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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.

9-10-14

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)

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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)

8-13-14

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)

8-11-14

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)

8-8-14

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.

8-6-14

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.

 

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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.

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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.

5-19-14

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.

5-16-14

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.

5-14-14

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)

5-12-14

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)

5-9-14

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.

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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.

 

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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)

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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

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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)

4-7-14

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

MARCH

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Just one day away from the 2014 NAEA National Convention in San Diego, CA! Be sure to view the FAQs. Get a head start on planning your schedule by downloading the mobile app today! Search App Store for NAEA 2014 OR point your mobile browser to http://m.core-apps.com/naea2014. We look forward to seeing you all there!

RESEARCH INITIATIVE - CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS: Project Updates and Public Q & A - March 26, 2014. This PDF provides responses to all questions received from researchers during the formal inquiry period that closed on March 21.

The California Arts Council is thrilled and honored to have been chosen by the Ovation Foundation for national attention in their "Stand for the Arts" campaign, which launched yesterday in Washington, D.C. One of their three causes is restoration of the California Arts Council's budget—alongside two national causes, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. View the Stand for the Arts website.

Philadelphia Schools Leader Helps Arts Stay Strong for All Students. Assistant Superintendent Dennis Creedon is a tireless champion for the arts in the Philadelphia Public Schools. His vision helped to put a district-wide requirement in place that all students have an arts lesson weekly, and his leadership and passion helped to keep the district's arts education ship afloat this past year. Click here or on the above title to learn more about Creedon's efforts, including the OII arts-in-education grants he was instrumental in securing that are linking the arts to literacy, math, and science. (ED.gov)

White House officials highlight successes of Race to the Top. The White House this week released data on progress under Race to the Top, noting gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and higher graduation rates as evidence of success. Some question whether such factors are connected to Race to the Top. "We're not satisfied, but we're absolutely pleased that graduation rates are at an all time high," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "We think [Race to the Top] resources and opportunities contributed to that." (The Washington Post)

Department of Education Announces Start of 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition with the release of the program’s invitation for pre-applications for the i3 “Development” grants.

Race to Top States Making Good Progress, Think Tank Says (Education Week/Politics K-12)

This New York Museum Wants You To Make Art, Not Just Stare At It. A visit to a museum is most often characterized by a significant amount of visual observation, a good dose of walking at a leisurely pace down white-washed walls and an extended time period filled with silence or something close to it. However, a patron walking into New York City's New Museum this month would be hard pressed to experience any of the above scenarios. Instead, the onlooker would be greeted by an explosion of color, a buzz of communication and an urge to slather paint all over the high ceilings of the institution's fourth floor.

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The NEW NAEA Research Agenda builds on established evidence of best practices while opening opportunities for emerging research interests and methodologies. These changes address new generations of art educators, who are ready to use the methods and practices of research in their classrooms, schools, and communities to demonstrate the effectiveness of teaching and learning. The NAEA Research Agenda includes a range of concerns including: professional learning; methodology; policy initiatives; content research factors, and research topics/questions.

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Miss. Creative curriculum: Teachers learn to integrate arts into lessons. The Meridian middle school teacher is participating in a recent training put on by the Mississippi Arts Commission to help teachers learn how to integrate the arts into their classroom instruction. (Hattiesburg American)

N.Y. Arts and Education. At PS 46 in Harlem, the corridors, the classrooms and the courtyard are full of collages and prints and drawings, posters and paintings, murals and sculptures. Art is everywhere. I am visiting the school to see its own artist, Robin Holder, at work with the children of PS 46 and their teachers. Robin is with the students three days a week -- leaving her own space to be in their space, challenging them to create, to imagine, to learn through art-making. I love visiting this school. (The Huffington Post)

Vt. Reading, writing ... and raku Local students make eloquent case for arts education. Numerous studies have made the case for arts in schools, providing evidence for the close link between arts education and the things we want from students -- academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement. Those studies have shown links between arts education and gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, verbal development, motivation, concentration, confidence, teamwork and independence. (Brattleboro Reformer)

Colo. Carbondale fashion show fuels arts education. Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” The purpose remains the same: to raise money to make arts education more accessible for youth in the community. Not only does GITNB bring adults together to create one of the largest creative collaborations in the Valley, but it also is meant to bring the arts to Roaring Fork Youth. (Post Independent)

Mich. Art for All: Local group gives time, talents to promote art education and charity. Laura McLean paints walls for a living, but thanks to the Northern Expressions Decorative Artists (NEDA), she paints on canvas and other things too. NEDA, a chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, is a nonprofit group working to further art education in northern Michigan while giving back giving back to the community. (The Leader)

Mich. Ford Fund design scholarships commemorate William Clay Ford. The Ford Fund is committing $50,000 a year over 20 years with grants of $10,000 each to five automotive design students. The scholarships will go to college sophomores or juniors pursuing a degree in automotive design. (Detroit Free Press)

Ohio. Scholarships Available For Local Art Students. High school seniors interested in pursuing a career in the fine arts have access to scholarships to get them started. The Lakewood Arts Festival raises money each year to support arts education. The $4000 scholarship is open to high school seniors who live in the City of Lakewood and are planning to attend a four-year college, university or art institute with an art major. (Lakewood Observer)

21 Louisiana high school students are finalists in Rodrigue Foundation art competition. Twenty-one high school juniors and seniors have been named finalists in the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts fifth annual art contest. They are competing for a chance to win $50,000 in college scholarships. (thetowntalk.com)

NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM NAEA:

Exploration in Virtual Worlds: New Digital Multi-Media Literacy Investigations for Art Education, Mary Stokrocki, Editor
Exploration in Virtual Worlds aims to explore current pedagogical efforts of virtual world teaching and discover potentials for art instruction through virtual worlds in unique ways and to diverse audiences. Focusing specifically on virtual worlds, this anthology includes conceptual explorations and virtual art world examples in higher education—with children, senior citizens, alternative audiences, and in different countries. It also features museum education outreach, holistic assessments, pros and cons, and future directions and concerns.

