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

 

4-16-14

11 Facts About Arts in Education (DoSomething.org)

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

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

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

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

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

4-14-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BLOG: NAEA Conference San Diego w/Cherie Tymkiw

4-11-14

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

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

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

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

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

4-9-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4-7-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARCH

3-27-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM NAEA:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Visual History of Federal Art Spending in the United States

The problem with arts advocacy is the people in power

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

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

Calif. Learning In Arts Reception Slated

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

Ill.: AN EVENING ALL ABOUT ART

Okla. Art students share talents

Maine. Youth Art exhibit at PMA turns 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass. Marblehead Festival of Arts to award scholarships

Md. CCAC announces two upcoming deadlines for arts scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) 2014 Arts & Education Forum: Registration Open. SCEA's Arts & Education Forum on May 14-16, 2014 convenes a national audience on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus for the purpose of brainstorming ideas, disseminating research, and developing strategies that advance best practices and shape policy recommendations for improving arts education in our schools. Early registration is now open and SCEA is accepting session proposals until March 24.

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

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates exemplary approaches to arts education for students in grades 6-12. Awards of $5,000 will be given to model programs in three areas; one school will receive an additional $2,500 as the national winner. Categories are: Arts Integration; Equity through Arts; and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships. The award deadline is April 4, 2014.
 
The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute. The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners. It is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions. The seven-month program includes a five-day seminar at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), advanced assignments, a 360-degree feedback process, and follow-up coaching. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass. Bourne Wareham Art Association offers art scholarships

Ill. Youths Can Apply For Park Ridge Art Scholarships

Alaska:  Nominations open for 2014 Mayors Awards for the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Reasons to Go to NAEA San Diego

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

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

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

Alabama: Supporting arts education (AL.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Createquity.] Around the horn: Crimea edition

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

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

Make-Up Girls - Discover the Beauty of Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, and English/language arts. This week-long institute will be held June 23–27 and July 28–August 1, 2014. Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Registration is $200 per participant. Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. Applications are due Monday, March 31, 2014.

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates exemplary approaches to arts education for students in grades 6-12. Awards of $5,000 will be given to model programs in three areas; one school will receive an additional $2,500 as the national winner. The award deadline is April 4, 2014.

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

Crayola Creative Corner - March is National Craft Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Proposals: SCEA's 7th Annual National Arts and Education Forum. SCEA's Arts & Education Forum convenes a national audience on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus for the purpose of brainstorming ideas, disseminating research, and developing strategies that advance best practices and shape policy recommendations for improving arts education in our schools. The Forum is designed to engage attendees through a series of sessions framed around key questions stemming from current issues in arts and education. After each session, Forum Thought Leaders will facilitate roundtable discussions to assist attendees with reflecting on session topics while considering implications in their own work and practice. Proposal submission deadline: March 10th

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

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

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

2-20-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2-18-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities from Uncommon Goods
Call for Entries: Furniture Design Challenge - Enter Now
Pick the Winner: Woodworkinh Design Contest - Vote Now

2-14-14

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

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

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

2-12-14

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

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

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

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

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child. The Kennedy Center is now accepting applications for its Any Given Child program. The primary goal of Any Given Child is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8. Although the program provides a structure for work to be accomplished, the Kennedy Center understands that every community is unique, and tailors the consultation and facilitation to each site. To learn more about Any Given Child, visit . The application deadline is March 31, 2014.
 
Training Opportunities for K-12 educators in Folk Arts, Folklife, and Oral History. Educators and artists interested in learning more about employing folk arts or oral history in the classroom will find a roster of institutes and workshops around the country on the home page of the Local Learning web site. To receive their bulletins, email Paddy Bowman at paddybowman@verizon.net.

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

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards will be given to model programs in arts in three categories: arts integration, equity through arts, and civic engagement/professional partnerships. Learn more about the awards and how to apply. The application deadline is April 4, 2014.

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

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

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

2-10-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2-7-14

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


Tell Your Story to Congress at National Arts Advocacy Day 2014, March 24–25, 2014, Washington, DC. With Congress divided over budget battles and other important issues, the difficulties facing arts and arts education are only getting tougher. We need you to add your voice to the advocacy efforts this year more than ever. Hear from Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education Narric Rome as he provides a quick snapshot of the importance of federal arts education advocacy and attending Arts Advocacy Day 2014! Hosted by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington DC to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Americans for the Arts)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun February Crafts - Crayola Creative Corner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JANUARY

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

AEP ArtsEd Digest - January 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards will be given to model programs in arts in three categories: arts integration, equity through arts, and civic engagement/professional partnerships. The application deadline is April 4, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration. The arts have always had a secondary place in K-12 learning. If you doubt that statement, think of the first programs to go whenever budget cuts are implemented - music, fine arts and even physical fitness which includes dance. I've yet to hear of a school board or administrators discussing the way cutting math programs could help the school's bottom line. There is a hierarchy of academics in America, and arts education tends to fall pretty low on the totem pole. (Education Week)

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

Museum Educators: Request for Proposals for the 47th Annual International Visual Literacy Association Conference, November 5 - 8, 2014. Proposals are currently being accepted. This annual conference provides scholars, researchers, teachers, students, artists and other professionals an opportunity to present their work. The main theme for this year’s conference is The Art of Seeing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary and is supported by eight sub-themes that include visual literacy in a museum setting, emerging technologies, visual culture, information design and more. Deadline for Proposal Submission: February 17, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Createquity.] Around the horn: Amiri Baraka edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oregon. Enjoy some fine art education at Coos Art Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Createquity.] Fall Fellowship: A Recap

