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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Collective Impact Grantees. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its second group of collective impact arts education grantees. The eight collective impact projects in this announcement total $684,000 and will use broad-based coalitions to build critical infrastructure for arts education or to advance key elements of existing strategic plans.
In a public webinar on May 27, 2015, the NEA arts education staff will discuss the latest insights in collective impact projects undertaken with support from the NEA. This webinar is part of a series on collective impact organized by the NEA's Arts Education office. (ArtsEdDigest, May 20, 2015)

AEP 2015 National Forum - Session Proposals Due Next Friday! Do you have an innovative program that you’re excited to share with other arts education leaders? Are you looking for an opportunity to discuss your new arts education research? Has your work resulted in new policies to ensure better access to an arts education for all students being enacted in your state? Please review the complete AEP 2015 National Forum Guidelines and Proposal Form for more details. AEP will accept proposals until Friday, May 29 at 5 pm EDT.

Art Teacher's Pinterest, Social Media Networks Share Lessons and Ideas. Donna Staten, an elementary art teacher in Round Rock, Texas, has earned the title "Pinterest Queen" because she has shared thousands of lessons and amassed nearly 100,000 followers on the social media site Pinterest. Staten, who also serves on an advisory committee for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says Pinterest has recharged her 30-year teaching career. She recently spoke about her strategies for using Pinterest  and other social media in an e-mail interview. (Learning First Alliance)

Museum Directors and Educators Unite to Help Integrate Art in Classrooms. The Department of Education and museum directors gathered last week to discuss how museums can be helpful in teaching art instruction beyond just the one-time field trip to help teach all subjects in the classroom. Educators alike feel that art instruction is not just limited to specifically art class, but can be integrated in all subjects, including typically thought-to-be unrelated subjects like math. (Education World)

When the Arts Do Not Exist. Created by Brad Skiff

Federal Partners Announce New AEP Chapter. As the Arts Education Partnership enters its third decade, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education have announced a new and promising chapter in its evolution. In June, the federal agencies that created AEP in 1995 will solicit proposals from national-level education and arts organizations to manage the future work of the Partnership. While CCSSO will relinquish its role as the managing partner and home to AEP, this does not diminish its commitment to AEP’s goals. The work of AEP will continue unabated as we prepare for the transition to a new host organization, starting in January 2016. (ArtsEdDigest, May 20, 2015)

Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs. In Fall 2015, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will hold performing and visual arts college fairs (PVAs) in over 20 cities. PVAs are free and open to the public, and allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of performing and visual arts post-secondary institutions. (ArtsEdDigest, May 20, 2015)

Colorado Visual and Performing Arts Education Report. Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Department of Education assessed the level of arts education in the state's schools. The first study was completed in 2008, and a 2014 Arts Education Survey identifies progress, trends, and areas of need. (ArtsEdDigest, May 20, 2015)

Share Your Art Story with the National Endowment for the Arts. For its 50th anniversary, the NEA is collecting stories on how the arts have touched the lives of people and their communities. Watch this video message from NEA Chairman Jane Chu about how you can share your art story and check out the story submission details while you’re there. (ArtsEdDigest, May 20, 2015)

2015 USSEA Regional Conference: An Inclusive World: Bridging Communities Agenda Now Available! PREVIEW OVER 65 SESSIONS INCLUDING BEST PRACTICES, PANELS, AND HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS! PLUS EXCITING MUSEUM EXHIBITS! The conference examines art education in classrooms, museums, and community arts organizations. The goals of the conference are to find ways that participants in these different contexts might share resources, knowledge, and expertise to enrich their respective disciplines. The conference topics are as follows: Inclusion in learning communities; Effective tools for diverse community engagement in the museum; Debating the stigma of “Outsider Art”; Art and social practice; and High and low tech tools for 21st century art education.

Colo. arts education gains momentum, despite recession, report says. Despite the challenges of the Great Recession, the provision of arts education in Colorado appears to be steadily gaining some steam, according to a new report from Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. (CPR)

Calif. Light Bringer’s project gives L.A. County high schoolers outlet through art. High school students experience a large range of emotions during their four-year roller coaster ride. The “Expressing Feelings Through Art” program by the Pasadena-based Light Bringer Project allows students to do just that - express any of those emotions through art and a summary of their work. (Pasadena Star-News)

N.Y. Arts programs make a comeback to school districts. School arts programs cut during lean times are making a comeback this budget season as districts across the Lower Hudson Valley shake off the lingering effects of the economic downturn. (lohud)

Md. Washington County Public Schools art teachers display works. Elementary School teacher Heather South has been teaching art for 15 years, but she also tries to set aside time to sharpen her own art skills. "It's difficult with the amount of work at school, but I think it's valuable," said South, who teaches art to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. "The more I find time to create my own work, the better teacher I become." (Herald Media)

Calif. Ryman Arts Celebrates 25 Years of Art Education Success With The Support of Creative Industries at its 25th Anniversary Event. Ryman Arts, a non-profit organization that fosters the artistic talent of today’s teens, celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 19 at The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Sponsored by Los Angeles magazine, the event recognized Co-Founders and Disney Legend Marty Sklar and his wife Leah for their visionary leadership and dedication to providing high-caliber arts education to high school artists throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties. (LA Magazine)

N.Y. Young, Colored, & Angry Brings Together Artists of Color, Takes Back Art Education. When I first heard about a one-off art show and serial online publication called Young, Colored & Angry, the name really stuck with me. There really couldn’t be a better moment to discuss such a fraught label. The term might not be instantly recognizable, but the implications are all too familiar particularly in the label’s application to protestors in various cities as of late. It can be used as a way to dismiss, delegitimize, and patronize grievances related to race relations in the U.S., particularly those between people of color and the police. (Bedford & Bowery)

Campaign Manager: Be Creative Campaign (Chicago, IL). The Creative Schools Campaign Manager will be responsible for managing the $38 million private fundraising initiative supporting the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan and the work of the non-profit organization Ingenuity. The application deadline has been extended.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: “Secret” National Juried Exhibition - at Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Do you have a secret? What deep place do you keep it? What does your soul whisper in the dark and where does that voice come from? Is it made up of your fantasies, dreams, desires, fears, transgressions or lies? Arc is looking for artwork that tells of your heart’s desire and/or manifests with hidden nightmares. These can be portrayed through texture, form, words, narrative, symbols or codes. Secrets can be shared overtly or be obscured. Don’t you have an aching need to show and tell? Reveal your secret to us. CATEGORIES ACCEPTED: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. DEADLINE: September 13, 2015.

Expertise Design Portfolio. If you’re a designer, an online portfolio can help you attract new clients or score your dream job. Publishing your most compelling work samples creates a valuable promotional tool that’s sure to expand your professional opportunities. It’s a must-have!


Va. Education Department highlights school, museum partnerships. Schools in some states -- such as Virginia, Colorado and Tennessee -- are partnering with museums to enrich student learning. The U.S. Department of Education recently highlighted these collaborations, including one in which students learned about exponents through a lesson about surrealism. (The Washington Post)

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Hosts Congressional Steam Caucus Briefing in Washington D.C. STEAM, a current buzzword in education policy, represents an educational ideology that emphasizes utilizing a curriculum based in equal parts science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (the STEAM acronym) to help prepare students to become competitive leaders in the global workforce. It has long been acknowledged that the STEM portion of STEAM is important for student success, whereas the inclusion of the arts as an equal part of curriculum has often been met with a measure of skepticism.

Mass. One Man's Trash: Museum Of Bad Art Is Ready To Accept Your Dumpster Masterpiece. It's been a landmark week for the art world. The auction house Christie's sold a record-breaking $1 billion worth of postwar and contemporary masterpieces, while the "Scary Lucy" bronze sculpture (unofficial title) that terrorized Celoran, New York, was driven out of the town that commissioned the bronze sculpture of Lucille Ball by artist Dave Poulin. The fate of the Lucy statue was unfortunate, said Louise Sacco, permanent acting interim executive director and founding member of the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), who told International Business Times her organization would have been happy to take it. (International Business Times)

N.Y. Kids/Teens at The Drawing Center in May. See kids' art May 21-26  and make art in our upcoming Teen Art Workshop on May 23. DRAWING OUT: Student Artwork from the Drawing Connections Program. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 21, 5-7pm. May 21-26: On view in The Lab, the exhibition features student artwork from the Drawing Connections program, which pairs practicing artists with teachers in Lower Manhattan public schools to develop projects that relate classroom curricula to exhibitions at The Drawing Center.

Okla. Art students at Glenpool High School compete in annual chalk mural competition. High school students at Glenpool, donned in green T-shirts and smudges of chalk from head to toe, lined the sidewalks outside the school’s sports arena on Thursday. Each student is a member of the National Art Honor Society and had been working since the beginning of the school day to create a mural using sidewalk chalk. (Tulsa World)

Elementary education: Tulsan promotes learning through arts. Beth Howard, winner of the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Elementary Education, has taught visual art for 15 years at Tulsa’s Mark Twain Elementary School, a Title 1 school that serves many students living in poverty. A National Board Certified educator, Howard began her career as an art therapist but found that she flourished best in the classroom, where she sets high expectations for student success, with an emphasis on cross-curriculum arts integration, service learning and character development. (Tulsa World)

Teen Art Workshop - SATURDAY, MAY 23 - for ages 13-17, FREE! No experience necessary! Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm. Explore Natalie Frank’s bold, fierce drawings of The Brothers Grimm fairy tales. We will discuss the origins of these proto-feminist narratives and Frank’s use of gouache, pastel, decoration, and composition. Together we will observe how this collection of contemporary work engages the intersection between body and mind, reality and fantasy. Taking inspiration from Frank, teens will draw their own vibrant and expressive interpretation of these eccentric stories. For more information and to make advance reservations for Teen Art Workshops at The Drawing Center, please call 212-219-2166 x205 or email

Asking for EMERGENCY HEXAGONS  from the Heart for Nepali people suffering from earthquake disaster! Join our Interdependence Hexagon Project. We will hand carry your hexagons that unite us over miles - to Nepal as soon as borders open. Our small giving organization,, is collecting money for sturdy tents. How wonderful to send greetings in hexagons to the people in remote villages we will serve!

Update: House Action on NCLB Stalled. Action on the bill to replace the archaic No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has come to a standstill in the U.S. House of Representatives, jeopardizing our chance at an updated and more appropriate federal education law. The bill—the Student Success Act (H.R. 5)—isn’t perfect, and we would like to see it improve as negotiations continue. But halting the entire process now means that educators will continue to be stuck with an outdated, piecemeal approach to education. (ASCD Capitol Connection)


Group Seeks to Accelerate STEM to STEAM Push. Clips from the children's television show Sesame Street flashed onto a video screen behind the panelists. In one, a tutu-clad Snuffleupagus figured out how to leap like a ballerina by using a pulley system. In another, the resident artist, Baby Bear, made a sculpture out of porridge, using math to get the consistency right. In the third clip, when a band's lead singer arrived for a concert—but his equipment and bandmates didn't—the fans saved the show by using engineering concepts to build a stage, microphone, and guitar. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Canada. Arts advocates encouraged to gear up for elections. The SAA's new advocacy hub, an online tool of the organization's website at, includes talking points to use in advocacy discussions or activities, under the pillars of Everyone Benefits from the Arts, Every Child Deserves an Arts Education, The Arts Innovate and Invest in the Arts. (The Battlefords News-Optimist)

S.C. Educators argue for arts support in schools at Artisphere. Arts supporters speaking at an Artisphere panel offered a passionate plea for the importance of arts education in the public schools. Far from detracting from the core academic subjects, arts education enhances overall student achievement, the panelists said. (GreenvilleOnline)

A.C. Moore Announces Partnership With Fresh Artists To Save Art Education. Dedicated to crafting a better world, A.C. Moore today announced the launch of its partnership with Fresh Artists, an innovative nonprofit organization that engages children as full partners in philanthropy towards keeping art education in public schools. May 16-24, A.C. Moore will host its first-ever Fresh Artists Clothesline Art Sale across its 135 locations, where customers are invited to view artwork made and donated by local students to raise funds for art supplies in severely underprivileged schools. Shoppers will have the opportunity to donate $1 to Fresh Artists at checkout and select a piece of artwork from the clothesline as a gift for their support. In addition, A.C. Moore will match all customer donations, dollar for dollar. (Broadway World)

La. Local teachers travel to promote art in schools. A+ teachers make A+ schools. This summer, three North Louisiana A+ teachers will travel to North Carolina to share how they fuse art and core subjects such as math, English, social studies and science in their classroom to make A+ students. The trio will present before a national group of teachers at the 20th Year Celebration of A+ Schools. (The Times)

Calif. State Of The Arts Education. Arts education has gotten the short end of the stick in terms of funding across a number of Los Angeles Unified School District schools ever since drastic budget cuts were made in 2008. Art funds were slashed from $48 million to just $18 million that year, leaving some schools in less affluent neighborhoods with just a few hundred dollars a year for arts supplies. In schools with enrollment of close to 3,000 children, that could mean as little as $3.50 per student. (Annenberg Digital news)

Washington garners $1.5 million in arts grants. More than 25 Washington state arts groups and institutions have been awarded $1.5 million in grants in the latest round of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. A total of 1,023 groups across the nation received grants for community-based arts projects. (The Seattle Times)

NEA head visits Utah artists; more than $1M in grants coming to local groups. National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman Jane Chu visited Utah on Thursday, offering the keynote speech at the Mountain West Arts Conference and then visiting three grant programs. The NEA on Wednesday announced its 2015 spring grants, which include awards of more than $1 million to 12 Utah groups. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Mass. Boston Public Schools Receives $100,000 Grant To Expand Arts Education. Boston Public Schools has been awarded $100,000 in grant funding to expand arts education in high schools. The grant is one of 22 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants awarded to Boston-area organizations on Wednesday. In total, Boston-area organizations are receiving $870,000 from this round of NEA grants to support local arts initiatives. (Learning Lab)

N.H. Area Arts: Scholarships help local students pursue art degrees. The Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter recognizes how difficult it is to pay for a college education. This is the 27th year the association has offered scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing a college education in the arts. (

U.K. Art students: put your work on show on the Guardian. Guardian Students aims to provide a platform for a wide range of student voices. Students use the Blogging Students section to talk about everything from school feminist societies to spiked drinks, university counselling, and student drug-dealing. But not all students are writers by nature. While they have plenty to say, they don’t want to express it through carefully crafted blogs. Some prefer to paint, sing, draw, film, dance, record, recite, invent, experiment, photograph, yell. Introducing Students Express – a new way for students to send their work through platforms including GuardianWitness, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. (The Guardian)

Va. Opportunities in the Arts from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Find information and opportunities for individual artists and arts administrators: Seeking Artists for Public Art Installations - Deadline: May 20, 2015; Artist Residencies in Middle Schools RFP - Deadline: May 22, 2015; Say Something in Spanish: Artists Interpretation of Being Latin American - Deadline: May 22, 2015; 29th Annual Frederick Camera Clique Juried Exhibition - Deadline: May 27, 2015; Casting Call Art Exhibition Call for Entries
Deadline: June 01, 2015, Show date: August 01, 2015; Central Virginia Watercolor Guild's 24th Annual Show - Deadline: June 6, 2015; Show Your Art in a New Local Restaurant; and 2015 Dominion ArtStars Awards - Deadline: June 19, 2015.

Seattle's Request for an NCLB Waiver Denied by Ed. Dept. The U.S. DOE has told the Seattle school district that it cannot get its very own waiver from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act, according to a letter sent last week to Larry Nyland, the district's superintendent, from Deb Delisle, the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Utah. State School Board opens revised math, arts standards for public comment. The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday to release revisions for high school math and K-12 arts standards for public comment. The board also approved changes to the process for developing and approving changes to academic standards. (Deseret News)

Department of Education to Host 16 U.S. Art Museums at Student Art Exhibit Opening. The U.S. Department of Education and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) will present Museums: pARTners in Learning 2015,with an opening program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Department’s headquarters at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12. (

What Does the World Know About American Art History? The Fulbright Terra Foundation Awards: Offer Grants to teach American art history in Europe and China; Build institutional capacity and design innovative curriculum in the history of visual arts; Inspire students by creating mentor programs, workshops and exhibitions; and Increase mutual understanding and cross-cultural dialogue with the next generation of art history teachers and scholars. APPLY TODAY! Deadline: August  3,  2015.

Introducing Liteseeds, LED Stickers. Liteseeds are a revolutionary new creative product that will make it easy to add light to your projects. Crafting with light (and shadow) creates an entirely new dimension that was never possible before. These tiny, bright LEDs stickers are so easy to apply just peel and stick just like any regular sticker. Just remove the paper backing to reveal conductive adhesive that holds the tiny light in place while carrying a current. Current?! That sounds dangerous! But it’s NOT! Read on...

The Long Haul: ESEA Reauthorization Timeline. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., had their fingers crossed that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would schedule their bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill for debate before the May 22 Memorial Day recess. But with McConnell having just teed up a debate on trade instead, that timeline now seems unlikely. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution. We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future. Clearly, some systems and communities are doing a better job of preparing our children for a creative, successful future. The arts can make a difference between these two outcomes--while there are certainly many other factors involved, the arts are proven to make a positive difference toward graduation and a better learning experience. (The Huffington Post)

Study: Top educators incorporate music, art in math, science. Current finalists and past winners of the U.S. Teacher of the Year Award use unique techniques to teach subjects such as math and science, suggest researchers at Michigan State University who recently studied eight such methods. Some incorporate rap music and drama to illustrate math concepts, while others have used art to help students learn science. (Quartz)

Building Partnerships through Community Connections! This past April, the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network joined education professionals from around the country for Building pARTnerships through Community Connections, the 2015 Arts-in-Education National Conference. Building pARTnerships was held on April 23-25 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City may be known for its mouthwatering BBQ, but it also delivers when it comes to the arts with their internationally famed museums, fast growing gallery districts and theatres and performing arts venues.

The Arts are Wild! With Young Audiences of Virginia. An exciting adventure in creativity that celebrated children's books through the arts, hosted by Young Audiences of Virginia and the Virginia Zoo. Attendees had the opportunity to meet national and local award winning author Kenn Nesbitt, Poet Laureate of the Children¹s Poetry Foundation, as well as other professional artists!

Celebrate Arts in Education with Young Audiences of Houston at the Disco Galaxy Soirée! This year YAH celebrated two significant partners of Young Audiences, as the 2015 Honorees. This year's honorees, The Boeing Company and William E. "Billy" Cohn, MD of Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Hospital, exemplify Houston's innovative spirit and have supported their work to make arts a component in every child's education. In addition, they will recognize two schools for their work to increase arts in their curriculum through the Arts Empowerment Award.

Pa. Pottsgrove school budget brings hard choices, fierce advocacy. Reducing art, music and business teachers as a way to help close a pending budget gap of nearly $850,000 was met with stiff public resistance Tuesday night as speaker after speaker urged, chided and pleaded with the school board to find another way. (The Mercury News)

Twenty National Youngarts Foundation Winners Named 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars in The Arts. The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) congratulates the 51st class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The 20 Scholars in the Arts, all YoungArts Winners, were nominated to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars by YoungArts for their artistic achievement, and then selected based on academic achievement, personal characteristics and leadership and service activities. The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students and symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential. Each year, up to 141 high school seniors are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) Leadership Academy. The Arts Education Collaborative is now accepting applications for its Leadership Academy. Designed by a vibrant community of leaders dedicated to strengthening education by making the arts central to learning, the AEC Leadership Academy empowers teachers to become effective leaders in and advocates for arts education. The deadline for submitting an application is May 29.


National Art Education Association to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant for National Visual Arts Standards Professional Development Initiative. Through this one-year Professional Development project, expert instructors will engage 10,000-15,000 PreK-15 visual art educators through Face-to-Face Professional Learning Forums, monthly Interactive Virtual Learning Experiences to include Webinars, and an Interactive Virtual Learning Conference. ArtTeachersFreeSpace is a new virtual portal that will be developed and launched through this Initiative to support art educators in sharing ideas and images that inspire the design of curriculum and instruction. The Instructional Resources Gallery will offer online curated resources (lesson plans, unit designs, student art) aligned with the national visual arts standards.

Cooper Hewitt announces winners of the 16th Annual National Design Awards. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in American design this fall with its 16th annual National Design Awards program. Today, Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann announced the winners of the 2015 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 15, at Pier Sixty in New York. (

Beyond Field Trips and Workshops: Rethinking Museum School Programs, Friday, June 5, 2015, 10 am – 3 pm. The 2nd Annual Summer Museum Education Workshop, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL. Marissa Reyes, IAEA’s 2014 Museum Educator of the Year, will address two questions: How do you develop programs that respond to your community? In what ways does the visitor experience drive your institution’s decisions and activities? Workshop participants will Learn one museum’s approach in designing dynamic and relevant programs for students and teachers; Hear about the challenges, successes, and opportunities faced by the museum as it rolled out its Multiple Visit Student Pro-gram and in-depth Teacher Institute; Investigate works of art in the MCA galleries in the company of Artist Guides who are experts at using inquiry and dialogue to engage visitors; Take part in a program design session. Map out an ideal education program for your museum; and Connect with colleagues. Share and exchange strategies for program development that you can take back to your museum.

The ART+BIO Collaborative, a MA non-profit organization, is offering ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, July 6-12 and DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest, August 3-9. Both programs are designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and people generally interested in nature, art, and biology.
ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico is a hands-on, immersive, and project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico's unique wildlife through artmaking and field biology.  We travel to rainforests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments.  The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology.
DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest is similar to ISLAND LIFE, except we camp at various sites in west Texas and southwest New Mexico during the program. The program provides an immersive experience of the diverse environments of the Chihuahuan Desert, such as white sand dunes, black lava rocks, mountain caves, and riparian habitats.

Wis. Teaching art beyond the classroom. We live our lives in art, whether we know it or not. From the architectural design of our homes to the packaging on a box of macaroni and cheese, at some point everything that’s been created has gone through a creative process to contemplate its aesthetic. The matter of fact is that art is everywhere. (

Bill proposes review of California’s arts standards. California’s visual and performing arts standards were approved in 2001 before much of today’s technology had been developed or used in the classroom, and before the state had adopted the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. Senate Bill 725, introduced by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, asks the state to begin reviewing those standards and adopt, reject or modify them by 2017. The bill is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee. If it is approved, it will then move to a vote before the entire Senate. (EdSource)

Fla. USF College of Education, Manatee school partner on arts integration project. A growing body of research supports integrating arts into teaching, and the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee is cultivating community partners to help Manatee County students. In the fall, USF Sarasota Manatee will be paired with Rogers Garden Elementary School to consistently bring integrated arts education into the classroom in an effort to help increase student retention and learning. (Bradenton Herald)

Texas. The Importance Of Art Education For Your Child's Test Scores. The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) reports involving your child in art classes leads to increased test scores. TCT is a non-profit organization which promotes the importance of arts throughout the education of children and in turn the positive effects towards Texas economy. In light of State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock's current legislation in the House, which calls for a review and modification of current core curriculum standards with regard to essentials skills, TCT provided useful analysis of the impact of art education on school attendance, standardized tests, graduation rates, and college enrollment, as well as updated data for its 2015 State of the Arts Report, which was issued in January. (San Antonio Current)

Mich. Pewabic To Focus On Art Education in Detroit Public Schools. Art is an essential part of a child’s education, and art is an essential part of Detroit’s emergence. Pewabic, founded in Detroit in 1903, is a community of makers, educators, and innovators   devoted to progressing ceramics. They are a non-profit organization that creates ceramics relevant and accessible to all. And at the present, they are focusing on supporting art education in Detroit Public Schools. (Daily Detroit)

Calif. Art teachers and college-level students wanted for community arts program. In a recent statement, the California Arts Council called for programs to “ensure that each student reaches his or her full potential by broadening California’s educational vision to promote innovation, economic development, and creativity.” The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Residency for Teaching Artists answers this challenge with curriculum developed to offer college-level teacher training to students of the arts. The program, now in its second year, includes both classroom learning and hands-on practice. Designed by CAP Artistic Director Glenna Avila, the residency runs from May 18 through June 19. The deadline for applications is May 8.

Calif. MOCHA brings free art education to Oakland libraries through LEAP. The Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) offers free weekly art workshops as part of the Library Education and Art Program (LEAP) at various Oakland public library branches on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Children at the Oakland Main Library in downtown Oakland got to try their drawing skills with oil pastels on Wednesday. Workshops are led by teaching artists from MOCHA and are focused on building creativity, socioemotional and academic skills through different art mediums like painting, drawing, sculpting, collage and other art forms. (San Jose Mercury News)

N.Y. Art can shatter boundaries, ignorance, Buffalo State professor shows. Lucy Andrus has learned during the last two decades art can do a lot of things, including change attitudes. “I started the Art Partners program because I thought people of color were being misunderstood, misassessed, misdiagnosed,” she told me last week. “There were a disproportionate number being referred to special ed and I thought, ‘What’s with this?’ “A huge reason is that teachers weren’t understanding where these kids were culturally. They had a different cultural background than their students and didn’t get it. They were seeing things through their own lens.” (The Buffalo News)

Teacher: Common Core bolsters art education. Art teachers felt jitters as Common Core math and English standards rolled out. Art teachers are used to feeling nervous in the face of every new education initiative. We are always conscious that in the minds of some people the arts can be scrimped on — even sacrificed — to make room for the “serious” subjects considered appropriate for academia or the “practical” courses that may lead directly to employment. It is therefore no surprise that when the discussion of the Common Core began to sweep across the education world, art educators took notice. Uncertainty was in the air. (The Topeka Capital-Journal)

'Open Educational Resources' Promoted in U.S. Senate's ESEA Draft. A bipartisan amendment to the U.S. Senate's rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes language encouraging the use of the free, modifiable, and openly licensed resources. (Education Week/Digital Education)

England. David Puttnam: Headteachers shun art in their schools due to worry about exam table rankings. Too many “bad” heads are shunning the arts in their schools because they are worried about their exam league table rankings, according to Oscar-winning film producer David Puttnam. Lord Puttnam, a former education adviser to the Blair government, wants education standards watchdog Ofsted to place more weight on arts provision during school inspections. (The Independent)


INTERACTIVE WEBINAR: Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs): Sharing Some Results from a Pilot Study, TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015 | 7-8 PM ET. The new visual arts standards were published with sample optional assessments called Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs). This webinar will present information about a piloting study funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and conducted this spring of the 2nd, 5th, and 8th grade MCAs. Art teachers who piloted the MCAs at the 2nd, 5th, and 8th grade levels will share what they did, how they implemented the MCAs in their classrooms, and what they learned from the process.