Purposes, Principles, and Standards For School Art Programs
, Purposes, Principles, and Standards for School Art Programs Publication Review Committee
Purposes, Principles, and Standards for School Art Programs has been fully updated to reflect current issues in the field of art education. Checklists embedded in charts allow users to indicate where their school or district stands in relation to the criteria—which has been expanded to include district-wide, elementary, middle, high school, and superior standards. The release dovetails with the revision and release of the National Core Arts Standards in the Visual Arts.

Gallery System Issues Call For Nominations for 2014 ArtsUp Award. Gallery System Art Displays will award a total of $1,500 worth of art-hanging equipment to two community-oriented arts programs in the United States. The ArtsUp Award seeks to improve the display capabilities of a deserving program (such as a school, arts association, or arts education program) that provides exceptional support and nurturing for the arts in its community. Anyone may nominate an arts program for the 2014 award; self-nominations are allowed. Nominations will be accepted online until 11:59pm on April 30, 2014. The award entitles the winning program to select $1,000 worth of equipment of its choice from Gallery System’s product lineup. A runnerup program will receive $500 worth of equipment. For further information, click on the link above or contact ArtsUp@gallerysystem.com.

Important i3 Announcements and Updates to the i3 Website. On March 14, 2014, the Department published a document in the Federal Register: the Notice Inviting Applications for the 2014 Development Competition. Please  CLICK HERE to access the press release announcing the i3 program's 2014 Development Competition. For entities interested in submitting a 2014 Development pre-application, please go to the “FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Overview” section of the i3 “Applicant Information” web page to view the PowerPoint overview of the pre-application process.

Question and Answer Webinar for FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Overview
The i3 team will conduct a live Q&A session on April 1st, 2014, at 2:00 PM EST. Below is the link and password for the webinar. Please review the FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Overview PowerPoint provided on the i3 “Applicant Information” page link above before attending the Q&A webinar on the 1st. Event address for attendees | Event password: i314

States Continue Progress During Third Year of Race to the Top. Today the U.S. Department of Education released the year three Race to the Top state progress reports for the District of Columbia and the 11 states that received grants in the first two rounds of the program: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee. (ED.gov)

Race to Top Reports Detail Winners' Progress, Challenges. States sharing $4 billion in the federal competitive grants are delivering on some promises, but continue to struggle on teacher evaluations, the U.S. Department of Education finds. (Education Week)
Arne Duncan on Who's Winning the Race to the Top

States' Race to the Top funds could be at risk, federal official says. States that received Race to the Top money could put their funding at risk if they fail to meet commitments under the grant program, Ann Whalen, a director at the U.S. Department of Education, said during a recent news conference. She noted while some states have made progress toward their goals, actions by lawmakers in some states could jeopardize funding. (Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.)

A Visual History of Federal Art Spending in the United States

The problem with arts advocacy is the people in power

N.J. Inspira Medical Center Elmer to host student art exhibit

N.J. Union County Youth Art Month exhibit in Union

Calif. Learning In Arts Reception Slated

Texas. John Cooper students raise $10,000 for hunger relief

Ill.: AN EVENING ALL ABOUT ART

Okla. Art students share talents

Maine. Youth Art exhibit at PMA turns 20

3-18-14

Boston School Turns Around With Focus on the Arts. “I have a dream!” Orchard Gardens’ first graders shouted in unison before hundreds who had gathered for a school assembly earlier this week. Line by line, the students recited the entire ending of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech. (ED.gov)

A Month to Support the Arts in Our Schools. March is widely known as “Arts in the Schools Month.”  Under the leadership of national associations representing teachers of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, a variety of activities will unfold throughout the month.  Some activities will showcase the achievements of students, while other activities will focus on the professional growth of arts educators committed to arts-rich schools for all students. (ED.gov)

Announcing the 2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The 2014 Awards were met with a tremendous amount of excitement and record-breaking student participation. There were 255,000 original works of art and writing submitted to the 2014 Awards! Today they announced that more than 1,800 young artists and writers in grades 7-12 received National Medals. The full list of National Medalists can be viewed online now.

National Arts & Education Forum Presented by SCEA and South Arts - A Context of Quality: What is Quality Arts Education? May 14-16, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Forum offers unique sessions around relevant questions in arts education and arts integration. Each year a Forum theme is not selected, but instead questions that are important across diverse fields and disciplines are developed. Framing sessions around key questions ensures that both presenters and participants have an opportunity to learn from each other and exchange ideas. Proposal submission deadline: March 24. Early registration ends: April 1. Registration deadline: April 30.