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

Full STEAM Ahead with TreeSmART (Workshop) - Costa Rica. When Art was included in the recent STEM educational agenda that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM + Art = STEAM, the TreeSmART workshop will provide experiences for both artists and teachers to incorporate these principles into their practice using trees as a theme. An introduction to local tree ecology by UGA Costa Rica naturalists, on-site sketching and journaling, resource sharing, field trips, and several hands-on STEAM projects will be included.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Createquity.] Grantmakers in the Arts Goes to Washington

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

Crayola Creative Corner - Wintertime Crafts

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

DECEMBER

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NEW GRANT AWARDS FROM THE U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Before the end of the calendar year, the Department announced grants under three major programs. First, on December 13, the agency announced that all 25 of the highest-rated applicants from the 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition secured their required private matching funds and became official grantees.  Together, they will share more than $134 million in federal funding to expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement.  The i3 program announced the 25 highest-rated applicants -- selected from 618 applications and representing a cross-section of school districts, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations -- in November.  Applicants had four weeks to secure private matching funds.  Of the 25 grantees, 18 are in the “Development” category -- grants that will support implementing new and promising, but relatively untested, projects -- and seven are in the “Validation” category -- grants that will support building organization capacity of projects that have evidence of effectiveness.  As in the past, the grantees address a variety of issues, including five projects focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) course content and instructional practices, four projects focusing on family and parent engagement, and four projects serving rural students and communities.  With the addition of this latest cohort, the i3 program encompasses 117 grantees using approximately $1 billion in federal funds and $200 million in private funds to tackle some of the important challenges in education.

Next, on December 17, the agency announced that five applicants -- representing 25 districts -- will receive a share of $120 million in funding under the 2013 Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) grant competition.  These grants will support locally developed plans to personalize and improve student learning, increase student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers.  These grantees were selected from 31 finalists -- the highest scorers among over 200 applications received in October that were evaluated and scored by independent peer reviewers.  They particularly shine a light on the innovative work going on in rural districts across the country to tailor education for all students and provide teachers and leaders with key tools that support them in meeting students’ needs.  As Secretary Duncan emphasized in a blog post, RTT-D plans also show that technology can be a powerful equalizer for schools in such communities.

Then, on December 19, Secretary Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that six states -- Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont -- will receive a share of $280 million in funding under the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant competition.  RTT-ELC supports states in systemic efforts to align, coordinate, and improve the quality of existing early learning and development programs across multiple funding streams that support children from birth through age 5.  These grantees were the top scorers among 17 applications received in October, evaluated and scored by independent peer reviewers.  Since 2011, RTT-ELC has awarded $1 billion to 20 states.  RTT-ELC is a part of the Administration’s comprehensive early learning agenda, in combination with President Obama’s Preschool for All proposal.  As senior staff raised in a blog post, quoting Secretary Duncan, “We have to quit ‘playing catch-up and level the playing field for our children before they start kindergarten.’”

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NAEA Museum Education Division Peers Initiative. The last Google+ Hangout on Air of 2013 is tomorrow—Join them! December 20, 2013 at 1-2 PM EST - NAEA MusEdPeers: Artists as Audiences. The NAEA Annual Convention is three months away, but you can exchange ideas with your colleagues now. What are museums doing to engage artist/designer/maker/creative communities? What methods are being used to measure impact on artists? To track impact on the museum?  What formats are working (advisory committees, focus groups, public programs, residencies, etc.) #MusEdPeers. Facilitator: Michelle Hagewood, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Participants: Jackie Terrassa, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Paola Poletto, Art Gallery of Ontario; Amy E. Briggs, Danforth Art; Madeline Adams, Birmingham Museum of Art; and K. Tierney Sneeringer, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Questions? Have an idea for a future Google+ Hangout?  Contact the NAEA Museum Education Peer-to-Peer initiative team: Michelle Grohe, Chelsea Kelly, Juline Chevalier.

View Research Commission NAEA National Convention Presentation Schedule

Online registration for the 34th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA 2014) is now available. The early bird registration rates are available until 7 April 2014.

Tennessee: There’s an App for that! Have you seen it yet? TAEA has a new app that can be downloaded on iPhones and Android devices allowing you to view current information about the organization. Download the new app today by searching “TN Art Education Association,” then respond “YES” when asked if you want to receive notifications. This app is provided FREE to you as a TAEA member benefit.

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, a documentary film which follows the teenage actors of Chicago's Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) and brings to light the incredible transformative capacity of the arts and arts education. The film aired on America Reframed on public television's World Channel, Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Together with the companion Teaching Guide & Community Screening Kit, which includes discussion questions and seven arts- and Common Core Standards-based activities, TRUST is a resource for education around youth leadership, psychology, sexual violence, immigration and the transformative power of art.

CA: Full-time Travelling Arts Manager Job Listing. LA’s BEST is currently accepting resumes for a vacant full-time Traveling Arts Program Coordinator position for the ASAP department. Candidates must have experience working with art education programs, reliable transportation, and be able to work from 9pm to 6pm, M-F, throughout Los Angeles. Please read the Position Description for additional information including a list of qualifications. Candidates that are interested must e-mail their resume to HR@lasbest.lausd.net by 6pm Friday, Dec 27, 2013. Please use e-mail subject line: TPS Candidate (ASAP Dept.).

