to advance teaching artistry as a profession. Register for the conference by Sept. 30 for the best rates!

Mo. Art teacher brings in color and culture. Shawnee Mission South art teacher Jennifer Hudson knows that not every student who takes one of her classes is going to become the next Picasso. And that’s OK, because she’s looking at the bigger picture when it comes to her students. “I realize not all of my students will become artists, but if I can create citizens who are knowledgeable about art and appreciate art, that’s the more important goal,” Hudson said. (The Kansas City Star)

Ore. Volcano Race PDX will raise money for local arts education. Running a 10 or 5K has clear benefits – it's good for your physical health, mental health and can help create a tight-knit community. Many races like to offer an added benefit, challenging participants to run for cancer research, children's hospitals or veterans. This weekend's Volcano Race in Portland steps away from that playbook with a run that benefits a different kind of public good – art education. (The Oregonian)

Ky. Grants available for artist residencies in schools. Grants to bring professional artists into the classroom and help teachers continue to incorporate arts into the school curriculum are available in Kentucky. The Kentucky Arts Council's Teaching Art Together grant deadline is Oct. 1. The grants give teachers a chance to work with practicing artists during residencies lasting one to four weeks. (Kentucky.com)

The Art Institutes Tackle Higher Education Affordability with Art Grant Program. The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools across North America offering programs in design, fashion, media arts and culinary, today announced a new and innovative program to help reduce students' debt, encourage smart borrowing, and improve the affordability of higher education. The Art Grant gives students the opportunity to earn and apply grant money toward their tuition--rewarding them for successfully completing course credits and progressing toward graduation. (Providence Journal)

Tenn. TIDBITS: Arts education matters. There are a lot of needs, wants, "gotta haves" and "wouldn't it be nice" items for school systems to evaluate when planning their budgets. Most of the time, the available money doesn't cover all the needs, wants and "wouldn't it be nice" lists and choices have to be made. (Crossville Chronicle)

National arts leader tours Pittsburgh's Cultural District, urges arts in education. Speaking Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, Ms. Chu told the hundreds of attendees about her experiences growing up in Arkansas as the child of Chinese immigrants and how music helped her relate to Chinese and American cultures. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Which NCLB Waiver States May Delay Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations? More than a third of states with waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act say they want to take the U.S. Department of Education up on its recent offer to put off incorporating student test-scores into teacher evaluations until the end of this school year. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

CORE Districts' NCLB Waiver Extended, But Placed on "High Risk" Status. The U.S. Department of Education extended the CORE No Child Left Behind waiver—the nation's only district level waiver from the mandates of the NCLB law—for the 2014-15 school year. But the waiver, which covers seven California districts, has also been placed on high-risk status, according to a letter sent to the districts by Deb Delisle, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education Friday.

9-15-14

Meshing Common Core And Arts Standards. This school year, teachers are delving deeper into the Common Core standards and some are learning to blend them with revised national arts standards unveiled this summer. Last week, twenty teachers from around the state paired up with professional artists in workshops held in Baltimore in efforts to develop lesson plans that tie the Common Core and new national arts standards together.

Calif. The Value of Visual Arts Education. The inclusion of art education in our schools has diminished in the last ten years. Fortunately, the Forestville Education Foundation has received a matching-grant award from the California Arts Council to maintain a K-3rd art program for the 2014-2015 school year at Forestville School. For over 20 years, California Arts Council grants have been written by Deborah Padrick on behalf of the Foundation. Mrs. Padrick is Forestville School’s artist-in-residence, committed to maintaining arts education for the young artists of our community. You can reference art projects and curriculum at her website, www.deborahsilk.com. We are all appreciative of the support for the arts provided by the Forestville Education Foundation and the California Arts Council. (Sonoma County Gazette)

KRIS Wine is presenting the Art of Education program in partnership with Americans for the Arts, which awards 16 public schools in the United States a total of $25,000 in grants to improve and fuel quality arts education for their students and school community. How you can help: These lucky and deserving schools are chosen by none other than YOU! You can#GiveArt to your favorite school, by following the four easy steps: 1) Vote online at the KRIS Wine Art of Education page; 2) Share the Art of Education page with everyone – your family, friends, PTA, community, teachers, and more – and get them to vote!; 3) Vote everyday. You can vote once a day for your favorite school, every day, until October 31st, 2014; and 4) Use the hashtag #GiveArt to share pictures, stories, and videos of how you support arts education at your school!

Kansas: College and Career Workshop for High School Artists | Oct. 1, 6:30 pm
Contact: Sarah VanLanduyt, Executive Director: sarah@artsjoco.org
Arts Council of Johnson County, 15301 W. 87th St. Pkwy, Ste. B40, Lenexa, KS 66219; 913-894-2720
www.artsjoco.org

Missouri: State Board of Education Art Project. A wonderful opportunity is available for your students to display their artwork at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. People throughout the state will be able to share in the great job that you and your students are doing. Any art teacher in the public schools of Missouri may submit student artwork. Space has been donated in the State Board Room located in the Jefferson Building, 205 Jefferson Street in Jefferson City, MO. After one month in the State Board room, the artwork will be displayed for an additional month on the fifth floor of the Jefferson Building in the Office of College and Career Readiness. The work is also scanned and displayed in the virtual art gallery.

Self-Directed Learning and Technology. How can technology infused into the curriculum promote the development of skills and attitudes for lifelong, self-directed learning? In spite of the emphasis on the word “self”, Malcom Knowles (1975) suggested that self-directed learning often involved others – teacher, mentors and even friends as assistants in the learning process. Today in our digital society, with information doubling every 72 hours in an ongoing information explosion, that form of assistance may involve not only individuals that are close at hand, but individuals from around the globe.

Young Audiences 2014 Gala . The Young Audiences Arts for Learning national office is gearing up for this year's annual Gala honoring Robert E. Knowling on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Please join them for what promises to be a very special evening to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and support our mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

An Inspiring Experience: The Young Audiences Emerging Leadership Institute
. Learn more about the Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI), an exciting program that promotes leadership in the field of arts in education through a year-long professional development institute for YA emerging leaders. Now in its 4th year, ELI was piloted in 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been generously supported by American Express.

Arts Internships Offer Students a Path to College and Career Readiness. For some Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates, summer signifies the start of their summer internship programs. These programs go by different names depending upon the affiliate - “ArtWorks” at Arts for Learning Miami and The Center for Arts-inspired Learning in Cleveland, OH; “ArtsWork” at Community Programs in the Arts (COMPAS) in St.Paul, Minnesota; and “ArtsCorp” at Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania- but they have one important thing in common; they all strive to see young adults thrive and gain experience and life skills that will prepare them for college and beyond.

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2014 Fall Arts & Education Forum Registration Now Open - October 16-18. The Forum convenes educators, administrators, and practitioners who are passionate about increasing access to quality arts education in our schools, and provides an intimate venue for up to 50 participants to engage in interactive sessions and robust conversations around the following question: what is the purpose and practice of quality arts education? Facilitated by arts education experts including SCEA's nationally recognized team, the Forum provides opportunities for participants to network, brainstorm ideas, and develop practical strategies for strengthening arts rich curriculum and instruction in the communities they serve. Registration Deadline: October 10.

Connect with Arts in Education Leaders Across the Country - Nov. 19 -22, Los Angeles, CA. Join with colleagues from across the nation during the Arts in Education Track at this year's Conference for Community Arts Education. Discuss current issues and opportunities in arts in education, share advice and inspiration, and learn from top experts in the field. Regular registration and financial aid deadline is Sept. 30!

Brooklyn Museum launches initiative to provide visitors access to experts via mobile technology. The Brooklyn Museum will launch a three-year program enabling visitors to utilize their mobile devices to interact in real time with Museum experts. The initiative is designed to greatly enhance the visitor experience and allow the Museum to spot trends in visitor interest throughout its collections as part of the Bloomberg Connects program, which increases access to cultural institutions through technology. Testing of the mobile app will begin in the fall of 2014, with public engagement in the spring of 2015. In subsequent years, the initiative will integrate the mobile experience with wayfinding throughout the building using digital signage, the creation of conversational spaces, and rethinking the visitor’s entry experience at the Museum.

Fla. Arts in Education Week: Put the arts back in our schools. This is National Arts in Education Week — so here are three things you ought to know about arts education today in Florida’s high schools. Great news: Arts education has been proven to boost student performance across the board. The results are in — and they show that if you want successful students, you want the arts in the schools. Good news: More and more students in Florida are getting the benefit of arts education. Enrollment is up. Unfortunately, not enough students are currently enrolled in arts courses. In too many schools across the country, the arts are still being treated as an add-on. (The Miami Herald)

Florida Plein Air artists to participate in National Arts in Education Week. As part of Flagler County’s celebration of the National Arts in Education Week, Ocean Art Gallery will have three of its award-winning plein air artists provide demonstrations of their special artistic techniques in Flagler Beach. (The St. Augustine Record)

Can Children Deprived of Arts Education Still Grow Up to Be Innovators? How does a society breed innovators? Is it through rigorous curricula focused on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)? Is it exposure to art or the experiences associated with play? These are questions Justin Brady attempts to answer in his recent Washington Post column about innovation. And while Brady spends ample time defending STEM and praising the value of an education emphasising its tenets, he opines about one of its main weaknesses. (Big Think)

U.S. Workforce Policy Builds up ‘STEAM’ – Ann M. Galligan. This quarter’s article focuses on recent policies, initiatives, and partnerships to develop “STEM to STEAM” movements, in which the initial focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics  (STEM) moves toward the inclusion of the Arts as part of the educational core that now becomes STEAM. In particular, comparisons are made between implementation of such efforts in the states of Rhode Island and Oregon. (CultureWork, April 2014. Vol. 18, No. 2)

N.C. LISTEN: CoastLine: Kids, Arts, and Creativity -- Why Arts Education Goes Beyond Art for Art's Sake. How does art for art’s sake impact a child’s development – and is there a way to incorporate the arts as a vehicle for teaching other disciplines? There’s an abundance of research showing early immersion in the arts helps a child’s motor skills, creativity, and cognitive abilities.  And now new research from the John F. Kennedy Center’s Arts in Education Research Study out of Washington, D.C. demonstrates that arts integration – using an art form as a vehicle for teaching traditional academic subjects – leads to heightened student engagement, creativity, learning retention, and overall excitement about school. (91.3 HQR)

$10,000 in arts education grant money up for grabs for Lehigh County or New Jersey schools. Public, private and charter schools in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh and Montgomery counties, as well as schools in Philadelphia and throughout New Jersey, are eligible to apply. The grants come from Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania and Target and aim to offer relief for programs affected by budget cuts, according to a news release. (lehighvalleylive)

Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom. You don't need a class set of netbooks or iPads to integrate technology into your daily instruction. There are some fantastic, free iPhone apps that are perfect for teachers who are looking to change up their daily routine. These apps can make everyday tasks easier, simplify what you're already doing, and maybe just inspire others to make an investment in technology at your school. (eduptopia)

9-8-14

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Announces Arts Education Partnership with Think360 Arts. CCI announced they will partner with Think 360 Arts to provide high quality programs that serve educators and teaching artists, as well as provide direct arts experiences to K-12 students in Colorado public schools. As part of the partnership, Colorado Creative Industries will award Think 360 Arts $230,000 during the first year and a total of one million dollars over the four year period. Think 360 Arts is an affiliate of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.

SchoolArts Magazine - October Digital Issue is Here! Features: Students work collaboratively to create a crochet exhibition in “Loop by Loop”; Learning about local heritage and totem poles in “Spirited Animals”; A student-driven curriculum produces surprising results in “The Synectics Project”;  International Dot Day comes alive across many levels in “Make Your Mark”; Explore the work of Laylah Ali and Artes Guadalupanos de Aztlán in Looking and Learning; and DIGITAL-ONLY BONUS: A historic article written by Diego Rivera.

Get the stats on STEM vs. STEAM. STEM education is, by now, familiar to educators and parents across the country. Without STEM knowledge, students won’t be well-prepared to enter college and the workforce. But some are hoping that STEAM education, which includes the arts, will receive more support in classrooms. (eSchoolNews)
 
Opportunities from Artsonia
Classroom Mode for Student Submissions. The recently-enhanced "Classroom Mode" allows your students to submit their own artwork and artist statements using an iPad or computer browser at school. You still review and approve all the submissions before they "go live" on the website.
Roster Uploads. Let Artsonia help you build or update your student roster (including optional parent emails). Just send a spreadsheet of student information, which you can usually get from the front office or IT staff, and within 1-2 business days your roster will be ready to go!
Mobile App (iOS and Android). The app makes publishing student artworks to your school gallery faster and easier. A built-in image editor helps you upload the perfect photo of each artwork. You can also view and manage your roster or exhibits on the go.
Fall Art Drive / Giveaway. The Fall Art Drive is a great way to "kick-start" your Artsonia gallery for a new school year. They are raffling off $2,500 in total prizes for teachers who reach certain levels of participation.
Artist of the Week Contest. This weekly contest highlights new artwork from four different grade categories (PreK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) that encourages family, friends and other art appreciators to vote for their favorite piece. The winning school in each category wins a $100 giftcard and the winning artist receives a $50 giftcard towards art supplies at Blick Art Materials.

DC: An Artist Call. Any artist connected with National Art Education Association who you think might be interested in exhibiting for the Black History Month exibition is invited to submit their work to this artist call.  The show, "Light of the Ancestors" will run from Friday, February 13 through March 6, 2015.  The entry deadline is December 7, 2014. 

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for the District of Columbia and Tennessee. The Obama Administration announced today that the District of Columbia and Tennessee have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (ED.gov)

9-4-14

NEW! NAEA Advisory: Preparing Preservice Art Teachers to Work With Students With Special Needs by Kelly Gross, Northern Illinois University

Mass. Teachers try out program using arts for education. As 2,875 students head back to the Pentucket Regional School District this week, many of them will be introduced for the first time to a teaching method that uses the power of the arts to develop language and aesthetic literacies and to foster 21st-century skills. At a district-wide meeting held at the high school last week, Phillip Yenawine, co-founder of the education research organization Visual Understanding in Education, gave a talk on the usefulness of the arts in educating the whole student. (Newbury Port News)

Mass. STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum. While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts and humanities into the classroom. At Frontier Regional School, teachers have been meeting since last spring to learn new ways to support the arts and music in the curriculum. (The Recorder)

More teachers engage students with virtual field trips. In 2013, 25,000 teachers -- a 30% increase over the previous year -- joined Skype in the Classroom. The platform allows educators to bring virtual guest speakers into their classrooms and to take students on virtual field trips. Some educators say the technology offers opportunities for districts to find low-cost ways to engage students in lessons. (ABC News)

GIA Successfully Advocates Arts in USDOE Grant Program. Grantmakers in the Arts’ Arts Education Funders Coalition (AEFC) successfully advocated for the arts as part of the curricular approach in the Obama administration’s Preschool Development Grants. $250 million will be granted to states (and local providers) in a competitive process. Without AEFC’s efforts, the arts would not be included in this program, which specifically helps preschoolers living below the poverty level. Arts advocates should act quickly to determine if their state will make application and how the arts learning requirements will be presented within their state’s application. Deadline for transmitting applications: October 14, 2014.

Twelfth Cycle of Fellowship Program for Visual Artists Announced. The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, announces the twelfth cycle of the prestigious fellowship program for visual artists. The program provides unrestricted funds for artists to create new work or complete work in progress. Under the terms of the program, seven fellowships will be awarded in 2014: three for established artists ($15,000 each) and four for emerging artists ($5,000 each). The program is open to practicing artists residing in the four-county area comprised of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Where Do NCLB Waiver States Stand On Extensions? The news that Oklahoma lost its waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act stole the spotlight last week, but there was actually another—much smaller, but still key—development: Kansas became the very first state to shed the "high risk" status label. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

9-2-14

Get the stats on STEM vs. STEAM. Advocates say STEAM education–with an “a” for the arts–should trump STEM education STEM education is, by now, familiar to educators and parents across the country. Without STEM knowledge, students won't be well-prepared to enter college. (eSchool News)

Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards. The  Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards allow mid-career educators to be in residence and utilize the Smithsonian Libraries distinctive collections, focusing on science, history, culture and arts. The awards are open to middle & high school teachers, college teachers, and museum educators working on curriculum development or publications in print or electronic form. In 2015, recipients will be awarded a short-term residency at the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art.  They will be offered an opportunity to conduct research in the arts of Africa and related fields of African culture and history.  The Library offers excellent resources for developing curricula relating to Common Core, Core Arts Standards, and Advance Placement curricula. Applications should be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) by October 31, 2014. 

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Michigan, has an opening for an Indoor Education Manager. This position is responsible for the overall supervision of the 100+ docent corps as well as indoor activities related to tours (both guided and self-guided) for student and adult groups. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented with a demonstrated record of strong organizational and planning skills and will exhibit creativity and intellectual curiosity.

NAEA WEBINAR: Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards: Model Cornerstone Assessments – An Exploration of How the New Standards Support Authentic Assessment Strategies, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 7pm ET. The new standards provide models for assessment in the art classroom that can be adapted to instructional units and tailored to local teaching and learning settings. Learn how assessment can be authentically assessed “along the way” blending the four artistic processes of creating, presenting, responding, and connecting. Gain an understanding of how formative assessment techniques in the art classroom can support 21st Century Skills and demonstrate parallels to the Common Core State Standards through this interactive webinar. NAEA Members: FREE; Non-Members: $49

SAVE THE DATE! New Visual Arts Standards Interactive Virtual Learning Conference | September 27 & 28, 2014
. Join visual arts education colleagues from across the US. and the globe for this interactive, virtual NAEA professional learning opportunity, hosted at the Phillips Collection! Learn straight from the source—members of the Visual Arts Writing and Assessment Teams—about the New Visual Arts Standards and the dynamic Web-based Standards Environment that you can customize for use in planning for your classroom. Engage in an in-depth look at the Philosophical Foundations, Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings, and Essential Questions used to guide curriculum design and assessment. Log on prepared to ask questions, share your insight, and be inspired! NAEA Members: $89; Non-Members: $129

A National Spotlight for Arts Education - Arts in Education Week: September 14-20, 2014. In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California. The resolution states: [...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

AUGUST 

8-29-14

NAEA Research Commission Interactive Café. In early 2014 the Research Commission launched the Interactive Café- a home for all art educators to connect around research. The Interactive Café supports user-generated blogs, chats, image and video posts, and much, much more. The Research Commission invites all members to enter and creatively use the Café in ways that support conversations about research. Additionally, the Research Commission will be hosting a series of free, online events for NAEA members. Beginning in the fall, events include weeklong chats and blogs about important research topics and their application across contexts. Currently, Fellows, members of the Women’s Caucus, and participants in the Data Visualization Working Group will be hosting chat events relative to various research issues. October 19th through October 26th | Event Host:Karen Keifer-Boyd. As a NAEA Fellow, Dr. Keifer-Boyd will host a chat event this week. Stay tuned for more! Should any NAEA member wish to host a web event around a research topic, we invite you to begin a chat or blog at anytime!

National Visual Arts Standards Posters available for purchase in the online store! Access the new National Visual Arts Standards anytime with this 24" x 36” full-color poster featuring the Artistic Processes, Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, and PreK-Advanced High School Performance Standards, developed by the National Visual Arts Standards Writing and Assessment Teams as part of the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards (NCCAS). Available for $1.00 each OR in a bundle of 10 for $9.00. Standard shipping rates apply.

ART21 News - August 28, 2014. 3In this issue: Previews of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7; New Exclusive Video Featuring Kara Walker; Carrie Mae Weems and ART21 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Upcoming ART21 Education Events; Access '14 Screenings in Your Community; and Highlights from the ART21 Magazine.

Art Teachers: Your students are invited to participate in an ART exhibit at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site from November 1 - December 31 - 54 spots left. Students of all ages from across our nation will be participating. Exhibit theme: Personal Connections to Freedom and Equality. Teachers will receive a packet full of interesting information about Brown v. Board of Education and cool NASA information. We would like to thank both of these organizations for supporting our vision of building bridges between subjects with an emphases on the arts. All participates will receive a digital booklet of lesson plan ideas submitted as part of this exhibit in February. Artworks will not be returned, instead they will be placed on exhibit at additional venues in the coming years and included in the Dream Rocket Project.

Ill. Please Join Us for a Launch Party to Celebrate After School Matters Annual Request for Proposals (RFP). Beginning October 1st, After School Matters will be seeking new independent instructors and community organizations interested in providing after-school and summer programs during the 2015-2016 program year. These paid program providers will mentor and share their expertise with Chicago high school teens by delivering a wide range of program opportunities across the city in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology. Bring a friend and join us to learn more about programs, network with staff and current instructors, and enjoy performances and final products displayed by some of Chicago's most talented teens! RSVP today!

LegacyQuest 2015 Call for Entries. AntiquityNOW (AN) and Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI) announce a call for entries for the 2015 LegacyQuest International Children’s Film and Video Festival. Held in conjunction with The Archaeology Channel’s (TAC) International Film and Video Festival, May 15-19, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon, the LegacyQuest festival invites young learners to explore how the ancient past influences their lives today through visual storytelling. The competition is open to students between the ages of 12 and 15 (6th – 8th grades) in the United States and abroad. To be eligible for consideration, films must be five minutes in length, produced in 2014 or 2015 and focus on subject matter related to antiquity’s legacy. Letters of Intent (in English) with a description of the video or film are due December 12, 2014. Final submissions are due February 27, 2015. 

Artists not alone in steep climb to the top. The rise of nonprofit law firms provides an interesting comparison to the arts. What would happen if arts schools now examined the law school model of running spaces where alumni gain experience, earn income, and provide a service to the community? Would this model temper dreams of art world superstardom and promote a more sustainable career path? Would it also provide a means of lowering education costs for artists, an issue the arts sector has debated heavily as more and more artists enroll in MFA programs, some with tuitions of nearly $100,000? (Createquity Reruns)

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Indiana and Kansas. The Obama Administration announced today that Indiana and Kansas have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (ED.gov)

8-27-14

Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to Host Town Hall on the Value of Arts in Education in Concord, California. Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH), will host a town hall, titled “The Value of Arts Education: A Conversation with Students and Parents,” at 10:45 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Meadow Homes Elementary School in Concord, California.

STEAM concept gains traction in some schools (Science tube). Lessons involving STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- are catching on nationwide, including in schools in Florida, Ohio and Texas. The concept also has drawn support from businesses and government. Still, some say the effects of STEAM on student achievement remains unclear. (StateImpact/Ohio)

Arts Integration Teaching Method Leads to Higher Student Engagement, Creativity, New Research Finds
. Teaching subjects like math and science through a process called arts integration could be an important new trend in public education. Recently-published research from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts seems to show that this method results in higher levels of engagement with kids. While they might sound alike, arts integration and arts education are not synonymous.  Arts education involves a focus on the art form itself -- music, theater, or visual art for its own sake. (WHQR)

The ART of DUCK TAPE Teacher Sweepstakes! Calling all grades 3–12 art teachers! Complete the entry form for a chance to win hundreds of dollars’ worth of Duck Tape® products for your classroom. Prizes Include: One Grand Prize: 600 assorted Duck Tape® rolls and sheets; Three First Prizes: 60 assorted Duck Tape® rolls and sheets; and Seven Second Prizes: 10 assorted Duck Tape® rolls and sheets. All winners also receive a Duck Tape® craft book! All entries must be received by October 11, 2014. Visit The Art of Duck Tape® for lesson plans, national standards, a classroom poster, and more.

Be the Next Duck Tape Designer! Win $5K and a chance to have YOUR design printed on rolls of DUCK TAPE. Deadline: September 16, 2014. Enter Now! 

8-25-14

The Arts and the Common Core: A Comparison of the National Core Arts Standards and the Common Core State Standards. This new College Board report explores connections between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards. This second phase of research identifies the similarities in processes and habits that are the focus and outcome of both sets of standards.

AEP Director Sandra Ruppert Joins Live Roundtable Discussion on Arts Education. On Tuesday, August 26 at 4pm Eastern, The Daily Lounge, an interactive news, culture and entertainment source, is hosting a live roundtable discussion on the significance that the arts play in one’s education and why they matter in today's schools. AEP Director Sandra Ruppert will participate as a panelist alongside Kristen Engebretsen, Education Program Coordinator at Americans for the Arts, and Melissa Edwards, teacher and blogger.

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Announces Program to Strengthen Arts Education through State Policy. AFTA has announced that ten state teams will join a three-year pilot program to strengthen arts education by advancing state policy. AFTA will support each state team with customized coaching and technical assistance and each team will receive a direct grant of $10,000 each year to support identified goals.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts & Human Development Task Force August 2014 Webinar. How do in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, or social outcomes? Join researchers from the Kennedy Center and Johns Hopkins University as they share their investigation of these topics on the latest webinar from the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. The webinar will be Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

VSA Artist Opportunities. The VSA and Accessibility Office at the Kennedy Center has issued their quarterly offering of calls for art, professional development opportunities, and exciting upcoming events for visual and performing artists with and without disabilities.

Calif.: TCAP and CDE National Core Arts Standards Correlation Project. Teams of arts educators are correlating the new National Core Arts Standards with the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.

Cindy Sherman’s Wigs. These 156 wigs were shot in the artist’s New York City studio. See them all in 24 seconds in this stop-motion video. (The New York Times)

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Ohio and Michigan. The Obama administration announced today that Ohio and Michigan have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (ED.gov)

8-22-14

The National Art Education Foundation is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2015 Grant Program. The project year for these proposals is July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2014. Please refer to the guidelines to learn about the NAEF Grants Program. Eligibility information appears on page 3. Please go to this link to access the NAEA Research Agenda referenced in the NAEF Grant Guidelines.

8/27 Webinar Will Explore Arts Education’s Impacts. How do in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, or social outcomes? That is the central question for an August 27th webinar by the National Endowment for the Arts that will feature researchers from the Kennedy Center and Johns Hopkins University. Click on link to learn more and register for the webinar. (ED.gov)

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills. These early works may be good for more than decorating your refrigerator and cubicle, researchers say. There appears to be an association, though a modest one, between how a child draws at 4 and her thinking skills at 14, according to a published in the journal Psychological Science. The findings don't mean parents should worry if their little ones aren't producing masterpieces early on. But the study suggests that intellectual and artistic skills may be related to each other in a way that reveals something about the influence of our genes. (NPR)

7 vital tips for the first day of school. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. — Will Rogers. That quote might not be accurate, but it won't hurt to plan for the first day of school and to let the students know you’re prepared. To make this happen, follow these seven steps to get the most of this first impression. (Education Week)

The Five Habits of Creative Teachers. Ken Robinson’s renowned TED talk, “How Schools Kill Creativity,” has had 27 million views. To date, it is the most-watched TED talk of all time. Clearly, the idea behind it resonates with many. But despite growing interest in creativity and its application in classrooms, solutions for harnessing creativity have been scarce. Last fall, the University of Pennsylvania offered a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) on Creativity, Innovation, and Change. Over 125,000 students from across the globe signed up. (Education Week)

Celebrate Learning the ARTS with PTA Start the Arts Week Week. Monday, September 15, kicks off National Arts in Education Week and National PTA's "Start the Arts" Week (September 15-19). During this week, National PTA encourages schools, families and PTAs to #StartTheArts with arts-themed activities at school and at home, helping to encourage student participation in the arts. Looking for a way to celebrate? Try one (or all!) of the following arts activities are based on the 2014-2015 Reflections program theme “The World Would Be a Better Place If…” Friday – Photography & Visual Arts. Sample Idea: Have students make a “passport” using tag board with their own image of the theme without words. Students may use any photo/visual arts medium. Have students post their “passport” on a designated wall that promotes the theme: The world would be a better place if… in large letters. Consider giveaways related to photography and visual arts/promote the program theme.]

National Arts and Humanities Month. How will you celebrate this October? No matter who you are or where you live, there are MANY ways you can celebrate the arts this October! The arts are a part of our lives each and every day, but we take the whole month of October to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts & Humanities Month - the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation! National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. Want to join in the celebration? Great! You can find a National Arts & Humanities Month event in your local area, or you can create an event and invite others to attend.