EFFORTS TO DEVELOP YOUTH CREATIVITY PRODUCE "RIPPLE EFFECTS" THAT BENEFIT COMMUNITIES. New Research Sets Stage for Boston Summit to Advance Emerging Field of Creative Youth Development. Out-of-school programs that develop the creative capacities of young people are uniquely positioned to drive civic and social progress in their communities, according to new research. The research report, "Setting the Agenda," is drawn from surveys of more than 150 youth arts, humanities, and science programs nationwide.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Start of 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition on March 14th, 2014 with the release of the program's invitation for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grants (up to $3,000,000 each). (ED.gov)

What Happens If a State Loses Its NCLB Waiver? What would happen if a state that's received flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act gets its waiver yanked and has to revert back to the outdated, much-maligned law? Washington state may provide the U.S. Department of Education—and its waiver system—with a first test case. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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U.S. Department of Education Invites New Grant Applications for Arts in Education Program. The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant program released its Notice Inviting Applications for new FY 2014 grant awards on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the Federal Register. AEMMD grants are designed to enable Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and organizations with arts expertise to further create and develop materials for the replication or adaptation of current comprehensive approaches for integrating a range of arts disciplines-such as music, dance, theater, and visual arts, including folk arts-into the elementary and middle school curricula. The deadline for the notice of intent to apply is March 27 and the deadline to submit applications is April 28, 2014. Please visit www.grants.gov to access the grant application. Interested applicants will be interested to hear there will be a live pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 18. After the webinar occurs, a recording will be posted to the AEMDD program website. Please visit the AEMDD webpage to access the webinar. Any questions should be directed to Asheley McBride at 202-453-6850 or artsdemo@ed.gov.

Fla. Hillsborough art classes adopt Common Core approach. The students in Nicole Carpenter’s Photography 1 class at Plant City High School may not have not heard much about the Common Core State Standards. But they do know they are spending more time learning how to think deeper and more critically, even in their art classes. The Common Core lays out goals for students in language arts and math, but Hillsborough County school district teachers of non-core subjects – like Carpenter – are using the standards in their classes, too. (The Tampa Tribune)

Ariz. How important is a well-rounded education for your child? With Arizona ranked 49th for its education system, it begs the question: What is missing in our education system that places us so far below the rest of the nation? A well-rounded curriculum that focuses on growing the entire student and fosters critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and social development may be the answer. While math and science are vital components in academic achievement, research shows that students who study fine arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, including higher standardized test scores. (East Valley Tribune)

Tenn. New arts license plate on sale. Art lovers can now buy Tennessee’s new license plate for the arts — a specialty plate that plays a crucial role in public funding of artists and art education. (The Tennessean)

Obama budget: Good for D.C. museums, not for NEA and arts grants. President Obama’s proposed federal budget for the coming 2014-15 fiscal year would lift spending 3.5% overall for the six main federal arts and culture agencies but provide no increase for the three grant-making bodies that disburse money to nonprofit groups outside Washington, D.C. (The Los Angeles Times)

Wyoming: Kemmerer officials: art, science can coexist without hurting test scores. According to Scholastic, integrating art into core curriculum classes engages students in experiential learning, taking meaning directly from the lesson and implementing it. (Unita County Herald)

Ore.Visual art project grant program announced. The grants, in amounts of $2,500 or $5,000, will go for visual arts projects, including painting, sculpture, movies, photography, printmaking, textiles, jewelry, ceramics. (Mail Tribune)

N.Y. Students Not Getting Required Arts Education, Audit Finds: Queens Leaders Say Change Must Come to Schools. Public schools’ arts programs have been decimated in recent years thanks to drastic budget cuts and an emphasis on standardized testing under former Mayor Bloomberg, Queens leaders said, adding that the lack of creative instruction paved the way for the main message in a report released by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Friday: Many city students are not receiving the kind of education that is required by New York law. (The Forum)

Ill. Kifowit Promotes Arts Education; Partners with Culture Stock Book Store . “I recognize the importance of the arts in our schools, as it helps foster a well-rounded education and helps students with creative thinking and problem-solving,” Kifowit said. “Because many schools are facing tight budgets, my office is partnering with Culture Stock to support the importance of artistic, musical, and literary experiences available in our community.” (The Chicago Tribune)

Mary Ann Stankiewicz named National Art Educator of the Year (Penn State News)

Keifer-Boyd honored with NAEA Women’s Caucus June King McFee Award (Penn State News)

Development of a Statement on Terminal-Degree Programs in the Visual Arts and Design. While the College Art Association (CAA) continues to affirm that the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is the terminal degree in visual arts and design practice, a growing number of PhD and other doctoral degree programs in the arts are being offered by institutions within the United States and abroad. Consistent with its commitment to offer guidance to its members, their institutions, and other professional arts organizations, CAA recognizes the need to develop a statement regarding terminal degree programs in the visual arts and design. You may review the current draft statement. CAA members can offer responses, comments, and suggestions until April 22, 2014.

Reggio Children promotes an International Study Group that will take place in Reggio Emilia, Italy at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center on April 6-11, 2014. Join us and other educators from all over the world interested in the Reggio Emilia Approach. The deadline for registrations is March 31, 2014.

