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Download the National Visual Arts Standards Brochure: MOVING FORWARD: Answers to your questions and opportunities to learn more!
Scholastic Art & Writing Special Award Opportunities This Year! The Alliance’s dedicated sponsors have helped us provide additional opportunities for Scholastic Awards participants to be recognized for their creative talents. Don’t miss out on these unique sponsored awards! And remember to register for the Awards today to share your creative vision. Deadlines are approaching soon, so check with your local affiliate to see your region’s deadline.
• Future New and 3D Design Awards. The Future New challenges students to express bold, innovative ideas using new mediums that do not fall into the Scholastic Awards standard categories, like 3D printing! Learn more about the Future New Creative Challenge. Plus, three students will receive $1,000 each for work created using 3D design software.
• Gedenk Award for Tolerance. Five awards of $1,000 each will be presented to students whose art or writing reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, and promotes the importance of increasing tolerance.
• Duck Tape® Brand Award. One student will earn $500 for a work made specifically with Duck Tape®. Check out the 2013 winning work, Flora Mae, and hear what its creator, Laurel Taylor, had to say about it!
• Creativity & Citizenship Awards. Each year, we ask young artists and writers to take on a specific theme that is both topical and important, which we select together with the National Constitution Center. This year, three prizes of $1,000 each will be given to students who create work that expresses their views, opinions, and feelings on the topic of Immigration and Identity.
ART.WRITE.NOW.TOUR 2013-2014. A selection of works from the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM. This year’s tour has now landed in New Mexico! Get a peek at some of the stunning work on display, and be sure to visit the exhibit before it closes on December 16 and heads to Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum in February. Admission is FREE!
New York: STEAM Blends Science and the Arts in Public Education. Schools are teaching the arts along with science and math. Students at MS 534 in Brooklyn faced an unusual assignment in their photography class: They had to build their own cameras. The pilot program in the public school is part of a growing national push to blend science and the arts—subjects that, at times, have seemed locked in a zero-sum game for school funding. (WSJ)
Texas: Art could help create a better 'STEM' student. STEAM takes STEM efforts and incorporates art (the "A" in STEAM is for "Art"). Young's research focuses on how to incorporate creativity into STEM education with the implication that doing so will increase the quality of STEM graduates. He says STEM studies are about problem solving, and creative endeavors are exercises in problem solving. (PHYS.org)
You're invited to join the national online screening & live chat of PBS Art21 Documentary "Change" featuring Ai Weiwei next Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9pm ET here: /bit.ly/Art21Weiwei. This is an opportunity to discuss the role of art and education, and highlights the profound works of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, along with Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, and American photographer Catherine Opie.
Herbert Read saw art as an educational foundation. “I believe that art is so much more significant than either economics or philosophy. It is the direct measure of man's spiritual vision.” Herbert Read, who was born on Dec. 4, 1893, was a British poet and critic who became a champion of art education when he turned 50, and chaired the group that established the International Society for Education Through Art, a division of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (The Tennessean)
Indiana: Art teacher aims for national TV series. Art teacher Nate Heck is a step closer to his dream of producing a nationally aired television series. WFYI-20 in Indianapolis has aired two “Artrageous with Nate” episodes and is airing a third at 5 p.m. today. Heck, 36, left his job at Mount Comfort Elementary School in Hancock County earlier this year to focus full time on producing the show. His decision was a leap of faith — he has no deals in place for an extended schedule of shows aiming to get youngsters excited about art and great artists. He said he was inspired to start work on the series in 2010 because fewer children now are exposed to quality art education. Schools nationally have reduced art offerings amid budget cuts, he said, despite research that demonstrates that students who take art and music classes score higher on academic assessments than peers without such coursework. (IndyStar.com)
California: Arts Obispo leads effort to bring art back to local schools. As an art history major, Jenna Hartzell learned how the arts can shape a society. “Every great community supported the arts, and it made their community better,” said Hartzell, executive director of Arts Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council. (The Tribune)
Wisconsin: Artists Working in Education Art Display & Reception. The Unitarian Universalist Church West (UUCW) Community Art Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit running until January 2, 2014. The Artists Working in Education exhibit features the works of professional artists who work with area school-aged children to cultivate the visual arts. (BrookfieldNow)
New York: Art teachers from across CNY to show their work at holiday exhibit. They teach your children how to be creative and express themselves through art, but some forget that many art teachers are artists too. The art department at Cicero-North Syracuse High School wants to showcase the talent of local art teachers with an exhibit next month. The inaugural Central New York Teachers Holiday Exhibit will open on Dec. 6. (syracuse.com)
Colorado: Family-run foundation offers students free art workshops. An art education organization in Colorado Springs, the Adduce Foundation, now in its 10th year, offers high-school juniors and seniors a hands-on, unique and completely free experience. Kids get exposed to tools and techniques in visual arts — Raku pottery firing, illustration, stained glass, airbrush, 3D abstract art, woodcarving, oil painting and plein air (outdoor) painting — outside the typical classroom setting. (Colorado Springs Independent)
Massachusetts: Celebrate inspiring K-12 art educators. IS183 Art School of the Berkshires knows that great educators can change lives, and the school’s second annual Berkshire Arts K-12 Educator Award gives community members the chance to recognize these individuals. Any K-12 educator in Berkshire County specializing in visual arts is eligible for the award, including those who work outside of a formal education setting. Nominations can be completed using a downloadable form at is183.org. IS183 will accept nominations until Jan. 15, 2014. (NCNews)
Arkansas: Area Students Present Artwork at Baxter County Library. Award winners from the Young Arkansas Competition will have their work displayed in the Baxter County Library through December 20. (krzk.com)
Utah Arts and Museums offers Visual Arts Fellowships. Utah Arts and Museums will award visual arts fellowships to two outstanding professional artists in Utah. Applications and guidelines are now open at visualartsfellowship.org. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (Daily Herald)
[Createquity.] Uncomfortable Thoughts: Are We Missing the Point of Effective Altruism?
Virginia: The Arts Council of Fairfax County announces the creation of a new grant program for Fairfax County non-profit arts organizations. The Fast Track Grants program aims to fund one-time events or activities that fall outside the regular cycle or scope of Arts Council grants. Beginning Jan. 8, the Arts Council will accept applications for the non-matching grants. Organizations with an operating budget of less than $400,000 are eligible to apply for up to $1,000. The Arts Council will host a Fast Track Grant webinar for local arts organizations at noon Dec. 11. Registration for the event can be done online. An application and full Fast Track Grant guidelines are available on the Arts Council of Fairfax County’s website (artsfairfax.org). Questions can be directed to Rachelle Etienne-Robinson at 703-642-0862x6 or email@example.com.
Arts education in Asia. “Despite research showing the benefits of arts education in the imparting of transferable skills, there is currently a lack of concerted effort in the Asia Pacific,” said Samuel Leong at the recent 2nd Cross Cultural Asian Art Education International Conference at Miriam College. (Inquirer News)
Zimbabwe: Using Visual Arts to Build Communities
Ghana: Women’s Arts Institute Africa trains women artists
Ghana: Women Artists Trained In Advocacy
Ohio: Richmond Heights art classes take advantage of mini-grants. With the help of mini-grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, art students at Richmond Heights Secondary School have been busy this year. On Tuesday, a mural designed by Richmond Heights students will be displayed at the Cuyahoga County Education Service Center. “The mural, which was designed using middle school and high school art student designs, illustrates the global community concept of renewable energy sources and recycling,” secondary visual arts teacher Mary Nichols Brondfield said. (The News Herald)
South Carolina: Rocky graduate establishes art scholarship. Rock Island High School graduate Cary Hinze, class of 1983, has established a scholarship through the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation in honor of former high school art teachers Charlie White and Richard Klatt. The Charlie White/Richard Klatt Purple Tuna Creativity Award is a $500 scholarship awarded annually to a graduating Rocky art student. (Quad-City Times)
Alaska: Auction aims to boost visual arts scholarship fund. Ptarmigan Arts gallery members are in the midst of their third-annual Back Room Gallery Exhibit and Scholarship Auction. The silent auction features artwork and other items donated by local and statewide artists, individuals and businesses. This year’s auction began in early November, and continues through Dec. 4. Proceeds go to support Ptarmigan Art’s scholarship fund. (Homer Tribune)
Florida: Scholarships for Pinellas County students in the fine arts. Since 1985, the Miniature Art Society of Florida has awarded more than eighty scholarships, totaling over $113,000, to Pinellas county high school seniors who wish to continue their Fine Arts education beyond high school. MASF has budgeted $6,000 for its 2014 scholarship endeavors; scholarship will range from $500 to $1,500 depending upon the number of applicants who qualify. (WTSP.com)
Check out the video, Catching Up to Kids: How Technology is Remaking Arts Education presented by Marinelli, Co-Founder, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University.
Two States Approved for ESEA Teacher-Evaluation Extension Waiver. Mississippi and Nevada now have until the 2016-17 school year to get their teacher-evaluation systems fully up and running. (Education Week/Politics K-12)
School Transformation Through Arts Integration. For this installment of Schools That Work, we chose Wiley H. Bates Middle School, a public school in Annapolis, Maryland. The school became fully arts integrated in 2009, and since then they have seen significant improvements in both academics and behavior. We visited them to learn more about how they use arts integration and why it's been so effective for them. What do Mars and modern dance have to do with each other? How do you connect fractions with Andy Warhol? The answer is arts integration. Every teacher there is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for their students. (edutopia)
Get creative! Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), proudly supported by Nestlé, is launching its second FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH BOOKS Art Competition. Is your school part of a RIF program? Have your students show how books have fueled their passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math – or STEAM subjects - AND they’ll have the chance to win books and cash prizes for their RIF program!
Artwork submissions are now being accepted and are due by March 3, 2014.
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/
SchoolArts Magazine. Your January 2014 digital edition of SchoolArts magazine is now available. In this issue...• Applying divergent thinking to drawing in “From Observation to Imagination” • Exploring human anatomy through the creation of fantastic creatures in “Monsters in Action” • Delving into the amazing practice of relief printing in “Working the Plate“ • Celebrating winter with snowy self-portraits in “Bundle Up” • Explore the work of Allison Schulnik and Odilon Redon in Looking and Learning • Your one-stop resource for everything art ed is back! Don’t miss the 2014 Annual Buyer’s Guide
It’s never too soon to start preparations for the 10th Anniversary of No Name-Calling Week! Register now. We believe in Celebrating Kindness while working to create safe schools free of name-calling, bullying and bias. Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, we want to help you put a spotlight on name-calling and bullying in your school. That's why we created No Name-Calling Week. Find planning tools, lessons and activities for elementary, middle, or high schools and information about our Creative Expression Exhibit. Ultimately, we hope you'll find the inspiration you need to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in your school community.
Digging Deeper into ED Open Data: New ED Data Inventory. If you love data, and especially open data, there’s a good chance you also care about quality metadata. We have some exciting news: the Department of Education launched a new ED Data Inventory! The Inventory is available as a searchable website and a JSON file. (ED.gov)
Arts Writers Grant Program announces 2013 grants. The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2013 grants. Designed to support writing about contemporary art, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.
Maryland: Maxwell wants to enhance Prince George’s County’s art education program. As he tours schools in the district to assess their needs, one issue that has struck him is the limited number of hours of art instruction students receive, Maxwell said. Some students in the county have art class once every nine weeks, he said. (The Washington Post)
Wisconsin: Madison explores ways to improve arts education. For a city its size, Madison has a thriving arts community. And all artists start out as students in the schools. But it doesn't take an Einstein (or a Yo-Yo Ma) to note that a student in the Allied Drive neighborhood doesn't have the same exposure to the arts as a Shorewood kid. (isthmus.com)
Oregon: Arts education lacking in elementary schools. A new report shows arts education is lacking statewide, especially at the elementary level on the South Coast. The Oregon Arts Commission released a report this week, "Access to Arts Education in Oregon Schools III," pulling data from the Oregon Department of Education on in-school access to stand-alone art classes. (The World)
California using $2-million arts grant windfall for new programs. The California Arts Council, the agency behind state government’s arts grants, is putting down most of its chips from a one-time, $2-million funding windfall on several new bets involving arts education and community improvement through the arts. (The LA Times)
Virginia: Six Annandale-Area Teachers Selected for FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition. The annual exhibition will showcase art from more than 40 Fairfax County Public Schools art teachers. (Patch.com)
Australia: Melbourne to host InSEA 2014. The International Society for Education Through Art will host its 34th World Congress, Diversity through Art in Melbourne. (ArtsHub)
Washington School for the Deaf opens new auditorium, features student art, expands philosophy (oregonlive.com)
North Carolina: McColl Center for Visual Art expands its vision to social action (Charlotte Observer)
New Jersey: Pittsgrove School District students see music, visual arts thrive with exhibit (nj.com)
United Kingdom: Art Party: 'to preserve education we need to pull down Gove's gates' (The Guardian)
Connecticut: Middletown Arts Commission Seeking Outstanding Art Promoters (Middletown Patch)
California: Saddleback College Angels for the Arts Raise Funds for Student Scholarships and Patron Amenities (alisolagunanews.com)
California: Education, Creation of Art Among Topics at Triton Lunchtime Event (Santa Clara Weekly)
Colorado: Program promotes art in STEM education (ourcoloradonews.com)
Wonder Anew-Showcasing common and gasp-worthy responses to personal positive change. Wonder Anew is a new Internet art project designed by Susan Hazelroth Barrett working with a team of collaborators, including art teachers. It inspires and showcases both common and gasp-worthy choices of personal positive change shown in different graphic designs by many different people including middle-school art students. Please visit and like the Facebook Fan page, read the blog, and participate. Everyone may, with a special invitation to teachers and their students.
Open Call: Workshop Session RFPs for the 2014 Young Audiences National Conference in San Diego. You are invited to submit a workshop session proposal for the 2014 Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Conference, 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 view link for the Workshop Session Request for Proposals (RFP) and guidelines. Proposals are due on Monday, January 20, 2014.
[Createquity.] Around the horn: healthcare.gov edition
Direct To Schools is a free online resource helping K-12 schools nationwide find the best price on the school and classroom supplies they use every day. For the first time in school purchasing history, schools have the ability to access volume pricing from multiple vendors on one site, saving teachers and school administrators both time and money.
New York: The Keith Haring Foundation makes $500,000 grant to New Museum to support programs. Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, has announced that the Keith Haring Foundation has made a generous gift of $500,000 to support and name the Museum’s School, Teen, and Family programs. The Foundation previously made a $1 million gift in 2008 to establish the School and Youth Programs Fund and to name the Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement. (artdaily.org)
Hasselblad debuts state of the art Stellar and Lunar cameras at Art Basel Miami. Since the introduction of its first camera in 1941, Hasselblad has made certain that their state-of-the-art cameras have been at the epicenter of man’s exploration and artistic vision. First into space with astronaut Walter Schirra in 1962, and first man on the moon photos with the Hasselblad 500 EL from the Apollo 1969 landing. It seemed only fitting to debut the new Stellar and Lunar cameras during Art Basel Miami, in Miami Beach, December 2-8. To demonstrate the camera’s exceptional functionality, Hasselblad has invited 7 noted artists, art experts and aficionados to be the Hasselblad Ambassadors of Art and shoot candids of the art and design scene.
Art Lesson Plans from The Monuments Men Movie: Is Art Worth a Life? and Priceless Art, Personal Objects, Countless Lives: This lesson plan includes a section focusing on The Astronomer by Vermeer
Will a 3-letter word cost Wash. state its NCLB waiver? Washington state's waiver from part of the federal No Child Left Behind law may hinge on one three-letter word. Under state law, statewide test scores "can" be a factor in teacher evaluations. To keep its waiver, the state must change "can" to "must," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, though another official said there is more to it than changing a word. The state Legislature is expected to take up the wording in January. (The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)/The Associated Press, 12/2)
Community Groups to Senators: Move Forward on ESEA Reauthorization. The groups, 47 in all, sent a letter to Senate leaders asking them to get moving already on Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization. (Education Week/Politics K-12)
WEBINAR: Using Classroom Portfolios to Evaluate Arts Educators, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET. At a time when pressure is mounting on teachers to demonstrate their contribution to student learning, Tennessee is ramping up participation in an alternative component to its teacher-evaluation system for the arts that provides an unusual approach. It tackles the thorny issue of what to do when standardized test scores are not available. The answer in Tennessee is portfolios of classroom work assembled by teachers, and then peer-reviewed by other arts educators. Teachers collect student work, and not just the final, polished products, but rather the before and after, showing student improvement over time. Experts say the initiative could serve as a model for other states, as well as teachers in other disciplines. In fact, Tennessee is now piloting a similar program for foreign-language educators. (Education Week)
N.C. schools promise arts education, but access not 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 Newshour)
Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth Webinar. Check out the free recording of the NGCAE webinar, Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts, now available online.
How visual thinking improves writing. Younger kids typically love to draw and aren’t too worried about the outcomes of their artwork — until they get older, Mind/Shift reports. By the time they’ve learned to read and write, art takes a back burner to academics, primarily because of what most schools prioritize. Over time it becomes harder for kids to think in pictures the way they once did. But what if students were encouraged to think in pictures alongside words? (MindShift)
Inspiring Innovation. Rethinking Innovation. Does it just come or can we inspire it? How do you inspire innovation in your students?
Art21 News: Trenton Doyle Hancock Busts Out, Kiki Smith Does Her Homework, and more. In this issue of Art21 News: 100 Artists: New Videos and GIFs; New York Close Up: New Video and Slideshows; Art21 Magazine: November Highlights; and Access 100 Artists: Host or Attend a Screening.
[Createquity.] Thanksgiving public arts funding update
[Createquity.] Applications are open for the Spring 2014 Createquity Fellowship!
Washington: Call for artists for major Seattle waterfront artwork. The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture seeks an artist or artist team for the public piers of the Seattle Central Waterfront. These piers will be rebuilt as part of Waterfront Seattle, a large-scale project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with 26 acres of new public space, streets, parks, and buildings. The call is open to professional artists working nationally or internationally. The budget for this commission is approximately 1,000,000 USD, inclusive of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs. The application deadline is Thursday, January 9, 2014.
7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills. Digital learning specialist Anna Adam provides a quick overview of seven apps that are appropriate for teaching younger children one of the most critical 21st century skills: coding. (edutopia)
2013 Young Audiences Gala Highlights and Network News
Art Does Make you Smarter - Newly Published Research
Arts for Learning Connecticut Presents Community Focused Programming
If You’re in the Room, You’re in the Show: Teaching Artist Showcase in New Jersey
Holiday Craft Time w/Crayola. Mitten Weather: Kids love the first snow of the winter. Celebrate the season's arrival with a colorful mitten drawing. Or keep cool with this idea any time of year.
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International Graphic Arts Competition. The competition is focusing on a review of graphic works with consideration of the variety of different approaches and artistic tendencies, as well as top achievements in graphic arts. The main objective of the competition is to select the best works and show them on national and foreign exhibitions. In order to apply for The Competition you are required to be a professional artist, an art school graduate or a member of artistic association. Participation in the Competion is free of charge. The participants send in their works at their own expense. Deadline: February 28, 2014.
12 NCLB-Waiver States Want Extra Year for Teacher-Evaluation Rollout. Maryland and North Carolina, both Race to the Top states, are among those that want to delay part of their teacher-evaluation implementation under their No Child Left Behind Act waivers. (Education Week/Politics K-12)
What’s Happening with STEAM: A Discussion with Diverse Sectors, December 2, 2013, 4:00 PM EST. In coordination with the U.S. House of Representatives' STEAM Caucus co-chaired by Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Americans for the Arts will bring together STEAM leaders in diverse sectors, including academic, industry, government, and education fields to discuss briefly their work with STEAM and respond to questions in order to build a conversation and showcase STEAM as a movement the public can join. Presenters: John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design; Janis Hill, Principal, Quatama Elementary School, Hillsboro, Oregon; Amy Rasmussen, Executive Director, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE); Kevin Murray, Program Manager, School of Theater, George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts. Free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Why education is both an art and a science. Educators must maintain a balance of art and science in classroom lessons, writes Carol Hunter, an award-winning, retired elementary-school principal and author. In this blog post, she writes that the science of teaching "creates the structure underlying the art of teaching," while "it takes artists to see the big picture, think creatively and critically, and begin to shape the future of education." (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education, 11/25)
Artists Mark International Education Week with Exhibit and Performances. Young artists associated with VSA, the international organization on the arts and disability, helped to celebrate International Education Week at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters on Nov. 19. Before the official opening of Yo Soy ... Je Suis ... I Am ... My Family, an exhibit of art works by children and youth from 10 nations, several student and adult artists with disabilities shared their thoughts on the value of arts education. Click here or on the above title to read about the event. (ED.gov)
CRAFT IN AMERICA's New Episode: HOLIDAY Premieres on PBS Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9pm. HOLIDAY features woodcarver Harley Refsal, National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn, Biltmore House, ceramic artist Susan Garson, Garcia Art Glass, tamale makers Isabel & Enrique Sanchez, ceramic artist Veronica Castillo, paper artist Kathleen Trenchard and Navidad in San Antonio.
KORONISFEST: For the Public's Health PSA & Poster Contest. Show your message to the world! The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health announces the 5th annual KoronisFest Public Service Announcement (PSA) & Poster Contest. 3 Categories; PSA Live Action (60 seconds or less PSA Animation (60 seconds or less) Poster (11"x17"). Cash prizes: 1st Place: $250, 2nd Place: $100, 3rd Place: $50. Entry Deadline: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 12 noon.
Spotlight: P-21 Releases Patterns of Innovation Report. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills collaborated with the Pearson Foundation to document outstanding 21st century learning practices that are contributing to student learning and improving schools across the US. These practices from exemplar schools share common features, known as patterns of innovation: Student voice, engaged community, distributed leadership, climate of achievement and evidence & research. (Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
National Guild's 2013 Benchmarking Data Report. The report provides quantitative data on faculty pay rates, instructional fees, administrative staffing and salaries, financial aid, enrollment demographics, program offerings, organizational finances, and more. It is an essential tool for community arts education providers engaged in strategic and program planning, budgeting, salary negotiations, and organizational assessment. $125 for Guild members or $175 for non-members.
A special reminder about the Duck Tape® Brand Award from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Be sure to check you regional deadlines and submit your work!
Two Steps Forward for States. After considerable state pushback, the U.S. Department of Education has dramatically simplified how states can apply to renew their No Child Left Behind waivers and will now require states to simply submit a letter of intent that addresses findings from department monitoring. (ED.gov)
Art Makes You Smart. Museum visits increase test scores, generate social responsibility and increase appreciation of the arts by students. (The New York Times)
The Paradox of Creativity in Education. All humans have the potential and ability to be creative, and we do ourselves a disservice when we refer to individuals such as Mozart and Einstein as the defining examples of creativity to which we should all strive to emulate. This genius bar misrepresents the concept of creativity and distracts us from the necessary conversations on how to foster the creative mindset and why it’s so important to include in conversations around education. According to James Kaufman, a psychologist and researcher at the University of Connecticut who presented last week at the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Summit, creative people are more likely to get promoted, be satisfied with their jobs, be in better physical health and be more resilient. Those are all outcomes we hope for our children. (Learning First Alliance)
When to know your painting is finished. Starting a painting is the easy part but knowing when to stop is a different matter. Tutor Siân Dudley asks, “Are we nearly there yet?” (Artists & Illustrators)
How to know when your Artwork is Finished? Every artist faces this question again and again: when have I finished the artwork I’m working on?
New Online Drawing Class beginning Dec. 2nd! A Two-Week E-Course on a Mediatative Art Form with Best-Selling Author Beckah Krahula, December 2-15, 2013.
Pearson Score National Board Seeks NBCT's for New Assessors, Supervisors, and Trainer. The 2014 National Board Application Questionnaire is now available and open to all new assessors, supervisors, and trainer. Please visit the How To Apply page to access the necessary link.
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Tips to Maximize your Holiday Fundraising from Artsonia. Find ways to maximize your fundraising efforts this holiday season. Don't forget - your art program earns 20% of all giftshop sales!
Miami Art Week 2013: A Comprehensive Guide. The art world descends on Miami in one week's time, bringing its annual deluge of all things contemporary to the downtown and Miami Beach area. Below is a guide of what to expect, and where to find it. (Blouin ArtInfo)
WEBINAR: Art and the Common Core, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET. Discover how educators can help students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards by partnering it with arts instruction. Register for this webinar and join two experts who offer practical examples for arts integration with the common core. Cost: $49 (Education Week PD Webinars)
Is the Common Core Becoming a Fiasco? After listening to one of my favorite episodes of This American Life, devoted to the concept of fiasco, I am wondering if perhaps what we have with high stakes testing and the Common Core project is a fiasco on a grand scale. (Education Week/Living in Dialogue Blog, 11/19/13)
Illinois: Top teacher (& NAEA Member!) serves as a muse for students. Art takes many forms. Students in Tricia Fuglestad's art class at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights learn more than drawing and painting. The 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade that Fuglestad sees each week learn history, videomaking, screenwriting, tweeting, blogging, uploading, singing, acting, graphic design, animation and more, but all of it is art. (Daily Herald)
Process Art Inspires Artful Adventures for Kids! Kids need space to create, is the simple guidance that award-winning author of art activity books MaryAnn Kohl offers to parents who are getting involved in their children’s arty play. Given freedom to explore and make choices, children are more likely to use their own ideas in creating art. You see, too often times, adults (parents and some teachers) project a sense of what a finished piece of art should look like, which denies children the opportunity to explore and create from their own imaginations, and to learn from that exploration and discovering. (newsle)
The Monuments Men Education Site. The Monuments Men is a movie based on the true story of a group of brave men and women who hunted down and rescued millions of cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis at the close of World War II. Our lesson plans, discussion questions, maps, and other features can engage learners about this little-known chapter in World War II and guide thinking about the importance of protecting cultural heritage in times of war. The lessons are suitable for middle and high school classrooms and are linked to Common Core State Standards.
New Hampshire: Arts teach valuable life, career lessons. Research indicates arts education has a positive impact during school years and later in life. Data show it may increase academic performance, enhance skill building, reduce absenteeism, improve self-confidence and add to one's quality of life, in addition to other benefits. (SeaCoastOnline)
A Decline In Creativity? It Depends On How You Look. Research in recent years has suggested that young Americans might be less creative now than in decades past, even while their intelligence — as measured by IQ tests — continues to rise. But new research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University, closely studying 20 years of student creative writing and visual artworks, hints that the dynamics of creativity may not break down as simply as that. (RedOrbit)
Illinois: Math concepts come to life in architectural-design program. Students in an advanced math class in an Illinois elementary school are learning the math of architecture. Students participating in the 10-week Build it Wright program -- in honor of architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- will design floor plans and make 3D models of their designs. "The goal is to enable students to discuss architectural detail and design, observe and evaluate their built environment, and design and build models," said Brook Hutchinson with the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, which directs the program. (Daily Herald)
South Carolina: South Florence shows off arts programs. Albert Einstein reportedly once said “Creativity is intelligence having fun,” a mantra used Thursday at South Florence High School as it hosted more than 120 teachers from across the state for a conference aimed at showing how infusing the curricula with fine arts helps student excel across the board. (Morning news Online)
Florida: Art teachers deal with large classes, lack of funding. State rules for student capacity are specified for core classes, but they exclude extracurricular courses such as visual arts. As officials with Bay District Schools struggle to keep class size down throughout the county, art teachers often take more than 25 students in a single class. (NewsHerald)
North Dakota: Marie Strinden, Grand Forks, N.D. letter: Arts education doesn’t belong on chopping block. The Grand Forks School Board should not balance the district’s budget on the back of the ArtWise program. The arts are much more than just fun “extra” activities for students. Young people who are involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in math and science fairs and three times more likely to win awards for school attendance. (Grank Forks Herald)
New Jersey: Frenchtown first-graders 'Hangout' at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. First and second-grade students at Frenchtown Elementary School visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art this morning, Nov. 14 with their classroom teachers and the school art teacher. They never left the classroom. The cyber trip was arranged through a Google Hangout and enabled the students to view art and be instructed by museum staffers. A similar elementary school class in Texas participated alongside the Frenchtown students. (Nj.com)
South Carolina: RES art program ranks #1 in state. Julie McClendon, art teacher at William M. Reeves, Jr. Elementary, has been recognized by the online children’s art museum Artsonia for outstanding leadership in arts education. The school’s online art gallery ranks #1 in the state and #27 in the nation. (Journal Scene)
North Carolina: Liz Grimes-Droessler working for arts education, with no apologies. After leading a recent meeting of arts educators, Liz Grimes-Droessler had to giggle at one of the comments scrawled on a sticky note: “When can we stop justifying the arts?” “Honey, I’ve been doing it for more than 30 years,” responded Grimes-Droessler, who heads arts programs for Wake County schools. (NewsObserver)
New York: Materials for the Arts. Dance companies, theaters, filmmakers, designers, visual artists, art teachers et al of the New York City creative community flock to the 35,000 square foot Long Island City warehouse home to Materials for the Arts. Artist and arts groups apply to the program online with 501(3) c status or a fiscal sponsor to be eligible for the program. NYC Department of Education art teachers and schools are also welcome. Due to the generosity of all manor of in kind donations from businesses and individuals on any given day wish lists are fulfilled from a plethora of inventory. (The Huffington Post)
West Virginia: School board recognizes art contest winners. Six local elementary school students were recognized for their performances in a countywide art contest during the Cabell County Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. (Herald-Dispatch.com)
New York: CEPA Gallery to receive national arts education award from White House. CEPA, a photography gallery that offers a host of art education programs to students across Western New York, is one of 12 recipients of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. (The Buffalo News)
NET Television examines arts education in Nebraska. There is a lot of focus on the need for STEM education -- the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. But students benefit from education in the arts and humanities as well. On the next “State of Education in Nebraska,” airing at 8 p.m. Thursday on NET Television’s NET2 World (Time Warner Cable channel 17), see how Nebraska’s public schools are engaging students through the arts. (Lincoln Journal Star)
'Creativity Express' Online Art Education Curriculum is Added to the KLEOplatform™, Helping to Keep Art and Creativity in Children's Lives Through Fundraising. In the Art Education department, Creativity Express joins materials vendors such as School Specialty, Inc.'s Sax Arts. The KLEOplatform™ now provides a comprehensive approach to promote creativity and visual literacy in the classroom. (PRWeb)
Oklahoma: 'Museum Babies' at Gilcrease offers art education, fun for youngest patrons. An art education program at Gilcrease, Museum Babies affords parents opportunities to view priceless works of art, coupled with child-development activities for their children. Museum Babies I is geared to infants, Museum Babies II to toddlers. (Tulsa World)
Are you Proud of your Practice? Sing, Shout, Share via 40 Artist Educators! AccessArt is looking to recruit between 10 and 15 artist educators in the 1st stage of the 40 Artist Educators project. If you are based in England and you are artist who runs workshops, or a creative teacher who facilitates visual arts learning, then please consider sharing your practice via 40 Artist Educators. Over the comin year we're looking to create 40 resources for the AccessArt site which feature the inspirational work of 40 artist educators. Being part of this important project will place you firmly on the map and help highlight the importance of visual arts education. This is a paid opportunity.
Massachusetts Celebrates Two Decades of Public Investment in the Creative Potential of Young People. National Summit Planned for March 2014 in Boston, Regional Youth Showcases Scheduled Across Commonwealth, Creative Youth Development Blog – Seen & Heard – Launches Today
The Maker Movement Finds its Way into Pittsburgh Classrooms. The "Makers Movement" is taking the nation by storm, popping up largely in libraries, museums, and community spaces around the country. A "maker" is anyone building or inventing new things, coming up with innovative ideas, essentially learning and problem solving through creation. The Movement is strong in Pittsburgh, with a "MAKESHOP" inside The Children's Museum that is a dedicated space for families to make, play, explore, and design. It's such a hit in the community, that it's no surprise that The Makers Movement is also finding its way into Pittsburgh classrooms. (remakelearning.org)
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist Fellowship Program. The New York Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of its 28th annual Artist Fellowships Program. A total of $637,000 has been awarded to 91 artists or collaborative teams in the disciplines of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography and Playwriting/Screenwriting. A complete list of recipients and their counties of residency is available here.
Demystifying the What Works Clearinghouse: A Webinar for Developers and Researchers. The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education presents a webinar about the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) review process and standards on December 3 from 2-3pm. This webinar will cover key features of the review process that are used to identify research studies and evaluate them against WWC standards. Discover how education research is identified, selected, and evaluated. Find out how to design a study that meets the standards, and get details on submitting research for WWC review.
Inspirational Teacher Awards Call for Nominations. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards—a series of annual $10,000 grants that recognize inspiring teachers across the United States. Nominees must be legal residents of the U.S. who currently teach or have taught in a K-12 school, college, or university in the U.S. The deadline for nominations is December 15.
National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines. Guidelines and application materials are now available for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town application guidelines are available in the Apply for a Grant section on arts.gov. The application deadline is January 13, 2014.
VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities—Call for Artwork. The 2014 International Art Program for Children with Disabilities is now open for entries! Children with disabilities are encouraged to create a portrait that illustrates themselves in their neighborhood. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition in Washington, DC. The submission deadline is July 1, 2014.
Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education. AEP's latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP's ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation's first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.
Students: Submit Work to the Gedenk Creative Challenge! Remember to check your regional deadlines and submit your work! The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has partnered with the Gedenk Movement to present a special creative challenge for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Gedenk Award for Tolerance asks students to create original works of art or writing that demonstrate their role in cultivating tolerance. Five top works will receive National Medals and academic awards of $1,000 each for work addressing the Gedenk Movement's important message and mission.
• Utah Arts & Museums Offers Visual Arts Fellowships
• Pennsylvania: Woods Charitable Fund announces local November grants
• Illinois: Cooke Magnet School has once again been named one of 16 schools across the country to be awarded a grant in the annual “Art of Education” contest sponsored by KRIS Wine and Americans for the Arts
• Pennsylvania: Area art programs receive state grants
• Wisconisin: OEF grants help teachers try new things
• Nebraska: Woods Charitable Fund announces local November grants
In Defense of NCLB In Defense of NCLB. Long overdue and overpoliticized, the renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act should not be abandoned, as the federal law has done a lot of good, writes Jerry Jellig. (Education Week)
Ed. Dept. Names 31 Finalists for Race to the Top District Contest. The 31 finalists represent 80 school districts across 21 states, including urban and rural districts. Winners, to be announced in December, will split $120 million. (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
RELATED: District-level finalists chosen for Race to the Top grants
Harkin, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs. The "Strong Start for America's Children Act" was introduced in the Senate on November 13. The early childhood education proposal is an initiative to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5, and specifically mentions the arts and arts education.
The Maker Movement. STEMconnector and Maker Ed Initiative are joining forces to host an online town hall that will present perspectives from industry, government, education, and nonprofits that work on maker issues. Maker Ed works to spark students’ creativity and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts through the maker movement. The event takes place November 20, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Speakers will include representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, California STEM Learning Network, and higher education institutions. Register here to participate in the online forum, and follow the conversation on Twitter by using #MakerSTEM. (ASCD Capitol Connection, 11/18/13)
Museums in the Digital Age - October 2013 from ARUP. As we live increasingly mobile, digital and virtual lives – with personalised user-experiences and services at our fingertips – museums will have to find new ways to tell stories and engage their audiences. As digital experiences and physical spaces merge, who will be the audience, and who the curator? Will museums function exclusively in the cultural sector or continue to expand into other markets? How and where will content be exhibited and delivered?
Arts Education Policy Review Special Rate for NAEA Members. Members are eligible to subscribe to Arts Education Policy Review at the special rate of $55 for personal print & online annual subscriptions. To subscribe to Arts Education Policy Review at the special subscription rate of $55, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts Education Policy Review - Call for Editorial Board Members. Arts Education Policy Review, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, is accepting applications for four editorial board positions – one reviewer each in the areas of Dance, Music, Theater and Visual arts. APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and current CV that
highlights policy presentations and publications by October, 1, 2014 to: Colleen Conway, Editor-in-Chief at email@example.com. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by November 15, 2014 and the review board term begins in January of 2015.
Fall 2013 issue of CultureWork. The Fall 2013 issue of CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers focuses on histories of rural arts initiatives. It is timely to focus on this topic as 2014 marks the centennial founding of the Cooperative Extension Service through the passage of the Smith Lever Act. Presently, rural areas receive approximately 1% of philanthropy dollars.
Department to Host VSA Student Art Exhibit and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony With Performances in Celebration of International Education Week. Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs Maureen McLaughlin and Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Melody Musgrove will give keynote remarks at the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of an art exhibit featuring students from around the world at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. (ED.gov)
The 2014 Interdependence Hexagon Project VIII Prospectus | Info (zip file). Connect your students to real-world issues and participate in an international celebration! HEXAGON: A composition of complex relationships, interdependent lines, like bonds of human connection. Maintains its own presence as a shape, symbol of light and life. Destined to be part of a whole - a splendid architectural element, forever expandable. Multiples attach and strengthen one another to become an infinite network of connections. ARTIST: Interprets and articulates. Makes vivid and comprehensible the complexities of our world through symbols- shapes, words, music, dance, theater. Creates compositions that speak the ineffable. Provides new insights into everyday realities. Synthesizes, makes conclusions, takes a stand, must come to terms with content and materials, sometimes collaborates....can change the world [?].
How Do Children View Social Media? (Education Week/Finding Common Ground)
Kentucky: Clicking together | Sacred Heart pinhole camera project. SHA Art and Photo Club members volunteered to teach a group of Brownsboro Park Retirement Community residents how to build a pinhole camera, which they then used to take pictures of fellow residents (Courier-Journal)
Opportunities from the Terra Foundation of American Art
Academic Program Grants. The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that explore American art in an international context. Letters of inquiry due Dec. 16.
Academic Awards, Fellowships & Grants. The wide range of Terra Foundation academic awards, fellowships, and grants help scholars in the field of American art realize their academic and professional goals and support the worldwide study and presentation of historical art of the United States. Deadline: January 15, 2013, unless otherwise indicated.
Publication Grants. The Terra Foundation for American Art provides support for publication projects on historical American art (circa 1500 to 1980) that make a significant contribution to scholarship and have an international dimension. Deadline: January 15, 2014.
Kavli "Science in Fiction" Video Contest: CALL FOR ENTRIES! The USA Science & Engineering Festival, in association with the Kavli Foundation, has launched the Science in Fiction video contest. Using scenes from popular science fiction movies and TV shows, and video games, Gr. 6-12 students will create :30-:90 videos that investigate how science fictional scenes could be realized using current and developing technologies. The video contest culminates in a popular awards show, hosted by Bill Nye, as part of the Festival, which returns to Washington, D.C. on April 26-27, 2014. The contest officially opens for entries on Nov. 1, 2013 and closes Mar. 21, 2014. First prize is $2000 cash prize and a travel stipend to travel to Washington D.C. for the Expo. The second prize is $750 and the third prize is $500. The People's Choice Award prize is $250.
[Createquity.] What We Talk About When We Talk About Race
California: “Like a Tom Waits Song” National Juried Exhibition - at Arc Gallery. DEADLINE: February 23rd, 2014. This open call is for all artists who have found themselves deeply moved, enraptured, bemused or inspired by Tom Waits, because if they went out and listened to his music and then decide to submit, then hence they were in fact moved, enraptured and bemused etc…CATEGORIES ACCEPTED: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. VENUE: Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco 94103. JUROR’S AWARD: A Juror’s Award ribbon and certificate will be presented to three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme. EXHIBITION DATES: May 3, 2014 -June 21, 2014. OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 3rd 7-10PM. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Works must be submitted online before midnight (in your time zone) on February 23, 2014, to be considered by juror. ELIGIBILITY: Artists residing in the United States. SALES SPLIT: 60% /40% between artist & gallery. QUESTIONS? ArcGallerySf@gmail.com | WEBSITE
U.S. Department of Education Announces 31 Applications as Finalists for $120 Million Race To The Top – District Competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 31 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. (ED.gov)
Transparency Watch: Ed. Dept. Refuses to Disclose Top i3 Scale-Up Applicant (Education Week/Politics K-12)
The Clock Is Ticking—Time Out for Sequestration? With less than one month to reach a compromise, a bipartisan congressional committee remains divided on the best approach for a long-term budget deal that would help avoid another government shutdown. Education advocates believe the committee could be the best chance to end the damaging and unsustainable sequestration cuts. Meanwhile, a new report (PDF) provides a comprehensive overview and real-life examples of sequestration’s consequences across sectors, including education. The publication also explains that, within two years, nondefense discretionary spending will be a smaller percentage of our economy than ever before if lawmakers do not replace sequestration with a more comprehensive deficit reduction strategy. (ASCD Capitol Connection, 11/1813)
Early Education for All. New legislation introduced in both the House and Senate seeks to help states provide high-quality preschool to low- and moderate-income families. The bipartisan measure, which aligns with President Obama’s Preschool for All Initiative, would also increase the quality of infant and toddler care in center-based and family child care settings and continue support for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. (ASCD Capitol Connection, 11/18/13)
What You Get When You Mix Arts with Science. It was a classic “win-win” when Secretary Duncan recently visited a preschool classroom in Washington, D.C. The children were learning concepts in science through music and dance. Nationally, in many schools and districts science is not taught in the elementary grades, much less in preschool. And in many places, particularly urban school districts, the arts are missing as well in early learning. The visit was followed by a roundtable with early learning stakeholders who shared thoughts on the arts and STEM, and specifically on the OII-supported program, Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts, by the Wolf Trap Foundation. Click here or on the above title to read about it. (ED.gov)
Join Crayola - Support Everyartist on 11/21! Everyartist, at its core, seeks to unleash the creativity innate in every child. They are carrying out this mission by creating a national collaborative art event designed to foster the creative development of children around the country. On November 21, 2013 they will be launching the largest children's art event in history, Everyartist Live!, engaging millions of elementary school children in a nationwide celebration of art and creativity. The theme of this year's event is "Gratitude". They already have numerous local event coordinators signed up, representing nearly 500,000 participating children.