Texas. Call for Entries: 2014-15 Bastrop Downtown Sculpture Project, Bastrop Art in Public Places. The Bastrop Downtown Sculpture Project is an outdoor visual arts exhibition put in place annually. This highly visible and accessible exhibit will serve as an art destination for the residents of Bastrop County and Central Texas, as well as, visitors to the area. Sculptures submitted are selected through the juried process and will be installed throughout the historic downtown Bastrop corridor for one full year. The sculptures will vary in theme, construction and materials and may be on sale while on loan.

Spotlight: NCLB waivers 3 years later. This article explores waivers for parts of No Child Left Behind three years after their implementation. Proponents say the federal waivers helped create more flexibility for states. Some critics, however, contend the waivers have resulted in a "messy" situation, with states rolling out new standards, teacher evaluations and assessments all at the same time. (Education Week)

Deb Delisle on the Promise and Pitfalls of NCLB Waivers (Education Week/Politics K-12)

NCLB Waivers: A State-by-State Breakdown (Education Week)

Sheen Fades as NCLB Waivers Near Three-Year Mark (Education Week)

NCLB Waivers: The Twists, Turns, and Terms to Know (Education Week)

8-20-14

Museum of Art goes back to school - Art-education conference to debut at Fort Lauderdale museum in 2015. Call it a TED talk for fine-art buffs. That's the description Bonnie Clearwater, director of the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, is giving to her new series of art-education conferences debuting next spring at the downtown museum and its neighbor, the NSU AutoNation Academy of Art and Design. Dubbed "The Art of Teaching Art," the conference is the museum's long-promised shakeup and expansion into arts education, in the works since the hiring of Clearwater in September 2013. Clearwater will tap local and international museum curators, art historians, professional artists and art teachers to visit and speak on the impact that fine-art teaching has on triggering creativity, even in nonartists. (southflorida.com)

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative hosts New England Summit on Arts Education. The Maine DOE joined over 90 educators, teaching artists, and interdisciplinary teams at the New England Summit on Arts Education, July 29-August 1, at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. This three day professional training opportunity was coordinated by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) and provided participants with a collaborative approach to explore methods of teaching, learning, and assessment in arts education. (Maine DOE Newsroom)

Arts in N.J. public education 2014: An integral part of student life. Arts education advocates always seem to live in fear that, especially in times of tight budgets, the first areas slashed will be anything arts-related. The past several years have been difficult ones for school budgets. The Christie administration and the state Legislature, in an attempt to tamp down property tax increases, have allowed school districts little wiggle room, even with local voters’ approval. (NJ.com)

Fla. Teaching art helps children succeed. Today, Florida’s public schools are working harder than ever with fewer resources to inspire students to succeed. Often one of the first areas to be impacted by reduced budgets is arts education, which encourages students to think critically, plan creatively, exercise their attention, their discussion skills and their collective understanding of cooperating and participating fully. (Miami Herald)

Canada: Breeding creativity in art education. In an environment where young people are bombarded by stimulus, the art world is one that can challenge youth while providing opportunities to explore a world full of ideas beyond their own. The art programming directed at youth has changed over the years in an effort to maintain relevance and provide a connection for young people. Karly Garnier, educator and program co-ordinator at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum (EAGM), noted they have changed in order to meet the varying needs of both children and adults and keep creative juices and new ideas flowing. (Estevan Mercury)

Ohio. GCAAE Launches Arts Education Online Directory. Looking for a creative and engaging arts adventure for your children or students? The Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (GCAAE), working with the Strive Partnership and KnowledgeWorks, has developed an online directory of arts education programs offered by Greater Cincinnati arts organizations and artists - "One Stop Arts Shop" at www.cincyartsalliance.org. The online directory includes: One-stop online shopping for parents and teachers looking for arts education programs, resources, and opportunities in Greater Cincinnati; Information right at your fingertips about the many arts programs for children, adults, and families; Searchable database to help you find the right arts education program for your needs; Search by art form, subject area, grade level, location, type of program, and more; and Contact information of organizations and artists to help you plan your arts experiences. (Broadway World)

Ct. New State Grants for Art Education. The Connecticut State Department of Education has announced a new grant program that aims to strengthen the arts in education. In partnership with the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and the Connecticut Arts Council, the SDE will provide mini-grants of up to $50,000 to schools across the state, according to a news release issued Tuesday. Schools can use the money toward art supplies, professional development, partnerships with local artists and stipends for teachers. (NBC)

Top ed-tech stories to watch: Maker movement makes waves. “We touch on a little bit of design thinking, entrepreneurship, problem solving,” said instructor Venu Menon. “And then we … give students a lot of leeway to be able to use [technology] to create a project.” (eSchool News)

U.K. 'All Schools should be arts schools!' : The new movie Art Party and the fightback against the government's attack on the creative arts (The Independent)

8-18-14

NEA invites researchers to discuss arts education and creativity. Live, Public Webinar on Wednesday, August 27, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. How do in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, or social outcomes? Join researchers from the Kennedy Center and Johns Hopkins University as they share their investigation of these topics on the latest webinar from the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. Ivonne Chand O'Neal, director of research and evaluation at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will share her study on the Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program on Washington DC-area public school students, their parents, and teachers. Mariale Hardiman, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and former principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, will discuss her work at the intersection of cognitive research and effective teaching strategies.   

24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community. October 1-4, 2014 | New Orleans, LA. The International Sculpture Center returns ten years later to the culturally vibrant city of New Orleans for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community from October 1-4, 2014. This conference will feature panel discussions, keynote speakers Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn, ARTSlams, optional tours, networking events, and workshops, and will explore how sculpture and the arts can rejuvenate communities and economies. Registration is open now, and includes admission to all panels, keynote speakers, opening reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, gallery hop at the Art for Arts’ Sake street party, the littleSCULPTURE show, Friday Nights at NOMA, ARTSlams, and networking events, among other activities. Registrants may also register for optional fee-based tours and workshops. The 24th International Sculpture Conference is hosted in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, New Orleans Arts District, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, and Sculpture for New Orleans.

The Future of Leadership. We hear a lot of talk about the coming leadership transition in the arts. Baby Boomers are nearing retirement age, and Gen X’ers and Millennials are itching to take on increased responsibility. It’s important both for the good of the arts as a whole and for the individuals involved to make sure that, when the time comes, the people getting behind the wheel will have had some experience riding shotgun first. Hence our conversations have frequently centered on professional development, training, networking, and mentorship as strategies to better prepare our young(er) drivers. 9Createquity Reruns)

Museums See Different Virtues in Virtual Worlds. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum — both ambitious cosmopolitan art institutions — have taken diverging paths on the Internet. (The New York Times)

Calif. districts commit to design-thinking model. Two California districts are opening new schools dedicated to design thinking -- a six-step process to offer a common language for problem-solving. For example, students will be asked to focus on empathy in their designs to help make students' projects more meaningful. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Ga. Byas: The arts — essential or not essential? Almost 300 concerned citizens will soon converge on Macon to convene a conference that will be laser-focused on art education. This assemblage is held twice a year in various towns around the state and most of the attendees are members of the Georgia Art Educators Association (GAEA). (The Telegraph)

Can Kickstarter save arts education? Nearly one in 10 U.S. secondary schools has no music program. Eleven percent don’t teach art. More than half have cut theater. Nine in 10 have cut dance. Despite overwhelming evidence that arts education correlates with higher graduation rates, better college performance and future success in the workplace, shrinking school budgets and strict curriculum standards keep restricting the time that teenage students spend exploring their creative sides. (The Washington Post)

Win a Crayola #BackWithTheBest Prize Pack! Enter for a chance to win a Crayola filled back pack each day. Enter Now!

Art, Inc.: A Field Guide to the Psychology and Practicalities of Becoming a Successful Artist. "Art is a form of consciousness," Susan Sontag wrote in her diary. But for many working artists, who straddle the balance between creativity and commerce, art swells into a form of uncomfortable self-consciousness – something compounded by a culture that continually pits the two as a tradeoff. Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod captured this perfectly in proclaiming that "art suffers the moment other people start paying for it." Such sentiments, argues artist Lisa Congdon in Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist (public library), are among the most toxic myths we subscribe to as a culture and reflect a mentality immeasurably limiting for creative people. (brainpickings)

Art Institute of Chicago launches online scholarly catalogues including new research and hi-res images. The Art Institute of Chicago announced the publication of its first online scholarly catalogues, Monet: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago and Renoir: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. The catalogues, which can be viewed at Monet and Renoir: Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, feature 47 works by Claude Monet and 25 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all drawn from the permanent collection of the Art Institute. (artdaily.org)

Sheen Fades as NCLB Waivers Near Three-Year Mark. States still relish flexibility on portions of the outdated law, but critics grumble about a thicket of federal conditions and second-guessing. (Education Week)

NCLB Waivers: The Twists, Turns, and Terms to Know NCLB Waivers: The Twists, Turns, and Terms to Know. Federal waivers from key mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act have undergone numerous changes. This interactive timeline tracks those twists and turns and includes a glossary of key terms.
(Education Week)

8-15-14

Call For Papers: Arts Education Policy Review. Call for Submissions for Special Focus Issue of Arts Education Policy Review: Policy and Community Arts Programs. AEPR seeks articles addressing or related to any of the following topics:
• Analysis of policy in relation to teaching and learning of dance, music, theater and visual arts in community settings
• Policy and teacher preparation in relation to community arts programs
• Descriptions of innovative community arts programs that lead to policy reform.
SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

Call for Editorial Board Members Arts Education Policy Review. Arts Education Policy Review, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, is accepting applications for four editorial board positions – one reviewer each in the areas of Dance, Music, Theater and Visual arts. Arts Education Policy Review presents discussion of major policy issues in arts education in the United States and throughout the world. Addressing education in music, visual arts, theatre, and dance, the journal presents a variety of views and emphasizes critical analysis. Its goal is to produce the most comprehensive and rigorous exchange of ideas available on arts education policy. Policy examinations from multiple viewpoints are a valuable resource not only for arts educators, but also for administrators, policy analysts, advocacy groups, parents, and audiences - all those involved in the arts and concerned about their role in education. APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and current CV that highlights policy presentations and publications by October, 1, 2014 to: Colleen Conway, Editor-in-Chief at conwaycm@umich.edu. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by November 15, 2014 and the review board term begins in January of 2015.

Calif. middle school embraces STEAM curriculum. A California middle school is transitioning to a curriculum that blends technology and inquiry-based learning into a science, technology, engineering, arts and math program. When implementing the program with sixth-graders during past school year, educators noted more engagement among students as they took what they learned and applied it to solving problems or completing creative projects. (New Times)

Young Audiences Affiliate Opens Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts. On Monday, July 28, The Center for Arts Inspired Learning opened their first school, the Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts (CHSDA). CHSDA has a standard curriculum that integrates the digital arts into the core subjects. Students will be expected to create videogames, film movies, and record digital sound projects both collaboratively and independently each term. The school welcomed 116 9th graders and they will continue to add a new freshman class each year until it becomes a four-year school. This is the YA network's second school, the first, a charter elementary school in New Orleans, opened last August.

Blick 2014 Car Giveaway Sweepstakes. In addition to impressive deals, Blick will also host its annual Blick Art Materials Car Sweepstakes during the back-to-school promotions period. With the Blick Car Sweepstakes, two lucky winners, one student and one additional winner will be selected to win a 2014 Scion iQ. The student winner will also receive a $5,000 donation to their current school. The campaign seeks to build awareness among college art students and art communities across the nation. Blick customers can enter for two chances to win either in-store or online at www.blicksweeps.com. Winners will be announced in February 2015.

Don’t Dismiss the Humanities. The humanities aren’t obscure, arcane or irrelevant. They awaken our souls, influence how we think about inequality, and help us adapt to a changing world. What use could the humanities be in a digital age? University students focusing on the humanities may end up, at least in their parents’ nightmares, as dog-walkers for those majoring in computer science. But, for me, the humanities are not only relevant but also give us a toolbox to think seriously about ourselves and the world. (The New York Times)

Slim Hope for ESEA Reauthorization, Say Education 'Insiders' (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Requests for Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin. The Obama administration announced today that five states—Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin—have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (ED.gov)

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The Da Vinci Initiative Announces $15,000 in Scholarships for Art Teachers. The Da Vinci Initiative is a newly founded non-profit organization seeking to provide high quality, skill-based, professional development to certified art teachers. The DVI is proud to announce $15,000 in scholarship funds on a first come first serve basis to attend DVI courses. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only align with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work.

Head to Blick for Unbeatable Savings on Art Supplies -- Canvases, Brushes, Paints & More -- This Back-to-School Season. Blick Art Materials, the nation's largest provider of art supplies, is kicking off the 2014 back-to-school season with in-store savings on the most sought out products for student artists and art educators, including canvases, brushes and paints. Blick's back-to-school deals and discounts make shopping easier for everyone by delivering the best prices and unbeatable value before school starts this fall. The savings began August 7 and will continue through October 5.

Technology In Art Education Is Opportunity For VARs. Technology can be applied to artistic pursuits — Photoshop, music recording, video editing — and Tech Page One reports that technology is pushing art education forward via the “cyber arts.” This means that traditional art forms such as painting, drawing, and sculpture are no longer the only ways students express themselves creatively in school. With the growing pressure to balance budgets in light of growing costs, art programs in schools are usually the first to be cut in times of budgetary constraints.  But new technological innovations have presented creative students with opportunities — and these same innovations are also presenting opportunities for VARs to capitalize on the new trend. (Business Solutions)

Developing the Whole Child: The Vital Role of Art and Music Education. In our current technological age, it is easy to neglect the arts as an important part of children’s education. By arts, I mean a wide range of creative endeavors, including painting, drawing, sculpture, dance, drama, literature, and music. With the economic downturn and the state’s attention focused on preparing students for standardized tests, arts education, especially in the elementary schools, has suffered. (Davis Vanguard)

N.C. Bechtler awarded grants to promote arts education in CMS. If the Arts & Science Council can no longer bring Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students to the museums, the museums will take the art to them. That’s what the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art plans to do. The Women’s Impact Fund awarded the Bechtler a $54,600 grant to be used over two years to expand its education and community outreach programs – including the Artists in Schools program, a program for incarcerated youth and adults and a new program for people with limited vision. And on Aug. 8, the Bechtler received a $9,000 grant from the N.C. Arts Council for the Artists in Schools program. (Charlotte Observer)

During the month of August, ArtMuseumTeaching.com is taking a close look at the newly published book Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today (Rowman & Littlefield 2014). Edited by Joni Boyd Acuff and Laura Evans, the book’s chapters and case studies address critical issues facing museums today such as cultural misrepresentation in the museum, inequality as it relates to resources, and the exclusion of certain voices in the museum. Acuff and Evans kicked off the series of posts last week with “Canopies for Multiculturalism: (Re)Turning to the Visitor” which provides an excellent framing of the book, its importance, and its context. Online Book Club Discussion – August 20th, starting at 3pm PT / 6pm ET. Join the ArtMuseumTeaching.com community along with several authors of Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today for a live discussion via Google+ Hangout on Air.

Mo. MCA, MAAE & MAC support Fine Arts Director. Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and Missouri Citizens for the Arts advocated for the Fine Arts Director position at the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to be filled.  Through the leadership of Ben Martin at MAAE, and interested parties at DESE and MAC, funding has been allocated to hire a new director. The job description and application form is on DESE's website. The deadline to apply is August 29, 2014.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts seeks nominations for the 2015 Governor's Awards for the Arts. Nominations are now open for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in the following categories: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Native Arts. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior Award recipients. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 1, 2014.

Delaware. Not-so-Old Masters. In an art conservation lab at the University of Delaware last week, they were painting like it was 1399. Hard at work was a select group of art educators, curators and scholars from throughout the United States who took part in an intensive, weeklong workshop sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and organized and taught by UD’s Department of Art Conservation. (UDaily)

Calif. Arts + Prison: Transforming Lives Behind Bars through the Arts. The head of rehabilitation programs for the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called the CA Arts Council with a proposal: help coordinate an 18-month, $2.5 million Arts-in-Corrections pilot program in CA state prisons. CDCR would provide the funding, and the Arts Council would provide the know-how and coordination. By June the first phase of the program was launched. The Arts Council contracted seven arts organizations with dozens of artists scheduled to provide more than 10,000 hours of arts programming in 14 state prisons in the first year, and even more planned for the following year.

Wis. Potential grant could bring learning through the arts. At a recent school board meeting, UW-Stout art education program manager Tammy Weiss told the school board at a recent meeting that they may receive a grant to have student teachers work with career teachers to spearhead art integration in elementary schools. Artists would come into the classroom and integrate the arts into curriculum. All types of arts such as music, visual, theater and circus can be used to improve education, she noted.

N.J. Elizabethtown Gas awards $5,000 education grant to UCPAC in Rahway. Elizabethtown Gas has awarded a $5,000 AGL Resources Private Foundation educational grant to support the Union County Performing Arts Center’s new Rahway Digital Arts Academy. The Rahway Digital Arts Academy is an education program designed to teach middle and high school students in Rahway and Union County a curriculum of audio, video and web production skills to document and disseminate topical news stories with real-world social impact. (nj.com)

Ohio. Springfield arts groups receive state grants. Four Springfield arts organizations have received state financial grants totaling nearly $110,000. The Ohio Arts Council awarded sustainability grants of $31,499 to the Springfield Arts Council, $19,046 to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, $16,480 to the Westcott House Foundation and $12,998 to the Springfield Museum of Art. The grants are designed to support non-profit community arts programs throughout the state. (Springfield News Sun)

Republican Lawmakers Ask GAO to Probe NCLB Waivers (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Announcing the launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers! By conducting educational research abroad for 3-6 months, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives. Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, and more. Application deadline: November 5, 2014. Eligibility Requirements | Application Info. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Md. Howard Community College invites you to participate in this fall's 2014 Art & Media Internship Fair sponsored by Counseling and Career Services. The internship fair is part of the career information programing during which a panel of business professionals share career information with students. The internship fair segment will allow you to speak directly with students about art and media (to include graphics design, mass communications, television, radio, and others) internship opportunities at your organization. The program agenda is as follows: Art & Media - Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Internship Fair: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Panel Discussion: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. To reserve a free internship table, please contact the HCC's Co-op/Internship Program Manager at shawes@howardcc.edu.

Looking Beyond Our Borders for National Arts Education Policies. Common perception among arts educators in the United States is that the arts are “edged out” of the curriculum because schools value them less than math and reading. Schools value the arts less than math and reading because math and reading are on state tests; in turn, math and reading are on the state tests because schools are required to show growth in these areas under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). If only those federal policies around arts education were different, we often say, things would be better. (Createquity Reruns)

Calif. City of Carlsbad now accepting entries for 2015 art exhibits. Now through Sept. 30, 2014, the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office is accepting applications for art exhibits to be displayed in 2015. Selected exhibits will run for six weeks as small-scale displays on walls or in cases at the Carlsbad City Library

Special Edition - National Gallery of Art Newsletter. "Art Everywhere US" Takes Over Times Square; Find Locations Near You;  National Gallery of Art Takes the Lead; Magnolias Bloom in the Desert; Selfie Contest and Augmented Reality with Blippar; and Visiting the Nation’s Capital.

Utah Board Votes to Seek NCLB Waiver Extension (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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Employment Opportunity: Education Consultant, State of Connecticut, Department of Education Academic Office, Division of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction. The CSDE is engaged in an ambitious set of strategies to fulfill its goal that Connecticut students set a national standard for academic achievement and reduction in achievement gaps. The Academic Office leads the Department’s work to improve instruction through support of local education agencies and schools’ implementation of standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessments aligned to college- and career readiness. Applicants for this position should be passionate about helping all students achieve at high levels and closing achievement gaps, as well as opportunity gaps related to high quality arts programming. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED MATERIALS IS AUGUST 15.

Common Core Embraces Broad Definition of the Arts. The Common Core, also known as the "State Standards Initiative," is one of the more intriguing methods to spark new ways of teaching. It is now being adopted across the country, with a little pushback from just a few states leery of anything "national," and offers unique opportunities to purse new methods of using the arts as the vehicle for transforming the curriculum. (The Huffington Post)

Survey Shows Most Candidates for Governor & Legislature Would Support Arts Education. The majority of candidates for Arizona Governor responding to a survey relating to arts, culture and arts education favor additional support for arts and culture activities in the state. Most legislative candidates responding to the same survey would gradually restore pre-recession funding for the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA), and expressed support for arts education in Arizona's K-12 schools. (Broadway World)

Minn. How do you quantify arts education? Arts education historically has been underfunded and valued, particularly in the 13 years since No Child Left Behind, where testing of reading and math have drawn focus away from other subjects. Perhaps as a way to combat the trend, arts educators have come up with their own assessment models and ways of measuring the value of arts education through various means. The Perpich Center for Arts Education (PCAE) has been leading this charge, particularly in the realm of arts integration, where academic achievement is bolstered by art-making. For example, visual arts might be used as a way to understand geometry, or dance might be used as a way to understand molecular biology. (Twin Cities Daily Planet)

Is De-Skilling Killing Your Arts Education? Over the years my representational painting colleagues have expressed many similar stories, some funny in retrospect, coming as they do from the lucky few who successfully survived the vicissitudes of our academic art institutions. My experience was by no means an isolated incident for me. Other professors in other institutions purposely scribbled crude 'corrections' over carefully drawn works, daily held my work up to ridicule because of its style, or browbeat any opinion that tried to breach their academic dogma. I was a stubborn young cuss and held my ground. I often heard from fellow students, "I want to draw like you, but I don't dare!" (The Huffington Post)

[Createquity]. MOOCs and the Future of Arts Education. MOOCs are extremely young, and for all their hype, may flame out as quickly as they rose to prominence. We are prone to misreading the impact technology will have on our lives. When televisions first became ubiquitous in American households, those in the Instructional TV movement opined that televisions (or Big Bird?) might replace teachers. They were, obviously, wrong. Even if they are a passing fad, though, MOOCs can still teach us something about the pedagogical benefits and pitfalls of online learning, and about cracks in the economics of public education. Many arts educators cite “21st-century skills” and the demands of our “increasingly connected world” as an argument for teaching dance, drama, visual art and music in classrooms. As we consider the implications of increased connectivity for our students, we should take care to do the same for ourselves. (Createquity)

ART21 Education News: ART21 Education on the Future, Upcoming Events, and More. For this edition of the ART21 Education Newsletter ART21 mined the archive, searching for different points of entry into the current ART21 Magazine theme--"Future"--gathering videos, glossary terms, and classroom ideas. This fall, ART21 has some exciting educational events taking place. Find out what's coming up and how you can participate. How are ART21 artists envisioning and preparing for uncertain futures? A video playlist on the future. What is the meaning of utopia? Looking back at a key word from the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 Educators' Guide. How are ART21 educators approaching the future? A third-grade class in upstate New York responds to ecological concerns. What does the future hold for ART21 Education? Save the dates for a few public events taking place in the fall and spring.

JCPenney Shoppers Encouraged to Support Arts in Education in August. JCPenney believes that supporting arts in education is extremely important in building strong, confident and inspired students. Throughout the month of August, JCPenney shoppers can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to support arts in education. Contributions will be donated to JCPenney Cares to help fund national and local arts education programs through partnerships such as Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the nation’s largest arts-in-education organization. (Young Audiences Arts for Learning)

Ohio. Lorain City Schools teachers learn to infuse art into language arts classes. Lorain teachers learned this week infusing art into language arts involves more than just another fun little crafty project.
“It‘s so much cooler than what it seems on the surface,” said Cara Gomez, a Race To The Top facilitator who wrote the grant application for Lorain City Schools. “And the teachers are really excited about it. This provides tools to reach students who otherwise we couldn’t reach.” (The Morning Journal)

Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts Receives Two NJSCA Grants. Thanks to two grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA), totaling more than $176,000, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA) will continue to serve as a hub of award-winning performances, exhibitions, education programs, and community projects in the South Jersey region.

SECU Provides $1.9 Million for State-of-the-Art Education Center of NC Museum of Art. Recently, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has made an official statement that State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation presented a $ 1.9 million grant for arts education outreach. The grant will establish a bright, highly technical Education Centre, which will become a portal for access to world-class Art Museum collections and special exhibitions and educational programs both on-site and almost throughout North Carolina. (Athlete Newswire)

Okla. Arts Council awarded grant for art education.The Oklahoma Arts Council has been awarded a $140,000 grant from the Oklahoma State Board of Education to make arts programs possible at alternative education sites across the state. Funds will be used by the council to award Arts in Alternative Education grants of up to $5,000 to eligible schools that apply. Up to 30 sites could benefit from the program annually. (KSOW)

The Kansas Art Education Association is pleased to announce it's new Endowment Grants. KAEA will be granting a ONE-year membership to THREE (3) non-member active Kansas art educators and FOUR (4) college art education students. These scholarships will be given annually as funds are available. In order to be eligible for one of these grants, you need only be interested in joining Kansas' largest Art Education Professional Organization. Non-Member Active Art Educators:  Must be presently teaching art and have NEVER been a member of KAEA.  You do not have to be first year teacher. Students: Must be presently enrolled in a College/University Art Education degree- seeking program. Applications will be accepted between August 15th and September 1st. Send all applications to Laurie McLane-Higginson at laurie.mclanehigginson@gmail.com.

N.J. Gallery U in Westfield Celebrates NJ Teachers with Art Exhibit and Poetry Night. Next month, Gallery U Boutique in Westfield will celebrate the works of New Jersey teachers with two Back to School events—an art exhibit and an evening of poetry. “It matters that art students see how their teacher’s creativity manifests in the world outside school,” said Cabanos. “Showing our work in an art exhibit helps the kids see that art holds an important place in the community, and that someday they can be an active part of the community’s creative spirit.” (Tap into Westfield)

Mass. Creative Juices Art Show Open House. When: Friday, August 15, 5-9 p.m. Where: FableVision Studios, 308 Congress St., Boston, MA. Join FableVision Studios for their annual Creative Juices Art Show Open House. This year's theme will feature all things blinding and bright – that's right, Glow-in-the-Dark! They will transform the Studio into a glowing world of art, all created by our own staff. Get ready to be surprised – you could see anything from paintings to outfits to toys.

Fla. Abrakadoodle Art Education hosts Who’s Afraid of the Dark, Nocturnal Animals at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center Aug. 13. Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Abrakadoodle Art Education for kids is hosting summer day camps at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. On Wed., Aug. 13, enjoy Who’s Afraid of the Dark, Nocturnal Animals. Take a trip to the bat house, hang with a skunk, and roam around like a raccoon at the Biophilia Center! Learn to draw a mischievous raccoon, sculpt a cute (but not stinky!) skunk out of Model Magic, and paint a watercolor bat hanging around! Pack a snack, drinks, and lunch. Cost is $45. Register here. For more information, call (850) 835-1842. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is located at 4956 State Hwy 20 East, Freeport, Florida 32439 (Walton Outdoors)

Mo. BLUES BUSTER Professional Development Event for K-12 Teachers
. The Mid-America Arts Alliance is hosting a free teacher event that connects blues music, visual art, creative writing, and more in the classroom. It is offered in partnership with a larger course Simply Sculpture through the Kansas City Art Institute's Continuing and Professional Studies division. Friday, September 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108. FREE, but registration is required (space limited to 40 participants). Contact Kristy Peterson at kristy@maaa.org or 816-800-0917 to reserve a space.
 
Maryland Institute College of Art to make Baltimore a filmmaking powerhouse. Maryland Institute College of Art will launch its M.F.A. in Filmmaking in fall 2015 in 10 E. North Ave., the future home of the MICA and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) film center. The center, located in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, represents the colleges’ commitment to offer nationally competitive filmmaking programming by combining complementary strengths. Further enhanced by a Maryland Film Festival (MFF) partnership, the new MICA M.F.A. program continues the College’s tradition of creating groundbreaking educational programs at the forefront of emerging art and design practices by responding to a technology-driven realignment and democratization of the film and media industry. (artdaily.org)

Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards. The office of VSA and Accessibility at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recently released Students with Disabilites and the Core Arts Standards. The publication serves as a set of guidelines for teachers using the Core Arts Standards with students with disabilities. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 8/7/14)

CSS Forward: State Resources and Success Stories to Implement the Common Core. States across the nation are collaborating to develop tools and resources to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). CCSS Forward is designed to highlight those items, provide updates on new resources, and shine a spotlight on state leadership with Common Core implementation. This site was assembled from contributions by over 40 states. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 8/7/14)

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Announces 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts. On July 24, Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett, chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), announced the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts. The Awards honor outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders, and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement to the arts. Governor Tom Corbett will present the awards during a ceremony at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Performing Arts Center on September 28 at 4 pm. The award ceremony is free and open to the public. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 8/7/14)

2014 National Forum: Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts - Opening Plenary Session Speakers Announced. The opening plenary session sets the stage for the 2014 AEP National Forum’s focus on the importance of equitable access to an excellent education in and through the arts for ensuring that all students are adequately prepared for college, careers, and life. Session Participants: Hilary Pennington, Vice President for Education, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation; Michael Cohen, President, Achieve, Inc.; H. Richard Milner IV, Professor of Education, University of Pittsburgh; Director, Center for Urban Education; and Caroline Hendrie, Executive Director, Education Writers Association (invited to moderate).