Common Core Workshop at Southeast MO State. The Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Alliance for Art Education is sponsoring a Common Core Workshop for Art Teachers at Southeast Missouri State University’s Serena Building room 312 on Saturday, March 29th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Facilitated by Rebecca Moppin, M.Ed, Ed.S. Questions? E-mail them to bmartin@moaae.org

YOUTH ART MONTH (YAM)
N.Y. Show highlights importance of art education

Calling All Art Teachers: Celebrate Youth Art Month with the DC Collaborative

N.J. William Davies Middle School students show off creative talents at art opening

N.J. Youth Art Month Exhibition at Centenary college in Hackettstown

Minn.. Citywide gallery: WAPS students' artwork on display across town for Youth Art Month

SCHOLARSHIPS
Okla. Support Norman Arts Council’s Art Education Scholarships

Mass. ‘4x4 for Education’ - Scholarships go to a UMass-Lowell incoming freshman who will be studying visual arts

Mass. Marblehead Festival of Arts to award scholarships

Md. CCAC announces two upcoming deadlines for arts scholarships

Northern Virginia: Arlington Arts Center Programs, Exhibitions, and Events - Registration Open for Classes and Workshops

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Director of School and Teacher Programs, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The director provides the educational vision for, and integrity of, the museum’s world class school programs that connect the museum’s exhibit experiences directly to families as well as the formal education community of pre-k -16 schools and universities. The incumbent will provide oversight and direction in the areas of school services and outreach programs to students and teachers. He/she will advocate for the Family Learning philosophy of TCM and incorporates it into all programs. The director will guide and assure the operational effectiveness of all school programs for visitors within and outside of the museum. Finally, the incumbent will partner with like-minded formal and informal learning institutions in order to develop and implement world-class school programs and opportunities for teacher professional development.

Teaching Artists, Out of Site Youth Arts Center, San Francisco, CA. SEEKING TEACHING ARTISTS FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ARCHITECTURE, PRINTMAKING, PHOTOGRAPHY & FASHION DESIGN. The Out of Site Youth Arts Center is seeking experienced teaching artists to become a part of our vibrant non-profit arts center in San Francisco's Ingleside/Excelsior neighborhood. We are hiring for our summer session, which runs June 16 – July 11, 2014, Mondays through Fridays, 10am - 4pm. For more information, email info@outofsite-sf.org.

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Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy. In public-policy battles over arts education, you might hear that it is closely linked to greater academic achievement, social and civic engagement, and even job success later in life. But what about the economic value of an arts education? Here even the field’s most eloquent champions have been at a loss for words, or rather numbers. Until Now. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Celebrate Arts Advocacy Day: March 24-25. Hosted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and cosponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Also, be sure to check out AFTA's Teaching Artist Blog Salon happening during this week!

Statement on Arts Education from Annette Bening, Spokesperson for the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund". Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening has teamed up with the California Arts Council, encouraging Californians to support arts education programs via state tax returns. Statement from Annette Bening - March 12, 2014: “Creativity is critical to the future success of California's young people. This tax season, all Californians can join me in supporting arts education by donating to the ‘Keep Arts in Schools Fund' on state tax returns. It's a simple way to support arts education programs that engage students in communities across our state, helping them succeed in school and beyond. I've seen the benefits of arts education firsthand, and I'm so pleased to join the California Arts Council for this campaign.”

National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week: March 16-22 (National YA Week). National YA Week celebrates the many contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning has made to schools nationwide through its arts in education programs. YA affiliates will celebrate National YA Week in their communities to raise awareness of arts and education initiatives through public programming, special events, and long-term residencies within schools and community venues.

Arts Schools Network Calls for Exemplary School and Recognition Award Applications
. Arts Schools Network (ASN) is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2016 Exemplary School designations and for the 2014 Recognition Awards. The application deadline for both programs is March 15, 2014. Presentation of the awards is a highlight of ASN's annual conference, which takes place this year in Denver, Colorado, October 22-25, 2014.

2014 Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest. The White House invites all elementary and middle school students to submit poster designs for the 2014 Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” promotes health and wellness following the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign that aims to combat childhood obesity. The First Lady will select the winning design, which will be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program. The deadline for submissions is March 21st, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) 2014 Arts & Education Forum: Registration Open. SCEA's Arts & Education Forum on May 14-16, 2014 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. Early registration is now open and SCEA is accepting session proposals until March 24.

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child. The Kennedy Center is now accepting applications for its Any Given Child program. The primary goal of Any Given Child is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8. Although the program provides a structure for work to be accomplished, the Kennedy Center understands that every community is unique, and tailors the consultation and facilitation to each site. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. 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 is April 4, 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 2014 International Visual Literacy Conference  - Proposal Deadline Extended. The deadline to submit your proposal for consideration for the annual International Visual Literacy Association has been extended to April 1, 2014. The main theme for this year’s conference is The Art of Seeing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary and is supported by eight sub-themes that include visual literacy in a museum setting, emerging technologies, visual culture, information design and more. Unique to this year’s conference are three session strands: university professors/researchers, K-12 educators and museum educators. Paper presentations, panel sessions, roundtable discussions and workshop formats will all be considered.

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Artist & Writer's Residency in Mexico, June, July, August 2014 (1, 2 and 3-month residencies). APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 5, 2014. 360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist and writer's residency located in Chapala, Mexico. Writers, visual artists, photographers, musicians and new media makers are welcome to apply. Apply at www.callforentry.org. Visit/Like their Facebook page: 360 Xochi Quetzal

Brass Ring Awards: Call for Entries - Student Artists. Enter your High School artwork! College and High School Advertising, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Animation, Game Design, Illustration, Photography, Video.

PLEASE join the  Interdependence Hexagon Project for 2014 - our 8TH year! Deadline is June 30th - so plenty of time to involve your students in an international Visual Social Justice Arts Project that allows them to become Activists through the making of Art - and possibly beyond! The overarching Theme:  Interdependence and Interconnectedness using a downloadable hexagonal template as metaphor.
Also, if you are attending the NAEA National Convention in SanDiego, go see their presentation on March 29th, 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Convention Center, Mtg Rm 33B, Upper Level.