3D Systems and the Scholastic Awards bring you Future New! 3D Systems, an innovator of modern technology, has partnered with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to provide students with a special opportunity to submit boundary-breaking work to the Future New creative challenge. 3D Systems is offering free software for you to create 3D Designs to submit to the Future New challenge! Three Award-winning students that utilize this software will earn a cash award in the amount of $1,000 and a 3D print of their work, made using a top-of-the-line 3D Systems printer! Work must be submitted via the Awards' online registration system.
Updated Common Core Resources:
Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core
The State of the Common Core
Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards
Common Core in Action Series
Art Contest from Uncommon Goods. Every month is a new chance to submit your latest masterpiece and get it in front of our buyers. Winners will see their work printed, framed and sold on UncommonGoods.com. DEADLINE: This is an ongoing competition. Every month new semifinalists will be chosen from the previous month's submissions. GRAND PRIZE: $500 + 5% royalties on a limited edition of 100 prints.
Also, Pick the Winner: Graphic Design Challenge
What is Innovation? Google the term and it is, “the action or process of innovating” – a fairly unhelpful definition for those who subscribe to the notion that you can’t define a word using a derivative of it. Synonyms include change, alteration, upheaval, transformation, or breakthrough. People frequently imagine new technologies, electronics, scientific advances, startups and other types of change when they hear the word innovation. People, including those who care about education and those who work in education, frequently want to be innovative. Yet innovation frequently connotes disruption; not always the best environment for students and children. But, can simply changing a process itself be considered innovative? (Learning First Alliance)
FREE WEBINAR: Personal Finance for Artists & Freelancers. Succeeding as a freelancer or working artist requires strong financial management skills, but getting there can seem stressful and overwhelming. Join financial expert Galia Gichon for a three day class that will teach you how to set financial goals, create a budget that works for you, and establish the habits that lead to financial health. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to confidently and successfully manage your personal finances, and have more time (and money!) to do the work you love. (creativeLIVE)
Instagrams of the Art World (BLOUINARTINFO)
The National Endowment for the Arts Announces Expansion of Creative Arts Therapy Program. The National Endowment for the Arts announces the expansion of its landmark arts partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to bring art therapy to military patients at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s satellite center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Fairfax County, Virginia. The NEA will support a three-month pilot program at the new NICoE satellite dubbed “Intrepid Spirit One,” in which a creative arts therapist will conduct visual arts therapy and therapeutic writing activities with wounded warriors diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions. (Arts.gov)
Elizabeth Merritt reviews a new report from European consultancy Arup on Museums in a Digital Age. The report 'Museums in the Digital Age' envisages a dynamic future for museums. Moving beyond static objects in glass cases, the report outlines how future museums will see personalised content, new levels of sustainability and a visitor experience extended beyond present expectations of time and space. (ARUP)
United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013: Q & A with Chris Gibson. The U.S. may be out of UNESCO, but the work continues: the international cultural agency and the United Nations Development Program have just released a Special Edition of the United Nations Creative Economy Report concluding that world trade of creative goods and services more than doubled from 2002 to 2011, to $624 billion. Unlike the 2008 and 2010 editions, many of the case studies and recommendations this time around focus on the role of culture in sustainable development at the local level, especially in poorer countries. (UOWBlogs)
ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico. Dates: January 10-17, 2014. “Escape the cold winter to the Caribbean in this one-of-a-kind, art+nature immersion experience in Puerto Rico! Join us for an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife from rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments. Through hands-on observation, artistic interpretation and various biological methods, we will learn to utilize the natural habitat as a studio/lab to make informed art about tropical plants, animals, and nature.“ Registration Deadline: December 1, 2013
LinkedIn creates “University Pages”. The social networking website LinkedIn, which has been connecting professionals and employers for more than a decade, is turning its attention to connecting two new groups: high school students and universities. (eSchoolNews)
Assassins Art Academy Update "Free Online Demo". Classes will begin in December. Get on the list now.
Curriculum a Strong Focus for New 'Innovation' Grantees. The winning applicants in a federal competition for a slice of $135 million in 'Investing in Innovation' grants include organizations pitching an array of curriculum-related strategies to improve student achievement, such as a plan to develop common-core instructional materials. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters, 11/11/13)
• School Improvement Model Shows Promise in First i3 Evaluation
Requirements for NCLB waivers to be scaled back, Education Dept. says (U.S. News & World Report, 11/14)
5 Takeaways From the Ed. Department's NCLB Waiver About-Face. For better or for worse, the U.S. Department of Education is making it far simpler for states to get a No Child Left Behind Act waiver extension. (Educatiion Week/Politics K-12)
Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts. Remarkable things can happen when young people get the chance to embrace their creativity and show off their hard work. And yet, in low-income urban communities, an array of barriers often stands between tweens and the arts. To find out how those obstacles can be overcome, The Wallace Foundation commissioned this new report on afterschool arts programs. (The Wallce Foundation)
FREE WEBINAR: Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts, Thursday, November 21, 1-2 PM ET. REGISTER NOW.
Getty Museum Developing Arts Education Resources for Khan Academy. The J. Paul Getty Museum is extending its open educational content program to Khan Academy. Through a partnership with Khan, the museum is providing a variety of art history and art resources with the aim of "developing a rich personalized learning environment across a broad variety of topics, from the making of a medieval manuscript to the conservation of Old Master paintings." (The Journal)
AEP ArtsEd Digest - November 12, 2013
AEP 2014 National Forum is Pittsburgh Bound! September 11-12, 2014. AEP is delighted to join the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) in bringing the AEP National Forum to Pittsburgh during National Arts in Education Week. So be sure to mark your calendars for September 11-12 and plan to come early and stay late to experience all the city has to offer.
AEP Announces Newly Appointed ArtsEdSearch Review Panel for its flagship site, ArtsEdSearch.org. Two years, more than 200 studies and over 40,000+ visitors later, AEP’s ArtsEdSearch has proven to be a world-wide resource for educators, researchers, policymakers, and anyone seeking to understand the outcomes associated with arts learning in and out-of-school.
AEP Seeking a Freelance Graphic Designer for print and web pieces including marketing messages and research briefs. Please submit your resume and work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Oklahoma’s State of Creativity Forum is one of the largest creativity and innovation conferences in the U.S. The event attracts a cross-sector audience of over 1,200 from the arenas of education, culture, and commerce each year. The event will be held at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City on November 19, a day of galvanizing workshops, boundless networking opportunities, and inspirational talks by some of the globe’s most important creative minds!
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accepting Museum Grant Applications in each of its museum grant programs. The application deadline for each of these programs is December 2, 2013. For more information, click on the following links:
• Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
• Museums for America
• National Leadership Grants for Museums
• Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
• Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museum
Inspirational Teacher Awards Call for Nominations. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards – a series of annual $10,000 grants that recognize inspiring teachers across the United States. Nominees must be legal residents of the U.S. who currently teach or have taught in a K-12 school, college, or university in the U.S. The deadline for nominations is December 15.
National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines. Guidelines and application materials are now available for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town application guidelines are available in the Apply for a Grant section on arts.gov. The application deadline is January 13, 2014.
Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Announces 2014 Toolbox for Education Grant Program. Toolbox for Education grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community. Deadline: 2/14/14.
The Arts Council of Fairfax County will be hosting the Strauss Artist Awards workshop, Saturday, November 16, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, The Gallery at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza North, Reston, VA 20190. If you are unable to attend the workshop in Reston, but would like to learn more about the Award, they will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at noon. Register online
The Kitchen Benefit Art Auction, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 7–9pm Cocktails and silent auction, 8pm Live auction with Gabriela Palmieri of Sotheby's. The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York City. The Kitchen is one of New York City's most forward-looking nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. Programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists' talks, and lecture series. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
Are video games the key to engaging students in STEM education? Video games are being used to teach science, technology, engineering and math in K-12 classrooms while video game design is playing a larger role and programming is seen as another language. "It's important for kids to recognize that programming is a fundamental literacy they can learn," said Frank Lantz, director of the Game Center at New York University. (U.S. News & World Report, 11/11)
Kansas Art Education Association Professional Development Grant Deadline is Approaching. You can apply for a $500 Professional Development Grant to study art somewhere this Spring or Summer to further your skills and then bring back your new knowledge to your classroom next Fall or you can use it to attend the National Convention in the Spring or any number of Professional Development opportunities that are available to you. To qualify, you must have been a member of KAEA for the past 3 years, and promise to present a workshop at the next conference OR write an article on your experience for our KAEA newsletter or blog.
New York: Queensbury educators part of delegation in Myanmar. Two Queensbury High School teachers are in Myanmar to be part of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) U.S. Education Initiative, which began on Nov. 2 and continues through Saturday. (PostStar.com)
Connecticut: Art means business. The arts play a major role in making the Greater Hartford region an exciting place to live, work, and visit. In addition to providing sources of entertainment, education, and inspiration to thousands of individuals every year, the arts consistently affect our community in a less obvious, but still incredibly meaningful way — economically. (HartfordBusiness.com)
Massachusetts: Educators advocate for art with display. The art teachers of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester are living two lives, which they say is exactly as it should be. “We’re practicing artists that believe in our own personal work, and that’s why we are the teachers that we are,” said Mattapoisett art teacher Greta Anderson. (Sippican Week)
Illinois: Arts Academy gives to three organizations that benefit children. Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy presented CASA of Williamson County, the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and Gumdrops with $4,352 raised from their 5K Family Run/Walk on Tuesday evening at the Pavilion of the City of Marion. Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy is a non profit organization developed for children and their families to be able to discover, enrich and broaden their talents in various areas of the fine arts. (The Daily Republican)
North Carolina: Henderson Arts Council awards funding to local arts programs. The Arts Council of Henderson County has awarded $12,787 in Grassroots funding to 12 local organizations. The North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program is designed to support nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming. The community panel evaluated 16 applications based on artistic quality, community impact, ability to plan and implement the project, and stability and fiscal responsibility of the organization. Grants were awarded in varying amounts from $600 to $2,500. (mountainX.com)
Nebraska: Midlands Voices: Arts education plays important role. While it is hard to imagine an art show generating that kind of attention in today’s America, it would be a mistake to think that the potential impact of the arts has diminished. In fact, the opposite is true. With the accessibility provided by technology, in today’s world the arts can play an even larger role in generating creativity, providing information, inspiring action and establishing the common cultural bonds that hold us together. (Omaha.com)
An arts education develops strong creative multi-disciplinary minds. The global economic challenges of the last decade have forced governments to re-prioritize spending across the board. In school systems, this has resulted in the cutting of superfluous programs like arts and music education. But are the arts and music really superfluous – or are they an essential part of a student’s development? (TheInformationDaily.com)
North Carolina: BES Student's Art Displayed In Washington, D.C. – Brevard NC. A fifth grader at Brevard Elementary School, Liam Zink, was recognized last week during an awards ceremony by art teacher Pam Granger-Gale. Zink's art was selected by Granger-Gale to be part of a student art exhibit put on by the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) at the Department of Education's headquarters in Washington, D.C. this past summer. (The Transylvania Times)
Florida: PB weighs options for south county arts magnet. Boynton Beach High School might see its art program expand after the School Board agreed the campus offered the most feasible option to grow arts education in the southern part of the county. Parents have long pushed for more art programs to serve Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton. There's only one arts-themed magnet school in the south -- Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray – and it's for elementary students. (SunSentinel)
Texas: Library dedicates new art education. The San Antonio Public Library is opening and dedicating a new educational center at the Central Library. The Marie Swartz Art Resource Center will serve as the library of record for the school’s new bachelor’s of fine arts program. It will house print materials and periodicals and include art database access. (MySanAntonio)
Colorado: Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center benefits from Arts Alive Gallery fundraiser. Patrons of the arts and food lovers everywhere are encouraged to attend an evening dedicated to cuisine, art and local charity. On Thursday, Nov. 21, 40 artists from the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge will host “Adventures in Food and Art” — a buffet dinner with an international spread, appetizers and wine pairings. All proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will be donated to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). (Summit Daily)
A Fine-Arts Degree May Be a Better Choice Than You Think. For graduates, job prospects and satisfaction are surprisingly high. Think that art school dooms graduates to a life of unemployment? The numbers paint a very different picture.\
Australia: Art students brighten up Proserpine High School. CREATIVE kids from Proserpine State High School have given their school a bright new look through a community art project. (Whitsunday Times)
Oklahoma: Moore Teacher Doing More With Less To Bring Art Back to School. Facebook really can be a powerful tool, or art supply in this situation. Almost a month ago, Mindi McNair drew up an idea to bring art back to Moore and now the creativity is back. (Channel 9)
South Dakota: Leola art project brings school, community together. A rainbow painted on the wall above the lockers welcomes visitors to the elementary wing of Leola School. In a few months, pieces of art created by each elementary class also will be on the walls to form one collective piece. (Aberdeen News)
Ohio: UT to host exhibition by local high school art teachers. Ask any fine artist about their process and they will probably tell you that making each piece is a learning experience. That may be especially true for the artists involved in the University of Toledo’s latest exhibition, the Northwest Ohio High School Art Teachers Invitational. The exhibit is set to open in the Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery on Nov. 15. (Toldeo Free Press)
Cal Performances Presents Its Second Annual Arts Learning Conference “Reaching For The Stars” On Wednesday, November 13, 11am-7pm, Zellerbach Hall. This year’s focus is Turning STEM to STEAM—Enlivening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through Arts Integration (San Francisco Sentinel)
Illinois: Master Arts Education at SAIC. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has released details of its Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching programmes. SAIC offers training, not only for emerging artists and designers, but for those seeking to enter into the arts education sector – a decision, which, the institution states, aims to “ensure the future of the arts through arts education”.
Madcap Logic's 'Creativity Express' Sixteen-Lesson Online Art Education Program Wins the Homeschool.com 'Top Homeschooling Curriculum Award for 2013'. (Virtual-Strategy Magazine)
Smithsonian Embraces 3-D Printing: The Smitsonian Institution, whose collection of artworks and objects numbers a modest 137 million, has launched a new initiative (and website, Smithsonian X 3D) to make 3-D models of its holdings available to study and print. The first set of works scanned and uploaded include a gunboat from the Revolutionary War, Amelia Earhart's pilot suit, and casts of president Abraham Lincoln's face. "Historically, museums have just tried to push data out. It’s been a one-way street," said Gunter Waibel, the Smithsonian's director of digitization, one of the cooler museum titles we've ever come across. "Now museums are really rethinking their relationship with their audience, and they’re trying to empower their audiences to help them along whatever learning journey they’re on." (BlouArtInfo/WP)
Creating a Culture of Innovation. Sprout_Lightbulb.jpgI work with 29 schools with over 1,000 educators and 17,000 students. As such, there is an incredible variance in our teachers' comfort level and experience with digital learning tools. (Education Week Teacher Blog)
Attention Art Teachers: SURVEY. Please consider volunteering to answer a survey/questionnaire regarding your experiences as a novice teacher. You can be at any stage of your career to respond to this survey/questionnaire. I am conducting a study to investigate the kinds of support and advice that might be of interest to novice teachers as they negotiate their first three years of teaching and to inform first year novice art teachers of what to expect during this crucial time in their careers. The study will address the question: What are the issues and problems facing novice art teachers as they negotiate their first years of teaching? It should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 508-910-6936. I appreciate your help. Deadline: April 1, 2014 --Kathy Marzilli Miraglia, EdD, Associate Professor of Art Education, Chairperson, Department of Art Education, College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
• South Carolina: Richland Two School District awarded $4.4 million STEAM grant
• The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Awards Grants to Support Community-Based Health and Arts Programs Throughout the State
• North Carolina: Henderson Arts Council awards funding to local arts programs
• Virginia: Charter Schools Receive Grants from Education Dept.
• Maryland: Talbot Arts Council awards grants to local school arts programs
• California: Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Awards $15,450 in Arts Enrichment Grants
• Utah: Dixie State, CEBA award six art grants
25 projects are selected for i3 grant funding. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the winners of the latest round of Investing in Innovation -- or i3 -- grants, 25 recipients who will share $135 million to make their ideas a reality. The grants were divided into "validation" grants, which are the furthest along, and "development" grants, which went to recipients in the beginning stages of their ideas. Expeditionary Learning, a validation grant recipient, plans to create free instructional resources for teachers implementing the Common Core State Standards. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog, 11/11)
ED Launches Engagement Process Following Report on U.S. Adults’ Skills. Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the findings of the international Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The results showed that on the three domains (literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in a technology-rich environment), the U.S. average performance is significantly lower than the international average and the U.S. has large percentages of low performers in each domain. (ED.gov)
The First Lady on the Power of Education. Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited sophomores at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC. The First Lady’s remarks continued to expand her focus on issues of youth empowerment and education, in particular working to achieve the President’s “North Star” Goal. (ED.gov)
ASCD Capitol Connection - November 12, 2013. The Promise and Realities of the Next Generation Assessments; When Allergies Attack; Will You Speak Up? ; Teacher vs. School Effectiveness; and Increasing Innovation and Access to Higher Ed.
Show Scholastic Art & Writing Awards What You Can Create with Duck Tape®! The Duck Tape® Brand Award! A fix-all, an old standby and what else? A versatile and inspiring art medium! Duck Tape® has always been a fallback tool for DIY repairs but we're seeing it used more and more as a unique material for artists. Duck Tape® has partnered with the Awards to provide students with a special opportunity to express their creative and artistic skills. One student will earn a $500 cash award for a winning work made with Duck Tape®.
U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Rated Applications for Investing in Innovation 2013 Competition. The U.S. Department of Education today announced results for the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, which will award the 25 highest-rated applications (HRAs) more than $135 million to expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement. (ED.gov)
Missouri: MAEAArtBytes] Teacher Educators and Accomplished Teachers Needed to score edTPA. edTPA is designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation, in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University, to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards and InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching that promotes student learning in diverse contexts.
The Anthony Quinn Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the application period for the 2014 Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted through January 1st, 2014. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, summer, or after-school arts education program. Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Winners are selected based on a list of criteria, carefully researched and developed using the highest standards of excellence and integrity. The criteria incorporate elements of talent, personal dedication and financial need.
What 3,500 American Craft Artists Are Telling Us. CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) is pleased to announce that the results of our national research study are now available. The 54-page study, Sustaining Careers: A Study of the Status of U.S. Craft Artists, is available to read online or download free from the CERF+ website. Sustaining Careers examines craft artists’ attitudes about trends affecting the field, sales and income, insurance, emergency preparedness and recovery, and legacy planning. It also provides updates and comparison data with our 2004 national research study.
CultureHive, a New Home for Busy Arts Marketing Bees. There’s a new resource on the block for arts marketers in the UK that leverages the Internet’s natural talent for sharing. Combining crowd-sourced resource aggregation with expert curation, CultureHive is a search engine for arts marketers that aims to ensure all results are relevant and high quality. The goal is simple: to help grow audiences by offering the best possible information to the professionals who draw new people into cultural institutions.
In Honor of Their Service, the Arts Answer the Call. The arts increasingly play a crucial role in helping our nation's injured service men and women and their families to not only rehabilitate, but also to flourish. Why? The arts help people to express themselves, and the ability to communicate and share their experiences is a critical factor in the successful transition of service members and veterans into civilian life. Studies reveal that service members and veterans who have opportunities to share their stories cope better with the most serious effects of today's conflicts, including post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and major depression. Arts engagement reduces depression and anxiety and improves sleep behavior, impulse control and concentration.
Neuroscientists Seek Creativity in the Brain. In spite of the old myths about “left-brained” people being more creative, researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting here say that creativity is a whole-brain affair.
(Inside School Research)
[Createquity.] A Tale of Two Strategies: Participation and Organization at Adobe Books and SFMOMA
What's the best way to incorporate the arts into STEM? (MiddleWeb)
Artsonia: Fall Art Drive | Winners Announced
Need help starting your Artsonia school gallery? Artsonia will provide you with a FREE training session over the phone. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call them toll-free at (800)-869-9974. Maybe you've got artwork on hand and are ready to get started! Just browse to www.artsonia.com/teachers, login to your account, and follow the basic steps to creating your school gallery. There are also short instructional videos available that guide you through the publishing process.
Kansas Art Education Association Upcoming Regional Events. These events are sponsored by the KAEA. Both member and non-member art educators are welcome to attend any regional event in any part of the state. For general information, contact KAEA Region Co-Chairs Ginger Steck (email@example.com, 316-209-1045) or Chris Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org, 620-939-4572).
South Central Drive-In
November 21st, 4:30-6:00
Fiber Studio, 418 S. Commerce Street, Wichita, KS
Printmaking techniques with Gelli Plates--FREE
Contact Michaeline Kohler for more information: email@example.com
November 16th, 12:30
Meet at CoCo Bolos, 1227 Bluemont Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502; 785-532-7718
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2nd Stop: Beach Museum, 701 Beach Rd., Manhattan - Save the Date
March 8th, 2014, 12:30
Lawrence, Meet at Free State Brewery, 636 Massachusetts St., & Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence
North Central Drive-In
Information Coming Soon
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Information Coming Soon
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Kansas City Drive-In
January 11, 2014
Shawnee Mission East High School, Shelly Trewolla's Art Room. "Cold Joints Workshop" put together by Shelly Trewolla at Shawnee Mission East High School. Next meeting would be Friday, April 4th. Contact Josh Greaves for mor information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Google+ links teachers, virtual field trips. In an effort to boost teacher collaboration and cultivate digital skills in students, Google+ on Nov. 4 launched Connected Classrooms, a program that connects K-12 teachers with virtual field trip resources and best practices. (eSchool News)
Your December Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! In this issue:
• Picasso-inspired line drawing becomes three-dimensionsal in “Drawing in Space” (pg. 26).
• Exploring architectural concepts through scale models in “Treehouse Flights of Fancy” (pg. 28).
• Approaching serious issues in the early childhood classroom in “Safari Park“ (pg. 18).
• Students build their own places of safety and refuge in “Safe Havens” (pg. 15).
• Explore the work of Diana Al-Hadid and Neo Rauch in Looking and Learning (pg. 21).
• Find some of the best classroom products, websites, workshops, and more in The Shop (pg. 44).
Maryland: The Arts and Common Core—a Natural Fit. For the second year, a local organization is aligning arts instruction with the new Common Core State Standards for math and English/language arts. Young Audiences Maryland, a non-profit arts education group, paired professional artists with teachers in training sessions designed to connect various art forms to the Common Core. (WYPR)
District of Columbia: Art Can Save Education and Lives. What happens when an underachieving school receives a $500,000 grant to develop an arts program? At a time when budget cuts are eliminating art teachers, schools like Savoy Elementary School in Southeast, DC have fulfilled the mission of a small, pilot initiative of the Obama administration: Turnaround Arts. Yes, in one short year, this underachieving school has become a whole new story.
Teachers weigh in on woes of arts education. The online website The Art of Education recently asked arts teachers about challenges they face, and the dozens of responses posted online offer a glimpse at realities encountered in the classroom. Teachers' responses ranged from lighthearted to serious, like dealing with tough budget cuts. In a post on Facebook, The Art of Education asked teachers: "What's the hardest thing you've ever had to do as an art teacher?" (89.3KPCC)
Art Supply Wholesale Club Offers Benefits and Savings for Art Teachers, Students and Educators. ASW Express is proud to offer a new program designed to offer wholesale pricing on high quality art supplies and materials directly to teachers and instructors. (PRWeb)
Massachusetts: Lawmakers work to move STEM to STEAM in schools. Lawmakers are looking to add arts education to the state's STEM curriculum, arguing that artistic values and creativity also are required to excel in the innovation economy. (Cape Cod Times)
California: Alliance works to increase art instruction in Santa Cruz County. The amount of art education in Santa Cruz County has declined in recent years, but an alliance of concerned locals are working for change. Around 40 elected officials, school leaders and artists discussed how to bring more art instruction to local schools at a Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education breakfast Wednesday. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Landmark budget allocation means new grant programs to support Arizona arts programs. Thanks to successful bipartisan efforts at the State legislature, the Arizona Commission on the Arts received a one-time budget allocation of an additional $1 million for fiscal year 2014. Funds support the Arts Commission’s existing statewide grantmaking activities that promote arts education and access to nonprofit arts organizations. (arizona.newszap.com)
Pennsylvania: Kutztown Uuniversity Art Education Students Hold Community Outreach Events. KU art education students will teach 3rd through 12th grade students from the Connections Academy Cyber Charter School on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3 to 5:30 in the Sharadin Art Building. Fifty cyber students will engage in learning activities and art making throughout Sharadin’s crafts studios and in the gallery. The entire curriculum was designed by KU pre-service teachers. (BCTV)
Curate Maryland Gateway Arts District. Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Prince George’s County, Saturday, November 16. Emerging Arts Advocates, an initiative of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), bring you our second installment of Curate Maryland– a new series of “on the ground” experiences designed to highlight and promote the arts in cities and towns from across the state of Maryland. (Southern Maryland News Net)
Arizona: Saturday Studio for Art Education: the beginning of educationalist. The Saturday Studio for Kids has successfully launched on the first two Saturdays of October. Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Art Education Department held the instructive activities for all Flagstaff children. Every child and teacher who participates in the studio enjoyed and immersed in the artistic atmosphere. (JackCentral)
Nevada Arts Advocates Honors Three Generations of Leaders in the Arts on Friday. Nevada Arts Advocates, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, will celebrate its 14th Annual Nevada Arts Advocates Gala on Friday at Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino. Radio and television personality Lark Williams will emcee the event. (Las Vegas Informer)
Research Information & Services from Americans for the Arts. AEP staff is dedicated to helping arts researchers, advocates, administrators, patrons, and the general public access the most current information on research regarding arts policy and practice. Annually, more than 5,000 of your peers tap into their up-to-date reports, surveys, online databases, and one-on-one technical assistance.
Arts Research Reports | Research Services | National Arts Policy Database | Essential Arts Research Sources | Institute for Community Development and the Arts
New York: 2 Ways to Go From Field "Trip" to "Experience". Here at THV we like to talk about field "experiences" rather than "trips." Kingston teacher Donna Nägeli puts it this way, "We need to reteach the true purpose of a 'field trip.' It's really learning outside the classroom walls, and we should acknowledge that."
Illinois Art Education Association Visual Arts Research - Vol #1: Fall Edition - Student Achievement Outcomes
See you on Friday! Open invitation to the Arts Management Panel: Community Powered by Engagement, November 8th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the UO White Stag Building in Portland, Oregon.
Family and Community Engagement: The Ultimate Back-to-School Supply. In the last few months, all across the country, millions of students headed back to school. For many, this was a season of memorable experiences: having their fathers accompany them to their classrooms on the first day, pick them up from their first afterschool activity, and help them study for their first test. Activities like these highlight an important pillar of this Administration’s education agenda: encouraging caring adults – especially parents, and dads in particular – to take an interest in the academic performance of every child. (ED.gov)
Inspiring Others: Play! Children and adults alike use play to make sense of the world. Here are some things we develop through play: creativity, imagination, problem solving, resiliency and the ability to handle the unexpected.
What's the best way to incorporate the arts into STEM? Incorporating the arts into science, technology, engineering and math education is a popular concept, but there is debate about just how it should be done, according to educator and teacher trainer Anne Jolly. In this blog post, she reviews the "pure STEM" and "pure art" perspectives. She also suggests several STEAM-related lesson plans, such as having students design musical instruments or using art to make engineered products more attractive. (MiddleWeb/STEM Imagineering blog, 11/3)
Ideas for using Augmented Reality (AR) tools in the classroom. Using augmented reality to add digital information to real objects that are scanned by a smartphone offers students new ways to create and interact with their learning environment, fifth-grade teacher Todd Nesloney and elementary educator Drew Minock write in this blog post. For the classroom, the two suggest using the open source AR application Aurasma for linking such things as video instructions to homework pages, student reviews to books and sign-language videos to vocabulary flash cards. (Edutopia.org/Todd Nesloney's blog, 11/4)
Choosing Your Next Professional Learning Experience: 8 Essential Questions. Recently a reporter asked me how teachers are supposed to be able to distinguish among all the professional development opportunities that claim to be aligned with the Common Core standards. While I could refer the reporter to many resources on what constitutes effective professional learning as well as how to evaluate opportunities, this isn't what she was asking. Here's how I responded and what I would tell the many educators who are trying to answer this for themselves. (Learning First)
NEW from Artsonia: Boost your fundraising with Holiday Parent Slips! We often hear success stories from other teachers about their fundraising efforts, and we wanted to pass along some suggestions for how your school can take advantage of the upcoming gift-buying season.
Last Chance! Vans Custom Culture Grants Program. This grant opportunity from Vans Custom Culture and Americans for the Arts is still accepting applications. Submissions are open until November 15th. Ten High Schools across the country will receive a $2,000 grant to help students receive high-quality arts instruction.
Italy: 8th Arte Laguna Prize: Deadline extended to Nov. 26, 2013 + New award. Entries to the eight Arte Laguna Prize have been extended to 26 November 2013. It is still possible to enter one or more of the contest sections: painting, sculpture and installation, video art and performance, photography, virtual and digital art. Participants can win: one of the 4 "Artist in gallery" prizes, the personal exhibitions in international galleries: Russia - ART re.FLEX Gallery; France - Galerie Charlot; Portugal - Carlos Carvalho; India - Exhibit320; one of the 5 cash prizes, each of 7,000 Euros; exhibit at the collective exhibition in Venice; have their work published in the Prize catalogue; video artists can have the chance to show their works in Beijing in summer 2014 thanks to the collaboration with Art Nova 100
There will be 5 overall winners, one for each section, who will be awarded a cash prize of 7,000 Euros each. The 110 finalists will exhibit their works in March 2014 in the "temple" of contemporary art, the Arsenal of Venice.
Texas: Dallas Museum of Art announces $9 million gift to support free admission, online access to collection. The Dallas Museum of Art today announced an anonymous gift of $9 million over three years to ensure free general admission to the DMA and enable the Museum to publish its entire collection online. The donation, effective immediately, will provide $4 million in unrestricted general operating support for free general admission. It is structured to include matching funds from additional giving of $2 million raised over a five-year period. The remaining $5 million will complete the digitization of the Museum’s permanent collection, including the creation of rich educational content to support free online experiences with art. (artdaily.org)
Oklahoma: Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art hosts educator workshop - Workshop scheduled for Nov. 16. The MGMA hosts a free teachers’ workshop featuring Dr. Madeline Rugh, The Talking Stick: Reclaiming our Creative Voice through Nature and Art, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 1-4 p.m. (news-star.com)
South Carolina: Governor’s School seeks students in the arts
The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is accepting applications for the 2014 summer programs and the 2014/2015 academic high school year until Jan. 8. The public residential high school serves students statewide and is located in downtown Greenville. SCGSAH offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in five arts areas: creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts. Summer programs are offered in each of the art areas. Online application are available at scgsah.org under Admissions. For more information, call 864-282-3713.
Allen Tate, Carolina Panthers sponsor Spirit Rock art contest: The fifth Annual Spirit Rock Contest, sponsored by the Carolina Panthers and Allen Tate Co., invites North and South Carolina schools to show their Panthers pride and artistic talents at the same time. To enter, schools should create a Panthers-themed design on their school rock and submit photos by Dec. 6. The contest is open to all public and private elementary, middle and high schools in North and South Carolina. Ten winning schools, selected by a community panel of judges, will receive grants to support school art projects, ranging from $400 to $1,000 for the top rock. (Lake Wylie Pilot)
Massachusetts: Arts And The Next Mayor: What Boston Wants And What It May Get. Four years ago, Boston artist, curator and public policy advocate Kathleen Bitetti signed on with City Councilor Michael F. Flaherty Jr.’s mayoral campaign against incumbent Thomas Menino. She wrote Flaherty’s arts plan, the only real cultural platform in the mayoral race, but it went largely unnoticed as Menino was elected to his fifth term by 57- to 42-percent that November. (WBUR)
So Far, Three Race to Top States Approved for Deadline Extensions. It's crunch time for the dozen original Race to the Top winners, which are supposed to finish implementing their four-year education-improvement plans this year. And so far, three states already have won approval from the U.S. Department of Education for an extra year to finish some of their work. (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog, 11/4)
STEAM-Roller. The desire to add the A to STEAM may be rooted in a fear of math and science, or a devaluing of the visual and performing arts. It would be a tragedy if the arts were to become even further marginalized by schools that can now point to STEAM as the reason why art and music teachers vanished. (Education Week Teacher)
Khan Academy and MoMA Collaborate. Khan Academy is delighted to announce a collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, which houses the world’s finest collection of modern and contemporary art and whose mission is (in part) to help all of us “understand and enjoy the art of our time.”
[Createquity.] Around the horn: Big Papi edition. Featuring sections on Art and the Government, In the Field, All About the Benjamins, Big Ideas, and Research Corner
Creative Corner from Crayola - Thankful for Arts & Crafts! Napkin Ring Toss-Make Thanksgiving a fun feast by playing games with crafty napkin rings and keepsake frames you create yourself! Invite the whole family to participate in this memorable game. Plus, Coloring Pages and More Crafts & Activities.
Kansas: Time to prepare for the annual Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest! This year's flag theme once again is "ART SHAPES THE WORLD." Kansas students are being asked to design a colorful flag that incorporates this theme as well as KANSAS. Any two-dimensional media is acceptable. The designs must include the Youth Art Month logo. Visit website for additional contest details including downloadable entry forms and how to properly label the artwork. The deadline for entries is November 16, 2013. Winners will be announced sometime in December. Entries can be mailed to: Johnna Smith, YAM Flag Chair, Augusta Middle School, 1001 State Street, Augusta, KS 67010 or email@example.com.
School Improvement Model Shows Promise in First i3 Evaluation. The federal Investing in Innovation, or i3, initiative bet heavily on the Success for All program, and an early evaluation suggests the investment is paying off. (Education Week)
New Creative Challenge and Opportunity for Awards! The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has partnered with the Gedenk Movement to present a special creative challenge for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Gedenk Award for Tolerance asks students to create original works of art or writing that demonstrate their role in cultivating tolerance. Five top works will receive National Medals and academic awards of $1,000 each for work addressing the Gedenk Movement's important message and mission. Submissions should reflect upon lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, and attempt to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. Work may be submitted within any of the Awards' categories of art or writing, via the Awards' online registration system. (AYAW)
Fractured Atlas as a Learning Organization: An Introduction. If you’ve been paying any attention at all to technology trends the past few years, you know that we live in the era of Big Data. All of those videos we upload to YouTube, hard drives we fill with government secrets (or cat photos, take your pick), and tweets we awkwardly punch out on touchscreen keyboards add up to a whole lot of gigabytes, the bulk of which are stored by someone, somewhere, indefinitely. By some estimates, human beings generate more data every two days than we did in the entire history of civilization prior to 2003 – and that was as of three years ago! (Createquity)
VSA Indiana E-News - November 2013. Free First Friday Workshop and Art Transforming Lives: Don't Just Look at Art - Make it!
Save the Date: VSA Student Art Exhibit Opening Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 11 a.m. to noon, U.S. Dept. of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC. Student Art Exhibit Program and VSA Present the VSA Student Art Exhibit Opening and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony in celebration of International Education Week featuring 19 works by students from around the world on the theme of “Yo Soy … Je Suis … I Am … My Family”. Questions? Contact Nicole Carinci at 202-453-5585 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia: FALL SOLOS - Supporting Rising Artists from the Mid-Atlantic Region. October 29, 2013 In keeping with Arlington Arts Center's mission of promoting rising regional artists, the semiannual SOLOS exhibition returns this fall for an eight week run starting Nov. 1. The juried show plays a key role in AAC's endeavor to support emerging artists living in the Mid-Atlantic region. (ACC)
Museum Education Program Introduces Children to Gallery Art. Led by the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, the 90-minute program provides lively, interactive tours of Stedman Gallery exhibitions, followed by art activities designed to reinforce concepts covered in the gallery. Teachers then receive resource packets to aid in integrating the exhibition concepts into the classroom curriculum. (RU News)
Pennsylvania: SF to be honored for commitment to arts education. The South Fayette Township School District’s board of directors is being honored for its commitment to keeping arts education in school. The board will be presented with the 2013 Arts Education School Board Leadership Award for its commitment to sustaining and expanding arts education in South Fayette, during tough financial times. According to the EPLC, the board is being recognized for committing financial resources toward a self-assessment of its art, music, theater and dance programs and to develop a comprehensive kindergarten through 12th grade music and visual arts curriculums. The board also voted to build a district-wide student orchestra and to expand its theater program to include a ‘Young Playwrights’ component. (The Almanac)
Pennsylvania: Smart Talk: Arts and Education Symposium . What is happening to the arts in PA public schools? What new system is being considered to evaluate teachers of the arts? What is the data and the research about the value of arts education and how can this research be used to advocate for the arts? What do the new national core standards mean for PA arts educators? And what has the new Arts and Culture Caucus in the PA legislature been up to since it was established less than a year ago? (WITF)
Tennessee: Springhill Suites' Save Art! Campaign Bolsters Art Education In Under-Resourced Schools. Showcasing the brand’s ongoing passion for the arts, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chattanooga Downtown at Cameron Harbor Tuesday launched Save Art!, an initiative to provide under-resourced schools with needed classroom art supplies. (The Chattanoogan)
Arizona: Art show raises funds for art education. It was art for art’s sake at SpringHill Suites Marriott. SpringHill Suites Marriott played gallery Wednesday to the art of Kaitlyn Duve, in an effort to raise money for local art programs. Every year, SpringHill Suites performs a community service project as well as hosts a night to celebrate art. This year, the two projects were combined by partnering with the Fresh Artists organization to create Save the Art! — a monthlong effort to bring classroom art supplies to underfunded public schools. Wednesday’s show was the main event in the fundraising effort. (EA Courier)
Massachusetts: Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) to kick off the school year prioritizing Arts Education to raise funds for the Boston Public Schools at Rumor Nightclub. Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) is one of several art partners of the Boston Public Schools, which are asked to provide art programs to the BPS, due to the abundance of the public schools in the district. Most of whom we serve to support the schools that have little to no visual art programming. (Sampan)
Washington: Do Arts Matter? Seattle School Board Candidates Weigh In. Do the arts matter? ArtsEd Washington, a nonprofit advocacy group, queried school board candidates across the state about the influence of the arts in their own lives and whether arts education would be a priority if elected this November. (KPLU)
Alaska: Nominations open for state arts awards. Nominations are open for the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in the following categories: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy Award and Individual Artist. Eligibility is limited to individuals, organizations or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska. The deadline is Nov. 15. (NewsMiner)
An Analog Art Tool For Making 3-D Objects Flat. Art teachers face a major challenge when teaching new students to draw: how do you put techniques into words? Concepts like perspective have a visual language, but don't easily lend themselves to a spoken lesson. Leslie Lienau, an art teacher for 20 years, wished she could teach students how to see before teaching them how to draw. “I wanted to find a way to communicate clearly,” she says. (Fast Company)
Illinois: Grade-schoolers turn to art to describe violence: 'These are the things I see'. The Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy seventh-graders’ work is the outgrowth of an art program about gun violence. Several of them already had first-hand experience with the problem when gunmen opened fired last month at a park across the street from the school, injuring 13 people, including a 3-year-old who was shot in the face. (The Chicago Tribune)
California: Imperial County Office of Education hosts “Oodles of Art!” workshop. Teachers set their inner child loose during the “Oodles of Art!” workshop, as teachers learned how to provide a stimulating art environment for children. (Imperial Valley Press)
Ohio: Arts Beat: OAAE, VSA Ohio provide great opportunities for teachers, students. Donna Collins, Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) is a tremendous advocate for arts educators in the state of Ohio www.oaae.net . Donna delivered the keynote address to 18 Tuscarawas County visual arts educators during a professional development day at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts last Friday. (TimesReporter)
Penn State to celebrate artist Judy Chicago's career throughout spring 2014. Since 2011, Penn State has housed the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection, one of the most important private collections of archival materials on feminist art education. In honor of Chicago’s 75th birthday in 2014, and in celebration of the Penn State School of Visual Arts’ relationship with this pioneering artist, educator and author, the University will host a symposium, exhibitions, lectures and other events highlighting Chicago’s work, throughout the spring 2014 semester. (PSU News)
Children Who Are Taught An Art May Lead Future Of Innovation. While politicians and policy experts seem to be pushing for more students to embrace math and science at the expense of the arts, a new study from Michigan State University (MSU) supports the notion that an artistic education has so-called ‘real world’ value. According to the study, which was published in the journal Economic Development Quarterly, people who participated in arts activities as a child were more likely to generate patents and launch businesses as adults. (redorbit.com)
What is Everyartist.me? Brendan O'Connell, (dubbed Walmart's Warhol by the media) is a nationally recognized fine artist. Brendan created this unique foundation (co-founded by friend and patron Alec Baldwin) to sparkcreativity in children. Last year, Brendan helped more than 8,000 elementary school kids fill a football field with their art. The event was a huge success. This year, over 300,000 kids across the country have signed up to participate in the largest art event in history, Everyartist Live! happening on November 21st.
Tombow Dual Brush Challenge presented by PrintFirm.com. The winner of the Tombow Dual Brush Challenge presented by PrintFirm.com will have his or her artwork printed on 12 x 18 inches poster prints on short run posters courtesy of PrintFirm.com. The Winner will also receive a Professional Tombow Storage bag. This storage bag is made of high quality canvas and features an interior compartment that contains hook and loop modularization allowing versatile interior storage with a secure bond to hold your items in place. The front pocket holds all of your odds and ends with easy access. Perfectly stores all your arts and crafts supplies and more. The prize is valued at $150.00. His work will also be published on TombowUSA, as well as PrintFirm.com’s social media outlets.
Missori: Call for Art — “Artists as Teachers”. The Soulard Art Market (SAM) and Contemporary Gallery is calling for submissions to “Artists as Teachers” a juried exhibition of art in any media. “Artists as Teachers” will run from February 8 – March 6, 2014, and each artist may submit up to three original works. Artwork that has been displayed in a prior exhibit at SAM may not be submitted.
