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7-21-14

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

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

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

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

7-18-14

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

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

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

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

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

7-16-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7-14-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

7-11-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7-10-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7-9-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7-8-14

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

7-7-14

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

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

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

7-3-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7-2-14

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

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

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

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

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

JUNE

6-30-14

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

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

6-27-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6-25-14

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

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

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

6-23-14

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

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

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

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

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

6-20-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6-18-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6-16-14

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

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

6-13-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6-11-14

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

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

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

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

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

6-9-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

6-2-14

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

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

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

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

MAY

5-29-14

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

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

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

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

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

5-27-14

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

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

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

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

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

5-23-14

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

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

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

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

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

5-21-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5-1-14

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

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

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

AEP ArtsEd Digest - April 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

4-30-14

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

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

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

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

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

4-28-14

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

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

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

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

4-25-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4-23-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4-21-14

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

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

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

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

4-18-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4-16-14

11 Facts About Arts in Education (DoSomething.org)

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

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

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

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

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

4-14-14

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)

4-9-14

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

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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
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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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Virtual Field Trips with Google's Connected Classrooms. "The Educational Value of Field Trips," published in the Winter 2014 issue of Education Next, reported on both the marked decline of field trips in U.S. schools in recent years and new large-scale research showing positive effects of outings, ranging from increased empathy to greater content knowledge. In times of budget cuts, the trips are often seen by schools as "an unnecessary frill." (ASCD Express)

Great Expectations for Learning: A One-Day Arts in Education State Policy Symposium, March 22

AEP 2014 National Forum in Pittsburgh, Sept. 11-12: Call for Concurrent Session Proposals

AEP 2014 National Forum: Young Artist Award Call for Entries, Now Open!

National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week: March 16-22. Young Audiences Arts for Learning is proud to announce National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (National YA Week). National YA Week will celebrate the many contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning has made to schools nationwide through its arts in education programs.
          
Arts Schools Network Calls for Exemplary School and Recognition Award Applications. Arts Schools Network is currently accepting applications for 2014-2016 Exemplary School designations and for the 2014 Recognition Awards. The application deadline for both programs is March 15, 2014.

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.

Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, and English/language arts. This week-long institute will be held June 23–27 and July 28–August 1, 2014. Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Registration is $200 per participant. Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. Applications are due Monday, 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. 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.

Crayola Creative Corner - March is National Craft Month

2014 ArtPlace America Grantee Summit LIVESTREAM. Join ARTPLACE March 3 – 5, 2014 via HowlRound.TV! The ArtPlace Grantee Summit provides a platform to engage in conversations about the “who” and “why,” and the “how” and “what for” of creative placemaking. Attendees share their knowledge and best ideas for putting the arts at the center of a set of strategies to transform the character of communities. Check out the latest schedule online. How to Watch: Tune in online in real-time: www.howlround.tv. Additionally, all sessions will be made available by archive shortly after airing.

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 and movement before engaging in a technical writing exercise related to the project. (Tri-City Herald)

An 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, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8:30am-5:00pm, National Public Radio (NPR) Headquarters, DC, 1111 North Capitol Street, NW. Across the country, states are raising the bar on what all students are expected to know and be able to do to be prepared for college, careers, and citizenship. What are the implications of this movement for the arts?
How can arts and education leaders effectively respond to and inform this transition so that all students receive a complete and competitive education that includes equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities? Join the Arts Education Partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers for this one-day Symposium. View the detailed agenda online.
 
TEACHER WORKSHOPS AND SCHOOL TOURS, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Haiku as Verbal Sketching, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 4:00–6:30 pm
To register, call (202) 842-6796 or email teacher@nga.gov
Registration fee: $10. Explore practical strategies for connecting poetry and art through a creative interplay of word and image. Instructors demonstrate how to compose haiku using works of art to elicit a poetic feeling or image that may be captured through sensory language and verse. After engaging the artwork through careful observation, description, and written interpretation, workshop participants edit and refine their haiku through a collaborative process. This interdisciplinary workshop is ideally suited to any educator seeking to strengthen student skills in visual analysis, creative writing, editing, and critical judgment.
Using Visual Art to Write Monologues, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
To register, call (202) 842-6796 or email teacher@nga.gov
Registration fee: $10. National award-winning playwright, director, and educator Mary Hall Surface models ways to help students imagine, improvise, and write monologues based on works of visual art. Teachers discover how to look beyond the surface of an image to search for the deeper meaning, or subtext, of a narrative or character. This cross-curricular workshop is particularly well suited to teachers of language arts and drama in middle and high school.
Winter and Spring School Tours. NGA is currently accepting school tour requests for dates through June 6, 2014. Please note that all school tours will take place in the West Building. Thematic, docent-led tours for students in kindergarten through grade 12 are structured to encourage close observation, foster an open exchange of ideas, and cultivate connections between art and life. Slowing down to look carefully at a few works of art, students have the opportunity to think creatively and critically. They question, puzzle, reason with evidence, and compare and connect. Most powerfully, they develop their own interpretations and ideas about works of art. Docents consult closely with teachers to ensure that tours enhance, support, and extend classroom learning and curriculum objectives.

STOCK EXCHANGE: A new collection of woman-empowered photographs. If you search Google for images of “woman working,” chances are you’ll get several shots of well-coiffed ladies in hard hats and a few of sexy vixens on iPads. And heaven help you if you plug in “woman multitasking” or “feminist.” (PureWow)

Why Art and Creativity Are Important. Fostering creativity won't just increase your child's chances of becoming the next Picasso. You're also helping him develop mentally, socially, and emotionally, says Ecklund-Flores. Creating art may boost young children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways. (Parents Magazine)

How to Introduce Art to Your Kids. Whether it's the first or fifth time, learn how to maximize each museum visit to teach kids about art. (Parents Magazine)

Fun Family Travel: 7 Awesome Art Parks. Seven cool sculpture parks let kids take in some culture -- and blow off some energy. (Parents Magazine)

11 Activities to Encourage Creativity. A child's education stretches far beyond a classroom; it extends into the environments where she lives and plays. These activities, designed for children ages 4 and up, are fun ways to develop your child's artistic learning and encourage her to think in a more challenging and creative manner.

KANSAS YOUTH ART MONTH CELEBRATION, Saturday, March 1,  2:00-3:30pm. Invitations can be printed off from the YAM page on the KAEA website. Please enter from the NORTH side of the Statehouse. You can park in the garage off of 8th and Harrison Streets. There should be rainbow flags for you to follow. You will have to go through metal detectors. The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 in the Rotunda, so please allow plenty of time to get through security.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2014: India Spring Break, Morocco Spring Break, India/Nepal, Italy, Japan, Portugal/Spain, Amalfi Coast, Greece, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos, Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Peru, and The Galapagos Islands. The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline. Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest. Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found online. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST.

2-24-14

The February 2014 issue of NAEA News is now online! In this issue: Convention Update; President’s Message; Executive Director’s Message; NAEA Organizational Awareness; Gain insight into your professional organization and the opportunities; Connect with a click!; Contemporary Art in Contemporary Classrooms: An Interdisciplinary Conversation; Research Commission Update; NAEA Task Force Addresses Leadership; Regional Reports; People News; Division Reports; Issues Groups Reports; and Media Reviews.

Request for Planning Proposals: Research Initiative: Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students. Planning proposals must be received by midnight EST on March 21, 2014. They should be submitted as a PDF and sent via email (subject heading: Impact of Museum Programs on K–12 Students) to: naea@metmuseum.org.

The Arts Are Essential. How have we arrived, once again, at a place where the arts are considered something that can be separated from the learning experience we offer children? At the very time we are talking about the value of developing students who are able to create and innovate, the arts are being threatened. Innovation, the focus of this century, will surely be rooted in science and technology.
(Education Week/Leadership 360)

District of Columbia: Corcoran Gallery of Art and college agrees to takeover by the National Gallery of Art, GWU. The long-struggling Corcoran Gallery of Art will be taken over by the National Gallery of Art, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design will be taken over by George Washington University, under a plan that was announced yesterday. (WaPo, 2/19)

District of Columbia: City Will Once Again Commission 25 Public Art Installations. The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is bringing back the 5×5 project, which brings 25 temporary public art installations to locations throughout the city. The announcement comes with a pretty cool promotional video too. (DCist, 2/19)

15th Annual WESTAF Cultural Policy Symposium co-hosted by the California Arts Council and Frank Gehry Partners: Creativity and Innovation in Public Education - Areas of Need, Mechanisms for Change, March 4, 2014 | 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST. Arts and policy experts will gather on March 4th at architect Frank Gehry’s studio in Santa Monica, CA for a thought-provoking symposium addressing critical issues facing the arts and education. For the first time, observers from around the world can join the symposium live online. Sessions will include presentations on the neuroscience of creativity; evaluation of creativity-based curriculum; innovative approaches to advance arts, science, and technology education; design thinking in higher education; and creativity as collaborative practice. Free Live Streaming. A video player will appear on the web page, with live broadcasts throughout the day. Join the conversation live on Twitter using #cre8symp.

The University of Missouri College of Education has decided to suspend the Art Education undergrad program due to "budget cuts. #SaveMizzouArtEd

Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (IHEAP): Call for Applications 2014, Session X, 2014-2016. The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (IHEAP) offers participants a course of study where they can free themselves from the inherited art history of the 20th century, by investigating crucial issues of art in the 21st century, an ongoing history in which the participants will eventually take part. IHEAP is open to all those who have an interest in singular and extreme practices which currently and sporadically appear in the art world and elsewhere. IHEAP is for those who want to change their artistic practice or professional activity, for those who after several years of art school want to break free of alienated learning, who expect more from a school than a framework for artistic production, for those who reject art as it is commonly practiced, and finally for those who wish to work on essential issues in intimate and experimental conditions. The course of study is completed in two years. Study at Iheap is equivalent to a post-graduate degree. The application fee is 75 euros. Tuition is 2990 euros for two years studies. Apply online. Deadline for the submission of applications: June 1st, 2014.

Call for Proposals: SCEA's 7th Annual National Arts and Education Forum. 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. The Forum is designed to engage attendees through a series of sessions framed around key questions stemming from current issues in arts and education. After each session, Forum Thought Leaders will facilitate roundtable discussions to assist attendees with reflecting on session topics while considering implications in their own work and practice. Proposal submission deadline: March 10th

A return to No Child Left Behind? As states face mounting criticism for rushing to grade teachers based on students’ standardized test scores, they confront a crucial choice: Move ahead full-speed on teacher evaluations, or slow down to calm teachers and ensure permanent changes take root, the Huffington Post reports. But for those who choose to slow down, there likely will be consequences — including the resurrection of a law whose name stirs fear in teachers nationwide. (eSchoolNews)

New NCLB Waiver Reports Show More Issues With Struggling Schools, New Tests (Education Week/Politics K-12)

ASCD Capitol Connection: @EveryLearner: Someday Is Now, February 24, 2014

2-20-14

Weigh in: New national arts education standards almost final. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is nearing completion of a new set of PreK-12 arts standards - the first revamp since 1994. The public review period on the latest draft opened Friday, and the group is inviting public feedback until February 28. A first look at the final new standards is expected to be unveiled in San Diego at the National Art Education Association's conference in March. The final rollout is scheduled for June. (89.3KPCC)

Colorado. Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park continues children's art education series. The CAC invites children ages 6 to 12 to take a 12 month journey exploring art history and creating their own art at the CAC Fine Art Gallery. "An Exploration in Art History" was created by instructors Jenna Rodriguez and Lynda Vogel to coincide with the CAC's exhibit schedule, holidays or special events in Estes Park. The program is designed for elementary age students to learn about artists of renown like Toulous Latrec, Lictenstein, Mary Cassatt, Henri Rousseau, Acee Blue Eagle, Ansel Adams and others. They will also learn about movements in art history or in other cultures. (Trail Gazette)

New Hampshire. Youth Art Month Exhibit Displays the Benefits of Art Education. Where can you find dancing penguins, magical castles, Egyptian masks, and a fire-breathing Chinese dragon all in one place? At the Youth Art Month Exhibit, the possibilities are endless. The annual student-exhibit is open from March 5, to April 15, 2014 in the Steeplegate Mall and is displaying the artwork of first to twelfth graders from all over the school district. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, and photography will all be exhibited, allowing us to see the variety of unique ideas that our children have to offer as well as the benefits our art curriculum is providing students. (patch.com)

SunWise with SHADE Poster Contest. The annual SunWise with SHADE Poster Contest is a collaboration between the SHADE Foundation of America and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SunWise Program. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness about sun safety and promote creative health and environmental education for K–8 students across the U.S. Original, hand-drawn posters must illustrate at least five ways to prevent skin cancer and raise sun safety awareness. National prizes* this year include: Grades K-3: Digital camera for top five entries and Winning posters will be featured on the SunWise UV Index mobile app. Grades 4-8: A trip to the award ceremony in Washington, D.C. and an iPad for the national contest winner; A trip to the award ceremony in Washington, D.C. and $500 for the national contest winner’s sponsoring teacher; A portable shade structure and $500 grant for the national contest winner's school; and Winning posters will be featured on the SunWise UV Index mobile app.

Project News from FableVision. FableVision Teams with Lulu.com to Launch Lulu Jr. Kids Publishing Venture: The My Awesome Book kit provides aspiring young creators the tools to produce a full-color, professionally typeset book; Discovery Day Academy's Story Lights the Way With New Animation: FableVision's storytelling technique uses a call to action to encourage innovative collaboration and creative thinking.; FableVision Helping Host February's Hottest Event in Chilly Boston! Children's Media Association: Imagination Illustrated.