Ohio District Preserves Cursive by Teaching It in Art Class. Cursive handwriting is often described as a lost art. So why not teach it in art class? That's exactly what one Ohio school district plans to do. At a time when some states are dropping cursive handwriting writing instruction from their curriculum, the 4,000-student Green Local school district south of Akron has found an innovative way to keep it in the curriculum. The district will reintroduce handwriting in the fall, only now it will become part of art instruction whereas traditionally, cursive instruction has been part of  English/language arts teaching. Teaching cursive in art class is a creative and intriguing solution to a problem that has been vexing educators and script lovers for years: how to save handwriting instruction in an increasingly digital age. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Calif. lawmakers may review arts education. Lawmakers in California are considering legislation that would require the state to review existing standards for arts education. If approved, the state would review the standards and either adopt, reject or modify them by 2017. (EdSource)

N.Y. New Creativity Training Company Launched. Artsgenesis Creativity™, Inc. (AC), a new creativity training company was launched today to help students, corporate managers, and senior citizens solve complex problems in today’s challenging world. Many in government, business and education, are paralyzed by 21st century challenges, resulting in - deadlock, failing institutions, and “whatever” excuses. Artsgenesis Creativity’s In-Person, field-tested team creativity training, and its new creativity training mobile APP, AC-celerate™, are the keys to managing creativity, unlocking innovation, and igniting productivity for remedies to seemingly insurmountable challenges. To do so, Artsgenesis Creativity has entered into a strategic alliance with the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC, SUNY at Buffalo State) 19 IDEAS (a leading branding, marketing, and APP development company) and Planet Arts (An ASCAP and Grammy Award winner not-for-profit that works on diverse projects that explore the creative process.) 

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The Living History Veterans Project. For the past four years, veterans have been visiting the Ossining High School art rooms for a project called The Living History Veterans Project. This is a two day project where students interview, share their artwork with the veterans, eat lunch together and photograph and scan images from the veterans' war experience. The students then have two weeks to create a piece of artwork visualizing the veterans' story. On the second and final day, the veterans and their families as well as the students and their families, come together for a final presentation. During this presentation, the students share their personalized artwork with each veteran. It is a very emotional yet satisfying event where the veterans feel thankful that the students took the time to recognize them. The overall lesson in this project is that people should use their talents to help others. PHOTO GALLERY

Va. May Arts Opportunities & Updates from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. View highlights for a wide range of arts events and activities: Creative Aging Festival: Forty-nine arts organizations and many other presenters are offering a wide variety of events at multiple public and private venues throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax coinciding with Older Americans Month; District Arts Update; Summer Arts Camps; You + Art Trolley in Tysons; Request for Proposal FY16 Artist Residencies in Middle Schools; and Arts Awards Nominations.

Save the Date! Go Above and Beyond with 21st Century Education. EdLeader21 and FableVision will host an open house and reception for 21st century education leaders. Come join the dialog as Ken and Paul lead a conversation around the 4C's: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

2015 Call for Entries: The Art on the Envelope Contest | Rules. Celebrating the Art on the Envelope by Invigorating the Ordinary – Promoting the Pleasure of Giving and Receiving and Appreciating the Greatest Mail Service in the World and its Employees. Find a stamp, reach for an envelope, and be your creative best! There is no entry fee. Entries must be postmarked no later than Saturday, October 31, 2015. Address your envelope by hand to: The Art on the Envelope, Post Office Box 66144, Auburndale, MA 02466. Interested in sponsoring this contest? Click here

A CALL FOR NEW WORK: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has created a new, nationally touring poster exhibit called "All of Us or None: Responses and Resistance to Militarism".  The exhibit will launch in June and is already scheduled to travel to Chicago, Greensboro, Providence, and San Francisco with many other stops anticipated. From Ferguson to Gaza, we can see how militarism directly impacts all of our lives. Militarism refers to physically violent and coercive ways of settling conflict or maintaining control what we see in the everyday actions of armed security forces such as the military, militia, police, border enforcement, and school security. But do militarist policy decisions actually keep our communities safe and secure? What if we instead invested in the things that help communities, countries, and the globe thrive? This exhibit will explore these issues. AFSC is looking for addtional work for this exhibit exploring these themes through the lens of prisons and immigration, especially. Work must be sized 22x28" and Hi-res digital file uploaded to our site by June 1.


Register Now for NAHS Creative Industries Studio, October 8-10, 2015 in Washington, DC! This academic program gives students the opportunity to broaden their artistic skills while connecting the application of these skills to creative careers--all through interaction with accomplished fine arts and design professionals.

Meet Tracy Fortune, NAEA's May Mentor! Read her first blog post: "Leadership: Take That First Step…Who Knows Where It Will Lead"

Raffle prizes are a great benefit to attending the National Convention. This year, 10 lucky attendees in New Orleans won 1-year subscriptions to Davis Publications' library of more than 30,000 digital images! Find out more about Davis Digital Art Images and sign up for a free 3-month test drive today

Call for Nominations for NAEA Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees of the National Art Education Foundation is seeking nominations for new trustees who will take office at the conclusion of the 2016 NAEA convention in Chicago. Potential trustees should have a strong commitment to advancing the cause of art education and insights on foundations; they should be willing to work and to make financial contributions to NAEF. Trustee responsibilities include: Attending all annual meetings, usually held during the NAEA annual convention, at their own expense; Actively pursuing contributions, including work with the association to help create proposals (corporate, foundation, etc.); Sharing committee work and participating in board meetings; Reviewing grant proposals; Acting as a communicator/ambassador within the NAEA membership and externally. To learn more about the National Art Education Foundation, visit the website. Nominations (including self-nominations) should include complete contact information: name, work and home addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Send nominations to: Dean G Johns, Chair, Board of Trustees, NAEF Nominating Committee, The deadline for receipt of all nominations is September 1, 2015.



Elevate the Teaching Profession by Participating in the National Board Field Tests. As an important partner in elevating the teaching profession, you may be interested to know about how your members can help shape the future of National Board Certification. As you may be aware, the process for achieving certification is being revised. These changes will retain the rigor while making certification accessible to more teachers and incorporating the latest research on best practices in teaching.
To help validate the proposed changes, we must recruit thousands of teachers in most subject and developmental areas across PreK-12 to participate in the field tests. The Content Knowledge field tests started on April 20 and will continue until August 1. We would greatly appreciate your help in ensuring we recruit the required number of teachers for this component in particular. The field tests offer a rare chance for teachers across the country who may be considering certification to experience the revised assessment, which is more flexible, affordable and efficient. In addition, the National Board is pleased to be able to offer these incentives for participation in the Content Knowledge field tests: The choice of receiving a $25 Gift Card to either or Powell's Books upon successful completion of each online testing appointment. Additionally, participants may be eligible to receive up to two Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Finally, all participants will receive a letter of commendation from the National Board. Download the recruitment toolkit that includes sample language that you can post on social media, in newsletters, or on your website to help promote this important opportunity.

Market is ripe for boom in educational video games, experts say. Leaders from the U.S. Department of Education and the gaming industry gathered this week in New York City to map strategies for developing better educational video games. Participants said the market is ripe for good educational games that both engage students and give teachers the tools they need to monitor progress. EdTech magazine online (4/28)

Md. Morgan State and Walters Art Museum to partner on education, art. The multi-year partnership calls for Morgan and Walters to work together to promote exhibitions, develop education and art programs, and establish professional development opportunities for Morgan students and faculty, as well as Walters staff members. (Baltimore Business Journal)

Arts For All Nevada: Providing Visual Art Instruction for WCSD Students. As we all know, education is one of the key topics of discussion in Carson City. With this being Art Day at the Legislature, we want to introduce you to one of our KOLO 8 News Now Pillar Partners. Arts For All Nevada provides art education in many different forms. For the schools which don’t have dedicated art teachers.

Miss. Art auction held to raise money for teachers. Three Tupelo High School students have done something interesting for their senior project. The students held an art auction Tuesday night to raise money for teachers so they can buy school supplies."Schools across the nation are eliminating art programs, and it's just not fair to those students who love art," said student and organizer Amy Webb. Students painted the art that was auctioned off.

Art students explore creative careers at Kent Stark event. Nearly 350 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors converged on Kent State University at Stark for Career Arts Day. During the event, the students representing 12 districts from around the area including Jackson Local,  learned their future dreams of art careers can come true. Students spent the day attending sessions led by art professionals who are working in careers of interest to the students. They learned first-hand about the skills and education needed that pertains to attaining their goals and dreams of art related careers. (The Surburbanite)

Kan. Arts-Connect Launches New Grants Program . Arts-Connect launched a new grants program Thursday night at the newly renovated Dillon House. The event raised money for arts education, they hope to pay for individual students art classes, as well as underwrite select classes so that they will be offered without fees.

Va. Celebrate Spring and Help a Great Cause at Art for Life! On Thursday, May 21 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, join Hyatt Regency Crystal City for Art for Life, a monthly art exhibit to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. May features two artists. Artwork by Cindy Lowther and Francine B. Livaditis, local artists from the Torpedo Factory, will be displayed in the hotel’s atrium. A nominal donation will allow access to the event as well as include a complimentary beverage and light fare. For additional information, contact Phillip Saims at 703-418-7238 or


Learn x Design 2015 is The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers and PreK-16 Design Educators, Chicago, IL, June 28-30, 2015. We’re gathering the best minds in the fields of design and education from around the world for three exciting days in Chicago. This unique conference will serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas on the latest research in design education. It will include presentations, hands-on workshops, and an experiential Live Learning Lab for participants to actively engage with design methodologies and tools for teaching.

M.A. in Art Education 100% Online Degree, Kent State University - Coursework beginning Fall 2015
• Designed for PreK-12 art educators in public and private schools, museums, and enrichment classes, this program is 100% online with no required campus attendance
• Students in the M.A. in Art Education program may complete a 34-credit course of study in two years
• Students have the choice of two capstone options: Thesis — the culmination of a quantitative and/or qualitative research study, OR Project — an action-based examination of a component in your teaching.

Program highlights include courses in Studio Art, Art History, and Design Education. Students may apply as a "Guest" to take 6 credits of courses without completing the Master's program. 


Courtney Buckland Wraps Up the Scholastic Awards Presence at the 2015 NAEA National Convention. As an artist, the National Art Educators Association Annual Convention (NAEA) is my favorite event–I feel like when I arrive I am with my tribe. Big jewelry, rainbow-colored hair, and thousands of art educators, administrators, and even some students about to begin the path to becoming art educators themselves. The fact that this year’s convention was in New Orleans was particularly welcome after the long, cold winter we had in New York City. I was continuously pleased by how much NAEA was able to bring the feel of New Orleans to the convention. There was no shortage of masks, Mardi Gras beads, and sunshine!

APPLY NOW: Champion Creatively Alive Children - Creative Leadership Grants 2015. Apply today for a grant to fund an innovative, creative professional development program, within your elementary school. Up to 20 elementary schools from the United States or 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 through June 22, 2015. Every Early Bird a pplication submitted before midnight on Monday, June 8, 2015 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 or naesp.orgFlyer

RESOURCES: Free Online Art Tools. Links from  the National Art Education Association Webinar, April 14, 2015, presented by Cris Guenter and Theresa McGee. Take a walk on the wild side! The free digital online tools listed below may help you organize yourself as you plan curriculum, open a unit, anchor a lesson, work on digital portfolios, integrate new National Core Arts Standards and Common Core work, or directly engage your students in digital art assignments.

Do the arts go hand in hand with Common Core? Ascend Learning, a network of seven charter schools in Brooklyn, is going to great lengths to ensure students living in the world’s cultural capital aren’t deprived of art, as so many poor, minority kids in urban America are. Inside renovated buildings that could pass for high-end galleries, students are not only taking art and music classes, but teachers incorporate art into academic subjects.

Learning in the visual arts and the worldviews of young children. Researchers used a quasi-experimental research design with pre-and post-test measures and treatment and control groups to investigate the effects of rich and sustained arts instruction on participating inner-city children's self-efficacy (their sense of control of their surroundings) and creative thinking. The research population consisted of in-tact classrooms in Los Angeles and St. Louis. Researchers developed a survey instrument and administered it to both the control and treatment groups before and after the program. The treatment group of students who received high-quality arts learning made significant gains in self-efficacy and in creativity, specifically on the originality subscale. (ArtsEdSearch)

Centre for Fine Arts opens exhibition of the groundbreaking manufacturing technology of 3D Printing. The exhibition explores the added value of 3D Printing - a groundbreaking manufacturing technology likely to be critical in the next decades - for the lives of individuals, our society and the environment. The exhibition features 3D-printed works of art, design, engineering and scientific fields by renowned artists, designers, public initiatives and prestigious research institutions, as well as by unknown innovative makers. (


Kan. Schools save arts by making them a tool for core learning. It’s one of the driving themes as hundreds of school and community arts programmers, artists and their advocates gather in Kansas City this week for Young Audiences’ National Conference. Young Audiences is a 60-year-old nonprofit program that promotes use of the arts in learning. Schools hit by budget strains — teachers and principals pressed to maximize core instruction — not only preserve art education, but make it a learning strategy. (Kansas City Star)

AAMD highlights innovative digital initiatives in museum field with new publication. The Association of Art Museum Directors today released the second edition of its Next Practices series—resources designed to share information about AAMD member museums’ innovative programs in a range of focus areas. This latest publication, Next Practices in Digital and Technology, features examples of a broad swath of new and creative digital initiatives art museums are developing and implementing to enhance both the visitor experience and internal operations. From social media and mobile apps, to in-gallery interpretation and behind-the-scenes collections management, Next Practices in Digital and Technology explores the ways museums are using technology to advance accessibility, scholarship, education, and audience engagement. (

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists Announcement. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners - the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services - are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people.

Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts Tool Kits. Arts education is largely a local issue-nearly 90 percent of funding comes from city and state governments and policies. Americans for the Arts (AFTA) works hard to advance support for arts education at all levels of government; but the real work happens on the ground, in your communities, by people like you. To support local leaders in their advocacy efforts for arts education, AFTA has produced a new suite of tools to help you build, craft, and present effective messages to educational leaders in order to affect change in local communities. The ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY tool kit is designed to complement the Arts Education Navigator e-book series, and includes advocate tools to learn strategies for making change, compelling videos to use in advocacy presentations, and quizzes to learn the robust facts & figures to present. (Creativity Connection: April 2015)

AEP 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. The Arts Education Partnership released The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. This action agenda will serve as the blueprint for the collective work for the Partnership for the next five years.

Autism and the Arts. In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, check out these resources about autism and the arts: The Value of Art Therapy for Those on the Autism Spectrum outlines how art therapy can benefit people with autism; The World Needs All Kinds of Minds is a TED Talk presentation by autism activist Dr. Temple Grandin; and VSA, The International Organization on Arts and Disability, is housed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (AEP Arts Digest, 4/23/15)

Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Training. Lincoln Center Education is now accepting applications for intermediate and advanced level training for teaching artists. Co-designed by Eric Booth (who leads the Advanced Training), this intensive experience presents a new level of career and leadership development for the field, from a team of the most experienced teaching artists in the country. Apply soon; housing discounts are available. Intermediate level application form | Advanced level application form (AEP Arts Digest, 4/23/15)

Celebration of Teaching and Learning Through the Arts Conference: Registration Now Open. The nationally-recognized A+ Schools Program is turning 20, and they invite you to celebrate with them on August 3–5, 2015 for an evening legacy celebration followed by two days of conference networking, keynotes, break-outs and workshop sessions in Durham, NC. Join A+ Schools for this exciting arts in education conference to celebrate, share innovative practice, explore current trends, think forward and inspire others to a vision of a complete education that includes the arts for every student. (AEP Arts Digest, 4/23/15)

National Guild for Community Arts Education Accepting Conference Session Proposals. The National Guild for Community Arts Education is currently accepting session proposals for its 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education, to be held November 11-14 in Philadelphia, PA. The Conference addresses the specific needs of nonprofit arts education organizations and provides the support they need to expand equitable access to arts learning opportunities in their communities. The deadline to submit is April 30, 2015. (AEP Arts Digest, 4/23/15)

Kennedy Center National Seminar for Teaching Artists. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is offering a hands-on National Seminar for teaching artists interested in improving their practice. The National Seminar will be presented August 11-13, 2015 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. (AEP Arts Digest, 4/23/15)

ART21 News - April 23, 2015. In this issue of ART21 News: New Videos Featuring Katharina Grosse & Rashid Johnson; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide.


Senate Help Committee Retains the Arts and Unanimously Passes The Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015. In a bipartisan effort led by Sens. Murray (D-WA) and Alexander (R-TN), the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) unanimously passed the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal education policy that has existed for the past 50 years. They included "arts" in the definition of core academic subjects as well as allowed other arts-friendly amendments...Learn more. (Americans for the Arts, Creativity Connection: April 2015)

Arts Education Navigator Series: E-Book Series on Arts Education. Through a partnership with Vans Custom Culture, Americans for the Arts has designed the Arts Education Navigator, Read more about our partnership with Vans.a series of e-books designed to help educators, students, and advocates navigate the complex field of arts education. Each e-book in the Navigator series covers a specific topic, ensuring arts education supporters like you are equipped with the knowledge, statistics, and case-making techniques needed to effectively communicate with decision-makers.
• E-Book #1 - Getting Started
• E-Book #2 - Facts & Figures
• E-Book #3 - Making the Case
• E-Book #4 - Mobilizing Support

Turnaround Arts Program Garners Attention from Celebrities And Research. At the start of 2015, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz became part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ signature Turnaround Arts program as an ambassador.  He recently spoke on The Today Show about the experience. In other Turnaround Arts news, the final evaluation report from the first cohort of Turnaround Arts schools was released. (Americans for the Arts, Creativity Connection: April 2015)

Study Shows Arts Learning Leads to Arts Participation
. Exploration into who participates and why, as well as the arts as an economic engine. Three reports from the National Endowment for the Arts reveal new findings about the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities. The data for the three reports is all from 2012, so for the first time the NEA can show a comprehensive view of a single year in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different angles: supply, demand, and motivations for consumer behavior. The new information will help arts providers and others more effectively understand and develop strategies to engage individuals and communities in the arts. (Americans for the Arts, Creativity Connection: April 2015)

Inspiring a Generation To Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children. Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children synthesizes more than 150 studies from various academic fields contributing to our understanding of creativity. The paper asserts that environment and experience determine our creativity potential and provides a new framework of seven key skills associated with creativity. The paper summarizes relevant empirical research related to each skill and provides practical tips and sample activities to promote the skill in children ages 6-14. (Americans for the Arts, Creativity Connection: April 2015)

Things to Read (Americans for the Arts, Creativity Connection: April 2015)
A Perfect Place to Start: Arts in Education by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu
What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow's Children? by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Arts Education Poised for Comeback in Nation's Largest School Districts by Doug Israel   
Let Kids Fail in Order to Succeed! by Eric Delli Bovi
Arts Education and Cognitive Development on ARTSblog

National YoungArts Foundation Opens Call for 2016 Applications. National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), the non-profit organization that recognizes and nurtures the nation’s most talented young artists in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts, announces that the call for applications to become a 2016 YoungArts Winner is now open at through October 16, 2015. Young artists between the ages of 15 and 18 or in grades 10-12 (as of December 1, 2015) across the nation are encouraged to apply. A complete list of last year’s Winners is available on the YoungArts site. All applicants have the choice to be added to the YoungArts Student List Service (SLS), a subscription service that provides college, university and conservatory admissions representatives with links to students’ audition portfolios, providing them with important information about the students’ artistic achievements. If students have any questions they can reach YoungArts programming staff at (305) 377-1140 or

Games for Learning Summit: Expanding the Conversation Between Educators and Game Designers. Cross-posted from Medium. Whether it is using quick warm-ups like Game of Phones or highly immersive experiences with Mario Kart and Minecraft, digital games can be powerful motivators for learning. It is with this in mind that we are eager to expand the conversation between teachers and game developers. The U.S. Department of Education and […] (

NH: Come see a ~STEAMY~ (Art + STEM = STEAM) art gallery opening this Saturday, April 25th at the Seacoast Science Center, Portsmouth.  It features the work of the 2014 Ocean Awareness Student Contest winners who used art and science to give the oceans a voice. The exhibit is free with admission, and open through June 17th.  Fine giclee prints of the winning teen artists will be available, and the 100% of the proceeds go back to the student artist and ocean conservation efforts. Want to see your student in this exhibit next year? Have them submit their art, poetry, prose, or films about ocean plastic pollution to the contest.

Arts Writers Grant application open - Application Deadline: May 21, 2015. The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants, ranging from 15,000 to 50,000 USD, issued directly to 20 individual authors a year. The program was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.

Series Finale of Hit TV Show "GLEE" Pays Tribute To Arts In Schools. Recently, the hit TV show, GLEE, aired its season finale. After six seasons of entertaining audiences through the teenage lives of young performers, the show came to a close with a touching tribute to the impact that the arts in public schools can have on students. (Americans for the Arts, Creativity Connection: April 2015)


The 2016 NAEA National Convention Call for Presentations is Now Open! The Convention will be held March 17-19 in Chicago, IL (McCormick Place Convention Center & Hilton Chicago Hotel). The theme is "Lead! Share Your Vision for Art Education". Every Leader Is an Artist: How the World's Greatest Artists Can Make You a More Creative Leader by Michael O’Malley and William Baker, is an insightful book that delves into the notion that attributes found in both leaders and artists are synonymous: intention, focus, authenticity, skill, and imagination. Leadership and creativity are often considered indispensable in today’s fast-paced world. Working in a variety of contexts—public and private pK-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, art museums, community arts organizations—art educators are teachers, artists, advocates, researchers, community builders, and LEADERS. NAEA invites diverse proposals from members that inform and inspire art educators to challenge assumptions and—through the cross pollination of ideas—to see their critical work through the prism of leadership.

NAEA Research Commission Interactive Cafe Chat: Assessing learning in students’ responses to works of art, April 27th to May 2nd. Event Hosts: Michelle Grohe (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum); Stephanie Downey (Randi Korn & Associates); Benjamin Tellie  (Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, Maryland); and Olga Hubard (Teachers College Columbia University). The purpose of student interactions with works of art has been defined in multiple ways: from nurturing skills associated with critical thinking to enhancing empathy and cultural awareness; from learning about the history of art to nurturing profound experiences of artworks; and so forth. The way we assess student learning is inevitably linked to notions of how engagements with art matter. In this Interactive Café, researchers and practitioners share visions about the value of students’ encounters with works of art and discuss how particular visions might influence—or be shaped by—approaches to assessment.

Survey of Single-visit K-12 Art Museum Programs. The National Art Education Association (NAEA), in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), contracted Randi Korn & Associates, Inc. (RK&A) to plan for a rigorous multi-site research study investigating the question, What are the benefits to students of engaging with original works of art within the context of object-based art museum programs that take place during the formal school day? The planning year (2014-15) focused on gathering information toward the development of a plan for conducting a multi-site research study. As part of this process, RK&A conducted a national survey of the field to identify the most representative characteristics of single-visit K-12 field-trip practices in art museums across the United States. A total of 270 art museums responded to the survey, for a response rate of 49 percent. The planning year of this project was generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

California Statewide Creative Economy Report. The results of the 2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California (Otis Report) were unveiled at a state Capitol hearing before the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts in Sacramento. The statewide Otis Report, supported by the California Arts Council, asserts California's competitive advantage in the creative sector and underscores the need to bolster the talent pipeline through support for the arts and arts education.

PBS KIDS launches game-creation tool and online world. New world features a junior edition of E-line Media’s Gamestar Mechanic, which enables kids to create and share their own video games. PBS KIDS has launched Kart Kingdom, the children’s media brand’s first-ever online world. Now available at, Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages 6-9 learn systems thinking skills. (eSchool News)
edWeb, Games4Ed launch game-based learning initiative. Collaborative efforts will help expand knowledge about game-based learning’s potential for students., a professional learning and social network for the education community, is partnering with Games4Ed, a new organization recently established to further the use of games and other immersive learning strategies in schools, to expand and deepen collaboration on game-based learning. (eSchool News)

7 innovative 3D printers for the classroom. These days, 3D printing is becoming a staple of the modern classroom, from K-12 to college and university campuses as well. Even as prices dip for some models, educational institutions and districts are also gaining financial support from outside sources for ventures into 3D printing. In fact, government business intelligence company Onvia reports that from 2011 to 2015, more than $1.8 million in 3D printer and supply contracts was awarded to 44 primary, secondary and higher education institutions and school districts across the United States. (eSchool News)

N.Y. Dia Art Foundation commissions Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi for new Artist Web Project. Dia’s series of Artist Web Projects invites artists who do not typically work in the digital realm to realize artworks that explore the aesthetic and conceptual potentials of the Internet. (

Texas. Dallas Museum of Art's DMA Friends Program home to 100,000 members. Two years after the launch of the nation’s first free museum membership program, DMA Friends, the Dallas Museum of Art today announced that it has enrolled 100,000 Friends. This achievement now places the DMA as the fourth largest membership of any art museum in North America.  (

Battles Loom When Full Senate Takes Up ESEA Rewrite
. The compromise bill approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces other priorities awaiting debate, and is likely to draw intense partisan sparring. (Education Week)

Senate Panel Advances NCLB Replacement. The U.S. Senate education committee has unanimously approved the Every Child Achieves Act—representing the most promising progress in rewriting our nation’s main education law in years! After three days of debate, the consideration of 57 amendments, and ample compromise from both sides of the aisle, the committee reached a consensus on what it believes is the best way to move education policy forward, away from the long outdated policies of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (ASCD Capitol Connection)

New ESEA Op-Ed. This week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Roy Bostock, a Republican, vice-chairman of the board of Delta Air Lines, a former Chair of Yahoo! Inc., a retired director of Morgan Stanley, and member of the business group ReadyNation, penned an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution calling for significant investments in high-quality preschool as part of a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). "This isn’t strictly an education issue. It’s not just an economic issue. And it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It’s an American issue; because we all share a stake in our children’s success."