Exhibition Theme: "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas. Submission is FREE! Deadline: Jan. 26, 2014. For general questions, you may contact MaryJo Clark, a SAM resident artist and art teacher at Cor Jesu Academy: email@example.com.
Maryland: Job Opportunity at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual to work in our Education Division as a Senior Outreach Coordinator in School Programs. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs, the individual develops and teaches classroom and museum-based lessons for statewide outreach schools; leads school outreach tours; teaches museum studio classes; collaborates with teachers to ensure programs and resources are interdisciplinary and curriculum-based; helps train and evaluate docents in order to ensure a positive museum experience for school audiences; coordinates college docent internship program; coordinates and teaches web-based K-12 classes; and teaches homeschool programs, and perform other duties as assigned. Qualifications: B.A. in art history, museum education, fine arts, art education or art history plus three years of related experience, or M.A in art history, museum education, fine arts, art education art plus one year of experience preferred. Studio art teaching experience, familiarity with current technology and a background in museum education or classroom teaching preferred. Knowledge of developmental stages for K-12 students, arts integration, local and national art education standards, and application of learning theories to art museum education is essential. Excellent interpersonal, customer service, organizational, written, verbal and computer skills required. For consideration, send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org . Application deadline is November 15, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Visit Brightwood Elementary School to See How Preschool Students are Learning Valuable STEM Lessons through the Arts. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Brightwood Elementary School in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Oct. 28, to learn how teachers are using the arts to teach preschool students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). (ED.gov)
Art21 News: New Film Series, New Magazine, and More - October 25, 2013. In this issue: New Artist to Artist Series; New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up; 100 Artists: New Videos, Images, and Interviews; Art21 Magazine: Highlights from the Inaugural Issue; Access 100 Artists: Host or Attend a Screening; and Art21 Educators: Oliver Herring's TASK Across the Country.
Alabama: Birmingham Museum of Art launches app in conjunction with Civil Rights series. The Birmingham Museum of Art recently debuted its second mobile app, which engages with a series of exhibitions commemorating the Civil Rights Movement. The Museum’s series Art Speaks: 50 Years Forward deals with the history of the movement, specific events, and the continued struggle for human rights. The “Art Speaks” app is designed to enhance the experience of onsite and off-site visitors with original content, including contributions by scholars, collectors, community members, and the artists themselves.
Artists shaking up and strengthening communities in rural America (Creatquity)
RACE TO THE TOP. The Department received 228 applications for the 2013 Race to the Top-District program, which will provide almost $120 million to support school districts in implementing local education reforms that personalize instruction, close achievement gaps, and take full advantage of 21st century tools that prepare each student for college and careers. This year’s applications -- submitted by districts and consortia of districts -- represent approximately 700 school systems in 44 states. The Department expects to make five to 10 grants. Awards will range from $4 million to $30 million, depending on the population served through the plan. Grants will be announced no later than December 31. Also, the Department received 17 applications for the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, which will provide $280 million in state-level grants to help improve the quality of early learning and development programs and close educational gaps for children with high needs. Applicants include Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Department expects to make three to eight grants. Awards will range from $37.5 million to $75 million, depending on the population served through the plan. Again, grants will be announced no later than December 31.
ESEA FLEXIBILITY. The Secretary recently announced that both Texas and Puerto Rico will receive flexibility from the burdensome mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In exchange for this new flexibility, they have agreed to raise academic standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to boost teacher effectiveness. The Department has now approved waiver requests from 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Four applications remain under review, and five states have not requested flexibility through this process.
In the interest of transparency and to help inform other states, the Department has posted here initial and approved flexibility requests, highlights of each state’s plan, and peer review notes, as well as the agency’s letter regarding peer review feedback and the Secretary’s approval letter.
Illinois Is Among Outliers With No NCLB Waiver. A disagreement with federal officials over the state's timeline to implement a teacher-evaluation system has left Illinois without a No Child Left Behind waiver so far. (Education Week)
"How a Nation Engages with Art: Highlights from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts". This is the nation’s largest population survey of arts participation trends. The NEA has partnered with the United States Census Bureau six times since 1982 to conduct the SPPA. The 2012 survey asked a nationally representative sample of adults ages 18 and older if they had participated in five broad categories of arts activity in the past year: attending, reading, learning, making/sharing art, and consuming art via electronic media. The 2012 was broader than past years, including a greater number of questions and a broader sample of Americans.
The NEA has issued a related call for proposals to encourage researchers to mine the data of the survey. The deadline is coming up--November 5. Guidelines are available online.
AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 24, 2013
AEP Announces New ArtsEdSearch Review Panel. The Arts Education Partnership is pleased to announce a newly appointed National Review Panel for its flagship site, ArtsEdSearch.org. Two years, more than 200 studies and over 40,000+ visitors later, AEP’s ArtsEdSearch has proven to be a world-wide resource for educators, researchers, policymakers, and anyone seeking to understand the outcomes associated with arts learning in and out-of-school.
Arts Assessment Share Alike. The NEA/WestEd (2012) report on arts assessment recommends creating an online clearinghouse and professional learning community for sharing high-quality arts assessment materials. The Arts, Culture, and Audiences TIG of the American Evaluation Association invites you to disseminate your assessment instruments, strategies, and reports from your AEMDD, PD, and NEA grants to the AEA Public eLibrary.
What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education. October is National Principals Month! Download AEP's brochure-length guide "What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education," and discover 3 concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. (AEP)
New York City Art Teachers Association Annual Art Education Conference. The New York City Art Teachers Association is holding its 33rd annual ARTWORKS ’13: All Day City Wide Art Education Conference on October 26, 2013. The conference offers a day of learning, networking and resources with session workshops based around the Common Core State Standards and presented by skilled educators, artists, and museum educators.
Effective Arts Integration Improves Test Scores in Mississippi. Effective classroom arts integration can reduce or eliminate educational achievement gaps for economically disadvantaged students, according to a Mississippi State University research report. In other words, when teachers reinforce academic concepts with the arts, students learn more and score higher on standardized tests. (MSU Newsroom)
Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Invite Award Nominations. The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award is open for nominations. The winning school board receives a plaque, along with a cash award of $10,000 for arts education programs. Since 1989, this annual award has been presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education. This national award recognizes districts that have included four artistic disciplines—visual arts, music, theater, and dance—in their programs. The nomination deadline is November 1, 2013.
Custom Culture Grant Program. VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving grades 9-12 that have allowed arts education to thrive in their school community. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students. Apply by November 1.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accepting Grant Applications in each of its museum grant programs. The application deadline is December 2, 2013.
• Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
• Museums for America
• National Leadership Grants for Museums
• Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
• Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museum
National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines. Guidelines and application materials are now available for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town application guidelines are available in the Apply for a Grant section on arts.gov. The application deadline is January 13, 2014.
VSA Indiana E-News, October 2013. Sun King Brewery supports Arts Access First Friday Series with $5000 gift!
Art and Science Do Mix! Ocean Awareness Student Art Contest -$1500 Awards to students, teachers and schools. Art and Science do mix! We invite you to involve your students in the Ocean Awareness Student Contest, whose goal is to inspire creativity and critical thinking about important issues impacting the ocean. Each year we have a big idea and encourage students to explore this idea in any of three formats: art, essay or advocacy Each pillar involves both research and creativity, art and science and we know students are all the better for it. The 2014 contest will focus on Plastics Pollution in the Ocean, a topic which lends itself beautifully to collaboration across disciplines. Teach the contest! We'd love to have you on board.
First Look: Preview 2,100+ works from Art Toronto. What Canadian artists should you be watching? Art Toronto, Canada's most important art fair, opens to the public in just two days—so until Friday, spend your time with Artsy’s exclusive online preview of the fair, featuring 2,100+ works from 95+ exhibitors. (artsy.com)
Final Reminder -- Artsonia Fall Art Drive ends October 31. As a reminder, here are the rules for this year's prize giveaway: Publish at least 100 artwork by October 31 and be entered into a drawing for one of ten (10) $100 gift cards from Blick Art Materials! AND/OR Publish at least 300 artwork by October 31 and also be entered into a second drawing for one of five (5) $300 gift cards! If you've already published 100 pieces this school year, you've already been entered into the first drawing, so don't stop now-go for 300! Wondering how many pieces you've published? Login to your teacher section where you will see the Fall Drive Announcement and your current totals. All artwork published between July 1, 2013 and October 31, 2013 goes towards your total art-drive count. Last year our winners made some major upgrades to their artroom resources. This year, it's YOUR turn! With FIFTEEN gift cards to giveaway, you've got a good chance of being announced a winner on November 7th!
Support arts programs in high schools across the country. Grant applications due Nov 15. Public high schools can apply for $2,000 Custom Culture Grants to use towards their art and/or music programs. Last year, Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago, IL used the $2,000 to purchase cameras to expand their digital imaging programs (see attached photo). What could your local high school do with this money?
Ensure Creativity remains a UNESCO priority! Sign the petition today! It has been widely recognized that creativity is the vital ingredient that needs to be cultivated if we are all to survive and flourish in this 21st Century. “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status” says noted educationalist, Ken Robinson. One of the best ways to nurture creativity is through arts education, something which should be available to every child. Creativity is urgently needed to promote economic, social and cultural development and to generate solutions to the numerous challenges facing the world today.
Please tune in for the PBS premiere of FORGE on October 25, 2013. FORGE: Exceptional artists forging metal magically transformed by fire. ollow Chloe Darke as she begins her career as a silversmith at Old Newbury Crafters; Iraqi war veteran Tom Pullin as he turns to art at the Corcoran College of Art + Design as an antidote to the harsh realities of war; and Albert Paley, master metal sculptor, who uses knowledge from his 50-year career to build monumental artworks for New York City's Park Avenue.
Ohio: Arts boosts local economy. Folk has been a leader in creating economic growth in the arts in the Toledo area since 1996 as an instructor with the Young Artists at Work program. He became executive director at ACGT in 2007. (limaohio.com)
Alaska: Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities nominations open. The arts awards will be offered in the following categories: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy Award and Individual Artist. (JuneauEmpire.com)
Canada: City seeks jurors for arts grants. The City of Windsor has more than $87,000 to offer in new arts funding - and people are needed to decide where the money should go. (The Windsor Star)
California Arts Council awards grants to teaching artists in OC and LA. The California Arts Council announced its latest grant award winners and recipients in Los Angeles and Orange County received more than $290,000. The grants support teaching artists focusing on music, theater, dance, visual arts and other art forms. (scpr.org)
New York: Young People Need Arts Learning to Make Most of Community Art Projects. “‘Art is not just about creating charming pictures to hang on the wall; it is actually the process of thinking creatively which is so important. Kids should have the confidence and freedom to follow their imaginations rather than producing something perfect and representative for their portfolios.’ [Ms Nilson] hopes to see more emphasis on the importance of specialised art teachers in schools and the involvement of artists in community projects.” - Pepita Smyth, Murdoch University News. (Buffalorising)
Pennsylvania: Alumna to be keynote speaker at Graduate Research in Art Education Conference. Jennifer Pazienza, who graduated from Penn State in 1985 with a master of education degree and in 1989 with a doctorate in art education, and is professor of art education at the University of New Brunswick, is the keynote speaker for the ninth annual Graduate Research in Art Education (GRAE) Conference to be held at Penn State from Oct. 25 to 27. She will open the conference with her talk, “Beautiful Dreamer,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, in 112 Borland Building. Her presentation, in which she will address the images that come to mind when you think of landscape, beauty and justice, is free and open to the public. (PSU)
New UMass archive details history of arts policy. Hear the word ‘‘archive’’ and you might envision dusty historical records — old letters and documents, photographs, maybe newsreels or other old films. In short, a place of interest mostly to historians and researchers. But organizers of a national archive of arts management material at the University of Massachusetts Amherst say their new resource, formed with the assistance of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), ideally will provide a road map for many people involved in the arts. (boston.com)
Why Artsy Will Soon Be Every Teacher's Best Friend. When the online artwork database Artsy launched Artsy Education in September, no one heard about it. Not only was its release eclipsed by the high-profile launch of the mobile Artsy app three days earlier, but its educational bent also lacked the élan to garner much attention. Despite this insouciant reception, the new section represents a major victory for arts education in schools across the country. (PolicyMic.com)
Pennsylvania: CASA students will walk in Harrisburg today to highlight arts education. The sixth annual “CASA Walk for Arts Education” will be held 1-2:30 p.m. today in Harrisburg by the high school students of the Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School in Strawberry Square. (Pennlive.com)
Michigan: GM Donates $50,000 to Fund Art Education in Detroit. Schools all across the country are being forced to cut many of its arts and extracurricular programs because the city has fallen on hard times. Detroit’s turbulent economic status has been well-documented in the wake of its bankruptcy, and many of its schools are struggling as a result. General Motors has taken notice and refuses to stand idly by while children miss out on certain parts of their education. (TheNewsWheel)
England: Alternative art schools: a threat to universities? Angry at soaring fees and disillusioned with established courses, artists are simply doing things for themselves. (The Guardian)
Arizona: SpringHill Suites Marriott to host art show to fund art education. The SpringHill Suites Marriott hotel will play host to an art show featuring the works of Kaitlyn Duve on Oct. 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program is called Save Art!, with the goal to raise money for local art education programs. Some of the pieces featured at the show will be sold through a silent auction, with the funds raised being split between the artist and the Save Art! program. Light refreshments will be served. (Eastern Arizona Courier)
Massachusetts: North Adams rebounds with art, education. Downtown is home to 21 art galleries and museums. Ten pieces of public art bring color to its outdoor spaces. And the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, part of the state university system, is deeply involved in developing and promoting artists. (The Boston Globe)
Illinois: Arts education for all at LillStreet Arts Center. October is Chicago Artists Month, and this week will feature the Lillstreet Art Center. Established in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center offers an artist residency program, a gallery, a studio space, an outreach program and classes in all types of art, such as “ceramics, metalsmithing/ jewelry, painting/drawing, printmaking, textiles, glass, and digital arts/ photography,” according to their website. They have classes for first-time artists, young children, and anyone in between. People can even book parties and other events there. (The DePaulia)
South Carolina: Chapman Center's arts education director fosters the arts in schools. Managing a classroom of 20 children is honorable; being a principal of a school is more than commendable; but providing arts education opportunities for every child in all seven Spartanburg school districts for almost 40 years is impressive. This is what Ava Hughes, arts education director for Chapman Cultural Center, does every day. (GoUpstate.com)
Louisiana: 2013 Holiday Art Scholarship Contest. Louisiana Education Loan Authority is accepting entries through Nov. 1, 2013, for its 2013 Holiday Art Scholarship Contest, in partnership with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA). (KATC.com)
Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Puerto Rico. The Obama administration today approved the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for locally-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. (ED.gov)
Advocacy Groups Urge Duncan to Get Tough on NCLB Waivers (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, October 22, 2013)
A Decade Later, NCLB 'Safety Net' Yields Fraud and Misuse (Education Week/View From the Bronx Blog, October 21, 2013)
The Judy Chicago Education Award. In honor of Judy Chicago and The Dinner Party, Through the Flower — working with Penn State — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to The Dinner Party K-12 Curriculum or other aspects of the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection. This award — which consists of a check for $1000 and a certificate — is given annually and administered by Penn State School of Visual Arts. Deadline: February 1, 2014.
Scholarship opps for teen artists, writers and designers! The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards call for submissions is now open! As the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, this program has a 91-year history of discovering exceptional artistic and literary talent. Deadlines for art and writing submissions vary by region, occurring throughout the winter months. National Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners will be announced in March 2014.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Seeks Candidates for the Museum Education and Public Practice Fellowship. Deadline for all application materials, including letters of recommendation: November 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m. (EDT). The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a new fellowship in museum education and public practice. One fellow will be selected per year to focus on gallery teaching and interpretation within the context of art museums, examining aspects of the intersection of museum learning, education theory and philosophy, art practice and art history, cultural and social history, and/or the sciences.
The fellow will be required to engage with the public and with peers at least twice during the course of the fellowship. This engagement can include leading a public program and leading a discussion with staff or peers. The fellow will also be required to work with Metropolitan Museum Education staff to develop a half- or full-day public program, including a lecture and/or round-table discussion, in order to open a dialogue about museum education and public practice for the New York City and broader tristate audience. During his or her tenure, the fellow will teach, train, and share knowledge about educational practices with the internal and external Museum community. In addition, the fellow will contribute to the teaching of various constituents, including families with children, adults, and Museum volunteers.
The fellowship is intended for an individual with at least ten years of experience in the museum field or related work. The term of the fellowship is twelve weeks and must take place between September 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015. The fellow must be in residence at the Museum for eleven of the twelve consecutive weeks of this term. The stipend amount is $10,500, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel (maximum of one week) and miscellaneous expenses.
From AYAW Times - Issue 42:
Art.Write.Now. Pops Up in Scholastic Window. On September 29, we launched Art.Write.Now.Pop-Up! to celebrate the start of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Functioning as a flash residency for one Awards alum, the Pop-Up took over the main display window of the flagship Scholastic Store. In one week, alum Timothy H. Lee created not only impressive works of art, but also an environment that mirrored his studio for all to see. Scholastic employees, tourists, locals, FOX 5 News and even TV Host/Actor Nick Cannon, looked on, completely mesmerized by his hypnotic technique.
START.WRITE.NOW! This summer, we encouraged you to Start.Write.Now! Invited to share your out-of-school bursts of creativity with us, many of you sent poems, short stories, paintings, drawings, and photographs. Thanks, teen artists and writers! It seems like the hot weather brought out the best in you. We hope that these samples of summer writing and artwork will inspire you to submit your own original efforts to the 2014 Scholastic Awards. Be sure to also check out all the creative tips, categories, artists, and writers featured this summer.
Eyes On The Prize: Katiuscia Gregoire and Anthony De Santis. What does it mean to be an "emerging" young artist or writer? Finding your voice and articulating your vision requires that you possess a point of view, know who you are, and are ready to make that statement. As this 2013 Gold Medal-winning portfolio pair prepares to leave the creative chrysalis, they use humor to explore who they are and how they can stand out. Read on to learn more about our final pair.
16 States and D.C. Submit Applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Departments) announced today that 16 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), a $280 million state-level competitive grant program to improve early learning and development. (ED.gov)
16 States, D.C. Vie for Slice of Race to Top Early Learning Challenge (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, October 18, 2013)
Two Opportunities from Uncommon Goods:
Call for Entries: Graphic Design Challenge
Pick the Winner: Upcycling Design Challenge
InSEA 2014 Congress - Call for Abstracts Deadline - 1 November. The InSEA 2014 Committee invites you to submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in the Program, before the deadline of 1 November. The abstract collection is a highlight of the Congress and a permanent record of delegates' contribution. The Committee has included a number of innovative presentation options to ensure that all practitioners can express their medium in the best possible way. We are especially pleased to launch the Pecha Kucha presentations which we are sure will add a unique dynamism to the event. The abstracts will form a large part of the Congress program and we urge all those involved in the field to submit their interest in participating.
Schools: The arts can increase student engagement in STEM. The focus on science, technology, engineering and math has expanded in some schools to include the arts as well -- an approach that educators say engages students who might otherwise have no interest in STEM. Educators at some schools with STEAM programs, including Alabama and Virginia, say hands-on art and music lessons appear to suit many students who might not otherwise be reached with traditional academic lessons. (T.H.E. Journal magazine, 10/2013)
New Jersey: Students show off their talents on public Halloween art projects. Halloween’s a fine art for area students who put their abilities on display painting storefronts for the borough’s annual Spooktacular. (Asbury Park Press, 10/16)
[Createquity.] GIA 2013: Making Room for the New
[Createquity.] Systemic Change in a Pointillist World – Questions from GIA 2013
Policy Watch: NCLB's deadline for 100% proficiency approaches for 8 states. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and some districts in California have been granted waivers from No Child Left Behind, but for eight states, this is the school year when they are required to meet the federal education law's requirement of 100% proficiency. California, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming previously have missed the benchmark, which has been looming for 12 years, by between 17% and 74%. (Politico, 10/15)
CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNITY ARTS EDUCATION - Advance Registration Closes TODAY, OCT. 17! You don't want to miss this opportunity to gain inspiration from hundreds of top practitioners and experts at the National Guild's annual Conference for Community Arts Education in Chicago (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2). Today is the last day to register online. Check out this year's outstanding line-up of workshops and speakers!
BC’s Education Nation: Growing and Improving. For many years, a big part of my job was to run a large conference showcasing innovative school districts and companies who used technology in appropriate and imaginative ways to meet a variety of learning styles and school district management challenges. The result of all that experience in meeting management is that I’m a harsh critic of conferences, both their management and content. So, after last year’s Education Nation Summit, I was vocal in my observation on its lack of depth in content; fairness in representation of public schools; and awkward timing of panels and interviews with very little acknowledgement of both the complexities of public schooling as well as the promising practices that many public school districts are instituting to reach the needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging student population. (Learning First Alliance)
Education Nation IV from NBC News. The fourth annual Education Nation Summit—a nationally broadcast conversation about improving education in the United States hosted by NBC News—featured panel conversations and town hall meetings that addressed what is necessary to ensure that students are successfully prepared for college, careers, and the future. Panel contributors ranged from teachers union leaders Randi Weingarten and Dennis Van Roekel to Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was unable to attend because of the shutdown but was interviewed remotely. Summit topics included standardized testing, the Common Core State Standards, classroom technology, and the path to higher education. The summit has received some criticism for being top-heavy with political and business leaders and for presenting a limited reform perspective. Access the full participant list. Archived panel sessions will be available October 16.
How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling. Cultivating the ability to experience the “geeky rapture” of metaphorical thinking and pattern recognition. As an appreciator of the art of visual storytelling by way of good information graphics — an art especially endangered in this golden age of bad infographics served as linkbait — I was thrilled and honored to be on the advisory “Brain Trust” for a project by Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, New Yorker writer, and Scientific American neuroscience blog editor Gareth Cook, who has set out to highlight the very best infographics produced each year, online and off. (Brain Pickings)
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You're Invited to the 2013 Young Audiences Annual Gala! Thursday, November 21st, 2013, Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom; Reception 6:30pm, Dinner 7:30pm, Performance by Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, Cocktails and Dancing to Follow.
Announcing California Arts Council Grant Awards. The California Arts Council is pleased to announce recent grant awards for its signature programs: Artists in Schools, Creating Places of Vitality, State-Local Partnership, and Statewide Networks.
You can view program information and grant recipient lists via the following press release links:
Artists in Schools: 118 grants awarded, $944,784 total support provided; Creating Places of Vitality: 84 grants awarded, $996,740 total support provided; State-Local Partnership: 51 grants awarded, $591,422 total support provided; Statewide Networks: 15 grants awarded, $292,000 total support provided.
New York: Catskills Confidential: Alliance will offer grants for arts-related activities. The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg is offering grants to assist organizations and municipalities with cultural programming, and for an artist-generated community project. (recordonline.com)
Vermont: Statehouse to host day-long arts summit for artists, educators and others. Artists, educators and others will be gathering at the Vermont Statehouse for the first statewide art meeting in 15 years. The Oct. 26 Vermont Arts Summit in Montpelier will revolve around the themes "connect, animate, lead." (The Republic)
Australia: Artist, teacher or both? Supporting graduate art teachers. Beginning teachers can face a myriad of challenges in the classroom – adjusting to school life, behaviour management and building on the skills developed at university among them. But for art teachers, there is often the added challenge of maintaining a personal art practice. (The Age National)
Asia: Art Educator’s Conference: Making Art a Part of Daily Life for Young People. Although many proclaim that the arts should be part of every child’s education, the current reality of busy schedules, shrinking budgets, and competing priorities, frequently result in marginalizing the arts. How do we nurture a museum going culture and cultivate an appreciation of visual arts in young people? (Asia Society)
California: Impressionist to speak on arts education. A keynote speech by a celebrity impressionist and breakout sessions featuring salsa dancing, drumming and Japanese ink painting will be part of a California Lutheran University symposium designed to improve access to arts education. (CLU)
California: CLU event to bring together arts leaders, Americans for the Arts VP will give keynote address. California Lutheran University is bringing arts leaders, advocates and policymakers together on Thursday, Nov. 7, to discuss ways to make the arts more visible and accessible in the community. (CLU)
Utah: $3M grant to help Weber State enhance education through arts. Weber State University has announced a $3 million grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and plans to use it to enhance arts education for children in the Ogden, Weber, Davis, Box Elder and Morgan school districts. (Standard-Examiner)
Utah: Elementary students to receive arts education. The Park City Education Foundation and the Kimball Art Center have worked together to create an Elementary Visual Arts Program, known as the EVA Program, to ensure that all elementary students in the Park City School District receive a visual arts education. (Park Record)
Michigan: GM Foundation helps support arts education. The General Motors Foundation is donating $50,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit to help boost art education programs, officials said. The funding announced this week for the museum, also called MOCAD, will support new art education programs for area middle- and high-school students. The classes will be coordinated by a new youth program producer and designed by teens. (SacBee)
Virginia: Paramount kicks off arts education program. Nearly 1,000 students filed into the Paramount Theater Monday to watch actor and artist Kevin Reese construct a 17-foot wide mobile that extended into the audience. Reese’s one-man play, A Perfect Balance, kicked off the 2013-14 season of the Paramount Theater’s Arts Education program. Katherine Davis, the Paramount’s Marketing Director, said that staff go to great lengths to choose productions that align with Virginia’s Standards of Learning, noting that elements of the play met student’s visual arts, math, science, history, and music curriculum. (Charlottesville Tomorrow)
California: Art, music, theater teachers gathers for county's first mega conference. Music teachers had a chance to learn about theater and drama teachers picked up some art lessons Friday during a “mega conference” in Balboa Park that attracted about 350 educators from around the county. (U-T San Diego)
Singapore: Customised arts-based curriculum for special needs students. Students in special education (SPED) schools can now look forward to taking weekly ceramics, drama or percussion lessons from artists as part of the National Arts Council Artist-SPED School Partnership Programme. (Channel New Asia)
Florida: Surf Style, Guy Harvey partner for visual arts education. Two brands with ties to Tampa Bay area beaches have partnered to support visual arts education and to promote the Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk Art Festival. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
England: A group show from visual arts project. As part of Hastings Week, Active Arts will be holding an exhibition at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, from October 12 to 20. The exhibition is called Textured Views , a colourful new group exhibition showcasing the creative talent and diverse practices of Active Arts Art and Design Students. (Hastings & St. Leonards Observer)
Texas: Fine arts in school shouldn’t be dismissed as trivial. These days, arts backers find themselves uttering a similar phrase, yet with more resignation than defiance. Millions for sports, they often intone despondently, not one cent for the arts. From school districts to cities, whether one talks about entire venues or simply the accoutrements within them like scoreboards, the arts consistently seem to be expendable when compared to sports. (WacoTrib.com)
Illinois: ZeroLandfill Chicago Offers Free Art Supplies to Chicago Teachers, Artists and Crafters. Chicago designers and architects are cleaning their closets this month and that's good news for area teachers, crafters and artists. Thanks to ZeroLandfill Chicago, loads of creative samples and supplies — such as fabric and wallpaper samples, paint chips and carpet tiles — will bypass the landfill and be available to the public free of charge. (Chicago Tribune)
Iowa: Students create art for BIVI - 500 canvases will be filled. Fort Dodge Community School District students are creating art for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. BIVI has provided the district's art teachers with 500 canvases to be filled with scenes of horses, cattle and swine to be displayed in its Fort Dodge facilities. (The Messenger)
Maine: International conference will target arts world. When Julie Richard took over as director of the Maine Arts Commission, she promised to bring a fresh perspective and effective arts advocacy. With hopes of delivering on both counts, Richard and her staff are hosting the Maine International Conference on the Arts from Oct. 24 to 26 at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono. The conference targets artists, arts administrators, educators and community leaders. (Press Herald)
Ohio: Federal grant extends learning - Foreign languages, art and more offered. Students can select programs from a menu at each school. They will be able to study subjects such as foreign language and art classes not taught during the regular school day. (Marion Star)
Pennsylvania: Arts groups receive small grants from state. The Chester County Art Association, which holds a series of classes, art exhibitions and summer camps with the hope of keeping citizens involved in the local arts, received one of the grants. (Daily Local News)
Michigan: GM Foundation donates $50,000 to Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The General Motors Foundation is donating $50,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit to help boost art education programs, officials said. The funding announced this week for the museum, also called MOCAD, will support new art education programs for area middle- and high-school students. The classes will be coordinated by a new youth program producer and designed by teens. (mlive.com)
Florida: Schools get grants to support after-school STEM, STEAM. VOICE aims to recruit and encourage artistic kids who are interested in STEAM, which includes an “a” for art component, but have limited access to art and technology. (Tampa Tribune)
Colorado: Loveland schools win grants for art programs. Colorado Creative Industries awarded $54,000 to support in-school arts learning for K-12 students, including at three Loveland schools. CCI awarded 11 grants for the 2013-2014 Success through Art (stART) grant program, which funds formal training in the arts and arts integrated into other disciplines or subject areas. (Reporter-Herald)
Assessment in Art Education with NAEA’s Dr. Bob Sabol of Purdue University and Art Ed Senior Student Paige Allen on BlogTalkRadio.
Craft in America's New Episode: FORGE premieres on PBS October 25, 2013. Featuring silversmith Chloe Darke and Old Newbury Crafters, veteran Tom Pullin and Corcoran College of Art + Design, sculptor Albert Paley.
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FRED ROGERS CELEBRATION! A "Kennedy Center Honors-style Event", SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013. Reception 6:30pm, Program 7:00pm, The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, 1st Floor (between 5th & 6th Avenues), NYC. Featuring Live and Video Tributes by Distinguished Guests, Including: Yo-Yo Ma, T. Berry Brazelton, Jonathan Kozol, Joanne Byrd Rogers, Jerlean Daniel, Ellen Galinsky, Yeou-Cheng Ma, Angela Santomero, William Strickland Jr. FILM PREMIERE: Lessons From the Neighborhood: What Mr. Rogers Was REALLY Teaching By Judith A. Rubin, the Neighborhood's Art Lady in the 1960s. Tickets $35, available online and at the door. Visit http://bit.ly/17nPl8j for program details, speaker bios, see the film trailer, and to purchase tickets. 1.5 Continuing education credits available. Questions? email@example.com
Opportunity of a lifetime for young artists from Rolex. The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme that was set up in 2002 to make a contribution to global culture. The programme seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. In keeping with its tradition of supporting individual excellence, Rolex gives emerging artists time to learn, create and grow. Over the past decade, Rolex has paired mentors and protégés in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and – as of 2012 – architecture. In the decade since it was launched, the mentoring programme has evolved into an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, helping ensure that the world’s artistic heritage is passed on to the next generation.
Interdisciplinary Arts MA Summer Intensive. The MA in Interdisciplinary Arts guides and supports artists and educators who wish to expand their creative practices and deepen their understanding of interdisciplinary art theory, history, and technique. Students are immersed in an innovative curriculum focused on building connections among visual art, movement, sound, writing, and drama. Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Arts MA program emerge with a broader and more coherent understanding of contemporary art practice, new and expanded technical skills, and a professional portfolio that will accelerate their creative careers. This energizing and transformative program is organized as an accessible and viable option for working professionals.
The MA Intensive Summer is an option for completing the Interdisciplinary Arts MA as a low-residency program. This program is scheduled across two consecutive summer sessions. Students following this track attend nine-week summer sessions for two summers, and work independently under the advising guidance of the InterArts faculty in the interim year. This structure is intended for those who have more concentrated time in the summer to attend classes, but who also want to produce work during the focus reflection year. The vigorous pace of the summer immersion sessions is balanced with independent art practice and research, allowing for total engagement with faculty and a cohort of classmates from around the country and world. Generating ideas, networking, and collaboration, the Intensive Summer program offers the creation of a contemporary interdisciplinary body of work.
Questions? Please visit colum.edu/graduate or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting Excellence in the Arts – Lessons from GIA 2013. To this newcomer, the 2013 Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Philadelphia was a whirlwind tour through dozens of ideas and themes that have currency among arts funders, from creative placemaking to creativity and aging, from combatting racism in our own practice to ensuring all students receive a robust arts education. A few days after the final breakfast, I’ve achieved some distance from the details, and from that vantage, I want to reflect on a fundamental question that cropped up in various plenary presentations, breakout sessions, and side conversations throughout the conference: How can we as grantmakers most effectively support excellence in the arts? The question has special resonance for me as I step into a new role as Executive Director of the Whiting Foundation, which gives to individual writers.
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Using Art to Raise Awareness about Missing Children | PDF Every year many children are reported missing; while some cases have positive outcomes, others do not turn out as well. It is no surprise that this is a serious issue that plagues every country around the world. As the guardians of our children, it is up to us to ensure their safety. In an effort to raise awareness about missing children and keeping all children safe, the U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) coordinates a national poster contest for fifth grade students. The poster contest is designed to increase awareness about child abduction, remember the children that have been abducted, and provide an opportunity for communities to engage in educational discussions on safety and prevention. The theme for the poster contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” Each state hosts its own poster competition, and the winning poster from each state is submitted by the state manager to OJJDP for selection of the national winner. For more information about your state’s contest, please contact your state manager. The winner of the national contest, along with their teacher and parents, will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. The national winner will be honored at DOJ’s annual Missing Children’s Day ceremony. If you have any questions feel free to view our website at www.mecptraining.org or email email@example.com.
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Virginia: Calling All Artists of Fairfax County: The Arts Council of Fairfax County will award three $5,000 grants to recognize professional working artists’ achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments, while promoting the continued pursuit of creative work. The Arts Council of Fairfax County will be hosting a Strauss Artist Awards Grant Workshop. Artists in all disciplines including visual arts, creative writing, theatre, dance performance and choreography, film and new media, music composition and performance are eligible to apply. Applicants must reside in Fairfax County.
The Strauss Artist Awards are awarded through a competitive grant program and recipients are determined by their work’s merit. No specific project needs to be carried out with the funds granted; Strauss Artist Awards award outstanding achievement for work already completed. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Thursday, November 14th to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont Arts Exchange ramps up its fall arts programs for children and adults. After a highly successful summer with over 20 camps ranging from fort making, animation, fashion and preschool, the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is continuing its great arts education by launching its new afterschool arts program "Get smART at VAE." (Bennington Banner)
Wisconsin: Fox Cities P.A.C. & Appleton Area School District to Offer Arts Workshops. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will again team up with the Appleton Area School District to offer Wisconsin educators the opportunity to take part in professional development workshops centered around the arts. In 2012, the Center and AASD were selected to participate in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program and are one of approximately 100 partnership teams across the country promoting arts integration through the professional learning process. This is the second year of the partnership and the Classroom Connections program. Three educator workshops will be included in this year's activities. (Broadway World)
Minnesota: Philanthropy beat: Arts training targets seniors. Minnesota arts educators are well-trained to work with children. Now a nonprofit called ArtSage hopes to build a corps of arts educators and institutions that are trained to work with the special needs and skills of the elderly. (The Star Tribune)
Texas: UNT offers free family fun. Find free fun for the family from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the fall installment of “Saturdays in the UNT Galleries,” a program offered by the University of North Texas Art Galleries and the student chapter of the National Art Education Association. (DentonRC.com)
How art can help you analyze - Amy E. Herman. Let's Begin…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. (TED.com)
New Jersey: Gov't shutdown: Immediate effects on arts industry are minor, but will grow. The immediate effects of the government shutdown on the arts community will not be severe, according to the advocacy organization, Americans for the Arts. But if it continues, National Endowment for the Arts grants and visas for international artists could be delayed, and some prominent arts center could face closure. (NJ.com)
Washington: A different way of donating to the arts. Quality arts programs cost money. (Sometimes, lots of money.) Arts groups large and small, local and national, need far more than what tickets bring in to survive, so they have to go looking for money. But, according to ArtsFund, the Seattle-based arts-advocacy and grant-making organization, 85 percent of “arts consumers” don’t donate to the arts. And one of potential donors’ concerns is transparency: Are they paying for “Hamlet” done by humans, or by cats? ArtsFund is combining the crowdfunding model, which has been popular with musicians, writers and visual artists, with donors who might be hesitant about where money goes, or the entire donation process. On Oct. 1, the organization launched a fundraising drive called power2give, which has been used across the country. (The Seattle Times)
BWW Blog: Lisa Beth Vettoso - Life Lessons from the Arts. If you work in the arts, and specifically arts education, you already believe in the importance of the arts in the lives of children. You believe it because of what you observe each and every day in a classroom, out in the community, or on a stage. You also believe it because something led you to a career in the arts, likely your own artistic experiences as a child and/or teenager. And even if you don't work in the arts, you're likely reading this blog because you love and support the arts. (Broadway World)
Tennessee: Chattanooga program offers grants to move artists into empty Glass Street storefronts. A Chattanooga arts foundation is offering grants to artists in an attempt to fill some of the many empty storefronts that line Chattanooga's Glass Street. Glass House Collective will give away three $30,000 grants to three artists who will spend a year working in studios on Glass Street and creating art projects for the neighborhood. (Times Free Press)
Florida: Boca Museum Awards $10,000 in Field Trip Grants. In celebration of national Arts in Education Week and in support of the importance of arts in education, the Boca Museum of Art is announcing the allocation of $10,000 in field trip grants to educators in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. (The Boca Raton Tribune)
Illinois: Art Institute receives $1 million grant to work with CPS. The Art Institute of Chicago announced Monday that it is receiving a $1 million grant to fund a five-year collaboration with Chicago Public Schools to foster students’ engagement with original artworks. The gift from Cari and Michael J. Sacks to the Department of Museum Education will underwrite “TEAM: Thinking Experiences in an Art Museum,” a program intended to take the visual arts into Chicago’s public schools and to encourage critical and creative thinking, the museum announced. (The Chicago Tribune)
Georgia: McDonough Arts donates funds for student art programs. The Henry County School System is just a little less black and white as the McDonough Arts program donates funds to assist art teachers in Henry County. Members of the McDonough Arts program met with members of the school board at the Winsor Gallery on Thursday morning to present 41 $100 checks for every art teacher in the county. (Henry Daily Herald)
Nebraska: Local teachers display their works at Gallery 92 West. The Fremont Area Art Association regularly encourages the public to visit Gallery 92 West for art education. October presents the perfect time for a visit as art instructors from Fremont Public Schools have filled Gallery A with their own personal works of art. The diversity of art they bring to the gallery is as diverse as the student body they teach, from pencil and ink drawings to paintings to ceramics and more. (The Fremont Tribune)
Virginia: Chesterfield art teachers receive Artsonia awards. An online gallery of student art, Artsonia, has presented leadership awards to seven Chesterfield County Public Schools art teachers. The winners are Sarah Matthews and Sheila Donahue at Watkins Elementary; Mary Beth Conley, Heather Levet and Patricia Groe at Elizabeth Scott Elementary; and Lisa Anderson and Margaret Kopalchick at Evergreen Elementary. (Times Dispatch)
Texas: Art show results, seminars, celebrating art teachers. CELEBRATING AREA ART TEACHERS. Come to the Gallery at the Madeley Building, 127 Simonton Street, Conroe Oct. 19 to help celebrate a special group of area art teachers and their art. The one-day exhibit of the teachers’ work begins at 11 a.m. and will be available for viewing all day. A reception for the teachers runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Acknowledging art teachers as the “cultivators of greatness,” Inspiration Farmers Teacher Art Show will showcase the artwork of Montgomery County area art teachers whose diligence and devotion helped students prepare for entry in the 2013 Student Scholarship Competition and to contribute work to the Early Inspiration Gallery at this year’s The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. (Your Houston News)
United Kingdom: Arts students harness social media to fight cuts. Arts students, famously rebellious, are finding creative ways to mobilise support, writes the president of the students union at the University of the Arts London. (The Guardian)
Nevada: Art show at Fallon Gallery to benefit art education. Multi-award-winning pencil and oil artist Charlie Van Troba is one of two artists premiering a month-long show at the Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios in Fallon October 4. A large portion of the proceeds will go to support arts classes and programs for Churchill County students. (MyNews.com)
Nevada: Artists Raise Funds for Art Education Program. October is Arts Month in Mesquite, and Virgin Valley Artists Association invites the community to support Mesquite’s visual arts program through its annual “Lucky 13” raffle. This is an opportunity to make a difference for local art education and be in line to win big prizes at the “Lucky 13” reception at Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. Raffle tickets are $5, on sale at the Gallery now, with the drawing held November 14, 4p-6p. (Mesquite Citizen Journal)
Art Education Center Opens in Horsham. Run by Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, the center features art classes and seminars, and proceeds benefit a transitional housing program for women and children. (Patch.com)
Maryland: SpringHill Suites' Save Art! Campaign Bolsters Education In Under-resourced Schools. Showcasing the brand's ongoing passion for the arts, SpringHill Suites by Marriott today launched Save Art!, an initiative to provide under-resourced schools with much needed classroom art supplies. (The Sacramento Bee)
New York: Lynbrook High School to Host ‘Night of the Pumpkins’ The Lynbrook High School National Art Honor Society will be hosting its annual Night of the Pumpkins on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Patch.com)
The Create Real Impact contest is open now through November 1! High schools can win grants for having the most entries. Open to students ages 14-22, young people enter writing, art, music, or video focused on SOLUTIONS to the #1 killer of teens in America, distracted and reckless driving! There are 8 grants available for students and up to 4 grants for high schools and classrooms.
Dream Rocket Project. If you would like to participate in the NAEA 2014 Exhibition, but do not have the funds available to cover the submission costs, please contact Jennifer Marsh. They may be able to raise funds for you. Here are the details: National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2014 Convention, San Diego, CA, Exhibition dates: March 29 – 31, Title / theme: Open, Art submission deadline: March 1, Status: SEEKING SUBMISSIONS, Cost: $5.25 per submission. Are you holding back because of costs, let me know?