Missouri. Spring Conference: “Capitalize on the Arts!” Check out the great activities lined up for this conference. Choose from over 70 workshops that focus on the 9 DESE Teacher Quality Standards including Content knowledge, Student Growth, Curriculum, Critical Thinking, Positive Classroom Environment, Effective Communication/Advocacy, Student Assessment/Data Analysis, Professionalism, and Professional Collaboration. Be sure to sign up by February 28 to save. 

Missouri (KC). Wednesday, February 26th, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Mid-America Arts Alliance is hosting a FREE hands-on teacher workshop for area visual art and classroom educators that features content from ExhibitsUSA contemporary quilt show The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America. Spend time with the exhibition curator, learn about contemporary quilts and quilt makers, and get inspired to make connections in your classroom. A hands-on visual art lesson connected to the Common Core Standards will be demonstrated and participants can take part. Snacks and materials provided. Space is limited. Email Kristy@maaa.org or phone 816-421-1388 ext 229 to reserve a space. Just a few seats left!

Missouri. Summers @ Mizzou will be held July 13-17 and July 20-24. Through Artist’s Eyes: A Studio Experience--Are you an artist? Do you like to create? Explore living the life of an artist through this immersive studio experience in an atmosphere that allows ample time to create, as well as explore materials, techniques, art galleries, and museums with a focus on painting and drawing taught by MU professors: Matt Ballou and Jessica Thornton. Experience a supportive community of educators, professional artists and students who are passionate about art and will help to lead, inspire, and encourage you towards achieving your artistic goals. Interested? Then sign-up and join us for a fun-filled week of discovering all that MU offers emerging artists like you!
 
Missouri. Coalition for Museum Learning, Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Kansas City has a rich museum and cultural community that includes art, historic and cultural organizations. Making these collections accessible and interesting to the public requires knowledgeable people trained in engaging visitors and working with objects and collections.

President Obama Pens Personal Apology to an Art Historian. President Obama issued a personal, hand-written apology for his self-described “glib” remark that he made on January 30th, concerning the pursuit of art history degrees and jobs at a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. The apology, which was recently made public, was addressed specifically to University of Texas at Austin Professor Ann Collins Johns after she submitted a comment through the White House website.

New York. Workshop: Interior Landscape: Plein Air For Cold Weather, 1-5 pm, Sunday, March 2nd, $45. Annie Shaver-Crandell, 39 Bond Street New York, NY 10012, 212-464-7519. En plein air in the lives of visual artists refers to painting or drawing — especially of a landscape — done on-site in real time. For many of us, it’s a seasonal activity, dependent on outdoor temperature, humidity and wind conditions.

New York. Family Art Workshop at The Drawing Center, Saturday, March 1 at 10:30am (Kids 10-13) - FREE. Families will look at and discuss our exhibition Deborah Grant: Christ You Know it Ain't Easy!!, in which Grant culls material from a variety of sources including magazine photographs, comic books, published texts, and art historical reference books which she masterfully translates and brings together via her signature drawing method to create highly personal, non-linear narratives that investigate politics, race, and cultural identity. To register, or for further information, please call (212) 219-2166 ext.205 or e-mail agood@drawingcenter.org by the Friday prior. Admission is FREE! Reservations are appreciated.

Kansas Youth Art Month Celebration. The KAEA Youth Art Month Celebration is fast approaching! Please plan on participating by honoring ONE of your students by entering their art work into the State Capitol Exhibit sponsored by Sargent Art. The celebration takes place on March 1st, 2014 from 2-3:30. All of the information and forms that you will need can be found online.

STEAM workshop in Costa Rica in July. Held at the University of Georgia, Costa Rica campus in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The workshop will feature learning experiences, based on the natural science & ecology of indigenous trees, & will integrate STEM principles into numerous hands on Art projects. We will identify outstanding trees using the American Forests champion tree methodology & using the
Engineering Design Process combined with Dendrochronology methods, we will construct a Walking labyrinth on site. The Georgia Dept. of Ed has approved the workshop for 60 Professional Development hours (6 PLU's) & the certificate may be transferable to other states with approval.

South Carolina. Gibbes Museum of Art accepting online entries for 2014 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award
. The GMA is pleased to accept submissions for the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina school districts who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art. Entries for the annual award and $2,500 cash prize can be made exclusively online through March 1.

South Carolina. The Art Institute of Charleston Announces Art Educators Appreciation Call for Entries. This March, The Art Institutes system of schools ("The Art Institutes") 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.

California. Art Teacher on the Net offers Librarians, Staff, Students and Volunteers New Online Workshops. Art Teacher on the Net has added even more online workshops to its line up of popular online selections for librarians, staff, volunteers, and students. Check out the four week (12 hour) online, budget friendly, workshop offerings online.

Michigan. Wayne Foundation scholarship applications available. The Harold and Pat Bower Scholarship was established to assist students in furthering an education in the arts and humanities. The arts and humanities include, but not limited to, areas in art, dance, theatre, visual, vocal, instrumental, cinematography, photography and writing. Applications are available at Wayne Memorial High School, John Glenn High School, the Wayne Community Center and at www.ci.wayne.mi.us (click Recreation). Applications must be submitted by April 5 to City of Wayne Recreation Foundation,4635 Howe Road, Wayne, MI 48184 or e-mail to recreation@ci.wayne.mi.us.

2-18-14

Common Arts Standards Open for Final Public Review. The drafts of the voluntary national standards were developed by a handful of arts-focused groups and educators and are, according to a press release, "intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum ... and help ensure that all students are college and career ready." (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

US House Resolution Designates March 16-22 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week. Throughout the US the National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Affiliate Network will Host More Than 500 Related Events and Programs. The House resolution states “arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines… is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students”. The House resolution also emphasizes that “arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills… which supports academic success nationwide as well as personal growth outside the classroom.” It will be observed across the country by Young Audiences affiliates with special events, school activities, long-term residencies and performances to promote awareness for YA’s arts-in-education programs. It is estimated that more than 34,000 students will be participating.

Washington. STEM education: include arts; STEM isn’t right for everyone. Guest columnist Robin Lake makes a compelling argument for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education [“Washington state lags rest of U.S. on STEM education,” Opinion, Feb. 9]. I only wish that she had included the “A” for the arts, making it STEAM instead of STEM. STEAM includes the arts as a vital part of each student’s education. (The Seattle Times)

New Jersey Adds Arts to School-Performance Reports. New Jersey now includes metrics about arts education in its annual school reports—and education officials there say that makes it the first state to do so. The new reports, the education department announced Tuesday, also show the percentage of a school's population enrolled in the arts and the percentage of high school students enrolled in specific art disciplines—dance, music, theater, and visual art. (Education Week)

Tennessee. Leanna Landsmann: Parents can take active role in restoring schools' arts funding. Our district cut arts programs during the recession. A parent group wants to get them restored. Our parent-teacher organization will pay for a teacher’s salary, but the principal says that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teacher training is a higher priority. How can we make the case? Arts can put joy in learning for many kids. (The Tennessean)

Tenn. students build STEM skills -- and model cars -- with 3D printers. Students at Antioch High School in Nashville, Tenn., are using 3D printers in design and build carbon-dioxide dragsters model cars. The cross-curricular projects allow students to use math, digital design, automotive and engineering skills while working collaboratively through the conceptual to model phases to create their cars for class. They've also used their skills to make new knobs for classroom air and heating units. (The Tennessean)

Arizona. STEM education adds arts component. Eighth-grader Robert Rubio is one of about 15 students who regularly visit the community center to build these micro-controller kits, creating interactive electronic objects. But often, the kids don’t come for the machines. They come for the art. (azcentral.com)

New York. Educators learn how to incorporate art into Common Core Curriculum. Educators, teachers and administrators from around the Mohawk Valley attended 'An Evening of Art for Educators' at The Wellin Museum of Art on Thursday night to learn about how new exhibitions at the museum relate to the common-core curriculum lesson plans. (WKTV)

California. Arts teachers in LA County schools decreased by 10 percent. The 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy looked at figures from the California Department of Education and found more than 200 arts teacher positions disappeared between the 2010-11 school year and 2011-2012 in Los Angeles County — while overall the number of arts teachers in the state remained stable in that same period.

[Createquity.] "Around the Horn: Sochi edition"
Artificial Intelligence and the Arts. If a computer composes a symphony, should the resulting musical piece be considered a work of art? And how does a computer-generated work affect our perception of human-made works? These are not theoretical questions. A recent article in Pacific Standard highlights Simon Fraser University’s Metacreation project, which aims to investigate computational creativity, in part through the development of “artificially creative musical systems.”
New England’s Creative Economy Directory. CreativeGround spotlights the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states. This online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts. (Createquity)

New Mexico. Device helps students communicate through pictures. Some students with disabilities in a New Mexico school district are using technology to communicate with others. The district has introduced an electronic device that allows students to create sentences from pictures. Students then can have the device read the sentences aloud. "Instead of screaming or biting or throwing something across the room, we are teaching them to use their words," special-education teacher Megan Garrigan said. (Albuquerque Journal)

Missouri: Young Artists' Showcase Entries Due This Friday (2/21/14). A juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists' Guild. All work must be submitted by an instructor. Instructors may submit work from up to 10 students. One entry per student. If a student is home-schooled, their parent will be the submitting instructor. Cash prizes will be awarded by the juror. Art and design scholarships for high school seniors will be among the awards given by the juror.

Call for Nominations: Honoring Exemplary Teaching Artists at the NYU Forum. These master teaching artists may be Innovators in teaching practice; Seasoned guides to teaching artists entering and navigating the field; and/or Thought leaders in sustaining dynamic teaching artist practice in the field. Award recipients will receive a $250 honorarium, deliver a conference-wide speech, and co-moderate a plenary panel. Nominations are welcome from colleagues, students, or supervising organizations. Please write a letter of support to your nomination of no more than 200-words. Please submit letters of support for your nominee to andrewgaines@nyu.edu by Monday, February 17, 2014.

NYU Forum on the Teaching Artist: Navigation, Innovation, and Sustainability, April 25-27, 2014. For the 2014 annual forum, The Program in Educational Theatre spotlights the Teaching Artist. The intersection of pedagogy and aesthetics has extended its reach to a broad array of interdisciplinary perspectives and multiple art disciplines. All allied professionals, newcomers, administrators, and researchers are invited to exchange perspectives and collectively envision their shared future. The forum will begin Friday night and conclude Sunday afternoon. Feel free to submit any additional questions to NYUedtheatreforum@gmail.com.

North Carolina. Reynolda House Museum of American Art creates new position to develop museum's digital wing. As metropolitan museums across the country begin to focus personnel resources on digital content and new media strategies, Reynolda House Museum of American Art has created a new position to develop the extension of the museum’s desired impact and mission to an online audience. Trish Oxford has been named Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications, a position that will focus on the evolving need for digital communications. In this role she will create synergy between on-site experiences and virtual experiences through management of the Museum’s new website, email, social media, and other digital platforms. Oxford will also work closely with the curatorial staff to explore ways to enhance the visitor experience. (artdaily.org)

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2-14-14

Final Public Review of Draft National Core Arts Standards in the Arts
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The downloadable Excel spreadsheets include eleven overarching anchor standards that align with all disciplines’ (dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts ) performance standards. The review will also feature instructional support materials, such as sample Model Cornerstone Assessments, incorporating Process Components and Understanding by Design elements. The review opens February 14, 2014, and closes February 28, at http://nccas.wikispaces.com. Draft reading copies of the revised standards are now available on the site.

National program supports expansion of K-8 arts curriculum in 14 cities. An effort to expand arts education in K-8 schools -- lead by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. -- will extend this year to 14 cities and local school districts across the country. School and art leaders who are part of the "Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child" program met Wednesday to discuss the program, which Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser said could expand to include 50 to 75 school systems over the next 10 years because of an endowment from the Newman's Own Foundation. (ABC News/The Associated Press)

Bringing the Arts Into Core Instruction. Visual arts teacher Rachel Losch explores the draft National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, which call for arts educators to work more closely with their colleagues in other disciplines. (Education Week Teacher)

2-12-14

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Call for NAEA Preservice Division Director-Elect. The NAEA Student Chapter is transitioning to the Preservice Division and is looking for a new leader to fill the role of Preservice Division Director-Elect. Deadline: 2/18/14
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N.C. elementary schools promise arts education but access is far from equal. North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools' different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance. (PBS)

Two Opportunities for Input on the Role of Arts in Early Childhood. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that the Administration plans to use $250 million for a major new competition to build, develop and expand high-quality preschool programs. Interested parties can submit opinions, ideas, suggestions, and comments pertaining to the new competition on the Homeroom Blog up until 5:00 PM EDT on February 26, 2014. The Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council is undertaking a study on The Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success. All interested stakeholders may submit written input via e-mail to Birth.to.Eight@nas.edu.

AEP 2014 National Forum in Pittsburgh, Sept. 11-12 - Call for Concurrent Session Proposals. Some of the nation’s most influential leaders will convene during National Arts in Education Week to explore arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America’s young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship. Within this context, AEP joins the Arts Education Collaborative of Pittsburgh (AEP’s host organization for the National Forum) in inviting AEP Partners and leaders across the country to share exemplary work supporting the national imperative to prepare all students for the next America. Download the Request for Proposals here. Also, AEP 2014 National Forum: Young Artist Award Call for Entries, Now Open! All applicants must be students between the ages of 12-18 residing in the Pittsburgh area. AEP accepts only electronic submissions at aepforums@ccsso.org. The deadline is March 28, 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.

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. To learn more about Any Given Child, visit . The application deadline is March 31, 2014.
 
Training Opportunities for K-12 educators in Folk Arts, Folklife, and Oral History. Educators and artists interested in learning more about employing folk arts or oral history in the classroom will find a roster of institutes and workshops around the country on the home page of the Local Learning web site. To receive their bulletins, email Paddy Bowman at paddybowman@verizon.net.