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Senate HELP Committee's Markup of the No Child Left Behind Act. I applaud the leadership of Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray and the members of the HELP Committee on the important steps taken this week to advance a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is long past time to replace No Child Left Behind with a law that ensures continued progress and opportunity for America’s children. The bill now honors the widespread bipartisan call to expand access to high quality preschool. The bill also makes a critical investment in innovation and scaling what works. (

Senate Ed. Committee Spars Over Bullying in ESEA Rewrite. What had been a relatively calm legislative process produced a more-passionate debate over a pair of dueling amendments on harassment and bullying, particularly of LGBT students.(Education Week/Politics K-12)

U.S. lawmakers make way through proposed NCLB rewrite. Senate education committee members this week are debating components of a proposed bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind. Six amendments have been defeated by the committee, but 24 have passed, including some focused     on low-income students and students with disabilities. A vote is expected today. (The Associated Press)
NCLB rewrite passes Senate education committee (The Washington Post)


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Congress Begins to Move Forward on ESEA Reauthorization | Senate HELP Committee Moves Senate Every Child Achieves Act Forward
NAEA has been carefully monitoring the status of activities in the US Congress relative to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
What follows is an update regarding the status of the draft legislation from the Senate and the House of Representatives. Each chamber has now voted a version of ESEA Reauthorization out of committee for consideration by the full Senate and House of Representatives.
Status of Senate Action on ESEA Reauthorization:
The Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ) Committee met over the course of three days this week to complete its markup of the Senate HELP Committee’s new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) entitled “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.” Led by committee chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking democratic committee member Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the HELP Committee unanimously passed the bi-partisan rewrite of ESEA legislation out of committee. The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 will now move to the Senate floor for consideration, debate, and potentially a full vote by the Senate. Floor consideration is expected to take several weeks, and is tentatively scheduled for mid-May.
The discussion at the hearings focused on changes, called amendments, which individual Senators serving on the HELP Committee wanted to see in the markup. In general, as the Committee met for over ten hours to discuss dozens of proposed amendments, the concerns were primarily in these areas: Use of Title 1 funds, testing, special needs students, helping students in high poverty areas, the burden of data collection on the states, and state level authority for making decisions in education vs. the federal role.
There was no discussion of the core subjects during these hearings or reinstating specific discretionary grant programs of the U.S. Department of Education which have been recommended for elimination as part of the markup, including elimination of the Arts in Education grant programs and other programs, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. Recordings of the hearings from April 14, 15, 16 are available on the Senate HELP Committee website at
Within this new version of ESEA, the list of core subjects has been retained. Being a core subject legally provides the opportunity for grant applicants to include the arts in all funding programs. There have been additions to the list. The wording in this version is as follows:
CORE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS.—The term ‘core academic subjects’ means English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, and physical education, and any other subject as determined by the State or local educational agency.’’

It is important to note that this list within federal legislation, even when/if adopted, is not a state or local mandate. Determination of core subjects at the state and local levels are up to those jurisdictions.

Status of House Action on ESEA Reauthorization:
On February 11, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Congressman John Kline (R-MN) passed HR5 “Student Success Act”, its proposed version of ESEA Reauthorization. The full House has not taken action on the bill. This bill is significantly different than the Senate’s “Every child Achieves Act.”
Once both houses of Congress have voted favorably for both bills a conference committee is convened to iron out the differences and result in one bill to move forward for the President to sign.

It is not too late to contact your elected representatives to encourage their support for inclusion of arts education in any education reform bill:
1. Retain the arts in the 'core academic subject' definition.
2. Retain arts education as an eligible use of Title I funds - the largest portion of federal assistance for disadvantaged students.
3. Include specific new language to include arts educators as eligible for Title II professional development support.
4. Include arts education as a priority in any proposed local competitive grant program.
5. Retain the federal Arts in Education program, which has supported over 200 model grant programs over the last decade.
6. Retain the 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program, which supports arts education.

All members of Congress will be voting on the ESEA Reauthorization legislation. For a list of the committee members from each chamber, go to the Senate HELP Committee website at and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce at
NAEA works collaboratively with all of the arts education professional associations and national arts associations engaged with monitoring arts and education policy and federal appropriations for arts education. The items cited in the list above center NAEA policy objectives around the Arts Advocacy Day arts education issues briefs (see bottom of page), which serve as NAEA’s underlying policy documents regarding reauthorization and represent the consensus policy objectives of over 85 national organizations, including NAEA.


Save the Date! Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7-8 PM ET, Upcoming NAEA Webinar: Exploring Model Cornerstone Assessments with Dr. F. Robert Sabol. Watch your e-mail inbox for more information or click here.

National PTA Celebrates Arts in Education Week. Join National PTA as they celebrate the arts for National Arts in Education Week—September 14-18, 2015. Students, teachers, families and schools are encouraged to participate in the arts during the week. For each school day during National Arts in Education Week, we encourage you to promote school-wide arts activities based on the 2015-2016 Reflections theme, "Let Your Imagination Fly." Monday: Dance Choreography; Tuesday: Film Production;mWednesday: Literature; Thursday: Music Composition; and Friday: Photography and Visual Arts.

Mind the Gap: Art Museum Education, Academia & the Future of Our Field by Mike Murawski. Written by Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Palmer Museum of Art Keynote Address as National Museum Education Art Educator of the Year, Museum Division Awards Ceremony, NAEA National Convention, March 26, 2015 I would like to begin by thanking the National Art Education Association, the leadership and members of the Museum Education Division, and the colleagues who … (Art Museum Teaching)

Calif. Science, math and art valued more than technology in education poll. Providing computers to public school students is important to California voters, but not as crucial as other factors affecting education, including a more intense focus on math, science and the arts, according to a new poll. Voters were given a list of options and asked to select the top two that would have the most positive impact on improving public education. Nearly half, 49%, picked “increasing funding for math, science and technology instruction". Nearly a third said funding should be increased for subjects like art and music education. (Los Angeles Times) Announces Finalists for National 'Art Sparks Learning' Program Celebrating Art Education., the world's leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art, today announced three finalist schools in the U.S. for its spring Art Sparks Learning TM campaign. The international program supports art education to help spark creativity in the classroom and inspire the artists of tomorrow. Each finalist school—selected from nominations submitted nationwide—was awarded 18 pieces of their favorite framed art prints from Now through May 8, 2015, is inviting family, friends and community members to visit and vote for their favorite school to win an additional $1,000 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials.

"The 4th R: the aRt of Education" Film. How do you solve a problem …when the problem is you don’t know how to solve problems? How do we teach our children to solve problems they will face for the rest of their lives. Problem solving is learned, and it’s learned most efficiently and effectively by students who consistently have the experience of art in their lives.  In the film Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein puts it succinctly “No art — no innovation.”

Ohio. CHS art teacher focuses on process, individuality and competition. Robert (Bob) Wright has been an artist his entire life and incorporates that passion in his art classes at Circleville High School. Wright understands the importance of showing students the process of art-making, but notes how crucial it is to step back and allow the students’ originality to shine through. “If they understand the process and how to do these things, they can develop their own style of working.” Wright teaches several different art classes at CHS including foundational art, which focuses on art-making and criticism and art history. (Circleville Herald)

N.J. Millburn student work combines art, technology. Students at a township elementary school were given three ways to connect the circuitry that power their clock creations this week: with potatoes, oranges or water. The fourth-graders in art teacher Cynthia Percarpio's class were participating a project that incorporates art into the disciplines of science, engineering and technology at Glenwood School on April 13. (

Calif. Art of Dessert raises $390,000 to Support Education Through the Arts programs. Art of Dessert, the annual fundraising event at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, held Saturday, April 11, supporting the Center’s “Education Through the Arts” programs, raised $390,000, breaking all previous records. The “Fund-a-Need” portion of the live auction raised $117,000, plus an additional $75,000 matching donation from Lytton Rancheria – Lytton Band of Pomo Indians. (Sonoma County Gazette)

Ga. Arts-Based Research Symposium - Open House, April 30, 4:30 - 7:00 pm - e-Flyer. Interested in Creative Scholarship? How to merge interests in the arts and social sciences? How to enhance and evaluate artistic impact? How to engage in artful approaches to empiricism? Attend the 2015 Arts-Based Research Symposium at the University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, N311 and North gallery spaces. Showcase graduate student and faculty research combining social science with artistic practices.The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. The event will include theatrical and poetic performances every 20-30 minutes, along with showcases of visual art and fiction.

Ohio. Board of Education votes to remove mandate for art, gym teachers. The Ohio Board of Education voted 11-7 Monday evening to eliminate the so-called "5 of 8" rule, which set districts' minimum number of art, music and physical education teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers and visiting teachers. The decades-old rule required at least five of those eight positions for every 1,000 students in a school district. (WLWT)

N.C. May 1st Deadline for Next Round of Arts Council Community Enrichment Mini-Grants. The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has announced Friday, May 1, as the application deadline for its next round of Community Enrichment Mini-Grants. These grants are for up to $500 for projects that promote creativity and use art as a means to bring people together. (Camel city Dispatch)

Idaho. Call to Boise Artists: Grants Available Through Newly Founded Alexa Rose Foundation. The Alexa Rose Foundation, founded in 2014, is initiating a grant process for local artists this year. The foundation will award up to 20 grants for between $250 and $5,000 to visual artists in Ada and Canyon counties for college tuition, class fees and workshops in the visual arts, travel expenses for projects related to new work, arts conference expenses, exhibitions and specific projects. (Boise Weekly)

Wis. OPPORTUNITY: EDUCATION INTERN (ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016). The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex, is seeking an Education intern for September–May. Interns work closely with education staff to implement a broad spectrum of programs to engage visitors in the exhibitions and inspire creativity. Interns will be trained to lead tours in the gallery, use the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method, and gain experience in leading hands-on studio activities for a range of age groups. Specific areas of focus depend on departmental needs and the intern’s skills and interests. 10–25 hours/week, including some weekends
Stipend and students may arrange academic credit through their school.

Mich. Festival offers opportunities for artists, local students. The 36th annual Suttons Bay Art Festival is seeking artists of all ages to submit their design for its annual poster competition. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, April 20. All artwork must be original and should not have been published previously. There is no entry fee, and artists may submit as many designs as they like. All graphic media will be accepted, including paint, markers, photography, digital art, crayons, chalk and more. The winning design will receive a $350 award and be used for the 2015 poster as well as on T-shirts to be sold at the event. (Grand Traverse Insider)

Canada. Can YouTube and Instagram contribute to classroom learning? Montreal--Concordia University researchers investigate ways to convince at-risk youth to stay in school using social media. In the new book, Youth Practices in Digital Arts and New Media (Palgrave 2015), Juan Carlos Castro, co-editor and co-author along with Martin Lalonde investigate how an after-school program in Quebec is revolutionizing learning for at-risk youth by using social media as a teaching tool, rather than a classroom annoyance. (Eureka Alert)

Vt. Call for Entries Teen Logo Design Competition - Scout Film Festival Logo Design Brief. Deadline for Entry February 2, 2015 - June 1, 2015. Scout Film Festival (Scout) is a nonprofit, annual film festival launching in Stowe, VT in 2016, featuring original short films written, produced and directed by high school-aged students from around the globe. Their truest motivation is to celebrate the honest, positive energy and expression of youth art and to champion the voices of these artists while offering a positive place for them to focus their energy in an increasingly complicated climate. Scout has three main targets; high school filmmakers/artists, donors/sponsors and local and surrounding businesses. This will eventually grow to a global initiative. Contest winner will receive $150 Visa Gift Card and the singular honor of branding a global film festival. Submissions will be accepted through June 1, 2015.

NEW YORK GALLERIST LAURENCE MILLER TO JURY THE 2015 PHOTO REVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION. The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, is sponsoring its 30th annual photography competition with a difference. Instead of only installing an exhibit that would be seen by a limited number of people, The Photo Review will reproduce accepted entries in its 2015 competition issue and on its website. Thus, the accepted photographs will be seen by thousands of people all across the world and entrants will have a tangible benefit from the competition. Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Awards include an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera kit with 12-50mm lens and FL-LM2 electronic flash; SilverFast Ai Studio 8, SilverFast HDR Studio, SilverFast SE Plus 8, from LaserSoft Imaging; a 24"x50' roll of Museo Silver Rag; a 20"x24" silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging; a ToughTech Duo hard drive from CRU; numerous camera bags from ThinkTank Photo; an Alpine Labs Michron time-lapse device; and flash drives from USB Memory Direct. In addition, William Earle Williams, the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in Humanities; Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography, at Haverford College, will select an image for a $500 purchase prize for inclusion in the Haverford College Photography Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive college photography collections in the United States. All entries must be received by June 15, 2015.

U.S. lawmakers are expected to mark up NCLB proposal. The U.S. Senate's education committee is expected today to mark up a proposal that would overhaul No Child Left Behind. This article offers a preview of those discussions, including potential amendments. (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)

At ESEA Markup, Senate Committee Wrestles With Amendments. Senators punted on more than a dozen controversial amendments on the first day of marking up a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Education Week Update: ESEA's 50-Year Legacy a Blend of Idealism, Policy Tensions

Important i3 Announcements and Updates to the i3 Website. The Department published a Notice Inviting Applications for the 2015 Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund on March 30, 2015. Please see the Applicant Information page and the FY 2015 Competition page for more information about this year’s competition. In addition, the Department published a Notice of Proposed Priority on March 17th, 2015.
 FY 2015 i3 Development Pre-Application Overview. For entities interested in submitting a 2015 Development pre-application, below is an overview of the i3 Development Pre-Application Competition.
i3 Development Pre-Application Overview PowerPoint (2 MB).


The Metropolitan Museum of Art K-12 Educator Program: Educator Workshop Series: Ask Big Questions--Conversations with Thought Leaders. Join Jay McTighe (co-author of Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding), Susan Griffin (Executive Director, National Council for the Social Studies), and Dennis Inhulsen (President, National Art Education Association) for a conversation about the benefits of framing learning through investigations of big questions. Register here for this free online event. You may also be interested in our other programs, which explores how investigations of big questions can activate students' curiosity, increase relevancy, and promote deep and lasting learning.
• Ask Big Questions—Conversation with Thought Leaders (free online event, Thu, May 14, 4-5 pm)
Ask Big Questions—Learning Lab (onsite at The Met, Thu, June 4, 9:30 am - 3 pm)
Ask Big Questions—Voices from the Field (free online event, Thu, June 11, 4-5 pm)

Tales From Utah Valley: Valuing the arts in our schools. Do you remember how it felt to paint with brightly colored paints and thick brushes, to play the tambourine or maracas or to act in a school play? These memories may come back to you if you visit a new mural on display at Brigham Young University. The painting, created by Robert T. Barrett, painter, muralist, illustrator and professor in the Department of Design at BYU, depicts children happily engaged in a variety of art forms. It was painted in honor of a Utah resident who was dedicated to making the arts available to all schoolchildren in the state. (Herald Media)

Australia. Revolutionising art education through technology. MacGregor is proud of the MCA's technological pioneering and its use of artists as educators. ‘We quite unabashedly grabbed the national title because we are the only museum in the country that does what we do… we have the most incredible technology here with the capacity to reach every school in NSW and VIC (currently), and eventually Australia. It is a very sophisticated form of video conferencing. (ArtsHub)

Only Two Weeks Away...Register now for Building pARTnerships through Community Connections, a Nat'l Arts-in-Education conference. We are only two weeks away from Building pARTnerships through Community Connections, our national arts-in-education conference at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, on April 23-25, 2015. Known for its mouthwatering BBQ and delicious steak, Kansas City also delivers when it comes to the arts. Visit their internationally famed museums, fast growing gallery districts and see outstanding performances.

Ill. Beyond Field Trips and Workshops: Rethinking Museum School Programs. Plan to join Museum Educators in Illinois for the Second annual Summer workshop on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Marissa Reyes, !AEA’s 2014 Museum Educator of the Year, will lead fellow museum educators through a discussion about programming that respond to your community and how to use the visitor experience to drive your institution’s decisions and activities. Marissa serves at Associate Director of Education for the MCA Chicago. She will talk about her recently successful programming for Chicago Public Schools and lead attendees through a program design session, mapping out an ideal education program for their own museum. Registration is now open. Cost: $25, includes morning coffee and lunch.

N.C. Mint-Museum organizes show exploring fashion, jewelry, nail art, and tattoos
. Tattoos, nail art, jewelry, and fashion – the newest Mint Museum-organized exhibition, Body Embellishment, explores the most innovative artistic expression in the 21st-century international arenas of body extension, augmentation, and modification. The exhibition is on view from April 11 through September 6, 2015 at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street in Charlotte. The human impulse to ornament the body is an ancient desire that crosses cultures. Seeking to modify the natural skin and shape of the body, people have created imaginative ways to expand and distort, and add color, pattern, and narrative. Focused on twenty-first century innovators, this exhibition provides a glimpse at inventive designers from around the world who explore the role of the body and its embellishment. “What makes Body Embellishment such ... (

Happening Now: Senate Debating NCLB Replacement. A bipartisan bill to replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act will be formally unveiled and debated by the Senate education committee this week! The bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, is a major and extremely encouraging step in finally replacing NCLB’s outdated provisions. The draft bill contains many positive changes to NCLB—including eliminating the adequate yearly progress requirements and strengthening the definition of professional development for educators. The Senate committee is expected to vote on a multitude of amendments so more changes are coming, but here are some key issues in the draft bill... (ASCD Capitol Connection)

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Yesterday, joined by civil rights leaders, students, and educators, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. In a speech, followed by a question and answer, Duncan discussed the education progress that America has seen […] (

Update on ESEA. Congress originally passed ESEA 50 years ago this week. Then as now, it stood to connect civil rights to education, enshrining America’s core value that every child deserves a quality education, no matter her race, disability, neighborhood, or first language. I am happy to see this bipartisan effort come together, yet I also know the distance we have to go toward a bill that establishes an expectation of excellence for all American children, and stays true to ESEA’s role as a guarantor of civil rights. (

What to Expect From the Markup of the NCLB Rewrite. The Senate education committee is slated to markup the bipartisan rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law Tuesday, during which members of the education committee will offer amendments to try to eliminate language from, or add language to, the bill to alter it more to their liking. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Launches Call for Benchmarking Teachers. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is seeking educators interested in serving on a team that will benchmark student work generated by the 2015 Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project. The Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are rich performance-based assessments designed in conjunction with the newly released National Core Arts Standards.

In the first phase of the 2014-15 project, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than 200 piloting teachers applied the tasks suggested in the assessments with their students. The second phase will occur this summer when a benchmarking committee of 25 teachers in the disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts will review the student assessment products gathered by the piloting teachers to determine if they meet the standards embedded in the individual MCAs. Those student samples that benchmarking committee members agree upon as “meeting standard” will be posted on the National Core Arts Standards website to illustrate the classroom application of the standards.

The benchmarking committee will consist of 5 teachers from each arts discipline. Interested dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts educators are encouraged to apply. Applications, including a résumé or CV, (three page limit) highlighting experience in arts assessment will be accepted through Friday, April 24, 2015, at Members of the National Core Arts Standards or MCA writing team members are not eligible to apply.

2015 State of the States. The Arts Education Partnership's State of the States 2015 summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is based on a systematic search of state statutes and administrative regulations completed in March 2014 and updated in March 2015.

Every Child Achieves Act. The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee introduced the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill includes arts and music as "Core Academic Subjects"on page 529.

Save the date for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success on September 1-2 in Arlington, VA. Stay tuned to the ArtsEd Digest and the AEP website for more details coming soon. Registration opens to AEP Partners and the public on June 1, 2015. Call for Concurrent Session Proposals. AEP is pleased to announce a call for concurrent session proposals for the 2015 National Forum! AEP Partners and leaders from around the nation are invited to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for the next America. Please review the complete AEP 2015 National Forum Guidelines and Proposal Form for more details. AEP will accept proposals until Friday, May 29 at 5 pm ET.

AEP's 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. The Arts Education Partnership released The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. This action agenda will serve as the blueprint for the collective work for the Partnership for the next five years. AEP is now beginning the implementation of the action agenda. In the coming weeks, AEP will be hosting a webinar to share how partner organizations are engaging in the work of the action agenda, inviting partner organizations to serve on working groups to develop and oversee the outlined work, and establishing a home for the action agenda on our website to share the important work being done by the Partnership.

Innovation Lab Network's New Framework. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and a group of state chiefs developed the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) to share learning, drive collective action, and to create and scale student-centered learning environments. ILN has now released its framework focusing on five major areas in student-centered learning: 1) college- and career-readiness, 2) personalized learning and workforce preparation, 3) a balanced system of assessment, 4) an aligned accountability system, and 5) seamless pathways for all students to achieve college- and career-readiness.

National Guild for Community Arts Education Accepting Conference Session Proposals. The National Guild for Community Arts Education is currently accepting session proposals for its 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education, to be held November 11-14 in Philadelphia, PA. The Conference addresses the specific needs of nonprofit arts education organizations and provides the support they need to expand equitable access to arts learning opportunities in their communities. The deadline to submit is April 30, 2015.

The Adobe Foundation's Youth Media Arts Awards. The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global competition that honors youth who make original, outstanding digital media to creatively express their vision for positive change. Youth ages 13 to 19 are invited to submit media that inspires, informs, and generates solutions. There are five awards categories: Documentary, Narrative, Animation, Visual, and Social Venture. The deadline is April 20, 2015. Award winners and finalists become eligible to apply for the Adobe Youth Voices college scholarships.

JFKU Museum Studies Professional Development Survey. The John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies program just celebrated 40 years and as we reflect on our heritage, we also look forward. What types of learning modes are needed in the museum field now and in the near future? What topics are people seeking to learn more about? Your answers to these questions are anonymous and confidential and will help us provide you and the next generation of museum professionals with the opportunities needed to improve practice and advance skills. The survey will close on April 30th. For more information, please contact: 510.647.2072,

CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Contest. Each winner will receive the awesome title of CHARM IT! Guest Designer and have their charm design produced and sold nationwide, get a $100 USD gift certificate to, AND a single $1,500 USD donation of Crayola product will be made to the Kids In Need Foundation in honor of the winners by Crayola. Kids In Need Foundation is on a mission to ensure every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. They have distributed more than $668 million in supplies to low-income schools since their founding in 1995. Emailed entry forms must be received on or before May 6, 2015 12pm EST. Mailed entry forms must be postmarked on or before May 6, 2015.

Join FableVision and The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity for an evening to celebrate creative educators. FableVision Studios welcomes Lauren Kuhn, serving as Miss Massachusetts. Lauren had the opportunity to compete in the 2015 Miss America scholarship pageant, where she placed in the Top 5. She was one of five STEM scholarship recipients at Miss America. She received a bachelors of science in Biology from Gonzaga University and is a 2017 Doctor of Dental Medicine candidate at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. "STEM is important for young people to consider, because it can help our nation move forward, especially in the realms of health care and technology," Lauren says. The arts have also played a huge role in her life, as she played the piano, flute, and piccolo starting at age 10, and has performed in musical productions and vocal recitals since kindergarten.

Va. Opportunities in the Arts - Arts Council of Fairfax County. Find information and opportunities for individual artists and arts administrators, including: Art for District Supervisor Offices; Artist Residencies RFP (May 22); and 2015 Arts Awards Nominations (May 31).

Tenn. [TONIGHT] Christine Slayden Tibbott: "Teacher Artist Friend" Opening Reception, 5-7 PM ET, Tibbott Center Gallery. Contact: Catherine Coke.

Secretary Duncan to Deliver Remarks to Recognize 50th Anniversary of Elementary and Secondary Education Act. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will recognize the 50th anniversary of Congress passing the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with remarks and a conversation with civil rights leader Wade Henderson, D.C. Public School Principal Rachel Skerritt and local students on Thursday. The event will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. (

Juicy State-Policy Tidbits From the Senate ESEA Rewrite. Key state-level groups are applauding the U.S. Senate's proposed rewrite of the federal education law unveiled on April 7. (Education Week)

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 50th Anniversary of Congress Passing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. As delivered. (

NCLB Overview: Definitions, Requirements, and Criticisms. A new Education Week primer on the No Child Left Behind Act includes milestones in the law's history and resources for more reading. (Education Week)

Duncan weighs in on NCLB draft proposal. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is calling for expansion of early-childhood education and protocols for struggling schools in the No Child Left Behind rewrite. Overall, he was positive about a recently published bipartisan draft. "I'm just glad we have a Republican and a Democrat who are actually talking and trying to work together," he said. (The Washington Post)

A Bipartisan Proposal to Fix No Child Left Behind: A Good First Step; Further to Go. Earlier this week, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate education committee, announced an agreement to begin a bipartisan process of fixing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The committee will consider the proposed bill next week. […] (


College Board Awards for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts: Deadline April 13. Don't miss the chance to receive up to $7,500 in funding for your school's arts initiatives! Winning schools in three categories will receive $5,000 to continue or expand their exemplary work, and one school will be awarded an additional $2,500 as the national winner. Award categories are: Arts Integration: Recognizes initiatives that use an innovative approach to drawing connections between arts-based learning and other subjects. Equity Through Arts: Recognizes a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underrepresented students. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizes a program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations. Please note that applications must be submitted by the school, not the partnering individual or organization.

Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons. Like Play-Doh, jungle gyms and nursery rhymes, coloring books have always seemed best suited for the preschool set. So Ms. Basford and her publisher were surprised to learn that there was a robust — and lucrative — market for coloring books aimed at grown-ups. When they first tested the waters with “Secret Garden” a year ago, they released a cautiously optimistic first printing of 16,000 books. (The New York Times)

Expressive Therapies Summit, NOVEMBER 5-8, 2015, NEW YORK CITY. MEET  •  CREATE  •  LEARN™. Last year, over 950 creative arts therapists and educators, arts professionals, and healthcare colleagues gathered together to learn, collaborate, and network. Click here to access the 2015 Proposal Submission Site. Papers, panels, workshops, as well as single- and multi-day classes featuring any of the creative arts therapies are welcomed. They are especially interested in sessions that are multimodal, collaborative, and/or experiential. This year, for the first time, they are also inviting proposals for day-long multi-faculty symposia. Single-discipline presentations are also welcome, particularly those with an emphasis on studio skills, therapeutic techniques, and topics of clinical interest. Proposals on essential skills in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy are welcome, as well. Proposals are due Sunday, April 19.

Let’s Create Icons of Peace and Equality Around the World Made by Children. In a time when there is so much unrest in the world, these students have been involved in making portraits representing the ethical, the good, the positive, and of unwavering tolerance reminding those who see the works that people can indeed still make a difference. Academically, it is important to demonstrate to students that art does not exist in isolation but draws from all disciplines and subject matter throughout their curriculum. Looking for art teachers and Schools across the world to collaborate and to produce more Icons of their own choosing. The aim is to show all pieces of work online with the eventual goal to exhibit work at various venues across the world. They have a School in Moscow, 2 in South Africa, one in California, Vienna, International School in Rio, Australia and now a School in Afghanistan.

NEA campaign aims to reduce role of testing in NCLB. The National Education Association has launched a 13-state advertising campaign urging Congress to reduce the emphasis on standardized testing in the rewrite of No Child Left Behind. The 13 states are home to Senate education committee members who will play key roles in the rewrite. (The Washington Post)

What is ESEA? Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The law represented a major new commitment by the federal government to “quality and equality” in educating our young people. When President Johnson sent the bill to Congress, he urged that the country, “declare a national goal of […] (

Senate Ed. Leaders Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Rewrite ESEA. So far, states haven't shown a ton of interest in trying out a new School Improvement Grant model that relies heavily on evidence. (Education Week/Politics K-12)
ESEA Draft Keeps Annual Testing Schedule
Federal After-School Program Not Restored in Bipartisan ESEA Bill
NCLB Rewrite Expands Definition of 'Core Subjects,' Sparks Testing Outcry


Department of Education—and States—Push Forward. Five states—Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Virginia—have received No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver renewals from the U.S. Department of Education through an expedited process, allowing the states flexibility with NCLB’s outdated requirements through the 2018–-19 school year. Read more about how each of these states are improving school performance, narrowing the achievement gap, and expanding professional development for educators. All other waiver-holding states have indicated that they will apply for renewals, hoping to receive some sense of stability while waiting for Congress to overhaul NCLB, the nation’s main education law. (ASCD)

Federal lawmakers may be close to draft NCLB bill. Federal lawmakers reportedly may be getting close to a new draft bill for the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This article offers a glimpse at some of the potential changes. The education committee is expected to mark up a bill the week of April 13. (Education Week)

The Opportunity and Necessity for a New ESEA. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently sat down with National Urban League President Marc Morial, to discuss the importance of a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A new ESEA must give teachers and principals the resources they need, support schools and districts in creating innovative new solutions to problems, make real investments in high-poverty schools and districts, and expand high-quality preschool. (

Senate Ed. Leaders Close In On Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite. Among other things, sources say the version now being negotiated would not make Title I dollars for low-income students portable, and would maintain the current annual testing schedule. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

CALL FOR ART: Visaural:  Sight, Sound and Action, Activist art in concert with Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands, Somerville, Massachusetts. Artists are invited to submit works around themes of social, cultural, economic, human rights, women’s rights, political and social justice activism that combine visual art with music in order to tell a compelling story and, by doing so, affirm the many bonds between sight and sound. Artists are asked to choose a song to which to pair their art – a song that is directly linked to the theme of the work, a song that inspired the work or that was played as part of the artistic process.  Selected works will be displayed next to  QR codes, which will take viewers to iTunes, YouTube,Vimeo or other link, where the paired music may be heard. While all media is accepted and there are no size restrictions, we encourage the submission of smaller works, due to the size of the gallery. Works will be chosen for the gallery with additional works chosen for the online gallery and catalog and shown in a looped slide show in the Nave Annex Gallery. Dates of Exhibition: October 8 to October 31, 2015.


Arts Education Poised for Comeback in Nation's Largest School Districts. After years of budget cuts, and a narrowing of curriculum at public schools across the country, urban school districts, such as New York and Chicago, are taking bold steps to expand the school day curriculum and once again invest in arts education. Owing largely to mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, school districts of all sizes spent years focusing educational goals very narrowly on improving test scores in just two subject areas -- English Language Arts and Math. This came at the expense of the arts, music, and other subject areas that were not being tested. (The Huffington Post)

NSF Fellow Pairs Art, Astronomy to Hook Girls on Science. Aomawa Shields spends her life searching for overlooked potential—both in habitable planets throughout the universe and in young girls interested in studying them. Shields' nonprofit, Rising Stargirls, works to get girls, particularly those from poor and minority backgrounds, interested in astronomy careers. She argues that efforts to interest students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics should incorporate more art, drama, and other "soft" subjects. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Google Puts Online 10,000 Works of Street Art from Across the Globe. Google Street Art has doubled its online archive by adding some 5,000 images, bringing the tally to 10,000, with coordinates pinpointing exact locations on all five continents (though as of this writing, things are a bit thin on the ground in Africa). (Open Culture)

Rebranding No Child Left Behind Act a Tough Marketing Call. Any rewrite of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act will need a new name that captures both its policy essence and the public's attention. Read more. (Education Week)

How Tim Gunn of ‘Project Runway’ Spends His Sunday. Tim Gunn doesn’t balk at sharing his point of view, whether it’s favorable (“Your clothes have beautiful construction details. There is a real voice here.”), controversial (“The fashion industry has an inability to accept real women and their size and shape. I find it disdainful and disrespectful.”) or confessional (“I’m terribly shy. Every time I’m in front of a camera I’m nervous.”). In his new book, “Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor,” the “Project Runway” co-host and mentor shares such observations and musings. On Sundays, Mr. Gunn, 61, who lives on the Upper West Side, turns his focus inward in order to “heal and repair.” (The New York Times)

Launching the New Conference App for Building Partnerships through Community Connections in Kansas City. Only three weeks until Building pARTnerships through Community Connections, the national arts-in-education conference at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, April 23-25, 2015. The host team at Young Audiences Arts for Learning has developed a free conference app that will allow you to explore the diverse selection of breakout sessions, introduce you to the inspiring keynote speakers, receive immediate updates on site visits and things to do in Kansas City, and much more! Check out the conference app on your iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile Device* by clicking here or searching “Building pARTnerships 2015” in your preferred App store.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Media is holding two summer camps for high school students this upcoming 2015 summer in Champaign, IL (on campus). One is a Media Entrepreneurship camp that runs from June 15th-19th that teaches students about entrepreneurship, mass media and emerging trends in the media landscape. The other camp is Imagination U that runs from June 22nd-27th that teaches students to use their natural creativity as a marketable skill in self-branding and the business world.



US House Resolution Designates March 15-21 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week. Presidential Letter Addresses the Importance of Arts Education. Congresswoman Slaughter has introduced a Resolution to the House of Representatives designating the week of March 15-21, 2015 as National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week). This week will honor the contributions Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has made to schools nationwide through its arts-in-education programs and to encourage Americans to recognize the important contribution the arts make to society. The office of the President has also acknowledged the work of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and YA Week with a Presidential Letter. 

ARTSONIA: "With Art I Can..." Mixed Media Contest -- Student Prizes! This new Mixed Media Contest invites students in grades K-12 to express their experiences and accomplishments through art. As educators we are aware of the enduring benefits art provides students -- creativity, confidence, communication, and more -- now it's their turn to speak out! Participants will create a work of art and an accompanying artist's statement that completes the following sentence: "With Art I Can . . ." Entries must be received by April 15, 2015.

Mich. Project combines art, math to create video games. Sixth- and seventh-graders at a Michigan middle school are learning how math and language play a role in creating both traditional and computer-generated art. The program teaches students the fundamentals of art, and the role that graphic arts play in video games. The students then learn how to code and create their own games using their artistic creations. ( )

Gallery System ArtsUp Award Call for Nominations. Help us find community arts organizations that deserve an art display upgrade! All across the US, schools, arts associations, and other art programs are encouraging and showcasing creativity in their communities. The 2015 Gallery System ArtsUp Award will recognize two such programs with awards of $1000 and $500 in hanging equipment—and nominations are now open! Nominations close at 11:59 PM EST on May 31. To review complete rules and to apply, please visit website.

The Henry Ford is accepting applications for the Simmons Graduate Internship Program. Two full time opportunities are being offered for summer 2015. Applications for both positions are due Friday, April 10 and must include a letter of application, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Information about the program, project descriptions, and application instructions are available online.

SEA CHANGE ART CONTEST. A student art contest to help save our seas for enrolled college students. From the Bow Seat is thrilled to partner with Pangea Seed and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii in offering an exciting college ART contest that explores ocean conservation issues. College finalists have the opportunity to have their ART Work exhibited at the prestigious Honolulu Museum of Art. Awards and Prizes for Drawing/Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Mixed Media. Submission deadline: May 1, 2015
Ocean Awareness Student Contests. A student art, poetry, prose, and film contest for middle and high school students. From the Bow Seat is proud to host its 5th annual Ocean Awareness Student Contests which challenges middle and high school students to combine art, science, and advocacy. The 2015 theme is Our Oceans, Our Plastic, focusing on how we as individuals, communities, and a planet relate to the over 5 trillion pieces of plastic trash in our oceans. Up to $1,500 will be awarded, as well as opportunities to have work published or exhibited. Over $47,500 in total prizes across all categories and age divisions will be awarded. Submission deadline is June 15th, 2015

Muse National Art Contest. The purpose of this art contest is to support reading and the Arts in our schools by bringing your talented artists into the national spotlight. All of our participants will have their artwork displayed in our online gallery. Detailed information about the contest, rules and regulations, prizes, and the ability for schools to also be involved in winning a $1,000 can be found by clicking on link above. Registration begins at 12:01am EST on March 20th  2015.

Report: Closing NCLB loophole could bring schools $8.5M. A report from the Center for American Progress finds that a loophole in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind, costs Title I schools on average $668,900. The report finds that the "comparability loophole" exists because of a formula related to teachers' salaries and Title I schools. Closing the loophole, the report states, could bring an increase of $8.5 billion in funding to schools. (T.H.E. Journal)


Encourage Creativity: A series of videos to inspire action in support of arts education. The Encourage Creativity videos are part of our suite of arts education advocacy tools - designed to help you inform your community, inspire your friends, and impact the world. These videos tell the real story behind the numbers and data. Let your audience hear directly from students whose lives have been transformed by the arts.

ART21 Education News: Creative Chemistries Highlights, New Resources for Educators, and More. In this issue of ART21 Education News: Highlights from Creative Chemistries; New Resources for Educators; and Get Involved in ART21 Education Programs

YA Week Celebrations: Young Audiences of Virginia has received a Certificate of Recognition from Governor McAuliffe. After months of preparation, National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week is finally here. To celebrate, every day we will be highlighting festivities from the YA affiliate network. For our first day, we would like to feature Young Audiences of Virginia (YAV) celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.

Md. Governor Martin O’Malley’s P-20 Leadership Council Unanimously Approves Task Force Report on Arts Education. Last Sept. Governor O’Malley’s Leadership Council voted unanimously to accept the recommendations from his task force on arts education. These ten recommendations are based on the principles of equity and quality of arts education. The Governor, winner of both state and national awards in leadership in the arts, has expressed his strong support of students having access to the arts in their PK-12 education by stating, “The arts give our children the skills and diverse knowledge they need to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.”

Md. TU launches M.A. in interdisciplinary arts infusion. The arts are so much more than creative expression: they’re powerful teaching tools that inform and sustain learning across all disciplines. That’s the guiding principal behind the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s new graduation program, the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion (MAIAI). Directed by Kate Collins, Ph.D., the part-time evening program is designed to accommodate working professionals, including classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, administrators, and arts entrepreneurs.

America's Coolest Street Art
. Nobody loves slumlords, but some vigilante artists are taking it a step further and shaming them by spray painting and wheat-pasting murals with details about code violations on neglected Baltimore buildings. (Travel and Leisure)

Fla. Best of Ringling Student Exhibition. The college has announced the official dates for the Best of Ringling Student Exhibition. The extended exhibitions begin with an awards ceremony and reception on Friday, April 10 at 5 PM in the Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall. Each major’s exhibition will open following the reception at satellite locations across campus. See the complete listing of exhibitions and their locations. Senior thesis exhibitions will also begin in April.

ESEA News Flash. The Senate education committee expects to consider and mark up Committee Chair Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) bill to replace No Child Left Behind during the week of April 13th. If you have yet to do so, contact your senators now to ask that the bill protect funding for educator professional development, stop the overreliance on standardized tests, and maintain funding for disadvantaged students. For the latest updates on efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), visit ASCD’s ESEA homepage.

Senate Now Shaping NCLB Replacement. Right now, senators are drafting a bill to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill is the most serious attempt to fix NCLB since it was first enacted. Unfortunately, indications strongly suggest that the bill will permit districts to spend federal professional development funds elsewhere, continue high-stakes testing practices, and change the Title I formula at the expense of low-income students.

Arne Duncan on Standards, ESEA, and PARCC Protesters (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)


National Medalists of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will be announced on Monday, March 16. See this year's most talented teen artists and writers! The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards received more than 300,000 submissions, reaching a new wave of students who are being recognized by the Awards. Each year brings new works that astounds the judges and makes us proud of all the amazing creativity on display at the Regional Exhibitions and Ceremonies. Check out the Regional Awards buzz here!   

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-2015. The official traveling exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is back on the East Coast! The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-2015 is now on display at the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, NY. More than 100 pieces of art and writing, plus the complete works of the five National Student Poets, are available for all visitors to see, read, and experience. The show runs from February 21 to March 22, 2015.

Get Ready for Young Audiences Week and other March Happenings! Did you know that students who participate in the arts are 5X less likely to drop out of school than their peers that don’t have the same access? Lend us your support next week, March 15-21 for YA Week and help us celebrate our mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts! YA Week will be observed around the country and will feature over 200 events and programs designed to demonstrate the positive impact the arts have on learning. To kick off YA Week, Young Audiences Arts for Learning partnered with Young Audiences New York to create a rich and lively panel discussion to address the issue of the opportunity gap for students in NYC and to provide examples of how arts organizations can leverage the arts to close the gap for all NYC children. The panel will consist of influential members of the arts and education communities.

YA Colorado affiliate works with Turnaround Arts Initiative to Bring Arts Integration to Schools

pARTnerships in Action - Looking forward to Kansas City!

Building Partnerships through Community Connections

U.S. lawmakers are expected to revisit NCLB rewrite in April. Talks by U.S. lawmakers surrounding the No Child Left Behind rewrite are expected to resume in mid-April. Leaders on the Senate Education Committee said in a joint statement that lawmakers "are making significant progress" with negotiations. Among other things, lawmakers are considering changes to testing. (T.H.E. Journal, Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)


The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life. What are the best skills for kids to have these days? In today’s technology-driven world, is it best for children to hone their science and math skills to catch up with other countries that outperform the U.S.? Or is it best for them to be more well-rounded, with strong arts and athletic skills as well? Or perhaps parents should instead focus on encouraging less tangible skills in their kids, such as teamwork, logic and basic communication skills. (Pew Research Center)

Texas. Report: Students benefit from exposure to the arts. Today, I want to talk about the educational benefits for middle and high school students discovered in the report. This report found students who engage in the arts at school have higher attendance rates (high school students attend a week more of school than students who aren't enrolled in arts courses), higher test scores on state assessments in both middle and high school, and both middle and high school students are less likely to drop out of school than students who are not enrolled in arts courses.

U.S. Education Department to Open Student Art Exhibit with Performances from 14 D.C. Public Schools
The U.S. Department of Education’s Student Art Exhibit Program will host the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning for the D.C. Public Schools’ (DCPS) student art exhibit Intersections Art Show. The exhibit showcases visual and performing arts, including music, dance, and a film project from more than a dozen partnerships among 14 D.C. public schools and D.C. arts education organizations. The exhibit will be on display at the Department’s headquarters through April.

Calif. Student Artwork Honors 'City by the Sea'. Long Beach Middle School students were recognized for the artistic talents and creativity that they expressed through an exhibit titled, “Deputies of the Sea.” A series of nautical prints and repousse on foil were created in the art room and was later displayed in foyer of Long Beach City Hall. The City Council honored the students by presenting them with proclamations.

Calif. ‘Creative schools’ report takes arts education seriously. Together with what California has already accomplished the past two years, this effort to fashion a "robust 21st-century model of arts education [which] will become the center for creative education K-12." Citing an 18-month major report by President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, CREATE CA recognized that "The arts embody creativity and, as such, are taking a central role in many national studies."

Wis. Arte Para Todos unites musicians and visual artists for arts education. School budgets were under pressure even before Gov. Scott Walker took office. Since then, he’s slashed public education funding, which has hit arts education especially hard. The onetime expectation that an average public school would have a basic level of art, music and performance programs is no longer true for most, if not all, inner-city and rural schools, where property taxes can’t make up for state cuts. Hundreds of Milwaukee artists, musicians and advocates are fed up. They’ve come together for Arte Para Todos, a weekend-long concert and art series championing “Art For All.”

Ga. Youth Art Month: New month, new exhibit opens today. Colorful images, powerful messages, stunning compositions dominate the Youth Art Month exhibition at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. Throughout the center’s galleries hang dozens of watercolors, drawings, paintings, inks, photographs, mixed-medium, acrylic, chalk, pencil and crayon creations by students from numerous local and regional schools.

Ill. District 135 Celebrates Students' Art Work, National Youth Art Month with Exhibit at Orland Park Public Library. Youth Art Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society. In honor of National Youth Art Month, the Art Educators of District 135 are hosting a Visual Arts Show. Selected pieces of artwork will showcase the many talents of students in grades 1 through 8.

Calif. Grant to promote arts education. The U.S. Department of Education awarded LMU’s Family of Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) with a $1,165,629 grant on Feb. 20, 2015. The grant will be used for a program for elementary schoolers demonstrating how to integrate ethnic culture and visual arts into curriculum in order to improve the education of underserved students.
LAUSD decision ushers in new source of funding for arts education

Teachable Moments from a Conference on Art and Education. Last month, ART21 hosted an intricately interdisciplinary affair: Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art + Education, a conference designed to probe the intersections of art and education. Jessica Hamlin, ART21’s director of educational initiatives, and Joe Fusaro, the organization’s senior education advisor, outlined some of the questions the event sought to tackle in an article for ART21 Magazine... (Hyperallergic)

New Jersey Leads the Nation With Access to Arts Education, 1461 Watchung Hills Students Participate. New Jersey continues to lead the nation through the release of detailed arts education information to the public and the research findings look promising—a 4% increase in high school arts participation from the previous year with significant increases in dance and theater participation. According to the report, 67.1% of Watchung Hills students participate in arts education- some 1461 students.

N.J. Center for Contemporary Art hosts public youth art month events. Each year for the past fifteen years, in celebration of Youth Art Month, The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster has hosted exhibitions of Somerset County student work in partnership with Art Educators of New Jersey. Youth Art Month has a long history going back to 1961 and is supported by the National Art Education Association. Each year, each state submits a Youth Art Month report to National Art Education Association and awards of excellence are given to 4 states. New Jersey has been in the top four for the past 11 years.

Pa. Focus on Research: Art education faculty member uses ceramics to combat global water crisis. A game-changer. That’s what Penn State art education professor B. Stephen Carpenter II calls the approximately 50-pound portable filter press designed by engineering students during the spring 2014 semester. The A-frame-like contraption, small enough to fit in a suitcase, produces ceramic water filters that, simply but significantly, make unsafe water potable.

2015 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Calif. Art, graphic communications scholarships available
Applications are available for college scholarships designed for Stanislaus County students majoring in graphic communications or art. Up to $3,000 in Al Barr Memorial Scholarships will be awarded. The program, now in its 15th year, is for high school graduates and Modesto Junior College students who are enrolled in, or have been accepted by, a four-year college or university as a graphic communications or art major.

Iowa. Community Foundation announces art education funding. The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend (CFGRB) is pleased to announce that grant funding to enhance arts education is now available. The minimum grant is $1,000 and the maximum grant is $2,000. Grants will be made to projects that are outside of the traditional funding sources of the art program. Grants should supplement, not replace, the existing and appropriate art education budget of the school system.

Va. Opportunities in the Arts - Arts Council of Fairfax County. Find information on current opportunities within the county: Call for Designers: Fashion Residency, South Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Call for Artists Proposals: AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival, Call for Entries:  Heroes & Villains, Sculpting Solutions: Art- Science Collaborations in Sustainability with artist Lillian Ball, and Artspace Herndon – Exhibition Proposals.


ESEA UPDATE. In a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP), the Obama Administration signaled its strong opposition to H.R. 5, the proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  “Congress must act in a bipartisan manner to reform ESEA to help states prepare all children for college and careers by giving them flexibility from No Child Left Behind mandates,” the SAP states.  “However, H.R. 5 [in its current form] represents a significant step backwards in the effort to help all of the nation’s children and their families prepare for their futures....  If the President was presented with H.R. 5, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” Also, building on a White House Domestic Policy Council report, the Department released new data detailing the impact of potential cuts to school districts serving high concentrations of African-American and Hispanic students as a result of H.R. 5.  The data shows that the House measure would provide the largest 33 districts with high concentrations of black and Hispanic students over $3 billion less in federal funding than the President’s budget over six years.  These cuts would be the result of locking in funding at sequestration levels and allowing states to divert funding from the schools serving vulnerable student populations to wealthier districts. In addition, a New York Times editorial urged Congress not to “back away from important reforms,” and Secretary Duncan penned new ESEA op-eds on increasing access to preschool and expanding opportunity. On February 27, House leaders postponed a floor vote on H.R. 5.  Senate education leaders are continuing work on a bipartisan bill. (


New Terra Foundation Report Now Available. Download the latest report, which  features: Q&A with curators, directors, American art scholars and professors, and other project partners from across the globe; Worldwide "Journeys" of selected works from our collection; and Complete listing of grants and initiatives, fellowships and academic awards, events hosted at/organized by our Paris Center, and collection loans for FY2012–FY2014.

National Gallery of Art Educators Summer Teacher Institute: Applications Due. The Teacher Institute is a six-day seminar that helps K–12 teachers (of all subjects) strengthen their knowledge of art history and integrate visual art into classroom teaching. The program features lectures, gallery tours, teaching strategies, and hands-on learning experiences. This seminar examines visual art of the Renaissance as it found expression in the independent city-states of Italy and the Low Countries from the 14th through the 16th century. The term Renaissance, meaning “rebirth,” refers to the humanistic revival of classical culture and learning with its underlying belief in the creative potential of humankind.

Tonight: Disability Awareness Month Celebration! March is Disability Awareness Month and VSA Indiana is celebrating with a multifaceted exhibit of work by local artists with disabilities. 'We are' reflects upon identity, creativity, and ability. It illustrates how art redefines disability. Join us tonight- March 6th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (1505 N. Delaware Street, Indy.) Tonight in the VSAI arts studios from 7:00 - 8:30 pm: FREE Arts Workshop: Pop-in and paint using the techniques of Chuck Close. A VSAI Teaching artist will lead an educational workshop inspired by the famous artist with multiple disabilities. This event is open to all ages (from 0-100+) and all abilities.

Arts Council Billboards Feature Lansing Youth Art - MSUFCU and Adams Outdoor Help Support Youth Art Month. March is Youth Art Month, and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to feature the work of four Lansing-area young artists on digital billboards around the Greater Lansing Region in celebration of youth art. Originally launched in 1961, Youth Art Month is a national program, which was instituted by the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. and the National Art Education Association to celebrate youth visual arts for grades K-12. Most importantly, the program emphasizes the importance of the role of the arts in a child’s education and why all children deserve to have a quality arts education as part of their curriculum. To help bring attention to the importance of arts education and Youth Arts Month, the Arts Council partnered with Adams Outdoor Advertising and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, both longtime supporters of the arts in our region, to feature the works of four area youth artists on billboards for the entire month of March.


AEP 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium: States of Change: The Arts Leading the Way for Student Success - Saturday, March 21. How does our country fulfill the promise of college, career, and citizenship readiness for all students in America? With a demonstrated impact on school climate and culture, a strong federal and state policy environment in support of K-12 arts education, and a deep body of knowledge on the benefits of arts learning, the arts can lead the way for student success – state by state.

Arts Advocacy Day, March 23-24. After attending the AEP Arts in Education State Policy Symposium, join arts advocates from across the country on March 23–24, 2015 in Washington, DC for Americans for the Arts' annual Arts Advocacy Day. Monday, March 9 is the last day to register for Arts Advocacy Day online and to receive the advance discounted rate.

Overcoming Challenges through Perseverance and the Arts. At age two, Thomas Ledbetter was diagnosed with Autism and was not expected to be able to speak; however, thanks to a great support system and an incredible amount of work on his part, he managed to overcome many of the obstacles in his life. Thomas experienced bullying throughout elementary and middle school and decided to […] (

AEP Webinar Archive Now Available: Every Child, Every School: The Politics and Policy of Expanding Arts Education in Urban School Districts. This informative webinar looks at the burgeoning arts education initiatives in the cities of Chicago and New York and examines the politicial and policy conditions that catalyzed two big city mayors making significant investments in expanding arts education opportunities.