Get Involved in National Arts & Humanities Month! October is here, which means it’s time for a coast-to-coast celebration of culture in America—National Arts & Humanities Month! This October, we hope you join people in communities throughout the country who will explore new ways the arts and humanities can play a greater role in their lives. What are your plans to celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)? How about using the Arts Meet Calendar to find a special event near you? Or you could organize a Creative Conversation in your community?
AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 8, 2013
Save the date! AEP 2014 National Forum is Pittsburgh Bound! September 11-12, 2014
Webinar Presented by Americans for the Arts and the National Center on Time & Learning. On Friday, October 18 from 3-4pm, tune in for Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day: Lessons from Five Schools, a webinar presented by Americans for the Arts and the National Center on Time & Learning. The webinar will feature case studies of five schools utilizing longer student and teacher days to prioritize time for arts education as they work to improve overall academic instruction and focus on individual student achievement. Participation in the live webinar is free and open to the public.
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and Women in Government Relations Education Task Force Host Arts in Education Event: "Experience the Power of Arts Education Through an Evening of Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate" on Thursday, October 24. This is a unique event that brings together influential members in the arts and education communities and government relations professionals to celebrate the access to quality arts and humanities education opportunities in our nation’s Capital. The keynote speaker is Septime Webre, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet. Proceeds from the evening will support the continued efforts to provide arts in education at The Washington Ballet at THEARC and Project Create.
Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Invite Award Nominations. The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award is open for nominations. The winning school board receives a plaque, along with a cash award of $10,000 for arts education programs. Since 1989, this annual award has been presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education. This national award recognizes districts that have included four artistic disciplines—visual arts, music, theater, and dance—in their programs. The nomination deadline is November 1, 2013.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accepting Grant Applications. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in each of its museum grant programs. The application deadline for each of these programs is December 2, 2013. For more information about these funding opportunities, including program guidelines, contacts, and webinar access information, click on one of the following links:
• Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
• Museums for America
• National Leadership Grants for Museums
• Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
• Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museum
National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines. Guidelines and application materials are now available for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET.
Recent Trends & Future Prospects for Arts & Culture Funding. October is Funding in the Arts Month at the Foundation Center with many helpful tools, webinars, and resources available for arts organizations. Visit here to register for this free webinar on October 25.
Visual Thinking Strategies as a Means to Meet Common Core Standards. DC Public Library and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery are hosting a day of professional development on Friday, October 18 entitled “Visual Thinking Strategies as a Means to Meet Common Core Standards.” The featured speaker will be veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine, who will offer an interactive demonstration and analysis of the programming method entitled Visual Thinking Strategies.
It’s YMCA Arts Week! Hundreds of YMCAs nationwide will celebrate YMCA’s Arts Week – a week filled with activities to educate, inspire and connect youth. This annual celebration spotlights the Y’s commitment to arts programming, ensuring youth have an outlet to express themselves creatively and discover new talents. Find a YMCA to connect to in your community!
Carnegie Mellon University Launches Arts Management & Technology Laboratory (AMTLab). Carnegie Mellon University has launched the Arts Management & Technology Laboratory (AMTLab), a project of its Master of Arts Management (MAM) program that continues the innovative work of the nationally recognized Technology in the Arts research center, formerly the Center for Arts Management and Technology.
Second Annual International Teaching Artist Conference. Save the date on July 1-3, 2014 for the second International Teaching Artist Conference in Brisbane, Australia. A website, application information, and a conference schedule are coming soon. Register your interest to email@example.com.
Davis Publications Art Educator Survey and Raffle. Davis Publications has been supporting art educators since 1901 with exemplary curriculum from the field’s leading authors and art educators. In their effort to ensure that they are meeting your needs—particularly in today’s increasingly digital learning environment—they would appreciate just a few minutes of your time to help ensure that they continue to meet your needs in art curriculum and resources. As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be entered into a raffle to win the complete series (11 books) of the Art Education in Practice Series including the latest title, Differentiated Instruction. In addition to the grand prize winner, five more winners will be chosen to receive Differentiated Instruction.
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Discover Your Own Animal Collection and Enter the IGES Art Contest! You may have heard of a litter of kittens and a pride of lions. But have you seen a part of jays, a glint of goldfish, or a parcel of penguins? Groups of animals are referred to by a specific name known as a collective noun. Many different collective nouns exist in the English language to describe specific groups of animals. More fun examples include a bed of snakes, a host of sparrows and a gaggle of geese! The 18th annual IGES Art Contest for students in grades 2-4 invites young scientists and artists to research an animal collection. Think about your favorite animal group and find the collective noun that describes it. Read stories and watch videos to get inspired or think about your favorite animal groups and what they might be called. Then create a picture that shows your animal collection. Make your picture colorful; use paint, crayons, pens, pencils, or markers! Visit their website for more information on the contest, including rules and guidelines, resources and the Animal Collections crossword puzzle! Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 18, 2013.
ArtPrize celebrates millions of perspectives, awards $500,000 to 16 artists in public vote and juried prizes. ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition, awarded $560,000 in cash prizes to the artists of 16 installations, concluding the 19-day event. Throughout the 16-day public voting process, 49,078 people cast 446,850 votes to distribute the ten public awards totaling $360,000. An eight-person panel of internationally renowned arts professionals decided six juried award winners totaling $200,000. (artdaily.org)
One More Waiver. Texas received a No Child Left Behind waiver, bringing the total number of waiver recipients to 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the California CORE districts. Texas is receiving only a conditional one-year waiver with the opportunity to renew contingent on the state finalizing its guidelines for teacher and principal evaluation and support systems during the 2013–14 school year. (ED.gov)
Race to the Top for Districts: 219 Applicants Vie for $120 Million (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog October 8, 2013)
Uncommon Goods ART CONTEST
-Grand Prize: $500 plus 5% royalties on a limited edition of 100 prints.
- 2D digital captures of your original watercolors, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, collages, digital art, etc. We can't accept photography, 3D work, textures, letterpress or other work that relies on hand printing.
- Judge: UncommonGoods Buyer Melissa Bishop.
-Submission Deadline: This is an ongoing competition. At the beginning of each month, new semifinalists will be chosen from the previous month's submissions.
-Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
-Submission page: http://www.uncommongoods.com/designs/art-contest (use “click here”, “UncommonGoods”, or a bare link when including this link in post)
- Judges will provide runners-up with a critique of their work, tips for marketing and growing your business.
Uncommon Goods JEWELRY CONTEST
-Grand Prize: $500 and an UncommonGoods Vendor Contract
- Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings designs (all sorts of materials are welcome as long as they are safe and animal-friendly)
- Judge: UncommonGoods Assistant Jewelry & Accessories Buyer Jackie Udden
-Submission Deadline: This is an ongoing competition. At the beginning of each month, new semifinalists will be chosen from the previous month's submissions
-Questions? Email email@example.com
-Submission page: http://www.uncommongoods.com/designs/jewelry (use “click here”, “UncommonGoods”, or a bare link when including this link in post)
- Judges will provide runners-up with a critique of their work, tips for marketing and growing your business.
NBC News: Education Nation Summit Airs TONIGHT - Check your local listings. This year’s televised summit focuses on “What it Takes” to Ensure Student Success. Watch an arts education highlight now and join the conversation.
Race to the Top Applications Due, Despite Shutdown Hiccups (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, October 3, 2013)
How objects, materials can create an optimal learning space for students. Teachers should strive to create a learning environment that allows students to explore, think and create -- whether or not teachers are present, writes Kevin D. Washburn, author and executive director of Clerestory Learning. In this blog post, he writes that components of an optimal learning environment include, among other things, objects that capture students' interest in exploring critical concepts such as the Rubik's Cube and 3D geometry, and materials that let students direct how they process information. (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education, 10/3)
NEW DOCUMENTARY ON WRITING & VIDEO GAME DESIGN by multi award-winning filmmaker Bob Bryan. In GV15 GAMING OUR REALITY, Flint openly discuses, in detail, the process and methodology of writing adaptive survival codes and compensation algorithms to “world-build” and excel in a non-dyslectic world. Integrated into the in-depth conversation are insightful and practical templates that he uses to create and conceptualize characters, character analysis, story points, character interactions, as well as, internal structures and codes for building fantastic and unusual game realities.
New Fall Photo Competition on FindYourArtSchool.com. FindYourArtSchool.com is bringing you new content and more contest opportunities this Fall! See updates on the latest Fall Photo Contest - now accepting submissions through November 8th, 2013! Visit the Contest Page to register, submit, and vote on current contest submissions. They've announced winners for their Summer Photo Contest. They're working on new content to help provide you with all the information you need to find your perfect art school. In addition to the School Sorter, they're working to add a new Classes Database to help you find top classes in photography, fine arts, fashion design, and much more!
Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Invite Award Nominations. The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award is open for nominations. The winning school board receives a plaque presented at the NSBA Annual Conference, along with a cash award of $10,000 to use for their arts education programs. Since 1989, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have provided an annual award to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district. This national award recognizes districts that have included four artistic disciplines—visual arts, music, theater, and dance—in their programs. Each state may advance one nomination to the national panel. Panelists include educators and arts professionals, including representatives of the KCAAEN and NSBA. The nomination deadline is November 1, 2013.
Shutdown Hits Race to the Top Applications, Other Programs (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, October 2, 2013)
Young Audiences Arts for Learning - 2013 Young Audiences Gala and Network Events! Join Us for our 2013 Annual Gala!; Young Audiences Opens its First Charter School; and If You’re in the Room, You’re in the Show: Teaching Artist Showcase in New Jersey
Halloween Ideas from the Incredible @rt Deparment. With Halloween coming up, here are some ideas...Halloween Lesson Ideas; Pop Art Tunnel Books (Look under the resource section of that page); Life's a Scream; and Handmade Paper Pumpkins.
Check out the NEW "Axel's Chain Reaction" App for Kids Aged 6-7. The book app is about a creative kid with special needs, who strives to create a kinetic sculpture with the hope of winning his teachers' and peer's appreciation. The App has open-ended creation games, plus educational content. The Extras section includes hands-on activities with step-by-step instructions for kids to make their own kinetic sculptures, plus a glossary and biographies of the 3 kinetic artists featured inside the story. A future update will include a 3D Domino Run creation game. FREE download through Friday, 10/4
Museum-Based Preparation Program Graduates First Class of Teachers (Education Week/Teacher Beat Blog, October 1, 2013)
New York: Open Sessions; a New Platform for Artists - Application Process. The Drawing Center is pleased to announce Open Sessions, Open Sessions Curators. Open Sessions is a platform for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through conversation, public programs, and gallery installations. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. Rather, Open Sessions will foster a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product. We understand drawing as a practice both concrete and metaphorical; a space for assertion, conjecture and digression. All programming will be developed in conjunction with Drawing Center staff, around the key questions, ideas and approaches that concern the selected artists. Applications are due November 1.
The Arts Action Fund Needs Your Help. October is National Arts and Humanities Month and how does the federal government celebrate? By closing the doors of federally funded museums, parks, zoos and delaying the distribution of NEA grants that enrich our communities. This is only a snapshot of what the 49% cut to the NEA could mean for our communities. As arts advocates, we cannot stand by and let this happen! In response, the Arts Action Fund is extending our petition to deliver even more names to Congress. We have a goal of 10,000 new signers by October 31st and we need your help to achieve it.
Pennsylvania: Abington Teachers to Talk at National Art Conference. The junior and senior high schools will be representing the district in San Diego next year. (Sbington Patch)
Art programs in Birdville grade schools get a boost. Art instruction hasn’t always been emphasized at Birdville’s 21 elementary campuses. While it’s always been a part of the curriculum, teachers — already busy with helping children master subjects such as science and math — only included art lessons when time allowed, and volunteers filled in the gaps when they could. (The Star Telegram)
California: Imperial Valley College alum Simon Silva returns to speak on art and education. Imperial Valley College students and faculty were treated to a lecture on the arts, education and the importance of finding one’s self when one of the school’s most famous alumni visited the campus Thursday. (IVPressonline.com)
Michiagn: Grand Rapids Art Museum to display student artwork created during ArtPrize Education Days. About 900 students – kindergarteners to 12th graders – from various West Michigan schools are expected to participate within the program's six sessions at the GRAM and have the chance to have their artwork displayed there following the 19-day art competition, according to Christopher Bruce, GRAM school programs coordinator. (mlive.com)
Indiana: Art Show Supports Art Education (VIDEO). "Art at the Riverside" kicked off at Riverside Gardens in Leo. The event showcases area artists and provides scholarship opportunities to local students hoping to pursue a career in the arts. (INCNow)
New York: Student art work featured in magazine. A group of Skaneateles High School students displayed why art matters to them when they entered the 2013 New York State Art Teachers Association News Essay Contest last school year. Senior Madeline Adams won first place in the contest, both for her photograph and for the essay she wrote on the topic "Why Art Matters," the theme of the contest. (SkaneatelesJournal.com)
California: Artists nurture young creativity at Central School. Through a program called Artist-in-Residence, three artists — McCollam-Martinez, Mario Tehada and Patti Kennedy — are taking turns teaching classes once a week for four weeks. (Tracy Press)
New York: Starpoint art students, teachers stand up against bullying. Five hundred students, eight school districts and 18 school teachers, including Starpoint Middle School art teachers Kelly Tomasello and Amanda Alvarez, stood up against bullying through the expression of art. (metroWNY)
5 NYC Art Blogs You Should Be Reading (PHOTOS). When trying to educate yourself on the New York arts scene, the initial research can be a bit daunting. There are dozens of museums, thousands of artists, and art shows and gallery openings every weekend. To jumpstart your New York arts education and get indoctrinated into the ranks of New York's art elite check out this list of New York-based art bloggers. (The Huffington Post)
California: Visual arts expresses what can’t be put into words. Visual arts have, and continue to serve as an outlet for people’s emotions and thoughts. The various mediums utilized by artists, have allowed for inspiration and creativity to burst within the walls of Carlmont. (SCOTSCOOP News)
Washington, DC: Register Now for Teacher Workshops at the National Gallery of Art
TEACHER WORKSHOPS. Information about the 2013-2014 Teacher Workshops is now available online. Registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops are designed to help teachers find meaning and pleasure in the visual arts. These programs introduce art in the Gallery's collection and special exhibitions, explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections, and model methods for teaching with art. All programs include teaching resource materials. Teachers of all subjects (prekindergarten through grade 12), homeschoolers, and pre-service educators are welcome. Space is limited, so please register early. Registration Form
LEARNING RESOURCES. The Gallery loans teaching packets, DVDs, and other free learning resources to everyone: individuals, educational institutions, community groups, and non-profit television stations throughout the United States. You can also access dozens of lessons & activities and interactives on our website.
Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Texas. The Obama administration today approved the State of Texas for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.
Art Collections a Click Away. Amazon’s art venture seems to be doing well, as it has enticed more than 180 galleries to sell through its site. (NYTimes)
FLATTPRIZE announces partnership with the National Arts Club and UNTITLED Art Fair. Founded in 2010, FLATT is a philanthropic arts platform that sponsors and celebrates creativity across all disciplines, including science, the visual arts, film, dance, performance, music, writing, and poetry. In addition to its quarterly eponymous print magazine, FLATT recognizes talent, authenticity, and the rigor that drives the creative process by awarding an annual FLATTPRIZE. FLATTPRIZE announced a new partnership with the National Arts Club and Untitled Art Fair, which will award an artist an unparalleled six-month, live-in residency at the National Arts Club in New York City starting in February 2014.
California taxpayers can support arts education programs through the new “Keep Arts in Schools Fund”
The new fund will be listed in the “Voluntary Contribution” portion of 2013 California tax returns. Californians will once again have the opportunity to support the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children through their state individual tax refund. (CA.gov)
BOOST Conference, April 29 – May 2, 2014, Palm Springs, CA. The BOOST Conference convenes 2000 out-of-school time professionals each year. They are committed to creating opportunities for change in agencies serving youth as they redefine leadership in education together.
Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Each year, the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest invites students, ages 3 - 18, from around the world to submit original artwork based on a space-oriented theme. The 2014 contest theme, "My Spaceship Looks Like...," challenges students to design their own spaceship - and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art (drawing, painting, mixed media or digital). The Space Foundation will give a total of 25 awards to 24 winners: 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd- Place for each of age categories. In addition, the Space Foundation will confer a Space Foundation Achievement Award, which will be selected by the Space Foundation graphic arts team from among all the winners. Visit artsonia.com/space for further information or to begin submitting artwork. (You can also find a link under the "Exhibition Opportunities" section of your teacher login area.) ENTRY DEADLINE: January 18, 2013
In 5 Segment: Arts in Education Week with Debi West and NAHS students.
Texas district works to blend the arts into elementary curriculum. To increase the focus on arts education in elementary school, a Texas district has hired eight education aides who will travel to elementary schools to teach art -- allowing teachers time to instruct on core subjects. Educators cite research showing arts education helps visual learners, as well as benefits students' problem-solving and social skills. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9/29)
Art21 News: Bruce Nauman on Teachers, Ellen Gallagher Talks Science Fiction , and More. In this issue: New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up; 100 Artists: New Videos, Images, Interviews, and More; Access 100 Artists: Host or Attend a Screening; and Art21 Educators 2013-14: Twelve New Participants.
California: Celebrate National Arts Month. The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office will offer events for all ages and interests to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in October. A free exhibition at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery and a free performance at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, both located in the Carlsbad City Library complex, offer Carlsbad residents and visitors opportunities to explore the animal world through photography and to participate or just relax and enjoy a concert from a seat in the audience.
U.S. Department of Education Awards $2 Million in Grants to Eight Organizations to Provide Model Programs for Arts in Education. The U.S. Department of Education today announced $2 million in grants awarded to eight organizations to provide effective models of arts in education programs. (ED.gov)
New OII Grants to Increase Access to High-Quality Schools, Effectiveness of School Leadership, and Role of Arts Education Nationwide. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this week announced nearly $105 million in Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) grants that will help to ensure high-quality leadership in high-need schools, develop model arts education efforts nationwide, and increase public school choices. Click here or on the above title to learn more and link to ED press releases about these three new grant award announcements. (ED.gov)
Race to the Top District Winners Already Changing Plans (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, September 26, 2013)
Virginia Art Education Association Early Bird Deadline is approaching
Kansas Art Educaion Association: Fall Conference Grant Deadline Approaching. This is a reminder that there are still several grants available for KAEA members to attend the KAEA Fall Conference in Kansas City on Oct. 24th-26th. Silent Auction Reminder. The purpose of our silent auction is to provide scholarship money for pre-service art teachers to attend our conferences. This is your opportunity to help future art teachers experience the learning and fellowship that happens at a KAEA conference.
New Arts Education State Policy Update from NASBE and AEP. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), just released a Policy Update on state arts education policy. The NASBE Policy Update series is designed to provide members of the state boards of education with the most current policy information around a wide spectrum of education policy issues. This edition, A Renewed Look at Arts Education Policies, explores the context of arts education policy, identifies examples of state-level policies around arts education, and provides resources on arts education for NASBE members.
AEP 2014 National Forum is Pittsburgh Bound! September 11-12, 2014
National Endowment for the Arts Presents Highlights from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. How do Americans participate in the arts in the course of a year? What kinds of art forms and activities do they engage with, and in what numbers? The NEA investigates these questions and more in the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), the nation’s largest population survey of arts participation trends. The NEA has released an initial report of the survey's findings. A more comprehensive report will be available in 2014.
National Endowment for the Arts Releases Our Town Grant Guidelines. Guidelines and application materials are now available for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town application guidelines are available in the Apply for a Grant section on arts.gov. The application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET.
Build Arts Education Evaluation Capacity at EVAL 2013 in DCBuild your arts education evaluation capacity at the upcoming American Evaluation Association's EVAL 2013 in Washington, DC on October 16-19, 2013 (conference) and October 14-16 & 20 (professional development workshops). The Arts, Culture, and Audiences Topical Interest Group has organized a range of sessions and networking opportunities for you to learn and share with evaluation and program colleagues who work in schools, museums, and other community-based settings. For more information or to discuss tie-in opportunities, contact Don Glass, TIG Co-chair.
Support YMCA’s Arts Week. From Oct. 3-9, the Y will celebrate YMCA's Arts Week—an annual week-long celebration showcasing the unique and diverse talents of artists through various forms of expression. All week long, more than 400 Y's nationwide will hold events to educate, inspire and connect the entire community through the arts. Find your local Y and learn how you can celebrate this week and partner all year long.
IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums. This year the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded grants totaling nearly $30 million for 244 projects at museums of all types, from art museums to science centers, from aquariums to history museums. IMLS Director Susan Hildreth honored the grantees on September 18 at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, DC. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) gave remarks. A complete list and map of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, click here.
Everyday Education – Teaching Art In The Age Of Technology. As we add more and more technology into our classrooms, teaching and learning change significantly. Those of us in education like to refer to “authentic learning” as we discuss how tech tools have allowed teachers to plan lessons that reflect the real world their students will be entering. (The Transylvania Times)
Public-private partnerships help revolutionize arts education. Broadway legend Carol Channing and her late husband, Harry Kullijian, began a quixotic quest to bring arts education back to American schools shortly after they married in 2003. Since then, the Coachella Valley has blossomed into a laboratory for arts education that is now having a national impact. (MyDesert.com)
California: 'Party ARTy' Benefit Supports Arts Education for Schools in Need. The first annual “Party ARTy” event was held in Del Mar Sept. 15 to bring arts education to local classrooms in area schools facing hardship. The event featured live art and musical performances along with gourmet food & wine pairings. (Del Mar Times)
Colorado: Arts education programs in Centennial open possibilities - Classes for preschool kids encourage motor skill, social development. The Curious About Art program is just one of many preschool arts education programs the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District offers throughout the year. Curious About Art, which is geared for kids ages 1 to 3½ is one new program offered this year. It's not so much about the final product the kids create, but the journey and experiencing sensory exploration with their parents. (Denver Post)
Vermont College of Fine Arts & Barry Goldblatt Literary Announce The Angela Johnson Scholarship. Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), a national center for graduate education in the fine arts, and Barry Goldblatt Literary, LLC, announce the creation of The Angela Johnson Scholarship, a talent-based grant for writers of color attending the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Master of Fine Arts program. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to up to two students annually. (Digital Journal)
Idaho: Elementary schools get support for art programs. The Teton Valley Education Foundation received grant contributions from the Kissler Family Philanthropic Advised Fund through the Idaho Community Foundation and the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund of Idaho Community Foundation with respective funding of $1,500 and $2,000. The awards will support ArtReach, an engaging art curriculum for the Teton School District elementary schools. (Teton Valley News)
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Movement to integrate science, art education gathering STEAM. A remarkably diverse coalition including national science, arts and education groups assembled by Carol LaFayette, associate professor of visualization at Texas A&M, is advocating for the inclusion of the arts in science and technical education, an idea gaining traction among educators across the United States. (archone)
Virginia: Art Matters for All Ages: Local experts say art classes help children develop new skills. “Parents say it is their happy place where they can explore with their child without worrying about a mess,” said Kathryn Horn Coneway, director of Art at the Center. “It brings both parent and child into the present moment.” (The Connection)
Kansas: Lawrence Arts Center turns STEM education into STEAM to show linkage between subject matters. When does STEM become STEAM? When the creative arts joins science, math, engineering and technology education. That's the idea behind programs being offered to students at the Lawrence Arts Center. The goal is to enhance what students are learning in the classroom about science and math while showing how the subjects are connected to fine arts, such as music and sculpture, the Lawrence Journal-World reported (http://bit.ly/1f08kJX ). (The Republic)
Harvard Art Museums launch Index Magazine. The Harvard Art Museums announce the launch of the digital magazine Index, which provides a dynamic and interactive space for readers to discover a broad range of content and media produced by staff at the Harvard Art Museums and from arts-related venues around the world. (artdaily.org)
Crayola Creative Corner - October. Entertaining Halloween Crafts! Get craft ideas for Autumn, Columbus Day, Reptile Awareness Day, and Animal Safety & Protection Month
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program: 2014-2015 Application Now Available! Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to four months abroad. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
Art of Education (AOE) Online Conference. Earlier this year, AOE put on the first-ever online conference for art teachers. There were over 700 art teachers in attendance, and the event got rave reviews! They're putting on the next online conference for art teachers this January.
Gov Shutdown Menaces DC Museums, V&A Gets Video Game Artist, and More. Government Shutdown Threatens D.C. Museums: The looming government shutdown is prompting Washington’s museums to create contingency plans and prepare for closings. (The New York Times)
They are constantly evolving – but are computer games art? The V&A's first games designer in residence on why Roger Ebert was wrong to say gaming is a waste of time. The V&A Gets its First Video Games Artist in Residence: “It's evident from the output that video games can be inspired by art; they can inspire art; and, ultimately, they deserve to be bracketed – along with film, TV and animation – as art,” the V&A's first games designer in residence, Sophia George, explains herself. (Guardian)
2014 NCECA Collectors Tour from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Leslie Ferrin Leads Collectors Tour for Material World, the 2014 Conference of the National Council on
Education for the Ceramic Arts in Milwaukee
$500,000 Federal Grant for Expansion of Creative Aging Programs in 22 Library Systems Across 12 States. Lifetime Arts, Inc. and Westchester Library System (WLS) announced today their receipt of a $500,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. Creative Aging in America's Libraries extends the work of Creative Aging in New York State Public Libraries, which was funded with a $450,000 IMLS National Leadership grant in 2011. This work builds on the past five years of Lifetime Arts' work with public library systems and teaching artists to improve the lives of older adults through arts instruction.
The Educational Value of Field Trips. Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more
Young Artists Are Shining Examples of Quality Arts Education. The Department of Education recently hosted some of the nation’s most creatively accomplished middle and high school students at the Student Art Exhibit Program’s opening ceremony of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners in ED's headquarters building. The opening not only celebrated the accomplishments of more than 100 national award winners whose works are on display for the coming year at both the ED headquarters and the offices of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, but it also featured remarks about the importance of arts education from ED and other national leaders. Click here or on the above title to read about the exhibit opening. (ED.gov)
Exhibit Opening Symbolizes Transformative Power of the Arts. During National Arts in Education Week, the Department of Education had the privilege of hosting an opening of works by Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners for the 10th year in a row, and I had a front-row, center-stage seat. (ED.gov)
Museums and Libraries Eligible for City Competition: Round 1 Application Now Open. Museums and libraries are eligible to be part of city coalitions that can apply to The US2020 City Completion. Through its City Competition, US2020 plan to capitalize on the role of cities as centers for innovation, supporting outstanding efforts to build local STEM mentoring capacity for underserved youth through cross-sector collaborations. The Round 1 application is a short concept paper outlining communities’ plans to scale STEM mentoring, along with the prospective roles of coalition members. It is due on Friday, October 18 at 3 PM EST and must be submitted by a “lead applicant” organization on behalf of the “guiding coalition” from your city convened to organize this initiative. While 3-5 winning cities will share over $1 million in direct and in-kind implementation support, US2020 anticipates that participation alone will prompt action among regional STEM stakeholders, amplifying the City Competition’s impact beyond the winner’s circle. With questions, feel free to reach out to a US2020 staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From ESEA to ESRA. Now that the House has passed its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, the House education committee is tackling reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA), which established the Institute of Education Sciences and guides federal education research and evaluation. During the committee’s recent hearing on ESRA, the expert panelists and several committee members emphasized the need to improve the usefulness and relevance of education research for both educators and policymakers.
National Gallery fo Art 2014-2015 Internship Applications Are Now Online. The 2014-2015 applications for National Gallery of Art internships are now available on the Gallery's Web site. The Gallery offers three different internships, each having different projects, eligibility requirements, and terms. The 2014-2015 Graduate Internships include Internships in the Museum Profession and Graduate Curatorial Internships. Internships in the Museum Profession provide institutional training to students interested in pursuing a museum career, while Graduate Curatorial Internships provide in-depth training for PhD students and recent PhD recipients interested in gaining curatorial experience in a museum setting. The 2014 Summer Internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. The nine-week program also includes biweekly seminars, which introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions. Graduate Unpaid Internships and Research Assistantships allow candidates to work in various Gallery departments, supervised by a curator or other department head. Interns contribute to ongoing Gallery projects and programs and are invited to participate in the museum seminars that introduce the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery.
CENTER 33 NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE (Center 33, PDF 9.1 MB). The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts is a research institute at the National Gallery of Art that fosters study of the production, use, and cultural meaning of art, artifacts, architecture, and urbanism, from prehistoric times to the present. Its current annual report, Center 33, is now available online. The report contains information regarding the Center's fellowships, meetings, research, and publications, as well as research reports by fellows in residence during the 2012-2013 academic year. Center Archive
Kansas Art Education Association Reminder. One more week to Pre-Register for the KAEA Fall Professional Development Conference at a discounted price.
Field Trips to Art Museum Offer Multiple Benefits, Study Finds (Education Week, September 16, 2013)
The Benefits of Attending Art Education Conferences. The Arkansas Art Educators just posted the following online; it is adapted from content on the National Art Education Association's website but is valuable information for all art educators that details the benefits of attending (and presenting at) state and national art education conferences.
With "Readymade," Tumblr Aims to Become the Art World's Social Network. Social media giant Tumblr and art world PR firm FITZ & CO are teaming up to unveil Readymade, a new theme for customizing and controlling Tumblr page layouts that was tailored specifically to meet the needs of art museums, non-profits, and galleries. The sleek, minimalist theme was crafted by design house Pixel Union for maximum customization and an uncluttered look that subtly evokes the art world-favored white cube aesthetic. It represents Tumblr's most concerted effort yet to woo the art industry.
Artforum's artguide. Download Artforum's latest version of artguide—the international art world's most comprehensive directory of exhibitions, events, and art fairs in more than 500 cities.
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CREATE CA - Restoring the Arts to California Schools. Arts education in California classrooms is receiving some much needed attention by a group of educators, artists, and business leaders through the Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate coalition, known as CREATE CA. For the past two years, this group has been working strategically throughout the state to, in the words of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, “foster a Renaissance in arts education” for California schools. Their work is paying off for our students. Today, the CREATE CA coalition has published an article highlighting updates and accomplishments from the coalition’s work.
Explore Connections between STEM and the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities is hosting a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air (hangouts available for public view) to illustrate how the sciences, arts, and humanities together respond to challenges and spur innovation. Follow NEH’s Office of Congressional Affairs on Google+ to watch and stay up to date! You can watch past Hangouts from links featured on WWW.NEH.GOV. Live tweet the Hangouts with #STEMandHumanities.
COMING UP NEXT:
Monday, September 23rd, 2013, 2pm Eastern Time. Following Galileo: The Humanities and Sciences in the Classroom. Part 3 of 3 in an NEH Google Hangout series. The Hangout participants will share how teachers can bridge the humanities and STEM in their classrooms. Before the Hangout, check out EDSITEment, NEH’s online, K-12 lesson plan clearing house, as well as a special STEAM award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Ovation, and Americans for the Arts.
From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs: Innovation from the Arts, Humanities and STEM. Part 2 of 3 in an NEH Google Hangout series. Watch the second hangout on www.neh.gov. The Hangout participants explained the STEM-to-STEAM movement and how NEH, NEA, and IMLS projects reflect the charge to integrate the arts and STEM
21st Century daVincis: How the Humanities and STEM Intersect. Part 1 of 3 in an NEH Google Hangout series. Watch the first hangout on www.neh.gov. The Hangout participants explained how the humanities and STEM intersect, particularly through Digital Humanities initiatives.
Michigan: Grand Rapids Art Museum's work with schools garners statewide award. The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is the 2013 recipient of the Michigan Art Education Association Distinguished Service Award for its work with area schools. The award recognizes the museum's efforts to advance the importance of the visual arts in schools and serve as a resource for art educators and students. (mlive.com)
Rural Arts Education and the Digital Divide: Bridging the Gap. Broadband Internet access might not seem like an issue for the 70% of Americans who have it. But for those who don’t, the digital divide is real – and it’s a real problem. With expanded Internet access, rural students can use digital tools to learn about art, literature, music, film and more. But it can also help them create their own art – and collaborate and communicate with the world. (B2C)
Wisconsin: Heroes of the Week: Artists. Artists Working in Education (AWE) is a group of artists, art educators and museum curators concerned with the decline in funding for art education in Milwaukee. AWE aims to offer art enrichment to youth and their families through exciting outreach programs. (expressmilwaukee.com)
STEAM programs blend science and art education. On any given day during the week, the Lawrence Arts Center is abuzz with preschool children involved in painting, dancing, sculpting with clay or building toy cars that speed down a ramp. It's about getting kids actively engaged in both science and the creative arts at the same time — two different realms of human activity that, for many years, have been treated by teachers and students alike as polar opposites. (LJWorld.com)
New UMass Dartmouth studio designed to link arts, sciences. In today’s business world, engineers and artists collaborate on projects. So why should it be that on college campuses, that engineering and art students don’t collaborate? (Herald News)
Education leaders, area teachers spend day talking future of STEM. The annual STEM Educator Fair brought together experts, including the state Department of Education officials, school district superintendents, S2TEM Centers SC representatives and EdVenture staffers. Representing the future of STEM as it adds an arts component and transitions to “STEAM”, people from agencies such as the S.C. Art Educators Association and Arts in Basic Curriculum Project joined in the day’s panels and workshops. (COLADaily.com)
ArtPrize Returns. The fifth edition of the populist art contest — and most lucrative art prize in the world — ArtPrize, launches in Grand Rapids, Michigan, today, with a popular vote set to determine the recipient of the $200,000 grand prize. (The Art Newspaper)
MoMA Announces New Museum Research Consortium. The Museum of Modern Art announces the creation of the Museum Research Consortium, a new partnership with the graduate art history programs at Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Directed by Leah Dickerman, Curator in MoMA's Department of Painting and Sculpture, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Consortium serves a number of goals including: the development of a stronger dialogue between the Museum and academic colleagues; furthering the collaborative study of key objects in the Museum's collection; and the creation of a framework for the Museum's participation in the training and education of the next generation of art historians and museum curators. The Consortium's first class of pre-doctoral fellows, drawn from the five partner institutions, begin their work at MoMA this month. (Broadway World)
Ringling College of Art and Design Announces Keynote Speakers for 2nd International Service Design + Tourism Conference. Design innovators from Walt Disney Imagineering and Adaptive Path to speak at conference devoted to service innovation and customer experience November 7-9, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida. REGISTER NOW AND SAVE! Early Bird and special hotel room rates are available through October 4.
Ringling College of Art and Design Now Enrolling Continuing Education Art Courses and Workshops. Registration is now open for an expanded array of afternoon, evening and weekend art workshops for adults and teens through Continuing Studies and Special Programs at Ringling College of Art and Design. Classes begin September 18 through December 8, and range from one-day workshops to 10-session courses. Enrollment is ongoing through early December. Space is limited and early registration ensures enrollment. (Broadway World)
Louisiana: Funds secured to keep art program alive in Lafayette schools. A program that places professional artists in Lafayette Parish elementary classrooms returned last week after enough funding was secured to keep it going. (The Advocate)
Texas: CCISD Grant for 21st Century After-School Program Runs Out. The program is mainly catered to elementary and middle school students, providing them with help with homework as well as recreational activities and lessons in art and culture. (KIIITV)
Kentucky: Teaching Art Together grants allow schools to work with professional artists with KAC. Teachers interested in collaborating with professional artists to provide unique arts education experiences for their students can apply for a Kentucky Arts Council Teaching Art Together grant. (KyForward)
Missouri: Kemper Art Museum receives federal IMLS grant to support conservation survey.The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a $36,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant will support a detailed conservation study of the 337 paintings in the museum’s permanent collection. (WUSTL)
North Carolina: Art teachers receive grants for art supplies. Four Watauga County Schools art teachers will receive $1,000 each in art supplies through the "Keep Arts Alive Awards," sponsored by Cheap Joe's Art Stuff and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. (WataugaDemocrat.com)
Texas: Why Public Funding for the Arts Matters. Most states have seen budgets for state arts agencies reduced significantly or in some cases eliminated. And I’m not really blaming legislators for this apparent lack of understanding about the importance of the arts and public funding for them. Many of our state legislators didn’t grow up with arts experiences and field trips to museums and visits to the symphony. We’ve lost almost two generations of adults who received regular arts experience from Kindergarten through 12th grade. (Coleman News)
New Mexico: In Roswell, The Arts Matter! This letter to the editor celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month, which will take place in October. (Roswell Patch)
Montana: Teachers committed to helping local artists. Students of three local art teachers will display their works in Kalispell starting Friday. The Student/Teacher Art Show, featuring artwork by students of Nicholas Oberling, Mark Ogle and Jennifer Li, opens Friday at Glacier Art Academy, located in the KM Building in downtown Kalispell. The show, which will also feature work by the teachers, kicks off with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. (Daily Interlake)
North Carolina: Artists award grants to teachers. At a time when funding for the arts in public schools is diminishing, it is always good to hear about those in the community who are helping to support arts teachers. The Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and Patty and Welborn Alexander all contributed to provide grants for the four art teachers serving the eight elementary and middle schools in Watauga County. (Blowing Rocket)
Canada: College art teachers get chance to strut their stuff. Art lovers – mark your calendars for Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:20 p.m. for the grand opening of the North Island College Faculty Exhibition at the Campbell River Art Gallery. (Campbell River Mirror)
Arizona: TUHSD art teachers display their creations. Throughout September, Tempe Union High School District is displaying art from each of its five high school art instructors at the district’s governing board room, 500 W. Guadalupe Road. Each piece of artwork, ranging from paintings to photographs and ceramic sculptures, is displayed with the title and the artist’s name. (AHWatukee)
Texas: Local art teachers showcase their talent. The Brownsville Independent School District is celebrating its art teachers with the 18th Annual Faculty Exhibit as faculty members display their artwork at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. The theme is Visual Arts Communicate and each piece of art — ranging from photographs, and oil paintings to sculpture — is meant to deliver a message to its audience, said Teodoro Estrada, the supervisor of visual arts at BISD. (Brownsville Herald)
New Hampshire/Maine: Student’s painting picked for DC. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the US Department of Education are pleased to announce that John Ayer’s artwork titled Beach Mountain will be on display at The U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, as part of ART.WRITE.NOW., a special exhibition of National Award-winning work from 58 students in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. (Fosters.com)
First and Second grade teachers who are into STEAM and want to incorporate art into their classrooms, please check out this fiction storybook app called "Axel's Chain Reaction." A story of self-affirmation and self-expression through art. At the end it has step-by-step instructions for kids to make their own kinetic sculptures + biographies of the 3 kinetic artists mentioned in the story + Glossary.
GAO: Race to Top States Have Mixed Record on Teacher Evaluation (September 18, 2013, Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
Lawmakers Aim to Extend 'i3' Program Beyond Obama (September 17, 2013, Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
Sept. 30 - Oct. 21 Public Review of the Draft High School Core Arts Standards. Please join the public review of drafts of the High School national core arts standards for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts beginning September 30 and ending October 21, 2013. Draft high school music standards for secondary ensembles will be included in the September 30th release; standards for additional music course sequences (guitar/keyboard and composition/theory) will be released later. Watch for details and information on the Wikispace or on Facebook. A public review of the comprehensive draft PreK-12 standards, including model cornerstone assessments, will begin in January, 2014. The current project time line includes a release date of March, 2014, for complete and finished standards.
National Release of Study Results on Culturally Enriching Field Trips. When Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art launched its School Field Trip program in 2012, offering sponsored trips at no cost to schools, researchers at the University of Arkansas recognized the opportunity to conduct a first-of-its-kind study. The team researched the effects of a one-time visit to the museum on the K–12 school population, involving 10,912 students and 489 teachers at 123 different schools throughout the region. The study is the largest and most rigorous examination ever conducted of school tours to an art museum. Researchers found that the effects were significant, and offer implications for everyone from parents to policymakers.
Do students benefit from field trips? Even as many schools scale back on field trips, a new study shows that such "culturally enriching" school field trips, such as a trip to art museums, can yield academic benefits for students. One recent study of students who visited an Arkansas art museum found, among other things, improvements in students' knowledge of and ability to think critically about art and improved "historical empathy." The study found that 82% of students who saw Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter" remembered the painting was about the role of women joining the workforce during World War II. (Education Next)
NEW FROM ARTSONIA: "Classroom Mode" Student Entry System. Artsonia is pleased to announce a great new opportunity for your art classroom. Now your students can submit their own artwork and artist statements using an iPad or computer browser at school or at home. Not only does this provide a rich way to integrate technology into your art room, it also saves you time by allowing your students to assist you in photographing and uploading artwork! It's a win-win for everyone!
Printed Matter, Inc. presents The NY Art Book Fair, September 19–22, 2013 At MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. Last year, the fair featured 283 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-six countries, and was attended by more than 25,000 people.
Virginia: Hands-On Clay and Glaze Workshop for K-12 Art Educators, September 21 at 11:00am in EDT, Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. In-depth hand-building, glazing and firing demonstrations will enhance teachers’ methods and integration of the common core in their classrooms. Participants will use AMACO® low-fire clay, underglazes and glazes to explore a variety of techniques and concepts. Classroom tips and lesson plans will be provided.
Insider Tips from the Art World's Social Media Pros (Part 3 of 3). To get a better sense of how museums and art organizations are adapting to and embracing the increasing centrality of social media to their missions, we spoke to the experts: The people behind some of the art world’s richest and most rewarding social media accounts. (blouartinfo)
Department's Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability to Speak on Arts Education at 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibit Opening. Monique Chism, director of student achievement and school accountability, will deliver keynote remarks at the opening of the exhibit of art works by winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, on Friday, Sept. 13 at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters building in Washington, D.C. (ED.gov)
Not Falling Behind, But Pulling Apart: Race to the Top Reflects Broader U.S. Education Problems. Since the 1983 release of A Nation at Risk, policymakers have asserted that US students are falling behind their international peers, with dire consequences if we do not improve. The result has been three decades of increasingly high-stakes "standards-and-accountability" reforms, which rely on rigorous academic standards and test-based evaluation systems to hold schools and teachers accountable for student progress. (Learning First Alliance)
Ed. Dept., Arizona Clash Over NCLB Waiver. Federal officials say Arizona's NCLB waiver accountability plan falls short on high school graduation rates and teacher evaluations, which could put the state's flexibility at risk. (Education Week)
It's National Arts in Education Week - September 8-14! Be sure to check out our web page for resources and ways to get involved. In the meantime, e-mail email@example.com and let us know what you are planning for the week. Stay tuned for more!