School of Doodle Kickstarter. A peer-to-peer, self-directed learning lab, School of Doodle is dedicated to activating girls’ imaginations through entertainment, education and community. With its free online curriculum, School of Doodle is a new kind of digital learning experience where artists, creators and students are the teachers and imagination and creativity are the lessons. The idea is simple– support Doodle, get a doodle.

Expert Request from Content That Works. Content That Works—a company that syndicates special section content to about 200 newspapers and media outlets around the country—is seeking elementary, middle, and secondary level experts on a couple of craft and decor stories for their holiday decorating special section. One story is focused on how parents can artfully display the bounty of holiday crafts and artwork their children will inevitably bring home from school (or make at home) this season, so I would love to hear your best and most creative suggestions for doing that. The second story is looking at the benefits of a handmade gift for the holidays. I’m hoping to include some thoughts on what’s meaningful about hand-crafted gifts, and also an idea or two for things kids could make or families could make together as gifts for the season. If interested in participating by phone or email, please contact Jessica Royer Ocken, freelance writer/editor, at jessica@picturestory.net or 312-569-9446. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 15.

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NAEA Museum Education Division Peer to Peer Initiative - Summer Hangout Series: Reading Day 2:  Teaching the Museum: Careers in Museum Education, Tuesday, August 19, 2014  6 PM EST. As we recharge over the summer, we offer a series of three Reading Day Hangouts for the Peer to Peer Initiative. Think of it like a book club discussion, just over Google+ Hangout instead of in person. For our second session, join us and our art museum education colleagues to discuss, Teaching the Museum:  Careers in Education, edited by Leah Melber, Ph.D. For this Hangout discussion, we will focus on Section 3:  When Obstacles Arise. Need the book?  Order it here. Advance reading is not required.  Please feel free to submit questions, topics, or specific passages for discussion. Want to participate in the Hangout via video? Email Michelle Grohe for more information.

ARTSblog: Back to School Arts Education Checklist. With the end of the summer rapidly approaching, it is time to start thinking about the new school year. As a college professor, the new year provides a time to develop an artistic and educational vision for the future and determine how I will guide students in their learning. As we wrap up summer looking forward into the fall, it is time to consider what should be on our back-to-school checklist. In addition to planning curriculum, it is necessary to consider the arts education advocacy agenda for the year ahead and our role in supporting its continued benefits to students around the country. (Americans for the Arts, Stephanie Milling)

[Createquity Reruns] Unpacking Shared Delivery of Arts Education. When some brave soul writes an updated history of arts education in the United States (any takers?) I think he or she will describe the early-to-mid-2000s as an ambitious era. The arts education sector, mirroring the broader arts field and the constantly reforming field of education, is having larger and broader conversations about impact, outcomes and sustainability. In the process it’s moving toward large and broader models of best practice such as the idea of “shared delivery” (also known as “blended delivery” and the “three-legged stool model”). Shared delivery has been in vogue for the last few years. It was a central topic of conversation at the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference in 2008. Americans for the Arts identifies shared delivery as a key component to a broader approach called “coordinated delivery” – which, in turn, was identified as a major arts education trend in 2010. My own initiative, Arts for All, upholds shared delivery as integral to the vision of ensuring high quality arts education for all students in Los Angeles County.

2014 S&R Washington Award. The S&R Washington Award helps talented young artists pursue careers in fine arts, music, drama, dance, photography, and film. Award winners receive $5,000 in grant money to bring their artistic sounds and visions to life, and a Grand Prize winner, if designated, will receive an additional $5,000. Past winners have included soloists and chamber musicians, conductors, designers, painters and choreographers. Award winners are honored annually in the spring at the Washington Award Gala. All applications must be completed by October 1, 2014.

2014 NATIONAL CONVENING FOR TEENS IN THE ARTS: GIVE AND TAKE, August 6–8 | The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The Live Webcast will be presented on Wednesday, August 6th. The webcast is viewable on portable devices.
10:10 AM–12:30 PM - Teen Presentations: Presentations take place in the ICA’s Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Two teens from each participating organization will present on their institution and its teen programs as well as their personal experiences and interests.
2–3:30 PM - Public Panel: This panel will feature contemporary artists and museum representatives who have worked extensively with teens around the topic of youth impact on institutions and artis¬tic practice. Panelists include Los Angeles-based artist collaborative Slanguage; Sandra Jackson-Dumont, The Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA. This panel will be moderated by alumni of the ICA Teen Program.

2014 engage International Conference: Disruptive Influences? Innovation & Gallery Education. Venues across Leeds 10 & 11 November |  Fringe events across Yorkshire, 10, 11 & 12 November. The 2014 engage International Conference will explore the broad and inspiring theme of innovation in the context of education and learning in galleries, museums and the visual arts. The programme will consider gallery education, examining where practice has been innovative in the past, in the present, and how it can continue to innovate in the future. There will be a focus on the potential of digital technologies to encourage new ways of engaging with art and ideas, and discussion about the importance of innovation, provocation and disruption in learning and education across different art forms.
 
N.Y. World's largest outdoor art show, Art Everywhere US, goes live today in Times Square. With the push of a button this morning, digital billboards across New York’s Times Square began to display images of 58 classic and contemporary works of American art, officially marking the start of Art Everywhere US. From now through August 31, as many as 50,000 digital and static displays in all 50 states—billboards on city streets and rural highways, displays on bus shelters and subway platforms, dioramas in airports, videos in health clubs, trailers in movie theaters and more—will present the largest outdoor art show ever conceived, as a nationwide celebration of America’s artistic heritage. The 58 images, which span 230 years of American art, are drawn from the collections of five major museums across the country. (artdaily.org)

Artrageous with Nate currently produces their program out of their local PBS station in Indianapolis. To date they have produced three full-length episodes, with their most recent having filmed within the Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on the life and work of artist Jackson Pollock. You can view this episode on their website. In addition, they have been working with PBS Arts on a series called The Artist in Your Backyard. With this series our goal is to bring greater exposure to artists around the country who are currently producing, and to better connect kids to these inspirational artists and artisans. Within each episode they overview the artist and their work, and then ask them to come up with an at-home project kids could do based upon their style. They currently have one pilot for this series created, which is in two sections. Since these have not aired yet, you will need the password “Beatriz” to access them: 1. Artist profile, 2. Artist project . Currently, they are looking for artists and artisans within Chicago and Cincinnati areas. Their goal is to expose kids (target audience ranges from 8-15) to artists and artisans who are working within the art community currently, no matter what their medium may be.

8-4-14

D.C. CASVA Announcing Current Fellowship Deadlines. In preparation for the new academic year at the National Gallery of ArtCenter for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, we invite you to view our current fellowship deadlines and application information. The short-term Visiting Senior Fellowship Program application deadline is September 21, 2014, for the award period of March 1-August 15, 2015. The Senior Fellowship Program application deadline is October 15, 2014, for the award period of academic year 2015-2016. The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application deadline is October 15, 2014, for the award period of academic years 2015-2017. All applications must be submitted through the Center's online application system, which can be accessed from each fellowship’s web page.

Calif. Position Announcements from Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. The deadline to apply for both positions is August 10, 2014.
Manager, Public Programs, Education Department, Full-time/Exempt. The Crocker’s Public Programs-which consist of live performing arts, films, lectures, tours, outreach activities, and other social experiences-aim to expose visitors, current and potential, to a broad spectrum of ideas and conversations connected to art, aesthetics, and creativity. Drawing inspiration from the Museum’s permanent collection, special exhibitions, and what’s happening in the world, the Crocker’s Public Programs strive to offer enriching and engaging experiences that enlighten, transform, and foster a sense of community.  The Manager, Public Programs develops, plans, implements, supervises, and evaluates a dynamic and progressive suite of interpretive programs for the general public, contributing to the Museum’s mission to explore the human experience through art.
Project Manager, Crocker Block by Block, Education Department, Part-time/Temporary/Non-Exempt. The Project Manager for Block by Block will work to strengthen connections between the Crocker and the community by co-creating neighborhood-based arts experiences with artists, community organizations, individuals, and community leaders interested in using the arts to improve quality of life and expand the reach of the arts.  A key goal for this endeavor is to increase the Crocker's capacity to build a strong future for arts participation in Sacramento by building stronger relationships with non-traditional museum audiences and within underserved communities along with supporting the professional development of local artists in relation to social practice art. 

Editorial Team Sought for New AAG Journal GeoHumanities: Application Deadline: August 15. The AAG is launching a new interdisciplinary journal titled GeoHumanities, for which we are now seeking editors. This journal is an outgrowth of the AAG’s decade-long Geography and the Humanities Initiative, and will build on the fruitful and multifaceted scholarly collaborations and conversations that have been developed in recent years between geography and multiple humanities disciplines. For more information, see the attached Call for Editors for the new journal. A stipend of $10,000 per year will be available for the editors of GeoHumanities (i.e., $20,000 for the editorial team). Editors may use their stipend however they see fit, including for example travel, equipment, an assistant, or as a personal honorarium. This journal reflects broader trends and growing interest in fostering stronger interdisciplinary linkages between geography and other related disciplines.
 
The ISB Art History Channel is a video resource was created at the International School of Beijing for its high school art program.  It is a series of art history videos based on the work of Olivia Gude's "Postmodern Principles". Its a great way to work more art history into your art curriculum.

8-1-14

National Visual Arts Standards Interactive Virtual Learning Conference
September 27 & 28, 2014
$89 for NAEA Members; $129 for Non-Members
Join your colleagues in this virtual NAEA community event hosted by the Philips Collection in Washington DC. In this 2-day virtual conference, art education leaders including members of the Visual Arts Writing and Assessment Teams will introduce the new visual arts standards and the dynamic web-based standards environment that can be customized for teachers use. Participants will engage in an in-depth look at the Philosophical Foundations, Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions used to guide curriculum design and assessment. Join art educators from across the U.S. and learn what's new about these Standards; how to use the new Standards to create instructional and assessment strategies that make connections to Common Core and 21st Century Skills;  and how to demonstrate student growth in relation to teacher effectiveness and evaluation. Come prepared to ask your questions, share your insights and be inspired!

10 Best Apps for Elementary Art Teachers. This Pin was discovered by Dawn Reese. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. | See more about elementary art, teachers and art.

Beyond Gamification: Alternative Models for Games in Arts Organizations. A number of arts organizations are considering mobilizing games in the service of increased ticket sales, improved audience participation, and outreach to new audiences, but these so-called “gamification” efforts typically fail to take advantage of games’ full potential for creativity. This post provides a few paths forward for organizations interested in really delving into this rich world. Good games are hard to make, but done well, they can help arts organizations achieve their missions—and help them rewrite the rules for audience engagement. (Createquity)
 
Museums and Visitor Photography - Call for Papers. MuseumsEtc invites international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book to be published in colour by MuseumsEtc in 2015 and edited by Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (Cyprus University of Technology and 2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellow in Museum Studies).

Artforum's artguide. Download Artforum's latest version of artguide—the international art world's most comprehensive directory of exhibitions, events, and art fairs in more than 500 cities. Download artguide 2.0 today.

Edinburgh Art Festival opens. Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) opens tomorrow (31 July) with an exciting month-long calendar of more than 40 exhibitions, special events, performances and tours across 30 of the city’s museums, galleries and institutions, as well as artist-run, temporary and pop-up spaces. In its 11th year, the festival brings together over 100 leading and emerging Scottish and international artists and features the return of its annual, city-wide commissions programme.

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Requests for Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina. The Obama administration announced today that five states—Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina—have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. (ED.gov)

JULY

7-30-14

Ky. STEAM program pairs teens with university researchers. Students in the STEAM Academy in a Kentucky school district have been working this summer with University of Kentucky students and faculty to conduct labs and research projects. The academy -- which focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math -- operates in year-round partnership with the university, offering students an opportunity to work on real-world projects and earn college credit. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

The August/September Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is now available. In this issue: Engouraging students to develop skills and ideas in  “Quality, Not Quantity”; How one teacher built a meaningful lesson from a happy accident in “The Accidental Self-Portrait”; Teaching perspective just got a lot more engaging in “Putting it All in Perspective”; Working autonomously and collaboratively at the same time in “We Are One, We Are Many”; Explore the work of Cai Guo- Qiang and Sol LeWitt in Looking and Learning; and Find some of the best classroom products, websites, workshops, and more in The Shop.

ATTN: K16 EDUCATORS, DESIGNERS, VISIONARIES, INDUSTRY LEADERS...Join the Design Learning Network Sept. 19 to 21, 2014 at the Design Learning Network Symposium, where you will gain wicked insights into the creative problem solving process from three internationally renowned experts on critical thinking, growth mindsets, impact on learning, targeted assessment, and positive neuroscience. During Friday Evening's Special Guest Presentation Dinner you will share an intimate conversation with neuroscientist and creativity expert – Dr. Rex Jung. Prepare for an evening that you will never forget, let the magic begin! On Saturday, you will engage in provocative keynotes and firsthand workshop experiences on design integration, formative assessment of extraordinary challenges, and the intersection of design learning and the maker movement. On Sunday, you will dive into the latest design learning best practices as shared by your colleagues in education and design. Educators and Designers - please join us in a brief design learning challenge in preparation for the working sessions on Saturday! Download eFlyer

16 University Museums Showcase the Work of Their Youngest Students. On July 23, the Department of Education hosted the grand opening of the student art exhibit Museums: pARTners in Learning at its headquarters in Washington. The exhibit showcases visual artwork and creative writing from the arts education programs of 16 academic museums. The opening ceremony featured three student artists from the University of Florida's Harn Museum. Click here or on the above title to learn more and see photos from the event. (ED.gov)

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft presents 'Second Life'. Despite the similarities between animals and humans, a hierarchy has developed that classifies the animal body with a different set of aesthetic and ethical dimensions. Through a particular combination of art works and craft traditions that examine the ongoing shifts in animal-human relations, the Second Life exhibition will consider various historical and contemporary approaches for reconciling human estrangement from the animal, and equally the natural world. For over 40,000 years, as the earliest cave paintings indicate, the non-human animal has functioned as a primary source for artistic visions that help mediate our understanding of the surrounding nature as well as ourselves. (artdaily.org)

Smithsonian Summer Showdown: Vote for your favorite! This is it: the ultimate competition. We're looking for the one item that says "SMITHSONIAN" like nothing else — and you get to decide the winner. Our museums, research centers, and zoo have picked one iconic item each as its champion in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. These titans of the Smithsonian will battle head-to-head through three rounds until there is ONE winner! Voting for Round One ends August 4.

2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: A Look Back. This spring they had the honor of meeting over 800 wonderful young artists and writers who traveled to New York City from all across the country with their educators and families, and were absolutely blown away by their caliber of talent. These students inspire us every day with their fearless drive to break boundaries and share their voices. To honor them and their accomplishments, the 2014 National Celebration was full of exciting events and special features hosted throughout the city. The National Celebration was kicked off with the first ever Maker Prom, co-hosted by Hive NYC. The National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall is always an emotional and inspirational night full of smiles, applause and an energetic audience. Artist Kay WalkingStick received the Alumni Achievement Award, which was presented by fashion designer and 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni Achievement Award Honoree Zac Posen. Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibition: Over 500 student works of art and writing went on display at Parsons The New School for Design's Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City. The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will open on September 15, 2014.

[Createquity Reruns] Games and the Arts in the 21st Century: An Introduction. The idea of using games as a new way to engage audiences has gained immense traction in the last 5 years. The museum world in particular has seen a great deal of discussion on this topic, from Nina Simon’s dozens of posts to this year’s Museums and the Web conference; these conversations are a natural outcropping of a much larger discussion about games in our everyday lives. I’ll be writing more about games in a later post, but I hope this one serves as an introduction to why this dialogue is happening now and what is at stake for the arts. (Createquity)

STARs Exhibit and Perform at Hermitage Open House. The Hermitage Artist Retreat invites you to join them on Friday, August 8th for open studios and a beach reading. The schedule begins at 6:00 pm with two open visual art studios. Beach readings start at approximately 7:00 pm, followed by Mother Nature’s sunset at 8:14 pm. Featured artists are this year’s STARs, a select group of Florida art teachers who have been selected for State Teacher Artist Residencies. These are awarded in partnership with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, a statewide organization that chooses the winning teachers. The event is free. Simply bring your beach chairs or blanket and any refreshments.

Missouri Citizens for the Arts - ACTION ALERT - July 28, 2014. With a week prior to the Primary Elections, August 5, elected officials are reaching out to their constituents to gain support. NOW is the time for you to reach out to your state representative and state senator and ask them to support funding for arts programs. Several issues will be debated during the legislative summer caucus (August 7-9), that will determine what happens during the upcoming VETO Session - September 10.

Crayola Creative Corner. Create memorable keepsakes from your summer vacation. Souvenir Suitcase: Children always need places to store their travel treasures. Take a dream vacation with them as they cover their suitcase with handmade travel stickers. Get more ideas online.

Arlington Arts Center: Upcoming Gallery Talks and Additional Camps Open. Exhibitions: Reprise: 40 to the Fore | Education: Summer Camps and Classes | Studios: AAC Resident Artist show

Six great ed-tech resources on YouTube. Educators and students are using social media to improve learning and deliver instruction more effectively. This learning dynamic can occur by creating educational websites, communicating about assignments and classroom discussion on Twitter, and engaging with multimedia by posting Vine videos. (eSchool News)

POLICY

Analysis takes pulse of states without NCLB waivers. Seven states are operating without waivers from parts of No Child Left Behind. This analysis spotlights how those states are faring in the larger education arena. School officials generally report more flexibility without waivers, opening the door in California, for example, for the development of a new funding formula. (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)

Has Race to the Top Actually Improved Student Achievement? Race to the Top just had its fifth birthday and almost all of the $4 billion in federal cash states were awarded under the program has been spent. But did the program move the needle on student achievement?
Opinion: Five Years of Race to the Top: Where Are We?
More Reflections on Race to the Top, Now 5 Years Old

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7-28-14

The End of ‘Genius’. WHERE does creativity come from? For centuries, we’ve had a clear answer: the lone genius. The idea of the solitary creator is such a common feature of our cultural landscape (as with Newton and the falling apple) that we easily forget it’s an idea in the first place. (The New York Times)

Teaching: The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Have. A recent meeting hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education on Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers brought back memories of my time teaching many years ago. And it seems that though my experience happened long ago, I fit right into the profile of today’s teaching force: I left the profession after four years of teaching. The difference is that today attention is focused on the problems posed by a work force that overwhelmingly turns over in the first five years and provides an essential service not only to the health of our education system, but to our country. What was true then and is now being identified through research and increased attention is that to retain and develop a highly skilled teaching force, we need to provide support and continued learning opportunities for all our beginning teachers. (Learning First Alliance)

ART21 News - July 24, 2014. ART21 kicked off the month with much excitement by announcing the seventh season of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, premiering this fall on PBS. Read on for more information about the new season, including how to host a screening in your community. This edition of ART21 News also features a new ART21 New York Close Up video that follows Marela Zacarías and a team of assistants over nine months, as they create Zacarías's largest painted sculpture to date.

Join 500+ Arts Education Leaders in Los Angeles! Online registration for the National Guild's 77th annual Conference for Community Arts Education is now open! The Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Westin Bonaventure, in the heart of sunny Los Angeles, with pre-conference institutes on grantwriting, board development, evaluation, leadership, and creative youth development on Wednesday, November 19. Arts education can be a powerful force for human development and social good and a vital asset in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. The focus of this year's conference--catalyzing positive change through arts education--has profound implications for all involved--staff, teaching artists, trustees, students, and our partners in other sectors. The early registration deadline is August 21. Register online today and save!

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and OCTAE Announce Collaboration to Assist Low-Skilled Youths and Adults. At the recent American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Susan Hildreth announced the publication of a Dear Colleague letter signed jointly by Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin of OCTAE. The letter encourages effective collaborations “between libraries and federally funded adult education programs”…“to enhance the skills, employability, and quality of life of youth(s) and adults with low skills,” particularly in the area of digital literacy. It describes the partnership, current and planned activities of the two organizations, and mutual benefits of the collaboration. As the letter states, “partnerships between adult education providers and libraries stand as a powerful example of shared responsibility for strengthening communities’ skills and talent pools.”

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a program of the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, will open for registration on August 4. With $20,000 for each national winning school, this competition has become extremely popular. Submissions have come from all disciplines. This contest has been increasingly attractive for those in the arts because it does NOT require technology experience – just creativity to come up with a novel app idea. Contact Lynda Hait (lhaitz@tsaweb.org or 703-860-9000) for more information.

The California Arts Council is pleased to announce grant award recipients for one of its core programs, Creating Places of Vitality. Eighty-five small arts organizations in 24 counties, including 14 rural counties, will receive support for projects that further one or more of the following goals: Foster attractive and livable neighborhoods and communities; Encourage economic and community development; Offer greater access to the arts for individuals, families and communities; and Provide safe, creative opportunities for youth.

CultureWork: Summer 2014. Vol. 18, No. 3. Growing a Lotus in Indiana/Lotus World Music & Arts Festival: Developing a Volunteer Cohort – LuAnne Holladay and Tamara Loewenthal; John Fenn, Guest Editor

TAG ALONG - Google's guide to international street art. The ephemeral nature of street art is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it feels more immediate than something in a museum. On the other, it could be painted over or torn down at any time. That’s why we’re so excited about Google’s newest project, which seeks to digitize some 5,000 graffiti works from around the world.

Mo. ArtTIME in Acadiana: Visual Thinking Strategies. This is "ArtTIME in Acadiana: Visual Thinking Strategies" by Minos Papas on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. This 3-credit graduate level course will be starting soon!  Enroll now through Mizzou Online!  Contact me for more info at: mf4x5@mail.missouri.edu

Jeanette Winterson on Time, Language, Reading, and How Art Creates a Sanctified Space for the Human Spirit. Beloved British writer Jeanette Winterson, raised in a church and began writing sermons at age six with the intent of becoming a missionary, only to leave home at age fifteen after falling in love with another girl – reflects on what the preacher's technique has in common with the artist.(BrainPickingsWeekly)

Some States Without NCLB Waivers Say They Dodged a Bullet. Not having to negotiate with federal officials on the finer points of teacher evaluation, rigorous standards, or school turnarounds has made it easier to chart their own paths, some education leaders say. (Education Week)

Response: Race to the Top Has Been a 'Fiasco'. Readers of the Classroom Q&A blog weigh in with their thoughts on this question: Has Race To The Top been a success, a fiasco, or something in between?
More Reflections on Race to the Top, Now 5 Years Old

7-25-14

Accountability Shouldn’t Stifle Teacher Creativity and Best Practices. I like to take the first few weeks of summer vacation to do some serious reflection. I think about the school year and my successes and failures. This helps determine which books I read and classes I attend to help me prepare for the next school year. For the last few years, though, I have also thought seriously about teaching as a profession, how we as teachers are perceived, and how decisions and trends policy makers make affect my teaching practice. (Learning First Alliance)

How Art Is Crucial To Understanding The Human Mind. Walking the halls here at the Brain and Creativity Institute, I see art works from your personal collection, and downstairs there is a theater that is also used as a recording studio. How are you furthering the understanding of the connection between the brain and the arts? (The Huffington Post)

Department to Host Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at Student Art Exhibit Opening. The U.S. Department of Education and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) will present Museums: pARTners in Learning, with a program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Department’s headquarters at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23. (ED.gov)

Save the Date! September 11-12, 2014 | AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts and Education: Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts. What are the current findings on the impact of arts integration on student creativity, engagement, and test scores? How do we prepare teachers to prepare students? What goes into achieving a successful ballot measure for arts education? These are among 21 diverse and timely topics featured as part of AEP’s line-up for concurrent sessions.

President Obama to Award 2013 National Medals of Arts. President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 3:00 pm ET, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. The event will be live streamed at WH.gov/Live.

Lincoln Center Scholars Alternative Certification Program. Lincoln Center Scholars Alternative Certification Program is a new initiative from Lincoln Center Education which will subsidize a Master’s of Education from CUNY Hunter College. Beginning in fall 2014, this opportunity opens to 20 professional artists or teaching artists in music or dance. The program will go on to certify and place these music and dance teachers with various New York City public schools. Over the next couple years, another 100 candidate spots will open, and acceptance will be expanded to include theater and visual artists and teachers. The deadline for this initiative is August 1, 2014 for the 2014-2015 year.

The Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs. PVA College Fairs are designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines. These fairs are free and open to the public. Attendees learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements, and much more.

White Paper: From the Outside In: The Benefits of Arts-Integration to Arts Practice. From the Outside In: The Benefits of Arts-Integration to Arts Practice is a new white paper from the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, authored by Dr. Bruce Mackh. The paper provides perspective regarding the many ways in which arts-integrative efforts and initiatives also serve arts practice and practitioners within research universities – not solely those with whom artists partner and collaborate.

Open Educational Resources Commons: Common Core. Find a list of Common Core resource links including workbooks, webinars, and articles at Open Educational Resources: Common Core. These resource links are meant for educators and researchers and tend to be in-depth and detailed articles. Find more resources on AEP's recently updated Common Core and the Arts page.