Kennedy Center National Seminar for Teaching Artists. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is offering a hands-on National Seminar for teaching artists interested in improving their practice. The National Seminar will be presented August 11-13, 2015 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

The Adobe Foundation's Youth Media Arts Awards. The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global competition that honors youth who make original, outstanding digital media to creatively express their
vision for positive change. Youth ages 13 to 19 are invited to submit media that inspires, informs, and generates solutions. There are five awards categories: Documentary, Narrative, Animation, Visual, and Social Venture. The deadline is April 20, 2015. Award winners and finalists become eligible to apply for the Adobe Youth Voices college scholarships.

A+ Schools Program 20th Anniversary Conference – Call for Session Proposals. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the A+ Schools Program is hosting the conference 20 Years of A+ Schools: A Celebration of Teaching and Learning through the Arts on August 3-5 in Durham, North Carolina. This conference will provide networking, inspiration, sharing, and professional development for those with an interest in the A+ Schools Program, and in arts education policy and practice. Proposals for conference sessions are currently being accepted until March 31, 2015.

2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. Applications are now open for the 2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards are given in three categories: Arts Integration, Equity Through Arts, and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships. The application deadline is April 13, 2015.


What's Worth Keeping in NCLB? (Education Week/K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric)

NCLB rewrite could allow local tests to replace state assessments (National Journal)

How a Conservative Blogger Helped Derail the NCLB Rewrite (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Flawed Thinking: Why NCLB Failed (Education Week/Top Performers)


March is Youth Art Month (YAM)! As art teachers, we celebrate our young students creating great work and ideas every time we step into our classrooms. Use YAM to your benefit by highlighting these great things your students do and catch the eye of your community members who might not ordinarily notice! Start by getting your principal and community leaders to sign the YAM Endorsement. Share with your students that YAM recognizes them!

Are You a Fan of the New National Arts Standards? The new National Core Arts Standards are quite a departure from the broad, highly adaptable arts standards first released in 1994.  Whether or not the standards have been adopted in your state, I am curious to know if any of you are using the standards, and if you are, what is your opinion of them? (edutopia)

Students will dance, act and design with core arts standards. You think math and English have high standards? Try the arts. The National Core Arts Standards were released in October. They update the initial standards released in 1994, which included instructional guidelines for dance, music, theater and visual arts. The new standards add media arts such as animation, film, gaming and computer design. They emphasize developing artistic ideas, refining them, and following projects through to completion. They also require students to analyze artworks, including by examining societal, cultural and historical contexts. (District Administration)

States Adopt New Arts Standards: Animation,Gaming, Computer Science. States including Arkansas, Nebraska and Kansas have adopted the National Core Arts Standards recently released in October, including new guidelines for animation, computer design, film, and gaming. (education world)

Calif. Adobe's leading creative network, Behance, releases it's first-ever monograph. is the world’s largest network for showcasing and discovering creative work. In their first-ever book, Behance’s expert curators share an inside look at the trends driving today’s most exciting art and design creations

2015 Easter Egg Roll Souvenir Poster and Program Design Contest Opened Feb 23. The White House invites all elementary and middle school students to submit original artwork related to this year's theme for the 2015 Easter Egg Roll Design Contest. In honor of the 5th anniversary of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, this year's Easter Egg Roll theme is "#GimmeFive," challenging families across the nation to show the First Lady five ways they're leading healthier lives. The First Lady will select two winning designs. The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST.

Mo. 21 Reasons to Visit Kansas City this April! The Building Partnerships through Community Connections arts-in-education conference hosts have prepared an impressive line-up of more than twenty breakout sessions. Learn how strong partnerships can lead to: great success in harnessing the power of STEM to STEAM learning, developing anti-bullying programs for LGBT youth, implementing new National Core Arts Standards, and teaching design through game development.


Can an NCLB Rewrite Still Happen This Year? House Republican leaders delayed a vote on rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act Friday. So is an NCLB update all-dead for the year, or only mostly dead?
(Politics K-12)

House Republican leaders defer No Child Left Behind vote. A bill to update the No Child Left Behind Act stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday. Lawmakers were expected to cast their votes, but some said Republicans were unable to garner needed support. Others said the debate over Homeland Security funding took priority. (The Christian Sicence Monitor)

Opinion: It's Not Looking Good for ESEA Reauthorization (Education Week)

ESEA on the move: A February policy roundup. Are you up-to-date on all your education policy news? In a recent Inservice post, you'll read about the legislation that the U.S. House of Representatives will consider that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ASCD's statement on accountability urging policymakers to institute a two-year moratorium on using state standardized assessments for high-stakes accountability purposes, and more.



NAEA Museum Education Division Peer to Peer Google+ Hangout: Taking Risks in Gallery Teaching - Wednesday, March 11, 1 PM EST. Interested in shaking things up in the galleries? Discover and share ideas for offbeat programs and activities for family and teacher audiences, the general public, and fellow museum educators. Panelists will discuss examples of existing programs and how to foster experimentation at your institutions. You are invited to join in the conversation using the Hangouts Q&A feature.

Harvard University’s Project Zero is holding a conference in Atlanta at the High Museum of Art and Atlanta International School, May 8-10, with a special museum pre-conference day at the High on May 7. 

Google Hangout: Open Licensing: What It Is, Why Do It, Thursday, March 5,  2–3 p.m. (ET) - A Google+ Hangouts Event. Interested in how you can open up your collections for the public good? In this one-hour roundtable discussion via Google+ Hangout, a panel of experts will explore the variety of ways that cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) can apply open licensing to their collections, as well as how this type of licensing benefits both institutions and their audiences. The conversation will also introduce attendees to open licensing models and will articulate the potential benefits and challenges for implementing open licensing at institutions of all sizes. Digital strategist Michael Edson of the Smithsonian Institution and the Open Knowledge Foundation will moderate the discussion. This program is free to AAM members and non-members, but pre-registration is encouraged. This event will be broadcast at
3 Visual Artists-and Tricks-for Integrating the Arts Into Core Subjects. Arts integration has many benefits—whether it’s helping students learn better and retain knowledge, construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form, or simply letting kids have fun and express themselves. Engaging in the creative process helps students and teachers connect art forms to other... (Education Week Teacher)

ART21 News: Art & Parenthood with Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler - February 27, 2015. Featuring: New Video in ART21 New York Close Up; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; Trivia Night at the Met; and Highlights from ART21 Education.

Arts Council England Advocacy Toolkit. This Advocacy Toolkit is designed to help you reach out to audiences to tell a story about the value and impact of public investment in arts and culture, from both a local and national perspective. The story you tell is increasingly important as we look towards a General Election in May 2015, followed by a new government and then a Spending Review shortly afterwards. Find out how others are demonstrating their value and helping to make the case for public funding of arts and culture.

Final House Vote on GOP Rewrite of NCLB Anticipated Today (Education Week/Politics K-12)
Obama administration threatens to veto NCLB rewrite (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)
NCLB Waiver States Share in New SIG Flexibility (Education Week)
U.S. Ed. Sec. Says ESEA Should Expand to Early Learning (Education Week/Early Years)
Title I Portability for Private Schools to Get No Floor Vote in House NCLB Debate (Education Week/Politics K-12)


House to Vote on Proposed Changes to ESEA on Friday, February 27. The following Arts Action Alert has been issued today relative to proposed changes to ESEA, and an anticipated vote by the House of Representatives now scheduled for tomorrow, February, 2015. The Senate is expected to begin its work on ESEA in March and vote the end of March or early April 2015.


From Design to Street Art, 5 Looks Inside Great Creators' Notebooks. The nature and origin of creativity is the subject of many a theory. But, rather than theorizing about it, wouldn't it be great if we could just lift the lid of a great creative mind and see just how the machinery works? Well, we sort of can--by way of great creators' private notebooks and sketchbooks, which offer a trip to as close to the creative process as we can get. (The Atlantic)


‘No Child Left Behind’ Has Failed. This piece first appeared in the Washington Post. View the original here. Public education for every child was an American idea, but it has always been a local and state responsibility. Even when Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 50 years ago, the intended federal role was limited but clear: ensuring equal opportunity. The act provided federal resources for states to level the playing field between schools in wealthy and poor districts. However, its 2002 reauthorization, which became known as No Child Left Behind, took the law off track by mandating that all students hit arbitrary scores on standardized tests instead of ensuring equal opportunities. (Learning First Alliance)

What Does Arne Duncan Want in an NCLB Rewrite? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Lawmakers File Amendments Ahead of House Debate to Overhaul NCLB (Education Week/Politics K-12)

What does your ESEA look like? With the proposed reauthorization of the nation’s most important education law—the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—moving at light-speed in the world of policy, it left me wondering what my ESEA looks like. (

White House Issues Veto Threat Against GOP NCLB Rewrite
(Education Week/Politics K-12)

Rural Districts Poised to Lose Under NCLB Rewrite, Report Says
(Rural Education)

Debate on NCLB rewrite expected to begin today. Lawmakers have filed hundreds of amendments to a proposed bill -- ahead of today's expected debate on the bill -- that seeks to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act. This blog post offers a preview of what to expect during the debate, such as discussions on testing and accountability. (Education Week)

AWARD: Deadline Extended to March 3: Media & Technology Muse Awards. Recognizing outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums (GLAM) media, the international Alliance Media & Technology Professional Network presents the 26th annual Muse Awards competition. Honoring institutions or independent producers who use digital media to enhance the GLAM experience and engage audiences, the Muse Awards celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education and inclusiveness. Projects must be produced by or for a GLAM, and may include websites, podcasts, multimedia installations, games, interactive kiosks, apps and much more. The awards will be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting 26th Anniversary Awards in Atlanta and winners will be showcased at the Media & Technology Breakfast. Questions? E-mail

USSEA July 2015 with Tim Rollins : Deadline for proposals March 31st!


How difficult can it be to learn to paint? As the BBC unveils its latest art and craft series, The Big Painting Challenge, artist Tim Wright reveals how he taught Timothy Spall to create canvases like Turner - and it's even harder than you'd imagine. (Telegraph)

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms. Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms. (KQED)

More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM. If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts. Without arts integration, many fear we will not succeed nor survive in the new innovative economy, an economy that demands creativity and innovation in the workplace. (The Huffington Post)

New arts standards include animation, computer science. Some states, including Arkansas, Nebraska and Kansas, have adopted a version of the National Core Arts Standards, released in October. Media arts, such as animation, computer design, film and gaming, are among the additions in the new standards. (District Administration magazine)

N.Y. Schoology to Power Henry Mancini Online Arts Curriculum From Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. A new digital way to learn about the arts is soon coming to middle and high school students. Henry Mancini Arts Education—created by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (LPPAC) and its partners—contains 3,000 online arts lessons that bring dance, music, theatre and visual arts to students via digital platforms including tablets, smart phones, laptops and computers. The lessons, for home schooling, virtual schools, or traditional classrooms, to be accessed through the Schoology learning management system, will be available in Fall 2015.


THE PRESIDENT AND ESEA. The President wants to replace No Child Left Behind with a new law that addresses the overuse of standardized tests, makes a real investment in preschool, and gives every child a fair shot at success. (

Act Now—House to Vote on ESEA Rewrite. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As an educator, you know that this long-overdue rewrite is crucial to provide our schools with stability and a long-term vision of success—but representatives need your input on what works best. (ASCD)

House panel OKs bill that would add fine arts to Iowa Core. A bill that would add fine arts to Iowa's mandated education curriculum for K-12 students advanced through a House panel Thursday, though several education groups expressed concern over adding another requirement for school districts. (WRAL)

Positive School Reform: Reimagining ESEA. Listening to educators and allowing research to guide decisionmaking will lead to real change in U.S. schools, writes Jack Jennings. (Education Week)


Announcing Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, March 15-21, 2015. Young Audiences Arts for Learning will Host more than 200 Events and Programs across the US in Celebration of National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, March 15–March 21, 2015. NYC Flagship Event hosted by Young Audiences New York will take place on March 18.

Creating a children’s art world: Negotiating participation, identity, and meaning in the elementary school art room. This qualitative case study examines the outcomes of the art-making process of a group of elementary school students over the course of a school year. The goal of the study was to gather insight on how the process of making art in school prepares students to connect, collaborate, and communicate in society. The researcher found that, while there are guiding rules in the art classroom, the children discovered that they were able to work both within and around these rules in art making, which in turn made the process a personal and creative one. The art room functioned as a microcosm in which they developed their own personal identities, as well as defining their roles within the community. (ArtsEdSearch)

2015 Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration Program Association's 39th annual symposium, Museum Education in the 21st Century, Charleston, Illinois, April 10-11, 2015

AEP 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium - Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Agenda Now Available! How does our country fulfill the promise of college, career, and citizenship readiness for all students in America? With a demonstrated impact on school climate and culture, a strong federal and state policy environment in support of K-12 arts education, and a deep body of knowledge on the benefits of arts learning, the arts can lead the way for student success – state by state.

Explore arts education policies in your state using ArtScan. 44 states require school districts or schools to provide or offer arts instruction in one or more arts disciplines at the high school level.

2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts . Applications are now open for the 2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards are given in three categories: Arts Integration, Equity Through Arts, and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships. The application deadline is April 13, 2015.

A+ Schools Program 20th Anniversary Conference – Call for Session Proposals. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the A+ Schools Program is hosting the conference 20 Years of A+ Schools: A Celebration of Teaching and Learning through the Arts on August 3-5 in Durham, North Carolina. This conference will provide networking, inspiration, sharing, and professional development for those with an interest in the A+ Schools Program, and in arts education policy and practice. Proposals for conference sessions are currently being accepted until March 31, 2015.

$1.5 Million Available in VSA Program Contracts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors to carry out eight VSA programs that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. Eligible and qualified organizations are required to submit contract proposals via the downloadable Request for Contract Proposal forms. The proposal submission deadline is February 25, 2015.

Barry's Blog Interview with Jonathan Katz. Barry Hessenius, editor of Barry’s Blog, conducted a 2-part interview with Jonathan Katz, former CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, exploring the state and future of the arts, arts education, and state arts agencies. Barry’s Blog is a service of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).

ArtsEdge - African American History Highlight. ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center's free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts. In honor of Black History Month, check out ArtsEdge's collection of lesson plans, audio series, articles, websites, and more about African American arts contributions and experiences.

Mo. Save the Date: "Unpacking the National Arts Standards", Saturday, February 28, 9am - 4pm. The Kansas Alliance for Arts in Education, Missouri Alliance for Arts in Education, and Mid-America Arts Alliance have partnered to host an educator workshop on the new national arts standards at Mid America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore, KCMO. The cost is $20 per person (lunch included). In order to register, please call Kristy Peterson at 816-421-1388 or email at

Survey reveals middle-schoolers' opinions on game design. Middle-school students said in a recent survey that they enjoyed learning about coding as part of a game-development course. In this commentary, Lisa Castaneda and Manrita Sidhu -- both of foundry10, a not-for-profit that conducted the survey -- highlight the findings and how they could be used by schools to shape game-development courses. (T.H.E. Journal)

Annual Tulane Maya Symposium & Teacher Workshop - Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya, March 20, 2015. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Middle American Research Institute, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya. To register for the workshop, please visit the symposium page. The workshop will discuss basic information about the Maya, early explorers of the Maya area, and tips for teaching about the Maya in a global classroom. Cost of the workshop includes teaching materials, lunch on Friday, and a certificate of participation in the workshop.
Portuguese & Brazilian Culture for the K-12 Classroom, June 14-18, 2015. LARC, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at the University of Georgia are hosting a Summer Teacher Institute on Portuguese language and Brazilian Culture. The workshop, June 14 - June 18, 2015, on the Tulane University Uptown Campus in New Orleans, LA, will introduce teachers to methods and mechanisms for teaching Portuguese and integrating Brazilian Culture into the classroom.  Take the opportunity to experience Brazilian culture while writing curricula for your classroom! The application deadline is APRIL 5, 2015.
Teaching Cuban Culture and Society, June 20 – July 5, 2015. LARC is pleased to present the Summer K-12 Teacher Institute to Cuba.  The trip, from June 20 - July 5, 2015 presents a unique opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remained obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation.  Participants will also work on developing a curricular resource for the K-12 classroom.  Recent economic and political events have put the island on the cusp of change.  Don't miss the chance to experience these changes and learn what could be next. The application deadline is MARCH 30, 2015. 

An Online Arts Education Party: Wednesday 25th February 2015 will mark the first #ArtsEdDay - an online celebration of Arts Education and the vital role it plays in children’s lives. Arts Bridging the Gap, an arts education non-profit, is launching #ArtsEdDay to create awareness of the need for Arts Education for all children and to celebrate the fun that can be had when learning. There are a number of ways for everyone be part of #ArtsEdDay online: Everyone is encouraged to write the name of their favorite Arts teacher and share it; Artists are invited to post a piece of art they did when they were at school; Teachers are encouraged to integrate the Arts into one of their lessons and share; Students are invited to share their art online; and Everyone is invited to share how Arts Education has made their lives better.
All shared through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. with the hashtag #ArtsEdDay. For more information, contact Georgia at

POLICY WATCH: House Set to Pass NCLB Rewrite Next Friday. A new schedule would send the Republican-backed No Child Left Behind rewrite to the floor for debate Wednesday and Thursday, with a final vote scheduled for Friday morning. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Scientists 'blown away' by Gaugin's printmaking techniques. The French artist Paul Gauguin may be best known for his paintings—one of which sold just this month for $300 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a work of art—but the printmaking he worked on toward the end of his life in the early 1900s is turning out to be so complicated and experimental that art conservators are "blown away" by the new findings, reports Northwestern University. (Fox News)

City College of New York Launches Graduate Art Museum Education Concentration. Imagine a job where you begin the day greeting a group of 5th graders on their transformative first visit to an art museum. You finish your lesson just in time to run to a meeting with a digital media consultant, who approves the blog post you wrote about teaching in museums. Lunch is spent with a team of curators discussing possible artists to invite to an upcoming symposium. Next up, time to research the artwork you’ll be teaching about in an online course. Your day ends in a lively debate with a group of teens engrossed in planning the latest teen night at the museum. Sound appealing? (Hyperallergic)

Md. These 8 hacks from ArtBytes 3 will improve your museum experience. The weekend-long hackathon at the Walters Art Museum produced 4D museum tours, new tools for art educators and a board game. The third edition of ArtBytes called for hackers to target their ideas to specific audiences, and focus their presentations. Organizers even outlined how their projects should look. Rather than hamper creativity, however, the increased focus produced eight projects (half as many as in 2014) with many specifics filled in. The idea was to bring technology to the museum experience, and hopefully produce a project that the Walters will use in the near future. (Technically)

Launch of network for art teachers. The University of Bedfordshire has launched a network for art teachers, allowing them to collaborate with colleagues and use the state-of-the-art facilities at the School of Art and Design. (LutonToday)

Ca. Arts Council of Mendocino County awards Get Arts in the Schools Program grants. With reduced funding in recent decades for school art and music programs, the Arts Council of Mendocino County’s “Get Arts in the Schools Program” helps address this gap at no or little cost to schools. The program gives children hands-on arts enrichment with professional artists, while it also helps to support local artists. (Daily Journal)

Ca. LAUSD teachers to learn visual arts and cultural history integration. Los Angeles Unified School District and Loyola Marymount University have received a million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education giving teachers an opportunity to learn how to weave instruction on black and Latino culture into teaching the visual arts. (SPCR)

Ca. Debbie Croft: Combining art, education creates great rewards. For Erika Miranda’s fifth- and sixth-graders at Sierra Foothill Charter School, last week felt a little like Christmas. After spending eight weeks learning about the Earth, art and clay, in conjunction with the usual subjects, students opened their surprises. Wrapped in aluminum foil were simple pieces of pottery the kids had shaped themselves. Their artwork was then “fired” in a sawdust kiln they also built. (Merced Sun-Star)

Letter to the Editor: Yes, the Arts Do Improve Reading, Math Outcomes. I couldn't agree more with the authors of "Art Matters: We Know, We Measured It" (Commentary, Dec. 3, 2014) that there is great value in teaching arts and culture to children. However, I respectfully disagree with the authors' assertion that the value of the arts does not include improving outcomes in reading and math, and that there are no rigorous studies of the arts' effects on these subjects. (Education Week)

More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM. At the "Learning and the Brain" conference in San Francisco last week, neuroscientists and researchers explored the basic idea that "Brain Science (could be used) to Boost Memory, Thinking and Learning." Many of the speakers seemed to be saying that there are a number of ways to engage young people and enhance learning... (The Huffington Post)

Ca. Video game analysis should be offered in college. "Video games can never be art.” This was a quote by the late, great Roger Ebert on the validity of video games being considered exactly that: art. However, as great as Ebert was in the realm of film and other aspects of visual study (“Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” needs to be seen by more people), he was categorically mistaken in the ways in which video games should be received by an audience. Video games are art, and have always been such. They may even be the best example of reflexive art with the potential to critique the viewer’s method of viewing. (Highlander)

U.K. Arts and creativity 'squeezed out of schools'. Cultural experiences and opportunities were being closed off to youngsters, especially those from poor backgrounds, the Warwick University report said. There had been a significant decline in the number of state schools offering arts subjects taught by specialist teachers, it added. (BBC News)

RENOWNED ARTIST LAUNCHES ONLINE ART EDUCATION SERIES. Former syndicated cartoonist and now also puppeteer, Dan Wright, today announced the launch of a new art education and instructional series published exclusively online. The first episode of ‘Paint by Monster’ debuted on January 14, 2015, and featured a watercolor illustration, lesson about sketching and an unforgettable song. This new show features a humorous muppet-style monster puppet host, ‘Easel Monster’ and is available to millions of viewers across the globe by way of online channels such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.


Ill. Libertyville Community Organizations and Businesses Exhibit Student Art for National Youth Art Month. The David Adler Music and Art Center is pleased to partner with local businesses and community organizations to exhibit the work of young artists this March for National Youth Art Month and the Village of Libertyville's own Fine Arts Month. Paintings and three-dimensional art created by area K-12 students will be on display at the David Adler Music and Arts Center and throughout the Village of Libertyville at 18 additional sites. (The Chicago Tribune)

Texas. Art project raises hunger awareness. The John Cooper School National Art Honor Society continues its annual tradition of raising money to fight hunger in the community with its Empty Bowls Project, that culminates in an event at 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 21. (Chron)

Mich. Students bring the healing power of art to new children's hospital. At the Children's Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, art is an important tool to engage and distract patients and their families, and to help them cope with the stress and anxiety related to visiting the hospital. (Advisor & Source Newspapers)

Pa. Hanover High School highlights Amish culture in art project. The school highlighted the local connection to Amish culture in a series of paintings that will decorate the Hanover Theater (The Evening Sun)

Mo. High school art exhibit at SEMO brings recognition, experience. Art educators at the high school level were invited to submit 15 of their 11th- and 12th-grade students' artwork. The artwork could consist of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media. (Southeast Missourian)

WVa. MU program reaching out to young artists. Marshall University's Visual Arts Center again will open its doors to middle students for four Saturdays beginning Feb. 14 for The Collaborative, a hands-on, student-centered workshop that allows youth to explore art within a dynamic artistic space. (The Herald-Dispatch)


Wis. Available scholarships announced; SMSA art students recognized

N.Y. Tarandi Foundation gives $50,000 to endow scholarships for Sheldon Institute

Mich. Crooked Tree presents third annual Arts Scholarship


Dream Rocket Project ART Opportunities Announced...The Dream Rocket Project would like to invited students, teachers, and individuals of all ages to participate in the below opportunities: Women's Rights National Historical Park, 31 Spots Available, Seneca Falls, NY, Exhibit: May 1 - June 28; Thomas Edison National Historic Park, 100 Spots Available, Exhibit: June 7 - August 31; Mammoth Cave National Park, 99 Spots Available, Mammoth Cave, KY, Exhibit: November 21, 2015 - January 4, 2016; and DREAM BIG, Issue 3,400 art submissions, 15 lesson plan ideas. All art submissions will be included in our DREAM BIG quarterly magazine.

List Revealed for Columbia Open Studios Tour, Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art on April 11-12. The roster of 42 participating visual artists, including 7 newcomers, has been released for Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The free, self-led driving tour of artists’ studios will take place April 11 and 12, 2015 across Richland and Lexington Counties. Now in its fifth year as a signature event presented by 701 CCA, the popular, self-guided tour opens the doors of visual artists’ working studios across the Midlands. Visitors enjoy free admission to all studios, and artists keep 100% of artwork sales.

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition: Celebrates 30 Years of Extraordinary Art and Artists - Enter the Competition. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to gain valuable exposure to the New York art market. Awards include participation in a New York City exhibition, promotion, cash prizes and more.
Complete your entry by February 28 and save 10 percent.


Update on OII’s FY 2015 Grant Competitions. For the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2015, the Office of Innovation and Improvement will conduct 11 grant competitions in six program areas: Arts in Education, Charter Schools, Investing in Innovation, Opportunity Scholarship, Ready to Learn Television, and Supporting Effective Educator Development. Announcements of these competitions began this month and will continue through this spring and summer. (

Can NCLB rewrite curb socioeconomic isolation? The effort to rewrite No Child Left Behind has some lawmakers considering ways to overhaul Title I funding to better support low-income students. Some say such funds should follow students if they change schools. Others say that action would funnel funding from low-income schools to wealthier schools. (The Atlantic)

National Teachers' Unions Step Up Lobbying Efforts on NCLB Rewrite. The NEA and AFT have launched separate grass-roots lobbying efforts in hopes of continuing to push their priorities for the federal K-12 overhaul.