NAEA Research Commission Call for Nominations for a Research Commissioner Position
A Simple Presumption for Arts in Education Week. Arts in Ed Week logo“I start from a simple presumption that I think most parents and teachers share. And that is that all students – 100 percent – should have access to arts instruction. All Children should have arts-rich schools.” — Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. And the U.S. Congress agrees. In fact, in 2010, it passed Concurrent Resolution 275 to declare the week that begins with the second Sunday in September Arts in Education Week. The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), in keeping with its role as America’s premier source of information on the role of the arts in the education and lives of our children and youth, is hosting a special Arts in Education Week website to share news of the acknowledgements of the importance of arts education and nationwide events occurring this week. (ED.gov)
California: Third annual Bay Area National Arts in Education Week is underway (Contra Costa Times)
Texas: National Arts & Education Week: Promotion for the Arts (The Houstonian)
Florida: Flagler Celebrates Arts in Education Week as Congress Again Targets Cultural Funding (Flaglerlive.com)
Sept. 30 - Oct. 21 Public Review of the Draft High School Core Arts Standards. Please join the public review of drafts of the High School national core arts standards for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts beginning September 30 and ending October 21, 2013. Draft high school music standards for secondary ensembles will be included in the September 30th release; standards for additional music course sequences (guitar/keyboard and composition/theory) will be released later. Watch for details and information on the wikispace or on Facebook. A public review of the comprehensive draft PreK-12 standards, including model cornerstone assessments, will begin in January, 2014. The current project time line includes a release date of March, 2014, for complete and finished standards.
New York: The Joy of Zentangle: Drawing your way to increased creativity, focus, and well-being. As we move through the challenges and rewards of everyday life, ultimately we all need to give our minds a break. We need a chance to be alone with our thoughts and nurture our creative energies. For many, a fun and relaxing drawing method called Zentangle has become the answer. The easy-to-learn Zentangle method has helped millions achieve focus and inspiration by unleashing the artist within. But for the millions more who have yet to journey down this rewarding path the question may very well be: Where do I start? The answer is THE JOY OF ZENTANGLE [Fox Chapel Publishing, November 2012] by Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. This easy-tofollow guide presents the basic theory of Zentangle and shows how to create a tangle in less than 15 minutes. (artdaily.org)
The InSEA 2014 Committee invites you to submit an abstract to be considered for inclusion in the Program. The abstract collection is a highlight of the Congress and a permanent record of delegates' contribution. The Committee has included a number of innovative presentation options to ensure that all practitioners can express their medium in the best possible way. We are especially pleased to launch the Pecha Kucha presentations which we are sure will add a unique dynamism to the event. The abstracts will form a large part of the Congress program and we urge all those involved in the field to submit their interest in participating. The Call for Papers closes on 1 November 2013.
Florida: Diversity exhibit to offer training to teachers. Since 2004, the Embracing Our Differences' international outdoor art exhibit has showcased the work of artists and writers from all walks of life. (The Herald-Tribune)
California: Fresno Unified rolls out new arts education program. Fresno Unified, city and county officials sketched out a plan to enhance the district's arts programs Tuesday as part of a nearly year-long planning process and partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Last October, Fresno became the 10th city nationwide chosen to team up with the Washington, D.C.-based Kennedy Center's Any Given Child program to develop a long-range plan for improving arts education. (Fresno Bee)
Robert Zabel Endorses Technology as the Next Frontier in Youth Art Education. Although arts education funding in the US has declined in recent years, many educators have begun to look at technology as a way to inspire young student's creativity. Artist Robert Zabel weighs in on the importance of pursuing this new avenue. (Digital Journal)
Virginia: Williamsburg educators use the arts to make history sing. Syncing up history and pop culture can be a challenge, but two local educators are creating resources for teachers that bridges the gaps decade by decade. (The Virginia Gazette)
California: AP Studio Art 2-D Design Project Ideas, Tips, and Samples with Educator.com’s Newest Course. Educator.com is proud to announce the release of their first Studio Art course: AP Studio Art 2-D Design. (PRWEB.COM Newswire)
Michigan: ArtPrize helping draw other arts and cultural gatherings to Grand Rapids this fall. ArtPrize 2013 isn’t the only arts event drawing visitors to Grand Rapids in the weeks ahead. As preparations are underway for next week’s opening of ArtPrize 2013, ArtServe Michigan, a statewide arts advocacy group, will hold a creative summit dubbed Resonant 13 this weekend. (mlive.com)
California: Art Center Receives $75,000 Grant to Study the Future of Photography Education. The Annenberg Foundation has awarded a grant of $75,000 to Art Center College of Design’s Photography and Imaging Department for an ambitious examination of the current state of the medium, the profession, emerging cultural and technical issues and opportunities for innovation in photography education. (Pasadena News Now)
Christie's Education to allow students to explore commercial side of art-world-practice. Christie's Education, founded in 1978 to promote the study of all aspects of the visual arts and the art market, announces that from October 2013 a new Master's in Art, Law & Business will begin allowing students to explore the commercial side of art-world-practice. This unique programme aimed at those looking for a rigorous grounding in the practicalities of a job in the art sector, will be led by an international team of dedicated experts, academics and practitioners. (The Economic Times)
Louisiana: LPTFA agrees to support art education program. The Acadiana Center for the Arts will get to continue its arts outreach in area schools. The Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority agreed during its meeting today to provide $60,000 this year to keep the PACE program in place, according to AcA Executive Director Gerd Wuestemann. PACE, or Primary Academic Creative Experiences, helps schools establish a rich environment and curriculum involving the arts. (KATC)
North Carolina: Deadline for Applications for Regional Project Grant and Grassroots Grants Extended by Watauga Arts Council. The deadline for the Regional Artist Project Grant Applications and Workshop has also been extended. Artists living in Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes Counties are encouraged applications for this year’s Regional Artist Project Grants. This year’s application deadline has been extended to Sept. 20 to allow artists a bit more time to apply.
Alabama: Art teachers from Tuscaloosa City Schools display work in gallery. Tuscaloosa City Schools art teachers were given their own homework assignment over the summer — to create two to four new works of art to be displayed in the Superintendent's Gallery until Sept. 10. (Tuscaloosanews.com)
Indiana: VSA September E-News: Mayor Ballard, Urban Artisans, and more! VSA Indiana, in collaboration with Veterans Antiquities, received a Focus 2020 Community Action Grant from the Peace Learning Center. This award will help pay for a celebration of art by Veterans in May 2014, including exhibits and workshops designed to celebrate the diversity and talent of Indianapolis artists. All events will take place in VSAI's adaptive art studios and enROUTE gallery. How can you get involved with the Art by Veterans celebration? Help us provide a month full of public programs by donating to our power2give project.
Drawing with Stuff! The Big Draw Online With AccessArt. Drawing with Stuff is a fantastic opportunity for you to join in with the Big Draw Online with AccessArt, wherever you live, whatever your background! It’s free and we really hope you’ll send us your drawings, and wherever possible encourage other audiences to join in! AccessArt places great value on developing drawing skills through a variety of exciting ideas, and this year we wanted to celebrate the diversity of materials with which we could make drawings! We’re creating an online gallery full of inspirational drawings made of, and with, “stuff”. We encourage contributions from all ages and abilities, including practising artists and teachers. You can either submit images you made alone, or images made as part of a workshop*.
Constitution Day, Brought To You By The ACLU. Constitution Day is an interactive, youth-oriented public education program designed to teach youths in middle school and high school about the Constitution. The ACLU’s Communication Department is proud of this new endeavor, which aims to do several things: (1) build new generations of civil libertarians imbued with an appreciation of our country’s founding principles, individual freedoms and civil liberties; (2) bring humor and fun to lessons about the Constitution, while discussing issue that are salient to the youth population; (3) provide a nonpartisan program that educators can use to fulfill the 2004 mandate that publically funded school teach the Constitution on September 17th; and finally (4) change the perception that the Constitution is a dead and boring document! The program includes:
• A Constitution mural contest that will award $25,000 in prizes to three winning schools;
• A curriculum and other resources for teachers;
• Interactive games, quizzes and trivia that students would find current and relevant to their demographic;
• Ads featuring Melissa Benoist of Glee; Lucas Neff of Raising Hope, and Nick Robinson of Melissa & Joey. The ads began to run online and air on cable television Aug. 26th;
• An inspiring billboard ad featuring ACLU’s constitution Day program will be displayed in Times Square, on 43rd and Broadway over the next several days;
• Jeopardy! The September 17 (Constitution Day) show will feature a category on Constitution Day and the ACLU;
• Teen Kids News which will air a segment on the importance of the Constitution on September 14th ; and
• Scholastics and iCivics have partnered with the ACLU to permit use of their Constitution-themed games and quizzes.
Call for Art for a new Art Show-- titled: Outside the Lines-- that is associated with the Summit, and the Expressive Arts Open Studio project. The art show will be in midtown Manhattan from November 7-10, 2013, with a closing reception on November 10th. Deadline for submissions is October 20, 2013.
Art Miami expands reach and artistic range with a trio of fairs during Miami Art Week. Art Miami, the city’s longest-running contemporary and modern art fair, will return for its 24th edition during Art Week, Dec. 3 through Dec. 8, 2013. The anchor fair for the City of Miami has expanded to include two additional contemporary art fairs: CONTEXT in a 45,000-square-foot pavilion adjacent to Art Miami in the Wynwood Arts District; and Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach.
States and Locals to U.S. Senate: Rewrite No Child Left Behind Act (September 12, 2013, Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
Thank You from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. Thank you for participating in the July review of PreK-8 grade standards. More than 34,000 arts educators and advocates visited the draft standards pages in July, and more than 3,000 of you participated in the online review survey – thank you! We had reviewers from all 50 states and several international reviewers participate as well, showing widespread interest in the revision of our nation’s arts education standards.
ARTSblog from American for the Arts. Happy National Arts in Education Week! Check out their blog salon about the “trifecta of accountability” (standards, assessment, and evaluation) officially underway!
Americans for the Arts Joins National Coalition Revising the National Standards for Arts Education. Americans for the Arts’ State Arts Action Network Will Help Drive Advocacy Efforts to Adopt Revised Standards in all 50 States.
The October 2013 digital edition of SchoolArts magazine is now available. In this issue . . .Ingenuity, creativity, and teamwork come together in “Imagination Installations” (page 30); Using plastic instead of glass to make transparent sculptures in “Chihuly Envy” (page 17); Working collaboratively with contemporary ideas in“Creative Reuse“ (page 27); Imagining possibilities in found objects and materials in “Beautiful Stuff“ (page 34); Exploring the Reggio Emilia approach to art education in “Stepping Stones, Part II” (page 32); Explore the work of Mike McMenemy and Cao Fei in Looking and Learning (page 23); and NEW: Find some of the best classroom products, websites, workshops, and more in The Shop (page 44).
Coming up next month: The November 2013 issue of SchoolArts will feature articles based on the theme of Collaborating. They'll explore lessons that inspire teamwork between students, teachers and students, and working artists and students, including a larger than life printmaking project and a Goldsworthy-inspired outdoor assemblage lesson.
Get published in SchoolArts--it's easy! Did you know that articles in SchoolArts are written by art teachers just like you? Your ideas and advice are valuable to your peers throuhgout the world, so share them! Just check out their writer's guidelines for information on getting your lessons published.
Your National Arts in Education Week Toolbox from Arts Education Partnership
Save the Future -- one Crayon at a time!
NCLB Waiver-Renewal Process Turns Up Heat on States. New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education ups the ante on teacher quality work for states looking for another two years of flexibility from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week)
Guidance Available for NCLB Waiver Renewal. Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia will soon be able to request two-year renewals of their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver plans. The waivers—which were meant to be temporary reprieves from some of the law’s more onerous provisions while Congress reauthorized ESEA—are set to expire at the end of this school year for many states. The renewal requirements will push the Department of Education even further into uncharted territory with respect to the sweeping waiver process. According to new guidance (Word doc) released by the department, states must recommit to college- and career-ready standards and closing achievement gaps by using student growth and teacher-evaluation data to focus rigorous interventions. Capitol Connection will continue to explain the new rules in greater depth in the near future. The renewal process (Word doc) will begin in January 2014.
Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Applications Are Live. The Obama administration recently released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition, which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level grants. Early learning is a top priority of the administration. Grant awards will range from $37.5 million to $75 million and state applications are due October 16, 2013. Previous RTT-ELC grants were awarded to 14 states to improve access to early learning and help ensure that children enter kindergarten with the skills, knowledge, and motivation they need to be successful in school and in life.
Kansas: KAEA Upcoming Event - South Central Region will be hosting a NASCO representative on September 17th and 18th. The NASCO representative will be visiting schools in the Wichita and surrounding areas. Following the school visits, NASCO will hold a demonstration event on Wednesday, September 18th at 5:00 p.m. Location: Fiber Studio 418 S. Commerce, Wichita. The NASCO representative will bring examples of products to demonstrate. The event is free, but you must RSVP to attend. RSVP to Shawny Montgomery
50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson
The Logan Arts Leadership Institute Launches Second Phase. Logan Arts Leadership Institute will resume this fall with an enhanced curriculum for new students and an inaugural session for returning students. Registration is beginning now for the free, virtual sessions, and coursework will be released on September 27 for those high school and undergraduate students who have enrolled. While the
leadership seminar has been taught at Interlochen Arts Academy since 2005, the virtual version
was launched last spring. Logan Arts introduced over 200 students to the nature of leadership
today through a series of online webinars and live chats featuring a wide range of leadersfrom
those in beginning leadership to prominent leaders in the field. A wide range of resources and
materials are part of this virtual leadership experience. These sessions will be a combination of online and virtual events, supported by readings, personal experiences and community work that can be shared through online spaces where participants will interact, ask questions, share their experiences and support their peers. Logan Arts is seeking current high school and college students who are interested in arts leadership to participate in the fall 2013 session. New and returning students can register by accessing the “Sign Up” tab at www.interlochen.org/lali.
Join Us to Build Sustainable Careers for Teaching Artists. The success of community arts education organizations---of our field---depends upon maintaining positive long-term relationships with teaching artists, preparing them well, nurturing thelori_webir development, and helping them build sustainable careers. To that end, they are pleased to announce the "Teaching Artist Development Track" at the 2013 Conference for Community Arts Education (October 30 - November 2, Chicago).
Americans for the Arts Joins National Coalition Revising the National Standards for Arts Education. Americans for the Arts’ State Arts Action Network Will Help Drive Advocacy Efforts to Adopt Revised Standards in all 50 States
Conference for Community Arts Education, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, Chicago. Gain inspiration, develop new skills, and build relationships with top practitioners and experts working to increase access to arts education for all. The National Guild's annual Conference for Community Arts Education (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Chicago) will bring together more than 500 arts education leaders from 350+ organizations nationwide. Join this dynamic learning community of staff, faculty, trustees, and teaching artists to forge the future of arts education in America. The conference will feature nationally renowned speakers and dozens of professional development and networking opportunities designed to help you increase participation and impact, raise more money, sustain and grow key programs, and advocate for equitable access to arts education. Register by September 19 for the best rates!
WELCOME BACK to a new year with Artsonia! Check out the opportunities available to your students this fall: Artsonia as a Classroom Tool, Student Progress Reports, Fall Art Drive/Giveaway, and Artist of the Week Contest.
The Dream Rocket Project s now on Kickstarter! So far, they have received art submissions from about 15,000 students in grades K-12 and beyond.
The 2013 Creative Time Summit: Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City, October 25–26, 2013, NYC. Advancing its mission to expand the role of the artist in public life, Creative Time will host the fifth annual Creative Time Summit on October 25 and 26, at NYU's Skirball Center in NYC. Titled Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century City, the 2013 Summit will bring together a diverse group of artists, architects, planners, politicians, activists, and theorists from across the globe to examine the positive and negative consequences of the widespread belief that the arts are a necessary ingredient in the making and re-making of cities.
Art Therapy Consulting & Services. Creative sessions for the enhanced physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Contact ATCS at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule: an art therapy lecture, a therapeutic art show, private or group art therapy sessions, an outcome study, and/or a program consultation.
Make Magical Maps, Glow in the Dark Houses & Sewn Circuits: 3 Unique Resources from AccessArt. AccessArt teamed together with Mindsets Online to create 3 resources which explore art and smart materials. From maps which reveal their content via the heat of your hand to sculptural constructions which glow in the dark, these resources will be sure to inspire!
Report: Innovative Crossroads: The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging. Grantmakers in the Arts has released a short report on their work to date on bringing together the fields of arts, aging, and health to promote creative strategies to improve the health of older adults. The report highlights a few promising initiatives and recommendations for grantmakers who want to work at the intersection of these issues. (GIA, September 2013)
MOOCs and the Future of Arts Education
Missouri: FREE Teacher Workshop: (C)OVERT POWER: AESTHETICS IN AFRICAN ART, Wed., Sept. 18, 5-8 pm. African art offers visitors a glimpse into the lives and belief systems of the diverse peoples of the continent. While these objects have historically been assessed and critiqued solely on their aesthetic merits, in recent years increased effort has been made to highlight purpose as well as artistic value. In this workshop, we will explore the useful lives of African art objects. Teachers will examine masks and sculptures believed to have the power to cure sickness, prevent death, create life, and mediate relationships between earthbound humans and deities in heaven. Led by Sherri Williams, Saint Louis Art Museum educator and family programs coordinator. To enroll in this workshop, please send an email to email@example.com. Please include your name, school name, school district, and a sentence stating the relevance of this workshop to your curriculum.
Missouri: MAEA ELECTIONS. Ever considered running for an MAEA office? You could be a District or Division Representative, be involved in conference planning, advocacy, fund raising, or a number of other council or volunteer positions. It's easy! Just go to the Missouri Art Education Association web site, “About Us,” and click on the Nominations for MAEA Council. There you may nominate someone, even yourself! The deadline for nominations is October 1. Elections will be held via SurveyMonkey November 12-19, 2013. Election results posted November 26th.
Looking to Connect with European Paintings: Visual Approaches for Teaching in the Galleries is a NEW online digital handbook that will serve as a public resource for anyone who teaches adults in the Met’s European Paintings galleries. This tool will provide educators with new ways of looking at the works of art, encouraging discussion and making connections across collection areas. Elizabeth Perkins, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012-2013 Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow in coordination with the project team developed and carried out the research and writing for this handbook. You can read Elizabeth's blog entry on the project on the Museum's Now at the Met Blog!
Award Winners and Upcoming Events Announced for Youth Art Month. The Council for Art Education, Inc. is proud to announce the 2013 Youth Art Month Awards. Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance every March to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum. The Council for Art Education, Inc. was started in 1983 as not for profit organization by the Arts & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) is an international association of over 220 arts, craft and creative material manufacturers which seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program. The Council for Art Education is grateful to ACMI for their sponsorship of the Youth Art Month program. The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following YAM Chairpersons for their outstanding participation in YAM 2013. Claire Flanagan Memorial (Grand) Award: Jennifer Tiongson of New Jersey. Awards of Excellence: Sarah Klein and Tasha Newton of Wisconsin, Jimi Herd of Virginia, and Judy Krueger of Illinois. Awards of Merit: Virginia Berthelot, Jennifer Keith, and Carolee Miller of Louisiana, Katie Harrison and Whitney Riker of Georgia, Vicki Breen and Joe Baca of New Mexico, Donnalyn Schuster and Julia Lang- Shapiro of New York and Dawn Norris of Ohio. Awards will be presented at the 2014 NAEA National Convention in San Diego, CA.
FULL STEAM AHEAD ART COMPETITION - Win Books and Cash Prizes. Books open new doors and unlock a child’s imagination. Even at an early age, they can inspire the next George Washington Carver, Sally Ride or Steve Jobs. Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), proudly supported by Nestlé, is launching its second FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH BOOKS art competition, encouraging students to express how books have fueled their passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics – or STEAM subjects. Open to children grades K through 5 at RIF programs, students have the opportunity for creative expression while entering for a chance to win books and cash prizes for their RIF program! The competition is part of RIF’s multi-year initiative to inspire the next-generation of innovators, through STEAM-themed Multicultural Book Collections, free activities, and literacy trainings for educators.
• Monday, December 2 - Competition begins. Entries submitted via online form.
• Monday, March 2 - Contest ends. All artwork must be submitted by this date.
• Friday, April 4 - Winners announced.
• April to June - Winning programs host literacy celebrations prior to the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Art and Invention, STEM and STEAM. There's a lot of overlap between invention and art. Using materials in unique ways involves both creativity and technical aptitude. While schools are working to promote STEM subjects -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math -- some educators are trying to widen the focus to include art. Instead of STEM, they want kids to be encouraged to pursue STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). (About.com)
ARTS for All looks to address arts education in school. As we enter another school year, many school system’s arts programs are feeling the negative impacts of education reform efforts of the past 20 years. Program like No Child Left Behind (NCLB), have forced schools to shift focus primarily to the “tested” subjects of reading, math and science.This narrowed emphasis often pushes the arts and humanities to the sidelines. In a nationwide survey of visual art educators in 2010, “32% reported that enrollments in their art programs had decreased… students were denied access to art classes because they were required to take extra math or language arts courses or because they had failed to pass language arts or math tests required for the measurement of Adequate Yearly Progress.” (Boston.com)
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Announce Award. Since 1989, the KCAAEN and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have provided an annual award to a school board(s) that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district. This national award recognizes districts that have included all four major artistic disciplines - visual arts, music, theater and dance - in their programs. The award program accepts only one nomination per U.S. state, which must be coordinated with the local State School Boards Association, State Alliance for Arts Education, or both organizations jointly. Final selection is made by a national panel of arts educators and arts administrators including representatives of the KCAAEN and NSBA. School boards in every U.S. state are eligible for nomination regardless of whether their state has a State Alliance. The winning school board receives a plaque presented at the NSBA Annual Conference, along with a cash award of $10,000 to use for their arts education programs. The nomination deadline is November 1, 2013.
Maine College of Art sees unprecedented growth with new focus on translating education to work. With 140 first-year students arriving this weekend, Maine College of Art is seeing its largest incoming class in eight years.School officials say that’s evidence the college is emerging on the national scene and that their increased focus on helping student artists make the leap into professional life — oftentimes trading smocks for postgraduate suits and ties — is resonating in an evolving job market. (Bangor Daily News)
Art.Write.Now D.C. 2013.2014 Opening Reception, September 13, 2013, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Featuring a selection of works from the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards want you! We believe that the world needs both makers and breakers – those committed to expressing themselves creatively, who push the boundaries of expression, and challenge the rest of us to do the same. We know you've got something on your mind. Maybe it's a new mixed media piece you've been working on or a fresh idea on how to integrate art and design by building clay sets. Perhaps, you've just completed your first collection of poetry or a work that mixes disciplines. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has 28 categories buzzing with possibility, so show us what you've got! Learn more about our submission guidelines here.
Registration begins on September 16. Deadlines vary by region.
The Allure of Architecture. Cities–from ancient Athens to Oz to Dubai–capture the imaginations of artists through the ages because of their complexity and creative use of color, form, space, and scale. We asked Xavier Donnelly, 2010 Portfolio Gold Medalisthttp://www.artandwriting.org/media/15187/and this summer's art intern at the Alliance, to elaborate on what draws him to architecture and the urban environment. (AYAW)
A Video Game Team that Clicks! What makes a video game not just fun, but addictively amazing? We asked Glitchbusters, a team of 4 high school students from Hillsboro, Oregon whose game earned a 2013 Gold Medal in our Video Games Category and a $1,000 AMD Game Changer Award. Almost as impressive as this recent achievement is that fact that they designed it as a team: they've been studying and designing games together for 4 years—and they're still friends! (AYAW)
Insider Tips from the Art World's Social Media Pros (Part 2 of 3). For this second installment in our three-part series (read part one here) we put some questions to Shelley Bernstein, who has tapped social media as a tool for vast experiments in audience engagement and crowd-sourced curation at the Brooklyn Museum; Amy Fox, who runs the Walker Art Center’s incredibly (inter)active Twitter and Facebook profiles; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Abraham Ritchie, who answers damn near every tweet addressed at his @mcachicago; Dana Van Nest, who mans the Henry Art Gallery’s dynamic Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as its terrific Hankblog; and Diya Vij, who tweets tirelessly for the Queens Museum and yet finds time to keep lively Instagram and Facebook feeds, too. (blouartinfo)
Virginia: Invitation to the VAEA 2013 Fall Professional Development Conference. You are cordially invited to join your colleagues in Falls Church, Virginia, Thursday, October 31, 2013 - Saturday, November 2, 2013, Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA.
New electronic ePlate credit cards offer exclusive artwork from artists, innovative new channel to collectors. Innovative payments company Dynamics gave ArtDaily an exclusive on their new special artistic editions of their electronic ePlate credit card. Art collectors can now earn art from a diverse slate of artists with every purchase they make on these new interactive payment cards.(artdaily.org)
The Kentucky Arts Council presents Creativity & Innovation: Developing Tomorrow's Workforce, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 9:30am-3:30pm, Frankfort, KY. The Kentucky Arts Council brings together some of the state's most influential business and education leaders in a public discussion about how we can work together using arts education to prepare Kentucky's young people for tomorrow's workforce during National Arts Education Week, Sept. 8 – 14, 2013.
Common Core and Arts Integration in Philadelphia. Midway through an arts-integration project grant, administrators and teachers in Philadelphia faced a daunting challenge: change-up the project's implementation to align with the Common Core State Standards. The Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) met that challenge and is entering the fourth and final year of its OII-supported Arts Link: Building Mathematics and Science Competencies through an Arts Integration Model project stronger than before. Click here or on the above title to read about PAEP's efforts and get a look at some of its arts-integration teaching and learning strategies. (ED.gov)
From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest. At From the Bow Seat, we know that art and science work well together. Each year our Ocean Awareness Student Contest, founded and funded by an artist, challenges high school students to examine a timely environmental issue impacting the ocean through art (or essay or advocacy for those who find their strengths in writing or inspiring others to action). Our goal is to inspire ocean stewardship and encourage cross collaboration, creativity and problem solving in the next generation by supporting teachers who incorporate the contest into their classrooms. We also award generous awards ($1500 for first place) to students and their sponsoring art department or teacher. In the 2014 contest, which begins in September, we will be exploring Plastics Pollution in the Ocean. There are some amazing artists, like Richard and Judith Lang and Helena Marthefitis, already speaking to the plastics issue through their art work. Check out our site for examples of art that might inspire you and your students. Like in the real world, students can work in groups or alone to produce something that makes them proud and sends a message about Plastics Pollution.
New Video: Design Learning Challenge Workshop 2013
Interdependence Hexagon Project Exhibition VII. Initial event to kickoff Interdependence Month - this year's exhibit features over 400 works of art created inside a hexagonal template - metaphor for interconnectedness - in all media by students and community. TWO venues this year! Refreshments and entertainment by Jason Smeltzer and Julian Sparacino! Art is local, national and international!
Pennsylvania: Erie schools hire related-arts teachers
Massachusetts: The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant Recipient Exhibition. September 13 – October 6, 2013. Opening reception on Friday, September 20, at 8pm. PAAM is proud to announce the upcoming exhibition for the 2012 recipients of The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant. The works of the recipients span a range from haunting, detailed portraits to rich abstractions, precise micro-views of nature; and striking, uncomfortable self portraits, bold in subject matter and treatment. Grants are offered to American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. The primary emphasis is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. A total of $30,000 is awarded annually. In addition to their exhibition, recipients were each given a cash award of $8,000. It will open with a celebratory reception on Friday, September 20, at 8pm. The exhibition features new work since winning the grant as well as older artworks.
Missouri: Register for MAEA Fall Conference 2013, Tuesday September 3, 2013, Knob Noster, MO. Register now for the MAEA Fall Conference (held October 11-12 at Knob Noster State Park). Go to the maea website (MAEA.net) for online and paper registration forms. Registration deadline September 27.
Los Angeles Lifts Mural Ban, Adopts New Registration System for Artists. On Wednesday the Los Angeles City Council put the citywide mural ban to a vote and voted 13-2 in favor of passing a new ordinance, the Los Angeles Times reports. With a long history of murals and street art, Los Angeles has been waging a war with large-scale public painting in an effort to control content, particularly commercial imagery, consequently impacting its muralists and street artists. (blouartinfo)
Celebrate AMC's 25th anniversary. Enter the American Montessori Consulting Monthly Drawing for a chance to win prizes!
Sweden: APPLY NOW FOR THE GROUP ART EXHIBITION HÖSTSALONGEN 2013. This year 2013 we are pleased to be able to invite participants from all over Scandinavia to join us in our Höstsalong 2013. The “Höstsalong” group art exhibition has been established since 2006 and is one of Swedens largest jury based exhibitions for artists. The exhibition takes place in Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna a renound art gallery in the areas of contemporary art. The jury of the 2013 exhibition will make the final selection of the applications. Previous exhibitions has been highly visited by a broad audience and the exhibitions have seen a massive exposure in media such as newspaper coverage, television appearances and so forth. The final deadline for applications is September 22, 2013.
ED REVIEW - ESEA FLEXIBILITY. Secretary Duncan announced that Pennsylvania 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 41 states and the District of Columbia. Six applications remain under review, and five states have not requested flexibility through this process. Also, the Department recently announced that states that applied for and received flexibility for the 2012-13 school year, whose waivers will expire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, can apply for a renewal of flexibility. This two-year renewal, which will extend waivers through the 2015-16 school year, allows states to continue implementing the reform efforts outlined in their original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility request. A total of 34 states and the District of Columbia are eligible now for renewal. States seeking renewal must submit a completed renewal request form, as well as a redlined version of their current flexibility request, during one of three submission phases: January 2-10, 2014 (Phase A); January 22-31, 2014 (Phase B); and February 12-21, 2014 (Phase C). The agency will conduct comprehensive and thorough internal reviews of states’ requests, and determinations will be made in time for any state that is not renewed to return to complying with NCLB by the start of the 2014-15 school year. Meanwhile, in an op-ed titled “America’s Kids Need a Better Education Law,” the Secretary called for Congress to “listen to those doing the real work of education change. Principals, teachers, governors, state education chiefs, superintendents, parents, and teachers know what is and isn’t working. They can guide us to a better [ESEA] law.”
States Granted Waivers From No Child Left Behind Allowed to Reapply for Renewal for 2014 and 2015 School Years. As students and educators go back to school across the country, and as Congress continues to debate how to fix the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind, the U.S. (ED.gov)
Duncan Attaches More Strings to Waiver Renewals. The U.S. Department of Education is expecting states to up the ante on teacher quality if they want another two years of flexibility from the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week)
Hundreds of Districts Signal Interest in Race to Top Cash (August 29, 2013, District Dossier Blog)
Ovation Launches the Second Annual innOVATION Grant Awards Program! Ovation, America's only arts network, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA), developed this year's awards to recognize schools that have cultivated model STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) or that have effectively incorporated the arts into integrated learning.
• Public elementary through high-school level schools, including charter and magnet schools, within the United States are eligible to apply.
• The online application process opened on August 26 and the submission deadline is October 28, 2013.
• Up to eight schools will receive $10,000 awards each to help support or grow their exemplary STEAM programs.
• The eight grant award recipients will be announced at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., in early 2014.
Not only will the innOVATION STEAM Awards provide support to the winning schools, they will also raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum. STEAM programs develop students' creativity and critical thinking skills while encouraging an innovative and creative workforce.
Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough presents free E-book on future of museums. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, asks museums a fundamental question: “How can we prepare ourselves to reach the generation of digital natives who bring a huge appetite—and aptitude—for the digital world?” His thoughts on how the Smithsonian is tackling this issue and how others have fared in museums and libraries around the world are the subject of a new e-book, “Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age,” available free online beginning Aug. 27. (artdaily.org)
The Future of Music Coalition, the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center and Fractured Atlas are conducting a survey of US-based artists about their access to health insurance. They are gathering data in order to be able to better inform artists of their care options under the Affordable Care Act. This is a critical moment to capture baseline data from US artists about their access to health insurance – the last day to participate is this Saturday, Aug 31.
National YoungArts Foundation Announces Awards Program. The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) annually provides outstanding visual artists, designers, photographers ages 15-18 or grades 10-12 with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, individual cash awards of up to $10,000, national recognition, and the exclusive opportunity to be recommended as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Each year more than 700 national winners are selected to receive awards, participate in week-long master classes, seminars, cross discipline learning, and have their work exhibited in major venues in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists across the visual, performing, literary and design arts disciplines with almost $7 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Julian Schnabel, James Rosenquist, Frank Gehry, Bruce Weber, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo and Bill T. Jones. Application deadline: October 18, 2013.
The National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program for High School Art Teachers. The National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program offers arts teachers from public arts high schools the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices. Up to twenty awards of $5,500 each will be made, with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the Fellow’s school to support post-fellowship activities. All applicants must be full or part time arts teachers at schools which are arts-focused public, magnet, charter or title 1 high school with the primary mission of fostering the development of artistic talent. Applicants must be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts in high school, and plan to continue as an arts teacher in their public arts high school in 2013-14.
Obama Administration Releases Final Application for 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. Today the Obama Administration released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition, which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level competitive grants to improve the quality of early learning and development programs and close educational gaps for children with high needs. The program also supports states’ efforts to design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning and development programs and services. (ED.gov)
States Granted Waivers From No Child Left Behind Allowed to Reapply for Renewal for 2014 and 2015 School Years. As students and educators go back to school across the country, and as Congress continues to debate how to fix the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind, the U.S. (ED.gov)
Art21 News: Barry McGee Talks Retrospective, Jacolby White Dances with His Self, and More. In this issue: New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up; 100 Artists: New Videos, Images, Interviews, and More; Access 100 Artists: Host or Attend a Screening: Help Inspire a More Creative World; and Available Now: The Art in the Twenty-First Century Box Set
Colorado: White House arts education plan working in Denver. The Noel Community Arts School, located in the old Montbello High School building, is where some 600 6th thru 12th graders are involved in a program designed to help low-performing schools turn around learning with the help of visual and performing arts. (KDVR)
Colorado: Beet Street's AIR program connects art, commerce. The Fort Collins arts advocacy group seeks to help more artists make a living by following their passions. (Coloradoan.com)
Florida: Nonprofit turns building into hub for arts education. Sometimes, a building can make all the difference. The Center for Creative Education has been using arts to teach in low-income schools in Palm Beach County for nearly 20 years, but relatively few in the wider community are familiar with its work. (SunSentinel)
Missouri: Des Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative honored for enriching St. Louis arts community. The collaborative has grown from three school districts to 15 and from three to 17 arts institutions, which provide a wide range of in-school and off-campus fine arts learning experiences for students plus professional development opportunities for fine arts teachers. (UMSL)
Ohio: Schools developing art, gym, music tests to judge teachers. Other subjects, such as art and music, just don’t have tests, Lutz said. In those cases, schools are left mostly on their own to set standards and create tests. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Alabama: Plans for prioritizing arts education. The Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama State Council on the Arts are developing a comprehensive plan to make arts education a higher priority for all Alabama students. A task force will develop a plan that includes strategies for implementation, sustaining support and broadening the base of participation by numerous partners. (Montgomery Advertiser)
Michigan: What difference does art education really make anyway? Only a handful of public schools in Grand Rapids still offer art classes of any kind. To fill the gap, the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) offers free art education at their facility in downtown Grand Rapids. (Michigan Radio)
Florida: Kennedy Center Partners With Duval Schools For Arts Education. Kennedy Center Vice President of Education and Jazz Darrell Ayers said the coming nine months will be spent talking to educators, business leaders and arts groups about what the partnership will entail. “We’re going to be looking at how can there be better access and equity to all the arts organizations and all the arts experiences that are here in Jacksonville, and to ensure that every child, not just those that can afford it or from a certain side of the city, but that every child has the arts as part of their education,” he said. (wjct News)
Illinois: Northwest Side school cuts back on arts, band. Parents and teachers gathered at a back-to-school rally at John B. Murphy Elementary School Tuesday evening and spoke out against cuts to arts and music. (WBEZ)
Wisconsin: Fine arts institute inspires students. At a time when many school arts budgets are slashed, Green Bay East High School has started an institute for the fine arts—almost all on community donations. (Fox11)
Emery, Ryan, Beebe, Grinstead: Budget cuts will harm Delaware's arts. Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages, score better on standardized tests in reading and math, and have lower dropout rates – findings that cut across all socio-economic categories. Congress should support an expansion of the federal arts education program to provide the best models for schools to include the arts in their curriculum. (Delawareonline.com)
New York: Arts Express: Aug. 22, 2013: Artwork sought for LPCA exhibition. Artists are invited to drop off works for the annual “Adirondack Juried Art Show: A Showcase of Regional Artists,” which will be on display from Friday, Sept. 13, through Saturday, Oct. 19. (Press Republican)
Minnesota: SEMAC calls for arts-based grant proposals. The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council is calling for grant proposals for projects that will take place from Dec. 1, 2013 to Nov. 30, 2014. The grant proposals must fit within the category of arts and cultural heritage, presenter/production assistance, or small town/rural. Proposals for grants from the arts and cultural heritage fund must range from $3,000 to $10,000, and a match of 20 percent is required. (AustinDailyHerald)
India: Want the arts to flourish? Get educated. Along with constructing foundations and museums, consider audience participation
China: Arts education fights for the spotlight. Li Ping, a middle school student, has demonstrated talent and great interest in painting, but she says her school's art class is boring and does not help to improve her skills. (People Daily)
5 Pinterest boards for educators. An increasing number of educators are using Pinterest as a resource for finding and sharing teaching tools and resources. This article compiles five active and connected Pinterest users who are sharing valuable education-technology resources and ideas. Among them are Shelly Terrell, whose 46 boards include items on storytelling, presentation, online games, graphic organizers and more. Another is Erin Klein, whose EduTech Resources Pinterest board also includes various ed-tech resources. (eSchool News, 8/20)
How are teachers infusing social media in classroom lessons? With today's students increasingly drawn to social media, teachers are taking note and working to integrate such social media sites into classroom lessons. Among the ideas are to use a hashtag when students live-tweet about a guest speaker, require students to maintain blogs, connect with topic experts and use programs such as Edmodo and Google Hangouts. (Mashable, 8/18)
Insider Tips from the Art World's Social Media Pros (Part 1 of 3). Just a few years ago most major museums’ social media strategy consisted of a sporadically updated Facebook page and little else. Today, social media is a key aspect of art organizations’ outreach. Many institutions maintain profiles on multiple social media platforms, from Tumblr and Twitter to Instagram and YouTube, updating each one multiple times throughout the day. But with this expansion in the volume of content and the number of channels through which it’s posted has also come a better understanding of the role social media can play in helping museums and art organizations accomplish their goals. (blouinartinfo)
Study: Teachers, students increasingly reach for social media. Students are spending an increasing amount of time using social media, according to a study that found 96% of youth with Internet access use social-networking technology, with many using it to talk about school. A majority of surveyed teachers, 59%, said their students use social media for educational purposes while 35% said their schools have blogs run by students or educators or both. Teachers also reported using social media to connect with fellow educators and administrators. (eSchool News, 8/5)
Arts for Hearts - Submit Your Art! You could win big! Arts for Hearts is a benefit fundraiser supporting the American Heart Association (AHA.) This one-night event, held on September 19th, 2013 at Ned Divines, features Boston’s leading artists and musicians teaming up to support the AHA. The event boasts a silent auction of local art, live music all night, on-the-spot styling from SHAG, raffles, drinks, and more! $20 gets you in and then the fun begins. Get involved and submit your art: This is a juried event. If you work is accepted into the event, you could win a STAYcation in Boston at one of Boston’s luxury hotels! Additionally, you could score a spot as the GLVBX Artist of the Month and be featured on the GLVBX home page. ALL artists accepted into the event are featured on the Arts for Hearts poster and in other Arts for Hearts and GLVBX media. Approximately 20 artists will be selected to showcase their work at the Arts for Hearts fundraiser. All artists are required to donated this work to the festival. The prize! One lucky artists’ name will be drawn at random to win: A Boston STAYcation at a luxury hotel; Dinner for 2; 1-month residency on the homepage of the GLVBX website as the “Artist of the Month” which includes up to 3 blog posts about the artist.
Missouri Members: Are you or someone you know a deserving candidate for recognition? Every year we look forward to recognizing the very best of Missouri's art educators at our Spring Conference, and 2014 could be the year YOU help someone be recognized for their contributions at the school, community, and
state level in regards to art education. Deadline for completed electronic packet submission is October 1.
Kansas: KAEA Fall Professional Development Conference, October 24-26 - Registration is now open!
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Back to School 2013 e-News. Featuring: YA Charter School Opens in New Orleans, Louisiana; Representative Louise Slaughter Visits Young Audiences of Rochester; and 3rd Annual Arts in Education Leadership Institute in Houston.
Listen to the archived recording of ASSESSMENT IN ART EDUCATION with Past-President Bob Sabol on blogtalkradio!
AEP Arts Ed Digest - August 27, 2013 - See highlights below:
• Find arts education research! Did you know that studies of arts education for at-risk youth show that participation in the arts can improve long-term outcomes for students, including aspirations for attending college and pursuing a professional career (Catterall, Dumais, and Hampden-Thompson 2012)? Visit ArtsEdSearch – AEP’s 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.
• Know your state's arts education policy! The Arts Education State Policy Database is a searchable database tracking the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts. Stay tuned for a new AEP State Policy Database coming soon!