Race to the Top at 5: States' Spending Plans. There is still hundreds of millions of dollars left in the Obama administration's signature education-redesign program; here's a look at how much grant money the 12 biggest winners still have in their coffers. (Education Week)
Opinion: Race to the Top, Wasn't

Are MFAs Ruining Art? As degree prices continue to climb and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs have grown oversaturated with students, Francesca Gavin investigates whether these programs are helping or hurting the future of art. (artsy)

7-23-14

Art Is Freedom’ — A Recent H.S. Grad Says Public Schools Need More Art Education. If you ask K-12 students in Boston what they want, one of the first things they’ll tell you is “More arts!” Results from a student survey by EdVestors and commissioned as part of the recently released Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative, show that students across grade levels wanted more visual arts, more dance, more music, and more theater in their schools. In fact, 48 percent of students in grades 6-8 said they wanted “a lot” more arts classes. That’s because we students understand and value the arts in our education. (TheArtEry)

Minn. Northside Teachers Discover New Strategies at Conference. As a benefit of being named a Turnaround Arts school for the next two years, Northside Elementary Principal Karla Beck, Cathy Bruce, a music teacher, and Lisa Becker, an art teacher, recently journeyed to a retreat in Virginia to learn more about the initiative and brainstorm ideas. The national Turnaround Arts Initiative's main focus is to help close the achievement gap in schools that have been identified as low-performing, like Northside. Northside is one of four schools in Minnesota, and one of 35 schools in the nation, to be selected for this program by the Perpich Center for Arts Education. (St. James News)

Ohio. Lorain City Schools teachers get visual arts training through grant. The school board approved this week professional development for teachers and principals presented by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This grant provides professional development for teachers to embed visual arts in the language arts. The professional development session runs July 28 through Aug. 1 at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College in Elyria. So far 40 teachers signed up for the workshop using paints and other art supplies. (The Morning Journal)

National Academy elects thirteen artists and architects as National Academicians. The National Academy announced the election of thirteen new visual artists and architect Academicians, including Edward Ruscha, Martin Puryear, Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, and Charles Renfro. National Academicians are elected annually by their peers for their contribution to American art and architecture. Upon election, each Academician contributes a representative work known as a diploma presentation, which collectively forms the National Academy's preeminent permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks, architectural drawings, photographs and models from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. (artdaily.org)

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Announces $4.4 Million in Grants. Twenty-three grants totaling $850,000 were awarded to support education nonprofits that promote the transformative power of arts education to substantially improve children’s lives and academic outcomes, and prepare them for 21st century careers. Grants were awarded to: Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania ($140,000) for its Creativity Incubator, which researches and develops creative and innovative methods of teaching and learning in school districts throughout the state; Rutgers Graduate School of Education($45,000) for the second year of the STEAM Consortium which supports arts and arts-integration training for teachers; and Americans for the Arts ($20,000) to reinvigorate New Jersey’s arts education advocacy work through participation in a national group that will bring ideas for statewide advocacy and serve local school districts. (The Jersey Tomato Press)

Wash. state must abide by school-choice law under NCLB. The federal government has rejected Washington state's request to be exempt from a requirement under No Child Left Behind that students at struggling schools be given the option to switch to a higher performing school. In a letter to state officials, Assistant Education Secretary Deborah S. Delisle said it was important for parents to be notified that under the law, they have the right of school choice. (The Oregonian/The Associated Press)

Is There a Mismatch Between Ed. Dept.'s Teacher-Equity Plans and NCLB Waivers? For the past five-plus years of the Obama administration, the big teacher-policy emphasis has been on educator effectiveness, meaning tying teacher performance to student outcomes, including  on standardized tests. States had to develop teacher evaluations that take test scores into account, both to get a slice of the Race to the Top competitive-grant money, and later, to get flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act (aka a waiver). (Education Week/Politics K-12)

United Kingdom. Damning report reveals impact of policy changes on arts education. Less than a third of teachers say pupils are encouraged to take art-based subjects, while more able students are actively discouraged “even if they show a particular interest or talent for the subject”, a new survey has revealed. The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) says the findings are “as unsurprising as they are unwelcome”, but hopes that they will provide a critical benchmark for its advocacy work. (Arts Professional)

7-21-14

Three days and counting until The Artistry of Leadership, NAEA’s first convening of the National Leadership Conference, July 24-27 in Santa Fe, New Mexico! This meeting covers all regions and replaces the regular summer Regional Leadership Conferences #naealeaders Learn more

Upcoming NAEA Events: Regional Face-to-Face Forums
• Charlotte, NC | July 29 | 9 AM – 4 PM | $99/NAEA Member; $159/Non-Member
Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team, and Cheryl Maney, NAEA Supervision/Administration Division-Director Elect and Pre K-12 Visual Arts and Dance Curriculum Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Arts Education Department, Concord, NC
Register online through 7/27 or in person using the paper form

Baltimore, MD - BWI Airport Marriott | July 31 | 9 AM – 4 PM | $99/NAEA Member; $159/Non-Member
Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team, and Vanessa Lopez, Art Educator, Baltimore City Public Schools, Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore
Register online through 7/29 or in person using the paper form

Maryland, Idaho Receive NCLB Waiver Extensions. The Old Line State and the Gem State became the seventh, and eighth states to see their waivers extended, for one additional year. Both states will have to continue to work with the U.S. Department of Education on their teacher evaluation systems, per the department's decision to let states keep ... (Education Week/Politics K-12)

7-18-14

$250 Grants for Public School Art Programs. To encourage the teaching of glass art in public schools and colleges, the nonprofit KBW Foundation is offering grants to Public School Art Instructors teaching glass art at a public school or college. These $250 Grant Certificates can be used for the regular school semester program or a summer session and can be redeemed at art glass retail stores for glass supplies. HOW IT WORKS: You choose the art glass retailer. The KBW Foundation will then pay $250.00 directly to the retailer for glass supplies of your choice. HOW TO APPLY: Download Grant Application

Register for the 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education. Online registration for the National Guild's 77th annual Conference for Community Arts Education is now open! The Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Westin Bonaventure, in the heart of sunny Los Angeles, with pre-conference institutes on grantwriting, board development, evaluation, leadership, and creative youth development on Wednesday, November 19.

Profile in Creativity: Taking It to the Streets: The Festivalization of ArtWeek Boston. Music, food, entertainment, and a conglomeration of family, friends, and strangers all in one place: these are just a few things that come to mind when we think of the word “festival.” Festivals have been a part of the human tradition of celebration since the beginning of civilization—and isn’t art something worth celebrating? The “festivalization” of the arts has been an emerging phenomenon, partly in response to the slow yet steady decline of performing and public art attendance. Increasing numbers of organizations and arts councils have turned to arts festivals in hopes of augmenting their communities’ participation in the arts, thanks to the unique opportunity festivals offer to arts professionals, allowing them to bring the arts to the people rather than compel people to attend an event in the traditional sense or space. But there’s more to fashioning a successful arts festival than simply picking and choosing local artists and organizations, jumbling them into a single event and hoping for attendees. (National Arts Marketing Project)

The Association of Art Museum Directors will open its student art exhibit, titled “Museums: pARTners in Learning,” at the Department on July 23 at 11:00 am ET. This exhibit features works by students in art programs organized by 16 college- and university-based art museums, underscoring the breadth and depth of art museum education today. The opening will also feature student poetry and dance. To RSVP to attend or learn more about the Department’s year-round exhibit program, please contact Nicole.Carinci@ed.gov.

Utah considers whether to renew NCLB waiver. Utah's state school board is expected to decide in August whether it wants to renew its waiver from parts of No Child Left Behind or return to the federal education law. A meeting Thursday drew supporters from both sides, but the board delayed a decision pending receipt of additional legal and financial advice. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

7-16-14

D.C. Arts Education Summer Soiree on July 22. Join arts education colleagues on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:30pm for summer cocktails and a free screening of HERB & DOROTHY 50x50 hosted by National Public Radio (NPR) in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). With a strong educational component, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 explores questions on art and its accessibility, and how a humble couple was able to amass a 5,000-work art collection, then turn it into one of the most significant philanthropic projects in American art history. Reserve a Ticket

Arts—a secret ingredient in fueling the economy. On June 25-26, we celebrated the 32nd Congressional Art Competition, honoring the imaginations and talent of promising young artists across America. While we celebrate their achievements, we’re reminded of the importance of arts education in an increasingly challenging global marketplace. (The Hill)

What Does It Take to Turn an Art School Education Into a Successful Career? There have been a lot of articles and blogs lately wherein the value of an art education is called into question. People with art degrees can't get jobs in their fields, they are saddled with debt, and galleries are already overloaded with artists. Thousands of art degrees are conferred every year from art schools and art departments across the country, and obviously most of these people are not going to succeed as artists because the world can't hold so many of us. Twenty years after graduating from a major Midwestern university I asked a former professor how many of his students had become true artists over the three decades he'd been teaching. He looked at me sadly, "I'm talking to the only one!" Then he added a couple of others. Only one or two per decade... and he was a great teacher. (The Huffington Post)

‘Cyberarts’: Technology pushes art education forward. Traditional art forms such as painting, drawing and sculpture are no longer the only ways students express themselves creatively in school. Art programs in schools are usually the first to be cut in times of budgetary constraints, but technological innovations have presented creative students with opportunities dubbed “cyberarts.” Cyberarts encompasses an array of technological artistic pursuits, including photo- editing software such as Photoshop as well as music recording and editing technologies. Cyberart can make students more computer literate as well as spark their imaginations. Many cyberartistic pursuits are skills that can be applied in the working world; many graphic designers, for instance, use Photoshop every day. See how public schools are implementing cyberarts in their educational programs. (TechPageOne)

Utah. Teachers creatively integrate science and art. Teachers from areas throughout Utah gathered at the Southern Utah University campus Monday and Tuesday to learn how to blend instruction in the basic principles of physics with art projects to enhance instruction to their students. (The Spectrum)

Ind. JOB OPPORTUNITY: 5-6th grade Art Teacher, Indianapolis. Warren Township seeks 5th- 6th grade art teacher at Stonybrook Intermediate Academy for the 2014-2015 school year. Applicants should complete the online resume and submit documents through the Human resources link provided. Open until filled. [Posted July 16, 2014]

Oregon Arts Commission grants $200,000 to 24 arts groups for education. The Oregon Arts Commission will give $200,000 to 24 arts organizations to support arts education projects around the state. It's always fun to read the projects these groups submit for grants. They range from $4,200, to Columbia Gorge Arts in Education for a year-long fashion and sports equipment design class at Hood River Valley High School, to $12,000, for "The Geography of We: Humans, Wildlife and The Habitats We Share," a Caldera project providing 430 underserved students with intensive, year-long instruction in the arts. (OregonLive)

N.Y. GO ART! to hold grant workshops. The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council will hold a series of free workshops to assist applicants with the process of applying for the 2015 Reach, Ripple & Spark grant programs that offer funding to assist in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural programming throughout Genesee and Orleans counties. Intent to Apply forms are due Sept. 2 for arts and cultural projects scheduled to take place in 2015. Deadline for Spark Grant applications is Oct. 16.

Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity. Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create wealth for people — for humanity — as opposed to money for governments and corporations? (BrainPickings)

7-14-14

Strong Connections Between the new NCAS and CCSS: An Interview with Nancy Rubino of the College Board. Earlier this month, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) launched the NEW National Core Arts Standards. The coalition was made up of arts organizations, teaching artists, teachers, and practitioners to create the new arts standards. The Young Audiences Arts for Learning national office played a pivotal role in the writing of the arts standards and we also managed the development of the new arts standards website. (Young Audiences)

Arts for Learning's Commitment to Miami's Youngest Learners. Toddlerhood provides a valuable window of opportunity for kids to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Exposure to intentional arts experiences for young children can have a profound effect on their literacy and development.  The arts awaken and stimulate neural pathways in the brain that help develop memory, problem solving and the power of responding and listening. (Young Audiences)

Defeating Summer Learning Loss in Texas: Big Thought's Dallas City of Learning. Gigi Antoni, President & CEO of Big Thought (the Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliate in Dallas, Texas) has developed a successful partnership initiative that will offer thousands of students a chance for summer-time learning in Dallas. Co-author of the book, More Than the Sum of its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education, Gigi Antoni has organized large-scale collaborations that have brought together non-profit organizations, city agencies, and for profit companies. Together they have worked to generate programs that have a great impact for all children in the city. (Young Audiences)

Design Thinking: A Human-Centered Approach to Ed. Innovation. Talk to any educator, parent, or policy maker and you will inevitably hear about the many problems that exist in education. It's not for lack of trying - millions of people are working across the country to find new solutions for our schools. And yet we're struggling to find new answers that make a real difference. As Einstein famously said, "We can't solve our problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." We tend to think first about the needs of the system and create solutions from there. (Education Week/Vander Ark on Innovation)

2014 LEAD Conference: Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability, Chicago, IL | August 1-4, 2014 Preconference, August 4-6, 2014 Full Conference. Explore this opportunity to connect with forward-thinking cultural arts administrators from across the globe at LEAD – an international network engaging cultural adminsitrators in a conversation on accessibility, disability, and inclusion in the arts.

How art can help you analyze - Amy E. Herman. Can art save lives? Not exactly, but our most prized professionals (doctors, nurses, police officers) can learn real world skills through art analysis. Studying art like René Magritte’s Time Transfixed can enhance communication and analytical skills, with an emphasis on both the seen and unseen. Amy E. Herman explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation. (TedTalks)

7-11-14

Study Finds Making Art May Keep Our Brains Healthy. We’ve all heard about art’s psychological and physiological effects. Researchers have found, for instance, that a lunchtime jaunt to an art gallery can reduce work-related stress, and that creating art might even help cancer patients. But what about art’s neurological impact — can picking up a paintbrush actually change your brain? (Hyperallergic)

21st Century Education and 21st Century Citizenship
. What do students need to know and do to be able to thrive in the 21st century? This is the question that P21 has been working in concert with business, education leaders, and policymakers to answer over the last 10 years. Turns out, the skills that students need to succeed in college and workplace – a.k.a. to be college & career ready – are the same ones they need to be 21st century citizens. Just as the world of work has changed, with the advent of technology and globalization, so has the nature of citizenship. The challenges of being a responsible, effective citizen are more diverse, nuanced and complex than they have been before. Because of this, our understanding of what it means to be a citizen in the 21st century needs to be expanded. Public schools have always played an important part of shaping tomorrow's citizens and safeguarding the ideals of our democracy. That responsibility is just as vital today. In fact, as we discuss standards, assessments and teaching practices, we can't forget that our educators also carry with them the responsibility to impart to students what it means to be a citizen of this nation, this world and online. (Learning First Alliance)

AEP 2014 National Forum to Feature William E. Strickland: MacArthur Genius, Social Innovator, and Author of Making the Impossible Possible. Register Now

Save the Date & Reserve your free ticket: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Summer Soiree. Join arts education colleagues on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:30pm for summer cocktails and a screening of HERB & DOROTHY 50x50 hosted by National Public Radio (NPR) in collaboration with AEP and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). With a strong educational component, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 explores questions on art and its accessibility, and how a humble couple was able to amass a 5,000-work art collection, then turn it into one of the most significant philanthropic projects in American art history.

Art Works Grant Application Deadline - July 24. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grant Applications are due July 24. Art Works refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.

AEP Common Core and the Arts Resource Page. AEP has updated one of its most popular resources on its website, the Common Core and the Arts page. Here you will find an expansive list of resources and information about the Common Core State Standards and their relationship to the arts. Many useful new resources have been added, including several brief videos providing an overview of the Common Core and a new section of instructional resources for arts teachers.

Creativity at the Core in California. The California Arts Council and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have launched the initiative Creativity at the Core: Powerful Arts Teaching and Learning in the Common Core. This initiative will create professional development modules that incorporate the arts into Common Core instruction to help deepen arts teaching and learning in K-12.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Teaching Artist (All Disciplines) – Los Angeles County. P.S. ARTS is currently accepting applications from experienced music, theater, and visual arts teaching artists.

ArtScience Labs. Developed with experts from the National Summer Learning Association, the National Center for Community Schools, and Harvard University's ArtScience Labs, Summer Brain Gain is designed to prevent summer learning loss and develop creative-thinking skills among elementary, middle, and high school students. The program consists of one-week modules around specific topics leading to a final project or presentation. Activities include making sculptures out of found objects and creating weather in a bottle. (Education Week)

Carla Sonheim Presents "The Art of Silliness" Summer Camp 2014: 3 Weeks of Online Art Classes - July 28 - August 17, 2014 - Registration Open, Get Early-Bird Discount: $175 when you sign up by the first day of camp (savings of $20)! Eight artist teachers from all over the country, each sharing his or her unique techniques, projects and inspiration in painting, drawing, photography, collage, and story will teach a short “mini-class” within the longer, three-week camp. In addition, Carla will be hosting each day, working alongside you and giving you daily warm-up drawing and creativity exercises based on my book, “The Art of Silliness.”

7-10-14

Take Action: Tell Your Rep. to Support the Whole Child! Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) just introduced federal resolution H.Res.658 (PDF), which supports a whole child approach to education. It’s a crucial first step in getting federal lawmakers to develop policies and make decisions that more effectively promote students’ long-term learning, development, and success. Now, we need your help in letting your lawmaker know about the resolution and why it’s important. Please take five minutes to ask your representative to cosponsor the resolution. (ASCD Action Center)

Lincoln Center Launches New Initiative to Train and Certify Future Arts Educators. Lincoln Center, in partnership with CUNY's Hunter College School of Education, the New York City Department of Education, and the United Federation of Teachers, today announced the Lincoln Center Scholars Alternative Certification Program, an innovative new initiative to educate, certify and fast-track over a three-year period the placement of high-quality music, dance, theater and visual art teachers in up to 120 New York City public schools, which are currently without adequate or any arts programs. (Broadway World)

Howard County Arts Council Receives Record Arts Appropration from Howard County Government. In May 2014, the Howard County Council approved County Executive Ken Ulman's FY15 arts appropriation of $1.45 million to the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC). This record amount, which includes $1 million for HCAC's annual budget - a 30% increase from FY14 - and $450,000 in one-time funding, will finance vital local and regional arts programming that will enrich the lives of County residents. (Broadway World)

First to Go? Art Education as a Civil Right. Patty Bode's xTED Talk, Art Education as a Civil Right has me pretty fired up about the state of Art Education in the states.  While most art teachers will nod in agreement (or perhaps flip over their desks after carefully removing the laptop from which they are watching the speech), this is a talk that is important for non-art teachers to see. In fact, this is a talk that should be seen by anyone who is interested in the importance of education, which should mean just about everyone. She directly addresses one of the core issues of why it is difficult for me to think about coming back to the US to teach again - the passive resignation that the arts are "the first to go" as if there were nothing to be done about it. (The Carrot Revolution blog)

Sustaining Arts Education. When I first toured Brooklyn Center High School as an incoming teacher, I was amazed at how pervasive art was. Student work hung on the walls throughout the school. In addition to the band room and theater stage, there was a dance studio and a black box theater room. It was clear that the school’s grant money to become an arts magnet had been put to good use. When the grant money ran out a couple years later, though, it was unclear how much of the impressive arts programming could be sustained at the current levels. This story of endangered arts education is all too common. (Hindsight 2020, The Minnesota 2020 Blog)

Mayor De Blasio Gives $23 Million Boost to Arts Education in NYC. Mayor Bill de Blasio is responding to charges that New York city’s public schools are neglecting student’s arts education in a big way, funneling an additional $23 million into the program’s budget for 2015 and pledging to hire 120 new art teachers for the fall, reports the New York Daily News. (artnetnews)

N.C. Deadline to apply for Arts Council grants is August 1. The deadline for community organizations and schools to apply for Cabarrus Arts Council grants is August 1. Grants are available in three categories: Organization Support, Project Assistance and Arts Education. The grants are partially funded by Grassroots Funds from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. (Independent Tribune)

Calif. Board Approves Arts Grants, Argues Over Pension Benefits Increase for Arts Director. The Board of Supervisors approved $4.5 million in funding for 180 nonprofit arts organizations today but wrangled over a pay-grade increase that could improve pension benefits for the director of the Arts Commission that manages the grants. The grants are provided to a wide range of arts organizations to fund concerts, theater productions, exhibitions, school arts education and other programs. (Monrovia Patch)

Tenn. ArtsBuild Accepting Applications For Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute. ArtsBuild is seeking candidates for the 2014 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, an eight-part series designed to fully engage participants in the arts community. The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 8. Launched in 2005, the institute offers behind-the-scenes site visits to cultural and educational institutions, case studies of arts agencies, panel discussions with community leaders, and a unique forum for pursuing shared goals among arts leaders, business leaders, educators, and philanthropic foundations. (The Chatanoogan)

Ariz. NEAFAA awards scholarships, provides art supplies to local schools. The NEAFAA Scholarship Fund has provided over $25,000 in scholarship monies to local high school and community college students interested in pursuing a career in art or art education. Scholarship award recipients receive $500 each. Students interested in the scholarship are encouraged to submit an application, with photos of their work, to NEAFAA. (WMICentral.com)

D.C. Advocacy group moves to block Corcoran deal. If an advocacy group has its way, the merger between GW and one of D.C.’s oldest art institutions will not happen after all. Save the Corcoran filed a motion in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday to prevent the dissolution of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s nonprofit charter, which is a necessary step for the deal to move forward. The group is made up of arts advocates, curators, artists, Corcoran professors and several alumni. (GWHatchet)

7-9-14

Ingenuity's State of the Arts Report Released. Ingenuity is pleased to release its first State of the Arts in Chicago Public Schools report. This report presents findings from Ingenuity's first year of comprehensive data collection, the 2012-2013 school year. This report sets the baseline against which Ingenuity will annually measure district-wide efforts to expand arts instruction. State of the Arts provides the most current, comprehensive view of arts education in Chicago, and will be followed by a progress report this fall. The report offers an analysis of progress on the CPS Arts Education Plan and shows data related to its implementation in schools. The data shows where schools are lacking critical resources—arts instructors, arts partners, or both. It also provides an overview of arts education funding in Chicago, including district and community resources, and takes a look at how Chicago compares nationally. Ingenuity's data collection joins recent reports from Los Angeles and New York City. Chicago has made great strides—a city-wide Cultural Plan, the first CPS Arts Education Plan, the arts elevated to a core subject, expanded high school graduation requirements in the arts, a call for increased instructional minutes and more. But there are countless more steps to be taken before we arrive at tangible, sustained success for students in every school. This report sets us on that journey

Announcing Season 7 of ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century". ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, the Peabody Award-winning biennial television series, returns to PBS in October for a seventh season, premiering nationally on four consecutive Fridays, October 24 through November 14 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). WATCH: Season 7 trailer

You're invited: U.S. Dept. of Education/AAMD Student Art Exhibit opening July 23, 11am-Noon. Museums: pARTners in Learning. Join in celebrating this exhibition highlighting the work of campus-based art museusm with K-12 students in the visual arts and creative writing. Enjoy remarks on arts education from representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and AAMD, as well as student readings and performances. RSVP to Nicole Carinci: nicole.carinci@ed.gov

Race to Top Cash Drew Contractor Expertise-and Controversy. Faced with crafting complex applications for federal Race to the Top aid, and putting that money to work if they won, states turned to consultants for help. (Education Week)

Tennessee on Dogged Path to Race to Top Finish. One of the earliest winners in the federal grant competition is working to make sure its efforts to transform public education don't slip away when its $500 million runs out. (Education Week)

How the Maker Movement can improve education. The Maker Movement promotes hands-on learning through tinkering and play, and Dale Dougherty, editor of Make Magazine and founder of Maker Faire, hopes that events such as the recent White House Maker Faire will promote "maker-style self-directed learning" in mainstream classrooms. (KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog)

Urge Members of Congress to Support the NEA. Today, U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA),  the new House Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, set the initial funding levels for the nation’s cultural agencies’ budgets for FY 2015. The chairman was able to assign small increases to the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art, but also made some cuts to each of the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Please take two minutes to help get the word out.

7-8-14

NAEA Museum Education Division | Peer to Peer Initiative | Summer Hangout Series:  Reading Days
Reading Day 1: Maxine Greene - Tuesday, July 8, 2014  6 PM EST. As we recharge over the summer, we offer a series of three Reading Day Hangouts for the Peer to Peer Initiative. Think of it like a book club discussion, just over Google+ Hangout instead of in person. For our first session, join us and our art museum education colleagues to discuss the work of Maxine Greene.  Today, we will focus on Parts 1 and 2 (pages 5-122) of "Variations on a Blue Guitar". Advance reading is not required. Please feel free to submit questions, topics, or specific passages for discussion.

7-7-14

ESEA FLEXIBILITY. This week, the Department announced that six states -- Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, South Dakota, and Virginia -- have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  These extensions allow states to move forward with the critical work of implementing the bold reforms they committed to in their original flexibility requests -- which expire this summer -- with the ultimate goal of improving achievement for all students. (ED.gov)

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the "Spiritual Electricity" of Creative Flow. "Art is not a thing – it is a way," Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of what that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the stages of creativity, its essential conditions, and the best technique for producing ideas.

Field Studies of Art+Nature: ISLAND LIFE and DESERT LIFE, August 2014. The ART+BIO Collaborative, an educational nonprofit organization, is offering two art and nature travel opportunities this August that creatively explore the living environments of Puerto Rico and the American Southwest. In these classes, participants use hands-on observation, artistic interpretation, and biological and natural history methods to utilize the natural habitat as a studio+lab to make informed art inspired by plants, animals, and nature.

7-3-14

Three days to go! InSEA Congress 2014, 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA 2014), July 7-11, Melbourne, Australia. Download the Program Book and Abstracts online.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Make the Transition to Teaching Art at the College Level? One would think that with your 27 years of teaching experience that it would be easy for you to get a teaching position anywhere. I hate to say this, but the truth is that a substantial background teaching art at the high school level is actually a hindrance when applying for college-level teaching positions. The academic art world can be very snotty, and unfortunately teaching at the high school level is frequently seen as low on the food chain. As unfair as it may seem, most college art programs are more likely to hire someone who is just out of graduate school, and who has just a few years of teaching adjunct (part-time) at the college level. (The Huffington Post)

Ga. 22 Teachers Participate In ArtsBuild Leadership Program. ArtsBuild held its second Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute for Teachers in June. The program is based on the organization’s arts leadership institute presented each fall. The summer Institute gives K-12 classroom teachers and administrators the opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the role the arts play in the greater Chattanooga area. Classes included presentations on the arts in underserved areas, economic development, public art, and funding for the arts. The program also included hands-on activities, tours of arts organizations and artist studios as well as special guest speakers and panelists from the community. (The Chatanoogan)

Teachers learn how to apply art with science, technology, math. A group of 25 teachers from all over the state gathered at the University of South Carolina Upstate's George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business & Economics to participate in the Summer Institute for Teachers held by the Chapman Cultural Center. This year's institute focused on the transition from STEM to STEAM, the inclusion of the arts in curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (GoUpstate.com)

Tony Bennett: 'Hire More Art Teachers Now'. Bennett and his wife stated, "As an artist and former school teacher, we share a passion for arts education. The arts not only facilitate self-expression, but they enable all of us to recognize in one another, across differences, our shared humanity. The arts should be essential to our schools." (Broadway World)

U.S. Department of Education Approves Extensions for States Granted Flexibility from No Child Left Behind. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that six states - Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, South Dakota and Virginia - have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Extends NCLB Waivers for Six States. Six states so far will get to keep their waivers from many of the mandates of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act through the end of the upcoming school year. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Virginia: Opportunity for Artists, Curators, and Arts Organizations. The Arts Council of Fairfax County has just announced a request for proposal for programmers to jury and install semi-annual contemporary art exhibitions at Mosaic. Individual artists, curators, and arts organizations are eligible to submit proposals. The payment under this program is $7,500 for the year which includes 4 exhibitions at two locations.

Game-Based Learning from ASCD. Proponents of game-based learning say incorporating game mechanics, like frequent feedback on progress, customized practice toward mastery, and achievable, meaningful goals can boost students' motivation and resilience with challenging tasks. No gadgets required—gamification is all about creating the conditions for flow.

Popular 'Maker Movement' Incompatible With Common Core, Authors Contend. Maker education was a hot topic at ISTE, where educators and authors Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager discussed their new book "Invent to Learn." (Education Week)

Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival, Winter 2014, Boston, MA. Glovebox accepts short films (under 25 minutes) in the following categories: Animation, Documentary, Dance-Performance, Fine Art-Conceptual, Drama-Comedy-Narrative, Music Video. Deadline to Submit:  August 1, 2014.

7-2-14

N.Y.C. Announces $23 Million More to Expand Arts Programs. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday a $23 million initiative to expand arts education in city schools and fund training for arts teachers in the upcoming school year. (Education Week/District Dossier)

Call For Participation: The Voyage of Elisabeth, a collaborative performance celebrating the life of David W. Ecker, August 2, 2014, 7:30 pm at Loewe Theatre, New York University. Digital Image, video & sound files accepted on the following movement themes: 1. Worldly Dreams And Dreamers; 2. Setting Sail; 3. Course Changes-Sea Changes; 4. Encounters; 5. Coming Home. E-mail your submission to wizardmuse@mac.com with “Ecker Tribute” in subject line. Deadline: July 15, 2014. Brought to you by PLEXUS International, NYU IMPACT, & ISALTA the International Society for the Advancement of Living Traditions in Arts, in collaboration with Art Intendo©. Website: http://www.davidwecker.net

Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland's Success. Most educators have probably found themselves wishing for a simpler solution to the hardships and inequities of the U.S. education system. I recently got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Oppi Festival in Helsinki, Finland, with a group of seven U.S. educators to learn more about the Finnish school system and the lessons it might offer. Learn more about the NAEA Delegation to Finland in November 2014!

Analysis spotlights implementation of NCLB waivers. A recent analysis of U.S. Department of Education monitoring reports shows many states -- 17 out of the 34 reports that have been released -- struggled to turn around the bottom 5% of schools. The analysis also found that a majority of states are meeting requirements for college and career readiness and parent outreach. (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)

Virginia: Arts Council of Fairfax County. Opportunities for Artists: Call for Entries - Deadline: July 9, 2014 & August 22, 2014; Reston Century T-Shirt Art Competition - Deadline:  July 14, 2014; 2014 Washington Post Travel Photography Contest - Deadline:  July 25, 2014; 2014 Harnett Biennial of American Prints - Deadline: August 1, 2014; Seeking Exhibition Proposals for 2015 - Deadline: Friday, August 1, 2014; 2015 NICHE Awards - Deadline:  August 18, 2014; and Artist Residency in Mexico - Application Deadline: September 28, 2014.