GOP in Driver's Seat as Congress Tackles NCLB Rewrite. Title I and the federal role in K-12 are among the top issues as a revision of the No Child Left Behind Act passes the House education committee. (Education Week)

NEA, AFT lobbying efforts to focus on NCLB rewrite. NEA and AFT are stepping up their efforts to raise awareness about the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act. "Fundamentally, this is about ensuring the opportunity for educators to engage with their elected officials to make sure they get ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) right this time," said Mary Kusler, NEA's director of government relations. (Education Week (tiered subscription model)/Politics K-12 blog (2/17)

ESEA Happenings. Both chambers of Congress continue to roll full steam ahead towards reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


New Fair Use Guide Helps Distinguish Between Copyright and Copywrong. Hoping to remedy pervasive and often crippling uncertainty among artists and art professionals over how and when to invoke fair use when dealing with copyrighted materials, the College Art Association (CAA) has released a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use.” Spearheaded by American University professors and copyright law experts Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, the code offers very clear and concise guidelines for artists, scholars, instructors, curators, and editors whose work may involve using others’ artworks. (Hyperallergic)

REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: GLSEN No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Exhibit. Now that #NNCW15 is over, it's time to submit to the Creative Expression Exhibit. You have until February 16th to show us what you did to #CelebrateKindness! Individual, group, and school-wide entries will be accepted.

Invitation to International Collaboration with U.S. Consulate Yekaterinburg - International Children’s Arts Contest: “A World Without War”. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the April 25, 1945 encounter on the Elbe, when American and Soviet soldiers met in World War II, the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, the Sverdlovsk Ministry of Culture, and the Shlem Art Fund are announcing a contest that unites Russian and American children. Goal: The goal of this project is provide children an artistic means to express their idea of peace, beauty and diversity, and to encourage interest in world history. Who may participate: Students ages 7-17 are welcome to participate.  Contestants will be divided into four categories based on age: 7-9 years old; 10-12 years old; 13-15 years old; 16-17 years old. How to participate: Students wishing to participate should draw their idea of a peace, beauty and diversity on an A3 size piece of paper. The drawing should be the original work of the students and assistance from teachers or parents is not permitted. Submissions will be accepted until April 17, 2014. Where to send your submission: Please send a digital copy of the submission to . Your e-mail should include your full name, age, the title of the drawing, teacher’s name, name and address of school, and phone number. Please put “Submission to a world without war art contest” in the subject line of your e-mail. Criteria for judging: The panel of judges will be comprised of representatives from the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, the Yekaterinburg Artistic Fund, the Urals architectural academy, and the Shlem Art Fund.  Drawings will be judged based on their originality and technique.

La. Kevin Cole “Straight From The Soul, Part II” Exhibition, February 7 through March 31, 2015. Artist Reception: Friday, March 27, 2015. KEVIN COLE is a nationally renowned mixed media artist from Atlanta whose works are widely collected, most notable by Dr. David Driskell and Michael Jordan. PART I of “Straight From The Soul” began at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, 2012. PART II begins at STELLA JONES GALLERY, 2015. Along with a book signing. Cole is most known for his abstract “necktie” pieces that are thematically linked to that troubling history, but since 1992, his work has evolved to include the relationship between color and music, as they relate to the African American community. Check it out when you are in NOLA for the 2015 NAEA National Convention!

Children Art Club in Nigeria Looking for Partners. TEACHING VISUAL ART is established with aim of promoting art from the grassroots level, by expanding the learning field of art, using child art as the major educational and communicative tool for socio-economic change. It is committed to the support of Art Education for its benefits of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The social enterprise is registered with CRBN Number 419664 under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of the Federal Government of Nigeria. [PDF]


Education groups seek adequate funding in NCLB rewrite. As federal lawmakers move forward with a rewrite of No Child Left Behind, 115 education groups are criticizing the legislation, saying it funds K-12 education below 2012 sequestration levels. At issue, critics say, is that the funding is not adequate enough to meet goals to improve education. (The Washington Post/Answer Sheet blog)

U.S. House education committee passes NCLB bill. The Student Success Act -- a bill to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act -- has been passed by the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Critics say input from stakeholders -- including teachers, parents, students and Democratic members of the committee -- is missing from the bill. (U.S. News & World Report, Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)

It’s Past Time to Move Beyond No Child Left Behind: Addressing America’s Teachers and Principals. For more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law. It’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases flexibility and gives schools and educators more of the resources they need. Today, […] (

Secretary Duncan's Statement on Legislation Concerning No Child Left Behind Approved by U.S. House of Representatives Committee (

Sec. Duncan in Weaker Spot on NCLB Waiver Renewals. Legislation in Congress to rewrite the law would undo key elements of the waivers in areas such as standards, school turnarounds, and teacher evaluation. (Education Week)

House Education Committee Approves NCLB Rewrite. A Republican bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which would significantly curtail the federal footprint in K-12, will be considered by the full House the week of Feb. 24. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

The 2016 ESEA Proposed Budget Has a Vision of Teaching (Education Week/Teaching While Leading)

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for NCLB overhaul? (The Christian Science Monitor)


The Museum of the Future Is Here. Some things belong in a museum. But at the Smithsonian's recently reopened museum of design, a team has been rethinking what a thing is in the first place. Very soon, every visitor to the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s recently reopened design museum, will receive a giant pen. This pen is not really a pen. On the table, it looks like a gray plastic crayon the size of a turkey baster. In the hand, it feels pleasing, chunky, hefty like a toddler’s rubber ball. And at the museum, it does something magical. (The Atlantic)

N.J. Students attend national art workshop. Members of the Westwood Regional National Art Honor Society (NAHS) attended the first annual Creative Industries Studio (CIS) in Washington, D. C. The National Art Education Association organized the program to inspire and educate young art and design students. (

Do struggling schools need the arts? Tight budgets and the pressure of preparing for high-stakes math and reading tests have caused some schools to cut art, music, theater, and dance programs. But a report on the Turnaround Arts Initiative, released in January by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), shows struggling schools improved after increasing their emphasis on the arts. (World)

Fla. Building community through art. A year ago, Bridget Vincent had a vision. The thenjunior at Clay High became saddened when reading that art programs were facing budget cuts in school districts all across the country. Instead of sitting in her sadness, Vincent decided to take action. She presented her case to her fellow officers with the Clay High chapter of the National Art Honor Society and developed a plan to change things. (Clay Today)

Pa. Children's Teachers for Visual Arts Programs - Main Line Art Center. In order to be considered, applications for teaching positions must include a current résumé, images of current work or images of work created by students (8-10 min, 300 dpi), three professional references, sample course descriptions and lesson plan outlines, and any supporting documentation, evaluation and assessments of previous teaching experience. A minimum of two years teaching experience is preferred. Applicants applying for positions involving children or youth must provide clearance certificates of PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History. (Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance)

D.C. The National Gallery of Art Announcing Summer Internships for People with Disabilities. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions. Summer interns are in residence at the Gallery from June 8 to August 7, 2015. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $4,500 that is subject to all applicable taxes. In addition, interns receive a monthly public transportation subsidy. Deadline: Complete application packets must be received by Monday, March 23, 2015.

Maine. 2015 Monhegan residencies for artists and art teachers. Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency. The submission guidelines have been significantly changed recently to be more inclusive. The program now accepts applications from visual artists working in any medium at any stage of their career. All artists, who reside in Maine or have significant ties to the state, are eligible to apply. In additionto two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for artists, the program offers one two-week residency for a Maine K–12 art teacher. (The Maine Edge)

It’s Time to Invest in New Models of Professional Learning. When it comes to meeting the needs of students, educators have aspirational goals. They passionately maintain a positive vision for what each student can become. Educators and school leaders know one size does not fit all. As such, many of them have a number of different learning and teaching strategies to reach every child. The same cannot typically be said for the delivery of professional learning for educators. As Congress takes steps to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (more recently referred to as No Child Left Behind), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is calling upon leaders to include the Enhancing Education Through Technology Act of 2015 (EETT15) in the final bill. When it comes to professional learning for educators, the approach too often adheres to the “sage-on-the-stage” method. Educators are expected to sit through one-time workshops or lengthened faculty meetings for passive professional development. (LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights)

Windows to the Islamic World: Art, Architecture, and Music, 4-week Online Course, Course Dates: March 4 - 31, 2015. PDPs/Credits: 22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit available. Fee: $225 plus fee for optional graduate credit ($100). Participants in this course will learn about the key features of Islamic art, Arabic calligraphy, "Arts of the Book," Islamic architecture, and the music or "soundscapes" of Islam. Using online resources and readings, expert videos, and interactive discussion forums, participants will work together to expand their thinking about the history and influence of Islamic art and explore ways to integrate the study of Islamic art into their curriculum. Open to all K-12 educators. If interested in registering, contact

D.C. Celebrating the arts. Her art students were working on a collaborative piece recently for Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the school. The day was designed to promote the fine arts at all grade levels in the district. That high school piece, along with pieces from the elementary and middle school students, will be sold at an auction during art shows at the end of the school year. The money will go toward a student art trip to Washington, D.C., in 2019. (
N.H. Local students to represent state in national art competition. Two thousand ninety-six submissions of art by public, parochial and private schools in grades 7-12 competed for recognition in The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire on Jan. 10 and 11. The program celebrates its 16th year under the administration of the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association, a regional affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. This competition has become a significant part of New Hampshire school art education programs. (Bedford Journal)

La. Foundation seeks entries for Art Contest. The foundation’s annual scholarship art contest offers one-time college scholarships and awards totaling over $45,000 to the top 10 senior and top five junior winners. The senior winner will receive a $6,000 college scholarship. Since 2009, the foundation has received 1,766 entries from across Louisiana, awarding 67 students a combined $178,500 in college scholarships. (The Advocate)

Mo. Crisp museum to host annual high school art exhibition. High school students who live within 100 miles of Southeast Missouri State University will have a chance to represent their school at the "Exhibiting Excellence: 37th Annual High School Art Exhibition" beginning Feb. 8. Art educators at the high school level were invited to submit 15 of their 11-12 grade students' artwork. The artwork could consist of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media. (Arrow)

Art Appreciation Part 1: Education. It was in middle school during a time when she was bullied that Mithchell found her voice through art. "It was hard for me to talk about my feelings with other people like my parents, my friends and so if I could just draw how I feel,” said Mithcell, “maybe write a poem or song it just really helped me get my feelings out." (FOX21)

S.C. Advocates urge more arts funding to help struggling schools. An additional $1 million in funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission could help fix South Carolina’s broken public school system, arts advocates say. The Arts Commission is asking state lawmakers for the money to provide more grants for school programs in music, dance, theater and the visual arts, particularly those in the state’s poor, rural school districts. (The State)

Calif. Grants help Southern CA artists make work in the social sphere. Now in its second year, SPArt's annual awards are specifically designed to support three Southern California artists actively making work in the field of social practice  — by definition, art that is socially engaged and requires the participation of its audience. (The Los Angeles Times)


GOP Lawmakers Talk Plans for NCLB Rewrite at School Choice Jamboree (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Duncan Makes Push to Continue i3 Program in NCLB Rewrite (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Democrats, Republicans to work together on draft bill for NCLB rewrite (National Journal)

House Education Committee Markup of NCLB Rewrite Begins. On the right, lawmakers will offer amendments to further reduce the footprint of the federal government, and on the left, members will try to wholesale replace the federal K-12 measure with one of their own.  (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Educator examines proposed ESEA budget. The proposed 2016 budget for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act focuses more on teachers -- their recruitment, training and retention -- educator Phylis Hoffman writes in this blog post. She takes a closer look at provisions in the proposed budget. (Education Week Teacher/Teaching While Leading blog)

Duncan: Why lawmakers should replace NCLB. Federal lawmakers should replace No Child Left Behind with a new and better law, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan writes in this blog post. "It's long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases flexibility and gives schools and educators more of the resources they need," he writes. (SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education)

VIDEO: Investing in Innovation (i3) at Cardozo Education Campus. Secretary Arne Duncan visited Cardozo Education Campus in Washington DC to see how students and educators are innovating and benefiting from the i3 grant.


Visualization and Knowledge Sharing
Event Host: Libba Wilcox
February 15th through February 22nd

Libba Wilcox is interested in visualizing existing data and previous research conducted in the field of art education. She sees data visualization as a means of making journals more accessible to researchers and teachers. Analyzing data from these journals and looking at them to understand the history of art education allows art educators to understand the focus of previous research, the time and events surrounding this research, and the people, institutions, and foundations associated with this research. Libba will highlight how concept maps, word clouds, and correlation wheels (all easy to access, use, and understand) can be valuable, simple visualization tools that help visual thinkers understand content quickly along with a more thorough understanding of what has come before.

N.Y. Principal Blends the Arts and Common Core With a Dose of Mindful Breathing. Principal Victoria Armas conceived the plan for the school after decades as a teacher and a stint as a quality reviewer for which she observed lessons and graded public schools around the city. She prizes the arts, diversity, and rigorous standards, she told DNAinfo, and is building the school from the ground up with interdisciplinary projects, teachers who are “really smart,” and a daily dose of mindful breathing for kids and teachers alike. (DNAinfo)

Wisconsin Arts Board awards Tack Center with grant
. The Arts Board supports programs that bring artists into classrooms. Studies show that when the arts are a significant part of a child’s education and are used to help teach humanities, science and other curricula, cognitive and work skills are enhanced, creative and critical thinking skills develop, truancy is reduced and self-esteem increases. Toward that end, the Arts Board also supports the efforts of cultural organizations to work with school districts to implement the model arts standards from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (

Despite $10 million investment in arts education, experts say much work remains. Jim Duignan, 56, a Chicago native and professor of art education at DePaul University, said teachers used to reach out to him for help after he started the institute because their schools did not have art classes. Twenty years later, Duignan continues work to increase access to the arts, and he said he believes Chicago is now at a crossroads for art education. (Medill Reports Chicago)

Conn. Simsbury Students Excel in Scholastic Art. Seventeen Simsbury students were selected to receive honors in the Annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Award Program. The program is a juried art competition and exhibition open to students at the middle and high school level and judged by distinguished practicing artists and university level art educators. The eight art students that received gold keys will have an opportunity to have their artwork judged at the national level. (Simsbury Patch)

Iowa. Art students prove they ‘can’ make a difference. Before winter break, students in Sibley-Ocheyedan High School’s National Art Honor Society took on a challenge to turn cans into art. The project solicited a number of donations from the area to make the dream a reality. Now the fruits of their labor have been seen, and more have been donated. As a community service project, the NAHS chapter sent out a call for a donation of canned goods and other non-perishables to donate to charitable organizations within the community. The students chose Upper Des Moines Opportunity, ATLAS of Osceola County and the S-O Backpack program as recipients of the donations. But before the items were gifted, the students turned them into a work of art. (Daily Globe)

CALL FOR PAPERS - 3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference. The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2015 conference themed “Paying It Forward: Transforming Research into Practice,” Atlanta, GA, October 8-10, 2015. This year’s conference will bring the concept of “paying it forward” into analytical focus and consider its practical application for academics and professionals. The notion of “paying it forward” is most generally understood as anonymous acts of kindness and generosity that result in a chain of serial reciprocity—acts of kindness are performed for strangers who in turn perform acts of kindness for other strangers beginning a perpetual chain of generalized reciprocity. How can we utilize the concept of “paying it forward” as academics in our respective fields? The goal of this year’s conference is to explore what academics and professionals can do to support the next generation of students, thinkers, and doers, as well as how we can use our expertise for social activism that makes an impact on local, national, or global levels. The conference will be an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2015 at midnight EST.

House Democrats Hold Their Own Session on Rewriting NCLB (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Key players offer wish list for overhauled NCLB. Several key players involved with the overhaul of No Child Left Behind make predictions on the outcome and offer their wish lists for a revised bill. Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, would like to see continued federal commitment to the success of low-income students and struggling schools. (National Public Radio/nprEd blog, 2/7)


A+ Schools Program 20th Anniversary Conference – Call for Session Proposals. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the A+ Schools Program is hosting the conference 20 Years of A+ Schools: A Celebration of Teaching and Learning through the Arts on August 3-5 in Durham, North Carolina. This conference will provide networking, inspiration, sharing and professional development for those with an interest in the A+ Schools Program, and in arts education policy and practice. Proposals for conference sessions are currently being accepted until March 31, 2015.

IMLS to Award $154.8 Million to States to Improve Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released its Fiscal Year 2015 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $154,848,000. These annual grants represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S.

$1.5 Million Available in VSA Program Contracts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors to carry out eight VSA programs that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. Eligible and qualified organizations are required to submit contract proposals via the downloadable Request for Contract Proposal forms. The proposal submission deadline is February 25, 2015.

Lincoln Center Scholars Program - Apply Now. Artists and Teaching Artists interested in seeking a FREE master’s degree in music, dance, theater or visual arts education, as well as eligibility for employment as a New York City public school teacher and grants for professional development and arts supplies, can now apply for the 2015 Lincoln Center Scholars program. The application deadline is February 11, 2015.

The Journal of Learning through the Arts. A special issue of the Journal of Learning through the Arts features articles that are derived from research projects funded by the Office of Innovation and improvement within the U.S. Department of Education. This collection of articles is from the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) and Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) programs and is the first to be published as a group.
New Report on Turnaround Arts Initiative. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) released the final evaluation report for its Turnaround Arts initiative. Over the last three years, Turnaround Arts has brought intensive arts education resources and expertise into a cohort of low performing schools and worked with school leadership to incorporate the arts as an integral part of their school improvement strategy.

A Study Tour in Italy - June 27 to July 7, 2015. Sign up now for an exclusive Italian Summer Course through the International Centre for the Arts at Monte Castello di Vibio. Juliette McCullough, British artist offers an exciting art course designed for students at all levels. Other subjects on offer are Digital Photography, Italian Language, Cooking, Italian Wine Tasting, Arts & Culture, Ballroom Dancing, Supplemental field trips, and vineyard tours. All classes will run for ten days from June 27 to July 7, 2015. Join us for a cultural experience of a lifetime! "Figure in a Landscape" class - this class is for artists/students of all levels: The 21st Century figure seen within a medieval landscape; modern form and ancient environment studied in relationship. This program creates a truly Socratic environment in which one engages in stimulating conversation and interactions with artists and scholars as well as professionals from every corner of this lovely village including the townspeople. Monte Castello is a perfect example of "civilita" - (civilized life). Program cost: All inclusive ten day stay within $3,800. Includes - 3 traditional Umbrian meals each day, 3-10% discount air fares through Delta for participants in this program! Contact information: For further information please click on this link: International Centre for the Arts - Monte Castillo De Vibio

The Gap of All Gaps: How ESEA/NCLB Reauthorization Makes the 'Purpose Gap' More Visible and More Painful (Education Week/Teacher in a Strange Land)

Arne Duncan Urges Parents to Weigh In on NCLB Rewrite. The U.S. Secretary of Education is unhappy about what he sees as a lack of resources and accountability in GOP legislation to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


AESP Radio - The National Association of Elementary School Principals. The National Association of Elementary School Principals and BAM Radio Network have partnered to bring you NAESP Radio. Executive Director Gail Connelly hosts the program that will focus on the topics you really care about. Each brief segment of NAESP Radio will help keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request: Building on Priorities for a Strong Elementary and Secondary Education Act. “For all of our children, for their families, their communities, and ultimately, for our nation, let’s choose the path that makes good on the original promise of this law. Let’s choose the path that says that we, as a nation, are serious about real opportunity for every single child.” – Arne Duncan, January 12, 2015 President […] (

Announcing Keynote Speaker Jane Chu at National Arts in Education Conference in Kansas City: Registration is Open! This April, join colleagues, friends and arts education experts in three days of dynamic conversations about arts in education. Building Partnerships through Community Connections is a national arts-in-education conference hosted by the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Participants will enjoy engaging panels, vibrant discussions; hands-on breakout sessions, arts infused site visits and more! Building Partnerships takes place on April 23-25, at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Creative Capital accepting applications for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. Deadline to submit inquiries: March 2, 2015. Pioneering artist support organization Creative Capital is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. 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 45,000 USD. Emerging Fields may include architecture/design, digital arts, gaming, interdisciplinary, new genres and sound art.

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: CURATORIAL SLAM PROPOSALS. The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) is offering an experimental session geared towards presenting projects, ideas and curatorial risk-taking during its Annual Conference & Meeting from May 9th - 12th, 2015 in New York City. The Curatorial Slam session will seek to highlight six to nine short presentations (no more than seven minutes each) that are meant to provide curators a space to test out ideas and projects in progress and convey our passion about our fields. Deadline for submissions is February 9, 2015

ASSOCIATION OF ARTS ADMINISTRATION EDUCATORS CONFERENCE. The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is an international organization incorporated as a nonprofit institution within the United States. Its mission is to represent college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural and arts service organizations.

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS: 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION, Friday, June 12th - Sunday, June 14th, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois. The Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Convention brings together arts and community leaders to discuss how to utilize the arts to build stronger communities. This year, the convention will revolve around five main themes, including: Translating Impact: How do we persuade decisions makers to support the arts? Transforming Models: How do we improve arts organizations' resiliency? Empowering Culture: How do we ensure that all communities are served by the arts? Creating Tomorrow: How can the arts be a part of creating a better future? Building Skills: What are the primary skills needed to succeed in the arts today?

Dallas Museum of Art Expands Its Nationally Acclaimed Access Programs and
Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Two of Them
. A nationally recognized leader in the development of accessible programming for visitors with special needs to connect with art, the Dallas Museum of Art today announced the expansion of its access series. The Museum will now include a new program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to be called All Access Art, and for the first time, offer a DMA Access docent training course, which the first group of docents has successfully completed. In addition, February 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of two of the Museum’s most acclaimed access programs: Autism Awareness Family Celebrations, which currently serves over 900 visitors from North Texas each year, and Meaningful Moments, designed specifically for individuals with early stage dementia. 

Calif. Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) - Application Deadline: April 9, 2015. A seven-month leadership development program, May - November 2015. Leadership development seminar, July 21 - 25, 2015, Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia. The National Guild for Community Arts Education is pleased to announce the 2015 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). The Leadership Institute, now in its sixth year, provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders will advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally-renowned practitioners.

Va. Arlington Arts Center awarded Warhol grant for next 2 years. AAC, a prominent cultural anchor in the mid-Atlantic region, based in Arlington, VA has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts intended to sustain the next two years of exhibitions and concurrent programming.

N.Y. Free "Fear of Art" conference at The New School, Feb 12-13 2015. Artists are imprisoned and exiled. Art is banned and destroyed. Join artists, scholars, and museum directors to discuss the power of art and its capacity to speak truth to power. Keynote, Ai Weiwei.

Jones Soda Announces Photography Curriculum. Jones Soda and Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) announce their partnership with the launch of the Jones Soda Photography Curriculum, which was created to teach kids about the art of photography. Jones Soda is a leading premium beverage company known for its variety of flavors and innovative labeling technique that incorporates always-changing photos sent in from its consumers. (YA)

Professional Learning Seminar at the Woodruff Arts Center Kicks Off a National Yearlong Arts Integrated Initiative. On January 13-16th, Young Audiences Arts for Learning will host a national professional learning seminar at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The seminar will be attended by over 50 educators, teaching artists, school administrators, and organizational leaders from across the country, making it one of the most significant professional learning seminars ever held for the Arts for Learning curriculum. The Arts for Learning initiative is made possible by JCPenney Cares and its customers who generously donated a portion of their transactions last August to benefit the arts in education. (YA)

Secretary Duncan’s statement on new legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives concerning No Child Left Behind. “After an economic crisis that forced schools to cut their budgets and hit teachers hard, the last thing we should do right now is cut funding for education. Unfortunately, Chairman Kline’s proposed legislation would allow cuts to school funding. It also fails to give teachers and the schools who need it most the resources they need. And it sends the message that ensuring a quality education for every child isn’t a national responsibility. (

House GOP Introduces Bill to Rewrite NCLB. The House education committee released a bill to update No Child Left Behind that would keep the law's testing schedule in place. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

ESEA Cabin Fever: Rick Hess and Peter Cunningham Argue Reauthorization (Education Week/Rick Hess Straight Up)

How NCLB Reauthorization Makes the 'Purpose Gap' More Visible, Painful (Education Week/Teacher in a Strange Land)

ESEA would see $2.7B increase under FY 2016 budget. President Obama's FY 2016 budget request includes four focus areas for education, including increasing equity and opportunity for all students; expanding high-quality early learning programs; supporting teachers and school leaders; and improving access, affordability and student outcomes in postsecondary education. (eSchool News)

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Teacher-Evaluation Mandate Unlikely in ESEA Rewrite. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill agree that teacher evaluations are crucial, but as they take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, they are shying away from such a requirement. (Education Week)

The ‘Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema’ 29-31 March 2015. Twenty years on from the ground-breaking Amsterdam workshop ‘Disorderly Order: Colours in Silent Film’, EYE Film Institute Netherlands will celebrate this milestone anniversary by organizing a conference to explore contemporary archival and academic debates around colour in the silent film era. The Colour Fantastic conference (29-31 March 2015) will provide a stimulating environment for specialists from across different disciplines. Themes to be explored include archival restoration issues, colour film technology, colour theory, experimental film and intermediality.


NAEA Election 2015: NAEA Congratulates Elected Leaders!
Congratulations to all candidates who ran for NAEA Board positions. Members elected the following leaders: President-Elect and Division Director-Elects.

Arts Standards Will Help Youths Learn Across Disciplines. The new framework for arts teaching and learning—the National Core Arts Standards, or NCAS—also demonstrates the progress our educational system has made in acknowledging the positive impact of arts experiences on students' overall educational achievement. (Education Week)

NAMM 2015: Turnaround study touts benefits of arts education for kids. Among the study's key findings: Students in the eight schools that incorporated arts programs into their regular curricula exhibited an average 22.6% increase in math proficiency and a 12.6% improvement in reading proficiency. Those figures exceeded increases in the their districts as a whole (20.1% and 7.9%, respectively), and were markedly higher than other schools in their states receiving federal school improvement grants (SIG), at 16.2% and 5.6% respectively. (LA Times)

Ireland. Early education: You’re never too young to get a start in the arts. Before children become literate, music, painting, crafts and drama can give them powerful tools for communication and development

Vt. Statewide discussion on arts in education set for Wednesday. As schools face mounting pressure to raise standardized test scores, more and more of the school day is given over to math and English instruction and prepping for the tests, all of which often come at the expense of devoting time to art, music and creative writing.