Arts Schools Network Calls for Exemplary School and Recognition Award Applications. Arts Schools Network is currently accepting applications for 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.

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. 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 arts in three categories: arts integration, equity through arts, and civic engagement/professional partnerships. Learn more about the awards and how to apply. The application deadline is April 4, 2014.

Painting, Photography, and Regional Cooking in France: 2014 Summer Workshops in Normandy, Paris and the French Jura. Experience France for 12 or 20 days. Under the guidance of master teachers. For more than two decades, SEYMOUR SIMMONS III has guided artists of all ages and experience in sketching and painting landscapes throughout France. His French-born wife, MARTINE SIMMONS, adds her flair to the experience, helping participants with French language, markets, and culinary adventures. Adding to the wealth of opportunities, photographer TERRY ROUECHE offers instruction in digital or film photography. Three Sessions Available: 1) June 16—July 6: Normandy, Paris & the French Jura $2,800* 2) June 16—28: Normandy & Paris $2,250* 3) June 24—July 6: Paris & French Jura $2,250* Includes: Courses in sketching, painting & photography; French language & culinary activities; Guided tours of art museums; Transportation within France; and NB. Not included: Travel to France, metro tickets in Paris, all meals in Paris, optional restaurant meals on day-trips, and personal expenses. For more information visit website, call 803-366-5749, or e-mail martinesimmons@gmail.com.

CELEBRATING 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of NEOPOPREALISM with NATIONAL/ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS' ART CONTESTS. The following links contain more than 40 free art lesson plans for all grages: http://neowhimsies.blogspot.com/ | http://inkpenpattern.blogspot.com/ | http://neopoprealismartlessonplans.blogspot.com

District Superintendents Lay Out Vision for ESEA Renewal. Fifteen district leaders call for a lot less testing and more leeway for states and districts on setting and achieving goals in any new version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week/District Dossier Blog)

2-10-14

Announcing Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week . Young Audiences Arts for Learning will Host more than 300 Events and Programs across the US in Celebration of National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, March 16–March 22, 2014

Seeking U.S. Art All Over Map. Just Check GPS. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., is meeting with about 1,000 artists to find 100 to feature in a new show of contemporary art. (The New York Times)

LeanIn.org and Getty Aim to Change Women’s Portrayal in Stock Photos. Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit organization is partnering with the photo agency to try to eradicate stereotypes in stock images and portray women in more empowering ways. (The New York Times)

Students Share Magical Moments at Art Exhibit Opening. Magic to Do, the opening number in Pippin, could have been the theme song for the recent opening of the National PTA’s Reflections Program art exhibit at ED’s headquarters. For nearly half a century, the National PTA has inspired millions … (ED.gov)

The 29th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition  opens tomorrow,  February 11th. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is open to visual artists from anywhere in the world at any stage in their careers. In previous years, selected artists have worked in painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media and print.

Scarlett Johansson & Kate Winslet Ditch Makeup For Art. Celebrities have cried the "no makeup" wolf so many times that we've all learned to take the presented image with a grain of salt and an eye roll. "Here we go again," we quietly say to ourselves before letting out a needlessly exhausted sigh while clicking through. Vanity Fair and Chuck Close don't want that to happen. (Refinery29)

To save Detroit Institute of Arts, no cost too great? Since last May, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been at the center of bankruptcy negotiations between the beleaguered City of Detroit and a myriad of creditors and pensioners to whom a staggering $18 billion is owed. When Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager, included the museum’s art collection among city assets available for possible liquidation, the suggestion that the artwork might be sold to satisfy creditors sent shudders through the art community. Could a world-class art museum, part of America’s cultural foundation, be raided, its cultural treasures sold off to pay the debts of its city? And what would that mean for other art institutions around the country?

More than a movie: Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art. New exhibition: Behind the History, February 11–September 1, 2014, West Building Founders Room. During World War II, as part of the military’s Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program, American art historians, museum and art professionals, and archivists were deployed as military officers to protect works of art, historical buildings and monuments, and archives in war theaters throughout western Europe. The National Gallery of Art was deeply involved in these efforts.

Call for Artists: International Artist Residencies Program in Budapest, Hungary 2014 1.The residency is an opportunity for artists, designers, theorists, writers and curators to undertake a period of focused work at the HMC. Deadline: February 28, 2014. 2. Open Call for Book Artists: The Library Thoughts 4 exhibition will open this year at Hegyvidek Gallery, and is scheduled from August 26 to September 6, 2014. It is part of the AIR/HMC, Budapest, International Artists in Residency program. Entry fee: USD 35. Deadline: March 31, 2014. For more info and the application form, write to the exhibition curator Beata Szechy.

Is Minnesota the Gold Standard for NCLB Waiver Implementation? (Edcuation Week/Politics K-12)

GAO: Nearly Half of i3 Funds Being Spent on Professional Development (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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Second International Teaching Artist Conference. Artists, educators, and engaged professionals are invited to attend three days of inquiry into this worldwide phenomenon of the teaching artist, this rich opportunity, this growing trend. The Conference is co-hosted by the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), and in association with QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival for Children 2014. See details, register, and view the Call for Participation at itac2.org.au


Tell Your Story to Congress at National Arts Advocacy Day 2014, March 24–25, 2014, Washington, DC. With Congress divided over budget battles and other important issues, the difficulties facing arts and arts education are only getting tougher. We need you to add your voice to the advocacy efforts this year more than ever. Hear from Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education Narric Rome as he provides a quick snapshot of the importance of federal arts education advocacy and attending Arts Advocacy Day 2014! Hosted by Americans for the Arts 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. (Americans for the Arts)

The 2014 Doodle 4 Google Annual Competition is Acceptiing Submissions! This year's theme: "If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place..." One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Closing date for entries is Thursday, March 20th.

The California Arts Council is Hiring Two Arts Grants Administrator Positions. The mission of the California Arts Council is to advance California through the arts and creativity. If interested, review the examination bulletins, Standard State Application, and Supplemental Application. Exams will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

National Gallery of Art Special Programs
CHILDREN'S FILM PROGRAM: Creative Adventures, Saturday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, February 9 at 11:30 a.m., East Building Auditorium. Ages 7 and up. Stretch your imagination and let the ordinary become extraordinary with this series of animated shorts. Approximately 60 minutes.
Drawing Workshops, February 6, 9; March 6, 9, 14, 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
West Building, East Garden Court. Join them for sketching and conversation in the galleries. Led by practicing artists and museum educators, this series of workshops integrates art history and studio art practices. The workshop is free, but space is limited to 35 participants per session.

Community Art: Only Rain in the Storm Drains. Back in the summer I worked with Paul Klein and the City of Reno to create a video to educate citizens of Reno about what storm drains are and why it’s important to keep them clean. Here’s a link to more info from the City of Reno on the Storm Drain campaign. The central focus of the project was an art project that a lot of other cities have had success using to get people to pay attention the storm drains and water quality, in fact, here’s a Pinterest gallery of some great storm drain art. Local Reno artist Bryce Chisolm, who does some pretty cool stuff with hand made stencils, customized three storm drains in Reno to get people to look at the mouth of the river a little differently. (Arborglyph)

Hacking Art Education And The Creative Experience. Is an education worth it? Is an education in art school worth it? There are many marketers that have (or are even thinking about) art education. It will not be news to anyone, that most students leave college in tremendous debt. With that, there is no real link between a formal education and a guaranteed job that will carry a family through the middle class (or beyond). Life has become ever-complex. The definition of The American Dream is becoming ambiguous. For artists, it has become even more complex. (TwistImage)

California: Arts education gets a boost. O.C. groups come together to make sure visual and performing arts programs remain part of the curriculum in public schools. The Orange County Department of Education and the nonprofit organization Arts Orange County believe in the importance of arts in the curriculum and have taken large strides toward funding, protecting and preserving arts education countywide. (OC Regsiter)

Iowa: Should fine arts be included in the Iowa Core curriculum? Teachers tell the Legislature to show the importance of fine arts education. The fine arts deserve an equal footing in Iowa’s schools with math, reading and other core subjects, a group of teachers told state lawmakers Wednesday. (Des Moines Register) RELATED: Iowa: Fine arts proposed for education core, Simon Estes makes pitch to legislators on fine arts education (AUDIO)

South Carolina. Newspaper racks offer students opportunity for art, education. Students from schools throughout the district recently created their own works of art on 21 newspaper racks belonging to The Times and Democrat. The project is part of a partnership between the district and The T&D to raise funds for Newspapers in Education, a program that makes online newspapers available free of charge in classrooms. (TheTandD.com)

New York. Skaneateles students show talents, highlight program with Scholastic Art Awards. Thirty high school students and four middle school students were recognized for their artwork with gold, silver or an honorable mention in the highly competitive awards program. (Skaneateles Journal)

Portrait of NJ High-School Students Includes Many Who Study the Fine Arts. Nearly half -- almost 200,000 statewide -- took at least one class, mostly in visual arts and music. (NJ Spotlight)

California. Art.com Reignites 'Art Sparks Learning' Program. Art.com, the world's leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art, today opened nominations for its next Art Sparks Learning ™ campaign, an international program committed to supporting art education and inspiring the artists of tomorrow. Visit www.art.com/artsparks to nominate a public school in need for a chance to win framed artwork and $1,000 in art supplies. (Digital Journal)

Delaware. Freeman Foundation grant strengthens arts impact on Sussex Co. students. In a continued push to place more emphasis on arts in education, a Delaware senator and representatives from the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced last week that a federal grant will allow local fifth graders to perform this summer with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. (Sussex Countian)

Accepting applications for Moving Image and Visual Arts awards - Application deadline: February 28, 2014. Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, Creative Capital supports artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft; who are boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; and who create work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. Awardees receive up to 50,000 USD in direct support for their project and advisory services valued at more that 40,000 USD

California. Scholarship, art grant deadlines approaching. Groups gave out record $319,000 to 175 students last year. Thousands in prizes and awards will be awarded to students in Creative Communication competitions; and the Santa Maria Arts Council will award more than $13,000 to emerging artists in dance, drama, music and visual arts fields this spring. (Santa Maria Times)

California. Teri and Art Iwasaki Student Scholarship Renewed. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying high school senior; details regarding applications and qualifications will be released in February. This scholarship will run through 2018. (The Rafu Shimpo)

Rhode Island. Block Island Arts Guild Scholarship available. The Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild is now accepting applications for the 2014 Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Scholarship. Seniors graduating from the Block Island School intending to further their art education may be awarded $1,000 and college undergraduate art students currently enrolled in art courses may receive up to $750 to advance their art studies. (The Block Island Times)

New Studies on the Arts and Critical Thinking, NCLB Waivers, and School-wide Consequences of Student Risk Factors. The January/February 2014 issue of Educational Researcher (ER), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), is now available on the association’s website. It features an article on “Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment,” by Daniel H. Bowen, Jay P. Greene, and Brian Kisida.

Australia: Teaching the write stuff: the forgotten art of penmanship. Taking all of this research into consideration, reflecting on more than 35 years of teaching and observing current practices, leads me to lament the dying art of penmanship. Although texting, tapping and typing are commonplace in today's society, there remains an important place for distinctive, handwritten communication. Handwriting is a skill, which has to be taught explicitly from a very early age, when fine and gross motor-skill development will provide the foundation for correct pencil grip, letter formation, fluency and eventually, automatically through consistent practice. (The Age)

Georgia. National Society Honors Osborne Middle¹s Gillespie. One of Gwinnett County¹s decorated art teachers is once again being recognized for his service to his students and the field of fine arts. The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) named Osborne Middle¹s Dallas Gillespie as National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year. (Gwinnett Citizen)

Maryland. BCPS students dominate Maryland winners of national fine arts competition. Of the 20 Maryland students recently named 2014 YoungArts national award winners by the National YoungArts Foundation, 10 are from Baltimore County’s public high schools, including nine from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson. It was the second year in a row that Carver has placed more award winners than any other school in the state. (BCPS)

art21 Education - February 2014. Here's the latest from Art21 Education: Art21 Educators takes a one-year break, Celebrating five years and taking time to reflect; Top ten picks for educators, A roundup of new Art21 films, articles, and more; Art21 education on the road, A rundown of recent happenings in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, and New York; and NAEA conference on the horizon, Meet us in San Diego this coming March.

Your March Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! Click here to begin reading the current issue. If you are a print subscriber you will receive your print edition in the mail as usual.

US Artists, Writers Collaborate on Exhibit, Cultural Exchange in China - Exchange explores new territory of “Social Practice” art. Forty-two women artists and essayists will collaborate with a select group of Chinese counterparts to share their visions and voices in “HALF THE SKY: Intersections in Social Practice Art.”  This unprecedented cultural exchange is a partnership between the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) and LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China.

Watch the Greatest Art Heist in History: The Monuments Men In Theaters Today. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Virginia: Opportunities for artists and arts organizations from the Arts Council of Fairfax
• 2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards - Application Deadline: April 7, 2014
• Seeking Artists for New Documentary Television Program
• Artist Studio and Office Space for Lease.
• Use Crowdsourcing to Fund your Next Art Project
• Webinar: How to Prepare for a Non-Profit Audit, February 18
• Coaching Sessions For Non-Profits
• FY15 Project Support Application Deadline - Application Deadline: Feb 19, 2014
• New Grants Program
• Operating Support Grants Workshop, March 15, 2014

Indiana: Tonight: Paper Making in the VSAI Studios. Check out all the latest news from VSA Indiana, the State Organization on Arts and Disability

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NAHS SPONSORS: NAEA Needs to Know: What Do Your Students Think About Creative Careers?
Tell us and you and your student will each qualify to win a $100 Blick Art Materials Gift Card!
Deadline to participate: February 11

California. First statewide assessment of ‘creative economy’ to be released Thursday; followed by Senate hearing Feb. 12. Recognizing the importance of creativity to California’s past, present and future, Sen. Ted Lieu will convene a hearing in the state’s capitol to examine the role the creative sector plays in the state’s economy. The Capitol hearing will follow the formal release Thursday, February 6 of a creative economy study that for the first time includes statewide information.