AR. Collaboration Enhances Arts Education in Springfield's K-8 Classrooms. Springfield Public Schools, The Kennedy Center, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, bring The Arts to kids, and kids to The Arts (KSMU)

FL. Studying Fine Arts Benefits Students, But Educators Want To Know Which Ones. Research published by the Center for Fine Arts Education shows that the more arts courses Florida students enroll in, the more likely they are to take the SAT and score well on standardized tests. And conversely, students who appear to be struggling academically generally take fewer arts courses than their peers. Sanz is supporting state legislation that would require schools to report arts access the same way they report information like graduation rates and demographics. (WLRN)

Arts Guild NJ, Rahway announces new grant for art education programs. Arts Guild New Jersey is pleased to announce the award of a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House CharitiesÒ (“RMHC”) New York Tri-State Area. This grant, half from the tri-state branch of the organization and half from RMHC Global, was awarded for expenses pertaining to the 2014 Arts Guild New Jersey Art Education programs for children. (nj.com)

PA. Elementary children hang out with PW high school artists. As participants in a project called Pencil Pals, Parris and fellow third-graders at Conshohocken Elementary School had more than a passing interest in the photographs, paintings and drawings displayed on ‘feine’s walls. Pencil Pals links them with students in PW art classes on a continuing basis, and the local opening provided the perfect opportunity for the younger kids to schmooze with their teen counterparts. (Times Herald)

WA. Bellevue High's National Art Honor Society helps children have a Merry Craft-mas. The Bellevue High School National Art Honor Society operated a free activity day at the Bellevue Arts Museum Friday, Dec. 6. Children of all ages were able to stop in and use the Society’s supplies to make pine cone Christmas tree ornaments and other crafts. The activity was held on the art museum’s free admission day, in which the BAM opens free to the public every first Friday of the month. (Bellevue Reporter)

NC. A Round of APPlause! The performances are all part of the newly launched APPlause! Series, an integral part of the university’s Performing Arts Series. Performances feature university-based artists, as well as local, regional and world-renowned professional artists. According to organizers, the series offers K-12 students access to a wide variety of art disciplines. (Mountain Times)

MS. Sen. Dan Brown Column: Art submission deadline draws near. The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has been working through the Artsonia organization to place art in an exhibit in the walkway of the Senate parking garage and the basement of the Capitol, as well as on the Artsonia website. (TheRollaDailyNews.com)

CT. West Hartford Art League offers Art Scholarship. The $1,200 scholarship will go to a high school senior in the greater Hartford area who will be continuing their education as an art major at an accredited university or art School in the fall of 2014. (Patch.com)

MI. MANCHESTER: Teacher Angelina Griffin encourages young artists. Griffin said that art is one hour out of the day where kids can truly express themselves, a rare opportunity. Art classes can also relieve the daily stress of harsh grades, strict guidelines, and overall pressure on students. They can bring out the abstract thinkers in all of students, which is very important for the future. (The Manchester Enterprise)

IL. Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Announce Schools to Receive Grant Funding as Part of Comprehensive Arts Education Plan. "These funds are another resource in our comprehensive arts education plan that provides strong policy, funding, and a data driven system to track progress at all of our schools in offering high quality creative learning opportunities,” Mayor Emanuel said. “This will complement the work our classroom teachers are already doing to educate Chicago’s next generation of leaders, artists and culturally engaged residents.” (eNews Park Forest)

AZ. district board considers STEAM focus for one elementary school. Principal Shanon Ferguson told Mohave Valley Elementary School District governing board members Thursday evening that a survey of parents and school staff shows that a focus on the science, technology engineering, arts, and math is the preferred charter school specialty at FMES. (Mohave Valley Daily News, 12/17)

Australia: Artists' insights a boon for students. Lecturers who are also artists bring a new dimension to studying at the SCA. (The Age National)

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POLICY
Five Districts, Mostly Rural, Win Race to Top District Competition. Houston is the only big-city district to win this year's district Race to the Top federal-grant contest, worth a total of $120 million. (Education Week/Politics K-12)
RELATED: $120M in Race to the Top grants go to 5 school groups (The Sun News, S.C.)

Report shows how some schools have shaken NCLB's failing label. An estimated two-thirds of the schools identified as needing improvement under No Child Left Behind in the 2011-12 academic year were not among the list of "failing" schools the following year, according to a report released Tuesday by the New America Foundation. Policy analyst Anne Hyslop said data show the schools improved after the states received waivers, allowing the development of accountability systems that ranked the schools on a relative basis -- rather than on an absolute scale, a method she compared to grading on a curve. (U.S. News & World Report, 12/17)

Rep. John Kline Talks ESEA, Spending, and Gridlock. Can Congress break the legislative logjam on education? Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, shares his views. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Governors Offer Praise for Early-Learning Grants. Nearly $281 million will be divided among six states in the third round of the federal program, and state leaders on both sides of the aisle expressed appreciation for the funds. (Education Week)

Six States Awarded Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grants to Build Statewide Systems of High-Quality Early Learning. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced today that six additional states—Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont—will receive a total of $280 million in grant awards from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund to improve access to high-quality early learning and development programs throughout their states. These six states join the 14 existing state grantees who secured funding in the first two rounds, which began in 2011. (ED.gov)

Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Host Conference Call with State Governors to Discuss Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grants to Build Statewide Systems of High-Quality Early Learning. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will join Governors from winning states to discuss the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund to improve access to high-quality early learning and development programs throughout their states.