• Start advocating! The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) just released new arts advocacy posters available for free download to print out and post in school as the year begins. It's a simple arts advocacy idea that any state c-an adopt.
Common Core Resources
• Check out AEP's updated Common Core and the Arts resource page on the AEP website.
• This collection of exemplary preK–12 student project work, highlighting Deeper Learning practices, is gathered and curated through a collaboration between Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School of Education:
• Author Jared R. Rawlings interviews Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education, on the rationale, emergence of media arts, the writing process, impact, and future direction of new core arts standards. Join the webinar from the Arts Schools Network An Interview with Lynn Tuttle about the Core Arts Standards: Embracing a New Paradigm in Arts Education this Thursday, August 29 at 2pm ET. Register for the webinar.
• The Teaching Channel’s mission is to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all K-12 students across America. Check out great arts and arts integration lesson plans from the Teaching Channel.
• In the words of Edutopia…”Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math—there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula.” Arts integration lesson plans and resources from Edutopia can open eyes to new possibilities!
Save the Dates! AEP 2014 National Forum in Pittsburgh, September 11-12, 2014. They're headed to the City of the Future for National Arts in Education Week and invite you to share your input in shaping their program. They want to hear suggestions from you about important topics, interesting speakers, and trends for consideration as part of the line-up for this Forum. Email email@example.com with your ideas!
National Arts in Education Week is Coming Soon! This year National Arts in Education Week is September 8-14. Be sure to check in at AEP's website for resources and ways to get involved, and stay tuned for the special National Arts in Education Week ArtsEd Digest edition.
Recipients Announced for the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education announce the recipients of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. Grants totaling $215,000 have been awarded to 12 nonprofit arts education organizations that will provide quality arts instruction to more than 11,000 K-12 public school students during the 2013-2014 academic year. Grantees will also help increase each school's capacity to provide arts education.
National Endowment for the Arts Grants Application for Research: Art Works. The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis announces that grant application guidelines are available for Research: Art Works. This program supports research that investigates the value of the U.S. arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. The NEA anticipates awarding up to 25 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. The deadline for application submission is Nov. 5, 2013 and projects can begin as early as May 1, 2014. The NEA will hold an informational webinar for potential applicants on Sept. 18, 2013.
Congratulations to Ryan Twentey, Parkville High Visual Arts and CTE teacher (Baltimore County Public Schools), named ASCD Young Educator of the Year!
America’s Kids Need a Better Education Law. The nation’s most sweeping education law — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, better known as No Child Left Behind — is outmoded and broken. Congress has gone home for its summer recess without passing a responsible replacement. That’s too bad. America deserves a better law. Read about why we aren't just fighting for a strong education system, but also for our country. (ED.gov)
Celebrate Veteran Artists! VSA Indiana and Veterans Antiquities are asking for your help to create a celebration of Veteran Art during National Military Awareness month in May 2014. Please check out our project on power2give - donations are accepted online starting at just $1! All contributions will support a celebration of Art by Veterans with and without disabilities. This includes two exhibit openings and a month of workshops featuring Veteran Artists.
How do you say “Arts Education” in Spanish? Alex Sarian blogs about his experience as a Spanish translator for the new arts education tool, the Arts Education Navigator: "In the last decade, the number of Latinos in the US has grown by 43%, whereas the number of African Americans has grown by 12%, and the number of Non-Hispanic Whites by 1%. So what are we doing in arts education to engage the 'new' American community?
MagicMurals.com is Giving Away $1,000. MagicMurals is giving away $1,000 in murals to the school of your choice (and one mural to the person who enters on behalf of the grand prize winning school). Go. Enter. Tell Everyone You Know. Good Luck. The School Give-A-Way ends October 15, 2013.
LISTEN LIVE to immediate Past-President Bob Sabol as he discusses assessment in art education on blogtalkradio, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 9:00 am ET.
NCCAS seeks a Technical Editor to edit the National Core Arts Standards. Deadline to apply: September 19, 2013.
Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration! Dot Day September 15, 2013. Sign up now
Know an outstanding 15-18 yr. old Visual Artist or Designer? Give them the chance to win 10K for their artistry through The National YoungArts Foundation. The National YoungArts Foundation annually provides outstanding visual artists, designers, photographers ages 15-18 or grades 10-12 with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, individual cash awards of up to $10,000, national recognition, and the exclusive opportunity to be recommended as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Each year more than 700 national winners are selected to receive awards, participate in week-long master classes, seminars, cross discipline learning, and have their work exhibited in major venues in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. Application deadline: October 18, 2013.
Duncan lays out his vision for a revised NCLB. No Child Left Behind -- six years overdue for an update -- is inherently flawed, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. In this opinion article, he writes about his disappointment that the U.S. Congress has not passed a replacement to the country's education law and his desire for "a bill that raises the bar, protects children, supports and improves effective teaching and school leadership, and provides flexibility and supports good work at the state and local level." And, he writes, input from teachers, school leaders, students and others should help craft that law. (The Washington Post)
The Private Sector’s Secret Weapon (from The pARTnership Movement). Americans for the Arts’ Bob Lynch explains how supporting and engaging with the arts can help CEOs address critical business challenges. His points seem relevant beyond business, however (AFTA, 8/22): The arts are connectors. They help us connect to our own potential by igniting a creative, bold, and innovative mindset. They help us connect to others by encouraging engagement, empathy, and the understanding that there are many ways of seeing the same thing. The arts connect people to the communities in which they live, the businesses at which they work, and the people with whom they interact. (ARTSblog)
Crayola Creative Corner - Back-to-School Time!
ICA Art Rules launches live to the public. LONDON.- Pablo Bronstein, Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Ryan Gander, Lucky PDF and Bob & Roberta Smith are just some of the artists who alongside a range of curators and critics have contributed their words of art wisdom to the ICA’s Art Rules, a new social campaign devised to encourage debate around contemporary art. Launched to the public today, this is the first digital forum of its kind and extends the ICA’s reputation for stimulating and provocative debate to the web. Created by digital pioneers SapientNitro, Art Rules will enable people to debate what defines contemporary art directly with artists, curators and critics from all over the world, engaging with key figures from art, film, architecture, performance and other art forms. It brings together the contemporary art community with audiences to debate the question “what is art?” (artdaily.org)
STEAM: Arts education gaining new respect. For the past several years, people in certain education reform circles have focused their attention on STEM classes, a popular acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. The feeling has been that these are the areas that offer the most promise for future job growth and economic expansion. They're also the areas where American students typically come up short compared to their counterparts in other industrialized nations. But a new acronym has been gradually working its way into the lexicon. STEM is now turning into STEAM, with arts education being given a seat at the table with its predominantly left-brain brethren. (LJWorld.com)
Arts Advocacy 101: It’s simple, really. How can you be an arts advocate? With every “how,” there is a “why?” Are you wondering why you should be an advocate for the arts? Many studies have shown over and over that including arts — both visual and performing — in a child’s education helps children learn. (Tahoe Daily Tribune)
Capitol Connection e-News - August 19, 2013 from ASCD. Featuring: FY14 Funding: From Showdown to Shutdown? and Race to the Top Updates
The Arts Are Extra-Curricular and Disposable. NOT. Check out this six minute video with kids from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School responding to the statement: "The Arts are extra-curricular and disposable." (Americans for the Arts ArtsBlog)
Save the date! The U.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program And the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Present the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Friday, September 13, 2013, 11 a.m. to noon, Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building, Washington, DC. Featuring: A selection of two- and three-dimensional artwork, film, animation and teen writing by student winners. Meet and Hear Remarks From Director for the Student Achievement and School Accountability (SASA) Program in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Dept. of Education Monique Chism; Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Rachel Goslins; Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Virginia McEnerney; and Photography Teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, NY Carlos Molina. Questions? Contact Nicole Carinci at 202-453-5585 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Portfolios: From Academia To The Workplace. “E-portfolios are becoming an increasingly important way for students to show what they know,” Debra Donston-Miller writes for InformationWeek. “But their value doesn’t end after graduation. E-portfolios, which can be created in many different ways — from simple blogging platforms to specifically designed software and services — can help transition students from academia to different jobs and roles in the workplace. (eCampus News)
ArTree magazine strives to engage kids in the arts and to encourage their natural curiosity and creativity. It is a digital magazine–and as such, it can be very affordable and maintain high quality standards. It enables us to bring art education where it’s needed. According to the Americans for the Arts, low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate collage. We strive to be a part of that process and the kids’ success. ArTree magazine has 12 issues (in 2013/2014). Each issue introduces a famous artist and features several step-by-step art projects and art activities (from science experiments to games). It also features interviews with unique modern artists, art projects inspired by them, links to interesting videos or blogs and much more. We encourage schools to use the magazine in their art docent program. The art docents can learn about a famous artist in a fun and easy way and then select one of the three major projects to create with the kids. We provide visual, step-by-step directions, lists of materials and everything else they may need to be successful. We always include more examples and variations of the projects so that the uniqueness and individuality of the budding artists is encouraged. There are also other activities, experiments and games that the art docents may use as filler activities in their classrooms. Plus, we provide downloadable labels that the art docents may attach to the kids’ artworks (to inform parents about the project and the artist). They would like to offer the magazine subscription to all schools for 50 cents a student (per year). If you want to learn more, you can visit our website | Blog | Facebook | Pinterest.
NGA FALL SCHOOL TOURS. The National Gallery of Art is currently accepting school tour requests for tour dates between September 30 and December 6, 2013. 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. While slowing down to look carefully at a few works of art, students have the opportunity to think creatively and critically. They will question, puzzle, reason with evidence, and compare and connect. Most powerfully, they will 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. School tour request form
A Search for Exemplar Schools. To better understand how schools like Dana Elementary have developed successful environments for 21st century learning so that others seeking to better prepare students for college, careers and beyond could benefit from their expertise, P21 has launched the 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program.
New York: A CSA for affordable art, not veggies: NYC's 1st Community Supported Art program launches. Brooklyn, NY.-Putting a creative twist on Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA) in which people invest in a local farm and enjoy monthly deliveries of fresh produce, a new program debuting today gives New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase shares in exchange for artwork yet to be created by a curated group of local and emerging artists and designers. Part of a national movement with outposts in more than 40 communities across the country, Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (CSA+D) is the first program of its kind to launch in New York City. Representing an affordable and exciting new way to collect art and support local and emerging artists and designers, Brooklyn CSA+D offers a fresh alternative to the commercial gallery system, which can be prohibitively expensive and daunting to many people. (artdaily.org)
Iowa: Teachers create mural at Edmunds. Art teacher David Borzo and third-grade instructor Michelle Nelson designed and painted a mural with a real-world view — a 16-foot-long, 8-foot-tall painting of a world map. Edmunds’ principal, Jaynette Rittman, suggested the project as a way to represent the international makeup of the Edmunds community. Borzo and Nelson then set out to make a unique artistic statement to match the character of the school. (DesMoines Register)
Illinois: Teachers inspired by art. ILLINOIS State University's trainee art teachers visited De La Salle College Cronulla recently to see what the NSW art curriculum looked like in action. The pre-service teachers came from across the state of Illinois and its major city Chicago, which is a dynamic capital in the world of art. (Leader)
Florida: Teacher fulfills dream of displaying own works. Not so long ago, a 20-something part-time artist was wandering about the von Liebig Art Center at a “show opening” featuring his art amongst others. Suddenly a familiar face: his teacher from Barron Collier High School in Naples so many years earlier. (news-press.com)
Maryland: Arts alliance seeking submissions for gallery show. Local artists can submit up to two artworks on any subject to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration for a new art show at Waldorf West library. Entries must be submitted electronically as low-resolution digital images attached to an email sent to email@example.com. (SoMdNews.com)
KRIS Wine and Americans for the Arts Launch Fourth Annual “Art of Education” Campaign. This fall, consumers can support arts education programs nationwide in K-12 public schools as they enjoy KRIS, one of America's fastest growing Italian wines. KRIS and Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, are partnering again for the fourth annual "Art of Education" program. KRIS, a brand of Winebow, Inc., will award 16 schools in the United States a total of $25,000 in grants to improve academic achievement through quality arts education. This year’s campaign will run from September 9, 2013 to October 31, 2013. (Digital Journal)
Colorado: Funding key for education’s success. The classroom does not only involve writing papers and solving math problems; it’s also about those students who want to take an art class, join the choir, participate in a school play or who want to play an instrument. If school districts are facing cuts in its funding, it’s more likely than not that the first to feel the pinch are the arts, which leaves many schools no option than to let go of teachers in art programs. (LA Voz)
Colorado: 'StART' Arts in Education Grant Applications Due Soon. StART grants, available through Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) go to support in-school arts learning for K-12 students, both formal training in the arts and arts infused into other disciplines or subject areas. CCI’s intent is to help establish a cadre of model schools that will define, plan and implement arts education programs that are specifically aligned with Colorado Academic Standards and with their school or district learning goals. (Pagosa Daily Post)
California: Santa Fe Springs distributes funds to local art programs. The City Council has approved art education grants totaling $49,809, to be distributed among local schools, churches and nonprofit cultural organizations. The money comes from the city’s 1991 Art in Public Places Fund, where developers or builders must provide an artwork valued at one percent of the cost of a project. The art may be at the project site or the equivalent funds given to the city to place art in parks and streets or to promote cultural activities, said Maricela Balderas, director of community services. (LAWave)
California: Help kids discover art with the Humboldt Docent Council. We're in a quandary. The arts -- performing and visual -- are being removed from primary and secondary education. It's happening not just because of budget cuts. The value of arts education has been reduced to a dreamy notion instead of being central to fulfilling our human potential. For the pragmatists, there is plenty of evidence for art's importance. Did you know that learning to draw in your youth could help prepare you for these careers: a pilot, landscape architect, engineer, geographer, medical illustrator, product designer, or graphic designer? These all need spatial comprehension; they diagram and draw their ideas. Music and theater develop yet other parts of our brains, not to mention their performances require discipline and teamwork. Research has shown that the arts within the curriculum enhance the academic performance in all subjects. If our immediate future needs more innovative people in all professions, trades, and roles in society, then we need to get serious about engaging young people with art -- consistently. (Times-Standard)
California: Summer arts camp fills the education gap. All 10 young artists at the picnic table responded enthusiastically when asked if they were having fun at the creative arts summer enrichment program they are attending at Messiah Lutheran Church in Santa Cruz. "YES," chorused the kids, who ranged in age from 5 to 11, in unison. "It's so interactive and fun," she said of the week-long art camp. "I'm making new friends and I love doing art." Gracie, 11, agreed. "It's exciting," she said. "I like how creative it is. You get to do stuff you don't usually get to do in school." One of the goals of the arts camp is filling that gap, said The Rev. Richard Rice, because public schools have been cutting back on arts education. Camp organizers thought there was a demand for such a program, especially because Santa Cruz is home to so many artists. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Southern California's cultural institutes pitch in on arts education. The first day of school, one of America's great communal experiences. Pencils are sharpened, backpacks bought and outfits laid out, found to be totally lame, OMG, and laid out again. But what today's kids in Los Angeles public schools will experience on Days 2 through 180 is significantly different from what their parents enjoyed when it comes to music, art, drama and field trips. (LATimes)
Target Scholarships That Put an Art Degree Within Reach. There seems to be a universal parental panic that occurs when college students come home and announce, "I'm going to be an art major!" This is followed by many moms and dads strongly suggesting – perhaps even begging – their child to find something to fall back on in case being an artist doesn't work out. (UsNews)
Feline Arts Grant Program Will Award $5,000 To Cat Artists For ASPCA Fundraiser. If your favorite muse is a kitteh, you'll love the Feline Arts Grant Program -- and the ASPCA will love you. The Feline Arts Grant Program is a partnership between the ASPCA and Fresh Step, the kitty litter company. The goal of the program is -- per a press release -- to "promote the paw-sitive representations of cats in mainstream culture" and to raise money for the animal advocacy group. (The Huffington Post)
South Carolina: Column: Arts should not be lost among math, science. Some cash-strapped school districts and universities have proposed reducing emphasis on subjects such as physical education, social sciences, humanities, music, and art in order to devote more resources to science, technology, engineering and math. A recent segment on the PBS News Hour featured an interview with Dr. Richard Brodhead, the President of Duke University, and actor John Lithgow. These gentlemen were cautioning against de-emphasizing the teaching of liberal arts, noting that contributions to skills such as critical thinking, necessary for all educational endeavors, are foundational to a liberal arts curriculum. (Aiken Standard)
Georgia: When art, history and education collide. When art, history and education collide, wonderful things can be produced. The LaGrange Art Museum revealed its new 5th grade curriculum, called “Our Town: Art, Textile and Science,” yesterday to number of local teachers and dignitaries. Developed collaboratively with local educators, this curriculum provides teachers with a way to bring art from the museum’s permanent collection into the classroom. These works can be used to teach history — both local and further afield, science, math and reading and provide an interesting, local take on their studies. (LaGrange News)
Australia: Art Education Victoria. ART Education Victoria is the peak not-for-profit professional association of art educators across all sectors and levels of art education in the state of Victoria. AEV members include individual teachers, students, schools, tertiary institutions, galleries, museums, libraries, organisations and businesses. AEV is the major provider of specialist art curriculum information, quality resources and professional learning programs. (ozteacher.com)
Florida: New visual, performing arts coming to Okaloosa schools this year. During Riverside Elementary School orientation, Darien Culler was excited to add a special component to his kindergarten curriculum. "I signed up for art!" he told his mom, Amy. (CrestView Bulletin)
Support 'Art Story'.. a Family Animated Film. An original animated feature film about a boy and his grandfather who get stuck in a vast and imaginative world of paintings.
NCLB Waiver for CORE Districts Is Bad Policy, 'Insiders' Say
Pa. granted waiver from parts of NCLB
District Race to the Top: Big Promises, Challenges, New Report Finds
Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Pennsylvania
Financial Implications for NCLB Waiver States on 'High-Risk' Status. For the three high-risk states placed on "high-risk status" last week, losing their No Child Left Behind Act waiver is probably the ultimate penalty. But it's not the only penalty that U.S. Department of Education has at its disposal.(Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, 8/19)
Critics Blast Away at California Districts' Waiver. An unprecedented group NCLB waiver for eight districts redefines the federal role in school accountability—and has some saying it goes too far. (Education Week)
NCLB Waivers in Kansas, Oregon, Washington at 'High Risk' (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, 8/15)
Enter the Find Your Art School Summer Photo Contest! The 2nd Annual Photo Contest has closed and winners have been announced, but Find Your Art School is happy to bring you another opportunity to share and promote your artwork! They're giving away $3,000 in cash prizes! Set aside money for art school, fund your next art project, or update your equipment. Submissions are being accepted through September 6th, 2013.
Your Art Mobile App from the National Gallery of Art. Discover highlights of the National Gallery of Art collections with Your Art app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Available free in the iTunes App Store. Featuring the Kid's Tour: Young art lovers (ages 7-12) can tune in to learn about more than 50 of the world's greatest paintings. Kids can choose to hear about works by such masters as Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Winslow Homer.
Dreamworks Animation: Celebrating twenty years of friendly ogres and flying dragons. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Los Angeles-based studio, DreamWorks Animation, announced an historic collaboration on the first large-scale, behind-the-scenes exhibition to celebrate 20 years of the studio’s much loved feature films, and the talented artists who created them. (artdaily.org)
New Maine specialty plate with artwork by Robert Indiana to support the arts in the state. The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) and Maine Arts Commission (MAC) seek pre-payments to offer a new specialty license plate supporting the arts in Maine. MCA, with MAC as the sponsoring state agency, is offering an exciting new Maine specialty license plate supporting the arts in Maine. The plate design features the artwork “LOVE” of long-time Vinalhaven, Maine resident and internationally recognized artist, Robert Indiana. (artdaily.org)
Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking. Proponents of teaching film studies in the K-12 classroom say it boosts students’ complex literacy skills and dovetails with the new common standards. (Education Week)
STEAM: Arts education gaining new respect. For the past several years, people in certain education reform circles have focused their attention on STEM classes, a popular acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.... (LJWorld.com)
ARTS IS A VEHICLE TO ARTICULATE THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. Over 200 teachers, teaching artists, principals, educators, and advocates met at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on August 7-8 for the International Organization on Arts and Disability (VSA) Conference. VSA was founded in 1974, by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of President John F. Kennedy. Ambassador Smith showed her continued support of VSA and the conference by attending a special luncheon on the first day. (ED.gov)
Louisiana: Young Audiences Charter School opens in Gretna with arts-integrated curriculum. Parents said that they chose to apply because they were intrigued by the different approach that the school is taking. "We wanted our daughter to be in a different environment to bring out her creativity," said Natasha Netters, whose first-grade daughter formerly attended Woodmere Elementary.
ESEA Renewal: Exploring the Proposals. This interactive feature looks at competing proposals from congressional Republicans and Democrats to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week)
Virginia: 2013 Conference & Other Important Info! The 2013 VAEA Professional Development Conference is taking shape. The schedule is almost complete and registration will be available on line by the end of the month. The Fairview Park Marriott is already taking room reservations...visit our website for that information. The cut-off date for room reservations is October 9. PLEASE make your reservations using the VAEA Room Block so that we get credit for your attendance...if we don't fill the rooms that are set aside, the VAEA has to pay for them! Learn about the Thursday Opening and Artisans Gallery; Regional Share-Fest; Outstanding Keynote Address with Rebecca Kamen; Friday Evening Sessions & Party; and Over 125 Professional Development Sessions. Additionally, learn about The 365 Challenge for VAEA and the 2013 VAEA Awards.
VSA Indiana E-News - July 2013. In this edition: Community Classes Back in Session!; Upcoming Events; What is Urban Artisans?; and Sunshine, Sloppy Joes, and Surprises - 2013 Summer Open House a success!
NAEA 2014 Dream Rocket Exhibit. Would your school like to participate in our exhibit this year at the 2014 NAEA National Convention in San Diego? At last years convention, we exhibited an outstanding 382 submissions from schools all over our nation with 24 schools paving the way. This year, we will be asking schools to chip in $5.25 per submission and we will match this amount through volunteering or fundraising on our end. Our other exhibits tend to all be sponsored but we have a harder time with conferences. You will need to determine the number of pieces your school would like to submit with a limit of 15 submissions per school. Once we reach our 300 artwork limit, I will stop taking reservations. Due date: March 15 (postmarked). After exhibit: We will keep submissions to send to other venues over this next year and then include them in our giant wrapping of the Saturn V public art project in 2015 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. We will send you updates as to the locations of your submissions and the progress of our overall project.
ARTSED DIGEST - August 13, 2013, Vol. 5, No. 14
Save the Date! AEP 2014 National Forum in Pittsburgh, September 11-12. AEP is delighted to be bringing the AEP 2014 National Forum to Pittsburgh, the City of the Future, on September 11-12, 2014 during National Arts in Education Week. Stay tuned to the AEP website and the ArtsEd Digest for upcoming details about the AEP 2014 National Forum!
Common Core Support from AEP. As part of the Council of Chief State School Officers, AEP staff has expert knowledge and access to key resources on the Common Core State Standards and their implications for the arts. With Common Core implementation underway in 45 states, be sure you are in the know. Call on AEP if you are interested in having a staff member speak at your upcoming event or wish to host a webinar on the subject. Contact Scott Jones, AEP's Senior Associate for Research and Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Looking for art education research, policy, and/or advocacy resources? Check out ArtsEdSearch.org today!
New Report: Technology Fuels Youth's Artistic Expression Outside of School. According to a new report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, while many schools are cutting back on arts education, young people are following their artistic passions outside of traditional programs, fueled by new technologies that enable them to create and share art. The report delves into "interest-driven arts learning," that is, exploration of the arts that emerges from children's and teens' own creative passions. The report identifies challenges and offers suggestions for future research, practice, and policy that build on current knowledge about interest-driven arts learning to enable more youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, to participate in the arts.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Blog Post about Embracing Creativity. In Embracing Creativity, a recent post in UpNext, the official blog of the IMLS, Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nanette Maciejunes and Community Member Jeffrey Tucker talk about how the ArtLab program helps teens discover creativity through the art museum. Do you know of a museum or library that has made a difference? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 National Medal. Nomination Forms must be mailed and postmarked by October 15, 2013.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Announces 2013 Our Town Grants. The National Endowment for the Arts marks another investment in creative placemaking with a third year of funding through the Our Town program. Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that the NEA plans to award 59 grants in 36 states totaling $4.725 million to fund projects that engage the arts to help shape the social, physical, and economic character of communities.
National Center for Creative Aging: Online Artist Training. The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. This training is free and designed for each person to complete at their own pace. For more resources pertaining to teaching artist training please email email@example.com.
Graduate-Level Online Classes in Arts Integration, Social Media and Common Core through the Arts. EducationCloset is now offering online classes in Foundations of Arts Integration, Social Media for Educators, and Common Core through the Arts for graduate-level credit and continuing education units. All courses are worth three graduate credits (or 120 hours of CPUs) and run for six weeks in an online, self-paced format. Classes begin on October 1 for CPUs and November 1 for graduate credit, and are limited to 20 seats per course.
Florida: Student art graces City Hall, 'vital to raising awareness' of arts education
Indiana: Budget cuts lead to more arts education in Elkhart elementary schools
New York: 4 Fun Art Projects that Build Educational Muscle
New York: Group hopes to restore Valley Central school art, music programs
North Carolina: Student’s art displayed at Department of Education
U.K.: Arts groups unite in support of teachers
Maryland: Applications for FY2014 grants will be available on August 9. Over the past 25 years, the CCAA has awarded over $500,000 in grant funding to schools and organizations in Charles County for projects in the performing, visual, and literary arts. There are two types of grants: Arts in Education (AIE) for schools and Community Arts Development (CAD) for non-profit organizations.
Maryland: Art Callaham: Supporting the arts is a good investment
Delaware: Division of the Arts invests $2.9 million in grants for fiscal year 2014
Arizona: West Valley Arts Council receives grant from Target for arts education programs
Tennessee: Making a statement: Business owners, students, teachers of Coulter Grove Intermediate School restore 1990s mural
Pennsylvania: Easton Area High School and Lafayette College officials working to restore arts program
Utah's Gaylen Rust new ambassador for arts education
Texas: Weslaco Museum Hosts Teacher’s Night At The Museum On Thursday August 15th
Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Maine. The Obama administration today approved the state of Maine for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. (ED.gov)
Minn. Union Seeks Elimination of NCLB Test. A Minnesota teachers' union wants its district to agree to stop administering a federally required exam, reports Tim Post at Minnesota Public Radio. (Education Week/Teacher Beat Blog)
Six Questions About California CORE Districts' Waiver. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan provoked a lot of strong opinions when he granted a precedent-setting waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act to eight California districts last week. These "CORE" (for California Office to Reform Education) districts now have sweeping flexibility to implement their own accountability systems, separate from the state of California's, and the ability to largely police themselves with help from a new independent oversight panel. (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
Obama Administration Aloof Amid ESEA Tangle. With No Child Left Behind waivers in place and partisan bills in Congress, the administration has little incentive to push for a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week)
Federal Guidance Expected on Waiver Renewals. Federal guidance is likely to be issued by the end of the month for states to renew their waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, the head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Achievement and School Accountability office told state officials at a recent conference here. (Education Week)
National Gallery of Art Announcing Current Fellowship Deadlines. In preparation for the new academic year at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, NGA invites you to view their current fellowship deadlines and application information. The short-term Visiting Senior Fellowship Program application deadline is September 21, 2013, for the award period of March 1-August 15, 2014. The Senior Fellowship Program application deadline is October 15, 2013, for the award period of academic year 2014-2015. The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application deadline is October 15, 2013, for the award period of academic years 2014-2016. All applications must be submitted through the Center's online application system, which can be accessed from each fellowship's web page.
Visiting Senior Fellowship Program
Senior Fellowship Program
A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Obama Administration Aloof in ESEA-Renewal Push. With No Child Left Behind waivers in place and partisan bills in Congress, the administration has little incentive to push for a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week)
New ESEA Must Curb Federal Overreach. In the 12 years since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was enacted, we’ve seen firsthand how the federal role in education has expanded substantially, particularly by unilateral decisions made by the U.S. Department of Education to transform the educational delivery system through initiatives such as its waiver program. (LFA Briefs)
Obama Administration Approves NCLB Waiver Request for California CORE Districts
8 Calif. districts granted first-of-their-kind waivers from NCLB
U.S. Department of Education Grants California Districts' CORE Waiver
Staples Introduces Custom Supply Lists For Teachers on Staples.com. New Initiative Makes it Easy for Teachers to Create Wish Lists for Back to School, Share with Parents
Can video games effectively gauge learning? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that video games will play an increasingly prominent role in teaching, learning and testing in the future. The goal of the study is to determine whether students could play video games to gauge their understanding in real time, and whether games can provide benefits, such as helping regulate self-control and empathy. (Education Week, 8/7)
With more than 40,000 works from over 150 galleries, Amazon launches online art gallery. Amazon unveiled yet another business line Tuesday as it works to expand its appeal: Art. The 19-year online retail juggernaut, which began as a bookseller but now does everything from groceries to patio furniture, launched "Amazon Art" to market works from galleries in Miami, San Francisco, New York and other US cities. The site showcases more than 40,000 works from over 150 galleries and dealers that run the gamut as far as subject, genre and period are concerned. Works range from modest canvasses like a $44 cat portrait to Norman Rockwell's "Willie Gillis: Package from Home," which retails for $4.85 million. (artdaily.org)
Steven E. Gomes: Arts are essential to a well-rounded education. The research is clear. The study of the arts increases performance in expressive and cognitive abilities for all students. Research also shows that artistic expression develops essential thinking tools, such as pattern recognition and development, mental representation of what is observed or imagined and the ability to move from abstraction to complex expression, among others. (Merced Sun Star)
Illinois: Special ed, arts hit hard by CPS cuts. A union representing Chicago's public school teachers says nearly 15 percent of educators who are being laid off teach special education, while another 9 percent teach art and music. (Bellingham Herald)
Mississippi: WAMA's 'Suitcase Lessons' brings Anderson's art to the classroom. During the 2012-2013 school year, The Walter Anderson Museum of Art received a $10,000 grant for projects titled "Suitcase Lessons." Throughout a four-month period, the art program was brought to more than 1,300 children in the first and third grades in the Moss Point and Pascagoula school districts. (SunHerald.com)
Millions in grant money set aside to support Delaware arts. Nearly $3 million in grants will be awarded to 109 arts initiatives, ranging from art education to art programs and services, thanks to the Delaware Division of the Arts. The money is expected to benefit roughly 23 communities in all three counties for fiscal year 2014. (newsworks)
The 2014 YoungArts Application is OPEN. YoungArts is a national awards program open to students ages 15-18 or grades 10-12. Since 1980, YoungArts (formerly the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, NFAA) has annually awarded over $500,000 to outstanding young talent in the visual, performing and literary arts. We want to reach all art teachers who work with the high school aged community to let them know about our program, award opportunities for their students, learning and exhibition opportunities for winners, and for high school seniors, the exclusive opportunity to be nominated by YoungArts for consideration as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, awarded by the White House Commission each year.
South Carolina: TFAC develops mini-grant system to fund arts in education. Educators in eight Polk County and South Carolina District One schools will be awarded funding of up to $500 each to carry out arts-related projects in the 2013-2014 school year through a Tryon Fine Arts Center program supporting teachers and creativity in the classroom. The mini-grant program, named Be Inspired Grant (B.I.G.) Program, is managed by Arts in Education Committee Chair, Sue Z Truitt and TFAC Education Director Marianne Carruth. (Tryon Daily Bulletin)
California: GASP Grants for artists, schools available for next school year. The Arts Council of Mendocino County, Mendocino County Office of Education, and the Community Foundation of Mendocino County are pleased to announce the ninth year of funding for the Get Arts in the Schools Program (GASP). GASP is a public/private arts education partnership that funds professional artist workshops and live performances in Mendocino County schools during the school year. The goal of the program is to infuse the arts in the core curriculum and to involve and expose school children to quality, educational, curriculum-based artistic experiences. (The Ukiah Daily Journal)
AFI Conservatory Boosts Scholarships. The American Film Institute announced today a dramatic increase in scholarship funding at the AFI Conservatory (AFIC) – its immersive two-year graduate program in the art and discipline of filmmaking. (The Sacramento Bee)
Massachusetts: Rockland Cultural Council scholarship applications available. Rockland Cultural Council announces that scholarship applications are now available for the 2014 year. The scholarship is awarded to students who are studying the applied arts, music, theater, etc. Grants are awarded for the second semester of education in an accredited full time arts school. Applications are available at Rockland Memorial Library, Town Hall, or by calling 781-878-0060. Applications are due Aug. 31. (WickedLocal.com)
Massachusetts: Kidcasso encourages kids to love, see, create art. With school days often filled with learning historical facts, solving mathematic equations and memorizing vocabulary words, taking an art class that gives kids the chance to freely paint and draw is a much-welcomed change of pace. (WickedLocal.com)
Tennessee: Memphis College of Art Announces Scholarships to Missouri Students. The awards are four-year scholarships based on merit, taking into consideration grades, test scores and portfolio. Contact: Carrie Corbett, Director of College Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
New York: Staten Island students featured in 'PS Art 2013' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. Art-making (along with music and other "non-essentials") was largely cut from local public school curricula in the 1970s to save money. The city, in dire fiscal shape at the time, nearly defaulted. Municipal finances eventually improved, but in-school art instruction only returned piecemeal, often under the auspices of independent not-for-profit organizations like Studio in a School, which develop partnerships and funding streams. (silive.com)
Art Supply Wholesale Club Offers Benefits to Educators Nationwide. ASW Express is proud to offer a new art supply wholesale club program designed to offer wholesale pricing on high quality art supplies and materials directly to the consumer, educators, businesses and artists. (PRWeb.com)
Louisiana: Local studios and classes offer art education. Art isn’t just for elementary schools. There are several classes and studios available in the area to give residents a chance to express their creative side. (DailyComent)
The Hub's 1st Annual Halloween Bash. The National Costume Contest kicks off on August 12, 2013, inviting individuals 2yrs and up, as well as groups and families of up to 5 individuals, to enter costumes online in one of the following six categories:
• Spook-tacular: Get ready to frighten America by showcasing your most spine-chilling costume for all the ghosts and ghouls out there. Get us howling for the moon with your take on the werewolf, running for shelter as your scariest zombie, rushing to put garlic around our necks as a blood thirsty vampire or some other horror invoking costume. The spookier, the better!
• Hauntingly Howl-arious: Show the lighter side of Halloween with your take on a fun, funny or otherwise hilarious costume!
• Trending Now: Inspired by the famous, fabulous and front page, (but no celebrity impersonators please) we’re looking for your take on current/recent news and pop culture goings-on!
• Blast from the Past: Take us for a stroll down memory lane with your timeless costume… memories, nostalgia and yesteryear brought to life! Show us your take on George Washington, Cleopatra, Babe Ruth, a retro 50’s sock hop get up, 60’s flower child or other “period” inspired costume.
• Non-Humans Wanted: Wish you were a Tyrannosaurus Rex? See yourself as a robot? Love broccoli or even Swiss cheese so much you want to see it come to life??? Make ordinary objects, animals (fictional, alive, extinct), food, etc., into the extra-ordinary with your costume creation!
• Mad Genius: Unique, original, innovative and never seen before! A knight in armor fashioned from bottle caps, bat wings made from old umbrellas, or a cardboard box jet-pack, the possibilities are endless! Show us a costume unlike any other…show us your Mad Genius!
Following the deadline for submissions on September 29, 2013, 50 finalists, one from each state, will be flown to Hollywood for the biggest ever family Halloween celebration in the U.S., The Hub’s 1st Annual Halloween Bash. Amidst chart topping music, headline acts and outrageous Halloween fun, the 50 finalists will face off to determine six individual category winners and one Grand Prize winner! Each winner will receive a customized trophy and the Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to Hollywood to kick off the 2014 Hub Halloween Bash. The Hub’s First Annual Halloween Bash is sure to entertain, excite and ‘spookify’ fans of all ages with a first of its kind “Hallowpalooza” of tricks and treats for the whole family! The Halloween Bash will be taped on October 19, 2013 and air on October 26, 2013 on Hub Network.
News from the 2014 NAEA National Convention...
• Proposal notification letters for the 2014 NAEA National Convention are in the mail. Good luck to those who submitted proposals!
• Register using our paper form (online registration opens in the fall)
• Book your hotel room
• Exhibitor Information
Pennsylvania High-School Students to Receive Artistic Opportunity. As part of his push to implement project-based learning, Pennsylvania high-school principal Ken Lockette has launched a program in which between 30 and 50 students will partner with professional artists at five local institutions. With the help of grant funding, the students will work in teams to learn more about the art world and blog about the experience. "It's about applying things in the real world, not just doing classroom presentations," Lockette said. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Arne Duncan on Tony Bennett, NCLB Waivers, and ESEA Renewal (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, August 1, 2013)
RACE TO THE TOP. On July 30, the Department announced it had finalized the application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition, which will provide almost $120 million to support school districts in implementing local education reforms that personalize instruction, close achievement gaps, and take full advantage of 21st century tools that prepare each student for college and careers. The program sets a high bar to fund districts with a track record of success, clear vision for reform, and innovative plans to transform the learning environment and accelerate student achievement.
The program criteria invites applications from districts or groups of districts proposing to serve at least 2,000 students -- or groups of 10 or more districts proposing to serve less than 2,000 students -- with at least 40% of participating students (across all participating schools) from low-income families. Districts will choose to apply for funding to support learning strategies that personalize education in all or a set of schools, within specific grade levels or select subjects. Also, districts must demonstrate a commitment to Race to the Top’s four core reform areas and have sign-off on their plan from the local superintendent, local school board president, and local teacher union/association president (where applicable). The Department plans to support high-quality proposals from across a variety of districts, including rural and non-rural, as well as those participating in a Race to the Top state grant and those not participating. The program offers competitive preference to applicants that form partnerships to sustain their work and provide services that help meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs outside of the classroom.
The Department expects to make five to 10 awards. Awards will range from $4 million to $30 million, depending on the population served through the plan. Districts are asked to submit an intent to apply by August 23. Applications are due October 3. Grants will be announced no later than December 31. (Note: To assist applicants, the agency is hosting technical assistance webinars and has posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions.)
Race to the Top-District Applications Now Open. The Department has finalized the application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition, which will provide nearly $120 million to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness. (ED.gov)
Six States Awarded Supplemental Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants. The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a supplemental award from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states. (ED.gov)
Software helps students blend study of astronomy, art (KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog)
NAEA has a new Secondary Division Facebook page. Join today!
Second Race to Top District Contest, Worth $120 Million, Starts (July 30, 2013, Politics K-12 Blog)
Department of Education Invites Districts to Apply for $120 Million in Race to the Top Funds to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has finalized the application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition, which will provide nearly $120 million to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness. (ED.gov)
• L.A. Now: School districts invited to apply for Race to the Top funds
“Structure” National Juried Exhibition. “One cannot help but be in awe when [one] contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.” – Albert Einstein. We are seeking works of art that address the concept of "structure" in all its forms. Structure can define vision and expression within political, religious and technological boundaries. How do you express the structure and thus the inherent meaning in your art?Submission Fee: $35. Media: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. Deadline: September 4, 2013.
California: Where do we learn? New report finds arts education increasingly happens outside of school. A new report by The Wallace Foundation argues students are increasingly finding valuable arts education exposure via technology they access outside of the classroom - and teachers should use that to their advantage. The extensive, 104-page report pushes for educators and policy makers to take advantage of what she calls "arts learning opportunities," many of which are happening outside of normal school hours as kids spend several hours a day using tablets, computers and other devices. (KPCC)
California: Teach Art. It's the Law. I started my career as an instrumental music teacher in 1957. This was in the Ontario-Montclair School District. Since then, I’ve been a music consultant, teacher, supervisor of a visual arts program, elementary school principal (I lost my mind for eight years), founding principal of an elementary school with the arts as core curriculum (Buena Vista Arts-Integrated School—it’s still thriving nearly 20 years later), adjunct university instructor at Cal State San Bernardino and Fullerton, and full-time faculty member at California Baptist University in Riverside.To teach arts is to advocate for the arts. For more than 40 years, I’ve been doing just that—by talking to school boards, speaking to public groups, attending rallies, sending letters to politicians, meeting with legislators, organizing parents, and serving on the board of the California Alliance for Arts Education. I’ve heard every possible excuse for why our schools have reduced or eliminated arts programs—budget cuts, limited instructional time, the cost of materials, the difficulty of finding instructors, greater emphasis on math and language arts and, like a lot of people in the arts, I’ve spent a ton of time thinking of creative ways to make the point that the arts are vital and that they shouldn’t be eliminated from school curricula. But then, a year ago, I came to a simple realization. I’d been spending my time on advocacy when, legally speaking, it wasn’t necessary at all. While browsing through the state Education Code online, I learned (embarrassingly late in my career) that the law couldn’t be clearer. Since 1995, the teaching of the arts has been mandatory in California for grades one to 12. (New America Foundation)
California: Summer Program Helping Teachers Infuse Arts with the Common Core Standards. While most teachers and administrators are recharging their schooling batteries this summer, dozens of Sacramento area educators are hitting the books—arts books that is! During the week of July 22-26, art teachers, art coaches and school administrators are participating in the first ever SCOE Leadership Institute Arts Academy. It is a week-long, professional development workshop focusing on arts education. (Sacramento Press)
New York: Mayoral Candidates Support More Arts Funding for Schools. The better-known Democrats and Republicans agreed the city should spend more money on arts education. Thompson, the former city comptroller and president of the former Board of Education, said that he would want to ensure a baseline of funding for art and music in the schools. He added that arts education should figure in the evaluations of schools and principals. (WNYC)
New York: State grants await emerging artists - Applicants welcome; informational meetings set. The Arts Council of Rockland offers two grant categories: Community Arts Grants, which assist the activities of local arts organizations and individual artists who pair up with a local organization, and Arts Education Grants, which are for any individual artist or nonprofit arts organization willing to work on art projects with Rockland Public Schools in coordination with a teacher. The deadline for applying is expected to be a date in early October. (lohud.com)
Robert Lynch: Art Is "America's Secret Weapon for Positive Change". Art is an often-overlooked yet powerful tool for long-lasting, positive change. Yet in America, on the national level, there's at least one strong professional advocate for the arts unwavering in his creative convictions and advocacy. The arts provide a way for people better to understand "who they are in a time in history where that is desperately needed," says Robert Lynch. The progenitor of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the nonprofit Americans for the Arts, is "the nation's leading advocate for the arts and arts education," and Lynch is the organization's CEO. (truth-out.org)
New York: Pattison Onestop Presents Art Responsibly by Toronto Youth on Subway Platforms. Pattison Onestop in partnership with Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) present Art Responsibly, a series of hand-painted subway posters created by children and youth from Toronto's priority neighbourhoods, on select subway platforms across Toronto. Art Responsibly posters share these youths' thoughts and feelings about "being responsible by being artful." (art.broadwayworld.com)
Update on the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund. To date, the U.S. Department of Education has funded 92 unique i3 projects that seek to provide innovative solutions to common education challenges. The PowerPoint below aims to: provide an overview of the progress i3 grantees are making towards their goals as well as what the Department is doing to help them be successful; highlight the potential of i3 grantees to generate rigorous education research; and use data on grantee performance thus far to inform the design of future i3 competitions.