A friendly reminder that the survey for the NAEA Museum Education division’s Peer to Peer Google+ Hangouts closes this Friday, February 7, 2014. This survey is open to all—participation in past Hangouts is not required to share your ideas for future Hangout formats, speakers topics. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R5PVMTV.
Looking for the past Hangouts? They are all archived along with presentation materials and available on the NAEA Museum Education division’s Google+ page.

Design Learning Network Tackles Plight of the Honeybee. On Aug. 24, 2013, 80 leading designers, along with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and design educators from around the world, connected in real time through Skype for a first of its kind linked workshop. View press release

"Snap My Art" Jewelry Fundraiser from Artsonia - Signup by Feb 10. The Snap My Art Jewelry Fundraiser is a special short-term fundraising program brought back by popular demand for a limited time this Spring. This program was specifically designed to boost your earnings through a focused fundraising effort that ties directly into Mother's Day keepsakes featuring your students' artworks. Spaces are limited to 200 teachers only; signup today!

[Createquity.] Around the horn: Philip Seymour Hoffman edition. Featuring sections on Art and The Government, Musical Chairs, All About the Benjamins, In the Field, Big Ideas, and Research Corner.

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Why study the arts? A 10 article series from LearnNow.org. As education budgets get tighter, the arts are often one of the first disciplines to get cut. In response to these threats many art teachers often argue that the arts should remain in the curriculum because they result in improved test scores. A review of the data has shown that this defense of the arts is A) not really true and B) can trivialize the deeper benefits of studying the arts.
Why study the visual arts?
Can We Really "Study" the Visual Arts?
Real Reasons to Study the Visual Arts
Should the arts be integrated with other academic subjects?
•  Is Arts Integration Fair to the Arts?
•  Arts Integration Outside of School

New Jersey Is First State to Include Arts Instruction in School-Level Reports. The Department of Education today released School Performance Reports for the 2012-13 school year, marking the first time that participation in arts education has been included in any state's annual school-level reporting. The reports provide a more complete picture of school performance beyond simple test scores by identifying a range of college and career ready metrics, beginning at the earliest grades. The reports are designed to further the Department's goal of helping educators and stakeholders turn information into action to improve student outcomes across a range of performance indicators.

Announcing Where Art Lives, the 2014 Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Conference. This April, join YA for Where Art Lives, the 2014 Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Conference, a three-day meeting that will be held on Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26 at the US Grant Hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego.

After cutting arts teachers, schools adjust to new normal in Lansing. Last year, Lansing public school officials laid off all their elementary art and music teachers. The move got national attention from outraged educators and arts groups. Now, almost a year after the layoffs were announced, Lansing students and teachers are getting used to the new normal. (Michigan Radio)

Missouri: Can't Make it to Citizens' Day for the Arts at the Legislature on February 5, 2014? Consider sending an email to your elected officials today in support of your fellow arts education advocates while they are in Jefferson City on February 5th.  To be most effective, please send the message at the beginning of the day on Wednesday, February 5th.  It should only take a couple of minutes.  If you would please ‘cc’ the message to bmartin@moaae.org, they can then gauge how effective the campaign has been. You can learn more about MCA's agenda at http://www.mo4arts.org/agenda.html

Ravitch: Too much focus is placed on testing. There is too much emphasis on standardized testing, education historian Diane Ravitch told educators and others gathered at the annual conference of the Kentucky School Boards Association. In her address, Ravitch said that some districts have emphasized testing over art, music and other programs. She also criticized the use of standardized tests to evaluate teachers, saying education should be a "civic responsibility" embraced by all. (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., 2/2)

Fun February Crafts - Crayola Creative Corner

BLOG: 10 Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid. Over the years, I’ve made more than my share of mis­takes.… and many of them more than once! We all make mis­takes, but we can learn from each other and at least avoid some of the com­mon ones. Here are some lessons I’ve learned the hard way!

Using the Oscars to produce lessons about film. With the Super Bowl over, the next major television event is the Academy Awards broadcast on March 2, writes media literacy educator Frank Baker, who suggests in this blog post that teachers use the much-hyped Oscars ceremony as a learning opportunity for students. Using, among other things, resources from the National Council of Teachers of English and teaching guides from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Baker suggests educators use the awards to teach about art and film and use prompts to lead students in writing exercises about films. (MiddleWeb, 2/2)

"Animation For Kids". In this instructional film, animator Patrick Jenkins and 5 children show you how to create flip books and early motion picture devices including: the Thaumatrope, Two Page Flip, Zoetrope and Praxinoscope. The film is based on his 1991 book "Flipbook Animation".

10 Extreme Responses To Obama’s Art History Jab on Social Media. Art historians and art worlders are up in arms about U.S. President Barack Obama’s ill-worded comments while in Wisconsin on Thursday, in which he encouraged young adults to pursue vocational training and skilled manufacturing over potentially less lucrative degrees in art history. But amid the inevitable flood of angry emails he received — despite preemptively asking people not to flood his inbox — it seems like the real message got lost in the mix. (blouartinfo)

Elementary school art show highlights value of arts education. Throughout November and December, elementary school students and teachers from Chapel Hill and Carrboro City Schools showcased publicly the value of an arts education. Under the leadership of Michele Nelson, the Estes Hills visual arts teacher, elementary school art teachers came together to curate an exhibit of student work. (East Chapel Hill Observer)

'The beauty that lies within us' . Throughout the local community, music and arts programs provide a platform not only for creative and individual development, but also for the enhancement of other life skills, such as teamwork, time management, and cooperation. (Kitsap Sun)

Maritz and the Arts and Education Council Announce $30,000 in Grants. Grants went to eight arts education projects in the St. Louis bi-state area through the award-winning Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers. Maritz and the Arts and Education Council partner to offer this unique funding opportunity to individual schools and nonprofit organizations to support projects and opportunities that encourage creativity in the classroom. The distinctive funding program enables teachers to apply directly for a grant. Awards are granted at the beginning of the school year.

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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards. The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. View a draft reading copy of the revised standards at http://nccas.wikispaces.com now.

JANUARY

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New Jersey Is First State to Include Arts Instruction in School-Level Reports. The Department of Education today released School Performance Reports for the 2012-13 school year, marking the first time that participation in arts education has been included in any state's annual school-level reporting. The reports provide a more complete picture of school performance beyond simple test scores by identifying a range of college and career ready metrics, beginning at the earliest grades. The reports are designed to further the Department's goal of helping educators and stakeholders turn information into action to improve student outcomes across a range of performance indicators. Materials and Docs at: http://www.artsednj.org RELATED: Article 1 | Article 2

AEP ArtsEd Digest - January 28, 2014

AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts in Education Young Artist Award Call for Entries, Now Open! All applicants must be students between the ages of 12-18 residing in the Pittsburgh area. AEP accepts only electronic submissions at aepforums@ccsso.org. The deadline is March 28, 2014.

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. A draft reading copy of the revised standards will be available on January 30.

Intersections 2014: Call for Presentations. The Kennedy Center's Office of VSA and Accessibility is currently accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2014 Intersections: Arts Education and Special Education Conference. Intersections provides a unique opportunity for engagement, networking, information exchange, and learning for those in the fields of arts, education, and disability. Anyone with an interest in arts education and special education is invited to submit session proposals or original research by January 31.

2014 Kennedy Center International Arts Leaders Forum. On February 1-2, 2014, the Kennedy Center, in association with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, presents an intensive weekend program for artists, arts managers, and board members to share ideas and discuss solutions to some of the big issues confronting the arts community today. Participants include: Deborah Borda, Julián Castro, Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, Renée Fleming, John Lithgow, Mo Rocca, David M. Rubenstein, Julie Taymor, and others.

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.

National PTA Spotlights Arts Education in "Our Children" Magazine. The National PTA's December/January issue of "Our Children" magazine shines a spotlight on the importance of arts education and includes features on STEM to STEAM, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities' Turnaround Arts Initiative (page 24), and a brief piece about Common Core and the arts from AEP (page 19).

Ohio Department of Education Fine Arts Model Curriculum. Over the past two years, the Ohio Department of Education has worked with four teams of visual and performing arts educators to draft the Fine Arts Model Curriculum. The public and Ohio educators are invited to review and comment on the draft model curriculum now through mid-February 2014. The department will use the feedback to strengthen and finalize the Fine Arts Model Curriculum so that it will be ready for use by educators and schools in 2014-2015.

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. 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 arts in three categories: arts integration, equity through arts, and civic engagement/professional partnerships. The application deadline is April 4, 2014.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accepting Library Grant Applications. IMLS is accepting applications for National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. The program supports projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

Visualizing Art. Researchers tap into the brain's intricate circuitry as it draws and judges its work. (The DanaFoundation)

Generation STEM. The arts, new roles for teachers, and innovative approaches to design and engineering lead our exploration of STEM education in this issue. Find out how the Next Generation Science Standards and the Maker Movement are infusing real-world application and creative engagement into the sciences. (ASCD)
Inquiry-Based Instruction Explores, Then Explains. ASCD author Jeff Marshall advocates for flipping the typical explain-explore model for instruction and then provides a sample science lesson where students have the opportunity to explore elements of the lunar phases before this scientific phenomena are explained.
The Four Cs of Next Generation Engineering Standards. The Next Generation Science Standards in general and the engineering standards in particular promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication.
The Art of Thinking Like a Scientist
. The arts encourage observation, visualization, and perseverance in a design process—or, why STEM should really be STEAM.
What Is a Maker Space? What Is a Maker Space? Interdisciplinary, creative learning thrives in this do-it-yourself design studio at St. Louis's Grand Center Arts Academy.

The Keith Haring Foundation donates $400,000 to establish Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism
. Made possible through a five year-grant of $80,000 per year, the Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual, visiting Fellowship for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College. The Fellowship will bring a distinguished leader in the field to investigate the role of art as a catalyst for social change, linking the two programs and presenting original research in an annual lecture. The Keith Haring Lecture in Art and Activism will be delivered annually at Bard College and will be published and widely distributed among universities and colleges internationally. (artdaily.org)

Extremely Young Film Festival, A Popcorn Kids Screening Made Possible By Reliant, an NRG Company & Co-Presented with Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Juror Chris Strompolos in Attendance, Saturday, March 1, 6PM, Location: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Free with Museum Admission. Born out of the spirit of Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival, the Extremely Young Film Festival shines a spotlight on short films up to three minutes long from filmmakers 17 years old and under. The festival celebrates their creative and technical strengths in film and displays their interpretations of the world in which they live. These youth are the voices of future media expression. The deadline for submission is February 1st. If you have any questions about Aurora Picture Show or the Extremely Young Film Festival, please email gonzalez@aurorapictureshow.org or call (713)868-2101.

The 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Nomination Deadline is Monday, February 10. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.

POLICY 
Obama Sells Race to Top, Early Ed. in State of the Union. The president mounted an indirect defense of the common-core standards and a more spirited, direct defense of his signature Race to the Top program. (Education Week Blogs)

State of the Union: A Recap for Busy Teachers (Education Week Blogs)

Five pressing education issues you'll see in 2014  (eSchool News)

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The Next Big Picture: With Cameras Optional, New Directions in Photography. “What is a photograph?” asks a show at the International Center of Photography, a question echoed by curators navigating a flood of new works that are far from documentary. (The New York Times)

Tiny Circus. Tiny Circus, a collaborative stop-motion art project, made this short film about the importance of art education for the Iowa Art Educators annual conference.

New Museum Seminars: (Temporary) Collections of Ideas, Classes: March 5–May 28; conference: June 6. Continuing its focus on sustained research and ideas in development, the Department of Education and Public Engagement introduces a new Seminar Series, which kicks off in March. Aligned with the R&D Season theme, VOICE, the inaugural Seminar will provide a platform for discussing and debating ideas as they emerge, in real time, and for developing scholarship directly referencing art's place in culture. A group of ten to twelve participants from diverse backgrounds will meet regularly for twelve weeks to plan and implement a bibliography, as well as a public-facing conference on June 6 featuring leading figures whose work has shaped the topic of study.

Experimental Study Program, February 6–May 8. The New Museum's Experimental Study Program (ESP) pairs youths (fifteen to twenty years old) with artists to collaborate on projects and research related to Season themes. Over several months, teens and New Museum staff will undergo an intensive exploration of VOICE as framed by Jeanine Oleson and Brooke O'Harra, including examining private and public forms of language and engaging students in activating performative components of both artists' work. 

LAEDC publishes economic impact study of LACMA's Transformation Project . The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) commissioned a Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) report to study the economic impact of LACMA’s Transformation project, 2007–2013. The report, which describes the economic impact of the construction of the project's new galleries, public art installations, and other museum facilities, estimates that the Transformation generated economic output in Los Angeles County of more than $477 million, and supported 3,650 jobs with a labor income of $230.2 million. The economic activity is estimated to have generated almost $22 million in state and local taxes and $41.7 million in federal taxes. (artdaily.org)

DREAM ROCKET PROJECT EXHIBITION SEEKS SUBMISSIONS. From students in Grades K-12 for the 2014 NAEA National Convention exhibit. Dates: March 29-31. Theme: Open. Art submission deadline: March 1 (postmarked). Status: 31 Spots available; Cost: $5.25 per submission. Please contact Jennifer Marsh at jennifer@thedreamrocket.com if you are interested in learning more about the exhibition. They will also release collections of submitted lesson plans for those who sign up to participate in these exhibits.