Response: 'Educators Are Suffering From Innovation Fatigue' (This is Part Two of a multi-post series on this topic.  You can see Part One here). Shawn Blankenship asked: What are strategies to close the gap between new ideas and implementation?  The question may need to be adjusted a little, but many educators are reading, sharing, learning, and growing together.  However, what are ways in which we can put these new ideas into action in a timely manner?  I'm sure self-initiation, problem-solving, risk-taking and the freedom to fail and learn from such failure will be a part of the conversation.  As a principal, I would love to have some strategies to close this gap. (Education Week)

Regional Roundup: 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that six states—Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont—will receive a total of $280 million in grant awards from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund. (ED.gov)

Final public review of NCCAS standards will launch in February
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. A draft reading copy of the revised standards will be available at http://nccas.wikispaces.com on January 30.

- See more at: http://cms.arteducators.org/research/nccas#sthash.dNPanlxF.dpuf

Final public review of NCCAS standards will launch in February
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. A draft reading copy of the revised standards will be available at http://nccas.wikispaces.com on January 30.

- See more at: http://cms.arteducators.org/research/nccas#sthash.dNPanlxF.dpuf

12-18-13

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. Click here for more information and to submit an entry.

From Student to Spielberg. Find out if the next great filmmaker is sitting in your classroom by encouraging your students to submit a video for the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. Films should highlight the power of technology in the classroom by addressing how students use technology in school or the role that technology will play in education in the future. Finalists’ films will be screened at the White House and may also be featured on the White House website. The competition is open to K-12 students, and submissions are due January 29. (Capitol Connection)
 
The 13 Best Children's and Picture Books of 2013. "It is an error … to think of children as a special kind of creature, almost a different race, rather than as normal, if immature, members of a particular family, and of the human family at large," J. R. R. Tolkien wrote in his superb meditation on fantasy and why there's no such thing as writing "for children," intimating that books able to captivate children's imagination aren't "children's books" but simply really good books. After the year's best books in psychology and philosophy, art and design, and history and biography, the season's subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the loveliest "children's" and picture-books of 2013. (Brain Pickings)

Ring in the season with a special episode celebrating and inspiring a handmade holiday. HOLIDAY premieres on PBS starting Friday December 20th. Check your local listings or visit www.pbs.org/tv_schedules

The U.S. Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program and National PTA Present the Reflections Student Art Exhibit Opening and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony featuring: Remarks on arts education from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, National PTA President Otha Thornton, Director of PCAH Rachel Goslins, and Reflections Committee Chair Dawn Small; 2013 Winners in Art and Music and Dance Performance; and a reception following the opening. WHEN: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11am to 12 noon. WHERE: Washington, DC. RSVP/Questions: Nicole Carinci at 202-453-5585 or nicloe.carinci@ed.gov.

Are NCLB Waiver States Intervening in the Right Schools? New research on No Child Left Behind Act waivers finds far fewer schools being identified for interventions in waiver states, raising questions about whether the right schools are being targeted. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

U.S. Department of Education Names Five Winners of $120 Million from Race to the Top-District Grant Competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that five applicants have won a total of approximately $120 million in the second round of the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition. (ED.gov)

Highest-Rated Applications Secure Match Funding and Become Grantees for Investing in Innovation 2013 Competition. The Department of Education announced that the 25 highest-rated applications for the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program competition have secured private-sector matching funds and will be awarded approximately $134 million. Click here or on the above title to learn about these new i3 grantees that will expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement. (ED.gov)

Your Art Mobile App. Discover highlights of the National Gallery of Art collections with Your Art app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad and on Google Play for Android. The app focuses on paintings and sculpture from the 13th to the 19th centuries on view in the West Building. Available free in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. iTunes App Store | Google Play

12-16-13

VA. district offers "Maker Spaces" for students to create, design. Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Va., has been hosting visitors who are interested in its "Maker Spaces," dedicated areas of the school for students to create and design their own work. The program is in place for all grades in the district, but the high school's library transformation is creating buzz and bringing visitors from universities. The library is now drawing more students, officials said, with its music studio, a "hacker" room for computer programing, a 3D printer and a "genius bar" for students to help repair computers. (WVIR-TV, 12/12)

N.C. school infuses all subjects with the arts. The School for Creative Studies, a Durham, N.C., magnet school for students in sixth to ninth grades, infuses the arts and design program into its core subjects. Students may spend their elective classes creating dance steps and writing songs for music videos, and may write a novel in social-studies class or compose an essay explaining a solution in math class. Principal Renee Price praised the creativity of the school's teachers, each of whom are certified in their subject areas. (The Durham News, 12/11)

VA. Video Series Reveals How i3 Science Project is Unfolding. Elementary school teachers throughout Virginia are changing the way they view and teach science because of an Investing in Innovation grant. Click here or on the above title to learn about the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) and to view the VISTA Voices videos that are documenting this innovative professional development approach to hands-on, student-centered science learning. (ED.gov)

Fla. World's first Instagramers Gallery launches. Phil Gonzalez and Jorge Martínez, two renowned creative professionals from Spain have joined forces to launch a trilogy of projects: Instagramers Gallery, InstagramersGallery.com and two Instagramers Prizes including the largest photography prize to date. On 11 December 2013 Instagramers Gallery Miami opened its doors as an official gallery space for the social media site. The first in a series of planned galleries set to open in strategic areas throughout the world, the gallery will promote photography in Instagram format. (artdaily.org)