Early bird registration for the InSEA2014 Congress closes on the 7 April 2014. Delegate registration entitlements include: Congress and exhibition attendance, Program book with satchel, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Entry to the Welcome Reception.

What Now? 2014 is a two-day symposium organized by Art in General in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. This launches a new series of annual conferences, called to investigate issues arising in the field of contemporary art. This year's conference is dedicated to Collaboration and Collectivity and organized around three sessions spanning Friday and Saturday, with a keynote lecture on Friday evening, delivered by Charles Esche.

Painting Wanted for a Pediatric Department in Kansas City, MO. Mike Murray is the clinical administrator for a group of Family and Community Medicine Clinics within Truman Medical Center at the Lakewood campus. Within his clinics, he has a small Pediatric clinic with very blank walls. They will be doing a massive ‘proud to be Truman’ project the last week of March through the entire campus and part of this project is doing any improvements that can make their areas more inviting to the patients. He has a total of 8 exam rooms for Pediatrics and his thought is to have one or two walls in each room painted in some type of kid-friendly format. Maybe this could be an extra credit project for your students or maybe even count for some other type of credit, but it gives a chance for the schools' students to demonstrate their skills and give back to the community.

California Wins Prized NCLB Testing Waiver. The nation's largest state has won approval to ditch its state tests in favor of new field tests aligned to the common core, which won't produce any data for student accountability for at least a year, sources say. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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Not registered for the 2014 NAEA National Convention? Please register onsite BEGINNING FRIDAY, MARCH 28 AT 2:00 PM, San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level. See you there!

Get the most out of your Convention experience and download the mobile app! Find general information, session schedules, speakers, exhibitors, and more!

And view our updated Opening Night Event e-flyer complete with menus!

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Gallery Teaching Marathon in San Diego. The ArtMuseumTeaching community has been growing now for more than 2 years, providing an online forum for educators and museum professionals to reflect on practice, teaching, learning, technology, public engagement, diversity, professional development, and a whole host of other issues and topics. During the past year, Google Hangouts have become a new medium to extend these text-based relationships into face-to-face, real-time conversations — bridging enormous distances to bring people together to reflect on the practice of teaching and learning in museums.

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process. (The Huffington Post)

The April issue of SchoolArts Magazine is now available online for free. See how many authors you can spot who will be presenting at the 2014 NAEA National Convention!

Spring into Action at Arts Ed State Policy Symposium. Great Expectations for Learning: The Role of the Arts in Preparing America's Students for College, Careers, and Citizenship, SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014, 8:30am-5:00pm. Reception to Follow. National Public Radio (NPR) Headquarters, DC, 1111 North Capitol Street, NW. REGISTER TODAY!

Neb. board adopts standards for fine arts curriculum. The Nebraska Board of Education on Tuesday adopted standards for teaching fine arts, including media arts, a move that establishes standards for such curricula. Educators said the vote will spark conversations about how to ensure that the fine arts are included in schools. The state is one of the last to adopt standards for fine arts and one of three to include media arts. (Lincoln Journal Star)

Pa. Philadelphia Leader Makes the Case for Arts Education. For Dennis W. Creedon, teaching children about art is as important as teaching them math or reading. "People see it as a frill, but it's not a frill. It's actually the center of the core," said the 59-year-old assistant superintendent in the Philadelphia school district. "If you cut these out of schools, you are really cutting the heart out of our children and their future." (Education Week)

Wash. Schools are on cutting edge of STEM, STEAM programs. Washington state schools increasingly are adopting science, technology, engineering and math, and some are integrating art into the traditional STEM curriculum. Educators said STEM and STEAM curricula change the dynamic in the classroom and emphasize more hands-on lessons. In one example lesson, fourth-grade students designed and created lunar rovers to study the effects of weight on movement before engaging in a technical-writing exercise related to the project. (Tri-City Herald -Kennewick, Pasco and Richland)

Pa. Free Educational Tour of The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Avenue, Phoenixville, PA. The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons is offering an opportunity for a free tour of the building to local art educators and their students, from elementary to high schools.  This tour includes learning about: Safety of artwork in the gallery; Explanation of various styles of artwork shown in the exhibit; Brief explanation of the Art Curator's responsibilities; and Time for students/teachers/parents to ask questions. This opportunity was created for teachers and their students to view and learn about beautiful and professional artwork of all styles, at no cost to tour. Teacher's are encouraged to incorporate current lessons into the tour. For more information contact: Katie Naber, Art Curator for Franklin Commons.

Using Universal Design for Learning to teach all students. UDL can help educators teach all students in the same classroom, writes Katie Novak, an educator in Massachusetts. In this blog post, Novak offers tips to help teachers get started with UDL, which she writes is a better method for planning lessons. "In UDL, all planning is intentional, so every activity, assessment and instructional choice should be deliberately chosen to help all students reach your standard," she writes. (Teaching Channel/Tchers' Voice blog)

Connect Art and Science! Inspire Students! Highschool students, teachers and schools can win up to $1500. Each year we challenge high school students to learn and critically consider timely issues impacting the ocean and help teachers meet Next Generation Science Standards. The 2014 contest theme is Plastic Pollution in the Ocean. The contest invites students to tackle the issue individually or collaboratively through an ART, ADVOCACY or ESSAY option. Entries will be accepted through June 15, 2014.