National Guild Announces 2014 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). 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 (June-December 2014) program includes a five-day seminar at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), advanced assignments, a 360-degree feedback process, and follow-up coaching. Application Deadline: April 9, 2014

VANS KICKS-OFF FIFTH ANNUAL CUSTOM CULTURE ART COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE. Vans Custom Culture Inspires Students to Showcase their Creative Talents and Raises Awareness of Diminishing Arts Education; Awards Top Schools with Donations to Support Their Art Programs. Through Feb. 14 at noon PST, high school art teachers can register their students for the 2014 competition on the Vans Custom Culture website.

PTA Art Exhibit Opening Showcases Magical Moments. Winners of the PTA's 2013 national Reflections Program competition shared their dance, music, and visual arts achievements to celebrate the recent opening of this year's Reflections exhibit at the Department of Education's headquarters. Read about the opening ceremony that also featured remarks from ED's acting deputy secretary and the national PTA president. (ED.gov)

Museum Camp 2014: Social Impact Assessment. Have you ever wondered what all this impact assessment and evaluation stuff is all about, but haven’t been sure how to get started? Museum Camp is a creation of Nina Simon and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Createquity readers might recognize Nina and her fantastic work at Santa Cruz MAH from such Top 10 Arts Policy Stories posts as 2012, not to mention many shout-outs before and since in blog posts here and there. Nina used to be a rockstar experience design consultant in the museum field and earned a measure of fame at the beginning of this decade as the author of The Participatory Museum, which you can read online for free. A couple of years ago, she decided to take the job as director of the Santa Cruz MAH, and she and her team have been up to amazing things since then, including a previous version of Museum Camp that sounded like pretty much the most fun anyone has had in a museum ever. If you are interested in attending, you can fill out an application through February 28. Space is extremely limited, so the sooner the better.

Enter the 2013 Expressions Art & Essay Competition! Cash awards! New Deadline: January 31. The 2013 theme is: I am grateful for the values of sports, highlighting leadership, sportsmanship, team work, friendship, cooperation and exercise. This year, they've added prize money for 3rd place for students and teachers. 1st place students win $100 and their teachers win $200 for class supplies. 2nd place students win $50 and their teachers win $100 for class supplies. 3rd place students win $25 and their teachers earn $50 for class supplies. Grade groups remain the same:  K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Teachers can submit more entries, up to six entries in each grade group and category, art and essay. Requirements are in the teacher’s packet on their website.

California Arts Council 2012-13 Annual Report. Celebrating milestones of the past year and previewing an exciting future for the arts and creativity in California.

Art21 News: Tim Hawkinson Keeps Art in the Family, Yinka Shonibare on Failure, and more. Art21 kicked off the year with a new Exclusive video featuring Tim Hawkinson and his 2013 sculpture exhibition at Pace Gallery, New York. In addition to Hawkinson, this issue of Art21 News features Rashid Johnson in a film from the New York Close Up series archives, and a previously unpublished text interview in which Yinka Shonibare MBE discusses, among other things, failure.

Get your entries in for Koronisfest 2014! Deadline: March 24, 2014

The horrific nationalization of the educational system. Interview with Michael Bell. As an artist I understand the value and the impact a quality arts education can have on children’s lives in public education and my comment was directed at the major problem I see with the federal government controlling public education under the guise of President Obama’s “Race to the Top” (RTTT) program, which in my opinion marginalizes the arts and any other areas not deemed a “major tested content area, such as Math or Reading. (Yareah)

Artist’s Choice Sketchbook Program. For Public and Private Schools only. They have been in business for over 33 years and have developed one of the finest sketchbooks in the business. They have chosen to offer these directly to art students, via their schools, and save them over two thirds of the retail price. These books are retailing for anywhere from $18.50 - $22.00 and they offer them direct for $6, with a buyback guarantee. They also manufacture many different sizes with the most popular size being 9x12. Inquire for other sizes. Their books are manufactured with a heavy duty poly cover for extra stability in drawing away from the students desk and durability for lasting use. Some schools purchase their books and sell them through their school stores as a fundraising option, others sell them through the Art Department as a fundraiser, and some schools simply add them to the pre-determined book lists for the students. Product Sample Photos can be viewed at: Dropbox Product Sample Photos

Art Matters Announces 2013 Grantees. Art Matters, the non-profit foundation, announces 35 grants ranging in amounts of 3,000 to 10,000 USD to artists who are working on socially engaged projects with a local, national and/or global focus.

Districts Bail on Race to the Top in Five States. Concerns over costs and student privacy have spurred districts in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio to withdraw from the federal school improvement program. (Education Week)

NCLB Waivers: More Monitoring Reports (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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LISTEN: At 30, The Original Mac Is Still An Archetype Of Innovation. Thirty years ago this week, Apple aired what is widely considered one of most iconic commercials in Super Bowl history. boldly claimed that "1984 won't be like 1984" — the George Orwell dystopian novel — because of the imminent arrival of the Macintosh computer. Transcript (NPR)

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Stanford Professor Elliot Eisner, champion of arts education, dead at 80. Eisner argued that a curriculum that includes music, dance and art is essential in developing critical thinking skills in children. (Stanford News)

Arts-education champion Elliot Eisner dies at 80. The former Stanford professor was known as a fervent advocate for teaching children art and music (Palo Alto Online)

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration. 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. (Education Week)

NAEA Rising Star Award Recipient: Creativity follows a familiar path at Southern High School. Zoe Kasprzyk recently received national recognition for her preferred method of sharing her emotions. The Tracys Landing resident was named the lone recipient of the National Art Education Association's 2014 Rising Stars Secondary Recognition award for her work with oil paintings, primarily self portraits reflecting her moods. (The Baltimore Sun)

Museum Educators: Request for Proposals for the 47th Annual International Visual Literacy Association Conference, November 5 - 8, 2014. Proposals are currently being accepted. This annual conference provides scholars, researchers, teachers, students, artists and other professionals an opportunity to present their work. 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. Deadline for Proposal Submission: February 17, 2014.

Getty Publications launches virtual library, providing free online access to hundreds of backlist titles. Getty Publications today launched a Virtual Library, providing free online access to more than 250 of its backlist titles. The books are available to read online or download as PDFs. Getty President and CEO James Cuno launched the Virtual Library in a blog post on the Getty Iris today. (artdaily)

Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive, releases cross-platform culture app. Europeana Open Culture’ introduces the public to hand-picked and beautiful collections from 17 of Europe’s top institutions, and allows people to explore, share, download and comment on them. The app is now available for all Apple and Android tablet devices. Developed by Glimworm, the app provides an easy introduction to the breadth of Europe’s treasures through carefully curated themes: Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of Nature, and Images of the Past. The new version includes over 350,000 images. (artdaily)

Stanford Seeks to Stimulate the Creative Economy. California’s famous innovation factory, which counts Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Reed Hastings of Netflix, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger of Instagram, and Peter Thiel of PayPal among its alumni, has discovered that arts are the future. “Stanford is aware that it’s educating leaders,” explains Stephen Hinton, a professor of music and the director of the Stanford Arts Initiative. “And leadership isn’t just about having technical skills and economic savvy, but about having a broad range of skills.” (National Arts Marketing Project)

ArtSchools.com, a Resource for Art Majors, Reveals How Arts Education Shapes Student Skills. ArtSchools.com, a leading directory of art majors, reveals how arts education can shape student developmental and communication skills and why more schools should implement art classes. According to a December 22 article published by MLive.com titled “Arts education: A look at how Michigan’s schools teach music, drama, painting and more,” the state of Michigan has a very diverse educational landscape. Many schools were forced to fund their own art and music programs due to budget decreases. (Digital Journal)

Museums in an Age of Scale. Every organization, every discipline, dreams. When we close our eyes we picture ourselves practicing our craft at the peak of excellence: teaching, provoking, spreading joy, having profound impact in our communities. But even dreams have limits, based on our experience of what is possible. Dreams come in different types and sizes. Different scales. Our industry, museums, forged our dreams in the 20th century when being successful meant having impressive buildings full of experts, big collections, and visitors through the doors. That was our reality, there was no Internet yet, and we could imagine no other type of success. (National Arts Marketing Project)

California. San Diego Public Library’s Visual Arts Program evolves. Kara West heads up the library's Visual Arts Program and is overseeing a complicated and expansive arts program, and her goal, she says, is to make it more transparent and accessible. The central library's art gallery will serve as the new flagship gallery for the Visual Arts Program. The space will be curated separately through a collaborative process. (San Diego City Beat)

Governor’s panel gathering data on state of arts education in Md. Although there is music and art education in public schools across the state, there are gaps in how it is delivered. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools is looking to determine how those gaps can be closed, task force officials said. (HeraldMailMedia)

Maryland. Interested in Visual Arts? The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is accepting applications for several openings on its Gallery Committee. CCAA manages multiple gallery spaces in Charles County, including the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery, the Commissioners Gallery in the Charles County Government Building in La Plata, and four separate gallery spaces in the Waldorf West Library. The Gallery Committee is a working committee and will require a degree of dedication. Southern Maryland News Net)

Connecticut. New Aldrich Educator to Lead Art and Writing Workshop. Danielle Ogden, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum's Senior Manager of Education Programs and School Initiatives, will lead a free educators' workshop from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 23. Ms. Ogden will demonstrate how looking closely at art can spark the imagination and build observation and creative thinking skills, while introducing The Aldrich as a source of inspiration for cross-disciplinary learning. Participants will discover the art on view through writing, learning activities that are designed to motivate students while making direct connections with the required Common Core State Standards.

Colorado. Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park launches children's art education series. The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park invites children ages 6 to 12 to take a 12 month journey exploring art history and creating their own art at the CAC Fine Art Gallery. "An Exploration in Art History" was created by instructors Jenna Rodriguez and Lynda Vogel to coincide with the CAC's exhibit schedule, holidays or special events in Estes Park. The program is designed for elementary age students to learn about artists of renown like Toulous Latrec, Lictenstein, Mary Cassatt, Henri Rousseau, Acee Blue Eagle, Ansel Adams and others. They will also learn about movements in art history or in other cultures. (Trail Gazette)

Wisconsin. State education convention to display Merrill students' art. The artwork of three Merrill Area Public Schools students will be displayed at a state convention in Milwaukee after being recognized by the Student Art Exhibit and Awards. The pieces, which were created by students Kendyl Pettit, Mindy Sczygelski and Madey Heimerl, will appear at the 93rd State Education Convention to be held Jan. 22-23 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event. (wausaudailyherald.com)

New York. Student work takes spotlight at Remington Art Museum. A variety of paintings, sculptures, drawings and other student artwork is on display at the Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St. Students representing about 10 schools across St. Lawrence County, as well as home-schoolers, submitted work to their art teachers, who entered it in the museum’s 17th annual Middle and High School Art Exhibit. The display opened Saturday with the students, families and some teachers in attendance. (Watertown Daily Times)

Massachusetts. The Fine Arts Work Center Visual Arts Fellowship. Fellowship: The Fine Arts Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to ten emerging artists and ten emerging writers each year from Oct.1 through April 30. Visual Arts Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment, a separate work studio of approximately 400 sq ft and a monthly stipend of $750. Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to all emerging visual artists creating two-dimensional, three-dimension and time-based work. Applicants are judged on the quality of their work. The jury disqualifies applicants it deems to be already emerged. Tenure track professors in Fine Arts who are on sabbaticals are considered ineligible. Deadline: February 1, 2014

New York. Teacher Corner: On teaching art ...In the arts, one can get a view of what humans were thinking about and the activities they were engaged in as the art itself was being produced. The art is a reflection of the culture, and it provides vivid glimpses at a rich past to construct the memory that is vital to any society. At the same time, the art teacher will balance this imparting of cultural information with the necessary elements of art and principles of design. The art teacher must likewise seek to promote literacy, incorporating spelling, vocabulary, and writing as he assembles a multi-disciplinary experience for students. (auburnpub.com)

United Kingdom. KEEP LEARNING: If you’re still at school, where’s the visual arts sector? Oliver Sumner reports on the state of the visual arts offer in education for young people living in the South East and finds that despite a tough financial climate a number of arts organisations have developed initiatives and strong new partnerships with local secondary schools. (Frame & Reference)

Creative ecology: The Dunes Center publishes a book showcasing the talents and education of its students. Nature is a creative endeavor. Every day and night, critters scurry, slither, and sneak, hoping to make a future for themselves in their own unique way. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center looked to this creative model to help educate kids about local ecology with a program that started in 2012. The fruits of that program are on display in a new book published by the Dunes Center called, The Dune Forum: Nature is Full of Children and Animals, and Don’t Forget the Plants, too. (SantaMariaSun)

Connecticut. Simsbury Students Excel in Scholastic Art Awards. The Simsbury Public Schools’ Visual Arts Department is thrilled to announce that 19 Simsbury students were selected to receive honors in the Annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards. The artwork will be on exhibit through January 31, 2014 at the Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford. This is a juried art competition, open to students at the middle and high school level, and judged by distinguished practicing artists and university-level art educators. The five art students that received gold keys will have an opportunity to have their artwork judged at the national level. (Patch.com)

Connecticut. Local school emphasizes visual arts. Visual arts students from the Educational Center for the Arts guided their families and other guests through a showcase of their artwork installed in ECA’s classrooms. The half-day inter-district magnet high school hosts an art open house at the end of each quarter, once students have produced a body of work in the area of visual arts which they have studied in depth during that term. (Yale News)

Illinois. CPS to use TIF funds for teachers. Officials say TIF money allocated by the city in November will be used to pay for 84 physical education teachers and 84 art teachers for schools in need. Many of those same positions were cut earlier this school year by principals facing declining enrollment and cuts to their budgets. (Chicago Tribune)

Washington. Back to school with ‘Teachers and Their Students’ at Confluence Gallery. “Teachers and Their Students” is not only about young artists; adult art students and the teachers themselves have artwork in the show as well. The art on display covers a wide range of mediums?—?drawing, photography, wood cut, painting, sculpture and assemblage. (Methow Valley News)

Pennsylvania. Bethel Park students approach exhibit from a variety of viewpoints. Art has been described as the universal language, and Bethel Park High School teachers are offering their students an opportunity to experience that firsthand. (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

Pennsylvania. Palmer Museum of Art announces Judy Chicago Gallery Conversations. The Palmer Museum of Art is presenting the exhibition "Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades" through May 11 and hosting conversations led by various Penn State faculty members. (Penn State News)

Florida. Arts galore coming to Suncoast Arts Festival. The Suncoast Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, rolling out the works of about 130 artists from throughout the country, an eclectic lineup of entertainment and the opportunity for festivalgoers to try a hand at some artistic endeavors — all while helping to enhance arts education. (Tampa Bay Times)

Idaho. Scholarship Opportunities for Blaine Students, Teachers. KETCHUM--The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is accepting scholarship applications from Blaine County students and teachers who wish to further their individual studies in the arts and humanities. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 21. In 2013, The Center awarded more than $63,000 in scholarships to 42 Blaine County residents. (MagicValley.com)

Job Opportunity: Teacher of Visual Arts (Grades 9-12), Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts. Middlesex School seeks a visual art teacher to join the department beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Middlesex is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding secondary school of 375 students located in Concord, Massachusetts. For more information on the School, please consult our website: www.mxschool.edu

Art Designs and Ideas for Kids. Lesson plans from Design Mantic.