JUNE

6-30-14

Catch Up on the Latest from the Creative Youth Development Movement. The Guild's Creative Youth Development (CYD) Initiative aims to expand the reach and impact of out-of-school time and community programs in arts-, humanities-, and science-based youth development; catalyze the development of new programs, develop a national network of CYD leaders, and advocate for greater investment in the creative potential of America's young people. View key resources below:
• Creative Youth Development page (includes over 20 vital resources, which span over 30 years of work in the field)
• "Creative Youth Development Movement Takes Hold" (documents the field's background and growth, as well as describes in detail the five key imperatives defined in the recently drafted national policy and advocacy agenda)
• "Collective Action for Youth: An Agenda for Progress Through Creative Youth Development"

California's Kids and Communities Boosted by State Assembly's Investment in the Arts. Less than one year ago, on July 15, 2013, the California Arts Council received $2 million in savings from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget. With this one-time support, the Council was able to fund 34 grant projects and two major arts education initiatives, reaching 43 counties across California. The programs and initiatives supported by the Council reflect its longstanding commitment to arts education and California's young people, and a desire to stimulate economic development in communities around the state through the arts and creativity.
 
Crayola: Fun in the Sun Crafts. Wild Animal Windsock - Imaginations run wild with these colorful, decorative windsocks. Read stories about wild animals to fuel kids' creative ideas! FIND MORE CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES for summertime activities online.

6-27-14

New ArtScan FAQ Helps Users Decode Arts Education State Policy. As another fiscal year comes to a close in many states across the country, now is the time to get the facts on your state's arts education policies. What are your state's instructional requirements for the arts? Does your state require course credits in the arts for high school graduation? Does your state specify that districts assess student learning and growth in the arts? Answers to these questions and more can be found in ArtScan—AEP’s new clearinghouse of state-level arts education policies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts. Register now for the AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts and Education: Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts on September 11-12, 2014.

Save the Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Summer Soiree. Join arts education colleagues on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:30pm for summer cocktails and a screening of HERB&DOROTHY 50x50 hosted by National Public Radio (NPR) in collaboration with AEP and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). With a strong educational component, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 explores questions on art and its accessibility, and how a humble couple was able to amass a 5,000-work art collection, then turn it into one of the most significant philanthropic projects in American art history.

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program – 2014 Call for Entries
. VSA and Volkswagen Group of America proudly announce the 2014 Emerging Young Artists Program Call for Entries. Emerging young visual artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, are invited to reflect on the theme The Journey—internal and external, personal and communal, human and technological—our journeys shape our aesthetic and environmental terrain and define our daily lives. Fifteen artists will be selected to travel to Washington, DC for workshops and a reception on Capitol Hill. Selected work will tour nationally. Awards include a $20,000 grand prize, $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place, and 12 awards of excellence at $2,000 each. The deadline for entries is June 30.

Creative Youth Development Movement Takes Hold. The National Guild for Community Arts Education published a piece by Denise Montgomery that overviews the Creative Youth Development Movement. She highlights the accomplishments of the first-ever National Summer on Creative Youth Development and the drafting of a national policy and advocacy agenda.

Regional arts organization releases arts education study - South Arts covers Kentucky, eight other states. Data from two studies recently released by South Arts, the regional arts organization representing Kentucky and eight other states, will be used to examine the status of arts education in the South as well as inform the future of arts education in Kentucky and the region.

Arts Education Is Making a Comeback, But Not for the Reason You Might Think. Surprisingly, student retention seems to be the main factor in the resurgence of gym, music and art classes. Having observed that students are either frequently absent or transfer to other schools entirely after these classes were dropped, school officials believe that reinstating these more “fun” forms of education are essential to reawaken student involvement. (Care2)

i3 Development Competition Completes Initial Phase. Investing in Innovation (i3) Development grants support projects that accelerate student achievement and drive innovation in K-12 education. From among nearly 400 pre-applications for the 2014 i3 Development competition, the Office of Innovation and Improvement invited 118 highly rated pre-applicants to submit full applications. Click here or on the above title for more information on this initial phase of the i3 Development competition. (ED.gov)

Development Competition (Full Application). The Department is pleased to invite 118 Development pre-applicants to submit an application for the FY 2014 Development Full Application Competition. The Department encourages applicants to review the documents on the i3 Purpose Page and other i3 pages to learn more about the i3 competition. The Development Full Application deadline is August 11, 2014.
Question and Answer Webinar for FY 2014 i3 Development Full Application. The i3 team will conduct a live Q&A session on July 15th, 2014, at 2:00 PM Eastern time. Below is the link and password for the webinar. Event address for attendees | Event password: i314

art21 News - June 25, 2014. In this issue: ART21 Partners with ArtPrize 2014; New Videos from ART21 Exclusive and ART21 New York Close Up; Upcoming ART21 Education Events; Host an ART21 Access '14 Screening; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and Support ART21 Broadcast on PBS.

UPDATED: Arts access at LA elementary schools, by the numbers. The extensive spreadsheet is the most comprehensive view yet of arts instruction for the 2014-15 school year, the second school year under L.A Unified's new arts plan. The plan seeks to drastically ramp up arts access for students across the district and restore nearly $16 million in arts funding. (89.3 KPCC)

California Arts Council Awards more than $1 Million in Grants aimed at Transforming Communities through the Arts. The California Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of its new Creative California Communities grant program. Designed to transform communities through the arts, this program supports twenty-four projects reaching twenty counties across California. The largest of the competitive grant programs created with one-time funds from the State Assembly, the Council received 157 applications for Creative California Communities.

6-25-14

Is STEAM the most logical way to learn? STEM is hard to define, but those of us who work with students engaged in STEAM lessons can see that the arts help make STEM personal – just the way adolescents like their learning. STEAM accentuates experiential, hands-on education. It encourages connection and collaboration. As students seek to solve diverse problems, their creative juices are set into motion by an infusion of arts thinking. Students feel more in charge of what and how they learn. (MiddleWeb/Stem By Design blog)

California Arts Council Invests in Public Media Arts Programming. Three California public media outlets will receive support from the California Arts Council for new and expanded arts programming. Grant awards to KQED, PBS SoCaL, and Radio Bilingüe, totaling $200,000, will support the creation, broadcast, and promotion of original programs highlighting the arts and their value.

Bracken Academy Runs on STEAM Power. There’s a school in Nevada with an unusual name that is helping students to achieve promising results: Bracken STEAM Academy of Las Vegas. The STEAM in Bracken’s name comes from its focus on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, with the largest emphasis on engineering. The school also is placing a renewed focus on holding […] (ED.gov)

6-23-14

Teacher With Girl Playing Music In Class. Several school districts nationwide are reinvesting in subjects such as art, music and physical education to retain students and boost achievement. One district in Wisconsin used extra funds to hire more teachers and expand access to such classes. School systems in Los Angeles, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn., also have taken steps to revive gym, art and music. (National Public Radio, 6/23)
   
Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity & Innovation in Education. Join the E³ Conference and Imagine Learning Partnership Forum on July 30 in Ithaca, NY. Hear from world-renowned speaker and thought leader, Sir Ken Robinson. Engage in collaborative discussions about creativity and innovation in education. Learn how to boost student achievement with dynamic technology solutions. Register today!

Historic Day for the Arts in California. Governor Brown signed a state budget that includes a one-time $5 million increase in general fund support for the California Arts Council. This is the first time in over ten years the arts in California have seen an increase of general fund monies, after support for the Arts Council was cut by 94% in 2003.

Education Department Releases Progress Reports. The Department released Race to the Top progress reports for seven states (Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) that received grants in the third round of the program.  The reports capture the highlights of progress and challenges that the stares encountered during the second year of implementation -- from January through December 2013. (ED.gov)

How Much Leverage Does Arne Duncan Still Have Over Race to the Top States? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

NAEA Museum Education Division’s Research Initiative, Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students Update. The NAEA Museum Education Division has recently made exciting progress towards the implementation of a large-scale impact study. As many of you know, this first major research project—a partnership between NAEA and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) -- seeks to better understand and identify the value that art museum education brings to student learning within the formal, K–12 American school system. We are pleased to announce that The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has provided a generous grant award to NAEA, in cooperation with AAMD, to support the planning year for this impact study, which will begin on August 1, 2014. In addition, Kress will also dedicate its Summer Fellowship in Museum Education at the Clark Institute of Art to this project. Jacqueline Terrassa, NAEA Museum Education Director, will be in residence from July to mid-August researching literature from the arts, museum studies, youth development, and education fields to inform this national study. She will also begin to work with the research team selected for the planning year. The Museum Education Division looks forward to continued collaboration with our NAEA and AAMD colleagues and many other stakeholders on this important initiative. Additional progress updates will be posted this summer. In the meantime, please email comments of questions to naea@metmuseum.org.

6-20-14

The Role Of Arts Education In Schools. What can arts education do for a school? More than you might think, say the experts in Larry Ferlazzo's latest collection of advice. (Education Week/Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo)

La. Art teaches through art teachers. The late great Harry Chapin wrote a song about a child learning to express himself in art class. In “Flowers are Red,” the boy wants to paint with all the colors in the rainbow because that’s the way he sees the world. He is told by his teacher to paint flowers red and paint leaves green, “the way they have always been seen.” (Shreveport Times)

Ala. Teachers learn how to integrate art into other courses. Including the arts in the learning process in classrooms challenges students to think more deeply about what they are learning—whether it is from a textbook or analyzing a piece of art. (Montgomery Advertiser)

Calif. Confusion reigns as LA schools flip-flop arts education plans. Over the past few months, Los Angeles Unified School District administrators have put out pieces of an expansion plan—a budget outline here, new teacher assignments there—that seem to contradict each other and in some cases seem to reduce arts instruction time for some students, rather than follow the school board's mandate to increase it. (89.3 KPCC)

Md. Council president requests hearing on lack of arts, physical education in city schools. Young will introduce a resolution Monday that seeks information about offerings like arts and physical education. In a release, Young said a lack of arts and physical education, or what he calls an "incomplete curriculum," has been a disservice to city students. (The Baltimore Sun)

Ga. Area arts leader to serve on task force. Arts education is getting some emphasis from the state as Gov. Nathan Deal announced an Arts Learning Task Force including Gainesville arts leader Gladys Wyant. The goal of the task force, announced Wednesday, is to increase innovation in art education across Georgia. (Gainesville Times)

Pa. How a Wilkinsburg art teacher is dealing with a school supply shortage. When her students at Wilkinsburg High School needed supplies for a Christmas-themed ornament-making project, art teacher Nancy Rowley went to a local discount store after school and bought salt, dough, corn starch, cinnamon and most of the other needed supplies in bulk with her own money. (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

6-18-14

Housing is Open!
NAEA is now accepting hotel reservations for the 2015 NAEA National Convention, March 26-28, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Click here to book your hotel room today! HEADQUARTER HOTEL: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

National Visual Arts Standards | Upcoming Regional Face-to-Face Forums:
Chicago, IL - Columbia College Chicago
June 24, 2014 | 9 AM – 4 PM | $99/NAEA Member; $159/Non-Member
Presenters:  Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team; Olivia Gude, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Laura Milas, Art Department Chairperson, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL

Register online through June 22. You may also register onsite using this form.

Anaheim, CA - Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
June 26, 2014 | 9 AM – 4 PM | $99/NAEA Member; $159/Non-Member
Presenters:  Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team, and Kris Alexander, Executive Director, The California Arts Project, CSU San Bernardin
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Register online through June 24. You may also register onsite using this form.

Learning by Doing: Hands-On Experiences Help Children Learn and Dream. I recently visited a great hands-on, experiential learning site for young children.  The IntelliZeum, the brainchild of Executive Director Blanca Enriquez, is a one-of-a-kind interactive learning environment, created in El Paso, Texas 10 years ago. This stimulating learning center provides enriching experiences for the lucky area Head Start children who visit twice each year. (ED.gov)

NAEA Museum Education Division: Peer to Peer: Reading Days Kicks Off Next Tuesday, 6/24! Summer Hangout Series: Reading Days. Reading Day 1: Maxine Greene, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6 PM EST. This summer, we're slowing down the Hangouts and switching to an every other month schedule.  As we recharge over the summer, we are offering a series of three Reading Day Hangouts for the Peer to Peer Initiative.  Think of it like a book club discussion, just over Google+ Hangout instead of in person.  For our first session, join us and our art museum education colleagues to discuss the work of Maxine Greene. 

Interested in joining the NAEA Delegation to Finland in November? Watch "The Finland Phenomenon" on YouTube, a fascinating documentary about why Finland is number 1 in the world in education.  We could certainly learn a lot from it.

Win a Crayola Color-on-the-Go Summer Prize Pack! Enter by 6/22

Save the date for U.S. Dept. of Education/AAMD Student Art Exhibit opening next month: Museums: pARTners in Learning, an exhibition of student art organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors at the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. Opening Celebration: Wednesday, July 23, 11 am. Exhibition Dates: July 1 through August 29.

6-16-14

Check out the newly released National Core Arts Standards (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts) today! View a Custom Handbook: Visual and Media Arts. View FAQs here.

Then, view a complete list of Professional Development Opportunities being offered by NAEA to help deepen your knowledge of the new National Visual Arts Standards and discover how to maximize the standards as a touchstone through these opportunities.

6-13-14

What Role Should Arts Education Have in a School's Curriculum? Share your answers online. (Educaton Week/Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo)

Lessons Learned: The Importance of Summer Experiential Learning. Last Friday, I found myself in an elementary school classroom engaging with students on the topic of summer learning. Studies demonstrate that there is a notable trend of learning loss when young people do not engage in educational opportunities during summer months; thus, summer programs and activities are paramount to preventing the “summer slide”.

Pa. Art Splash 2014: Meet the Masterpieces - Philadelphia Miuseum of Art
For ten weeks this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will become a place where families can enjoy creative play together every day. Art Splash, now in its second year, will introduce children and adults to the Museum through a wide range of programs. Themed to ten important museum masterpieces, from Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Eduard Charlemont’s The Moorish Chief to the Japanese tea house, Art Splash will offer gallery explorations,
hands-on studio art making, and performances.

Future of Museums Conference and Symposium July 23 & 24, 2014. The Future of Museums Conference is a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This free, online event will be held on Thursday, July 24th, 2014, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. The Future of Museums Conference is a LearningRevolution.com event, and will complement the NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums, an exclusive, day-long event where curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators will explore four major themes form the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Museum Edition. This event is being held on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014. For more information about how to participate or present, please visit .

Art Education and Digital Technologies: Virtual World Conference, October 18, 2014 (Saturday)/8:00 am PDT to 4:00 pm PDT | Virtual Venue: Second Life | Free. The goal of this art education virtual conference is to connect art educators through technologies and to exchange ideas on using digital technologies in art education. Art educators will explore the possibilities and benefits of using virtual world technology to deliver and participate in presentations.

Portland Art Museum Seeking Candidates for 2014-15 Kress Interpretive Fellowship. The Portland Art Museum has been awarded a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for a 16-month paid, full-time fellowship position in museum interpretation beginning summer 2014. They are currently seeking candidates with a background in art history who also have a strong, demonstrated interest in technology, museum education, and emerging interpretive strategies. Through his/her work at the Museum, the Kress Interpretive Fellow will contribute to in-depth research of the European collection as well as advance new and continuing initiatives in the areas of curatorial research, digital interpretation, and community engagement. Applicants must have completed a B.A. degree in art history, studio art, or museum education and must be either pursuing graduate study or have completed an M.A. degree in any of the above. Apply online by Friday, June 20, 2014.

Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts. Register now for the AEP 2014 National Forum, September 11-12, 2014.

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program – 2014 Call for Entries. VSA and Volkswagen Group of America proudly announce the 2014 Emerging Young Artists Program Call for Entries. Emerging young visual artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, are invited to reflect on the theme The Journey—internal and external, personal and communal, human and technological—our journeys shape our aesthetic and environmental terrain and define our daily lives. Fifteen artists will be selected to travel to Washington, DC for workshops and a reception on Capitol Hill. Selected work will tour nationally. Awards include a $20,000 grand prize, $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place, and 12 awards of excellence at $2,000 each. The deadline for entries is June 30.

Arts Schools Network Announces 2014-2016 Exemplary Schools. Arts Schools Network, the nation's largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, has designated nineteen Exemplary Schools for 2014-2016. The organization created the designation to honor member schools' excellence in continuing improvement and to recognize their efforts in strategic evaluation of purpose, operations, and educational programs.

Arts in Education Legisbrief. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) issued a Legisbrief this month that provides an overview of both state and federal legislative action around the arts in education.

New Report from Silicon Valley Creates. Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Business Journal, published a report in May highlighting the importance of the arts to childhood development and detailing the work being done to ensure that every child has access to creative outlets. Read the special section.

States Continue Progress During Second Year of Race to the Top. Today the U.S. Department of Education released Race to the Top state progress reports for seven states that received grants in the third round of the program: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (ED.gov)

NCLB Not So Negative for Teachers, Study Says. A new study finds that NCLB has had a limited influence on teachers' perceptions of their jobs. (Education Week/Inside School Research)

U.S. Senate Spending Panel Zeroes Out Race to the Top Proposal. The Obama administration's splashiest new K-12 initiative—a new iteration of the Race to the Top program aimed at bolstering educational equity—was rejected by Senate Democrats under a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 approved by a spending subcommittee Tuesday. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

6-11-14

Improving Arts Instruction - National Core Arts Standards Released. New preK—12 grade-by-grade standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts are now available to educators. The National Core Arts Standards (NCAS), which are unrelated to the Common Core State Standards and were developed by a coalition of arts and education organizations, are voluntary guidelines that states or districts can adopt or adapt. The standards were shaped with the input of more than 6,000 educators, teaching artists, parents, students, and focus groups during four national reviews, and they represent the first large-scale arts standards rewrite in 20 years. The NCAS creators intend for the standards to help educators provide all students with a well-rounded education that includes quality arts instruction and supports 21st century skills and college- and career-readiness. The standards integrate the four artistic processes—creating, performing, responding, and connecting—with the skills and knowledge, sample assessments, and criteria necessary for successful arts learning. Visit the interactive NCAS website for resources including an archived webinar of the standards’ launch, a white paper on the framework for the arts standards, and the option to create customized standards handbooks that match your curriculum and your students’ learning needs. (ASCD Capitol Connection, June 10, 2014)

N.Y. Save the Date! Young Audiences Arts for Learning 2014 Gala Celebration. Thursday, November 20, 2014, Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria, Cocktails 6:30 pm / Dinner 7:30 pm. Featuring a performance by the ISO Symphony of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York

The Da Vinci Initiative. The Da Vinci Initiative is a newly funded non-profit organization that provides professional development scholarships and other services to art teachers. They are currently launching the 2014 art teacher scholarship program, and are giving $15K to art teachers to attend professional development workshops.
 
N.Y. Buffalo Emerging Leaders Institute. Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) and Young Audiences of Western New York (YA-WNY) are excited to announce the launch of the first ever Buffalo Emerging Leaders Institute, to take place July 13-16, 2014. Building on the success of YA’s national Emerging Leaders Institute model, the Buffalo Institute will serve approximately 25 emerging leaders in the arts in Western New York. The Institute will serve artists, nonprofit administrators, service providers, community organizers, artists and teachers, who will complete the Institute having improved their skills as leaders in the arts and arts education fields.

Calif. Everyday Arts for Special Education Summer Institute. Join teachers from across the county for the Everyday Arts For Special Education (EASE) LA Summer Institute, a three-day training exploring the multiple benefits of curriculum-integrated arts instruction for elementary students with disabilities and inclusive settings. Discover the many ways in which basic music, movement, theater and the visual arts activities can be used to enhance student learning, communication and socialization.  Over three days participants will learn about the EASE methodology, dividing the time between hands-on arts activities and discussion. Date/Time: Wed., June 18th- Fri., June 20th, 8am-2:30pm | Location: Widney High School, 2302 South Gramercy Place, Los Angeles, 90018. Register here

2nd International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication - Call for Papers. The School of the Arts at the University of Northampton and The Cyprus Semiotic Association are collaborating to host a conference and poster exhibition in Northampton 24th to 26th October 2014. Submissions for papers are now invited on the theme of The Culture of Seduction [The Seduction of Culture], with speakers invited to explore the ways in which attraction and appeal have been marshaled and utilised in a variety of communication strategies and approaches to mass and popular culture. How in a ‘seduced’ contemporary environment are the semiotic aspects and power of ‘seduction’ used within visual communication, and is this sufficiently persuasive to lead to modified behaviors, either positive or negative? If so, might it be that such manipulation opens up a space where extremes become apparent and occasionally pose ethical problems? The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th June 2014.

6-9-14

i3 Arts-Integration Project Delivers Content in Special Education Classrooms. For teachers in New York City’s District 75, which serves more than 20,000 special needs students, an innovative arts-integration approach to instruction is improving students’ social-emotional and communications skills and helping to achieve both individual student and classroom goals. Supported by an OII i3 grant, Everyday Arts for Special Education is also being adapted by the Los Angeles Unified School District to help reduce the current number of self-contained classrooms. (ED.gov)

School as a Living Museum. San Diego's High Tech High makes it a priority to celebrate and make student artwork public. (5:04)

Students Making Connections Through Art. Each of the visual arts, music, and dance activities Elizabeth Rosenberry engages in daily with her 2nd graders has a critical underlying goal: eye contact.(Education Week/Full Frame Photo Blog)

Students Learn About the Power of the Arts and Serendipity. Eighteen middle and high school students from Los Angeles and Lawrence, Mass., learned about the power of serendipity at the ED headquarters on May 15. The students came together because of two ED Teaching Ambassador Fellows who saw commonalities in both the students' arts education experiences and their contributions to education improvement in their communities. Click here or on the above title to learn more and link to an ED Homeroom blog about this unique art exhibit opening. (ED.gov)

art&education launches School Watch and Video School. As a part of art&education's website re-launch, the new feature School Watch will present distilled perspectives on degree programs in the arts, with interviews, critical texts and editorial exposés on MFAs, Masters, Doctorates and certificate programs in fine arts, art history, critical, curatorial, cultural and film studies, and other related areas of specialty.

What Kind of Arts Education Does Workforce Development Require? In early 2014, President Barack Obama addressed workers at a General Electric gas engine plant. “A lot of young people don’t see the trades and skilled manufacturing as a viable career,” he said,  “but I promise you, folks can make a lot more… with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.” That simple remark sent arts advocates into a letter-writing and tweeting tizzy. When the president apologized a few weeks later, via a hand-written note to an art history professor, the gesture was hailed by arts ed advocates as a victory that acknowledged “the untapped potential of [arts] industries in helping to improve the economic growth, jobs creation, and trade surplus of the United States.” But the apology, while well-intentioned, didn’t reflect a change of heart. In the letter, Obama admitted that the arts were a source of joy in his life, but explained he was trying to “mak[e] a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history.” According to him, it’s not that art history doesn’t have value; it’s just that its value has more to do with joy than dollars – or practical skills. (Createquity)

Utah considers future of NCLB waiver. Education leaders in Utah recently gathered to discuss whether to request an extension of the state's No Child Left Behind waiver. The extension would free the state from its requirements through 2015. Some argued that letting the waiver expire could have financial consequences, requiring Utah to shift about $100 million in federal education funding. (The Salt Lake Tribune, 6/7)

New York: Family Art Workshop, June 14 & Drawing Out, June 17-22; Opening Reception: Thursday, June 19, 5-7pm At The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., NYC. FAMILY ART WORKSHOP, Saturday June 14, 10:30-12pm, FREE for children 7-12 and parents. Please RSVP to agood@drawingcenter.org. In the Family Art Workshop on Saturday, June 14, families will participate in a workshop inspired by the work in our exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect. DRAWING OUT: Student Artwork from the Drawing Connections Program, Opening Reception: Thursday, June 19, 5-7pm, June 17-22, 2014. On view in The Lab, the exhibition features student artwork from the Drawing Connections program, which pairs practicing artists with teachers in Lower Manhattan public schools to develop projects that relate classroom curricula to exhibitions at The Drawing Center.

Wis. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Suitcase Export Fund Launches Summer Funding Cycle June 6. Created to help visual artists with the cost of exhibiting their work outside the four-county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington), the Fund is designed to provide greater visibility for individual artists and their work as well as for greater Milwaukee. The Fund is open to practicing artists residing within the four-county area who want to export their work beyond that area for public display. Priority is given to artists with exhibitions outside of Wisconsin. The Fund provides support in two areas: transportation of the work (packing/shipping/insurance) and transportation of the artist. The maximum grant available to an individual is $1,000. A total of $8,700 will be awarded.

 

6-2-14

You are Invited! Join the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for a LIVE Webcast Celebration of the 2014 National Ceremony, Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm PT. The ceremony, held at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, honors students in grades 7-12 from across the country who earned National Medals from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

A big push for arts in education
. The White House recently hosted a talent show featuring students from schools around the U.S. that had been chosen for a new federal arts education program. First Lady Michelle Obama appealed to the audience that arts education is an essential component of traditional education, rather than a perk only for well-performing schools. The program will soon be expanding across the country. (WaPo, 5/19)

art21 News - May 29, 2014. In this issue: New Videos from ART21 Exclusive and ART21 New York Close Up; Follow ART21 on Tumblr; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and Host an ART21 Access '14 Screening.

Fun in the Sun Crafts for Summer from Crayola. Underwater Art: Kick off the summer months with creativity, color, water, and your favorite sea creatures! Create art with Crayola Oil Pastels and a bar of soap.

MAY

5-29-14

Arts Policy Library: The Participatory Museum. Written in 2010 as a handbook for museum professionals who want to engage audiences in deeper forms of participation, The Participatory Museum presents Nina Simon’s social, web-inspired approach to exhibits and partnerships. At the time of writing, Simon was a highly sought-after experience designer whose philosophy was made popular through her blog, Museum 2.0. Part argument for participation and part toolbox, The Participatory Museum aims to inspire readers’ enthusiasm about participatory design and prepare them to launch their own successful projects. (Createquity)

Turnaround Arts Initiative: Using Creativity to Fuel Achievement. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announced an expansion of its Turnaround Arts initiative, a program designed to help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts. The newly expanded program is funded through a public-private partnership, providing over $5 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ford Foundation and other private foundations and companies to bring arts education into low-performing schools.

Arts Education Advocacy Preconference - June 12-13. The Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts invites you to join arts education advocates, thought leaders, policy experts, and field practitioners for the Arts Education & Advocacy Preconference on June 12-13 in Nashville, TN.

2014 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference - July 23-25. This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and others interested in improving the arts learning experience for students with disabilities.

Check out Arts Education Partnership's digital Media Kit! It contains a number of excellent resources.

5-27-14

The Learner Project: A Student Art Exhibit. What does it mean to be a learner? On May 15, in ED’s headquarters auditorium, student groups from both coasts explored this question. Students from the School for the Visual Arts and Humanities at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles (SVAH) and the Elevated Thought Foundation (ETF), a nonprofit student arts and social […] (ED.gov)

Arts Program Shows Promise in Special Ed. Classes. Fueled by a federal "innovation" grant, the initiative aims to improve the academic, socialization, and communications skills of students with severe cognitive and behavioral needs. (Education Week)

Arts Education in Schools and Museums: What's Out There? Two arts education reports released last week highlight the variability in how schools and informal-learning environments address the arts across the country. South Arts, a nonprofit arts organization that works with nine Southern states, surveyed 4,400 K-12 principals about the status of arts education in their schools. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Keep the Arts in Public Schools: Pledge to attend the arts education & advocacy conference. 1. Check out this amazing opportunity to learn more about how to effectively advocate in order to Keep the Arts in Public Schools. 2. Register here. 3. If you can't join in person to learn about artsed advocacy (6/12 & 6/13) in Nashville, then please still take the pledge and pass along this opportunity to someone else.
Let's get as many people as we can trained to be effective advocates in order to help Keep the Arts in Public Schools!

Calif. “DARK” National Juried Exhibition 2014 - at Arc Gallery (San Francisco). DEADLINE: September 4th, 2014. The doors of perception - opening the dark to the light - creating the space between things that defines us, our ideas and our dreams. As the dark shifts and morphs, the shades take on different meaning, and ideas and concepts stand out. What comes out of this space for you? The artist feels something on a subtle level and is driven to express it, not from a conscious but from a subconscious mind. This opening of the subconscious enables the artist to create new work manifesting their personal observation of the world. Artists create their forms and color out of this space - thus inspiring the viewer to create new choices about how they see reality. A Juror’s Award ribbon and certificate will be presented to three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the “Dark” theme.

5-23-14

National Core Arts Standards to Launch June 4th!
Register now to attend the virtual event

On June 4, 2014 from 1:00-3:00pm ET, Americans for the Arts will help lead the release of the National Core Arts Standards. Join arts education leaders from around the country to learn more about the new standards.