Artsonia March "Try Us Out" Promotion. Earn a $35 Blick giftcard and a chance to win a FREE iPad! Publish your 50th piece of artwork to the "Abrakadoodle" school gallery on Artsonia by March 31, and you will be entered into our drawing to win a free iPad! In addition, Blick Art Materials is generously providing a $35 giftcard to every teacher who successfully publishes his/her 50th piece of artwork! Ready to start publishing? Simply login to access your teacher account. Once you've logged in and browsed the teacher section, if you have questions or need help getting started, don't hesitate to reply back or give us a call at 800-869-9974. They'll be happy to walk you through any aspect of publishing artwork.

Va. Take action by March 31 to support the Arts Council of Fairfax County’s FY15 budget request to the County. The Arts Council is seeking an additional $400,000 for arts organizations to maintain and grow their arts programs, which will build a vibrant and diverse arts offering throughout Fairfax County.

R.I. Cognitive sciences, visual arts intersect at conference. Speakers explore topics including neuroaesthetics and literature from diverse perspectives

Iowa. Art Education Grant Funding announced. The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend (CFGRB) is pleased to announce that grant funding to enhance arts education is now available. The Isabel Bloom Art Education Endowment was established at the Foundation to support visual arts education in primary and secondary schools located in Scott and Rock Island Counties.

Va. Art, education mix well in Richmond. In Richmond, the visual arts have been celebrated for more than 100 years through a unique alliance between the city’s high school and its art museum. At Richmond High School’s McGuire Hall, local and Indiana artists regularly exhibit their work, and schoolchildren learn about art by attending exhibitions and meeting artists. (Indystar.com)

Kan. Youth Art Month Celebrates Art Education. The Kansas Art Education Association hosted the annual Youth Art Month celebration and reception Saturday at the State Capital Rotunda. (WIBW)

N.Y. Many high schools get F in art education. Many city high schoolers aren’t meeting the state’s bare-bones requirement that they get two semesters of art instruction, a new audit found. (New York Post) Also, see NYC schools fall short on art education: Report

Mich. Some advocates think it might be time to ditch arts education as we know it. Nobody gets into politics or education with the dream of taking arts education away from children. We get it. There is no evil bad guy out there, stroking his evil bad guy beard and cackling as he watches the arts being slowly siphoned away from kids in struggling schools. But those cuts are happening, thanks to dwindling budgets and less time for anything that isn’t test prep. (Michigan Radio)

Ill. How the test tyrants are destroying arts education. Raise Your Hand - In a recent survey regarding arts instruction at Chicago Public Schools, education advocacy group, Raise Your Hand found the majority of schools are not able to offer two hours of arts instruction per week, contrary to publicly stated support for this by Mayor Emanuel. (Undernews)

Calif. Teachers: LA schools' arts education budget 'a step in the wrong direction'. The newly released draft budget also showed how officials want to spend the new arts money. A huge chunk of the increase - $9.8 million - would go to hire 101 "arts integration" teachers to show classroom teachers how to integrate arts into subjects like math and history. (89.3 KPCC)

Ill. Teachers help students use new tools to create art. Students in Farmington Hills Mercy High School’s art classes taught by Susan Smith are doing more than painting with a brush and drawing with a pencil in a sketch book. (Daily Tribune)

Calif. Yolo arts in education network forming. The focus of this effort is to activate support for arts education in Yolo County by joining with parents, educators, business leaders, arts organizations and elected officials to ensure strong and diverse arts education opportunities for all students countywide. (Daily Democrat)

Opinion: Arts Education: Saying the Right Things Is a Start, but Then Undercutting What You Appear to Be Promoting Is Either Ineptitude or Hypocrisy

Opinion: Art education needs more attention. What would education be without the arts? Nothing.

S.C. Art Institute calls for art educators’ entries. This March, The Art Institutes system of schools will have more than 50 Art Institutes locations in the United States host “What Those Who Teach Can Do,” a national collaboration of gallery shows paying tribute to talented art educators across the country. In Charleston, The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, will feature local high school art and media educators' artwork in a month-long exhibition to celebrate their creativity and thank them for positively affecting the lives of so many students. (Moultrie News)

Women at the helm of 57% of US Museums. For decades, women have held many positions in the museum field, working as curators, development specialists and press secretaries. But in recent years, women have assumed the director title in droves. As of 2012, 57 percent of museum directors in the United States are women, according to the American Alliance of Museums. In Washington, about 50 percent of museums and historical sites are now led by women, with many helming active, popular museums with regional and national appeal. In the past six years, five of the region’s most prominent museums have gained a female director. (WaPo)

N.Y. The first museum-led incubator for art, design, and technology. Application deadline: April 1, 2014. New Museum now accepting membership applications for inaugural year of NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, design, and technology. NEW INC is a hybrid, shared workspace and professional development program designed to support creative entrepreneurs working in areas of art, technology, and design. Conceived by the New Museum in 2013, the incubator is a not-for-profit platform that furthers the Museum's 36-year commitment to new art and new ideas. It will provide a collaborative space for a highly selective, interdisciplinary community of one hundred members to investigate bold and unlikely ideas with a focus on developing a sustainable practice. NEW INC will launch in the Museum's adjacent building in summer 2014.

Fla. Art Teacher Wanted: ArtKidstic (Internet-based school). Mobile art school for kids is looking for an art teacher for kids between 2 years old and 7 years old. To start, there will be a few classes throughout the week at different times including Saturdays. Upon selection, the schedule will be created so it is mutually convenient. As number of classes increase, this position can lead to a long-term position. There is a huge growth potential. The teacher is responsible for driving to class locations (classes are held in different parts of Central Florida, however common areas, to meet the needs of parents in different areas). Reimbursements will be made for expenses like fuel and mileage. Classes start towards the end of this month, so apply very soon. How To Apply: Email artkidstic@gmail.com with your resume attached and a short intro. Salary: $13-$20 per class. Deadline to Apply: March 20, 2014

Mo. Find Three Art Teacher Job Postings at North Kansas City School District. All applications need to be completed online. Deadlines vary; check postings.