[Createquity.] Around the horn: Amiri Baraka edition

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Talking about Teens and Art Museums Take 2 - Google+ Hangout - Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 4 PM EST. Join teens and educators from three museum teen programs across the country for a discussion about the role of teens in museums. Teen program participants from the ICA Boston, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum will talk openly about their experiences as part of an art museum community, and answer questions about the role that their museum teen program plays in their lives. Museum educators from these institutions will be on-hand for any questions about pedagogy, expanding interpretive strategies to include non-staff voices, long-term impact, and back-end logistics. Note: This is an expanded follow-up event to the December 10, 2013 Talking about Teens and Museums" NAEA Peer to Peer Hangout. To learn more about these institutions' teen programs, visit ICA Boston at www.icateens.org; Seattle Art Museum at www.seattleartmuseum.org/Community/teen/teen.asp; and Milwaukee Art Museum at www.mam.org/teens. Organized by the NAEA Museum Education Division’s Peer to Peer Initiative.  Questions? Please contact Michelle Grohe, Director of School and Teacher Programs, ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM, at mgrohe@isgm.org.

Celebrating the Magic of a Moment: Student Creativity Takes to the Stage. The National PTA Reflections Program was founded in 1969 by Colorado PTA President Mary Lou Anderson with a simple objective: to encourage students to explore their talents in the arts and deepen their self-expression through those experiences. Eleven years ago, the US Department of Education started a Student Art Exhibit Program, and each year they recognize many of the student Reflection winners as part of the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the art exhibit at the Department headquarters in Washington, DC. This year, the PTA Reflections theme was “Magic in a Moment,” and millions of students from across the United States created works of art in a variety of mediums, including film, music, literature, and photography. These works of art are exquisitely crafted and reflective of the artists’ stage in life and the experiences that inspired their creation. The student voice and perspective speaks to the world through the vibrant range of expression; it’s truly a celebration of the human experience.

"Nonprofit Helps Kids Heal Through Art" - ARTS | A Reason To Survive, Today Show, Tuesday, December 31st, San Diego, CA. Matt D'Arrigo, founder of the California nonprofit organization "ARTS," was inspired by his own experience of dealing with pain through painting to create a safe haven where nearly 2500 kids a year who are struggling through tough times can express themselves through art.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Art.Write.Now.Tour is heading to Pittsburgh! Join them at the Andy Warhol Museum for the opening reception on February 7. This stop of the Tour runs through March 2, 2014. To see the exhibit, click here for a peek at some of the stunning work on display! Have something to say about the show? Tweet it to @artandwriting using #AWNTour

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announces New Mexico Affiliate. With an Art.Write.Now.Tour stop and new scholarship opportunities, New Mexico is off to a great start. They are just beginning their statewide program for the first time. Already the response has been powerful!

The 29th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition will be opening on February 11th. Sponsored by Agora Gallery and Everything For Artists, and partnered with the Children's Heart Foundation, this annual competition offers awards specifically designed to help artists build their careers, boost their public profile, and gain exposure for their artwork.

Creative Time: Call for nominations for the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change and applications for the Amanda Weil Lecture. Nomination deadline for Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art: Tuesday, February 4, noon EST. Application deadline for the Amanda Weil Lecture: Friday, February 28, 6pm EST. Every year, Creative Time presents the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change on the Summit stage. This 25,000 USD award goes to an outstanding artist who harnesses the power of art to raise awareness of and engagement with timely public issues, helping to achieve lasting change. For the first time they are asking you to help them identify who's doing the most innovative and challenging work. What fearless artists do you know who should be recognized for kicking open doors and forging the way to greater equity in the world? Your suggestions will be considered by our expert panel, which will select the Prize winner.

Virginia. Please join the Arlington Arts Center (AAC) January 25, 6 pm - 9 pm to kick off a year-long celebration of AAC's 40th anniversary starting with open studios and the reception for Here and Now: work by AAC's residents. All are welcome! Mingle with the artists of our 40th anniversary exhibition, and chat with current AAC residents in their studios upstairs. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 22 through April 13

Alec Baldwin remains a go-to guy for Arts Advocacy Day in D.C. Alec Baldwin has taken his lumps as a verbal loose cannon, but Americans for the Arts, a leading national advocacy group for nonprofit arts organizations, still trusts Baldwin as one of its go-to guys. It announced this week that the actor will be back at its podium for the annual Arts Advocacy Day proceedings in Washington, D.C., in late March.

Georgia. Parents and Teachers: 2014 Art Competition for K-12 Students Announced. Entries should portray manufacturing specific to the state of Georgia

Minnesota. Area art students participate in professional show at Lanesboro Arts Center. Students from four Fillmore County high schools will have the unique opportunity to showcase their artistic ability from Saturday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, Feb. 8, in the annual Juried High School Art Show held at the Lanesboro Arts Center.

Ohio. Educators tout OLS arts programs. Arts programs are important, the Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education was told at its meeting on Jan. 7. “When you look at why are arts important, look at national SAT figures from 2012,” said Anthony Elkins, supervisor of elementary curriculum. “The students who participated in a music program scored 31 points above average in both reading and writing and then 23 points above average in math. There is an obvious benefit to music education with SAT performance.”

Montana. MAM Needs Experienced Art Teachers for the 27th Fifth Grade Art Experience (FGAE). Heads up, art teachers, the 27th Fifth Grade Art Experience approaches. This project brings all Missoula County fifth graders to Missoula Art Museum for a tour and projects. The museum is hiring teachers for Feb. 18 through May 7, weekdays from 10 AM-12 PM, for $40 day. Position will be shared by two art teachers. BFA and/or art teaching credential and art teaching experience are required. Please send letter of interest and resume to Renee Taaffe, Education Curator, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee Missoula MT 59802, or email reneet@missoulaartmuseum.org, or call 728.0447, ext. 228.

Maryland. Art teachers ready gallery for 16th Six Picks High School Exhibit. Hanging artwork and figuring out how the gallery should be arranged for an upcoming exhibit kept art teachers warm while temperatures recently hovered in the teens outside the Mattawoman Creek Art Center.
 
Maine. Show to feature work of art teachers. Art teachers don’t just teach; they’re artists in their own right, and an upcoming exhibit at the Saco Museum is giving these educators a chance to show their personal side as it showcases the work they pursue outside of the classroom. The exhibit, “After Hours: Work by Maine Art Teachers” runs from Jan. 14 to March 1 at the museum, located at 371 Main St. A public reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1-3 p.m.

South Carolina. High school art teachers eligible for $2,500 award -Applications accepted until March 1. High school visual art teachers are an under-appreciated lot in this age of draconian budget cuts that often leave art and music underfunded. But the Gibbes hopes to bring attention to the importance of a good art teacher's role in inspiring young artists and fostering a love of art in their students with the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award.

North Carolina. Celebrating young artists. Writing on the website of the national non-profit Arts Education Partnership, Julie Fry, program officer for the performing arts program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, argued for “the importance of arts education” at every level of government.

Iowa. Art classes unleash creative force for special education at Sudlow. Students in Sudlow's life skills and autism class created an acrylic monoprint of their hand during a workshop aimed at making art education accessible for students from pre-K through 12th grade in self-contained, special education and inclusive classrooms and community organizations.

Minnesota. Arts-infused education at Buffalo High School. Destiny Saxowsky points to a table where ancient looking skulls are carefully laid out. "It's five different sculptures," she explains. Each one depicts an era of human evolution. The project is an evolution of learning at Buffalo High School, part of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. The consortium of eight school districts has developed magnet school throughout the Twin Cities' northwest suburbs to give students more options.

Oregon. Enjoy some fine art education at Coos Art Museum

Illinois: It's Time for the Annual High School Art Show at Elmhurst College. Founders Lounge will be filled with the work of talented students. The exhibition, art tour and scholarships are aimed at supporting arts education.

Colorado. Art scholarships available for Weld County residents. the National Greeley Art Exhibition is offering $1,500 in scholarships and fellowships to qualified applicants.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to Weld County residents under the age of 25 who are planning to pursue an education in the visual arts.

New York. Library and women's club offering scholarships. Applications for the SHZ Award of $1000 for a junior, senior or graduate college student majoring in art or art education seeking to continue professional art training may be obtained by contacting Scholarship Chairman Jane Coffey at 399-3112.

Texas. Art could help create a better ‘STEM’ student, New project from College of Education turns ‘STEM’ into ‘STEAM’. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have become part of educational vernacular, as colleges, universities and other institutions strive to raise the profile of the areas of study and the number of graduates in each field. Now a project from the University of Houston College of Education Urban Talent Research Institute encourages the incorporation of creative endeavors to attract more and better STEM students.

Idaho Commission on the Arts Now Accepting Applications. The deadline is Jan. 31 for individual fellowships in visual arts and traditional arts apprenticeships. The same deadline applies to organizations for public programs in the arts, entry track and public arts and cultural facilities, as well as for arts education project grants for schools and organizations.

Virginia. Art Grant Workshop Held in Charlottesville. Artists and art lovers converged at CitySpace in Charlottesville Friday to learn how to apply for available state funds. The workshop is part of a series offered by the Virginia State Commission of the Arts. Program coordinators gave an overview of grant programs and tips on writing proposals. The event was geared toward first-time applicants.

Visual Arts Minnesota sets up celebration
. As Visual Arts Minnesota launches this year’s Essential Art exhibit at the Paramount Lobby Gallery, it is shifting priorities and will see a new executive director. Current director Heidi Jeub said the changes were being made to better serve artists with the staff time they have. Jeub said the organization will focus on its exhibit at the high school arts show, focusing its efforts to serving artists in the first half of the year, January through April and May. Summer has become a busy time for programs beyond what Visual Arts Minnesota can provide, Jeub said, like art festivals and fairs.

California. Annette Bening to star in push for tax-form donations to arts ed. The California Arts Council -- the government agency that oversees the state’s arts grant program -- announced that Bening will be the spokeswoman for its latest effort to boost its meager budget, with the extra money earmarked for arts education. A bill passed last year places a special checkoff box on state income tax forms, labeled the “Keep Arts in Schools Fund.” Taxpayers can voluntarily check the box and write in how much they’d like to add to their tax payment or subtract from their refund, resulting in a heftier payment or a lighter reimbursement. (The Los Angeles Times)

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USSEA (United States Society for Education through Arts) IS NOW ACCEPTING ARTWORK to be exhibited on their new online art gallery. Please send up to 10 images of your artwork with a short bio (300 words) to Dr. Fatih Benzer to be included in their online exhibition. USSEA is also holding its 3rd annual exhibition of “Art Educators as Artists” exhibition during the 2014 NAEA National Convention in San Diego, California. You can have up to 3 artworks displayed in their on-site exhibition during the National Convention. For USSEA online exhibition: Send 10 jpegs of your work and a short biography (300 words). For annual USSEA on-site exhibition during NAEA National Convention: Send 3 jpegs of your work including the exhibition form. Contact Dr. Fatih Benzer for detailed information: Fatihbenzer70@yahoo.com. Deadline: March 15, 2014. To learn how to become a member of USSEA, please visit their website.

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AEP ArtsEd Digest - January 15, 2014
13 National Arts and Education Organizations Call for Increased Support for Arts Education. Arts education is the joint responsibility of all educators, says a statement released by 13 national arts education organizations. Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor identifies the important interconnectedness of the work carried out by certified arts specialists, certified educators in other disciplines, and community arts teachers. More

U.S. Department of Education Resource on K-12 Reform References Arts Education. The “Your U.S. Department of Education Bookshelf” provides resources to the public on a variety of education topics. Their K-12 presentation, for example, offers findings from a longitudinal study which shows:
• Students who had arts-rich experiences in high school showed higher overall GPAs than students who lacked these experiences.
• Arts-engaged high school students enrolled in competitive colleges—and in four-year colleges in general—at higher rates than students with low arts engagement.
• Low-income students with arts-rich experiences in high school were more than three times as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree as low-income students without arts-rich experiences in school.
Download the presentation and check out many of the others on topics ranging from early learning to standards and assessments.