Conn. Artists explore the uncertain nature of complex systems in our social, digital, and natural environments. Franklin Street Works presents Neuromast: Certain Uncertainty and Contemporary Art. The group exhibition explores “emergence,” the theory that says unforeseeable results happen when a system reaches a certain level of complexity. The show’s title is inspired by a very specific emergent phenomenon, "neuromast," which is the sensory organ that allows fish to effectively behave in unison against the threat of predators. Neuromast features sculpture, videos, text-based works, photographs and more by contemporary artists, writers and theorists interested in theories of emergence. (artdaily.org)

Social Media: An Asset for Teachers and Leaders. Students and parents are growing users of social media. There is great value in meeting them where they are.  Allowing their communication arena to grow without us can be a mistake. Reasons for joining the social media environment seem clear. Business calls it branding; each of our districts is unique and so are our communities.  How do we want to be known? What is the vision toward which we are working? (Education Week)

Researcher says students benefit from technology of iPads. Students at a Massachusetts high school were better able to answer questions about the solar system after a lesson involving iPads, suggests Matthew Schneps, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. All types of teaching and learning could benefit from a combination of verbal descriptions and 3D exploration that is often used in the sciences, Schneps said. (The Boston Globe, 12/16)

Fla. schools may be required to track access to the arts. Lawmakers in Florida are considering a proposal to require schools to report access to arts courses, just as they report data on graduation rates and student demographics. The push comes amid a downward trend in arts enrollment, despite research from the Center for Fine Arts Education that shows a link between arts enrollment and performance on standardized tests and the SAT. Meanwhile, struggling students must attend remedial courses, allowing less time for courses in the arts. (StateImpact/Florida,12/15)

SFMOMA and the Kids of Silicon Valley Grapple With Digital Design. Seventy years from now, how will the world be different? (blouartinfo)

[Createquity.] Reminder: Createquity Fellowship applications are due this Friday!

[Createquity.] Value vs. Value: An inside look at appraising artworks in museums

[Createquity.] Around the horn: Madiba edition

POLICY
U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Rated Applications Secure Match Funding and Become Grantees for Investing in Innovation 2013 Competition. The U.S. Department of Education today announced that the 25 highest-rated applications (HRAs) for the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program competition have secured private-sector matching funds and will be awarded approximately $134 million by the end of December to expand innovative practices designed to improve student achievement. (ED.gov)

A Different Spin on Failure. Dr. Maria Ferguson recently addressed the topic of failure in a column written for the December issue of the Kappan, a PDK publication. In it, she pointed out that many education leaders and policy makers are unwilling to accept that some amount of failure is predictable and that there are lessons to be learned from failure. We set lofty goals in education; Dr. Ferguson highlights the goal of 90% graduation rate under the Clinton administration, with the target date of the year 2000. There was also the objective set out under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), 100% proficiency by 2013-2014. (Learning First Alliance)

Hawaii Regains Footing After Early Stumbles on Race to Top. Sixty-five miles from the nearest town of Hilo, over the volcano and past groves of coffee and macadamia-nut trees, is Naalehu Elementary School. Here, students travel as far as eight miles along privately owned roads to reach the closest school bus stop on the main highway, contributing to chronically high absenteeism. (Education Week)

All 25 Top-Rated Investing in Innovation Applicants Secure Private Matches. It's official—those 25 non-profits with the highest-rated Investing in Innovation federal-grant applications this year have secured a private sector match of up to 15 percent, making them honest-to-goodness i3 winners. We gave you the full list here. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

12-13-13

Champion Creatively Alive Children Creative Leadership Grants 2014. Apply today for a grant to fund an innovative, creative leadership team within your elementary school's professional development program. Application Form | Judging Rubric
Request for Proposals. Up to 20 elementary schools from the United States and Canada will receive grants to implement, document and share results of an innovative program that will build creative capacity and collaborative culture school-wide.
Proposals will be accepted December 1, 2013 through June 23, 2014. Every Early Bird application submitted before midnight on Monday, June 9, will receive a Crayola product gift pack.
Each grant-winning school receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
For complete information and application, go to Crayola.com/educators or naesp.org.

Use the Arts to Boost Learning - Edutopia eNews - December 4, 2013
Arts Integration: Resource Roundup. A newly updated collection of resources for linking the arts and core curriculum, art and technology, and more.
Bring the Arts to PBL. Andrew Miller explores ways to bring the arts to project-based learning (PBL), including using the arts as an entry point or as a culminating event.
Arts and the Common Core. Learn how you can integrate these arts-inspired lesson ideas and strategies to meet the Common Core standards.
VIDEO: Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning. This middle school integrated the arts across all subject areas and saw improvements in critical thinking, risk-taking, and collaboration.