Calif. Fine Artists/ Designers Wanted for Very Venice Art Gallery. Calling all professional artists and designers, and sculpture artists who can woo the clients into buying your creations. VVAG will do their part of taking it to people who will appreciate your work! Submit your work online to see if you qualify. Deadline to Apply:  4/5/2014

Mass. Bourne Wareham Art Association offers art scholarships

Ill. Youths Can Apply For Park Ridge Art Scholarships

Alaska:  Nominations open for 2014 Mayors Awards for the Arts

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A Month to Support the Arts in Our Schools. The arts are an important part of a well-rounded education for all students. March is "Arts in the Schools Month" and a great time to acknowledge that role of the arts in education, as well as the many benefits of arts-rich schools. Click here or on the above title to learn about the Music In Our Schools national tour, Youth Art Month, and other ways to connect with and support the arts in your local schools. The arts are an important part of a well-rounded education for all students. March is "Arts in the Schools Month" and a great time to acknowledge that role of the arts in education, as well as the many benefits of arts-rich schools. Click here or on the above title to learn about the Music In Our Schools national tour, Youth Art Month, and other ways to connect with and support the arts in your local schools. (ED.gov)

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month, adopted the national theme, “Start With Art, Learn for Life.” Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders–our children. Discover YAM resources & planning materials here and get involved today!

NAEA Museum Division Peer to Peer Google+ Hangout:  Museum Education Game Show, Friday, March 21, 2014, 1 PM EST. It’s been a long winter. It’s time to have some fun. Come to the first ever Museum Education Game Show, where we’ll quiz, guess and play our way into some sweet prizes and out of the winter blues. This is the last Hangout just before the Annual Convention in San Diego!

Concept Schools Student Art Exhibit Opening--Save the Date! The U.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program and Concept School Present a Student Art Exhibit Opening and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony featuring: Remarks on arts education from acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement Nadya Dabby; President of Concept Schools Sedat Duman; English teacher at Horizon Science Academy, Columbus High School Renee Harless, A video message from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown; a student robotics demo; and a spoken word performance from a student alumna. A reception will follow the opening. U.S. Department of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC, MONDA, MARCH 31, 2014, 11am to Noon. Questions? Email Nicole Carinci at nicole.carinci@ed.gov.

Southeast Missouri State University Art Academy Workshops - Summer 2014. The Art Academy Workshops are engaging and creative learning experiences in a wide variety of media for ages 6 through adult. The workshops are held in the Southeast Missouri State University Art Studios under the guidance of experienced and highly qualified Master Art Educators and Art Professors. Each instructor will also have a Southeast University preservice art teacher. All classes are limited to 15 students. Student work will be on exhibit at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri through the month of August. Opening Reception will be held August 1, 2014 from 5-9 p.m. For more information call (573) 651-2143.

Missouri: Kansas City Art Institute is having a week long art educators Art lab for FREE July 20-25, 2014.  Spend a week immersing yourself in art! Work with fabulous faculty and other art educators across the country. This is a one-week residency and limited to 30 people. Applications and $25 application fee is due this Friday, March 7. Choose a week in either animation or sculpture.

Here's what happened at the Student Film Festival, The White House. Last Friday, we hosted the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. Students from all across the country created more than 2,500 short films illustrating the role that technology plays in their classrooms, why it's so important, and how it will change the educational experience for kids in the future. More than 60 of the young filmmakers came to the White House for the festival, where we screened the 16 official selections. And, as the President said himself, "these movies are awesome."

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools. Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.

Obama Budget Pitches New Race to Top for Equity. The president's fiscal year 2015 budget would make room for several new K-12 initiatives, including a new Race to the Top program aimed at equity, as well as funding to help train teachers to use technology. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

President Drops Support for NEA in 2015 Budget. Today, the Obama Administration released its FY 2015 budget request to Congress, which includes funding for the nation's cultural agencies and programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Office of Museum Services, and the Department of Education's Arts In Education program. (Arts Action Fund)

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STEAM tips and resources you can use right now. The need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and proficiency is nothing new. But a movement is growing for STEAM education, in which the “a” stands for Arts. Cultivating scientific and mathematical viewpoints and experiences through arts education is a critical need in today’s schools, STEAM advocates say. (eSchoolNews)

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards will be given to model programs in three categories:
1. Arts Integration: Recognizes initiatives that use an innovative approach to drawing connections between arts-based learning and other subjects.
2. Equity Through Arts: Recognizes a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students.
3. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizes a program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.
Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500. The application deadline is April 14, 2014.

Cast Your 2014 Arts Policy Vote! The outcome of this vote will direct the priorities, time, and resources of the Arts Action Fund for the next 12 months on the issues that matter most to you. The following three policies are being recommended to Arts Action Fund members for final adoption.
   