• i3 Update PowerPoint download files PowerPoint (945 KB)
• Complete List of i3 Grants download files Excel (81 KB)
Capitol Connection - July 31, 2013 from ASCD. Top Story: It’s in the Details. The education community has paid much attention to the relaxed school accountability and improvement provisions within the Student Success Act (PDF)—the House’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) rewrite that successfully passed on a partisan vote earlier this month. However, other aspects of the bill are also worth noting because they would have significant implications for schools and educators, should the legislation eventually take effect.
Minnesota: Waseca Arts Council provides cultural services, arts education. Our mission statement is: to provide the people of the greater Waseca County Area opportunities to experience diverse creative arts essential to a healthy community. This mission is met through a wide variety of programs and services, the main one being the operation of the Waseca Art Center in our new facility at 200 State St. N. Here at the Art Center from 10 – 12 art exhibitions are held each year in the main gallery plus smaller exhibits at other places in the building. Two of the oldest and annual shows are the High School Exhibition & Workshop Day featuring 10 MN schools, 50 students; and the annual Elementary Art Show featuring all Waseca schools grades K to 4. (Waseca County News)
China: Arts education can stimulate creative thinking. Arts and education groups roll out a plethora of innovative activities to keep children occupied and stimulated over the long summer break. But the programmes are often beyond the means of working-class families. Two non-profit organisations running workshops over the next few weeks hope to extend the experience to underprivileged children. The Osage Art Foundation (OAF), a non-profit organisation committed to building creative communities based in Kwun Tong, has come up with Pop!Site, three artist-led workshops in sculpture, painting and music for youngsters aged between six and 12. (South China Morning Post)
The Arts in Early Learning: From the Classroom to the State of the Union. When President Obama announced his universal pre-K initiative during the recent State of the Union Address, a preschool educator was listening from a very coveted vantage point: a couple of seats away from First Lady Michelle Obama in the House of Representatives chamber. Susan Bumgarner teaches four-year-olds at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in Oklahoma City. The school participates in the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program. Click here or on the above title to read an interview with Susan and Amy Duma, the Kennedy Center's director of teacher and school programs. (ED.gov)
SchoolArts - August/September Digital Issue Now Available! Simply click on link to begin reading the current issue.
Register Today! Design Learning Challenge Workshop 2013-2014. On August 24, 2013 - workshop participants at Columbia College Chicago will engage in a STEM-based design learning challenge -- as
co-participants with design and technology educators at the University of Lincoln in England in real-time through Skype.
International Dot Day. What is Dot Day? Every day is a good day to celebrate creativity in the classroom and all that it unlocks and unleashes for students and teachers. But since 2009, one day – September 15 -- has become a great day for teachers, students and people everywhere to re-commit and re-connect to the power and potential that creativity brings to all we do. To get started, sign up to download their Educator’s Handbook and visit our gallery of past projects. And don’t forget to get connected to people just like you who are committed to teaching and learning with creativity.
House Subcommittee Cuts NEA by 49%. Today, the U.S House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved its initial FY 2014 funding legislation, which includes a proposed cut of $71 million to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This would bring funding of the NEA down to $75 million, a level not seen since 1974! Please take two minutes to send a customizable message to your members of Congress rejecting these dramatic cuts to NEA funding.
New Report from The Wallace Foundation: Arts Learning in a Digital Age. Arts education may be on the wane in many public schools, especially in disadvantaged communities. But outside school, one sees a "strikingly different landscape," according to a new report by an Indiana University researcher. Digital technologies are offering young people new paths to engagement in the arts, she writes. The study – an unusual look at technology-based arts learning – describes the arts software and gadgetry that have emerged in recent years, as well as young people's media use. It also offers a framework for thinking about digitally-powered arts learning and details innovative efforts to bring technology, kids and the arts together.
From The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers AYAW Times - Issue 40
Have a Creative Summer and Start.Write.Now! We want to see what you’re up to this summer! Share photos of your art, yourself making art, or doing something creative on our Tumblr page. Need some inspiration? Visit Start.Write.Now for 40 creative ideas to keep the imaginative wheels in your head turning right up until September 16, when the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards begin!
What’s the Big Deal About Art and Writing? This year, in honor of our 90th anniversary, we released a special, limited edition commemorative book, The Great Encouragement. We wanted to provide our community with the chance to get their hands on a free copy, so we held a contest asking people why art and writing are important to them. Quite simply, we loved the responses we received! Read the winning response, as well as a selection of the other outstanding answers (many from Scholastic Awards winners and their teachers!).
Eyes on the Prize. Last month, we introduced you to two of our 2013 Portfolio Gold Award winners – artist Greg Dugdale and writer Anna Xie. We shared their creative process and highlighted their incredible work. (AYAW Times)
Art21 News: Bruce Nauman Keeps Busy, Maya Lin Examines Bodies of Water, and More. In this issue: New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up; 100 Artists: New Videos, Images, Interviews, and More; and Access 100 Artists: Host or Attend a Screening.
Arts Education Moves Beyond the Classroom (Education Week/Digital Education Blog, July 25, 2013)
Met Museum to inaugurate Global Museum Leaders Colloquium in Spring 2014. Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today the spring 2014 launch of the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium, a two-week pilot program created and hosted by the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Designed to stimulate and broaden international dialogue on museum management and collections care among directors from collecting institutions, it will bring together 12-15 directors, in particular from museums in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. (artdaily.org)
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New York: Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom. Explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education. (MOMA)
Smithsonian Hosts Wikipedia Party. Last week the Smithsonian Institution's American Art Museum and Wikipedia co-hosted an "edit-athon" in which volunteers boosted and beefed up the museum's entry on the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia, an increasingly popular practice among art institutions, some of whom have formed the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Wikipedia Initiative, or GLAM-Wiki. (The New York Times)
Spellings: NCLB is overdue for improvements. Margaret Spellings, former George W. Bush administration education secretary and current president of the George W. Bush Foundation, is asking lawmakers to improve government accountability and transparency in reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. She said the law, which she helped craft, is overdue for some tweaks and "some improvements, and we can and we should do that." (The Huffington Post, 7/29)
Three States Get Race to Top Early-Learning Boost (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 26, 2013)
ASCD Capitol Connection, July 24, 2013 - House Charges Forward with NCLB Rewrite
Education Overhaul Faces a Test of Partisanship. Political battles create obstacles for NCLB legislation
The bipartisan coalition that passed No Child Left Behind into law in 2002 is no more. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed new education legislation along party lines, and the White House has threatened to veto it, which means a difficult road for efforts to overhaul the education law. (The New York Times, 7/23)
ARTSED DIGEST, July 23, 2013, Vol. 5, No. 13
AEP Summer Reading List. Check out AEP's website for bulletins, briefs, and books for your arts education reading pleasure this summer. Brush up on a few AEP “classics” and some new titles too, available in our online reading room: Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education—AEP's latest research bulletin offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. What School Leaders Can do to Increase Arts Education—This brochure-length guide, prepared with support from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, offers three concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools.
National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013 Our Town Grants. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) marks another investment in creative placemaking with a third year of funding through the Our Town program. Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that the NEA plans to award 59 grants in 36 states totaling $4.725 million to fund projects that engage the arts to help shape the social, physical, and economic character of communities. Since the Our Town program's inception in 2011, the NEA has supported 190 projects totaling more than $16 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Very Special Arts (VSA) Program Call for Proposals Now Open. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce VSA’s Program Request for Contract Proposals is now open. Proposals are accepted in seven program areas including arts education programs, workshops, and residencies for children with disabilities in pre-K-12. Awards range from $2,000 to $25,000. The deadline to apply is July 31.
The Kennedy Center to Host “Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference,” August 7-8, 2013. This national conference will provide attendees with innovative and thought provoking sessions addressing an array of topics and emerging issues relevant to providing students with disabilities access to and engagement in arts education. The conference includes more than 56 high quality sessions ranging from current research and exemplary programming to model educational practices across all arts disciplines. The registration deadline is July 31.
Wisconsin: Kennedy Center picks Madison for arts education push. All young children in Madison public schools will have greater access to the arts under a program being launched in the city this fall by the Kennedy Center. The Washington, D.C.-based Kennedy Center — best known as a national showcase and landmark hub of the arts — has selected Madison as the 12th U.S. city for its “Any Given Child” program. The initiative is designed to create a long-range arts education plan to reach every public school student in grades K-8. (Wisconsin State Journal)
Texas: Building Creative Communities Through Arts Education. For nearly 10 years, the University of Houston’s Katherine Veneman has been working hard at building creative communities on and off campus. As the curator of education for UH’s Blaffer Art Museum, Veneman manages several initiatives aimed at engaging young artists and promoting creative works to the public. These include tours, talks and interactive programs. (Chron)
Arizona: Phoenix College draws resources for the arts. Phoenix College has spent significant time focusing on educating students pursuing professions in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. But officials with the central Phoenix college hope to give more attention to an entirely different field: fine arts. The college recently launched its first capital campaign focused on fine arts. (azcentral.com)
L.A. Unified unveils plan to bring arts into academics. After five years of deep budget cuts in arts education, L.A. Unified is poised to inject music, dance, visual arts and theater into core academic subjects under a five-year plan unveiled Thursday. The Arts Education and Creative Cultural Network Plan will restore at least $13.5 million to arts education by 2017, bringing funding levels back to the $32 million spent five years ago. The money will be used to rehire elementary arts teachers, provide schools with needed supplies and train teachers on how to incorporate the arts into math, science, English and social studies. (L.A. Times)
Illinois: Rockford Area Arts Council Accepting Nominations for Art Awards. The Rockford Area Arts Council urges the public to consider honoring an arts advocate, business, student, educator, individual artist or a creative cultural event with much deserved arts recognition by submitting a nomination for a 2013 State of the Arts Award! Nomination forms are due to the Arts Council no later than August 16, 2013. (wifr.com)
Virginia: County Receives Grant for Nauck Public Art. Arlington will receive a $75,000 “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the creation of a plaza that will be “a gathering place for residents to host a variety of community events and an area to showcase the neighborhood’s rich cultural heritage with its collection of public art.” (ARLnow)
2013 AAP Children’s Art Contest- Entry Deadline Extended! The deadline has been extended in the American Academy of Pediatrics annual children’s art contest! This year’s theme, “A World Free from Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke”, encourages children to envision a world without tobacco or exposure to secondhand smoke. Entries will be accepted from children in the US in grades 3-12 and children abroad ages 13-18. Winners can receive up to $500 and a trip to Orlando, FL, as well as a matching amount for their school. Entries must be postmarked by August 30, 2013.
Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Duncan on House ESEA Reauthorization Bill H.R. 5. "America's families, students and teachers deserve an education law that advances progress for all students—especially our most vulnerable children. The bill that the House passed today is not that law. (ED.gov)
NCLB Rewrite Passes House, Rocky Road Ahead. After two days of partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a GOP-only reauthorization of the long-stalled No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
House Republicans Passed Education Bill to Reverse No Child Left Behind. The House of Representatives passed a re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, approved 221-207, with no Democratic support. The Senate Education Committee approved its own, radically different version in June. Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate education committee and the author of the bill, is hoping to move that legislation to the floor of the Senate this year but it hasn't yet been scheduled. (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
House passes revised NCLB that diminishes federal role in education. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a revision of the No Child Left Behind Act that increases state and local control over education. Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., states and local districts would have greater autonomy over how they spend federal education funding and eliminates requirements that teachers be "highly qualified" and the accountability system known as "annual yearly progress." (The Sacramento Bee)
NCLB Rewrite Advances, Without Teacher-Evaluation Mandate. Conservative lawmakers won a big concession Thursday on the teacher-evaluation portion of a bill to renew the No Child Left Behind Act that’s moving through the House. A vote on the bill is expected today. (Education Week) • Follow developments on our NCLB Renewal page
Obama pledges to veto proposed NCLB replacement bill. If the current version of the Student Success Act -- legislation that would replace No Child Left Behind -- is approved by federal lawmakers, President Barack Obama will veto it, White House officials stated. House of Representatives members are expected to vote Friday on the bill, which the Obama administration says has weak education standards, does too little for disadvantaged students and does not address struggling schools. (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
House Lawmakers Set to Debate NCLB Act Rewrite (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 17, 2013)
Where Does the NCLB Rewrite Stand in the House? (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 17, 2013)
AFT, Education Trust Attack House ESEA Bill (Education Week/Teacher Beat Blog, July 17, 2013)
Republicans Target House Democrats Ahead of ESEA Floor Vote (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 17, 2013)
STEM Coalition Opposes GOP Bill to Rewrite NCLB (Education Week/Curriculum Matters Blog, July 18, 2013).
Tell Congress to Support Arts in Education. There are two priority areas for arts education advocacy at the federal level: strengthening the arts in the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA, most recently called the No Child Left Behind Act), and supporting the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. (Americans for the Arts Action Fund)
ASCD Capitol Connection, July 16, 2013. Student Success Act Advances Toward House Floor. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider legislation that overhauls the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This marks the first time an NCLB rewrite has reached the full House or Senate floor since the law expired almost six years ago. The House education committee approved the new legislation, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), on a party-line vote last month.
Federal lawmakers could take up NCLB renewal this week. The U.S. House of Representatives this week may consider legislation that would reauthorize No Child Left Behind, education reporter Alyson Klein writes in this blog post. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., gained only Republican support in committee, and it is unclear whether it can pass the House with GOP backing alone. The bill, among other things, does not require states to set goals for achievement by some groups, such as students who are English-language learners or in special-education programs, Klein writes. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (7/15)
GOP Leaders Push NCLB Rewrite, Public School Choice (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 17, 2013)
Teacher Provisions in the House ESEA Bill: A Rundown (Education Week/Teacher Beat Blog, July 16, 2013)
Arne Duncan: Common Core May Lead To Lower Test Scores
Lost Art: Are Hawaii's Kids Being Shortchanged in Arts Education? Art has always found its way into Rexann Dubiel’s teaching. In lessons about the solar system and Earth, she asks her third-grade students to do chalk drawings of outer space and the planet’s crust. In lessons about geometry, she has them do artwork modeled after Picasso. Art makes its way into social studies classes, too, with students making masks when they learn about Africa and origami when they study Japan, to name a few. But Dubiel, who’s taught at Sunset Beach Elementary School for the past 25 years, says she’s in the minority. Teachers often struggle to incorporate art into their classes because of severely limited public funding and the demands of federal and state education requirements that place an emphasis on testing in core subjects such as math and reading. (Honolulu Civil Beat)
Call for abstracts: 34th InSEA World Congress on Arts and Education. The abstract collection is a highlight of the Congress and a permanent record of delegates' contribution. Abstracts will be considered that address issues identified in the overall Congress theme 'Diversity through Art' and can be submitted under the following sub-themes: 1. Change: What changes are needed in a contemporary arts education landscape? 2. Continuity: What is important to preserve amidst arts education / policy / change? 3. Context: How do we address / contest / maintain arts education in diverse contexts?
California: Could the Arts Actually Be Making a Comeback in Our Schools? Art, music, dance, and theater will soon become a bigger part of the curriculum in Los Angeles public schools. (TakePart)
California: LA Fund's #ArtsMatter Campaign to Launch Arts Integration Curriculum and Professional Development in Fall 2013. In an effort to increase students' access to the arts and to support LAUSD classroom teachers, the LA Fund announced today it is launching the program phase of their #ArtsMatter campaign which to date has focused on advocacy and fundraising. (Wall Street Journal)
California: L.A. Fund Donates Money to Benefit Arts Education at Local Schools. A Los Angeles philanthropic group has committed $750,000 to fund arts programs in the public schools throughout the city over the next three years, it was announced today. The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, founded in 2011, partners with the Los Angeles Unified School District in developing results-oriented programs. (Hollywood Patch)
California: Business purveys fearless art . “Where would we be without art? Probably in a cave or something,” said Virginia Faraco, art teacher and co-owner of Community Canvas. Faraco and her cousin, Tiffany McGuckin began Community Canvas in January to “spread the love of art and creativity to anyone willing to let us,” said Faraco. Faraco and McGuckin travel to various venues, homes and schools throughout Nevada County to offer group painting classes. (TheUnion)
Kansas: Advocate for arts funding. A year after it was created, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission at last is awarding grants. But the damage of Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2011 defunding of the arts is unrepaired – and unforgiven by the state’s arts supporters. And in Wichita there are new worries about another proposed cut in the city’s cultural arts funding. (The Wichita Eagle)
Letter: Arts education strong on La. Congratulations to the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts and to LSU for hosting the recent A+ Schools workshop, as reflected in the letter from Dr. Laurence Kaptain published in The Advocate – Readers’ Views on July 3. I am disappointed, however, to note that one might think incorporating the arts in education is a new idea to Louisiana. A rich heritage of arts-in-education already exists in Louisiana. (The Advocate)
Ohio: Arts organization extends deadline for award nominations. The Akron Area Arts Alliance (AAAA) has extended the deadline for nominating artists, arts educations, philanthropists, businesses and volunteers to Aug. 2. Nominations are sought for the 2013 Arts Alive! Awards Celebration, honoring outstanding achievement in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. Awards are also given for outstanding leadership and generous support of our arts and culture community. (Aurora Advocate)
Arkansas: Bringing Art To Students - Summit Addresses Distance Learning. Educators and art museum officials from across the country have gathered here this week to discuss how cultural institutions can expand their efforts to connect with students. (NWAonline)
Michigan: Taking a closer look at art education: Reporter checks out MacRostie Suitcase. As the Arts and Education editor at the Herald-Review, I thought it a good idea to take a closer look at the common ground between the two halves of my title, that being art education. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece entitled “Art That Travels,” which was about the newly created Art Suitcases that are available for checking out at the MacRostie Art Center. Each of the eight suitcases has a different theme, and a number of supplies in order for several students to get a hands-on lesson in creative craftsmenship. (GrandRapidsMN.com)
Michigan: Artists, teachers find inspiration from nearly discarded items. Imagine a place where unwanted items have a chance to find a new home--where they find new life within the hands of an artist. (Second Wave)
Study finds spatial skill is early sign of creativity. A gift for spatial reasoning — the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator — may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields, according to a study published Monday in the journal Psychological Science, the New York Times reports. The study looked at the professional success of people who, as 13-year-olds, had taken both the SAT, because they had been flagged as particularly gifted, as well as the Differential Aptitude Test… (eSchoolNews)
New Jersey: Dodge Foundation awards $2.3 million in grants to arts and arts ed programs. The majority of the foundation’s 26 education grants support art projects and organizations, including $60,000 to the New Jersey Charter Schools Association to help it bring arts programs to its member schools and $30,000 to VHI Save the Music Foundation to restore music education to two Trenton middle schools. (nj.com)
Pennsylvania: Art, music, gym returning to Nanticoke elementary schools. The Greater Nanticoke Area School Board member reminded reporters that it was the board's education committee that pushed for a change to the district's curriculum coming this fall: Bringing art, music and physical education classes back to elementary school students after a two-year hiatus. (citizensvoice.com)
Alabama: Teachers blend art and the environment at Cheaha workshop. Kindergarten teacher Kathy Bechtel lifted a white sheet of paper from an ink-covered surface and revealed an oak leaf pattern to her colleagues Wednesday. Bechtel and about 20 other teachers were part of a print-making exercise during the third day of a workshop based out of Bald Rock Lodge. The workshop, labeled Arts and the Environment: Making Connections, is just one of several similar events taking place across the state this summer, but it’s the only one that is about teaching art in nature. (The Anniston Star)
Thousands of AP Studio Art Portfolios Assessed in Salt Lake City. Unlike most Advanced Placement offerings, the three studio-art programs dispense with the traditional pencil-and-paper exam in favor of student portfolios of artwork. Last month, nearly 50,000 such portfolios were examined and graded in Salt Lake City by a team of arts educators. (Education Week)
ARTS EDUCATION: Creating Student Success In School, Work, and Life - March 2013
Speak Up For the Arts In Schools! Sign On to the National Arts Education Advocacy Statement. The Arts Education Working Group, a coalition of national arts and arts education advocacy organizations including the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, invites state and local organizations to join the movement to keep the arts in public schools by signing-on to a statement in support of arts education: Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School Work and Life.
We Need Leaders Who Resist and Leaders Who Imagine and Create. Assessments of students, teachers, and principals took center stage all of last year and will continue to remain there moving ahead. Many of us are trapped in resistance. If we allow ourselves to enter that abyss, we give our efficacy away. Perhaps, those who raise the voices of opposition will be triumphant and the mandates will be changed. We give them our support. But, for those among us who are innovative and optimistic, there must be a different path or we risk succumbing to the cynicism and fatigue that characterizes so many right now. If there is summer work to be done, it must be for leaders. They cannot return to schools in the fall in that weakened state of mind. (Education Week)
Washignton, D.C.: FIFTEEN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AWARDED TO OUTSTANDING STUDENTS. The National Gallery of Art welcomed fifteen graduate students and recent bachelor’s degree recipients to its 2013 summer internship program. They are joined by a Culturex Fellow funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. The international group—including interns from ten states and three foreign countries—was selected through a competitive process. The nine-week internships began on Monday, June 10, and continue through Friday, August 9. The summer internship program provides the opportunity for graduate-level and post-graduate students to work on projects directed by a Gallery department head or curator. Interns are considered temporary staff. In addition to departmental work, interns attend a biweekly seminar that introduces them to the broad spectrum of museum work at the Gallery, and to our departments, staff, functions, and programs. The internship program is supported by individual gifts and endowment funds, and is administered by the department of academic programs in the division of education. Press Release | List of Summer Interns
Calling on Arts Action Fund members to join in the #BeTheARTbeat crowd-sourced video! The Arts Action Fund is launching a crowd-sourced video and we need your help! We are calling upon all artists, arts administrators, arts organizations, and arts advocates to share their love for the arts. Each one of you has a unique story to tell and we want to hear your answer to one simple question:
How do the arts inspire you?
New York, NY: Museum Launches New Multimedia Mobile App. With the launch of its new mobile app, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum provides a unique, highly interactive educational platform for visitors to the Guggenheim and mobile-device users around the world. The app hosts a wealth of multimedia material that will enliven the visitor's experience of the museum and enrich learning and dialogue about its exhibitions and collections.
Nonprofit's grant to bring the arts into core subjects in Los Angeles. A California nonprofit group is expected to announce a $750,000 grant initiative to revive arts education in the Los Angeles Unified School District after five years of budget cuts. The plan calls for increased funding for arts education and the incorporation of the arts into core subjects, including math, science, English and social studies. The effort will kick off next month when educators and artists participate in training and consider how to connect a 1913 Russian ballet and orchestral concert to academic lessons. (Los Angeles Times, 7/10)
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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces 2013 Graduate Arts Award Recipients. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2013 Graduate Arts Awards. The 20 arts students will receive $50,000 a year for up to three years to attend graduate school. Congratulations to the winners! (JCKF, 6/26)
How to teach music and art online. For centuries, the landscape for arts education has had a certain unique niche that often has often consisted of the one-on-one ‘master & apprentice’ relationship between teacher and student, edudemic reports. The necessity of passing down a craft has come from a few places, notably the economic need from working artists as well as he love and interest of the art from prospective students…
Selling the NCLB Act Rewrite to Conservatives (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 10, 2013)
Lawmakers May Debate Testing, Evaulations in NCLB Renewal (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 15, 2013)
AEP ArtsEd Digest - July 10, 2013, Vol. 5, No. 12
AEP Director Presents on the Common Core at The Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented its third annual Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teaching on June 24-26, 2013. The Conference explored the “how” of arts integration and provided many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to engaging students in learning. During this conference, AEP Director Sandra Ruppert presented the keynote address on the Common Core State Standards and the arts. Visit the Common Core and the Arts page on AEP's website for resources and information about the Common Core.
Very Special Arts (VSA) Program Call for Proposals Now Open. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce VSA’s Program Request for Contract Proposals is now open. Proposals are accepted in seven program areas including arts education programs, workshops, and residencies for children with disabilities in pre-K-12. Awards range from $2,000 to $25,000. Download the Request for Contract Proposals from their website. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2013.
The Kennedy Center to Host “Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference,” August 7-8, 2013. This national conference will provide attendees with innovative and thought provoking sessions addressing an array of topics and emerging issues relevant to providing students with disabilities access to and engagement in arts education. The conference includes more than 56 high quality sessions ranging from current research and exemplary programming to model educational practices across all arts disciplines.
Deadline Approaching for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grant. The next deadline for arts education Art Works grant applications is August 8, 2013 for school-based projects. Visit the Art Works: Arts Education guidelines on NEA's website for more information. To see the full list of recent NEA Art Works grants, go to the Grants Search section of the website.
National Medal for Museum and Library Service - Nominations Now Being Accepted. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Museums and libraries that would like to be considered for the National Medal should complete the nomination form by October 15, 2013.
New Book About the Impact of Arts Integration. The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) released a new book Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education, by Ellen Winner, Thalia R. Goldstein, and Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin. The book examines the state of empirical knowledge about the impact of arts education on outcomes defined as "skills for innovation"; subject-based skills, including in non-arts subjects; skills in thinking and creativity; and behavioral and social skills. The types of arts education examined include arts classes in school, arts-integrated classes, and arts study undertaken outside of school.
Massachusetts: The Center for Arts in Education's National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program. The Center for Arts in Education invites arts teachers from public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices. The NATF program provides grants of $5,500 to enable selected arts teachers from all disciplines to rejuvenate their own art-making. A complementary grant of $1,500 is awarded to each Fellow's school to support post-fellowship activities in the classroom. Applications will be available online by September 27, 2013.
Virginia: Wolf Trap Foundation Fellowship. A 12-month, full-time paid Fellowship position within the Wolf Trap Foundation is available beginning November 2013. Intended for a young professional of color who has recently earned a Master’s degree in the arts or a related discipline, the Fellowship will provide substantive arts management experience in a variety of areas within the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. A $24,000 stipend is provided in addition to a housing and transportation stipend, if needed. Funding for attendance at selected national conferences is also provided. The Fellow will be eligible to receive certain Wolf Trap Foundation benefits, including health insurance and paid time off. Fellowship applicants are required to submit an application cover sheet, a statement of purpose, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. For further information, please call 703.937.6304. Applications are due September 1, 2013.
Caifornia: After years of cuts, LA Unified reveals plans to restore arts education. It's summer break, but classes were still in session at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts -- at least for teachers. They packed into the school's classrooms two weeks ago for a summer training program by the Los Angeles Unified School District on arts integration. Incorporating arts into other lessons is a key component in the district’s new arts plan. (SCPR)
Michigan: The Work of Art focuses on integrating art into education. The Work of Art is focused on bringing more art into Detroit's K-12 classrooms but not in the traditional way of proving resources for art classes. The new nonprofit wants to infuse art into the rest of the classes. (Startup News)
Arizona: Small Arizona companies are big winners in state grants. Thanks to a one-time, $1 million windfall from the Legislature, the Arizona Commission on the Arts has more money to spread around in grants to non-profit groups for the 2013-14 fiscal year. But because of a change in criteria in the application process, some of the state’s most prominent arts organizations will be seeing a smaller piece of the pie. On Wednesday, July 3, after four straight years of budget cuts, the commission announced $1.8 million in grants to support museums, symphonies, theaters and arts-education programs throughout the state. (azcentral.com)
North Carolina: Sampson Arts Council accepting grant applications. The Sampson Arts Council is once again accepting applications for the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program sub-grants, an opportunity it has offered local non-profits and the Sampson community for a number of years now. (The Sampson Independent)
Maryland: Howard County Arts Council Receives $767,000 Appropriation. In May 2013, the Howard County Council approved County Executive Ken Ulman's FY14 arts appropriation of $767,000 to the Howard County Arts Council, a record amount and a funding boost of 12.8 percent in support of vital local and regional arts programming that will enrich the lives of County residents. Eighty percent of this funding will be used to support the Arts Council's grant programs, including four programs that provide operating and project grants to Howard County arts organizations; Artist-in-Education grants to County schools through Parent Teacher Associations; grants to key Baltimore City arts and cultural organizations; and Outreach Howard grants to encourage Baltimore City grant recipients to provide programming in Howard County. (baltimore.broadwayworld.com)
Washington, DC: The Community Foundation goes “beyond dollars” to support emerging artists. At WRAG, we talk a lot about how philanthropy goes “beyond dollars” in reference to the creative ways that grantmakers have an impact beyond simply cutting checks. As we document in our report of the same name, going beyond dollars can be as complex as creating funding collaboratives or launching public-private partnerships. But sometimes, going beyond dollars can be as simple as displaying beautiful art on your office walls. This is what the staff at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) recently discovered. Last year, the foundation redesigned their office, which created several broad expanses of blank white walls in serious need of some color. This led to the idea for the foundation’s “Gallery for Good” – a rotating exhibit of works of art by emerging visual artists from throughout the region. While many of the Community Foundation’s donors support the arts, CFNCR doesn’t directly fund the arts and humanities through their discretionary grantmaking. The Gallery for Good, however, provides them with a non-grantmaking approach to supporting new artists and promoting the region’s vibrant arts and culture sector. (WRAG)
Development Competition (Full Application) The Department is pleased to invite 119 Development pre-applicants to submit an application for the FY 2013 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 16, 2013. Question and Answer Webinar for FY 2013 i3 Development Full Application Overview: The i3 team will conduct a live Q&A session on July 16th, 2013, at 3:00 PM Eastern time. Event address for attendees: educateevents.webex.com/educateevents/onstage/g.php?d=748080035&t=a; Event password: i313.
California: School of Medicine Art Display Focuses on Power of Healing Hands. In the medical field, hands are a powerful tool. They delicately massage a human heart during surgery; they carefully handle stem cell cultures in the research lab; and they grasp a lonely patient’s shoulder during recovery. A recently installed art display outside the School of Medicine dean’s offices highlights the power of hands in this healing profession. The glossy photo installation on the second floor of the Medical Sciences building on the Parnassus campus was spearheaded by Sarah Paris, the school’s director of communications. (UCSF)
George Lucas, Herb Alpert to receive National Medals of Arts honors (CBSnews.com)
Pennsylvania: Ancient filtering system brings clean water to poor and others. Art Professor uses performance and classroom to help educate the public about clean water. (Penn State News)
How to Introduce Art to Your Kids. Taking your child to an art museum? Whether it's the first or fifth time, learn how to maximize each museum visit to teach kids about art. (Parents Magazine)
Former Professor of Art Challenges Science Interns to Find Deeper Meaning in Research; George Mason University and The National Institutes of Health Accept Challenge. Rebecca Kamen, artist and former professor of art, continues research on the intersection of art education, scientific discovery, and innovation by challenging science interns at George Mason University and The National Institutes of Health to consider their research results through an artistic lens. (PRweb.com)
Art Succeeding Above the Fray. Have you read this article? Helen Gym does a great job of explaining the difficult and system shattering decisions behind the potential layoffs and school closures in Philadelphia. "In a climate this political it is difficult for well intentioned nonprofits to find ground to stand on," says program director Julia Terry in referring to the difficult position any talk of school politics puts arts programs like ArtWell in. "There is a lot at stake with funding, professional connections, and well, the good of the everyday student," she continues. If schools can't afford to teach math and science, how will they ever afford elective courses like art and poetry? (The Huffington Post)
Do the arts get a pass when the content is questionable? Research shows that arts engagement benefits children, with long-term benefits in future. (Chicago Tribune)
Art goes digital at area schools. You can still hang your child’s artwork on the fridge, but soon 13 years worth of school projects will be able to fit onto a thumb drive. (Sippican Week)
New York: GO ART! to hold grant workshops. The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council will hold a series of six free workshops designed to assist applicants with the process of applying for the 2014 Reach, Ripple & Arts Education Grant Programs. These programs offer funding to assist in the creation and presentation of arts and cultural programming throughout Genesee and Orleans Counties. (The Daily News)
Midsummer public arts funding update (Createquity)
Louisiana: Artists create mural at center. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council and the Pine Hills Advocacy Center announce the final steps in the “artful renovation” of the Pine Hills Advocacy Center. Ruston-based artist Jackie Cochran designed and created murals in the center in April, bringing new life to the family room and hallway. In May, a group of students from Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art designed and painted the forensic interview room with an underwater theme. (thenewsstar.com)
Artforum's artguide. Download Artforum's iPhone application for artguide—the international art world's most comprehensive directory of exhibitions, events and art fairs in more than 500 cities. Get Artforum's artguide app here.
District of Columbia: The National Galery of Art Hosts ARTFUL CONVERSATIONS Summer Series, July 13 - August 4, Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., Sundays at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., West Building Main Floor, Rotunda (ages 8 to 11). Artful Conversations uses observation and discussion to explore works of art in the collection. Led by museum educators, each conversation focuses on one work of art in the galleries. Designed for children and adults to participate in together, this program provides a model for families to explore works of art together. Each conversation is approximately 70 minutes. Sign-in for Artful Conversations will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays, and will continue until all spaces are filled. Many museum visitors spend only seconds looking at a work of art. Find out what you can discover when you spend an hour exploring one work of art! Bring your observation skills, imagination, curiosity, and creativity to these guided discussions that delve deep into masterpieces from the Gallery's collection. Each week's discussion is accompanied by activities such as sketching, writing poetry, creating sounds, or making connections between works of art. Children who attend three or more programs receive a prize.
Utah: Dixie State CEBA program accepting art and business grant applicants. The Dixie State University/Center for Education, Business and the Arts Business of Art program is seeking applicants for six artist grants, which will be awarded at the 2013 Business of Art Seminar held Nov. 8 and 9 at Kanab Middle School in Kanab. Grants will be awarded in six different categories: Gallery business, art educational content, art education workshop, artist business, artist purchase prize and artist student award. Eligible applicants and recipients must have attended a previous Business of Arts conference from 2009 to 2012. The deadline to submit grant applications is Aug. 15. (St.GeorgeUtah.com)
Utah: DIFIORE CENTER FOR ARTS AND EDUCATION OPENS IN ST. GEORGE. Advocates for arts in education have arrived in Southern Utah with the opening of the Roene B. DiFiore Center for Arts and Education. The center is a branch of A.R.T.S (Artistic Resources for Teachers and Students), Inc., a Utah nonprofit. In operation for more than 50 years, A.R.T.S., Inc. has envisioned opening a center in Southern Utah for over a decade. With local population growth and a vibrant fine and performing arts community in Dixie, the plan came to fruition earlier this year. The DiFiore Center serves and promotes students of all ages as well as teachers, parents and art entities. Different from other arts organizations, the center also promotes and supports existing arts opportunities and experiences. Its focus is highlighting artistic and creative ventures and experiences at local schools, galleries, studios and theaters. (SUIndependent.com)
Virginia: Summer Studio session at Staunton Augusta Art Center. The Staunton Augusta Art Center is accepting registrations for the July 15-19 Summer Studio session. Through fun, day-camp style classes, students ages 4-12 learn about their projects in art history and art theory contexts, develop art skills, employ and expand their own creative thoughts, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of the arts. Classes are taught by professional art educators and studio artists. Pre-registration is required by calling 540-885-2028. Classes meet 10 A.M.—Noon at the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, in historic downtown Staunton. The cost is $85/$75 for members. (Augusta Free Press)
Massachusetts: NBAM's artMOBILES start rounds Monday. The New Bedford Art Museum's mobile art education program, artMOBILE, will kick off its summer schedule on Monday. For the 18th consecutive year, the two purple artMOBILE buses will travel throughout New Bedford bringing free art education to children at various parks, playgrounds, housing sites and community centers. Each purple bus is staffed by trained art educators who have lessons planned for each stop, engaging the children in creative and educational projects. (SouthCoastToday)
Tennessee Arts Academy Set To Open July 14. The Tennessee Arts Academy will officially open on July 14. Three hundred K-12 public and private school teachers from across the state have been chosen to attend the weeklong session. A program of the Tennessee Department of Education, the Academy has been held annually since 1987 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. This year the Academy's expert faculty includes artists and professors from across the United States. They will teach a diverse range of classes in music, theatre and visual art as well as special classes in arts administration and assessment. (TheChattanoogan.com)
Pennsylvania: Breaking Down Barriers: Two art educators aim to dispel the notion that the blind can't create visual arts. Art educators Kirsten Ervin and Tirzah DeCaria are a presence in the local disability community, known for their longtime dedication to creating high quality art-making opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, most notably through the Everyone an Artist studio and art market in Lawrenceville. Their latest endeavor, Touch Art, is breaking new ground. From September 2013 through February 2014, specially trained teaching artists at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will conduct a series of workshops for people who are blind or visually impaired. A preview of the workshops, featuring tactile and three-dimensional art forms such as paper-making, jewelry, ceramics and fiber arts, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center. (Post Gazette)
Florida: USF Sarasota-Manatee program promotes arts in education. The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee created a new program this year designed to bring arts and teaching together. The Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching has a simple mission -- bring a new way of teaching teachers through fine arts. The two-part program is designed for educators to learn how to use fine arts in classrooms. The program is expanding in the coming school year. (Bradenton.com)
Survey: Most States Undecided About Extra Waiver Flexibility (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 2, 2013)
NCLB Waiver States Split on New Flexibility Offer. Some welcome the chance for more time to begin using new teacher-evaluation systems, while others say they're already on track. (Education Week)
What to Watch in House No Child Left Behind Renewal Debate (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, July 8, 2013)
ESEA FLEXIBILITY. The Secretary also recently announced that both Alabama and New Hampshire will receive flexibility from the burdensome mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In exchange for this new flexibility, the states have agreed to raise academic standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to boost teacher effectiveness. The Department has now approved waiver requests from 39 states and the District of Columbia. Eight other applications are still under review, and five states have not requested flexibility through this process. And, California notified the agency that the state does not plan to request Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility for the next school year and, instead, will focus on implementing Common Core state standards. The Department will continue its consideration of a separate request for waivers from California Office to Reform Education (CORE) school districts. In the interest of transparency and to help inform other states, the Department has posted initial and approved flexibility requests, highlights of each state’s plan, and peer review notes, as well as the agency’s letter regarding peer review feedback and the Secretary’s approval letter. (ED.gov)
Race to the Top -- Early Learning Challenge. The RTT-ELC grant competition will focus on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting States' efforts to: (1) increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs; (2) design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services; and (3) ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council's reports on early childhood. (§1832(b)(1), title VIII, Division B of P.L. 112-10, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011). Awards in Race to the Top will go to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive early learning education reform. (ED.gov)
The Nebraska Art Teachers' Association (NATA) celebrates its 90th Birthday! NATA was formed in 1923. The Association has its roots in the former "Art Section" of the Nebraska State Teachers' Association. At a regular meeting of the Art Section on January 19th, 1923 in Omaha, it was proposed that a "Nebraska Art Teachers' Association" be organized, in order to respond to "Nebraska's need for more and better art teachers." Miss Stella La Mond, of Fremont, was elected as the first President of the Association. Miss La Mond was asked to appoint an executive committee consisting of one art teacher from each district represented.
During their fall conference in Wayne, conference attendees will spend time decorating a black box theater as part of the celebration. The unveiling of the collaborative art will take place during the final hour of the conference on Saturday, Sep. 21 and will include glow-in-the dark punch and cake.
Kids Tell All: I Wish My School Had Art Classes (VIDEO). In the video series ‘I Am Education,’ a nine-year-old bursting with creativity gives us a glimpse at what it’s like to attend a school with no art classes. (Take Part)
Arts Education Saves a Struggling School From Being Shut Down. A longer school day and more arts education helped students at a once-struggling school in Boston succeed. (Take Part)
U.S. Kids magazine kicks off its 2013-2014 cover contest. This year’s competition theme is “If I Had a Superpower,” and winners will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes Jim Davis (cartoonist and creator of Garfield), Shane Sowell (artist for King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and Piggy Nation), and Joyce Raimondo (author of seven children's art books including the Museum of Modern Art's popular Art Safari series). A first-, second-, and third-place winner will be chosen for each magazine. All winners’ schools will receive a donation toward their art programs. To date, U.S. Kids is proud to have awarded more than $100,000 in cash and prizes to help schools sustain their art curricula.