2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is pleased to invite applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s eligibility criteria. The deadline for application submissions is February 10, 2014. Please click the following link to view the application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Hosts Webinar About Youth Program Awards. IMLS is hosting a webinar for museums and libraries that would like to learn more about the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards on Thursday, January 16 from 2-3 pm EST. Register now.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accepting Library Grant Applications. IMLS is accepting applications for National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. The program supports projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

2014 Kennedy Center International Arts Leaders Forum. On February 1-2, 2014, the Kennedy Center, in association with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, presents an intensive weekend program for artists, arts managers, and board members to share ideas and discuss solutions to some of the big issues confronting the arts community today. Participants include: Deborah Borda, Julián Castro, Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, Renée Fleming, John Lithgow, Mo Rocca, David M. Rubenstein, Julie Taymor, and others.

Intersections 2014: Call for Presentations. The Kennedy Center's Office of VSA and Accessibility is currently accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2014 Intersections: Arts Education and Special Education Conference. Intersections provides a unique opportunity for engagement, networking, information exchange, and learning for those in the fields of arts, education, and disability. Anyone with an interest in arts education and special education is invited to submit session proposals or original research by January 31.

Edutopia's Resource Roundup: Arts Integration. Search by topic for articles, videos, and blogs about linking the arts and core curriculum, arts as enrichment, art and technology, STEM to STEAM, and more using Edutopia's Arts Integration Resource Roundup

National Endowment for the Arts Awards $25.8 Million in Grants. The National Endowment for the Arts' Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that 1,083 grants totaling $25.8 million will be awarded to organizations and individuals across the country for grants in the categories of Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. More

Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC is hosting two week-long institutes to be held June 23–27 and July 28–August 1, 2014. Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Registration is $200 per participant. Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. Applications are due Monday, March 31, 2014.

AEP 2014 National Forum on Arts in Education - Young Artist Award Call for Entries, Now Open! As a signature program of the AEP National Forums, the Young Artist Award was established to highlight, honor, and support creative and talented students and their dedicated teachers. This year, AEP invites interested student to submit an original work of visual art inspired by what they picture as the future of education in America. All applicants must be students between the ages of 12-18 residing in the Pittsburgh area. AEP accepts only electronic submissions at aepforums@ccsso.org. The deadline is March 28, 2014.

Department to Open Student Art Exhibit and Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for National PTA's Reflections Program Winners. For nearly half a century, the National PTA has inspired millions of students to become involved in the arts through its Reflections Program, and each year many of the winners are recognized at the U.S. Department of Education with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open an exhibit of their artwork. The exhibit will be displayed at the Department until Feb. 27, 2014. The theme of this year's program is "The Magic of the Moment." (ED.gov)

Free Video Offers Models & Practices for Multiplying the Benefits of Arts Education through Collaboration - More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education. This presentation is an exploration of how arts organizations in communities across America are increasing access to, multiplying the benefits of, and sustaining quality arts education through large-scale, cross-sector collaborations focused on collective impact. The video provides insights into how organizations across the country are making arts education a civic priority while keeping young people and creative arts learning at the center of their missions.

Bite The Ballot Art &  Photography Competition. Bite the Ballot is a grassroots organisation which aims to rebrand politics and empower young people the furthest away from politics. They do this by registering them to vote in bold and unconventional ways. In May they will see the European parliamentary elections and the media spotlight will be firmly fixed on Europe. To inspire and engage citizens they are holding an art & photography competition: ‘Inspired Impressions’. This is a unique opportunity for any European to have their say and express how they feel about the European Union and the political integration which has brought 500 million people from 28 member states together in political union. ‘Inspired Impressions’ is asking European citizens (aged 18+) to portray 'What it means to be European in 2014?’ There is no doubt that art is activism and it can be a great way for people to express how they feel on a wide range of important issues. The diverse nature of the EU makes this an exciting competition and no entry will be will be overlooked by the judges. They are encouraging creative freedom and hope to receive a number of entries addressing any aspect of Europe, be it good or bad. The top 20 entries will be selected to have their work displayed in Brussels in the iconic European Parliament at a special exhibition due to be held between the 3rd - 10th March 2014.

America's Coolest Street Art. Street art is thriving in cities from New York to L.A., if you know where to look. (Travel + Leisure)

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REPOST: How the arts can engage students to meet common core goals. The arts can help teachers engage students and spark the passion necessary for them to succeed under the Common Core State Standards, according to Courtney J. Boddie, director of education/school engagement at The New Victory Theater. In this blog post, Boddie uses the example of "Sleeping Beauty" to show how theater techniques and skills can be used in an elementary-school literature lesson that aligns with the common core. (edutopia)

iPad Is an Artist’s Canvas for David Hockney. A David Hockney exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco includes iPad drawings made by the artist, who has long been interested in using new technology in art. (The New York Times)

Inspire your students to learn about science using art! The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to announce that “Protect our Coral Reefs” is the theme for this year’s Science without Borders® Challenge. This year the Challenge is an art contest, and challengers must submit an original piece of poster art. The contest is open to 14-19 year-olds from US and international secondary schools (high schools). The first place winner will win a $300 scholarship and an iPad Mini. The submission deadline is Monday, April 28, 2014 by 5 pm.

How Art Can Save Your Soul. “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,” British philosopher Alain de Botton wrote in Art as Therapy (public library), one of the best art books of 2013. He expounds the premise of the book in this fantastic "Sunday sermon" from The School of Life – the lecture series de Botton founded in 2008, premised on the idea that secular thought can learn a lot from the formats of religion, which went on to reimagine the self-help genre. De Botton argues that in the 19th century, culture replaced scripture as our culture's object of worship, but we are no longer allowed to bring our fears and anxieties to this modern cathedral. "It is simply not acceptable to bring the aches and pains of our souls to the guardians of culture," he laments. He goes on to explore how we can reclaim this core soul-soothing function of art from the grip of empty elitism and sterile snobbery, focusing on the the seven psychological functions of art. (BrainPickings)

POLICY
Will Congress Find Money for Both Race to the Top and Early Learning? There may not be enough new money at lawmakers' disposal to fund both programs at a level that makes the White House happy.
(Education Week/Politics K-12 )

Is the Education Department Nitpicking States Over NCLB Waivers? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Nomination Application Announcement. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is pleased to invite applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s Eligibility Criteria. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, February 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m. PST. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/. If you have questions, please visit their website or contact the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards staff at (202) 682-5575.

Your February Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! Simply click on link to begin reading the current issue. If you are a print subscriber you will receive your print edition in the mail as usual.

How the arts can engage students to meet common core goals. The arts can help teachers engage students and spark the passion necessary for them to succeed under the Common Core State Standards, according to Courtney J. Boddie, director of education/school engagement at The New Victory Theater. In this blog post, Boddie uses the example of "Sleeping Beauty" to show how theater techniques and skills can be used in an elementary-school literature lesson that aligns with the common core. (Edutopia.org/Courtney J. Boddie's blog, 1/7)

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis: The arts are key to student success. At a time of year that invites both retrospection and prediction, jazzman Wynton Marsalis and Harvard president Drew Faust offer a thoughtful argument for the critical importance of arts education. In an USA Today essay, trumpeter and composer Marsalis notes that today's emphasis on job preparation is misguided because "many of today's students will hold jobs that have not yet been invented, deploying skills not yet defined." Instead, Marsalis and Faust suggest students study the arts, which promote risk and collaboration. (NJ.com)

Art Museum Educators: You are invited to participate in the 2014 Museum Expo for K-12 Teachers, which will take place on Sunday, March 30 from 1:00-1:50 pm at the Hilton Hotel/Indigo Ballroom A and E/Level 2. The Museum Expo is an opportunity for you to meet K-12 educators from across the country and to share information and resources from your institution. It’s also a wonderful chance to meet colleagues who spearhead teacher programs and resources at other institutions and share ideas. This event draws approximately 200 K-12 art educators, and takes the form of a “museum fair,” with each museum represented at a table in a ballroom setting at the hotel. Each institution is invited to distribute resources, posters, flyers, and other “giveaway” items that are useful to K-12 art educators. This year WiFi Internet access will be available in the meeting rooms at the Convention Center and hotel in San Diego. If you plan to bring equipment please make sure it is fully charged or bring an extension cord with you. You are encouraged to THINK GREEN – be thoughtful about what you bring to the resource exchange. Can you minimize the amount of paper used? Can you create a simple postcard or bookmark with links to your website? Is there stuff in your museum storage closet that would just get thrown out anyway – could this be used creatively by teachers instead? Fee-Based Resources: If your institution typically sells resources for a fee, you are welcome to bring these items for purchase, but please note that these will need to be cash-only transactions, and you should come prepared with change. To Participate: Please complete the online SurveyMonkey form by Friday, January 31, 2014 at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NAEAmuseumexpo

Vans Kicks-Off Fifth Annual Custom Culture Art Competition for High Schools Nationwide. Vans, in partnership with Americans for the Arts, Journeys and truth(R) , invites high school art students across the country to take part in the fifth annual Vans Custom Culture, an art and design competition to celebrate student creativity and support arts education. Beginning today, high school art teachers can register for their students to vie against schools across the country to create the most artistic designs using blank Vans shoes as a canvas. The winning school will receive a $50,000 donation for their school art program, and one of the shoe designs will be put into production for sale in select Vans retail stores. Beginning today through Feb. 14 at 12:00 noon PST, high school art teachers can register their students for the 2014 competition on the Vans Custom Culture website (vans.com/customculture). Students will be tasked with designing four pairs of blank Vans shoes each to depict one of four themes representing the Vans "Off the Wall" lifestyle: action sports, art, music, and local flavor. Vans employees will help select the top 50 schools to be semi-finalists. The public will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorites through the Vans Custom Culture website between April 25 and May 12. The top five schools will move on as finalists traveling to New York City to showcase their designs for celebrity judges and the chance to win $50,000 for their school art program. Vans will also donate $4,000 to each of the four runner-up schools, and another $50,000 to nonprofit partner Americans for the Arts, in support of their work as the nation's leading organization for advancing the arts and art education. National retailer Journeys and truth(R) , the nation's largest youth smoking prevention campaign, are partnering with Vans again for this year's competition and will offer additional award opportunities. Journeys will donate a $10,000 'Local Attitude' award to the school that creates the most compelling 'local flavor' design, and truth(R) will offer the top 50 semi-finalists a chance to compete for yet another $10,000 award for their school's arts programs by having students customize a skateboard deck inspired by their reaction to a raw fact about tobacco. For information and registration guidelines visit the Custom Culture website at vans.com/customculture. (WSJ)

State Education Department Announces 2014 New York State Summer School of the Arts Program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). Auditions begin in January and will be held throughout New York State. A complete schedule of program information, audition sites, application materials (including an online application) is available on the NYSSSA website at www.oce.nysed.gov/nysssa/. (LongIsland.com)

Going from Traditional to Digital Art. Digital artists are popping up everywhere, as those in the business know very well. Everything that requires artwork has evolved to a digital platform. The films you see and games you play have tons of digital concept artwork behind them, the ads on TV, even the fanart you stumble upon on the internet are mostly digital. (The Daily Star)

ArtSchools.com, a Leading Art School Directory, Encourages Schools to Participate in Art Education Revival
. ArtSchools.com, a leading art school directory, responds to an article published by the Guardian on January 6th, which discusses how people can help stimulate the revival of art education in schools. According to the Guardian article titled “Let’s change the world for art students in 2014,” the past year has been a tumultuous one for art programs in school districts. Budget cuts and other funding hardships have forced many educators to nix art, music and drama programs in schools in the US and the UK. While the number of students studying art in college is decreasing, the article says this is likely a result of the cut in funding for art-related programs. (Virtual Strategy)

UK. Let's change the world for art students in 2014. Students, teachers and artists must unite to reverse the setbacks suffered by art education. Funding cuts and a move to banish art lessons from schools made 2013 a sad year for creative education. But art students and their staff are regrouping for a fight they believe is there to be won. The number of students applying to study creative arts at university is on the decline. According to the latest available data from Ucas, the number of applications fell 17% from 2011 to 2012. (The Guardian)

CritiqueMyArtwork.com. CritiqueMyArtwork.com is a brand new social networking website for artists where they can receive constructive criticism from other artists. Photographs of an artist's work may be posted for a public critique, private group critique or view only. Many of the website's features were designed for in-classroom use. High School and College students may post their artwork for free.

Ohio. Educators get in free to Pizzuti Collection. Throughout January and February, the Pizzuti Collection is offering free admission to art educators and administrators. The recently opened collection, 632 N. Park St. in the Short North, is filled with contemporary art belonging to Ron and Ann Pizzuti. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Okla. Arts roundup: Living Arts hosts unique percussionist, 'ART 21' screenings and more. The latest in Living Arts' screenings of the TV series "ART 21: Art in the 21st Century" will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday. These screenings are primarily designed for art teachers but are open to all who are interested in learning more about the many varieties of contemporary art and the artists who create it.

Ca. City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office Awards 2014 Grants for Arts Events & Activities. Eighteen non-profit organizations and schools will share $25,000 for activities taking place in 2014.