Teaching artists: Navigating Common Core education standards means learning new language. With most of the attention focused on performing well on the new standards' testing outcomes, there's a false stigma attached to the arts as being trivial or expendable. Knowing how to pitch art lessons in a way that would satisfy the standards is a good way to keep the arts in the classroom. But the most important point Allen and other advocates stressed was to not let the standards drive the art lessons. Otherwise, the art gets distilled.

Calif. Mariposa County Arts Council Pilots Artist Residencies in Elementary Schools Across the County. As the program’s name implies, trained teaching artists will be placed all of Mariposa County’s 5th grade classrooms for 8-week residencies. These artists have worked with their respective classroom teachers to develop an arts infused, standards-aligned curriculum that teaches art in concert with at least one other academic subject (mathematics, science, and English Language Arts). The residencies provide in-depth, hands-on visual arts and music experiences that develop students’ critical thinking and creative problem solving skills while challenging students to transfer knowledge across traditional subject areas boundaries.

Happy new Year from 2014 will be remembered as a time of growth! added Next
Generation Science Standards to North American Environmental Education and Art & Design Standards alignment of 220+ journeys. HIGHLIGHTS: In recognition of the close correspondence between the NGSS cross cutting concepts and’s transdisciplinary systems approach to nurturing imagination, our Science and Design sections highlight research from educational, neurological and creative institutions. Look for to be faster, fuller, and even more fun in 2015!

Seeking art submissions for 2nd ART exhibit at Women's Rights National Historical Site
. Your students are invited to participate in the 2nd ART exhibit at Women's Rights National Historical Site from May 1 - June 28, 2015. Students of all ages from across our nation will be participating. Participation is free. Only 60 spots available. View art submissions from last year on Flickr. Teachers will receive information about WRNHP and cool NASA information. Thanks to both of these organizations for supporting the vision of building bridges between subjects with an emphases on the arts. All art submissions will be included in the DREAM BIG quarterly magazine. Artworks will not be returned, instead they will be placed on exhibit at additional venues in the coming years and included in the Dream Rocket Project.

Call for Applications: Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap), Session XI, 2015-2017, Paris and New York
. “Economies – Can artistic practice produce viable economies outside of the art market?” From art market supremacy to economic strategiesdissociated from the art market. The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) is a graduate institute for research and experimentation in art. It is the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris. The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) offers participants a course of study wherein 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 participants will eventually take part. The course of study is completed in two years. The first year is composed of work sessions that mix practice and theory. The second year is dedicated to the creation of an activity report and a project. Its purpose is to demonstrate the development of the participant’s research. Level: Post-Diploma. Iheap delivers a French Post-Diploma, which is research-based and usually given after a Masters or in parallel with a PhD. Complimentary with other degrees, it is possible to be enrolled in another course of study while attending Iheap. Eligible candidates are not, however, required to hold a prior degree. New York: The application fee is 70 Dollars. Tuition is 9000 Dollars for two years studies. Paris: The application fee is 75 Euros. Tuition is 3000 Euros for two years studies. Deadline for online submission of applications: March 1, 2015.

ART21 News: Andrea Zittel's Desert Experiments in Three New Videos - Jan. 30, 2015. In this issue of ART21 News: Andrea Zittel in Three New Videos from ART21 Exclusive; Upcoming ART21 Education Events; and Highlights from the ART21 Magazine.

Arts Education -- A Vital Part of Our Society? "The decline of quality arts education in schools has taken a toll on our culture over the past decades. Quality abounds in the arts, however one must seek it out or be exposed to it by perhaps -- an educator.

Minn. ‘Art’ of the matter: Retired teacher, Marlene Johnson, keeps art alive in HOTL classrooms. Once a month, Marlene Johnson wheels her cart full of paper, pencils, books and other supplies into classrooms at Heart of the Lakes Elementary, and takes charge. It’s time for an art lesson.

Calif. Arts education program brings opportunities to Hoopa school. One of the 10 schools in California and 35 nationwide to be selected to participate in the Turnaround Arts program began at its foray into the innovative arts campaign at the beginning of this year, and Principal Rose Francia said the changes are already happening.

Ohio. ArtWorks announces jobs for artists and youth apprentices. ArtWorks, the largest employer of visual artists in the region, has announced it is recruiting candidates to fill 50 professional and 150 youth apprentice positions to support its 2015 programming.

Iowa. Findley Elementary shows math, reading gains through the arts. A presidential committee released a report Thursday showing Des Moines’ Findley Elementary School students have made gains in math and reading scores and attendance through an arts program.

Mo. Historium exhibit features ‘Art by the Art Teachers’. The “Art by the Art Teachers” exhibit at the Ozark County Historium, now in its second week, continues through Feb. 13. The exhibit provides a glimpse of the talents of the men and women who inspire creativity within Ozark County’s schoolchildren. The exhibit includes a wide variety of media, from paintings and drawings to photography to sculpture.

Wis. Arts integration. During the next two years, University of Wisconsin-Stout will launch Arts Integration Menomonie to support teacher candidates and retain early career teachers in the Menomonie school district. AIM is taking direct aim at infusing arts into the curricular and instructional tool belt of city kindergarten through third-grade teachers and in the art education and early childhood education teacher programs at UW-Stout.

Wash. Entries sought for art educators exhibit. The Washington County Arts Council invites all art educators in Washington County’s public and private schools to enter work for the February exhibit. This is an invitational exhibition, and all work will be accepted. Each educator is allowed to submit two works that have been completed within the last two years.



Legislative Update: New Congress Begins to Move Forward on ESEA Reauthorization
NAEA Collaborates on Creating Arts Education Sector Strategies

As the new Congress begins its work after the first of the year, NAEA has been meeting weekly with colleagues from national arts and arts education associations to create strategies for arts education advocates to communicate with elected officials about the reauthorization of ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). The first real action in some time regarding reauthorization came on January 21 when Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the new chairman of the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ) Committee issued his personal markup of the current legislation. Subsequently, Alexander convened two hearings on January 20 and 27 to hear invited testimony about testing from education researchers and the impact of the legislation from school administrators. A date for the pubic to provide feedback was set with a quick turnaround of February 2.
With the changes in Congress following the November elections the leadership and members of Congressional committees have changed, so new leadership comes into the legislative process. There are significant impacts for arts education in Senator Alexander’s markup.
The most significant impacts for arts education are:
1) Deletes the definition of "core academic subjects," which includes the arts! (Being a core subject legally provides the opportunity for grant applicants to include the arts in all funding programs, including the use of Title I funds for arts education, as one example);
2) Terminates the $1 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program, which supports arts education;
3) Terminates the small, but mighty, federal Arts In Education program which has supported over 200 model grant programs for over a decade;
4) Omits indicators of student access to the arts as part of annual state reporting (example is New Jersey's report) that help identify the equity gap.
NAEA is part of the leadership team currently writing the annual Congressional Issues Briefs on ESEA Reauthorization and Arts in Education Funding Through the U.S. Department of Education. These briefs will be finalized within the next week. However, this is a very fluid situation and new information or developments in reauthorization may come to light at any time over the months ahead. The issues briefs will be posted on the NAEA website once they are made public.
Join us in Washington, DC for Arts Advocacy Day (March 23 and 24)! NAEA is a co-sponsor of Arts Advocacy Day.

Washington, D.C. OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS from the National Gallery of Art
. Summer Teacher Institute: Information for the 2015 Summer Teacher Institute is now available online. The Teacher Institute is a six-day seminar that helps K–12 teachers (of all subjects) strengthen their knowledge of art history and integrate visual art into classroom teaching. School Tours: NGA is currently accepting school tour requests for dates through May 29, 2015. 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.

ED Celebrates Award-Winning Student Art in the National PTA’s Exhibit Believe, Dream, Inspire! More than 200 teachers, family members, arts education leaders, PTA members, policymakers, and local-area students came together to honor student artists from 21 states at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters on January 13. The young artists — winners of the 2014 National PTA Reflections program — came to celebrate their works of visual art, film, dance, music, and creative writing based on the theme Dream, Believe, Inspire! Click here or on the above title to learn more and see photos from the event. (

Milwaukee Art Museum, in partnership with Google, will offer a semester-long Massive Open Online Course. The Milwaukee Art Museum, in partnership with Google, will offer a semester-long Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), beginning on February 10, 2015. This free course will allow participants to: Get comfortable with looking at art by making personal connections with works of art from around the world and in your hometown; Develop skills such as observing carefully, reflecting and assessing, and creating meaning; Connect art to unexpected disciplines; Learn from and interact with a global community of arts-interested people; and Contribute to a worldwide understanding of art through a final project, creatively responding to a work of art of your choice. (

CREATE CA releases “A Blueprint for Creative Schools”. A statewide coalition issued a new blueprint for arts education in California Thursday that calls for broad changes in arts instruction, including a report card to measure access to the arts in California school districts. (89.3KPCC)

Speaker Boehner Supports Annual Tests in NCLB Renewal. Rep. John A. Boehner, the Speaker of the House, was an architect of the original NCLB law when he served as chairman of the House education committee back in 2001. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

ESEA Renewal: The Unanswered Question. There is no point in discussing what testing program best provides accountability if the tests do not actually measure any of the things we want schools to be accountable for. (Education Week/View From the Cheap Seats)

Senate Ed. Panel Unlikely to Require Teacher Evaluations in NCLB Overhaul. Although members of the Senate education committee agreed at a hearing Tuesday that teacher evaluations are essential for a thriving public education system, it's unlikely that the forthcoming reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act will include specific requirements. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

No Resolution to Annual-Testing Debate After First NCLB Reauthorization Hearing (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Anti-Common Core Bill Highlights GOP Pressure for Conservative NCLB Overhaul (Education Week/Politics K-12)

ASCD calls for ESEA reauthorization, overhauled accountability systems. ASCD released its 2015 Legislative Agenda on Monday, Jan. 26, at the association's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) in Washington, D.C. The agenda, developed by ASCD's legislative committee, outlines the association's federal policy priorities for 2015. The headline priority for ASCD and its members is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

AFT to Senate: Keep Paraprofessional Qualifications in NCLB Rewrite (Education Week/Teacher Beat)

NCLB rewrite sparks input from teachers union, think tank. The American Federation of Teachers and the Center for American Progress have released recommendations they say should be considered in the rewriting of No Child Left Behind. The groups say the proposal offers a hybrid approach in which annual tests remain, but only some of them factor into accountability measures. (The Washington Post)

The Problem With NCLB-Style 'Political Cover' (Education Week/Rick Hess Straight Up)


First Lady Michelle Obama Continues to be an Arts Education Advocate. "Arts education isn't something we add on after we've achieved other priorities, like raising test scores and getting kids into college," said the First Lady. "It's actually critical for achieving those priorities in the first place." (Americans for the Arts)

Encourage Creativity Advocate Tools. A series of videos to inspire action in support of arts education. Want to make a difference for kids? You’re in the right place! Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts is a suite of tools and resources to help you create a powerful message that contains both a story and data to more effectively convey the importance of arts education to our school and community leaders. (Americans for the Arts)

Wis. Arts integration. During the next two years, University of Wisconsin-Stout will launch Arts Integration Menomonie to support teacher candidates and retain early career teachers in the Menomonie school district. AIM is taking direct aim at infusing arts into the curricular and instructional tool belt of city kindergarten through third-grade teachers and in the art education and early childhood education teacher programs at UW-Stout. (The Dunn County News)

Conn. Study indicates arts work for challenged schools. Injecting more arts into the school day has resulted in better attendance and behavior, and slightly better math and reading scores for eight struggling schools around the country, including Roosevelt. So says an independent study, released Thursday, on a national experiment led by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. (CTPost)

Top colleges for a degree in fine and studio arts. A degree in fine and studio arts teaches students how to express themselves through various creative outlets. Classes in painting, sculpting, drawing, photography, illustration, graphic design and digital media introduce students to different mediums and help inspire creativity. The list breaks down the top 10 places to get a fine and studio arts degree in the U.S. The list comes from College Factual and is a ranking of colleges based on their overall quality. These schools offer programs that help lead students to successful careers in art or any other field. Salary data are estimates make with data from Payscale. (USAToday)

The Creativity Connection from Americans for the Arts. Mayor Rahm Emanuel Supports the Arts in Chicago Schools; Steam Movement Takes Hold Nationally and Internationally; Future For the Elementary & Secondary Education Act?; and VANS Launches Annual Competition Supporting Creativity.

Lawmakers tackle testing frequency in NCLB rewrite. Lamar Alexander, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairman, is reviewing the number of tests students should take each year as part of his work on a rewrite of No Child Left Behind. Existing federal standards call for 17 annual tests, but Alexander says that number can be much higher when states and schools mandate additional testing. (National Journal)

NEA president releases her vision for overhauled NCLB (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)


ED Celebrates Award-Winning Student Art in the National PTA’s Exhibit ‘Believe, Dream, Inspire’. On January 13, 2015, more than 200 teachers, family members, arts education leaders, PTA members, policymakers, and local-area students came together to honor student artists from 21 states at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) auditorium and art gallery. The young artists – and winners of the 2014 National PTA Reflections program — came to […] (

ESEA Testing in Flux After Senate Hearing. Several witnesses implored Sen. Alexander to maintain annual testing in the ESEA, but he continues to entertain alternatives. (Education Week)

How Much Political Juice Does the Ed. Dept. Have in NCLB Waiver Renewals? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

NCLB Renewal: Be Careful What You Wish for (Education Week/The K-12 Contrarian)


Arts Integration (And Celebrity Visitors) May Help School Turnaround, Study Finds (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Turnaround Arts Program Research to be Released. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the NAMM Foundation, and several top musicians will jointly unveil research on student achievement within PCAH’s Turnaround Arts Initiative on Thurs., Jan. 22, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (PST), during the annual NAMM Show. The event will stream live. The Turnaround Arts initiative is a groundbreaking PCAH program to help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - January 21, 2015)

Lincoln Center Scholars Program - Apply Now! Artists and Teaching Artists interested in seeking a FREE master’s degree in music, dance, theater or visual arts education, as well as eligibility for employment as a New York City public school teacher and grants for professional development and arts supplies, can now apply for the 2015 Lincoln Center Scholars program. The application deadline is February 11, 2015. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - January 21, 2015)

21st Century Learning Exemplar Program. P21 is now accepting applications for their 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program. This program seeks to identify, document, promote, and celebrate examples of successful 21st century learning that provides educators with model practices. All PreK-12 U.S. schools are eligible to apply by January 31. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - January 21, 2015)

VSA Programs - Request for Contract Proposals. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors to carry out eight VSA programs that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. Eligible and qualified organizations are required to submit contract proposals via the downloadable Request for Contract Proposal forms. The proposal submission deadline is February 25, 2015. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - January 21, 2015)

100 Schools to Pilot Core Curriculum for the Arts. Time and again, studies have shown the importance of integrating arts into the curriculums of grade schools. From helping to improve graduation rates to increasing literacy rates and helping the learning process, the arts serve multiple functions with a number of benefits when properly invested in our educational system. In an attempt to focus attention on the arts, next month, 100 elementary and middle schools will pilot a new national arts standards education project as an edit to the Common Core standards already in place. Eventually, the standards will be expanded to high schools by 2016. (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Arts Education: Learning How to See. Jessica Hoffman Davis, founder of the Arts in Education program at Harvard, argues that art teaches us "how to see" and imagine: "The human ability to imagine is inborn, but this precious capacity is fragile -- ready to nurture or ignore throughout our children's education." Davis goes on to identify 10 benefits of arts education, emphasizing that arts education transforms everyone it touches, not only those who become professional artists, by instilling imagination and autonomy, expression and empathy, interpretation and respect, inquiry and reflection, engagement and responsibility. The value of STEM subjects, she points out, does not make them more valuable than the less quantifiable gifts of arts education. (The Huffington Post)

N.Y. New City hosts AP Studio Art national winners. When you can get the Everest of student art to come to you, you don't hesitate. Colleen Harrigan, the AP Studio Art teacher at Clarkstown High School South, has helped to curate the annual competition in Salt Lake City, for which 50,000 portfolios are submitted. There are portfolios in drawing, 2-D design, and 3-D design. The bar is set high. "You want the student to be performing at the college level in high school, and we're looking for innovative thinking, creativity, pushing the envelope," said Harrigan, a 26-year veteran at South. "When the pieces are narrowed down to 60 pieces in each portfolio, we try to get a cross-section from across the country." (lohud)

N.Y. Creativity on display from local students: 2015 CNY Scholastic Art Awards. The Scholastic Art Awards is the largest annual art competition in the country, and the participating Central New York awards program has been honoring the creative work of high school students for more than 70 years. This year, approximately 2,200 student artists, representing 92 area schools, submitted 5,845 pieces of art. Over a two-day period 50 judges, comprised of professional artists, educators and photographers, awarded 1,433 works in 14 categories. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony Thursday at Onondaga Community College. (

U.K. Fine arts suffer class bias in National Student Survey, study says. New research shows that the National Student Survey is “unconsciously biased” against universities specialising in art and design, a vice-chancellor has said. Although overall satisfaction rates have risen in the 10 years the survey has been in existence, scores for art and design subjects have remained stubbornly low. (Times Higher Education)

U.K. School-based art therapy in Britain is helping troubled kids get back on track, a study suggests. The Art Room program, which was started in 2002, is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 16 who have been identified by their teachers as needing emotional and behavioural support. Currently, there are nine Art Rooms in schools in Britain. More than 10,000 children have been through the program since it started. In a study published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy, researchers found that children emerged from the 10-week Art Room program with less depression, fewer behavioural problems and improved self-esteem. (The Globe and Mail)

Texas. Holeva: You can help our representatives realize importance of arts. You can help our representatives realize importance of arts. Let your voice be heard. This is important advice for any organization or individual to follow when considering the best way to promote their cause. What if there were a way to bring together the voices of arts leaders, board members from arts organizations and committed supporters from across that state to amplify the collective voice for increasing and maintaining public funding for the arts? There is. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

Ore. 'Arts Build Communities' grants around state. Art as a medium to rally community around a shared need is reflected in 34 Oregon projects awarded $200,000 in 2015 Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission. Now in its 19th year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2015 awards go to communities outside of the Portland area. (KTVZ)

R.I. Art education organization debuts nonviolence mural in Providence. The Providence-based art-education nonprofit ¡CityArts! debuted a student designed mural on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to advocate for nonviolence in the wake of the recent police protests. (WPRO)

Deadline for 2015 N.C. Arts Council grants is March 2. The North Carolina Arts Council 2015-2016 grant guidelines for organizations are now available at The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 2. The Arts Council’s grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the state’s arts industry, to enhance the education of the state’s children and youth, and to ensure that all North Carolina citizens have access to a wide range of high quality arts programs. (MountainXpress)

Eastern Kentucky artists to give out scholarships for students studying the arts. Three deserving high school juniors or seniors pursing an arts degree in either Knott, Letcher, Leslie, Perry, Harlan or Floyd County will receive $2,000 scholarships. For more information, visit (WYMT)

2014-15 Ocean Awareness Student Contest. The annual contest is now running and open to middle and high school students (or equivalent ages) around the world. Students can submit Art, Poetry, Prose, or Films about #PlasticPollution to win up to $1,500! Submissions will be accepted until June 15th, 2015. Follow on Facebook at Twitter @FromtheBowSeat. Read Beginnings and Endings, review the 2014 winners, meet the Team, and find internships, jobs, and camps for all ages.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is accepting applications for a full time position in Public Programs. The Associate Museum Educator is a position within the Education Division with a high degree of public and volunteer contact. This educator will develop, coordinate, and deliver a variety of high-quality, appealing and innovative educational programs, both small and large-scale, that actively engage museum guests, primarily adult audiences. Programming focus will include gallery talks, classes and workshops, wellness and nature programs, as well as supporting the facilitation and development of the lecture series and college ambassador program. A command of American art history is required.  The ability to lead programs and speak in public is an essential function of this position.

Diversity in the Arts Internships. The Diversity in the Arts Internship, for undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students, is designed to broaden opportunities for those who have experience working with under-served museum audiences. The two internships provide $3,500 for each intern for a nine-week period from June 1 through July 31, 2015. The intern may work in education, curatorial, public relations, development, or conservation science, depending on the needs of the divisions and the background and skills of the interns. Applicants must be United States’ citizens. The Walters seeks applications from students majoring in art history, art education, museum studies, communications and public relations or arts administration, who are interested in pursuing a museum career. Excellent research, computer, and writing skills are required. Education interns may write curriculum-focused materials or assist with student art studio classes. Curatorial interns may research different areas of the permanent collection or special exhibitions, and assist with collection management. Communications interns may assist with publications and media relations. Conservation science interns may use scientific techniques and instruments to examine artists’ materials and to evaluate conservation methods. Using our application form, please apply for this internship by January 30, 2015. Successful candidates may be contacted to send additional materials.
REMINDER: Call for Conference Presentations | BURSARY AVAILABLE | Contemporary Museum and Gallery Education practices: Local Communities meet Global Narratives, Nicosia, Cyprus on May 22-23, 2015. The deadline for abstract submissions is 31st of January, 2015. A bursary has been secured and they are now able to cover the flight costs and accommodation for one presenter. To be considered for this bursary please indicate your interest when you submit your abstract. The conference will concentrate amongst other issues on: How can gallery and museum education programmes meaningfully address the needs of the local community? What is the role of educational programmes in making a difference to local patterns of segregation, pedagogical structures and processes of meaningful engagement? How can such programmes contribute to the building of values of citizenship, and at the same time constructively challenge how citizenship is defined, and the top-bottom institutional practices related to it?

No Resolution to Testing Debate After NCLB Reauthorization Hearing. After two-and-a-half hours of hearing from a diverse panel of witnesses, chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., still hadn't come down on one side of the testing debate. (Education Week/Politics K-12)
House Will Clear NCLB Reauthorization By March, Ed. Leader Says

Which States Are Going for Early Bird NCLB-Waiver Renewal? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

2015 State of the Union: A Quick Recap for Teachers. What did President Obama discuss in his annual speech to the country? Here's a guide to what teachers should know. (Education Week/Teaching Now)

Education Department to Open National PTA Reflections Program Student Art Exhibit. The 2013–14 National PTA Reflections Program Student Art Exhibit will open Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the U.S. Department of Education at 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver welcome remarks remotely.


NAHS News: View the Winter 2015 digital issue of NAHS News.

Studies in Art Education: Subscribers may access the Winter 2015 digital issue now (enter your email address in BOTH the Login and Password fields).

‘But I’m Not Artistic': How Teachers Shape Kids’ Creative Development. Many adults believe they are not artistic and feel nervous about visual art. They vividly recall the moment when a teacher or family member discouraged their efforts to creatively express their ideas through drawing or art-making. Such early childhood experiences can affect developing confidence and learning potential throughout a child’s education and into adulthood. (EPOCH TIMES)

Fla. Arts educators visiting Jacksonville tout the value of the arts in education
. Still, the members of the board of directors of the Arts Schools Network, a board that includes Douglas Anderson Principal Jackie Cornelius, proved both eloquent and passionate about the subject. “An arts education teaches you how to be a person,” said Patricia Decker, director of recruitment for New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “You have to learn collaboration. You have to learn how to express yourself. You have to learn to be pleasant when you don’t feel like being pleasant.” (

Every Child, Every School - The Politics and Policy of Expanding Arts Education in Urban School Districts. Wednesday, January 21 - 3:00-4:00 pm EST. Tune in Wednesday, January 21 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST for “a tale of two cities” and their quest to expand access to a high quality arts education for all students. Chicago and New York have built effective campaigns to engage political leaders, schools, and community stakeholders around the importance of an arts education for student achievement and school success.

VIDEO: Core Beliefs to Form a New ESEA. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out a bold vision on January 12, 2015, for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that continues a focus on the nation's most vulnerable... (

Secretary Duncan’s Vision for the #ESEA. On Monday,Secretary Arne Duncan laid out a bold  vision for the nation’s landmark education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in a speech at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the ESEA bill, he called for a new law that will work to ensure strong opportunities for all students and protect the most vulnerable. Learn more about the importance of the ESEA. (

Education Committee Chair Alexander Releases ESEA Draft. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate education committee, has jump-started the process to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by releasing a draft rewrite bill (PDF) for discussion purposes. Alexander hopes to finalize bill language and schedule committee consideration by late February.
Thus far, the education community has mostly focused on the testing and accountability options in the bill. One option would give states leeway on how they assess students—for example, testing only certain grade spans—without forcing states to seek testing plan approval from the U.S. Secretary of Education, as currently required. The second option would keep the current testing schedule mandated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB), but allow districts to use their own testing systems, with the state’s approval. Witnesses at the Senate education committee’s upcoming hearing on the topic—Wednesday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. EST—are expected to address the bill’s lack of teeth in ensuring that states monitor the learning of disadvantaged students. Public comment should be sent to Alexander’s staff by Monday, February 2 at: (ASCD Capitol Connection, JANUARY 20, 2015)

Duncan calls for NCLB repeal. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on January 12 laid out a vision for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that continues a focus on the nation’s most vulnerable students. During a speech on the [ Read More ] (eSchool News)

Engage 2015: SphinxCon: Empowering Ideas for Diversity in the Arts, Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2015, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. The Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, will host the third annual SphinxCon, one of the nation’s leading arts diversity conferences, from January 30 through February 1, 2015 in Detroit, Mich. SphinxCon will bring more than 40 distinguished arts leaders together, including National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu. These visionaries from around the nation will address challenges surrounding diversity in the performing arts and discuss innovative solutions to engage audiences and artists. Hundreds of arts professionals, educators, arts administrators, musicians, performers, philanthropists, and artists will gather to discuss best practices in areas including dance, theatre, LGBTQ outreach, arts and healing, philanthropy and grant making, research and policy, and innovation.