Arts and Special Education: Reflections on a Photo. This week's issue of Education Week features a story I wrote about an arts education program in New York City that addresses students' academic, social, and communication skills. With support from a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, the program is being implemented and studied in 10 schools for students with severe cognitive and behavioral needs. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Mo. district hits high note with arts curriculum. A school district in Missouri, where more than 95% of students receive free or reduced-price meals, is beating the odds and crediting its success to the adoption of a curriculum that integrates performing arts, fine art and music. The district also opened a voluntary Saturday Academy to all interested students and has launched a new College Prep Academy. "Music and art are a form of expression, and (they) can be used to simplify complex skills and to help students express themselves academically," Superintendent Tiffany Anderson said. (District Administration magazine online, 5/22)

A big push for arts in education. The White House recently hosted a talent show featuring students from schools around the U.S. that had been chosen for a new federal arts education program. First Lady Michelle Obama appealed to the audience that arts education is an essential component of traditional education, rather than a perk only for well-performing schools. The program will soon be expanding across the country. (WaPo, 5/19)

5-21-14

National Board Field Tests: Calling all teachers! Help the teaching profession. The National Board is recruiting teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking a teaching license to volunteer to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process.  This is a great opportunity to help elevate the teaching profession and experience a sample of the process that thousands of teachers have called transformative. National Board Certification is the profession’s highest mark of accomplished teaching–it is performance-based and peer-reviewed.  The revisions are aimed at making the certification process more flexible, affordable and efficient so that many more teachers and students can benefit.  National Board Certified Teachers as well as teachers who have not yet achieved certification are invited to apply for the field tests. And now the National Board is offering some great incentives for participation.  You can receive up to $50 in gift cards for either Amazon.com or Powell's Books and/or up to two Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  All participants will receive a letter of commendation from the National Board. If you are not currently Board certified, participating in a field test will provide an inside look into the process – at no cost to you. If you are already Board certified, you can participate in one or more field tests to have first-hand experience with the revisions.  Participation in a field test also provides a professional learning opportunity which could be used to document how teachers are members of learning communities. Learn more and apply now!

White House talent show casts spotlight on arts in education. First lady Michelle Obama recently shined a light on arts education as an important component of school improvement. Students who attend schools participating in the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Turnaround Arts program performed at the White House's first talent show. Obama said the program helped spark higher math and reading scores in those schools. (CBS News/The Associated Press)

President's Turnaround Arts Program Expanded. First lady Michelle Obama, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the U.S. Department of Education, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and a number of top performers and artists met Monday at the White House to showcase the importance of arts and music education to student achievement. (The Huffington Post)

CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED AS PART OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ‘TURNAROUND ARTS' PARTNERSHIP–President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Launches ‘Turnaround Arts' at Special White House Ceremony Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. For distinguished arts education advocates Frank Gehry and Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, their arrival today in Washington, D.C. signals a new day, and renewed hope, for ten California elementary schools among the lowest performing in the state. Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership launched by the White House in 2012 designed to help failing schools develop and implement high quality arts education that will be used specifically to effectively address and turnaround the pervasive and persistent problems found in high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools. By using the arts as a tool in failing schools' turnaround efforts, students are strategically engaged while they learn 21st century skills critical to their success. (California Arts Council) 

SNAAP at Indiana University receives National Endowment for the Arts grants. The federal National Endowment for the Arts has awarded two grants to continue the work of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project based at the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, a center of the IU School of Education. An NEA research grant will support a college senior exit survey of both arts and non-arts majors. A second grant will support the next SNAAP conference, where researchers, educators and arts practitioners will discuss aspects of the survey findings and related topics, as they relate to arts training in the 21st century. Since 2008, SNAAP has surveyed more than 100,000 arts alumni -- individuals with undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in art, architecture, design, creative writing, media arts, music, theater and dance -- from about 300 American institutions. The SNAAP questionnaire includes extensive items on both the educational experiences and career outcomes of each respondent, including relevance of arts training, resource needs, job satisfaction, income and debt. (UI)

Arts education helps build ‘whole people,’ says singer Jessye Norman. Award-winning singer Jessye Norman has a problem with declining arts programs in America’s schools. “It is a big issue and it makes me completely crazy,” Norman told correspondent Jeffrey Brown, when they sat down to discuss her new memoir, “Stand Up Straight and Sing.” In that book she describes how, despite growing up in the segregated South, Norman’s family, church, and schools nurtured her interest in singing and provided the foundation for her later success. Watch the video to hear more of Norman’s thoughts on the importance of arts education. (PBS)

Arts Education in Schools and Museums: New Research. Two arts education reports released last week highlight the variability in how schools and informal-learning environments address the arts across the country. South Arts, a nonprofit arts organization that works with nine Southern states, surveyed 4,400 K-12 principals about the status of arts education in their schools. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Teen Educator Position at NCMA. The North Carolina Museum of Art is recruiting an educator for our new and rapidly growing teen program for a year-long grant funded position, starting July 2014. The position responsibilities include project planning, implementation, and installation of a teen exhibition that coincides with a statewide blended learning program. The educator would plan, coordinate, and teach teen programs, the spring teen event, and a high school summer workshop. The successful candidate should have experience working in a museum, school, and/or non-profit environment. Key knowledge and abilities include: ability to communicate clearly and effectively with museum professionals, teens, and the public; ability to take initiative and work in a team environment; knowledge and skillful practice of effective classroom and gallery pedagogies; working knowledge of art history, studio art, and new media practices; attention to detail; experience with social media; and strong writing ability and excellent teaching skills. Master’s degree is required with additional experience in teaching youth and teen audiences. Salary will commensurate with experience ranging $25,000-$35,000. Applications: Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and sample lesson plan for either teacher or student audiences to Ailsa Tessier at by May 31, 2014. Send to: Ailsa Tessier

Editorial Team Sought for New AAG Journal GeoHumanities. The Association of American Geographers seeks applications and nominations for a team of two co-editors for a new AAG journal, to be published by Routledge titled GeoHumanities.  The co-editors will be appointed for a four-year editorial term that will commence December 1, 2014.  We anticipate that the team will be comprised of one editor from Geography and one from a Humanities discipline. The aim of the journal is to draw on and further explore the multifaceted scholarly conversations between geography and the humanities that have been evolving over the past decade. As such, we anticipate that the journal will serve as a home for the critical and creative interdisciplinary work of artists, authors, historians, geographers, literary and feminist theorists, environmentalists, philosophers and others working across a broad spectrum of disciplines, and at scales from the personal and local to the  international and global. In support of these goals, the editorial candidates should possess demonstrated expertise in Geography-Humanities scholarship, experience working in and with interdisciplinarity, a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, and a commitment to working constructively with authors during the review process. Institutional support for the new co-editors (especially some time released from teaching) is desirable, but not mandatory. The AAG will provide a stipend to be used for expenses and honorarium at the editorial team’s discretion. The editorial team should submit a letter of application that addresses their qualifications, a vision for how best to launch and support the new GeoHumanities journal, and their plans to achieve active engagement with authors from the humanities and arts disciplines, accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae for each co-editor. Nominations and applications should be submitted by August 15, 2014. Please send applications or letters of nomination to: Chair, AAG Publications Committee, AAG Meridian Place Office, 1710 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20009-3198. Nominations and applications may be submitted electronically to the attention of Miranda Lecea at mlecea@aag.org.

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30 Miss. schools report academic gains with arts-based program. The arts are driving up test scores and closing achievement gaps in more than 30 Mississippi schools that are blending music, theater, visual art and dance into core subjects. (District Administration magazine online, 5/19)

Charm It! Creativity Design-a-Charm Contest from Crayola - 3 Days Left to Enter!

MU Art Education Program. Ella Victoria Dobbs inaugurated the historic Art Education program at the University of Missouri in 1909 and now, 105 years later, they are announcing a vibrant newly re-conceptualized Art Education degree program that culminates in a masters degree with K-12 certification to teach art and once again provides an opportunity for MU undergraduate students to begin art education coursework. The HeART Program (Higher Education Accreditation and Retention of Art Teachers) is designed for multiple entry points including the opportunity for BA or BFA students to begin the program during the summer before their senior year and graduate with an M.Ed and certification with one additional year of coursework. Students with an arts based undergraduate degree may also apply to be admitted to the HeART graduate program after attaining their baccalaureate degree. Please contact unrathk@missouri.edu for additional information.

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Statewide Arts Education Initiative Linking Creativity and the "Common Core" Launches in California. “Creativity at the Core,” a project of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Organization, supported by the California Arts Council and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This innovative program places arts at the forefront of Common Core adoption in California. A statewide initiative, “Creativity at the Core” will help teachers and administrators navigate the new Common Core standards by using the arts in professional development training, helping students succeed in Common Core and 21st Century learning. Online arts training resources will be created and made available at no cost to California’s educators and educators nationwide. Today’s announcement features the naming of “Creativity at the Core” regional arts partners -- nonprofit arts organizations that will collaborate with County Offices of Education to develop and pilot the arts training resources. 

Arts Education Program Works to Support Common Core Curriculum. Opening Minds through the Arts is a local program that uses art to teach traditional subjects - reading, math and science. Inspired by ongoing research into connections between brain development and music, the Tucson Unified School District program is considered a leader in a national movement to integrate arts education with core curriculum. Over the last school year, OMA brought visual arts, drama, dance, and music to more than 18,000 students in the Tucson’s largest school district.

DiNapoli Studios International Art Academy will open a campus in Sarasota, Florida, in August 2014, for the 2014-2015 academic years. DiNapoli has partnered with Elevation Preparatory Academy and the SarasotaIASA to establish a unique college preparatory program with top-notch training in each student’s extracurricular area of focus. “All programs will prepare these athletes and artists for college while still allowing them to pursue their area of focus outside of school,” says Joe Pickett, President of SIASA. For photos or more information, please contact Renee DiNapoli (941-966-3213 or dinapolistudios@verizon.net); Joe Pickett (941-224-7344 or Info@SarasotaIASA.com); or Tom Carollo (941-371-0462 ext. 311 or tcarollo@elevationacademy.org).

Museums: pARTners in Learning Student Art Exhibit Opening. The Association of Art Museum Directors and the U.S. Department of Education invite you to attend the opening of a student art exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education on July 23 at 11am in Washington, DC. The exhibit highlights the work of campus-based art museums with K-12 students in the visual arts and creative writing, and will be on display July 1 - August 29 at the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact Jackye Zimmermann.

2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards: Finalists Announced. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners - the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services - are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. See the list of all the finalists here.

Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem. This report includes essays by educators, students, researchers, and reformers exploring how leaders from the worlds of education and museums can work together to integrate the nation’s assets into a Vibrant Learning Grid. Read the report.

Half in Ten's National Art Competition. Half in Ten is a national campaign to cut poverty in half in ten years. As part of its mission, the campaign has launched its first national art competition, which will extend through June 30 with the theme Our American Dream—What will it take to get there? The goal is to engage as many children and young people across the country, ages 4-24, in a national conversation with their families, teachers, and community members about poverty and what we need to do as a nation tackle it.

ArtsEdSearch. Check out ArtsEdSearch, an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice.

ArtScan. ArtScan and its complementary research and policy brief is a 50-state snapshot that provides the most current information on 14 combined policy areas related to K-12 arts education.

Fla. Exhibit boosts support for art instruction and public art. Starting this week, Sun Sentinel readers who love the arts will have a unique opportunity to join efforts to establish a signature art event in Broward County. In addition to a world class display, our exhibit promises to become a rallying point for the arts community here to advocate for public art, art instruction and environmental education in schools and, in general, a resurgence in arts advocacy across the region. Let me explain. (Sun-Sentinel)

Fla. Grant helps open up spots in children's art program. Lessons in dance, piano, painting and other art forms will come free of charge for some Palm Beach County children, thanks to an anonymous donation and a new program starting at the Center for Creative Education. The Discover Series, a three-year, extracurricular activity for elementary school students, is now offering full and partial scholarships. Set to launch this summer with 60 students, the program is aimed at exposing kids to different areas of the arts, from theater to dance to music. (Sun-Sentinel)

N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio cites funding to address school overcrowding, arts education. The mayor also spoke about an extra $20 million in his executive budget for arts education, after visiting an arts class at the school. "They were expressing their ideas, their feelings and they had a teacher who was encouraging them every step of the way," de Blasio said. "It's a reminder that arts education really matters." The extra $20 million will be allocated "with the goal of reaching as many schools that don't yet have arts education" as possible, de Blasio said. (SILive)

Wis. MPS to Boost Art, Music and Physical Education. "We know that art, music and physical education aren’t extra things that children get, they’re important parts of a well-rounded education,” she says. “This year, for the coming school year, we’ll be adding 50 new teachers as part of the FY-15 budget. That will have a net increase of 142 art, music and physical education positions over the past three years. (WUWM)

Festival grant gives boost to arts education. The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation recently awarded Laguna Beach High and Thurston Middle schools with grants that will enhance several arts education programs. Grants totaling $26,000 include $5,000 each for art, music, ceramics, dance and performing arts programs at Laguna Beach High along with $1,000 for a multimedia production class at Thurston, according to a news release from the school district. (Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot)

Calif. State awards grant to help bring art education programs to at-risk youth. The California Arts Council announced the award of a $38,124 grant to the Riverside Art Museum to help bring art programs to at-risk youth. The program and grant are supported by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. The Riverside Art Museum was one of only seven organizations across the state to receive the funds through the Arts Council’s pilot competitive grant program known as Juveniles Utilizing Massive Potential Starting with Arts (JUMP StArts). (MYValleyNews)

Submit your presentation proposals for the 2015 NAEA National Convention! The theme is: The Art of Design: Form, Function, and the Future of Visual Arts Education. The Convention will be held March 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Convention Center and Hilton New Orleans Riverside. PRESENTATION PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE THROUGH 12:00 AM MIDNIGHT ET (end of day) ON THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014.

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The U.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program and The School for Visual Arts and Humanities at the Robert Kennedy Community Schools In the Los Angeles Unified School District With Special Guests Elevated Thought Foundation Present a Student Art Exhibit Opening. Remarks on arts education from: Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education Massie Ritsch; School for the Visual Arts and Humanities Principal Eftihia Danellis; School for the Visual Arts and Humanities Teacher Linda Yaron; and Cofounder and President of Elevated Thought Foundation of Lawrence, Mass., Marquis Victor. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11 a.m. to noon. To RSVP, email Jackye Zimmermann at jacquelyn.zimmermann@ed.gov or call at 202-401-0762.

Museum field trips take on new life with digital technology. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is among museums across the country using digital learning to transform the traditional school field trip, Barry Joseph, the museum's associate director for digital learning, said during a recent webinar. Joseph said the museum uses physical and application-based games and Minecraft with students and 3D printers to create objects that relate to subjects students explored in the museum. Students also earn digital badges based on the museum experiences, he said. (eSchool News)

High Stakes for States on NCLB Waiver Compliance. Reaching agreement with the Education Department on fine points of No Child Left Behind Act flexibility can be a make-or-break proposition. (Education Week)

D.C. considers future of schools as NCLB waiver expires. The District of Columbia was granted a waiver two years ago from provisions under No Child Left Behind, and officials now are seeking an extension. The debate has put the District's plans to improve its struggling schools in the spotlight and some question whether it could lose its waiver altogether, as the District has not yet met academic goals it set to win the waiver. (The Washington Post, 5/11)

NCLB waivers at risk in several states. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia currently are operating under waivers from parts of No Child Left Behind after Washington state's waiver recently was revoked for failure to tie students' test scores to teachers' evaluations. Now, officials say several other states also are at risk if they do not act. States in danger include Michigan, Indiana and Arizona, and officials say the sticking point in many states has been the pledge to tie standardized test scores to teachers' assessments. (Education Week, 5/14)

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NAEA Delegation to Finland. You are invited to join NAEA Past-President Robert Sabol and other members of NAEA to participate in this important international exchange. This delegation has been developed to foster one-on-one dialogue with our overseas counterparts. This delegation will convene in Finland, November 1-7, 2014.

New Paradigms 2.0 – Art & Design as Collaborative Action. Make plans to join your AICAD colleagues in Columbus, Ohio as Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) proudly hosts the 2014 AICAD Symposium, November 6 – 9, 2014. Information about the 2014 AICAD Symposium at CCAD is being updated regularly here. Bookmark it and your calendar now! Called New Paradigms 2.0 – Art and Design as Collaborative Action, the three day meeting will feature educators, administrators and students engaged in rich conversations about collaborative teaching and learning models that explore the complex issues related to business and professional practice preparation, off-campus study and globalization of curricula, and project-based learning in the areas of industry practice and entrepreneurship. Attendees can expect presentations and papers developed by the most progressive faculty and administrators from AICAD’s more than 40 member institutions from across North America. For the past 17 years these experts have gathered regularly to examine issues of pedagogy, research, assessment, and new models for delivering the best art and design curricula.

The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy & Learning with the Eric Carle Museum October 10-12, 2014. The Highlights Foundation teams up with Rosemary Agoglia, senior educator of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, to raise the bar on visual and verbal literacy. The Power of Picture Books: Links to Literacy and Learning workshop offers what educators have called “a life changing” professional development experience that uses the picture book to support literacy development alongside critical and creative thinking skills. The goal of The Power of Picture Books is to increase children's positive interaction with books and inspire meaningful discussions by exploring the untapped potential of picture books. The workshop tackles the integration of knowledge and ideas and addresses reading, speaking and listening skills—all part of the Common Core State Standards.This workshop builds a foundation for cross-curricular growth through literacy. With that in mind, workshop leaders encourage applications from teams, which might include a classroom teacher, literacy specialist (reading, language arts, English, ESL, library science), and/or visual arts teacher. Preregister by August 31, 2014 for October: $350 single attendee; $595 teaching pair; After August 31, 2014 for October: $450 single attendee, $750 teaching pair

Task Force on Arts Education Increases Awareness of State of Arts in Md. Schools. A new Maryland task force is seeking to create greater awareness of both the benefits of arts education as well as the current state of arts education in the state. Support for the arts ran high at a recent gathering put on by Governor Martin O’Malley’s P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools, or AEMS, for leaders in the Baltimore business community, but some were shocked to find out just how disparate access to arts education has become, especially in places like Baltimore City. (AFRO)

The Vermont Art Teachers Association (VATA) and VPR are challenging students to design a VPR T-shirt! In the Art Tells Stories challenge, students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit art that tells a visual story - one from your own life, from your imagination, or one you’ve heard about the world. (VPR)

Scarlett Johansson, Lena Dunham and other celebrities urge city to boost arts education. In a letter sent by city Controller Scott Stringer, the celebrities are urging city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to ensure that every public school student has the chance to engage in a vibrant arts education. (NY Daily News)

Ariz. Women & Philanthropy awards grants to 4 ASU programs. Women & Philanthropy, a philanthropic program of the ASU Foundation for A New American University, has awarded $308,808 to four Arizona State University programs that enhance ASU’s goals of excellence, access and impact. The group’s largest award, a $100,000 grant, will go to the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The Pave Program infuses the concept of entrepreneurship throughout arts education, teaching students not only their craft, but also how to create business and non-profit opportunities so they can earn a living and contribute to their communities with their chosen art form. (ASU News)

Zamorano Academy hosts art teachers from around nation. Teachers from around the nation paid a recent visit to the Zamorano Fine Arts Academy to see how the acclaimed magnet program operates. The National Art Education Association's recent San Diego convention included tours of the South Bay Terraces campus, where the 25 visitors met with the school's five arts teachers, learning about the school's unique arts instruction and public art program. The hosts were Vice Principal Don Nitzel and art teacher Don Masse. (SD Unified School District)

N.J. WPU program help Paterson teachers integrate art with science. William Paterson University announced this week that it had received a $130,000 grant to continue collaborating with Paterson Public Schools to promote the connections between the arts and sciences. The integration includes creating watercolors of cells in middle school biology class or drawing butterflies in elementary school to study the concept of symmetry. Even if schools offer arts instruction, integrating it with science and math classes is "not only exciting for the students but it has a meaningful punch...This was a way to increase the magnitude of the impact of the art on students." (NorthJersey.com)

Mass. Putting the Art in SMART. Arts education fosters creativity, teaches effective communication and can improve the general learning environment for all students, but since the passage of No Child Left Behind in 2002, much of the emphasis nationwide has been on reading, English Language Arts and mathematics. That, however, is starting to change. In addition to the new PARCC standardized test for students, which is gradually being implemented across Massachusetts, teachers are now being evaluated via the Massachusetts Model System for Teacher Evaluation. (Nashoba Publishing)

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Creativity: A Call To Action. Organizations everywhere are shouting from the rooftops. They are calling for innovation and imagination in our schools and demanding innovation and imagination in the workplace. The essence of it all: creativity is finally being recognized as a must-have, 21st century work skill. At the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC), we believe it is more than just a work skill. Creativity is a necessity at the workplace, in a home environment and everywhere in between. To cope with the ever-present change in our modern world, creativity has become an essential life skill for all. (Learning First Alliance)

Art21 Education News: Art21 Alumni Institute, Videos and Articles for Educators, and More. This edition of the Art21 Education newsletter is driven by queries, from questions that guide our work here at Art21 to questions that audiences have posed to us. What is contemporary art education? Notes from a discussion with two college professors. How can Art21 support a dynamic community of practice? Preparing for the Art21 Alumni Institute. What makes a generative question? Look out for the Season 7 Educators' Guide. What are our favorite new resources for educators? A selection of recent Art21 videos and articles.

The National YoungArts Foundation is calling for applications from high school artists ages 15-18 (or grades 10-12) for the chance to be recognized as one of the nation’s most talented young artists. YoungArts Winners are provided with life-changing artistic opportunities and validation through working with renowned mentors and teachers such as opera luminaries Placido Domingo and Denyce Graves, or trailblazing cellist Jeffrey Zeigler; access to significant scholarships; the chance to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts; and other opportunities throughout their careers in order to help ensure that they are encouraged to pursue their passions. Past Winners include violinist Jennifer Koh and Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens. Applications for 2015 are open now through October 17.

Could NCLB Lessons Be Crystal Ball for Common Core? Based on an analysis of the early years of NCLB, researchers suggest that, when standards increase, as they are expected to with the common-core effort, inequality between higher and lower-achieving students may also increase. (Education Week/Inside School Research)

Advice from artists on how to overcome creative block. "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work," Chuck Close scoffed. "A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood," Tchaikovsky admonished. "Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too," Isabel Allende urged. But true as this general sentiment may be, it isn't always an easy or a livable truth — most creative people do get stuck every once in a while, or at the very least hit the OK plateau. What then? (Association Media &Publishing)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Visit Schools in Longmont, Denver and Falcon to Highlight STEM, Race to the Top, and Innovative Principal and Teacher Leadership Programs. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to Longmont, Denver and Falcon, Colo., on Thursday and Friday, May 8-9, for several events that highlight excellence in education, teacher and principal leadership, and the importance of community involvement in our schools. (ED.gov)

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Opinion: Higher autism rates could mean more demand for special educators. Recent data showing a 30% increase in autism spectrum disorder diagnoses could spark a need for more special-education teachers, Jo Montie, program director of the University of St. Thomas' online program in autism spectrum disorders, writes in this blog post. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6% increase in job opportunities for special-education teachers from 2012 to 2022, she notes. "Special-education teachers might also be in higher demand in states that have more children with autism or other disorders," Montie writes. (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education)

CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts and Culture Workers - Spring 2014 Issue. This quarter's article focuses on recent policies, initiatives, and partnerships to develop "STEM to STEAM" movements, in which the initial focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) moves toward the inclusion of the Arts as part of the educational core that now becomes STEAM.

Four Steps to Close the Gap. #3. Integrate arts into the curriculum. Perhaps you think that teaching in the arts—music, drawing, painting, dance, theatre—is a kind of luxury content that is nice to bring into the curriculum only after a student has mastered the core subject areas. (In many schools, these classes are considered “specials.”) Or perhaps you say this can’t be a priority in Title I schools, where principals are fighting to keep all kinds of basic tools available. (Learning First Alliance)

Arts Organizations Receive California Arts Council Grants for Programs Benefiting At-Risk Youth. California Arts Council awards more than $200,000 to support quality arts education programs for at-risk youth within the juvenile justice system. "Studies show that the arts are a successful tool in redirecting at-risk youth. At-risk students with access to the arts tend to have higher career goals, better workforce opportunities, better academic results, and more civic engagement," said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council, citing research from the National Endowment for the Arts. (California Arts Council)

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Tips for making arts integration a reality. The arts have always had a secondary place in K-12 learning. If you doubt that statement, think of the first programs to go whenever budget cuts are implemented - music, fine arts and even physical fitness which includes dance. I've yet to hear of a school board or administrators discussing the way cutting math programs could help the school's bottom line. There is a hierarchy of academics in America, and arts education tends to fall pretty low on the totem pole. (The Huffington Post/The Blog, 5/2)

Next Practices in Art Museum Education. Next Practices in Art Museum Education is a compilation of information on AAMD member museums’ innovative approaches to engaging the public with the arts through diverse learning opportunities. Next Practices incorporates 100 case studies of the recent and ongoing educational programming that its member museums have designed and implemented. The resource underscores the many forms art museum education can take, and provides practical and inspiring ideas for future programming at institutions worldwide.  Download Next Practices in Art Museum Education here

CDCR, California Arts Council partner to bring rehabilitative arts programs to state prisons
Artists invited to help inmates develop skills


Why finding good mentors is important for new teachers. In this blog post, middle-grades teacher Ariel Sacks explains the importance of finding and maintaining contact with a mentor, especially for new teachers. Sacks writes about how mentors can reconnect educators to their core teaching values when competing pressures threaten to upend them. "A mentor should be someone who understands why you teach and who helps you connect your teaching methods with this purpose," she writes. (Center for Teaching Quality/On the Shoulders of Giants blog)

Mo. STEAM STEM + A(rt), June 3rd + 4th, WGHS Science Labs. A two day professional development workshop for local 6,7,8 grade art and science teachers. STEAM, the third in a series of professional development workshops between WGSD and WU. Particpating area art and science teachers as well as a selection of art and science professors and students from Webster University will combine STEM & ART in mixed-group problem solving exercises related to Next Generation Education Standards. Contact Ed Grooms to register now!

You are invited: A bicoastal student art exhibit, featuring the performance of "What It Means to Be a Learner". The U.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program and The School for Visual Arts and Humanities at the Robert Kennedy Community Schools In the Los Angeles Unified School District With Special Guests Elevated Thought Foundation Present a Student Art Exhibit Opening. Remarks on arts education from Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education Massie Ritsch; School for the Visual Arts and Humanities Principal Eftihia Danellis; School for the Visual Arts and Humanities Teacher Linda Yaron; Cofounder and President of Elevated Thought Foundation of Lawrence, Mass., Marquis Victor; and What It Means to Be a Learner, Performance by School for Visual Arts and Elevated Thought Students. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11 a.m. to noon. To RSVP, email Jackye Zimmermann at jacquelyn.zimmermann@ed.gov or call at 202-401-0762.

Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum. Autism and its related conditions remain among the least understood mental health issues of our time. But one significant change that has taken place over the past few years has been a shift from perceiving the autistic mind not as disabled but as differently abled – and often impressive in its difference, as in extraordinary individuals like mathematical mastermind Daniel Tammet or architectural savant Gilles Trehin. And yet despite the stereotype of the autistic mind as a methodical computational machine, much of its magic – the kind most misunderstood – lies in its capacity for creative expression. (Brain Pickings)

Pixar Cofounder Ed Catmull on Failure and Why Fostering a Fearless Culture Is the Key to Groundbreaking Creative Work. "Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before," Neil Gaiman urged in his commencement-address-turned-manifesto-for-the-creative life. "The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them – especially not from yourself," philosopher Daniel Dennett asserted in his magnificent meditation on the dignity and art-science of making mistakes. Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull says this is a grave mistake itself – not only from an abstract moral standpoint, but also as a practical strategy for cultivating a strong creative culture in a company and an entrepreneurial spirit within ourselves as individuals. (Brain Pickings)

The Imagination Workshop® presents Faces from the Forest  Theater: Inner Children From The Trees. PUT ON A SHOW! Using a format entitled LOOK-DRAW-WRITE-TELL participants of all ages are invited to observe images from a vast array of “arrangements”, select and compose a work of prose or poetry, and then recite their composition with music and/or sound effects AND THEN…  record it ! Most of these images ARE two-sided (faces on front and back) and evoke impressive feelings of joy, peace, anxiety, and even being “awe-struck”. Join our new and exciting event in theater with our “faces from the forest.”  Imagination Workshop® is pleased to offer this wonderful adventure in performance to you to produce as individuals or in a group performance. CONTACT: imaginationworkshop@gmail.com or 763-442-9349. Gallery is located near 60th Avenue North & West Broadway in New Hope, Minnesota

States Try to Skirt 'High Risk' on NCLB Waivers. Washington state has already lost its flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act. But three other states-Arizona, Kansas, and Oregon-may be able to shed the "high risk" label soon. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

After Ditching Common Core, Indiana's NCLB Waiver Is on Shaky Ground (Education Week/Politics K-12)

California Districts Request Extension for Special NCLB Waiver (Education Week/District Dossier)

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Artwork generated by 2014 National Convention participants in medley with Larry Gibson. Submitted by the NAEA Middle Level Division.