Reminder: The 2014 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program. 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.  Applications will be accepted through January 1, 2014.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Online K-12 Educator Workshops. Participants must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet and a headset or speaker. All are FREE
Webinar for K–12 Educators—Online Open House - Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 4:30–5:30 pm. Discover ways the Met supports learning in the classroom and the Museum during this live online event featuring an introduction to our encyclopedic collection, tips for engaging students with works of art, and an overview of our online resources. Register online by January 4 for this free event.
Twitter Chat and Tweetup—Behind the Scenes! Arms and Armor - Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 4:30–5:30 pm. Arms and armor have been a vital part of virtually all cultures for thousands of years, pivotal not only in conquest and defense but also in court pageantry and ceremonial events. Join us for a Twitter chat for educators featuring the Museum's Arms and Armor collection. Would you like to be one of seven lucky Twitter-savvy teachers to join a conservator behind-the-scenes for the corresponding onsite Tweetup? Sign up to add your name to our drawing; we will contact the winners one week before the program.
Google+ Hangout on Air—Speaking and Listening in Art Museums: Addressing the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 4:30–5:30 pm. How can experiences with works of art support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts? Glean concrete ideas from museum educators from coast to coast during this Google+ Hangout on Air highlighting strategies for supporting the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening. Participating institutions are the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Google+ Hangout on Air—Art Museums at Your Fingertips - Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 4:30–5:30 pm. Are you looking for high-resolution images, reliable informational texts, multimedia content, and tips for incorporating art in your teaching? Look no further—the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery of Art are here to help. Join us for a Google+ Hangout on Air to learn about free online resources for K–12 educators.

[Createquity.] Share All the Data? Thoughts on a National Arts Data Repository

Minnesota: Columbia Heights Schools don't skimp on the arts. Superintendent Kathy Kelly has rebuilt the Columbia Heights school district’s elementary band program and nurtured its K-12 art program even in tight budget times. “We have our head in the academics and our hearts in the arts,” Kelly said. (The Star Tribune)

Massachusetts: Treasure boxes to fund arts scholarships. The Cape Cod and the Islands Arts Educators Association organized the exhibit as a means to raise money for scholarships for high school seniors who want to pursue a college degree in the visual arts. (WickedLocal)

Teachers Show invites public to honor art teachers at Fire Barn Gallery. Artists typically learn something significant from one of their art teachers. Whether it was a teacher in grade school or graduate school or a teacher that continues to teach during an artist's career, they can leave a lasting impression on an artist’s life, one that is often times worth honoring. Now, Muskegon-area artists have the chance to not only thank their art teachers publicly, but share their experiences with their teachers. (milve.com)

Iowa: Young artists, aspiring art teachers enjoy community outreach project. The fall Saturday Art Workshops offered to young artists by the University of Iowa College of Education’s Art Education faculty and students have been offered for more than three decades, and are a win-win community outreach project. The young artists, ages 5- to 12, get to create and aspiring art teachers get to practice their future profession. The Art Education Program also offers workshops to middle and high school students in the spring. (Iowa Now)

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? While on the surface choir, band, drama, dance, and other arts may not seem to be as important as math, science, history, or language, there is scientific research that seems to contradict this belief. (The Information Daily)

ArtSchools.com, A Directory of Art Schools in California, Affirms Arts Education Develops Strong Creative Minds. School officials don’t often believe that music and art are as important as science, math and history. Art education in U.S. elementary schools is down 17 percent and art is no longer a required course for most high schools. However, the article says art education is very important and scientific research has proven that art has an effect on the brain. (Digital Journal)

New Jersey: Support arts education in schools. My strongest defense of art and music in schools begins with the big picture: Each person represents all humans, all creation. Each of us is a microcosm of the universe. Understanding what this body — this “I” — can do gives us empathy and understanding about all humans, and through that, a clue to our place in the universe, our identity as a species. (APP.com)

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

NAHS
Florida: FISD is committed to community service
New York: Art auction raises funds for Clarence Food Pantry
Illinois: Escape Art Show
Arizona: FALA holds winter festival Saturday
Michigan: In The Classroom: Western's National Art Honor Society creates Christmas treasures for Jackson's AWARE shelter

GRANTS
Connecticut: Regional Multicultural Magnet School Students Receive $6,710 For Enrichment Programs. A grant from the RMMS Foundation grant will allow local students to learn circus skills, visit an art museum, study the ethno-botanical use of trees, and more. (Patch)

Florida: 14 Grants Awarded to Schools From The Polk Education Foundation. The Polk Education Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $25,000 to 14 schools in Polk County to help with their science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) initiatives. (NewsChief.com)

$15K in Federal Grants to Promote the Arts on Guam. For local artists and institutions to help "enhance learning and the arts on Guam. The grants were distributed by the Department of Chamorro Affairs, through the Guam Council on Arts and Humanities Agency. (PNC)

The Powerful Computer in Your Pocket: Using Smartphones in the Classroom
. Two middle school teachers contend that smartphones, like computers, are useful tools for instruction that should be harnessed rather than feared. (Education Week Teacher)

12-11-13

Join the National Endowment for the Humanities on a special Google+ Hangout on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 2pm ET. Watch live as Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Science Friday, interviews University of Richmond President Dr. Edward L. Ayers and his colleagues in the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, Dr. Robert K. Nelson and Dr. Scott Nesbit. The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) develops innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond. It seeks to reach a wide audience by developing projects that integrate thoughtful interpretation in the humanities and social sciences with innovations in new media. Explore DSL projects here, including the NEH-funded website, Visualizing Emancipation. Live tweet with #DigHum.

ArtsEd Digest, December 10, 2013 Vol. 5, No. 22

PCAH Releases Progress Report on Turnaround Arts Initiative. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) released an interim progress report for their Turnaround Arts Initiative, which launched in 2012 to help transform some of the nation’s lowest performing schools through arts education. The free report is now available for download.

SEADAE Site Features Arts Education Standards by State. The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) site now features links to every state's arts standards documents, making it easy to search by state for arts standards.

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.

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. Click here for more information and to submit an entry.