Oregon: Portland art tax upheld. Circuit Judge Kelly Skye ruled Thursday that Portland’s arts tax is constitutional. The Arts Education and Access Income Tax was created by the city in 2012 and passed by 62 percent of voters in November, according to the mayor’s office. The voter initiative provides funds for arts educators in Portland K-12 public schools and arts organizations. (Portland Tribune)
New York: Art Therapy Saves Schizophrenic Hit By Two Cars. Latchman is an artist with learning disabilities and schizophrenia. Since the age of 19, he has been in an art therapy program, the Brooklyn-based League Education & Treatment Center, a nonprofit day program for adult artists with neurological disabilities. In 2005, he was one of the first artists at its gallery and studio, League Art Natural Design or LAND, also in Brooklyn. But after his accident, Latchman took two years to heal, and his family and mentors at LAND feared he would never return to the art he loved. (abcnews.com)
United Kingdom: Why art students should go to gallery openings. Attending private views is a must for building up a network of contacts that will support your artistic career. To get anywhere in the arts you need a following: a crowd of people who support you and your work. These are the people who will eventually, if you are lucky, set you on a path to making a living from your creative talents. (The Guardian)
South Dakota: Northern State University to host Arts Education Institute. Next month, South Dakota educators will come to Northern State University to take part in the 2013 Arts Education Institute. Northern is hosting the 14th annual Arts Education Institute July 15-18. So far, 60 educators from across the state have signed up, and registrations will be accepted up to the starting date. The institute runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
CORE Districts Expect NCLB Waiver Approval in Time for 2013-14 (July 1, 2013, Politics K-12 Blog)
Art21 News, June 29, 2013. In this issue: New York Close Up Adds Seven New Artists; New Videos in Exclusive; 100 Artists: New Videos, Images, Interviews, and More; and Access 100 Artists: Host or Attend a Screening.
North Carolina Art Exhibit Stretches from Mountains to Sea. On June 21, the Department welcomed 175 students, family members, and teachers, as the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) opened its student art exhibit. (ED Homeroom Blog)
North Carolina Students Affirm Role of the Arts in Schools. A new student art exhibit opened at the Department of Education’s headquarters on June 21, and its title, "Artful Expressions: From the Mountains to the Sea," had a dual significance. Click here or on the above title to find out why and link to an ED Homepage blog about the event that brought more than 175 North Carolina students, family members, and teachers to the nation's capital. (ED.gov)
Crayola Summer Crafts = FUN! Beat the heat with a cool craft. Don't scream for ice cream- make your own! The fun won't melt away as you create these colorful cones.
PLANET ART: The Best Art From Around the World, June 2013 (artdaily.org)
Rokita: Rethinking ESEA With the Student Success Act. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., offers a GOP view of how the Elementary and Secondary Education Act should be reauthorized. (Education Week)
What are the barriers to creativity in education? Check out this amazing research, infographic, and video from Adobe, highlighting the need for creativity in education. Be sure to share it with a teacher, principal, or school board member, so that they understand how important it is to Keep the Arts in Public Schools! Adobe has released a research study that reveals the state of creativity in education. It highlights the importance of preparing students to be innovators and how testing and government mandates are stifling creativity in the classroom. Infographic
Op-Ed: Arts Education Is Critical to Student Success. A veteran teacher shares why she feels arts education must become a necessary part of school curriculum. Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if there were no artists? You would not have clothes, furniture, jewelry, electronics, transportation, cell phones, buildings, toys, or websites. The list goes on and on, yet art is often absent from our daily thoughts. (Take Part)
Education Week's Common-Core Update: Trends, Insight, & Related News (6/26/13)
Arts Education Partnership's ARTSED DIGEST - June 25, 2013, Vol. 5, No. 11. Highlights include: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Strategic Plan; Very Special Arts (VSA) Program Call for Proposals Now Open; The Kennedy Center to Host “Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference,” August 7-8, 2013; New Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success; STEM+M: Boosting Education and Library Participation through Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Music; National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipients; and The Center for Arts in Education's National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program.
ASCD's Capitol Connection - June 24, 2013. In This Issue: Additional Flexibility for Waiver States; House ESEA Bill Moves Forward; Calling All Principals!; and Charter School Grants Now Available.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards AYAW Times, Issue 39. Highlights from the 2013 National Awards Ceremony; How Did You Celebrate the 90th Scholastic Awards?; A Constitutional Rite; Meet Our Winners; Meet Our Alumni; From the Vault.
Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE). The new version of the Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) is powered by the Learning Registry, an open database for sharing digital learning resources. This partnership will provide our customers – educators, parents and students – with a broader inventory of educational materials from federal agencies and public and private organizations. More than 200,000 freely available resources are included in the new FREE.
Michigan: Cranbrook Teacher Workshops 2013. Cranbrook Art and Science on the Go invites northern Michigan K-12 teachers to join us this summer at Cranbrook’s campus in Bloomfield Hills for a free four-day teacher workshop. Through a generous grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, housing, meals and materials will be provided. During their stay, teachers will have the opportunity to explore different fields of study in the sciences and arts through interactive workshops and activities, developing ways to better integrate these topics in the classroom. Opportunities to earn a maximum of 30 SCECHs are planned as part of this workshop. Workshop dates for 2013: Session 1: June 17 - 20, Session 2: August 5- 8, and Session 3: August 12 - 15. For more information, please contact Cranbrook Art and Science on the Go at email@example.com or 248-645-3133.
Ohio: Innovative STEM Programming Has Rural Ohio Roots. The Works and Granville Studio of Visual Arts Receive Battelle STEM Grants. Two Licking County non-profit organizations are becoming rising stars in STEM education programming in Ohio and global innovations leader Battelle has taken notice. Among the five programs awarded grants last week in Battelle’s first STEM Grant Program supporting interdisciplinary education projects that rethink Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning outside the classroom, two are headquartered in this rural county East of Columbus. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology in Newark, Ohio received $25,000 for their Science of Glass & Polymers program and Granville Studio of Visual Arts, an art in education organization in Granville, Ohio, with partner Reynoldsburg City Schools, received $50,000 for their Living Library Museum project.
Ohio: Athletic ability not needed: These camps are for kids who thrive on art. Teacher Doug Weller says everyone has different talents -- and he hopes his summer art camps tap into those talents. "Some kids are blessed being artistic and athletic, but my camp is beneficial because there are kids that just thrive on art," Weller said. Thriving is his goal. He knows it is unrealistic to think all of his students will grow up to be artists, but he wants his passion for art to transfer to them. (ThisWeek Community News)
Ohio: WVHS student samples professional art world at TTU Craft Center. In most high school art classes, drawing and painting are common. Some of the lucky students learn to work with clay. Rarely do they get to screen-print fabrics, carve wood on a lathe, experiment with clay and see glassblowing and metalworking demonstrations all at once. More than a dozen high school students from Jackson, Smyrna, Crossville, Cleveland, Cross Plains and Lebanon recently had the chance to do all that, and to experience life on a college campus, at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University. (Cleveland Daily Banner)
Virginia: VAEA Final Call for Conference Proposals - Deadline is June 30. The VAEA Fall Professional Development Conference will be held at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia on Thursday, October 31 - Saturday, November 2. Proposals are now being accepted online.
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia schools to lay off employees, cut extracurricular programs. To help offset a $304 million budget shortfall, the Philadelphia school district plans to lay off about 3,900 employees on Sunday and has authorized cuts to arts and music programs, as well as athletics. The cuts include the elimination of more than 60 music teaching positions, which officials say could result in the elimination of the All-City High School Orchestra, first established more than 70 years ago. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/25)
Teachers can learn in their PJs at online arts education conference. Attention teachers: Looking for some new arts education ideas for your classroom? An online conference is taking place next week and there's still time to register. The Tuesday conference is a first for host Jessica Balsley, the founder of the online website The Art of Education. Balsley is a former K-5 art teacher. Her website and the upcoming conference are dedicated to helping art teachers via professional development. (89.3KPCC)
Uncommon Goods ART Contest. Uncommon Goods loved hosting their Art Contest so much that they decided to keep it going all year round! Every month is a new chance to submit your latest masterpiece and get it in front of their buyers. Winners will see their work printed, framed and sold on UncommonGoods.com. DEADLINE: This is an ongoing competition. Every month new semifinalists will be chosen from the previous month's submissions. GRAND PRIZE: $500 + 5% royalties on a limited edition of 100 prints.
Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for New Hampshire 39 States and DC Now Approved for Waivers. The Obama Administration today approved the State of New Hampshire for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. (ED.gov)
Harkin: We Must Move Forward on ESEA Reauthorization. Sen. Tom Harkin says the Strengthening America's Schools Act, which he introduced, would reaffirm the federal commitment to schools while eliminating burdensome mandates. (Education Week)
NCCAS launches public review of PreK-8 draft arts standards June 30
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will release PreK-8 draft standards for an online public review June 30 through July 15. A preliminary invitational review of the draft eighth-grade standards was completed in April. Almost 500 respondents, consisting of groups selected by the NCCAS leadership organizations, as well as state teams of educators, teaching artists, and community arts providers reviewed the work created by discipline writing teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.
NCCAS launches public review of PreK-8 draft arts standards June 30
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will release PreK-8 draft standards for an online public review June 30 through July 15. A preliminary invitational review of the draft eighth-grade standards was completed in April. Almost 500 respondents, consisting of groups selected by the NCCAS leadership organizations, as well as state teams of educators, teaching artists, and community arts providers reviewed the work created by discipline writing teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.
NCCAS launches public review of PreK-8 draft arts standards June 30. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will release PreK-8 draft standards for an online public review June 30 through July 15. A preliminary invitational review of the draft eighth-grade standards was completed in April. Almost 500 respondents, consisting of groups selected by the NCCAS leadership organizations, as well as state teams of educators, teaching artists, and community arts providers reviewed the work created by discipline writing teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.
Your Art Mobile App. Discover highlights of the National Gallery of Art collections with Your Art app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Available free in the iTunes App Store. Listen to the Stories Behind the Masterpieces: The app focuses on paintings and sculpture from the 13th to the 19th centuries on view in the West Building. Collection Highlights: Explore more than 130 extraordinary works by artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and others. Deepen your understanding about the history and conservation of these treasured works through audio commentary by Director Earl A. Powell III and Gallery curators. Kid's Tour: Young art lovers (ages 7-12) can tune in to learn about more than 50 of the world's greatest paintings. Kids can choose to hear about works by such masters as Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Winslow Homer.
Pennsylvania: Creating space for STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. School districts plan to use grants to develop interesting places where teens can gather. Two foundations are giving $500,000 to 25 school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania, and most of the schools will use the money to create places where students can employ the latest technology to learn. (eSchool News)
Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Request for Alabama 38 States and DC now Approved for Waivers. The Obama administration today approved the state of Alabama for a waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. (ED.gov)
ED Review (06/21/13). TRANSITION FLEXIBILITY. On June 18, in a letter to Chief State School Officers, Secretary Duncan announced that the Department is open to providing additional flexibility for states during the transition to new assessments aligned with college- and career-ready standards. (ED.gov)
Guggenheim Museum launches new multimedia app with the opening of James Turrell exhibition. In conjunction with the opening of James Turrell, the Guggenheim has announced the official launch of its mobile app, which offers an array of multimedia content to users both at the museum and at home to enhance their understanding of the museum’s exhibitions and collection. With the breadth of an ever-evolving digital catalogue, the app provides users with vivid reproductions, extensive information about individual artworks and exhibitions, and exclusive video and audio content. For the exhibition James Turrell, the app offers video interviews with the artist and the show’s curators that address his explorations of perception, light, color, and space. Additional video interviews with the installation team reveal the complex apparatus constructed to support Aten Reign (2013), Turrell’s dramatic site-specific installation which fills the entire multilevel rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum. (artdaily.org)
The Path to Protecting Humanities and Social Sciences. A new report recommends that the nation take 12 key steps to ensure that humanities and social sciences maintain an important place in American classrooms. "The Heart of the Matter," issued today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, grew from a congressional request for guidance on how to protect the central role of those disciplines during an era that has ramped up the focus on the state-tested subjects of English/language arts and math, and on the hard sciences. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters Blog, 6/19)
California: Report: Arts education has many benefits, but links to improved academics are limited. A comprehensive new report out Monday outlines the benefits and limits of arts education by digging into the data and outlining what research has been established in the field. Among the findings: Learning music can boost students' IQ scores and visual arts likely help students' understanding of geometrical reasoning. But the report also notes that there's no evidence theater and dance help with overall academic skills. (89.3 KPCC)
Georgia: AthFest Educates! revolutionizes fine arts education in Clarke County. The first time Jared Bailey, a Terry College of Business graduate and the executive director of the AthFest Music and Arts Festival, sought out a way to bring arts education to Athens, he was shot down. (The Red&Black)
People to People Announces Art Education Delegation to Cuba. Info Sheet People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is organizing a delegation of specialists in art education to travel to Cuba in October 2013. The delegation leader is Elizabeth Willett, Former President of the Texas Art Education Association and Former Member of the Board of Directors of the National Art Education Association, and we hope for a strong showing of art educators. A number of unique opportunities are planned, including dialogue with art education professionals in Cuba, and the opportunity to share techniques, training and art education principles. Cultural activities will highlight the sights and sounds of the country. You can find more information or enroll online. Travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens is very limited. Under license (CT-2012-297557-1) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, you can legally visit Cuba with Ambassador Programs, Inc. (People to People Ambassador Programs) if adhering to the guidelines outlined on the delegation’s website.
Ohio: Arts Beat: 10th annual Art Educators Forum under way. Today is the first day of our 10th annual Art Educators Forum at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts. This workshop gives art teachers an opportunity to work in our brand new clay studio and earn some graduate credit from Ashland University or professional development hours for their licensure. It’s a great group of creative people who get to let their hair down and do some art for themselves. The two day gig is kind of like R & R for frazzled art teachers who just need a little rejuvenation after a hectic school year. (TimesReporter.com)
Pennsylvania: Palmer Museum of Art announces 2013 workshops. The Palmer Museum of Art has announced summer 2013 workshops for children, youth, adults and teachers. Workshops are free, but participants must preregister by contacting the curator of education at 814-863-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited -- participants are encouraged to register early. (Penn State News)
District of Columbia: ARTFUL CONVERSATIONS Summer Series at the National Gallery of Art, July 13 - August 4, Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., Sundays at 12:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., West Building Main Floor, Rotunda (ages 8 to 11). Artful Conversations uses observation and discussion to explore works of art in the collection. Led by museum educators, each conversation focuses on one work of art in the galleries. Designed for children and adults to participate in together, this program provides a model for families to explore works of art together. Each conversation is approximately 70 minutes.
Could Conservative Criticism Create Hurdles for NCLB Renewal? (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 17, 2013)
Duncan: States can seek flexibility with new evaluation systems. The U.S. Department of Education will consider requests to delay personnel consequences for teachers and administrators tied to new assessments under the Common Core State Standards, Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote Tuesday in a letter to state school chiefs. Duncan said requests for waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and, if approved, states could delay for one year the consequences tied to performance under the common core to the 2016-17 academic year. (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education, 6/18)
Vermont College of Fine Arts Announces Independent Filmmaker Production Grant. Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), a national center for graduate education in the arts, announced today the creation of the Independent Filmmaker Production Grant, a thesis completion fellowship for students of the new MFA in Film degree program during their final year of study. The fellowship will go to support the production of film thesis projects of creative merit.
North Carolina Art Education Association Presents "Artful Expressions: From the Mountains to the Sea" K-12 Student Art Exhibit and Performances. The U.S. Department of Education and the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) will open an art exhibit of two- and three-dimensional works by K-12 students from school districts all across North Carolina at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, at the department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "Artful Expressions: From the Mountains to the Sea" features 61 works and is open through July. (ED.gov)
Washington [D.C.]: One of the artsiest cities in the nation. A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts says that Washington is one of the artsiest cities in the U.S. In fact, we’re pretty darn close to New York in terms of arts employment. (WaPo, 6/25) Of course, comparing ourselves to New York isn’t fair. We have RGIII, so we win any argument about anything with the Big Apple. (The Washington Post)
Idaho: Free one-day art workshop for teachers. Kathleen Keys, an art education professor at Boise State University, is offering a free one-day workshop next month. The JamesCastle teacher workshop is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 25 at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts. Interested K-16 educators and artists are invited to participate. An optional professional development credit is available for a reduced rate. Advance registration is required at www.surveymonkey.com/s/VJMC8PM. (MagicValley.com)
Illinois: Gallery exhibit spotlights female artists. Frank Juarez Gallery is hosting the TICA Group Show exhibit, featuring a diverse body of work by 11 female artists who have attended or contributed to the Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The artists are high school art educators from around the country, SAIC faculty and nationally renowned professional artists. (sheboyhanpress.com)
Ohio: Deadline extended for 2013 Arts Alive! Awards nominations.The Akron Area Arts Alliance (AAAA) invites area arts organizations and the general public to nominate deserving artists, arts educators, philanthropists, businesses and volunteers for the 2013 Arts Alive! Awards Celebration, honoring outstanding achievement in dance, music, theater and the visual arts. Awards are also given for outstanding leadership and generous support of our arts and culture community. This gala event takes place Nov. 3 at Summit Artspace with a roving arts feast throughout the building’s three floors. (akroncitizenjournalist)
Ohio: Educators can learn art museum tech tools at Notre Dame College seminar. Notre Dame College will teach teachers how to use the new electronic learning tools at the Cleveland Museum of Art in their classrooms in a two-day graduate-level course June 26-27. “Spending the Day at the CMA: How to Visit Your Cleveland Museum of Art” will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, training educators in all subjects and grade levels how to make the most of the museum’s Gallery One and ARTLENS interactive exhibits. (Cleveland.com)
Lax Education In Humanities, Social Sciences Sparks Outcry. A report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences highlights why education in the arts and humanities is as critical as math and science when it comes to the country’s political and economic future. (NPR, 6/20)
District of Columbia: New Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success. Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked, resources in our nation’s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a report issued today by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. (IMLS)
Is NCLB Waiver Renewal the Next Big Issue? (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 21, 2013)
House Committee Passes Partisan NCLB Renewal Bill (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 19, 2013)
New Flexibility, Support for Educators as Standards, Assessments Roll Out. This week, Secretary Arne Duncan announced that the Department of Education is offering states flexibility around high stakes personnel decisions and double testing—a decision greatly influenced by educators’ voices. (ED.gov)
ASCD Capitol Connection, June 17, 2013 - Senate ESEA Bill Moves Forward. In what looks to be the first step toward the long-awaited reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Senate education committee last week passed Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) education reform bill, S. 1094 (PDF). After hours of debate and discussion, the committee adopted 10 amendments that make only minor changes to the underlying legislation. As mentioned in last week’s Capitol Connection, Harkin’s bill eliminates the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) model and allows states to use the accountability and teacher evaluation systems in place under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers or to create new systems that establish their own student academic performance standards.
• Rep. Kline Proposes the Student Success Act. Chairman John Kline (R-MN) introduced the Student Success Act (PDF) last week as a rewrite for the long-overdue ESEA.
Five Questions as NCLB Reauthorization Moves Forward (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 14, 2013)
27 visual, sensory, and augmentative apps for autism. Veteran educator and autism consultant lists the best apps for autism. (eSchool News)
Military Children Share Their Experiences Through the Arts at the Department of Education. On Wednesday, April 3, in celebration of the Month of the Military Child, theU.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program partnered with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to host the art exhibit “America’s Children.” The exhibit featured some 50 works of visual art and writing from students based around the U.S., including Puerto Rico, and Canada and Germany. Communicating the unique life experiences of military-connected children at the event were Taylor Walton, MCEC Student 2 Student president at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va.; ED’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Programs Eric Waldo; Mary Keller, president and CEO of MCEC; Patricia Shinseki, board member of MCEC; and student performers from Mount Vernon High School. (ED.gov)
Flint Arts on the Road Brings a Community Together for Education. On April 22, the U.S. Department of Education was proud to host the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint Youth Theatre, and Tapology for the Flint Arts on the Road student art exhibit, which opened. Flint Arts on the Road is the first initiative of Flint Cultural Center institutions to produce cross-disciplinary collaborative programming showcasing the special talents of exceptional students in the visual and performing arts. The visit to D.C. for the opening also provided them a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience as they met and performed with their peers at several D.C.-area arts education institutions. (ED.gov)
"Charlie & Peter" Blog. It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of a blog site titled "Charlie & Peter." This site will house monthly posts written by Peter London, author of "No More Secondhand Art" and other titles. The blog is about the lessons and epiphanies Peter had as a young high school art teacher in the 1960's, under the guise of his mentor and friend, Mr. Charlie Beck. I think the readers will laugh and cry and learn . . . and maybe even expand . . . as they visit the transparent moments that came to shape Peter as a teacher and human; then by proxy, and in return, how grateful the many people that Peter has since touched will be to, and for, Charlie. The great thing about a blog is that it's readership has direct access to the author. I encourage you to leave notes AT the SITE of the blog. It is possible that Peter will respond . . . if nothing else, he WILL see and hear you!
Seven New Artists Added to Art21's - New York Close Up Series. Art21 announces the addition of seven new artists to its Webby-nominated online documentary series New York Close Up, with films premiering today through September 2013. The seven emerging artists joining the project both broaden the scope of stories about cultural production and mirror the multiculturalism of New York City. Artists include the international/foreign-born artists Laleh Khorramian (Iran), Meleko Mokgosi (Botswana), and Marela Zacarias (Mexico); as well as artists drawn to New York from across the United States: Debo Eilers (Texas), Daniel Gordon (California), Mary Mattingly (Connecticut), and Jacolby Satterwhite (South Carolina).
Canada: Hundreds rally in Calgary to ‘save’ fine arts education in Alberta. About 350 people rallied at the Max Bell Theatre in Calgary Wednesday night to save fine arts education from what one organizer described as “death by a thousand cuts.” Alec Blair, executive member of Save Our Fine Arts (SOFA), said Alberta has been slowly chipping away at the foundation of fine arts for years but major cuts to post-secondary education in the March provincial budget have taken things to another level. (MetroNews)
California: RIVERSIDE: Children and teen art classes beginning. Summer break is almost here and the place to be for all your creative fun is the Riverside Art Museum. The museum has a long history of providing outstanding education in the arts, hosting a variety of art classes for children, teens, and adults throughout the year, but when summer hits the museum really comes alive. (The Press-Enterprise)
Leonard Bernstein's Arts-Based Education Revolution. Most people know my father, Leonard Bernstein, as an iconic American composer and conductor. However, he was also a dedicated teacher. He sought to use music, fine arts, and performing arts to instill a lifelong love of learning in students. (The Huffington Post)
National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grant to NCCAS for Convening National Artist Advisory Council during August 2013 National Standards Meeting. Grant one of 817 NEA Art Works grants totaling $26.3 million in funding nationwide
Harkin: NCLB rewrite coming to Senate floor later this year. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says he plans to bring his bill, overhauling No Child Left Behind, to the floor sometime this year -- following the legislation's passage Wednesday by a Senate committee. Under the bill, portions of the federal education law would be relaxed, but states still would be required to set performance standards for students. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., earlier offered competing legislation, which failed to win support as an amendment to Harkin's bill. The Huffington Post (6/13)
Senate Committee Passes Democratic NCLB Renewal Bill (June 12, 2013, Politics K-12 Blog)
Senate Education Committee Considers NCLB Bill (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 11, 2013)
VANS Announces Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Custom Culture Competition. Congratulations to Lakeridge High School from Lake Oswego, OR – the 2013 grand prize winner of the Vans Custom Culture competition! Keep an eye on the Vans Custom Culture website and Facebook page for pictures of the final event held at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City and the outstanding winning shoe design.
West Virginia: Arts and science camps. The Rahall Transportation Institute and the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development will offer summer camps for students focused on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) activities. Class sizes for each are limited and pre-registration is required. (herald-dispatch.com)
Pennsylvania: Work on Carnegie Free Library mural begins in Connellsville. The Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville is getting a paint job, but it's not your ordinary covering on the walls. Honors students from the Connellsville Senior High School arts class, members of the National Art Honor Society taught by Antoinette Dues, are painting a mural on the wall of the upper floor of the book stacks. They are using the design of senior arts student Leah Lilley, 18, who won the design contest. On Thursday, the students were beginning work on the mural, doing the background design in the “Teen Center.” The students are doing the mural for the community. (triblive.com)
Wisconsin: Milwaukee Public Schools to hire art, music teachers - District will hire 45 teachers for art, music, and physical education. In the new budget the board approved Tuesday night, the district will add 25 new art teachers for next year. The budget includes 20 other positions in music, physical education and libraries. In the new budget the board approved Tuesday night, the district will add 25 new art teachers for next year. The budget includes 20 other positions in music, physical education and libraries. (WISN.com)
Washington: Prison painter teaching inmates lessons on art and life. In Gary Thomas’ art class, his students listen to his every word and watch his every move. He’s painting and teaching with every stroke. Not just about art, but about life. (KING5.com)
Americans for the Arts and Sundance Institute Release 2013 Report From National Arts Policy Roundtable. Sundance Institute and Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, released a report based on findings from the annual National Arts Policy Roundtable (NAPR) led by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute founder and president, and Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. Together with a group of leaders from government, business, and the arts they met for a weekend of roundtable discussions at the Sundance Resort and Preserve in Utah late 2012 to examine the topic of how the arts can survive and thrive in this era of dramatically accelerating change. Although the topics and participants of this annual convening change from year to year, the primary goal remains constant: envisioning new ways to advance the arts and their important role in all aspects of our society. (WebWire)
Remaking America Through the Arts. Every year, Americans for the Arts and The Sundance Institute host a very special gathering of leaders from government, business, the arts and social sectors in the beautiful mountains of the Sundance Resort and Preserve in Utah. Those participating differ from year to year, but the goal is always the same: Envisioning new ways to engage in action to advance the arts and their significance to our American society. (HuffPost Arts& Culture)
Are the arts making a comeback in schools? Some schools are bucking trends and are expanding time for the arts while lengthening school days, according to a report by The National Center on Time & Learning. The report profiles five such schools across the country that have added additional time for students to learn dance, art, music and other subjects, as well as dedicated appropriate staffing and resources to the arts, education reporter Nora Fleming writes in this blog post. At one school in Denver, students are asked to choose from several eight-week elective courses in subjects such as computer drawing and photography. (Education Week/Beyond School blog, 6/5)
Report Examines Strategies for Devoting Extra Time for Arts (Education Week/Curriculum Matters Blog, June 11, 2013)
Minnesota elementary school creates STEAM lab to enhance hands-on learning. An elementary school in Eagan, Minn., plans to open a technology lab with 3D printers and a laser etcher to combine art with the principles of science, technology, engineering and math. Last month, fifth-graders tried some of the new tools to carve a Vikings logo and create trinkets. "We teach in a demonstrational way, and this is the next step," principal Jeff Holten said. (Pioneer Press, 6/9)
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U.S. Department of Education Offers Guidance on Title I & Arts Education. Dr. Monique Chism, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, addresses the role of arts education within the Title I, Part A program in this letter sent to Title I State Coordinators. Expanding on previous indications from the Department of Education, the letter clarifies the specific requirements for using Title I funding to support arts education. Dr. Chism joined leaders at the 2013 AEP National Forum in a presentation about California and Arizona’s efforts in their states to clarify the use of Title I funds related to arts education.
The National Center on Time and Learning Releases New Report. The National Center on Time and Learning and The Wallace Foundation released a new report Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day: Lessons from Five Schools, which highlights schools that are finding ways to build a robust curriculum that integrates the arts without sacrificing the time necessary for other subjects, including literacy, mathematics, and science. By expanding learning time, these schools are able to design an educational program that sets high expectations for academic learning, including high-quality arts education. Through a series of case studies, the report explores how schools are utilizing longer student and teacher days to prioritize time for arts education as they work to improve overall academic instruction and focus on individual student achievement.
National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipients. The 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows all share a passion for perpetuating and imparting to others the traditional art forms to which they have devoted their lives and careers. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America's culture for future generations. The fellowships include an award of $25,000. Profiles of the artists are available in the Lifetime Honors section of the NEA's website, along with photos, audio, and video samples of their work. The 2013 National Heritage Fellows will come to Washington, DC for an awards presentation and free concert in September. Both events are open to the public. Concert tickets will be available later this summer. The NEA is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 class of NEA National Heritage Fellowships. The deadline is July 15, 2013.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is proud to announce that the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) will be joining the YA National network as its 30th affiliate. Last year, the YA network reached 5 million children in over 8,000 schools and community centers with 88,000 programs, such as arts-integrated workshops and residencies and professional learning opportunities for educators and artists.
Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum. Mary Margaret White, folk arts coordinator of the Mississippi Arts Commission, announces publication of a new online interdisciplinary guide that explores Mississippi history through the blues. Tied to arts education standards as well as social studies and Common Core standards, the lessons offer deep connections to the arts. Esteemed historians, folklorists, and educators contributed to this project supported by the Mississippi Blues Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Designed for 4th-grade, the materials are easily adaptable up to grade 12.
2013 Getty Artists Program: Sam Durant. Each year, the J. Paul Getty Museum's Education department welcomes one established, mid-career artist to take part in its Getty Artists Program, allowing them to create and implement a project of their choosing. The artist is given the freedom to select an audience, and develop the focus and format of his or her project. Past Getty artists have included Mark Bradford (2010), Jennifer Steinkamp (2011), and John Divola (2012). For 2013, the Museum has invited Sam Durant, whose project will prompt visitors to the Getty Center and online to respond to thought-provoking questions about the role of museums.
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ASCD's Capitol Connection, June 11, 2013. A weekly e-newsletter that provides the inside scoop related to federal education developments from Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and the White House; key education issues including teacher effectiveness and common core standards; and the latest national reports and research. Featuring: Senate Kick-Starts ESEA Reauthorization
Rival Proposals Show No Clear Path to ESEA Rewrite. With new proposals for reauthorizing the law's No Child Left Behind edition, Congress is split on the federal K-12 role and on teacher evaluations. (Education Week) • Revamping NCLB: Compare the Bills
Lawmakers at odds over NCLB's successor. Lawmakers at odds over NCLB’s successor The one-sized-fits-all national requirements of No Child Left Behind would give way to standards that states write for themselves under legislation introduced by senators of both parties last week, with one key difference: The Republican version of the bill would eliminate the Education Department’s role in overseeing the standards and give governors the final say. (eSchool News)
Lawmakers Push for More NCLB Waiver Oversight (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 10, 2013)
Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund – both Validation Grants and Scale-Up Grants (closes 7/2). These grants continue the Department’s investments in promising strategies that can improve student learning and close achievement gaps. (Note: A May 30 policy briefing at the agency featured three i3 grantees developing new models to improve student achievement in low-performing schools.) (ED.gov)
'i3' Winners on Track to Meet Key Research Goal. Recipients of federal innovation grants area largely living up to the What Works Clearinghouse research standards. (Education Week)
The Power of 3: Reflections on the 2013 i3 Annual Project Directors Meeting. The number 3 dominated the thinking and actions of the more than 400 participants at the annual meeting of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees on May 20-21. They represented three years of funding (2010-2012) for this Office of Innovation and Improvement program that supports the development and scaling of ambitious, effective practices that improve student achievement. The 92 projects represented spanned three levels of federal support for i3 — Development, Validation, and Scale-up. And each project came to the meeting with three objectives: share best practices they have developed as well as challenges they face; learn about evaluation methods and receive technical assistance to improve their evaluations; and explore strategies for sustaining their projects’ impacts through private-sector support. View a blog that shares highlights of this year's i3 annual meeting. (ED.gov)
i3 Projects Look Back on Progress and Lessons Learned. “We’re in the middle of the work and it’s a time to look back, also see the finish line, review data we’ve gathered, and do some reflecting,” is how Acting Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton began a May 30th Department of Education Policy Briefing that featured three Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees whose work began two-and-one-half years ago. All are working to improve student achievement in low-performing schools with the support of national networks. Read about the three grantees — Schools to Watch: Schools Transformation Network, Diplomas Now, and The Achievement Network — and link to a video of the policy briefing. (ED.gov)
Second NCLB alternative would give more authority to states. Two days after Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced legislation that would give states more autonomy over educational standards, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is expected today to release his own proposal to replace No Child Left Behind. Under Alexander's version of the federal education law, it would similarly fall to states to set curriculum standards, assessments, school-rating systems and consequences. (The New York Times, 6/6)
Kline and House Republicans Release NCLB Renewal Bill (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 6, 2013)
Alexander, Senate Republicans Introduce Own NCLB Bill (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 6, 2013)
Participate in Find Your Art School's 2nd Annual Photo Contest! You're invited to submit photographs to their Photo Contest! They're giving away $3,000 in cash prizes to be used however you like: put away money for art school, fund your next photography project, or purchase new equipment. Upload your submissions by July 4th, 2013. Winners will be announced August 1st, 2013. Visit their contest homepage to register and upload your photo submission! Easily earn votes by sharing your submission on Facebook and Twitter, and adding a link to your submission on your blog, Tumblr, or Pinterest. Visit the Most Popular page to view and vote on your favorite submissions! Submit your photos and scope out the competition. You could be the next winner!
Ovation: America's Only Art Network. Ovation, in a soft relaunch, is emerging to be the one media company that recognizes that art is everywhere, embracing ballet, opera, street art, food, tattoo, home design, fashion, literature and cinema. When you think of it, “art networks” have preceded Ovation but they eventually decide to mainstream out of the arts. A&E and Bravo are two examples. But thankfully Ovation not only keeps the creative flame burning, it is embracing arts programming with advocacy and cause-based marketing efforts. (Media Post)
New York: Port Chester Hosts Arts In The School Day Thursday. The artwork of the Port Chester school community will be on display Thursday as part of the sixth-annual National Arts in the School Day celebration. (Port Chester Daily Voice)
Opinion: NYC schools could be leaders in arts education. After years of budget cuts and a pronounced narrowing of the curriculum at public schools in New York City and across the nation, leading candidates vying to be the city's next mayor are promoting a vision of our schools that includes a healthy dose of arts and music and expanded access to a rich and engaging curriculum. (AMNY)
Florida: Jacksonville-area child advocacy artist uses subtle messages to inspire. In much of his art, George E. Miller II likes to weave hidden messages for children to find. The words and phrases are meant to inspire and encourage them to embrace learning, build character, stay in school and aim high. (Jacksonville.com)
ASCD Capitol Connection, June 5, 2013. In This Issue: Education Funding Under Siege; Tell Your Senators to Support Teachers; and Three More States Waive Bye to NCLB.
Proposed reauthorization of NCLB would allow states to set standards. Individual states, rather than the federal government, would be required to set standards for achievement and growth under a federal education law proposed Tuesday as an alternative to No Child Left Behind, education reporter Alyson Klein writes in this blog post. The bill has no Republican sponsors and is slated for hearing by the Senate education committee on June 11. (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 4, 2013)
Senate Democrats to Unveil NCLB Reauthorization Bill (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog, June 4, 2013)
How the NCLB Reauthorization Bill Affects School Climate (Education Week/Rules for Engagement Blog, June 4, 2013)
Proposed NCLB Rewrite Would Protect LGBT Students (Education Week/Rules for Engagement Blog, June 5, 2013)
NCLB's Critical Design Flaw and the Lesson to Take (Education Week/Rick Hess Straight Up Blog, June 5, 2013)
Ohio: Toledo Museum of Art offers baby tours developed by leading expert. TOLEDO, OH.- Museums across the country are beginning to offer tours to the youngest members of their audience, and the Toledo Museum of Art is leading the way. In the past year the Museum began offering monthly baby tours designed by one of the world’s foremost experts on how babies’ visual experiences can fuel learning and cognitive development. The innovative tours for 2-to-18-month-olds are the brainchild of Dr. Kathy Danko-McGhee, director of education at the Toledo Museum of Art. (artdaily.org)
Save the Date for the NCAEA Student Art Exhibit Opening, Friday, June 21, 2013, 11 a.m. to noon, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program and the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA) Present Artful Expressions: From the Mountains to the Sea, NCAEA K-12 Student Art Exhibit Featuring: A selection of two-and three-dimensional artwork; Musical selections by elementary school student pianists from Liberty Prep Christian Academy in Mooresville, N.C. and violinists from Greenville Korean Language School in Greenville, N.C. Meet and Hear Remarks From Laurie Calvert, U.S. Department of Education teacher liaison; Sandra Williams, NCAEA president; Penny Freeland, NCAEA DC exhibit chair and art teacher at Forbush Middle School in East Bend, N.C.; and Codi Alyssa Brindle, 12th grade student at Hobbton High School in Newton Grove, N.C. Questions? Contact Nicole Carinci at email@example.com or 202-453-5585.
Utah educators win inaugural Sorenson Legacy Awards for arts education (Salt Lake Tribune)
Arts Ed in California: A Detective Story. There are two truths arts advocates have long taken for granted: 1. Arts education in public schools is in decline. 2. When budgets tighten, the arts are the first at the ax. (Classicalite)
Texas: The Regional Arts Council introduces art to foster children. Art, what is the point? For some it is an opportunity for self-expression, for others a view of life. For many it provides an experience for education. Some might find it’s value as entertainment. For a group of local foster children, art classes are all of those things as well as an opportunity for laughter and fun. (Cypress Creek Mirror)
Indiana: Storm Drain Education through Art. Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) and LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District have partnered with students from Michigan City High School (MCHS) to create art to be placed around storm drains in downtown Michigan City. This project brings science and art together in ways that benefit our community. (LaPorteCountyLife.com)
New York: Teacher Assessments Extending to Art and Gym. New York City students have grown accustomed to the restless routine of state tests in math and reading every year. But soon they will face assessments in subjects typically spared from standardized testing, including art, gym and foreign languages. (The New York Times)
Pennsylvania: In an era of standardized tests, does art have a place in the classroom? "Standardized tests do not measure creativity. It is creativity that will drive the future." That assertion by art teacher Christina Parker neatly summarizes arguments being made in favor of keeping the arts in schools as some programs face cuts -- even elimination -- by cash-strapped school districts working on budgets at this time of year. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Florida: Museum curator brings art to kids - and vice versa. Viki Thompson-Wylder wears many hats at the museum: she runs the Artists League, co-curates exhibitions, operates behind-the-scenes museum tours and conducts off-site art therapy. But her passion is for arts education —she herself was a teacher before going back to graduate school—and that passion has led to a highly successful series of collaborations with local schools. (Tallahassee.com)
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NAEA SummerVision DC Update: Session II is FULL, but there are a few slots available in Session I: July 9-12. Join a professional learning community and spend 4 art-filled days in Washington, D.C., exploring permanent collections, current exhibitions, and the museum itself as a work of art! STUDY, NETWORK, & CREATE ART ONSITE AT THESE MUSEUMS & MORE: National Gallery of Art • Freer Gallery and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery • National Museum of African Art • National Museum of Women in the Arts • The Phillips Collection • Corcoran Gallery of Art • National Building Museum • Smithsonian American Art Museum • National Portrait Gallery. COST: $495 for NAEA members; $549 for Non-members. View itinerary, program leaders bios, and more online today!
NCLB Reauthorization: Here We Go Again (Education Week/Rick Hess Straight Up Blog, June 3, 2013)
The Kennedy Center is hosting Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, August 7-8, 2013. The conference will address emerging issues about students with disabilities and access to arts education.
Summer's Here! Get Crafty! from Crayola. Featured: 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.
Digital portfolios change how schoolwork is assigned, collected. A growing number of teachers are using digital portfolios for students' work -- altering the way teachers assign, collect and assess classwork and projects, writes Mary Beth Hertz, a K-8 technology teacher in Philadelphia. In this blog post, she suggests questions that teachers should answer before deciding on a platform for digital portfolios and several tools that can be used, including Dropbox, eBackpack and Wikispaces. (Edutopia.org/Mary Beth Hertz's blog, 5/30)
[Createquity.] What is a Museum? The museum world can be an insular bubble – for all the work we do on engaging our audiences and our communities, we do most of it through a museum-specific lens. “The American ‘arts’ field is in as much of a bubble as the museum industry–perhaps even a smaller one.” She refers to the museum and arts bubbles as separate, even though many people would consider museums to be a part of the arts. In some ways they are, but in many ways they are not. I get the impression, for example, that large orchestras, small community-based dance troupes, and off-Broadway theaters speak the same language and spend time in the same bubble more than museums interact with any of them. This raises the question – what is a museum? Can we define museums as arts institutions, or do they fit better in another category?
Dream Rocket Project: Wrapping the REAL Saturn V Moon Rocket by International Fiber Collaborative, Inc. For some students this is their first introduction to space, science and art. Wrapping the indoor real Saturn V Moon Rocket would have profound impact beyond the original intent to wrap the vertical Saturn V replica, they would like to pursue this option. It would be awesome to walk under the entire length of the indoor rocket and look up to see all the art. They would have a hard time seeing all of the art on the outdoor vertical rocket which stands 363 feet tall. Their goal: to Wrap the Saturn V.
Graham Foundation awards over $500,000 in grants to individuals. CHICAGO, IL.- The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announced its 2013 Grants to Individuals. This year, over $500,000 has been awarded to 60 projects. The grantees, who represent a diverse national and international community of architects, scholars, writers, artists, designers, curators, and others, were selected after a highly competitive application process from a pool of over 600 submissions. The awards, up to $15,000 each, support publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, public programs, and research that explore innovative and bold ideas in architecture and design. (artdaily.org)
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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!
Got a Research Question? Ask A Fellow. Ask A Fellow is a project of the NAEA Distinguished Fellows intended to bring together researchers who have questions with Distinguished Fellows who have answers and can offer sound advice on research topics and projects. Art educators may submit questions about research or professional topics to the Distinguished Fellows. The question will be distributed to Distinguished Fellows for response. We expect one or two Fellows will find each question within their purview of interests, experience, and expertise. The questions should be clear and direct so they can be answered in a timely fashion. These collaborations are intended to be focused, functional, and temporary. A Distinguished Fellow will address the specific question and then exit from the discussion. "Ask A Fellow" is not intended for extended tenures, such as thesis or dissertation advisors or project collaborations.
Congratulations to Karen Keifer-Boyd! Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women's studies, has received her second Fulbright Faculty Scholar grant and will spend a portion of spring 2012 teaching and conducting research on Social Justice Activism through Arts-based Research as Fulbright Visiting Professor in Gender Studies in the Zentrum für Frauen-und Geschlechterstudien (ZFG) Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. She received her first Fulbright grant in 2006. Read more
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