Art21 News - February 28, 2014. In this issue: New Videos from Exclusive and New York Close Up; Artist Interviews from the Art21 Archive; Highlights from the Art21 Magazine; New Art21 Films at The Armory Show 2014; Trivia Night at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Art21 Education Programs and Presentations; and Art21 Access Screenings Near You

Doodle4Google - Calling all young artists: Submit your artwork for a chance to see it on the Google homepage and to receive a $30,000 scholarship. The competition is open to students K-12 nationwide through March 20th. This year’s theme: ”If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Boy’s Art Education Symposium 2014: Call for Panel, Call for Papers. The Symposium will be held at St. Edmund’s 3rd - 5th July 2014 and will challenge the notion of boy’s disengagement in secondary school Visual Arts; and seek to promote boys art education in a healthy and meaningful way. The theme, ‘Breaking the Stereotypes’, aims to explore the inquiry and framing of the complex issues faced by art educators today; including the pedagogies and technologies that facilitate boy’s creative needs. This symposium will be celebrating the achievements of boys in visual arts through presentations, artist’s talks, gallery visits, workshops and case studies. Submissions are welcomed from educators and researchers to peer review papers, to be presented to an anticipated audience of secondary art educators, pre-service educators, school leaders and policy makers. Panel and paper submissions should be submitted by March 29th 2014.

More Reasons to Go to NAEA San Diego

Wisconsin: Nonprofit boosts music, art, technology in schools (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Illinois: Survey Shows Arts Education Reality Doesn't Match CPS Promises. Sixty five percent of elementary schools do not offer minimum of two hours per week. (NBC Chicago)

Illinois: Hinsdale Central art students painting 12 hours straight to create 'Starry Night' mural (The Doings Clarendon Hills)

Alabama: Supporting arts education (AL.com)

Massachusetts: Art education for all (The Barn Stable Patriot)

Massachusetts: County Fare: Grants enrich arts in New Marlborough (The Berkshire Eagle)

Virginia: Albemarle Parents Form Nonprofit to Fund Art Education  (NBC 29)
 
California: Redlands Educational Partnership supports art and student development in school district (Redlands Daily Facts)

Florida: New school arts standards offered - Group’s update from 1994 guidelines shouldn’t affect state right away (Gainesville Times)

New Hampshire: RSU 21 student art on display in March (Seacoast Online)

Kansas: Wichita school board tweaks fine arts credit policy (Kansas.com)

Maine: Teachers share art methods (Biddeford Saco OOB Courier)

New Jersey: The Center for Contemporary Art hosts Youth Art Month exhibits (NJ.com)

New Jersey: Washington Township High School art students repair 'Reading Lady' statue (NJ.com)

Michigan: Student artists, faculty combine visual arts and music (Washtenwvoice)

California: Future teachers paint portraits of orphans to give as keepsakes (The Daily Titan)

Wyoming: Art not dead, superintendent says, but dedicated time for art will be (Unita County Herald)

North Carolina: Aerosmith front man donates art supplies to Graham school (The Times News)

Arkansas: ACAAC announces new community film and visual arts opportunity
(Winfield Courier)

Michigan: Regional Visual Arts Competition Brings Students to Troy University (WTVY)

[Createquity.] Around the horn: Crimea edition

Craft in America, the Peabody Award winning series exploring America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade object, begins Season 6 with INDUSTRY, premiering on PBS primetime, May 2, 2014 at 10 PM*. Craft in America: Industry explores the business of the handmade, taking us to workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. INDUSTRY highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today's creative economy.

FIDM Fashion Club. Fashion Club is for aspiring designers and future fashion industry trendsetters in high schools all across the country—and around the world.

Make-Up Girls - Discover the Beauty of Art

2014 KoSEA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ART EDUCATION RESEARCH METHOD, SEOUL – SOUTH KOREA, 27 SEPTEMBER 2014. The theme of 2014 KoSEA conference is “Art Education Research Method”. KoSEA (Korean Society for Education through Art) invites delegates to submit proposals that address questions concerning diverse research methods which can make research in the field of art education more rich and effective. The conference aims to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in art education related to research methods can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Contact: Minam Kim or Tammy Ko Robinson. Abstract Deadline: March 12, 2014 (300 words). Submissions will be accepted online only.

Request for Participants: “Interactive Spaces[1] and Art Object in the Art Museums” Survey. This survey is a part of a graduate thesis in Museum Studies Program at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. The purpose of this research study is to gather data about the nature of art museums’ interactive spaces. More specifically, they are looking to know the exhibition design strategies of art museums regarding the installation, display and interpretation of art objects for target audiences in interactive spaces. The survey is open until March 7, 2014. Contact: Ress. Assist. Saliha Nesli GÜL, Yildiz Technical Univesity Faculty of Art and Design, Museum Studies Graduate Program Student, 

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The earlybird registration deadline for the 2014 NAEA National Convention, March 29-31 in San Diego, California, is extended until Friday, March 7. Register Today! After March 7, you must register onsite at the full rate. Also, we recommend you purchase your Opening Night Event tickets now while online registration is still open. After March 7, you must purchase tickets onsite at Registration.

NAEA Members: Please submit a piece of digital artwork to the Spark Gallery!



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Ask A Fellow is a project of the NAEA Distinguished Fellows intended to bring together researchers who have questions with Distinguished Fellows who have answers and can offer sound advice on research topics and projects. Art educators may submit questions about research or professional topics to the Distinguished Fellows. The question will be distributed to Distinguished Fellows for response. We expect one or two Fellows will find each question within their purview of interests, experience, and expertise. The questions should be clear and direct so they can be answered in a timely fashion. These collaborations are intended to be focused, functional, and temporary. A Distinguished Fellow will address the specific question and then exit from the discussion. "Ask A Fellow" is not intended for extended tenures, such as thesis or dissertation advisors or project collaborations.


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