No Child Left Behind Turns 12 Today. Now What? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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Arts education for all students: A Shared Endeavor.The National Art Education Association (NAEA), in partnership with 12 national arts and education organizations, has released Arts Education for America’s Students, A Shared Endeavor, a statement outlining the importance of high quality arts education and those responsible for providing it to students.  A Shared Endeavor articulates the purpose and value of art education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserts its place as a core academic subject area, and details how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments. Press Release | Diagram

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NAEA Women's Caucus Awards Have Been Announced. Congratulations to the Women’s Caucus 2014 Mary J. Rouse Award recipient, Dr. Lisa Kay; Mrs. Stephanie Wirt of Powhatan High School in Powhatan, Virginia, recipient of the 2014 Carrie Nordlund pre-K-12 Feminist Pedagogy Award; the 2014 Maryl Fletcher de Jong Service Award recipient is Dr. Cynthia Bickley-Green; and Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd is the Women’s Caucus 2014 June McFee Award recipient.

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) releases White Paper on Roles and Responsibilites of Arts Educators. SEADAE is pleased to share a paper outlining the roles and responsibilities certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and providers of supplemental arts instruction play in providing a quality, sequential arts education for America's K-12 students. SEADAE looks forward to engaging the arts and policy communities in a vigorous discussion about the paper’s recommendations to support quality arts education across our country. “Roles” has been endorsed by NAfME, the NAMM Foundation, and many others.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards call for submissions is ending soon. This is the LAST CHANCE for your readers in grades 7-12 to submit their original art and writing to the country's longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens. In doing so, they can join a roster of famous alumni including Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham, all of whom received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were teens. Today, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards partner with over 60 colleges and universities nationwide to make more than $8 million in scholarships available to winning high school seniors. Every year, 15 high school seniors win the highest possible honor, the Portfolio Gold Medal, in addition to a $10,000 scholarship. This year, a 16th Portfolio Gold will be awarded, thanks to the program’s generous donors who provided additional funds in honor of the program’s 90th year. Deadlines vary by region.

NewsWatch Recently Featured “Start With Art!”, An Art Education Application by MadCap Logic on National Television. “Start With Art!”, an art education application was featured on NewsWatch as part of its popular segment, AppWatch, that takes a look at the latest and coolest mobile applications and services on the iOS, Android, and Windows market. Andrew Tropeano, host of AppWatch, conducted the app review and shared with viewers how the app teaches children how to understand core visual arts and express themselves through it. (PRWeb)

Mich. Grand Rapids schools look for arts education renaissance. A new Grand Rapids Public Schools program that marries the fine arts with traditional academics by partnering with West Michigan’s cultural institutions and Grand Valley State University is trying to buck a statewide slip in dedicated arts education. After years of budget cuts that claimed instruction time and educators, the district is seeking to renew its emphasis on non-core subjects like music, dance, theater and visual arts by creating an International Baccalaureate Arts Academy that would start in the 2015-16 school year at the elementary level. (mlive.com)

Mich. Flint-area organizations step up to fill gaps in arts education. With school districts struggling with funding, art organizations in the greater Flint area have stepped forward to help supplementing educational arts opportunities in some areas. Groups such as the Greater Flint Arts Council and Flint Institute of Arts provide different programming for children, from helping set up activities, to advice on portfolios and providing artists inside classrooms for additional topic information. (mlive.com)

Mich. Lansing schools cope with arts education cuts through magnet programs, in-class work. Budget cuts may have eliminated elementary classes in arts, music and physical education for Lansing School District students, but that hasn't stopped arts education from still taking place. The district was forced earlier this year to eliminate 87 jobs - including elementary art, music and physical education teachers - to make up for a $9 million budget deficit. Instead, the district implemented an "innovative arts and fitness" program where fewer than 20 non-certified "consultant" instructors teach the subjects during regular class time alongside teachers. (mlive.com)

Making a case for the arts. “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.” — Plato
At a Board of Education meeting a few months ago, a parent expressed disappointment and concern that her child only received art instruction from an art teacher once a quarter. As a longtime devoted advocate for the arts and former co-chairman of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Education Advisory Panel, I took this as a call to action. At the most recent Board of Education meeting, I requested the restoration of 10 art teachers; this budget request received unmerited criticism. Unrelenting in my belief in the arts, I have proposed in my fiscal year 2015 proposed operating budget further restoration of arts programs, improvements to our dance program, and the establishment of a creative and performing arts program at the new Hyattsville-area elementary school. (Capital Gazette.com)

The Art Institutes schools to offer more than $70 million in scholarships to students. The Art Institutes announced today the launch of The Art Institutes Scholarship Program offering up to $15,000 in scholarship funds to those students who qualify over the course of their education.  The Art Institutes Scholarship Program is a key component in efforts to provide access to a quality and affordable creative arts education to those who wish to pursue one. (The Sacramento Bee)

FableVision Jams Out in 2014! What happens when FableVision and Wacom party together on a cold winter night? "JAM"UARY 2014! Thursday, Jan. 16, 6-9 p.m. at FableVision Studios. Get your creative groove on and jam with FableVision on Wacom’s latest mobile pen and touch technology. Sample the new Cintiq Companion, Cintiq Companion Hybrid, and Intuos Creative Stylus. In addition to these artistic delights, FableVision and Wacom will serve up some great food and drink to keep you warm and inspired throughout the evening. FableVision’s Director of Art and Animation, Bob Flynn, will treat you to a digital drawing session that is sure to get the party jumping. So, put on your warm winter coat and join FableVision and Wacom for an evening of creative fun. Space is limited, be sure to RSVP to reserve your seat! AND FableVision Session "Game-Based Learning: Serious Fun" at 2014 FETC Conference
Thursday, Jan. 30, 10-11 a.m. at FETC in Orlando, FL. FableVision's Naomi Greenfield, Creative Strategist and Director of Marketing, joins Brian Alspach, Executive Vice President and General Manager of E-Line Media, and Scot Osterweil, Creative Director of the MIT Education Arcade for this FETC session, moderated by BrainPOP's Allisyn Levy. This session is highly relevant to today’s teachers and their students, as more teachers and students leverage games to learn. The session brings together experts in the field to share information for today’s practitioner – criteria for evaluating games, game demos, strategies for integrating games into teaching and learning, research, and a toolkit for game design. Attendees will leave with recommendations for free online educational games and strategies for integrating them into their classroom learning ecosystem. Learn more on FETC's website.

Open Call: Workshop Session RFPs for the 2014 Young Audiences National Conference in San Diego, April 24-26. Workshop session proposals for the 2014 Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Conference are due on Monday, January 20, 2014 (only two weeks away). The 2014 Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Conference will take place on April 24-26 at The U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, California. In addition to plenary sessions that focus on the latest research and impact of the arts in education, the conference will include a variety of break-out workshops. Please see Workshop Session Request for Proposals (RFP) and guidelines.

REIMAGINING TOMORROW TODAY: THE ROLE OF COLLABORATION IN EDUCATION - NEXT.cc’s Linda Keane to Speak at Golden Apple Symposia. The importance of creativity in our schools has long been a tune to which arts educators have been singing: a song, which, at the national level, has yet to receive much in the way of mainstream radio play. However, this year’s Golden Apple Symposium, hosted by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and National St. Louis University, turns this conversation on its head, advocating for new approaches to “teaching creativity”. The 2014 two-part symposia has invited a diverse range of speakers to ‘sit at the table’, illustrating the integral role that the arts play across sectors while simultaneously exemplifying the very innovation that the Golden Apple Awards represents. Golden Apple has selected two internationally renowned visionaries - led by moderator Allison Cuddy, Arts and Cultural Reporter for WBEZ - Dr. Yong Zhao, director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at Oregon University; and Linda Keane, AIA, co-founder of NEXT.cc and professor of Architecture and Environmental Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Here’s a cool infographic on the role of art in the lives of Americans (GOOD, 1/1)

CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION DATA. U.S. Department of Education Releases Estimated State and National Figures from 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection. The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new information from the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), estimating state and national data based on a sample collection of school- and district-level data.  The 2009-10 CRDC surveyed about 7,000 districts and 72,000 schools, representing 85% of the country’s public school students.  Technical notes provide some caveats and considerations that users should take into account when using the state and national data, particularly for items collected for the first time in the 2009-10 school year.

DIGEST OF EDUCATION STATISTICS. The “Digest of Education Statistics, 2012,” from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), is the 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962.  Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education -- from pre-kindergarten through graduate school -- drawn from government and private sources, but especially from surveys and other activities led by NCES.  The digest contains data on the number of schools, students, and teachers, as well as statistics on educational attainment, finances, libraries, technology, and international comparisons.  Details on population trends, education attitudes, labor force characteristics, and federal aid supplies helpful background for evaluating the education data.

Q&A: Teaching Reading, History, and Art With the Mississippi Blues (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

N.Y. school affected by Sandy thanks Pa. students with mural. Juniata Gap Elementary School in Altoona, Pa., later this week will unveil a mural from a New York school during its annual Day of the Arts event. Tangier Smith Elementary School in Mastic Beach, N.Y., gave Juniata Gap a mural to thank students for their kindness following 2012's Superstorm Sandy, when the Pennsylvania students gifted the school a mural called "The Phoenix." The Altoona Mirror (Pa.) (1/5)

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have. Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test. (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)

[Createquity.] Fall Fellowship: A Recap

[Createquity.] Createquity in Quotes: 2013
 
Introducing Art Pickings: Original Brain Pickings Collaborations with Artists. Over the years, I've collaborated with a number of artists who have illustrated my highlights and notes from favorite books. These labors of love, ranging from a visualization of famous writers' sleep habits vs. literary productivity to Anaïs Nin on love to Susan Sontag on art to illustrated quotes from major literary regions and more, are now collected in Art Pickings – a gallery that visually catalogs the artwork and links back to each original article, where you can find background on the collaboration and details on purchasing a print from the respective artist's online shop. (In most cases, proceeds from the prints benefit a literary or arts charity of my choosing.)

Full STEAM Ahead with TreeSmART (Workshop) - Costa Rica. 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.

2013: A Tipping Point for Creative Aging. Lifetime Arts, a catalyst for cultural change in 55+ library programming, is shifting the way that major institutions are serving older adults - for the better.

Smithsonian Libraries releases three courses of selected content on iTunes U. The Smithsonian Libraries today launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U that focus on topics in early aviation and space history. This release increases exposure of Libraries material and is an innovative way to reach new audiences. iTunes U is a dedicated area within iTunes that gives users public access to hundreds of thousands of free lectures, videos books, podcasts and courses from learning institutions all over the world. With the iTunes U app, users can download content directly onto their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. (artdaily.org)

Va. The Arts Council of Fairfax County will be hosting a Project Support workshop at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The purpose of Project Support Grants Program is to encourage the development and advancement of the arts in Fairfax County while serving
the artistic and cultural needs of Fairfax County residents and their families.
Through the Project Support Grant Program, the Arts Council of Fairfax County seeks:
•To provide support for established arts organizations and the development of new organizations;
•To promote opportunities for individual artists and arts organizations of all disciplines to create, present, and celebrate their artistic endeavors;
•To be a catalyst for increased private sector support for arts organizations through leveraged public funding;
•To encourage wide participation in the arts through diverse cultural programming available to all residents of Fairfax County
Please RSVP to rerobinson@artsfairfax.org by Thursday, January 9, 2014.
The Project Support application deadline is Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
 
Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO). Check out resources from TFAO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering education in American art through advocacy, publication and research.

POLICY
Rural Districts Score Big in Latest Race to Top Round. In selecting the winners for the second round of the Race to the Top district competition, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a strategic decision to invest a large chunk of the $120 million in grants in rural America. (Education Week)

Latest Race to Top Early-Learning Grants Unveiled. Six states are splitting nearly $281 million in the third round of the U.S. Department of Education's effort to boost early-learning programs.
(Education Week)

Race to Top States Still Have Lots of Money to Spend. Combined, the 12 Race to the Top states have $1.8 billion of their $4 billion in winnings left, or about 46 percent, according to the latest federal spending report from the U.S. Department of Education. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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How some Mich. schools approach arts education. Students in Michigan are required to learn about dance, visual art, music and theater, but how schools meet this requirement varies widely. While budget trouble has put pressure on arts education in some districts, Ann Arbor Public Schools offers students a variety of arts courses and has the equivalent of more than 100 full-time arts teachers. (MLive.com, 12/22)

Ill. students use 3D printer for problem-solving exercises. An Illinois elementary school is using a portable 3D printer to teach students skills, such as problem-solving, as part of the City X Project, an international educational workshop program focused on 3D printing. Through the project, students use the printer to solve certain problems that crop up in City X. At first, students use tablet computers and clay to model their designs before finally shaping them into plastic using the 3D printer. (Chicago Tribune, 12/22)

[Createquity.] The Top 10 Arts Policy Stories of 2013

[Createquity.] Portfolios: The Next Wave of Student Assessment?

[Createquity.] Grantmakers in the Arts Goes to Washington

[Createquity.] "Studio Thinking: the condensed version" plus 1 more

Crayola Creative Corner - Wintertime Crafts

The Interpretive Design Workshop (January 22-23) and Interpretive Design Practicum (January 24-25) are going to be offered at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, AZ. Led by Steve Van Matre, these sessions are intended to help planners, designers, administrators, and educators who work with public places, such as parks, museums, nature centers, and historical sites, enhance the visitors’ experiences. The Interpretive Design Workshop will provide a fresh look at how we go about using design to integrate the various experiences for the visitor in order for them to leave with the site’s intended message. The Practicum Workshop will give participants an opportunity to directly apply the information learned from the Design Workshop.



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The 30 Best iPhone Apps for Art Teachers - from The Teaching Palette. Since the launch of the iTunes App Store in July 2008, over 1 billion apps have been downloaded for use on the iTouch and iPhone.  Currently, the App Store has 63,000 apps to choose from and it is no surprise that many of the iPhone/iTouch applications have educational value. Check out who made the cut for The Teaching Palette’s Best Apps for Art Teachers, along with some tips and suggested uses. Enjoy!

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