5-1-14

Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk. If you are unable to think of a catchy, creative way to present sales data or begin a newspaper column, take a walk. A brief stroll, even around your office, can significantly increase creativity, according to a handy new study. (The New York Times)

Schools add "making" to their lessons. Some schools are tapping into the national "maker movement." This article profiles how some schools have added "making" to their lessons. Some educators say implementation of the project-based learning method can conflict with end-of-year standardized testing, as educators seek to meet dual-instructional goals. "It is a tension point," Superintendent Pam Moran said. "Teachers stand with one foot on one side of a stream that is about testing, and another foot on the other side about making sure what kids do is worthy of their learning." (T.H.E. Journal)

Arts Education Cuts: Lack of Funding or Lack of Faith? In NCLB: No Chance for Latinos and Blacks, I wrote about responses to test score pressure that have been a disservice to children. One of those responses, cutting arts education, is often attributed to a lack of funding. Seems to me, though, that it's a lack of faith. Lack of faith in the inherent value of the arts and its role in children's overall development. Lack of faith in educators to help improve academic outcomes through a student-centered approach rather than a scores-centered approach. And lack of faith in children as learners. (Education Week / Coach G's Teaching Tips)

AEP ArtsEd Digest - April 30, 2014

ArtsEdSearch Summer Review Session. The ArtsEdSearch National Review Panel convenes twice annually to ensure that ArtsEdSearch remains the most reliable resource for educators, researchers, policymakers, and anyone seeking to understand the outcomes associated with arts learning in and out-of-school. The next ArtsEdSearch review session kicks off in June. Now is the time to submit your research study for consideration. For criteria and more information, visit ArtsEdSearch’s Submit a Study page.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Strategic Plan. The NEA developed an Arts Education Strategic Plan grounded in collective impact that will guide the agency's leadership, investments, and annual priority-setting process for pre-K-12 arts education. The NEA Arts Education Strategic Plan includes four goals: Leverage Investments for Deeper Impact; Drive a National Arts Education Data and Research Agenda; Collaborate with National, State, and Local Leaders for Collective Impact; and Provide Leadership for the Field of Arts Education.

Arts Schools Network Magnet Models: Starting, Sustaining, and Revitalizing an Arts School. Arts Schools Network's Executive Director, Kristy Callaway, and ASN member magnet school leaders will participate in a Magnet Schools of America webinar on May 7 at 1pm EDT. They'll give an overview of best practice planning, evaluating, and implementing effective organizational development for elementary, middle, and secondary arts magnet schools. The webinar will address issues ranging from purposes, finances, and governance to staffing facilities, evaluation planning, and more.

2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation. The award will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on May 8. The ten honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a natural history museum, a children’s museum, a natural sciences museum, an aquarium, a botanic garden, public library systems, and a book center, hailing from ten states.

ArtScan and its complementary research and policy brief is a 50-state snapshot that provides the most current information on 14 combined policy areas related to K-12 arts education.

AEP 2014 Symposium Resource Page. AEP has compiled the highlights from the AEP Arts in Education State Policy Symposium on March 22, Great Expectations for Learning: The Role of the Arts in Preparing America’s Students for College, Careers, and Citizenship. This online resource page is complete with session recordings, slide presentations, notes, and other great resources.

Center Theatre Group's new Arts Education Portal: The GRID. The GRID serves as an interactive resource for arts educators based in Los Angeles and around the country. Much of the information that is based on Center Theatre Group's current programming is designed to be shared from coast to coast. The GRID also hosts forums and blogs that provide educators a place to share best practices, creative ideas, and insights for the benefit of the entire arts education community.

The Changing Grammar of Community Engagement: Past Imperfect, Present Future. The history of community engagement partnerships between arts organizations and schools is the focus of an essay/article written by Eric Booth and commissioned by Chorus America's magazine The Voice.

Arts Strike Program. Legendary artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel, recently visited Detroit's Spain Elementary-Middle School as part of the Aspen Institute's "Arts Strike" program. The program is designed to highlight the importance of the arts in education.

Artful Learning (AL) Summer Institute. The Leonard Bernstein Center offers a first opportunity to learn about Artful Learning in a summer institute (in Napa, CA, July 15-18, 2014). AL is a whole school, full curriculum model with arts at the center (and with strong learning impact affirmed by research) founded some twenty years ago and growing quietly across the country--often jokingly called the best kept major secret in arts education.

International Teaching Artist Conference. The Second International Teaching Artist conference (Brisbane Australia, July 1-3, 2014) is now accepting applications to attend. Teaching artists from around the world will share and study their practice and develop international networks that will continue to grow.

How gaming is reshaping the way museums teach. Gaming is having a noticeable and lasting impact on museum education programs. The success of most video games is measured by how fun they are. Not so the games of New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Here, if a game is too fun, too engaging, it can create problems. Gaming has slowly become an important part of museum exhibit design, right alongside artifacts, fossils, movies, music and other forms of interaction. (eSchoolNews)

NCLB Waiver Loss Puts Washington State on Uncertain Ground. The Evergreen State now faces a potentially messy transition back to accountability provisions of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act.
(Education Week)

Mo. Dark Horse Art Works’ owner helps promote art education. Eric Stauffer of Dark Horse Art Works believes that all students should have the ability to take art classes. As of right now, the art programs at Alton School District’s schools have lost all of their funding. Because of this, Stauffer is helping to raise awareness and money for the micro-art program that has been introduced into the Alton district. (The Telegraph)

Nev. Noted art educator [and NAEA Monthly Mentor] says fostering creativity is its own reward. Many people would bask in an ego trip upon earning a national award, but Liza Amor said she was being singled out for something she loves to do. On March 29, the National Art Education Association honored her with the 2014 Nevada Art Educator of the Year Award. (The Review Journal)

Canada. Arts education a “secret weapon” to career futures
. NORTH BAY – There has never been a better time to study the arts. Outlining five jobs that were not available 10 years ago, but are in high demand today, Chris Walkin told students at Widdifield Secondary School “this is the best time in the history of human kind to be pursuing a career in the arts.”  (NorthBayNipissing.com)

Canada. Fine arts key component of education. To thrive and succeed in today's complex world, our Cape Breton students need to know much more than how to write, read and do math. Employers in the 21st century are seeking people who are creative and able to think critically, solve problems and communicate well. (Cape Breton Post)

Vans Reveals Top Fifty High Schools Nationwide Vying for Grand Prize in the Fifth Annual Custom Culture Art Competition Supporting Arts Education. Vans launches online voting today for the Custom Culture high school art competition -- in partnership with Americans for the Arts, Journeys and truth(R) -- calling on the public to help narrow down 50 semi-finalists to the top five high schools competing for $50,000 for their school's art programs, among other awards. Beginning today, April 25 through May 12, students, teachers, parents and friends nationwide may log onto the Custom Culture website (vans.com/customculture) and vote for their favorite school designs to advance in the competition. The five finalists will head to New York City in June for a final showcase event featuring celebrity judges at the renowned Industria Superstudio, where the grand-prize winner of the $50,000 donation will be announced. (MarketWatch)

Pa. School of Visual Arts students merge art, activism in new exhibition. "ARTivism: Bridging Communities Through Conversations," an exhibition by Penn State students in the School of Visual Arts (SoVA) ART as Social Activism (Art397A) course, will be on display from April 29 to May 9 at the State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St. (PSU News)

N.Y. Arts Education Funding. Our city is getting a failing grade when it comes to arts education. My office just released a first-of-its-kind report, State of the Arts, showing that, after years of crippling cuts in Queens and other communities, 20 percent of our middle and high schools across New York City do not have a single, full-time certified arts teacher. I have a plan to help get us back on track, but we must first know how we got to where we are today. (Queens Gazaette)

Work with art, disabilities earns Blandy lifetime achievement award. Doug Blandy became interested in disability studies and art education when he volunteered as a graduate student in the 1970s at Gallipolis State Institution in Ohio. (Around the O)

Crayola Creative Corner - May. Celebrating Mom in May: Mother's Day Art-velopes. Moms love kids' artwork! Here's a quick way to turn any drawing, painting, or doodle into a quick and easy gift. Also find MORE CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES: Celebrate Museum Month, Spring & More!

#ThankATeacher and Share on Teacher Appreciation Day. Tuesday, May 6, is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and we want your help in thanking a teacher that has inspired you. On Click below to download our “#ThankATeacher” sign, fill it out, and on Tuesday, May 6, post your picture on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacher. There’s no doubt that teachers deserve a special week […]
   
Illinois (Chicago): Terra Foundation Spring 2014 Teacher Opportunities

American Sources. This FREE yearlong professional development program for Chicago-area teachers focuses on the use of works of American art as primary documents to address critical skills in analytical thinking, inquiry and research, and visual literacy. Participating educators will increase their familiarity with American art history while working closely with museum educators and local historians and art historians to discover techniques for engaging students in close reading and comparison of different types of sources—not only primary and secondary, but also visual, textual, and graphic. The program is intended for middle and high school teachers of social studies, American studies, and English Language Arts. Applications are due Friday, May 9, 2014.
 
Upcoming Resources and Professional Development Opportunities. Registration for the summer 2014 Visual Arts of the Black Arts Movement program ended on April 25, but the CMHEC has many upcoming professional development programs on its website and regularly posts new resources.

Teacher Fellowship Program. This yearlong professional development program for Chicago Public Schools teachers is designed to inspire ideas for innovative curricular development based on the characteristics of self-taught art. Teachers apply in teams of two from the same school, and educators who specialize in non-art subjects are welcome to participate as part of a team with an art teacher. Applications are due June 1, 2014.

Teachers as Scholars: Indians in the Archives. This three-day seminar focuses on historical images of American Indian peoples. Teachers as Scholars connects Chicago Public School teachers with the world of scholarship. This program is offered free of charge to current CPS teachers on a first-come-first-serve basis, and is open to all grade levels and content areas. All seminars are content-based humanities programs that include a show and tell with items from the Newberry’s collection. Seminar dates are June 23-25, 2014.

Painted Memories: The Great Chicago Fire. This in-depth student workshop for students in the third and fourth grades is designed around the Common Core to help students think critically, consider multiple perspectives, and work collaboratively. During this program, students create a written and physical response to a painting. They will discuss and analyze the artist’s written account to gain insight into the lives of the people who experienced the Great Chicago Fire and to think critically about art and the messages it conveys. The workshop concludes with an opportunity for students to create a cover for their own fire narrative. Students discover history through text analysis, hands-on encounters with objects, and focused time in exhibitions. Advance reservations are required and the cost is $3 per student. Field trip dates are available on Wednesdays through June 2014.

The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections. The 2014-15 school year will mark several important dates in the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. If you’re looking for teaching resources for your classroom to use in the upcoming year, visit our educational website, The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections.

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Only Two Weeks Left to Submit Your Presentation Proposals for the 2015 NAEA National Convention! The theme is: Form, Function, and the Future of Visual Arts Education. The Convention will be held March 26-28 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Convention Center and Hilton New Orleans Riverside. PRESENTATION PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE THROUGH 12:00 AM MIDNIGHT ET (end of day) ON THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014.

 

4-30-14

Why extracurricular subjects should not be "extras" in education. There are long-term implications to reducing funding for art, music and language programs in schools, writes Stacey Boyd, a former teacher and principal. In this commentary, she notes that these so-called "extra" courses are central to learning. In fact, she writes, research shows that such subjects can help make students more employable in the future and can offer added cognitive benefits. (U.S. News & World Report, 4/28)

Arts Education & Advocacy Preconference: Empowering Arts Education Advocates: Tools and Case Studies to Inspire Action. The Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts invites you to join a distinguished group of arts education advocates, thought leaders, policy experts and field practitioners for the Arts Education & Advocacy Preconference on June 12-13, 2014 in Nashville, TN. With a rousing keynote presentation from the NEA’s Ayanna Hudson, inspiring case studies from the arts education heroes in Lansing, MI and the Music Makes Us Program in Nashville, TN, as well as practical workshops with next-day implementable tools for advocacy, attendees will close the first day excited, informed and ready to make local change in their communities. Opening the second day with recognition of the work of our peers, attendees will gather for a town hall meeting collectively strategizing about field’s next steps for advocacy at the local, state and federal level to advance arts education in America. Read more about the specifics and register before May 30th!

CRAFT IN AMERICA: INDUSTRY Premieres on PBS this Friday, May 2, 2014. Check your local listings.  

Whole Child Symposium: Choosing Your Tomorrow Today. This spring, join ASCD for its first-ever Whole Child Symposium (WCS), a conversation about what we want for our children's future and what we need for their education today. Building on the success of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Whole Child Virtual Conferences, the symposium will take effective education discussions to a new level, expanding the global ASCD community role in education insight, analysis, and improvement discussions. Panel includes Yong Zhao, Charles Haynes, Andy Hargreaves, and Karen Pittman; plus there will be a one-on-one interview session with our CEO Dr. Carter, conducted by Valerie Strauss from The Washington Post.

Michigan Could Be Next State on Ed. Dept.'s NCLB Waiver Endangered List (Education Week/Politics K-12)

4-28-14

Call for Nominations by the NAEA Research Commission for Preservice Division Commissioner. The NAEA Research Commission is issuing a call for nominations from among the membership for a commissioner to represent the Preservice Division. Nominees should be passionate advocates for the research needs for members within the Preservice Division, and either be a member of the Preservice Division or have significant research experience at this level. Deadline: May 21, 2014.

Artists' Brains Have More 'Grey Matter' Than The Rest Of Ours, Study Finds. You might be guilty of categorizing artists as "right-brained" thinkers who lean on that particular hemisphere of the brain for creativity. But a new study published last month claims overall brain "structure" is a better distinguishing factor between artists and their non-artist counterparts.  (The Huffington Post)

Legendary Harvard Psychologist Jerome Bruner on the Art of “Effective Surprise” and the 6 Essential Conditions of Creativity. One of the greatest preoccupations not only of our culture but of our civilization is the question of what creativity is, dating back to the dawn of recorded thought. But it wasn’t until the advent of modern psychology in the early twentieth century that our answers to the question began to take the shape of something more structured and systematic than metaphysical hunches — there’s Graham Wallace’s model of the four stages of the creative process from 1926, a five-step “technique for producing ideas” from 1939, Arthur Koestler’s famous “bisociation” theory of how creativity works from 1964, and a number of derivative modern ideas. (Brain Pickings Weekly)

ART+BIO Collaborative, a MA nonprofit, is thrilled to offer two art and nature travel programs this summer that creatively explore the living environments and wildlife of Puerto Rico and the American Southwest: ISLAND LIFE and DESERT LIFE. In each of these two classes – taking place in starkly different environments – participants will use hands-on observation, artistic interpretation, and various biological and natural history methods to learn to utilize the natural habitat as a studio+lab and make informed art about plants, animals, and nature.
ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, June 7-14, 2014
Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife of Puerto Rico, including rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments.
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2014
Info and registration: http://www.artbiocollaborative.com/island-life
DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest, August 9-16, 2014
Discover the unique beauty of the desert in this one-of-a-kind artistic journey through white sand dunes, black lava rock, underground caverns, and mountain landscapes of West Texas and New Mexico.
Registration Deadline: July 21, 2014
Info and registration: http://www.artbiocollaborative.com/desert-life

4-25-14

Q. and A. | Christo on Jeanne-Claude, the Art of the Process and Trying to Drape a River in Fabric. The legendary environmental artist who, with Jeanne-Claude, erected “The Gates” and “The Umbrellas,” shares memories about his late partner and discusses the status of several works in progress. (The New York Times)

The Case for Drawing and Doodling in Class. Far from being a distraction from academic work, drawing can turn students into better writers, asserts Misty Adoniou, a senior lecturer in literacy and teaching English as a second language at the University of Canberra, in Australia. In an essay for The Conversation, an independent source of academic-research news, Adoniou makes a case for allowing, and encouraging, students to draw in classrooms. (Education Week -Teaching Now Blog)

How project-based learning, STEAM support deeper learning. Project-based learning and STEAM -- the integration of the arts into science, technology, engineering and math lessons -- are gaining momentum in the classroom, writes Andrew Miller, an educational consultant and online teacher. Integration of the two models can lead to authentic learning experiences, he writes in this blog post, where he outlines ways PBL and STEAM can be used to enhance instruction. (Edutopia.org/Andrew Miller's blog)

Taking Action to Improve Teacher Preparation. Recruiting, preparing, developing and supporting great teachers has a direct impact on the learning and success of America’s students. Research confirms that the most important factor in a student’s success in school is a strong teacher, and excellent teachers are especially important for our neediest students. However, the vast majority of new teachers – almost two-thirds – report that their teacher preparation program left them unprepared for the realities of the classroom. (ED.gov/HomeRoom Blog)

2014 Investing in Innovation Competition Continues with Invitation for Scale-Up and Validation Applications. The U.S. Department of Education today announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) program's Scale-up and Validation categories. (ED.gov)
Important i3 Announcements and Updates to the i3 Website: On April 23, 2014, the Department published two documents in the Federal Register: the Notices Inviting Applications for the 2014 Scale-up and Validation competitions. For entities interested in submitting a 2014 Scale-up or Validation application, below are the PowerPoint overviews of both the i3 Scale-up and Validation competitions.
Scale-up Overview PowerPoint (1.71 MB) | Validation Overview PowerPoint (1.67 MB)

Question and Answer Webinar for FY 2014 i3 Scale-up and Validation Applications Overview. The i3 team will conduct a live question and answer webinar on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 2:00 PM Eastern time for entities interested in submitting 2014 Scale-up and Validation applications. Below is the link and password for the webinar. Please review the FY 2014 i3 Scale-up and Validation Applications Overview PowerPoints provided above before attending the Q&A session. Event password: i314

ESEA FLEXIBILITY. The Secretary recently announced that Illinois will receive flexibility from the burdensome mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In exchange for this new flexibility, the state has agreed to raise academic standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to boost teacher effectiveness. The Department has now approved waiver requests from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  Three applications remain under review, and five states have not requested flexibility through this process.

Arne Duncan Revokes Washington State's NCLB Waiver. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan yanked Washington state's waiver Thursday, making the Evergreen State the first to lose flexibility from many of the mandates of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

International Exhibition of Children's Artworks: Eternal values through children's eyes. Children's Art Gallery of Samara thinks society, culture and fine arts education itself have changed a lot through past years. We trust that this free-form exhibition could be the unique artistic document representing: the way twenty-first century children see, feel, experience the world and express their emotions; the way child's internal harmony turn into unique piece of art remarkable by its beauty, color, plastic, rhythm and other fine arts merits; the way social processes and events influence little citizens; and the way of preservation and transmission of the national culture to children in different parts of the world. Apply until 1 December 2014. Please send your entries to: MGIC city of Samara “Children's Art Gallery”, Kuibysheva street 139, 443010 Samara, Russia; Tel./fax: +7 846 332-20-67; or E-mail: childgal@samtel.ru.

DUKE ELLINGTON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS Fabulous @ 40 Festival, APRIL 26 - MAY 9, 2014. A celebration of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington; his birthplace Washington, DC; and the artistic excellence of the talented young students of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Featuring an art exhibit; performances in dance, spoken word, theatre, instrumental music, opera & vocal music; and various vendors.

The Dream Rocket Project is seeking art submissions from students for FREE exhibit opportunities. To reserve spots, respond with your answers to the questions pertaining to the exhibit you want to participate in. They are also gathering lesson plans from individuals around our nation based on these exhibits, participants will receive a free copy. For those that participate, you will receive general information about the venue in the mail, as well as a packet full of fun NASA information. These organizations support their vision of building bridges between subjects. After these exhibits end all art will travel to additional venues and be included in the final installation at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.

Art21 News - April 24, 2014. This month's issue of Art21 News highlights three brand new videos featuring artists Glenn Ligon, Gabriel Orozco, and Shana Moulton. Also view a report from Art21 Educators about their Carrie Mae Weems workshop at the Guggenheim Museum; a well-liked Louise Bourgeois GIF from the Art21 Tumblr page; and select writings from the "Value" issue of the Art21 Magazine. And for those who have been waiting to join the Art21 Access '14 program, in conjunction with Season 7 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, registration is now open.

4-23-14

Peer to Peer:  Reflecting on NAEA14 Gallery Teaching Marathon, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4 PM EST. The NAEA 2014 Annual Convention may seem like a distant memory, but many of us are still reflecting on the first-ever Gallery Teaching Marathon that took place at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art on March 23rd.  Join a few of the marathoners on Tuesday, April 29 at 4 PM EST for the next NAEA Peer to Peer Google+ Hangout to reflect on what happened during the gallery teaching, share your reflections, and brainstorm with colleagues about implications for #NAEA15 (due May 15, 2014).

New: Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report. This report was published by the College Art Association (CAA) in February 2014. The report summarizes 100 interviews with art historians, artists, museums curators, editors, and publishers describing issues related to the use of third-party images in creative and scholarly work. Their research was further informed by a survey of CAA members on fair use and a review of relevant literature and case law. Their findings reveal that art historians, artists, curators and other visual arts professionals who seek to use third-party copyrighted materials often face significant challenges in creating and disseminating new work due to the actual and perceived limitations of copyright.  The authors conclude that these concerns could be meaningfully addressed by a better understanding of the scope and application of the doctrine of fair use, which is an exception in the Copyright Act that, in certain circumstances, authorizes the unlicensed use of copyrighted material.

Pa: Moore College of Art & Design Teachers Summer Institute: Recharge/Refocus/Reconnect! Annual Professional Retreat for Art Educators, Studio-Based Program, $565 includes graduate credit, room & board, June 29-July 5, 2014.
 
Mo. KU's Department of Education is offering their annual conference, Strategies for Educational Improvement: Moving From STEM to STEAM, Friday, June 13, 2014, Lawrence, Kansas. This is a free conference and day of professional development. If you have a presentation proposal that you think would be appropriate for Kansas educators (see suggested areas online), please submit a proposal. Please submit your proposals online by May 1.

Ill. Hinsdale District 181 teacher earns art technology award. A Monroe School art teacher has earned the Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Art Education Association. (The Sun Times)

Ariz. Mobile art program provides art education in underserved parts of Phoenix. If Phoenix schools and youth organizations want more art programming, they can now call up an art caterer of sorts. Art4All is a new mobile art program launched by Valley Leadership, in conjunction with the Phoenix Center for the Arts. While the Center for the Arts is just a walk or bike ride away for many downtown residents, its programming and classes are not as easily accessible to other residents Valley-wide. (Downtown Devil)

Va. LBHS Art students join the Memory Project. Art students at Lord Botetourt High School have joined the Memory Project, a nationwide initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who are living in orphanages or similar homes. (The Roanoke Times)

Fla. Sen. Detert goes to bat for arts in education. In the state’s quest to emphasize science, technology and math, Sen. Nancy Detert does not want to see fine arts studies become a casualty in the education system. (Herald-Tribune)

Mich. Art Buddies program creates hands-on teaching experience for art education majors. According to the National Center of Learning Disabilities, students with learning disabilities retain information better by incorporating the arts with academics. It was also reported that these individuals are exceptional artists and, according to Grand Valley State University Art Education professor Katalin Zaszlavik, youths with learning disabilities are just that: exceptional. (Gran Valley Lanthorn)

Obama Administration to Face Hurdles on Vulnerable Programs. President Barack Obama has reshaped the education policy landscape over the past five years by dangling money—much of it in the form of competitive grants—in front of cash-strapped states and districts. (Education Week)

4-21-14

Vote For Your Favorite American Art. Choose your favorite pieces of art to be displayed in the largest outdoor art event to take place in the US. Your votes will inform the final selection of 50 works of art that will appear on public displays such as billboards, bus shelters, subway posters, and more throughout August. (National Gallery of Art)

Four Young Audiences Arts for Learning Affiliates Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grants. The Art Works Grants will Support Arts in Education Initiatives across the United States (Arts.gov)

Race to the Top: A Road Map
. Follow the twists and turns of the Race to the Top program. See which states and districts have gotten money so far and what they are supposed to be doing with it. (Education Week)

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Illinois. The Obama administration today approved Illinois for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and careers, focus aid on the neediest students and support effective teaching and leadership. (EDgov)

4-18-14

Art and Robots: Both Evidence the Creativity of Concept Students. Department of Education staff and guests welcomed more than 100 students, teachers, administrators, and parents from the Concept Schools network to the ED headquarters for the official opening of an exhibit of art works by Concept students from six states. Click here or on the above title to read about the March 31st event. (ED.gov)

National PTA Reflections Program Selects 2014-2015 Theme. The arts and the National PTA Reflections program, in particular, can be a valuable tool for building stronger school community partnerships. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is,  "The world would be a better place if..." Thousands of pre-K through grade 12 students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography, and visual arts. Visit the National PTA to learn more about bringing this program to your community.

ArtScan, a project of the Arts Education Partnership, is a searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

A Policy Pathway: Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title 1 Goals. This policy paper released by the California Alliance for Arts Education clarifies a shared understanding aligned across school, district, state, and federal levels of leadership regarding what is allowable when it comes to expending Title I funds on arts education.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: INDUSTRY - Handmade in the Creative Economy Premieres on PBS Friday, May 2. INDUSTRY features Gee's Bend quilters Lucy Mingo & Mary Ann Pettway, quilter Joe Cunningham, boat builder Graham McKay & Lowell's Boat Shop, artists Bethanne Knudson & Libby O'Bryan & The Oriole Mill, artists Shane Yamane & Jan Lee, and Etsy.