Using Classroom Portfolios to Evaluate Arts Educators Webinar. Education Week presented the webinar "Using Classroom Portfolios to Evaluate Arts Educators" on Monday, December 9. The webinar examined Tennessee's teacher evaluation system for the arts. View the PowerPoint presentation using the link above.

Call for Arts Education Research. The Educational Forum is seeking original empirical research and conceptual essays that explore ways of understanding and addressing the mutually beneficial relationships between arts and learning for its upcoming Fall 2014 themed issue entitled "Aesthetic Education, Arts and Learning." Submission deadline: February 1, 2014.

You're invited to join a Museum Resources-Virtual Field Trip Webinar, held on the third Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm EST. Each month a different museum joins Tom Diener, Intel Teach Moderator, to present their institution, collections, and educational resources. Over 2 dozen museums have participated including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges, Google Art Project. The webinars are free and open to all. The next webinar is Tuesday, 12/17, 8pm ET with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Teachers can register at http://bit.ly/166wCvX.

2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. K-12 teachers and their students are encouraged to  participate in the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 9th annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 16, 2014. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places.  The Youth Art Contest provides K-12 students with an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Young artists who are home schooled or who participate in youth groups are also eligible to submit their art. More than 2,000 young artists from throughout the country entered this year’s contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014.

2014 Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art for the Washington, DC Chapter. This scholarship has been established and made available, through the National Society of Arts and Letters, to young visual artists between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success. The scholarship funds are for private study, special training or personal advancement in the applicant’s chosen art medium. The funds can be used for workshops, museum programs, summer programs, etc. The funds cannot be used for college tuition, housing or travel. The first place winner can receive $5,000, and $1,000 among the two runners up. Applications due to Chapters by February 3, 2014. Application Form

California: LACMA Relaunches Art and Technology Initiative. Nearly 50 years after its innovative "Art and Technology" program, which paired artists like Robert Irwin and James Turrell with an aerospace company among other fortuitous match-ups, LACMA is relaunching the initiative as "Art & Technology," which will let as many as 30 artists and technology innovators collaborate on projects in a lab setting. (NYT)

How can art lower the unemployment rate? See Urban Artisans:A Creative Path to Employment from VSA Indiana.

Museums, MOOCs and MoMA: the future of digital education realised? When pressed on what the main issues confronting educators in the 21st century are, Deborah Howes is unequivocal in her response. “The biggest challenge in looking ahead is letting go of familiar habits preventing you from reaching other audiences that expect and need to learn in different ways. (eCampus News)

First Online Education Platform for the Arts and Humanities. CourseWorld is a free library of the web’s best educational videos in the arts and humanities. A not-for-profit initiative, we want to make it easy for anyone to receive a world-class education in the classic liberal arts by giving everyone the chance to discover and watch exceptional content in one convenient place. The growing hub features more than 16,000 videos—all hand-selected, keyword-tagged, and indexed into more than 700 categories. A global grassroots project with a budget of $0, CourseWorld relies entirely on the efforts of freelance volunteers.

HOLIDAY premieres on PBS, Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9pm (check your local listings). HOLIDAY embraces new and familiar winter celebrations.

United Kingdom: Funding for the arts is changing as audiences increase finds National Campaign for the Arts Index. The National Campaign for the Arts 2013 Arts Index, recording significant changes in the arts in England, was published last week in association with The Guardian. Full report

12-9-13

Nebraska state board considers standards for fine arts. The Nebraska Board of Education is considering whether to adopt the state's first fine arts standards -- a move that would set broad concepts for the arts and more specific requirements for groups of grades, such as kindergarten to second grade. If approved, officials say, it is likely the arts would be integrated into other subjects, such as teaching dance as part of students' physical-education courses. (Lincoln Journal Star)

Curriculum SLAM: Contemporary Art, Contemporary Pedagogy. As 21st century art teachers there are so many competing pressures for time and attention that it can sometimes be difficult to focus on a core concern of creative teachers. How to gather innovative ideas for projects and curriculum that introduce students to a wide range of contemporary artmaking strategies? Curriculum Slam! Goes to San Diego: Now, Chicago brings this dynamic presentation format to the country with the first ever NAEA National Conference Curriculum Slam! emceed by OMGude, Marissa Reyes and DJ Jamie Rees. The event will be held during the 2014 NAEA National Conference in San Diego (March 29-31, 2014) on Monday, March 31 from 4 to 5:50pm. NAEA Secondary Division Director, James Rees commented, “One thing teachers seem to be always looking for is timely content that matters to their students.  This curriculum slam will model a dynamic method of communication, along with a dizzying array of meaningful curriculum. This will be a must attend event this year at the conference!” All members of the NAEA community are invited to apply to be a presenter in the San Diego conference Curriculum Slam! by sending in a short initial application explaining how the teacher’s curriculum unites great contemporary art and great contemporary curriculum, accompanied by a few images. Applications are due on December 18, 2013.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NYU Forum on the Teaching Artist: Navigation, Innovation, and Sustainability, NYU Forum on the Teaching Artist: Navigation, Innovation, and Sustainability, April 25-27, 2014. The 2014 annual forum spotlights the Teaching Artist. The intersection of pedagogy and aesthetics has extended its reach to a broad array of interdisciplinary perspectives and multiple art disciplines. We invite all allied professionals, newcomers, administrators, and researchers to exchange perspectives and collectively envision our shared future.CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Submissions are due Monday, January 20, 2014 (11:59pm, EST). Presenters will be notified by February 17.  Submit your proposal online, review a comprehensive description of the event, and consider the governing questions behind this forum. Feel free to submit any additional questions to NYUedtheatreforum@gmail.com.