Pa. Mosaic learning: arts used in integrative lesson. The art department recently hosted a visiting artist, Rachel Sager, who helped more than 200 students create mosaics. In addition to art students, mosaics were made by students in English, Spanish, social studies, math and earth science classes, and then integrated into those subjects of study. (Herald-Standard)

La. ArtBreak celebrates 30 years of promoting arts education. A student art festival that began 30 years ago at the Municipal Auditorium as a political statement to support art education in Louisiana public schools is bigger than ever today. Organizers of ArtBreak held a press conference Monday to herald the seven-day festival that is expected to attract 50,000 families over one weekend. (Red River Radio)

Ill. Kim supports CPS arts education plan. In a show of backing for arts programs in public schools, President Kwang-Wu Kim spoke at the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan’s April 10 “Arts Continuum” event, where community leaders gathered to discuss ideas for CPS’ first arts education plan. (Columbia Chronicle)

Ariz. Arts Education Persists Despite ‘Non-Existent’ Funding. As K-12 students sang, danced, acted and played music at the Peoria Arts and Culture Festival on Saturday, April 5, nearly 12,500 people watched, viewed their artwork and took part in arts workshops. We’re celebrating students’ artwork and performances, honoring their teachers for the work they’re doing in the classrooms, connecting with the community and advocating for arts education. (AZ Ed News)

Ariz. PUSD receives Kennedy Center award for support of the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present Peoria Unified Governing Board with the 26th annual Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, will be presented today at the National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. Since 1989, this prestigious national award has recognized individual school boards for their outstanding support of arts education. (Peoria Times)

Calif. Arts Education Is Essential for All and Deserves Our Support. Our annual celebration of Arts Education Month, which has just concluded, gives us a great opportunity to remind ourselves why art is so essential for everyone and why it deserves to be supported. When school budgets get very tight, art and music education tend to be among the early casualties. That is exactly what has happened in recent years as school districts faced tough budget decisions, given draconian state funding cuts. (NoozHawk)

Calif. All teachers at 3 schools to be trained to incorporate art. Three San Diego County schools will split $600,000 worth of training to help every teacher on campus learn how to use art to teach a variety of subjects. Dennis Doyle, executive director of Collaborations: Teachers and Artists (CoTA), said his nonprofit is expanding its 16-year-old program in response to Common Core, new federal standards that emphasize creativity, problem solving, student engagement, and communication. (San Diego Union Tribune)

Wis. KidsArt seeks young artists. Young artists from throughout the Driftless Region are invited to exhibit their works in the upcoming Driftless Area Art Festival, Sept. 20-21 in Soldiers Grove. Invitations have gone out to art teachers across the Driftless Region for submissions to KidsArt Gallery for the 10th annual Driftless Area Art Festival. In 2013, more than 400 young artists' works appeared in the KidsArt Gallery tent, open throughout the two-day festival, and enjoyed by over 5,000 festival-goers. (LaCrosse Trbune)

N.Y. Lincoln Center Education Launches Summer Forum Learning Labs for Artists & Educators, 7/7-18. LCE's Summer Forum will feature in-depth and hands-on educational workshops based on LCE's core values of engagement, equity, integrity and creativity, and its approach to aesthetic education and focus on "thinking like an artist." Summer Forum is open to educators and artists of all kinds, and LCE-trained teaching artists will lead labs that explore the process of imaginative learning and discovery through works of performance and fine art, helping the participants determine how to apply what they have learned in their own classrooms, whether it be towards science, English, history or the arts. Lab topics throughout Summer Forum will include sessions on aesthetic education practices, teaching artistry to arts and Common Core, creating art in the community, and LCE's pedagogy for engaging students in problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

ART+BIO Collaborative, a MA nonprofit, is thrilled to offer two art and nature travel programs this summer that creatively explore the living environments and wildlife of Puerto Rico and the American Southwest:  ISLAND LIFE and DESERT LIFE. In each of these two classes – taking place in starkly different environments – participants will use hands-on observation, artistic interpretation, various biological and natural history methods, and learn to utilize the natural habitat as a studio+lab to make informed art about plants, animals, and nature.
ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, June 7-14, 2014
Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife of Puerto Rico, including rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments. Registration Deadline: May 19, 2014
DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest, August 9-16, 2014
Discover the unique beauty of the desert in this one-of-a-kind artistic journey through white sand dunes, black lava rock, underground caverns, and mountain landscapes of West Texas and New Mexico. Registration Deadline: July 21, 2014

Many States Left Key NCLB Flexibility on the Table. Amid a nationwide backlash against testing, states were expected to jump at the chance to design accountability systems that judge schools on measures other than test scores alone—from specific offerings such as Advanced Placement courses to systemic factors such as school climate. (Education Week)

4-16-14

11 Facts About Arts in Education (DoSomething.org)

How time for creative thinking helps build problem-solving skills. Creative activities, such as music-making and other art forms, support the development of problem-solving skills, asserts Charles Limb, an associate professor at John's Hopkins University. This blog post highlights some of Limb's research findings and their implications for creative arts in schools. "Very early on there's this need for the brain to be able to come up with something that it didn't know before, that's not being taught to it, but to find a way to figure something out that's creative," Limb said. (KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog)

Full STEAM Ahead with TreeSmART (Workshop), Costa Rica, July 17 - July 30, 2014 - Only a Few Spots Left! When Art was included in the recent STEM educational agenda that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM + Art = STEAM. The TreeSmART workshop will provide experiences for both artists and teachers to incorporate these principles into their practice using trees as a theme. An introduction to local tree ecology by UGA Costa Rica naturalists, on-site sketching and journaling, resource sharing, field trips, and several hands-on STEAM projects will be included. You can earn up to 60 Professional Development hours (6 PLUs)! Cost:$1,800. Apply by May 31 2014. For information and registration: artintendo@gmail.com.

WEBINAR: Enhancing Memory Through Creativity: Cognitive Training with Diverse Groups, Tuesdays by webinar: May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd (5 weeks; 10 hours/ 10 CEUs), 4:30-6:30pm EST

2014 Arts & Education Forum Thought Leaders Announced. SCEA's Arts & Education Forum convenes a national audience on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus for the purpose of brainstorming ideas, disseminating research, and developing strategies that advance best practices and shape policy recommendations for improving arts education in our schools.

International Art Education Association (InAEA) and International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) would like to invite you to join us to celebrate the 3rd UNESCO International Arts Education Week. Theme: Advocating the importance of arts education. Draw attention to the role of arts educations plays in the global agenda of peace and cultural understanding. Call for art works: Open until May 18; Online exhibition date: May 23 to May 31; Virtual world exhibition opening date: May 24, 10 am (PST). Certification: All the participated artists will receive a PDF participation certification via email after the event. Also, visit InAEA Second Life location.

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How schools can launch effective STEAM programs. Building successful STEAM programs -- those that focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- involves starting small and building upon existing lessons, said educators featured in this article. Other tips include focusing on training teachers and allowing flexibility within the program. "It takes a year of transitioning to the STEAM mindset and getting your staff to really gel as a team, to learn to talk to each other," STEAM consultant Georgette Yakman said. (EdTech magazine online)

Museums Step Up as Resource for New Science Standards. As a small but growing number of states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, science museums and centers are positioning themselves as a key resource for helping teachers adapt to the vision for instruction reflected in the new guidelines. Some educators say that professional-development sessions held at museums—unlike those at conference centers, universities, or districts—give teachers immediate access to the kinds of hands-on activities that the common science standards call for. In addition, such institutions often bring a wealth of expertise on both content and pedagogy, employing a mix of scientists and professional educators. (Education Week)

Art Everywhere: A Very Very Big Art Show at the National Gallery of Art. American artists have long found inspiration in iconic locations such as Times Square, Sunset Boulevard, and Route 66. Starting on August 4, 2014, and continuing for four weeks, Art Everywhere US will transform these and other public spaces into free open-air galleries for American masterworks  in  the largest outdoor art  show ever conceived—and one curated with the help of the American people through an online vote. (NGA)

Save the Date: May 2 - The U.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program and Iredell-Statesville (N.C.) Schools Present a Student Art Exhibit Opening and Performances at the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC. Friday, May 2, 2014, 11 am - 12 noon. Questions? Email Jackye Zimmermann at jacquelyn.zimmermann@ed.gov or call 202-401-0762.

NYC Maps Schools Without Arts Teachers. It’s a fact that’s becoming harder to deny: New York City’s public schools are, as a whole, not making the grade when it comes to arts education. A report released today by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office paints a dismal picture for the presence of arts educators in public schools, especially those in lower income neighborhoods in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn. Its findings of large numbers of public schools without full or part-time arts educators, have also been translated into an interactive Google map of the five boroughs on the comptroller’s website.

Couple launches site for art educators after struggling to find resources. The Art of Education was born when Jessica, who was working on her masters, struggled to find professional development resources for art teachers. So she and her husband created what she had struggled to find: online resources for art educators looking to further their knowledge and grow professionally. Now the Art of Ed has a team of 13 scattered across the country and its site offers everything from daily lesson plays to fully accredited online classes, through the company's partnership with Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. (SiliconPrairie)

Request for Proposals: 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education in Los Angeles! This year’s conference will focus on collaboration—amongst ourselves and with allies in other sectors—to create more a favorable environment for our work, increase investment in our field, and engender greater public will for equitable access to arts education.  All arts education stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to the conversation: arts education leaders, funders, policy makers, academics, researchers, and other allies. Fulfilling our mission to ensure that all Americans enjoy access to quality arts learning opportunities requires that we all work together. Anyone can propose a session, regardless of membership in the National Guild. The deadline to submit a proposal is May 15, 2014.
 
The Interdependence Hexagon Project invites you to join the 2014 Interdependence Hexagon Project. Participate/introduce your students to an engaging social Justice Art Education Model - Interdisciplinary, uses 21st Century Skills, student driven, aligns with common core concepts. Students create themes of interconnectedness using a downloadable hexagonal template, a metaphor for interdependence. Visit the website for ALL details, samples, units of study, online registration and resources. Deadline: June 30. Exhibit opens September 6.

The Top 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs That Every Art Teacher Must Learn. As an Apple fan, I have always been interested in how Steve Jobs created a billion dollar company from something he started as a kid in his garage. I recently read an article titled 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs That Every Marketer Must Learn by Dan Lyons. Through reading this article, I learned that Jobs’ greatest asset was his marketing ability.

Art Assessment on the Run. With assessment requirements abound and the focus of many different stakeholders (students, parents/guardians, colleagues, administrators, the community, policy makers, and others), it is a key element we must all work with and develop.

BLOG: NAEA Conference San Diego w/Cherie Tymkiw

4-11-14

AEP Arts in Education State Policy Symposium Resource Page Now Available. 100+ Arts and Education Leaders. 30 States. 1 Day. They came together in Washington, DC on March 22 for the Arts in Education State Policy Symposium, Great Expectations for Learning: The Role of the Arts in Preparing America’s Students for College, Careers, and Citizenship. Their goal: inform, connect, and take action to ensure that every student has the high quality education in and through the arts needed to succeed in school, work, and life. If you missed this Symposium, AEP has compiled the highlights for you to review, share, and use in your work to advance the role of the arts in responding to – and informing – state and local education policy goals and priorities. Topics and news from the day are highlighted in the audio recordings, handouts, and slide presentations available here which include:
• AEP’s 2014 ArtScan – a 50-state clearinghouse and state policy brief of education policies shaping arts education instruction and opportunities for more than 50 million public school students
• Opening remarks by Sandra Ruppert: How the Arts Can Lead the Way for Change
• Three Priorities Shaping the State Education Policy Landscape
• A Snapshot of Federal Issues Through the State Lens – Spotlight on Title I and the Arts
• Evaluating Arts Education Advocacy Progress – How Do We Know If It’s Working?

Measuring Creativity - The Last Windmill? I am a creativity researcher. It is both a boon and annoyance to study something that is of (some) interest to the general public. One common reaction from skeptics is that it is impossible (and, perhaps, foolhardy if not a bit deluded) to measure creativity. I have my ready-made answer. It usually involves the fact that we have many well-established, commonly-used creativity tests that have been around for more than 60 years. But the secret is that there is more truth than I would like to admit in this criticism. Creativity measurement is creativity’s Achilles heel. Consider what assessment means in some common constructs. (Learning First Alliance)

The Case for Drawing and Doodling in Class. Far from being a distraction from academic work, drawing can turn students into better writers, asserts Misty Adoniou, a senior lecturer in literacy and teaching English as a second language at the University of Canberra, in Australia. In an essay for The Conversation, an independent source of academic-research news, Adoniou makes a case for allowing, and encouraging, students to draw in classrooms. (Teaching Now)

Many States Left Key NCLB Flexibility on the Table. Just 18 of the 42 states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers seized the opportunity to use a wider array of measures to track how well schools are doing. (Education Week)

Update on OII’s 2014 Grant Competitions. The Office of Innovation and Improvement is conducting 13 grant competitions in the current fiscal year. Five program areas -- Arts in Education, Charter Schools, Investing in Innovation, Full-Service Community Schools, and Teacher Quality Partnership -- offer opportunities for support of innovations at the school, district, state, and national levels. Click here or on the above title to learn the details and connect to a helpful ED funding forecast Web link. (ED.gov)

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Session resources/handouts from the 2014 NAEA National Convention are available now through the mobile app for a period of one (1) year. If materials were submitted to us by the presenter(s), you will find them under the session, Resources tab, click on Handouts, and then the title of the resource. You will be prompted to download or email the handout. You will also see a PDF icon in the session listing by day if a handout is available for a particular session. If you do not have access to a smartphone, you can still access the material via your web browser at http://app.core-apps.com/naea2014.
NAEA Members: Click here to access the complete collection of resources.
(If you attended the Convention but are not an NAEA member, send your request for specific session resources to webmaster@arteducators.org.)

Serve Your Profession! Volunteer to Participate in National Board Field Tests. Help shape the future of National Board Certification and experience a sample of the process that thousands of teachers have called transformative. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is seeking PreK-12 grade teachers to volunteer to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process. Performance-based and peer-reviewed, National Board Certification is the profession’s highest mark of accomplished teaching. The revisions are aimed at making the certification process more flexible, affordable and efficient so that many more teachers and students can benefit. National Board Certified Teachers as well as teachers who have not yet achieved certification are invited to apply. Learn more and apply now! What are the benefits of participating in the field tests? Non-NBCTs- For anyone who may be interested in seeking National Board certification in the future, participating in a field test will provide an inside look into the process. It affords a no-cost, no-risk practice run on a component. Those field testing the assessment center component will have the opportunity to see how the assessment center works and see what types of questions are asked. NBCTs- NBCTs who want to support candidates as they go through the process can participate in one or more field tests to have first-hand experience with the new process. Participating in a field test may be used as a milestone for a Professional Growth Experience for National Board certification renewal. The assessment center field test assignments will begin in April 2014.

NAEA Members:
The April issue of NAEA News is here! Don't miss: Message from the President: Then and Now: Celebrating Next Generation Visual Arts Standards, Dennis Inhulsen, and Message from the Executive Director: Cleansing the Palette, Deborah B. Reeve, EdD

Your May/June Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! Inspiring Creativity Since 1901, SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts.

Interested in design and design thinking? Then plan on attending the Designed Future 2014: Design Education Conference | Design-ed conference presented by The DESIGN-ED Coalition, June 27-28, 2014, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

ARTFUL CORE: UNCOMMON APPROACHES TO THE COMMON CORE. Calling all educators! Are you interested in learning more about addressing the Common Core through visual, performing and media arts? Join us for a conference featuring breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, vendors and more.
Saturday, May 31 10:30 am–4:30 pm, 45th & Oak, Kansas City, Missouri. $30 Fee Includes lunch & parkingThis conference is presented by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Missouri Alliance for Arts Education Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education

Call for Proposals for the 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit is OPEN! Deadline is Midnight April 20, 2014.

Northern Virginia: FREE Arts Workshop - Saturday, April 26th. Don’t miss this two-part workshop that focuses on using data to tell your arts story and marketing best practices! The workshop will be held Saturday, April 26th from 10 am-12 pm and is FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Center for Education at Wolf Trap Foundation and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Arrive early for networking and a free breakfast. RSVP Required (max. 100): Register online. Location: Center for Education, Lecture Hall, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
• Arts Education — Your Data Your Story. Ensuring that arts education services and programs are designed to meet the needs of school partners and implemented successfully are primary objectives for most arts organizations. Utilizing multiple approaches to assessment can be valuable for informing how to accomplish these objectives. In this workshop, Akua Kouyate-Tate, Wolf Trap Senior Director of Education and Jennifer Cooper, Wolf Trap Institute Director will share lessons learned and various ways that assessment supports program implementation. Presentation topics will include: Why assessment is important and what it means; Types of tools that can be used to measure arts education programs; and Effective ways to gather data for the assessment
• Rethinking your Programs & Partnerships through the Data Lens: Arts Marketing — Engaging and Motivating the Arts Patron. Wolf Trap Foundation’s Heidi Kibirsky, Director of Marketing, and Carmen Samuel, Wolf Trap Foundation Fellow, will lead a presentation on marketing best practices, with an emphasis on data mining, advertising, promotions, and grassroots efforts to engage diverse audiences. The presentation will include practical applications, a Q&A session, and a ‘quick-guide’ handout.

Symposium: "Making and Unmaking the Global," a panel and discussion with Alexandra Munroe, Shahzia Sikander, and Jorge Daniel Veneciano, with James Elkins serving as moderator, April 25, 2014. The Art History faculty at CCNY would like to formally invite you to attend the symposium, which is free and open to the public. Globalization: is the condition of art today. It is unsystematically reshaping the frameworks of art history and art institutions as scholars, curators, and the market experiment with answers to its challenges. How are we right now remaking the idea of modern art to recognize the world’s regional modernisms? How are we querying processes of globalization in contemporary art without the luxury of critical distance? The symposium examines the decisions that make global art markets, canons, and values and the ways these decisions are made, critiqued or potentially unmade. In short, this symposium seeks to look critically at the experimentation that globalization brings to the present moment in the arts. We foreground institutions in New York City to consider how cosmopolitan centers give different inflections to global art and how global conversations dominate local ones.

10 innovative STEAM education apps. It's no secret that the concept of STEM education, which emphasizes the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math, has made its way to the heart of the ongoing education debate. But now, STEAM education [ Read More ]

National Policy Agenda Calls for Greater Investment in Creative Potential of America's Young People. Greater investment in out-of-school arts, humanities, and science programs that develop young people's creative potential and foster individual growth and social responsibility will enable youth to live richer, fuller lives and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to make a successful transition to adulthood. That was the key conclusion of participants in the National Summit on Creative Youth Development in Boston, March 27-29, 2014. Together more than 200 leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers, and youth drafted "Collective Action for Youth: An Agenda for Progress through Creative Youth Development," a policy and advocacy agenda to be implemented at the local, state, and national levels.

Unlock Art: Where are the Women? How can we rewrite art history to properly attribute the largely ignored female artists, their work, and their influence in art and art movements?

Free Curricula & Software to Support STEAM Subjects in U.S. Schools. Autodesk's Design the Future program provides U.S. secondary schools with free* Autodesk® design software, curricula aligned to Common Core, ISTE, and state standards, training, and certification in response to President Obama's ConnectED initiative. Is your school among the thousands of U.S. schools registered for the program to support STEAM education? Register today to help your school bring next generation resources into the classroom. Your school is eligible to access up to 125 software licenses with three years of access to products that are widely used by leading designers, engineers, and architects, including Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Inventor®, 3ds Max®, Revit®, and Maya®.

Target - Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grants. Supporting programs that bring the arts to school kids helps expand their horizons and stay on track for a brighter future. Target is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations, located within 100 miles of a Target Store, for programs that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students. Through its Arts, Culture & Design in Schools program, Target awards grants of $2,000 in support of programs that enhance the classroom curricula by bringing  arts and cultural experiences such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, and workshops to schools. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015. Grants are restricted to K-12 educational institutions and organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grant notifications will be delivered in September.

Creative Music and Art Spring Lesson Planning. Spring is here, so take a moment now, to look through your upcoming lesson plans for the months ahead. Do some of your art and music lessons seem stale? Even if you think you have everything perfectly planned, you may want to peruse our resources. You may just find some unique ideas or resources that you might want to use this springtime.

U.S. Secretary of Education to Visit Schools in Delaware to Celebrate the Four-Year Anniversary of Race to the Top and Highlight the State’s Progress. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will travel to Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday to celebrate the four-year anniversary of the Race to the Top (RTT) program and highlight the progress made through the state’s $119 million Race to the Top grant. (ED.gov)

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Request for Planning Proposals: Research Initiative Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students. Planning proposals must be received by midnight ET on Friday, April 11, 2014 and  should be submitted as a PDF via email to: naea@metmuseum.org (subject heading: Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students). This PDF provides responses to all questions received from researchers during the formal inquiry period that closed on March 21: Project Updates and Public Q & A - March 26, 2014

The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute . The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners. It is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions. The seven-month program includes a five-day seminar at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), advanced assignments, a 360-degree feedback process, and follow-up coaching. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts - Deadline Extended. The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates exemplary approaches to arts education for students in grades 6-12. Awards of $5,000 will be given to model programs in three areas; one school will receive an additional $2,500 as the national winner. Categories are: Arts Integration; Equity through Arts; and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships. The award deadline has been extended to April 14, 2014.

Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) . A reminder: the Department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) has invited applications -- up to $3 million each -- under the “Development” category of the 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition.  This category funds grantees with promising but relatively untested ideas. The deadline for applications is April 14.  (Note: On April 1, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the i3 team will conduct a live question-and-answer session.)

U.S. Department of Education Opens New Competition for Professional Development for Arts Educators Grants Program. The U.S. Department of Education is accepting proposals for funding for the Professional Development for Arts Educators program. The deadline for submitting an intent to apply is April 17. The deadline for submitting applications is May 19.

AEP Releases ArtScan 2014: A Comprehensive Source on Arts Education Policies in Your State. Do you know your state’s instructional requirements for the arts? Does your state require course credits in the arts for high school graduation? Are there specifications in your school district for assessing student learning and growth in the arts? Get the facts in AEP’s 2014 Edition of ArtScan, a 50-state searchable clearinghouse of education policies that shape arts education instruction and opportunities for more than 50 million students in public elementary and secondary schools across the United States.
The revised and expanded 2014 edition of ArtScan provides up to the minute information across 14 policy areas related to K-12 arts education. AEP developed ArtScan and a new research and policy brief, A Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education, to bring transparency and clarity about state policies for arts education in America.

ArtScan Numbers at a Glance:
• Every state but one has adopted elementary and secondary standards for the arts and 45 states require that elementary schools provide instruction in the arts.
• 27 states define the arts as a “core” or "academic" subject.
• 17 states have policies for assessment of student learning in the arts.
• 26 states mandate that high school students obtain course credits in the arts as a requirement for graduation.
• 42 states have arts specific language in education statute or administrative code that pertains to certifications or licensure requirements for arts teachers.
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Bringing High-Quality Arts Programs to Underserved Tweens. Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Wallace Foundation have announced a new $5.35 million effort, The Youth Arts Initiative, which will bring engaging arts programs designed specially for tweens to selected Boys & Girls Clubs beginning this year. The effort is intended to help fill a significant gap: Children from low-income homes are less likely than their higher income peers to take part in arts programs. The two-and-a-half-year grant from Wallace will support programming that incorporates 10 principles for high-quality afterschool arts for tweens.

A new report, Setting the Agenda, released last month at the National Summit on Creative Youth Development in Boston, MA, offers recommendations to advance the work of out-of-school creative youth development programs. The report, authored by Dr. Lauren Stevenson of Junction Box Consulting, identifies strategic priorities around which youth and adult leaders, policymakers, funders, researchers and other stakeholders might organize to increase the sustainability and impact of creative youth development programs.

Roughly Half of States Consider Arts a "Core" Subject, New Report Finds. Forty-one states now have instructional requirements for arts education at all levels (elementary, middle, and high school), though only 17 states have policies regarding assessment in the subject, according to a new report by the Arts Education Partnership, a part of the Council of Chief State School Officers. (Education Week)

Letter: Fighting for the arts. Arts Advocacy Day is underway right now in Washington, D.C. Concerned people from across the country are visiting Congress to discuss issues important to them — including the importance of arts education. (Santa Monica Daily Press)

Game-based lessons help NYC students hone collaboration, creativity skills. The New York City Department of Education and nonprofit Institute of Play teamed up in 2009 to launch Quest to Learn, a public school designed around principles of gaming and connected learning. The school, which has a sister campus in Chicago, uses games and game design to teach core subjects and gives teachers and students time to experiment, play and make improvements to the games. In one activity, students had to use their math and science knowledge to help a shrunken scientist navigate his way out of the human body. (District Administration magazine online)

Crayola Creative Corner - Spring is here! Finally! Filtery, Fluttery Butterflies: Watch butterflies flutter outdoors, then make your own with coffee filters and clothes pins! Get more craft ideas!

Studio Residencies for Teaching Artist Workshops. The Lesley University College of Art and Design offers Studio Residencies for Teaching Artist workshops each year during the month of July in Boston, MA, and Bar Harbor, ME. The intensive weeklong studio workshops are designed for artists who are also art educators and have limited time to create their own work in a focused environment during the academic year. Art educators are awarded 67.5 Professional Development Points at the completion of these studio intensives. Educators/graduate students may also take these courses for credit at the regular per credit tuition rate.

Northern Virginia: Opportunities from the Arts Council of Fairfax
Congressman Gerry Connolly’s 2014 Congressional Art Competition - Entry Deadline: April 11, 2014
The Annual Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery," is open to all high school students who are legal residents of the 11th Congressional District regardless of where they attend school. The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol.
2014 “Complete the Circle” Art Contest - Entry Deadline: April 4, 2014
The Fairfax-based charity, Our Daily Bread, is seeking designs for the "Food for Others Complete the Circle FoodRaiser." Artists of all ages are invited to create an image that will raise hunger awareness in our community and inspire citizens of the Fairfax County area to participate in the Complete the Circle Event.
Greater Reston Arts Center Artist Member Exhibitions - Entry Deadline: March 31, 2014
Greater Reston Arts Center invites artist members to submit images of original artwork for consideration for their first artist member exhibition. Works that showcase the best of their membership will be selected by an outside juror on the basis of quality, originality, and execution of media.
2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards - Application Deadline: April 7, 2014
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, awards one of the largest cash prizes given to a visual artist in the region, with a top prize of $10,000. Eligible artists, 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C., may submit an application for a chance to win.
Transformations: From One Thing to Another - Entry Deadline: Apr 12, 2014
This exhibition of Mid-Atlantic artists at McLean Project for the Arts will explore the theme of transformation. Submissions will be juried by Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Center, Washington, D.C.
City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts Announces Special Opportunity Grant for Temporary Public Art Project - Application Deadline: April 18, 2014
The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts is accepting proposals for the temporary placement or experience of art in public spaces in the City of Alexandria through the Special Opportunity Grant program. Artists and artist teams can apply for grants up to $5,000.
ArtSpace Herndon Call for Photographs for 2014 Herndon Town Calendar Competition
Entry Deadline: June 10, 2014
Professional and amateur photographers in high school and older are invited to submit entries to the competition. Subjects for all entries must be located within the corporate limits of the Town of Herndon. Special consideration will be given to entries depicting people participating in seasonal or community events.
Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts Accepting Applications for Teaching Artist - Application Deadline:  April 18, 2014
Become part of a national network of Wolf Trap Teaching Artists working with a nationally respected program which has been a leader in the field of arts-integrated early childhood education and professional development since 1981.

Art21 News - March 26, 2014. In this issue: New Videos from Exclusive and New York Close Up; Highlights from the Art21 Magazine; Announcing the Art21 Book Club; Art21 Educators Head West; and Art21 Access Screenings Near You

Art.Write.Now.Tour in Cheyenne, WY. The final stop of the Art.Write.Now.Tour will open at the Laramie County Library on April 15, with an opening reception on April 17 from 7-8:30 in the teen lounge. This is the last leg of the 2013-14 Art.Write.Now.Tour! Click here for a look at some of the stunning work on display. Don’t forget to check back this fall when the 2014-15 Art.Write.Now.Tour kicks off at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI!

Register Now! 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA 2014), 7 - 11 July, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. View the registration brochure online.

RACE TO THE TOP REPORTS. Last week, the Department released Race to the Top Year 3 progress reports for the 11 states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee) and the District of Columbia that received grants in the first two phases of the program.  These reports capture the accomplishments and challenges that the states saw over the course of the 2012-13 school year. (ED.gov)
In addition to the state reports, the Department also posted Annual Performance Report (APR) data from states that received Race to the Top funding in phases 1, 2, and 3.
This week, the White House and the Department released a new report, “Setting the Pace,” spotlighting examples of the most innovative and effective reforms that are taking place in states across the country under Race to the Top.  With an initial budget of about $4 billion, Race to the Top unleashed a flurry of pent-up education reform activity at the state and local level, and these efforts have created partnerships among parents, educators, and state and community leaders to continue this progress in the months and years ahead. 
A corresponding blog post summarizes five ways Race to the Top is supporting students and teachers, from providing more students with access to challenging classes to helping educators transition to new standards.

HERB & DOROTHY 50X50. With a strong educational component, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 explores questions on art and its accessibility, and how a humble couple was able to amass a 5,000-work art collection, then turn it into one of the most significant philanthropic projects in American art history. The famous couple first made headlines when they gave their entire collection to the NGA (as seen in our first film HERB & DOROTHY), then again when that collection outgrew the National Gallery, and the Vogels announced their decision to donate fifty works of art to one museum in each of the fifty states in the country, a total of 2,500 works. The new film HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 continues the extraordinary story of the Vogels, exploring how this modest couple was able to change the landscape of contemporary art by doing what they loved - supporting artists and their work.

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP)Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Children Art Contest 2014. Art Theme: From Our Hands to Your Table. Open to children of migrant or seasonal farmworkers. Children must be 10 to 18 years of age. Deadline: August 1, 2014. Prizes for each age range: First place -- $300, Second place -- $200, Third place -- $100. Submit art submissions and materials to: Norma Flores López, Director of Children in the Fields Campaign, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, 1726 M St. NW, Suite 602, Washington, DC 20036

 



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