FableVision Wants Your Help! Create a New Character for FableVision's “Mayan Mysteries” Game, Win an iPad2. Do you have what it takes to create the next character in Mayan Mysteries? FableVision Studios and Dig-It! Games want to add a new character to the latest version of Mayan Mysteries, coming in early 2014. We want your help to add to this award-winning FableVision-produced game! Kids ages 9 to 15 are invited to submit a sketch of their character along with a completed  entry form to contest@dig-itgames.com now through December 15, 2013.

10 Strategies for Increasing Your Creativity. Are you a creative person? Most people like to think they are. But the fact is that we can all benefit from a boost to our creative juices. Those who are truly creative don't copy what others do; instead, they might use innovative ideas from others as a springboard to come up with a unique application, product, or service for themselves. They tend to distance themselves from the competition rather than compete with them. If they see another company or person copying what they do, they create something new and better. In other words, they are able to leverage their creativity and their innovative capabilities to attain long-term success. (The Huffington Post)

The National Gallery of Art's 'Your Art' app now available for Android and select content translated. The National Gallery of Art has launched the Your Art app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and now Android smartphones. Your Art is a free interactive mobile application featuring 130 of the treasures on view in the Gallery’s collection, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Johannes Vermeer. It enriches the experience of visitors on-site and expands the Gallery’s reach off-site by bringing its masterpieces to art lovers across the globe via quick and simple download. In addition, the app features a selection of objects from the Gallery’s Collection Highlights tour in French, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. (artdaily.org)

Debating an MFA? The Lowdown on Art School Risks and Returns. For aspiring artists, December is the cruelest month, when thoughts of pursuing an MFA must turn to action or be cast to? the winds. It’s grad school application time—and what a time it is ?to undertake such a commitment! Never has higher education been more of a discursive battlefield. Politicians, parents, pundits, and provosts argue daily in the press over what it’s worth. (blouartinfo)

POLICY
Federal Innovation-Grant Winners to Share $135 Million. Twenty-five school districts and their nonprofit partners are the latest recipients of Investing in Innovation awards from the U.S. Department of Education. (Education Week)

12-6-13

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 rerobinson@artsfairfax.org.

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.

POLICY
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)

12-4-13

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)

Florida: Visual arts, music and more at DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts (go386.com)

Rwanda: Using Visual Arts to Fight HIV Stigma (allafrica.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

POLICY
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)

12-2-13

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.

Cyber Monday Savings - 50% digital gifts from Crayola

CONTESTS
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.

POLICY
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)

NOVEMBER

11-26-13

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!

POLICY
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)

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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.

Get Crafting with Crayola this Turkey Day from Crayola

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)

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The December 2013 issue of NAEA News is online (members only).

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.

FUNDING
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

POLICY WATCH   
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.

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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: societies@tandf.co.uk.

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 conwaycm@umich.edu. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by November 15, 2014 and the review board term begins in January of 2015.

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

POLICY WATCH
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)

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.

POLICY WATCH
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)

11-14-13

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 aep-jobs@ccsso.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'
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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 kmiraglia@umassd.edu 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

GRANTS
•  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

POLICY WATCH
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.

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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 info@artsonia.com 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 (steckg@usd385.org, 316-209-1045) or Chris Woods (cwoods@uniontown235.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: mkohler@usd268.org
Northeast Drive-In
November 16th, 12:30
Meet at CoCo Bolos, 1227 Bluemont Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502; 785-532-7718
Contact Bailey Marable for more information:  baykivo@gmail.com
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
Contact Shannon Wedel for more information: Shannon.Wedel@usd428.net
Northwest Drive-In

Information Coming Soon
Contact Jeri Palmquist for more information: palmquist.art@gmail.com
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: joshgreaves@smsd.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)

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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.

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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)

POLICY WATCH
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)

11-4-13

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

11-1-13

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 jsmith@usd402.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!

OCTOBER

10-30-13

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 nicole.carinci@ed.gov.

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)

10-28-13

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: mclark@corjesu.org.

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 jobs@thewalters.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)

POLICY WATCH

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)

10-25-13

"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.

10-23-13

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)

POLICY WATCH
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)

10-21-13

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.

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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)

Support arts programs in high schools across the country. Pledge to share this grant opportunity with at least one high school in my community.

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)

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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.

Sneak Peek | Fall & Holiday Promotions from Artsonia. October 28: New Holiday Ornaments!, November 18: Kick off the Holidays... Greeting Cards SALE!, December 2: Coffee Mugs & Snap Jewelry, and December 9: Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas... SALE on Select Products!

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? summit@expressivemedia.org

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 gradstudy@colum.edu.

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.

Latest News & Resources From AccessArt. Asemic Writing: Expressive Mark Making through Invented Text; Thoughtful Mark Making; Mono Printing with Carbon Copy Paper; See Three Shapes; Drawing with Stuff: The Big Draw Online with AccessArt!; 40 Artist Educators; and The AccessArt Star.

10-11-13

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 mc.day@fvtc.edu.

Your November Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Now Available!

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 rerobinson@artsfairfax.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?

10-9-13

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 itac2014@qut.edu.au.

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.

[Createquity.] Around the horn: just another government shutdown edition

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 art-contest@uncommongoods.com
-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 jewelry@uncommongoods.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.

10-8-13

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.

10-7-13

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!

10-4-13

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

10-3-13

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)

10-2-13

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

10-1-13

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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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