CONTEST: Science without Borders® Challenge. Inspire your students to learn about science using art! The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to announce that “Reef Relationships” 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. Work will be judged in two categories, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded in each: Middle School (11-14 year olds) and High School (14-19 year olds). The first place winners will win a $500 scholarship. The submission deadline is Monday, April 27, 2015 by 5 pm ET.

Dingle Summer Art Program in Ireland: Apply Now! TWO DIFFERENT PROGRAM OPTIONS – 6 CREDITS EACH: Dingle I – Drawing, May 29 – June 27, 2015, and Painting and Dingle II – Digital Photography and Print Making, June 28 – July 25, 2015. Improve your skills in the beautiful environment of Ireland under the tutelage of skilled instructors! Specially accommodating for teachers. Application deadline:  March 13, 2015. For more information contact: SUNY Cortland International Programs Office, Old Main, Room 219 (607) 753-2209.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: National Gallery of Art Employment Opportunity: Head of the Department of Interpretive Resources, Division of Education. Incumbent serves as Head of the Department of Interpretive Resources within the Education Division on the Deputy Director's staff and reports to the Head of Education. With a focus on interpretation of the permanent collection, the incumbent is responsible for the primary oversight of content in various formats including print, online, mobile, and through social media, for the Education Division's five departments. In the execution of duties, the incumbent works in collaboration with Education staff and other departments throughout the museum and serves as the principal liaison with the Gallery's Editorial Office and Digital Media Centers. This position requires strong collaboration as part of the Education Division senior planning team in developing national education initiatives.
Va. Opportunities from the ARTS COUNCIL OF FAIRFAX COUNTY
Call for Mini Maker Faire Submissions - Deadline: Jan 23, 2015
Baltimore Mural Program Mural Artist Registry RFQ - Deadline: Feb 13, 2015
Call for Art: Emulsion - Deadline: Feb 15, 2015
Bethesda Painting Awards - Deadline: Feb 20, 2015
Graphic Designer - Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts - Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2015
Project Support grants applications - Deadline: Feb 18, 2015
Call for Submissions: Creative Aging Festival (Fairfax 50+ initiative) - Deadline: Feb 20, 2015


GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week is January 19-23! 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—and supported by over 60 national partner organizations—No Name-Calling Week is celebrated each year in schools across the nation. We want to help you put a spotlight on name-calling and bullying in your school. Be one of the brave, and join us in celebrating No Name-Calling Week January 19-23, 2015. Whether you’re a teacher, student, guidance counselor, coach, librarian or bus driver, show you care by organizing a week of activities at your school aimed at ending name-calling once and for all. Register to receive updates and offers! And, as a special No Name-Calling Week treat, we have partnered with GroundSpark to bring you FREE STREAMING and discounted purchasing of their award-winning Respect For All Project films! Throughout the month of January 2015, K-12 educators and students participating in No Name-Calling Week can access the films online for free.

Student Voice, Artistic Expression and No Name-Calling Week: A Winning Combination! What is the Creative Expression Exhibit? Each year, GLSEN captures and shares images and videos of school-wide or individual student work on a national level when students, educators, or other community members submit them to our Creative Expression Exhibit. The exhibit is an opportunity for individuals, schools, or groups (classes, GSAs, student clubs, etc.) across the nation to visually display their collective efforts to create cultures of respect in their schools. Individuals, schools, and groups are invited to share their submissions for this year’s No-Name Calling Week Creative Expression Exhibit. These submissions can include images, videos or other documents that show how one has taken part in No-Name Calling Week and inspired others to Celebrate Kindness. Select works submitted will be included in our National Exhibit. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: February 16, 2015.

REMINDER: The Deadline for Applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards is Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm PT.

More People Report Having Taken Arts Classes, Survey Shows (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

AEP 2015 Symposium, Saturday, March 21, 2015 , Washington, DC - Registration Now Open! How does our country fulfill the promise of college, career, and citizenship readiness for all students in America? With a demonstrated impact on school climate and culture, a strong federal and state policy environment in support of K-12 arts education, and a deep body of research on the benefits of arts learning, the arts can lead the way for student success – state by state. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), is hosting a one-day arts in education symposium. This event brings together national and state-level leaders from the education, arts, cultural, business, and philanthropic sectors for a “roll-up your sleeves” day focused on the pressing federal and state education issues and implications for the arts.

What They’re Saying About Secretary Duncan’s Vision for a New Elementary and Secondary Education Act. On Monday – which marked the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – Secretary Duncan laid out a bold vision for the nation’s education law that protects all students, ensures high-quality preschool, and supports state and local innovation. Duncan’s vision for a reauthorized ESEA delivers on the promise […] (

To See the Future of Education, Look Beyond ESEA (Education Week/Learning Deeply blog)

Battle Lines Drawn on Annual Testing in ESEA Renewal. As Congress kicks off new efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the No Child Left Behind mandates on state assessments are at the heart of the debate. (Education Week)
Sen. Alexander's Draft NCLB Bill: Cheat Sheet


Education Secretary Duncan Says the Arts are Essential Education. Monday, January 12, 2015--Speaking today about the need for reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated: "I believe education cannot and should not be boiled down just to reading and math. I believe the arts and history, foreign languages, financial literacy, physical education, and after school enrichment are as important as advanced math and science classes. Those are essentials, not luxuries." (Americans for the Arts)

Groups Want Core Standards for Teaching Art in Schools. The push for standards is seeping into arts education. Advocates for arts education are in the midst of a counter offensive. Arguing that post-recession budget cuts and Bush-era testing policies have prompted schools to cut art (in order to spend more time prepping kids for math and reading tests), they’ve come up with an idea: Convince states to adopt new art standards – à la Common Core – to get schools to focus on art again. (U.S. News & World Report)
RELATED: Art Education Advocates Push for 'National Core Arts Standards' (education world)

U.S. Educators Test New National Art Standards. Next month, educators at close to 100 schools across the country will pilot new national art standards for education. The trial project will be conducted in elementary and middle schools throughout the first half of this year and in high schools during 2016. Launched last October, the standards have been described as the artistic, voluntary version of the Common Core. They were created by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), a group of arts educators partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, who took into account the input of more than 6,000 educators, artists, parents, and students when drawing them up. (Hyperallergic)

La. Arts Educators Say It's Time To Turn STEM Into STEAM. With Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO are teaming up to take a look at how the arts are being used creatively in schools around the city. Why are they an important component for school curricula? And how are we integrating arts into local classrooms? Today, Brian Friedman talks to Jacques Rodrigue about a new model for arts-based schools. (89.9WWNO)

Arts Education Helps Students Become Critical Thinkers. A growing group is advocating for a STEAM approach -- from parents and teachers who think that integrating arts into subjects motivates students, to business leaders who say that an arts education produces more innovative thinkers and better problem solvers. Many cite the work of the late Stanford University theorist, Dr. Elliot Eisner, who identified 10 lessons the arts teach. (uexpress)

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive. Some schools are integrating the arts across all subjects, hoping to capitalize on research showing that the arts can have a positive effect on academics, according to this article. One school reports better behavior and improved proficiency on third-grade math exams since becoming an arts-integrated school six years ago. ( blog)

3D printers help students apply lessons to real-world situations. A growing number of K-12 schools are investing in 3D printers, encouraged, in part, by examples of improved student engagement. Some educators say using the printers also allow students to apply classroom instruction to real-world situations. (EdTech magazine online)

N.C. Join MLK Day at the Gantt, Monday, Jan. 19 Starting at 9 am. The Gantt Center invites you to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a dynamic day of looking forward, and remembering our past. Join them for a series of films, hands on workshops, and performances that will encourage audiences of all ages to remember the past, commit to positively impacting our communities, and celebrate creativity as a force for change. All ages. Free and open to the public.

ART21 Education News: January 2015. In this issue of ART21 Education News: Creative Chemistries, ART21's First Education Forum; Revolution and Resistance: New Resources for Educators; and Get Involved in ART21 Education Programs.

Professional Learning Seminar at the Woodruff Art Center Kicks Off a National Yearlong Arts Integrated Initiative. On January 13-16th, Young Audiences Arts for Learning will host a national professional learning seminar at the Woodruff Art Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The seminar will be attended by over 50 educators, teaching artists, school administrators, and organizational leaders from across the country, making it one of the most significant professional learning seminars ever held for the Arts for Learning curriculum. The Arts for Learning initiative is made possible by JCPenney Cares and its customers who generously donated a portion of their transactions last August to benefit the arts in education.

Artists and Art Materials Study. NAMTA's 2015 tri-annual Artist Survey received responses from more than 6,000 U.S. and Canadian artists in November and the results are now available for members to download free. The Study is available to non-members to purchase for $300. The Study is produced for NAMTA by Hart Business Research. This year's artist survey asked a wide range of questions, the results of which will be important to helping you shape your business and have a better understanding of the needs, desires, trends and thoughts of your artist customers. Get answers to today's important questions in our industry: Have artists deserted painting and drawing for digital art? Is artist spending up or down? How do you inspire baby boomers to start creating art again? How important are Pinterest and Facebook to artists? What should retailers post on social media? Has the market share of art supply stores increased? What store features are most important to artists?

7 reasons why your school should teach robotics and game design. I love every aspect of programming—the frustration, the creativity, everything. I taught myself and now I'm lucky enough to teach students how to code, build robots, and design mobile apps. I'm there to guide them, (eSchool News)

Va. Tenure Track Art Ed faculty job opening George Mason University. The George Mason University, School of Art within the College of Visual and Performing Arts is seeking applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Art Education. This position will serve as Director of the Art Education, Master’s in Art (MAT) Program, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2015. This position begins in the Fall of 2015. For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F8385z at by February 13, 2015; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter outlining your interests in and qualifications for the position, copies of preprints or reprints of up to three scholarly publications (if applicable), a current CV, and the names and contact information for three references.

Pa. Montgomery County Community College's galleries director reflects on those who have mentored her throughout her lifetime. To paraphrase what Cairns planned to tell current PW students when she addressed them during the school’s Jan. 15 National Art Honor Society induction ceremony and annual Alumni Art Show opening: Keep your minds and hearts open to the possibility that your mentors — like the inspiration for your art — can show up anywhere. (Montgomery Media News)

Texas. Biggest & Best Art Show. Once a year, students have the chance to show off their creative talents, not just to parents and their friends, but to the entire community. “This is the biggest (art show) because some kids have the chance to go to college,” Samuel Walker Houston Elementary art teacher Allison Walton said. “Art helps in developing other skills like problem solving.” (The Huntsville Item)

Pa. Troy art show creates excitement. There was much enthusiasm for the recent district-wide art show in the Troy Area School District, according to one of the district's art teachers. A variety of student artwork from all grades was on display. "The students I talked to were excited to see everyone looking at their drawings," said art teacher Lucy Chamberlain. "They were eager to not only find their project, but to also find work made by their friends. I really enjoyed getting to see the students that are now older and I no longer have them as my art students." (

Md. High school artists shine at annual show. Christie Marks spent a recent morning showing her AP art, drawing and photography students at Westlake High School what they were up against in the Seven Up art show, an annual gallery event at Mattawoman Creek Art Center. She, along with other art teachers, spent a morning hanging and arranging 123 works produced by public high school art students in preparation for the show. The works inspire and spur. (SoMdNews)

Mass. Future art teachers at UMass Dartmouth work with special needs students. Students training to become art teachers at UMass Dartmouth gain lessons in working with students with special needs in Peter and Maura Geisser's class, Students can learn from books and can observe classes, said Peter Geisser, a stained-glass artist and lecturer at the school. But he said that several years ago, he and his wife Maura, a writer and philosopher, realized something else. (SouthCoastToday)

Mo. Arts website allows teachers, families to chart students' progress. There's a lot of art created in elementary schools, and in particular at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School. Students at Lee have twice as much art education as any other public elementary school in Columbia. Students have an hour and 20 minutes of regular art every four days and an additional hour of integrated art, team taught with the classroom teacher, every four days for half the year. (Missourian)

In New ESEA Draft, Top Republican Offers Options on Testing. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate education committee, kicked off the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act by saying he wants to start a dialogue about testing. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

NCLB draft offers 2 options for testing
. A draft bill by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, proposing changes to the No Child Left Behind law offers two options for testing. One option would retain the annual testing requirement. The other would allow states to choose annual testing or testing every three years. (The New York Times)

Democrats Voice Concerns, Stakeholders Have Mixed Reactions to NCLB Draft. While stakeholder reaction to the No Child Left Behind Act discussion draft unveiled Tuesday by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was fairly tempered, two very important Democrats voiced early concerns over what they consider a lack of accountability in the proposal from the Senate education committee chairman. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Education Department to Open National PTA Reflections Program Student Art Exhibit. The 2013–14 National PTA Reflections Program Student Art Exhibit will open Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the U.S. Department of Education at 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver welcome remarks remotely. (

Travel Award for the 2015 NAEA National Convention. The Community Arts Caucus (CAC) invites individuals to apply for the 2015 CAC Travel Award to support attendance to the NAEA convention in New Orleans, LA. More information is available in the application: Application deadline: January 30th.

Duncan: Officials should start from scratch on NCLB. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently proposed the creation of a federal education law instead of an overhaul of No Child Left Behind. His proposal calls for keeping required standardized testing, but with some improvements. (U.S. News & World Report)


The push for standards is seeping into arts education. Schools nationwide have standards for arts education, but how they are implemented varies, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Three states -- Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska -- have adopted or are considering adopting new National Core Arts Standards, which focus on dance, drama, music and visual arts. Ten others are considering similar action. (The Hechinger Report)

‘But I’m not artistic’: how teachers shape kids' creative development. Many adults believe they are not artistic and feel nervous about visual art. They vividly recall the moment when a teacher or family member discouraged their efforts to creatively express their ideas through drawing or art-making. Such early childhood experiences can affect developing confidence and learning potential throughout a child’s education and into adulthood. (The Conversation)

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 inviting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. 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 2015, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website. Deadline: February, 2, 2015.

Sargent Art Brighter World Online Art Contests. Sargent Art is inviting students and teachers to enter the Sargent Art Brighter World Online Art Contests for a monthly chance to win art supplies or even a trip to NEW YORK! Below is some addition information regarding the contest:
Students’ Online Art Contest
Categories: Elementary (K-4), Middle (5-8) and High (9-12)
- Grand Prize: A trip to New York art museums for the winning student, one parent and teacher
- Category prizes: Include assortments of art supplies for both teacher and student
- Random surprise prizes
Teachers’ Online Art Contest

Past, present and future art teachers are eligible
- Grand Prize: A trip to New York art museums for winning teacher and companion
- 2 Honorable Mentions: Receive assortments of art supplies
- Random surprise prizes
All artwork can be submitted at our contest website. No matting – No mailing – Just a few clicks of the computer – FREE unlimited entries! To see photos from past New York trips, click here. Deadline to Enter: May 31, 2015.

Hexagon Project 2015 Invitation. The Hexagon Project is preparing for its 9th year! All is shaping up to be a great year as the Project continues to spread the word internationally, through art, that we are all connected and that Interdependence is not longer a choice – but a reality – if our world is to survive. The tragic events of the last few days in Paris are an example of the importance of preserving and protecting our right of free expression around the world – one of many human rights that we, as art educators, have the opportunity to allow our students to explore in the classroom - especially if you believe in the power of the arts to make a difference in the world. Over 6,000 hexagons have been created by students worldwide since 2007. They have just opened up the Project to Pre-School through Grade 12. Note the optional theme for 2015 IS SOLUTIONS! The 2015 Exhibition will be at the Artists for Art Gallery in downtown Scranton, PA and will feature the paintings of Ngwa Afanwi Neba, one of our first students to participate in the Project who is now a professional artist in Cameroon, Africa! Find many resources, all forms, the hexagon template, and lesson plans, links about Social Justice and videos online. Deadline is June30, 2015. Facebook | Pinterest | SchoolArts - January 2015

D.C. Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts at GW. George Washington University has introduced the new Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Master’s Program. This unique degree program brings together faculty from Museum Education and Judaic Studies to train the next generation of professionals in the growing field of Jewish arts and culture. It makes use of the practices and philosophy of experiential, or informal, education – a longstanding feature of GW’s Museum Education Program – to enhance the creation and dissemination of Jewish culture. Drawing on the wide-ranging cultural patrimony of the Jews – in the visual arts, dance, film, music and theater – it also generates new forms of Jewish communal engagement. Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts, the first program initiative of its kind in the country, prepares students for leadership positions at Jewish museums, cultural organizations, foundations, college campus organizations and summer camps.  It provides emerging professionals with the tools – and the license – to be creative.

Fla. Teacher to talk about blending art with STEM education. While education leaders have focused laser-like attention on bettering student performances in science, technology, engineering and math -- better known as STEM courses -- some are now pushing to add another discipline to the mix. (Herald-Tribune)

ESEA Reauthorization: Administration Doubling Down on K-12 Priorities, Duncan Declares. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is clearly not backing off from the K-12 policies that his administration has pushed for the past six years. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project Launches in 2015. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has completed the selection of schools and teachers for the Model Cornerstone Assessment (MCA) Pilot Project. NCCAS received applications from more than 260 schools and teachers to participate in the project focusing on MCAs in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Approximately 15 to 18 pilot sites were chosen for each discipline.

NAEA 2015 Gallery Teaching Sessions Working Group: Seeking Demonstrators for NAEA 2015 Gallery Teaching Sessions. As art museum educators, teaching is at the core of our work yet we infrequently share and reflect with colleagues on our goals, pedagogies, and assessments. At the 2015 NAEA Annual Conference in New Orleans, join art museum education colleagues for a participatory series of consecutive sessions exploring gallery teaching practices. These conference sessions are scheduled back to back on Friday, March 29 from 11 AM to 1:50 PM. Join us for one, two, or all three, and share some of your teaching practices—this is a fun, quick way to share your innovative work. Each conference session will feature two teaching demonstrations, followed by moderated group reflection and discussion. If you are interested in participating, please add your contact information and brief description of your teaching technique on this google document by Friday, January 30, 2015.

Arts Advocacy Day, March 23–24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Join arts advocates from across the country on March 23–24, 2015 in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day and make your voice heard! Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

The Lab School of Washington in partnership with The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation presents: The Power of Art Conference, April 16-18, 2015: This is Your Brain on Arts. In its 21st year, the conference includes a town hall with national voices in the arts, a day of workshops led by teaching visual and performing artists at The Lab School, a fully arts-based school for students with learning differences, and workshops at the National Gallery of Art. Learn how to advocate for the arts, integrate the arts into core courses, and incorporate new practices into your teaching. In honor of the work that you do every day, the Rauschenberg Foundation underwrites hotel accommodations, meals, and programming for the three days. Admissions to the conference is competitive and limited to 40 visual and performing art educators across the United States. Applications due Feb. 1, 2015.

2015 USSEA Regional Conference. Join the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) at the Queens Museum in New York at USSEA's Regional Conference, July 17-19, 2015. Registration and proposal submissions are now available on the USSEA website. USSEA has partnered with the traveling arts project, An Inclusive World, an exhibition of art by artists of diverse backgrounds, which parallels the theme of the conference, to enhance individuals and communities in their self-reflection, different ways of being, and in addressing problems of arts access, opportunity, and inclusion. Over the three-day conference of panels, presentations and workshops, participants will share resources, research, and teaching toward an inclusive classroom, museum, and community arts organization. Please join USSEA's 2015 Regional Conference.

Every Child, Every School: The Politics and Policy of Expanding Arts Education in Urban School Districts. Tune in Wednesday, January 21 at 3:00 pm EST for an informative webinar looking at the burgeoning arts education initiatives in the cities of Chicago and New York and examine the political and policy conditions that catalyzed two big city Mayors to make significant investments in expanding arts education opportunities. Moderated by AEP Director Sandra Ruppert, Amy Sue Mertens (Ingenuity, Inc.) and Doug Israel (The Center for Arts Education) will discuss key factors that propelled the initiatives forward. Register here.

Crayola's Champion Creatively Alive Children Creative Leadership Grants 2015. Crayola is now accepting applications for its Champion Creatively Alive Children grants. The 2015 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Each grant-winning school receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Monday, June 22, 2015. (ArtsEdDigest, Jan. 8, 2015 Vol. 7, No. 1)

Vans Kicks Off Sixth Annual Custom Culture Art Competition For High Schools Across The U.S.. Vans invites high school art students around the country to join in the sixth annual Vans Custom Culture art competition. In partnership with Americans for the Arts, Journeys and truth®, Vans Custom Culture celebrates student creativity and supports arts education with an art and design competition driven by students across the nation. Starting today, high school art teachers can register their classes to go up against thousands of other students, creating their most artistic and inventive designs using blank Vans shoes as their canvas. Vans will donate $50,000 to the winning school's arts program, along with the potential that the school will see one of its designs produced for sale at select Vans retail locations and (MarketWatch)

National Endowment for the Arts 2015 Funding Guidelines Posted. Guidelines and application materials for two National Endowment for the Arts funding categories have been posted. The 2015 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2016. Guidelines and application materials are in the "Apply for a Grant" section of the NEA website. (ArtsEdDigest, Jan. 8, 2015 Vol. 7, No. 1)

VSA Programs - Request for Contract Proposals. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors to carry out eight VSA programs that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. Eligible and qualified organizations are required to submit contract proposals via the downloadable Request for Contract Proposal forms. The proposal submission deadline is February 25, 2015. (ArtsEdDigest, Jan. 8, 2015 Vol. 7, No. 1)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Park Service Team Up for Imagine Your Parks. Imagine Your Parks is a new National Endowment for the Arts grant initiative created in partnership with the National Park Service to celebrate the intersections between the two agencies in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016. Imagine Your Parks will provide an anticipated $1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category to projects that use the arts to connect people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. (ArtsEdDigest, Jan. 8, 2015 Vol. 7, No. 1)

Alexia Foundation Call for Student Submissions for Photography Competition. The Alexia Foundation, which provides grants and opportunities to help students produce work that promotes world peace and cultural understanding, is accepting submissions of still photography and multimedia projects that explore cultural understanding in or near the applicant's local community. Deadline for submission is February 2 and 2 pm EST.

Education Writers Association (EWA) Adds Arts Education Focus. EWA, a professional organization of 3,000 members, has added an arts education focus to its online resources including reports, key coverage, and trending issues. In the arts education section, EWA Program Manager Mikhail Zinshteyn helps frame some of the key arts education issues and attitudes to aid journalists in their story coverage of arts education. 

Harvard’s three-in-one ‘teaching museum’ offers other art institutions much to learn. One might think that all art museums are in the business of teaching, but the “teaching museum” is a particular sub-category of the form, and for the most part limited to academic campuses. A teaching museum self-consciously and forthrightly embraces the idea that everyone should know something about art and that knowledge of art is fundamental to knowledge of the world. And there may be a subtle nuance in the word “teaching” as opposed to “education.” Most museums have education departments, but a teaching museum conceives of the process more actively, led by authoritative experts who are comfortable with the structural inequities of the student-teacher dynamic. (The Washington Post)

Yale University Press Announces Mellon Grant for Art and Architecture Book E-Portal. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded to Yale University Press an $840,000 grant to establish a new electronic portal on which curated and customizable art and architectural history content will be made available to consumers and institutions. The grant will allow Yale University Press, one of the world’s leading publishers of art and architecture books, to expand both the utility of and the readership for its award-winning and critically acclaimed art and architecture backlist by making text and images available electronically at a reasonable cost or for free. Users also will be able to customize the content, making course packs or creating other digital publications from a variety of texts.

The California Arts Council invites students to participate in the “Conservation Creativity Challenge” Poster Contest. The contest aims to educate 4th and 5th grade students about the serious matter of California's drought, and to help raise awareness of everyday water conservation practices using the arts and creativity. This is the first time the California Arts Council and Department of Water Resources have partnered on an initiative. View Southern California Public Radio’s coverage here.

N.J. Schools in Hudson County can apply for art project grant program. Schools serving grades Pre-K through 12 located anywhere in New Jersey, whether public, private, charter, or parochial, may now apply for funding from the Artists-in-Education (AIE) Residency Grant Program, which supports special long-term school art projects. The AIE program, co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania organization, provides up to $7,000 in grant funding for select schools to choose an artist-in-residence to work with them on an art project each school proposes. (

New arts programs available to Kansas communities and organizations. The Kansas Alliance for Arts Education and the KCAIC are partnering to launch the Kansas A+ pilot project in two schools during the 2015-2016 school year. The project will bring a multistate, research based educational model to Kansas. Pre-application meetings will be held on Feb. 11 and 12 from 1-4 p.m. for schools to send teams to learn more about the pilot program. The meetings will be open to all interested educator teams. Locations for those meetings will be finalized in early January. For more information, please contact KCAIC Director Peter Jasso at

Texas. Students develop new art techniques. Martin Walker Elementary School students in Sharon Cecil’s art club studied “pointillism,” a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. The art project meets the requirements of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for fine arts, which requires from students four basic strands—perception to gather information using the five senses and identify colors, textures and forms; creative expression of ideas through original artworks, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation of their and other students’ artwork. (Cove Herald)

Calif. MPUSD parents launch arts fund. The recently launched MPUSD Fund For the Arts will be managed by the Community Foundation of the Monterey Peninsula, and it has already attracted an anonymous benefactor who will match the first $25,000 in donations. “It’s barely started,” Pangburn said. “We have a small grass roots campaign in social media to try to increase art education.” The goal is to raise between $50,000 to $100,000 the first year. The funds will be allocated in two ways: elementary school teachers can request an arts instructor or teachers from any grade level can request funds to implement a program they already have in mind. (The Monterey Herald)

The Teaching of Fine Art in Iraq Is Deteriorating. The study of illustration, painting, sculpture and similar fields is at risk in Iraq, reflecting the nation’s wavering commitment to the arts in general. (Al-Fanar Media)

The Art Academy of Cincinnati invites all Educators to join us Thursday, February 12th, 2015 from 1pm to 5pm for a free professional development event during our Senior Winter Expo! During this school-wide event, you will be joining our BFA students by offering critical and thoughtful reviews of our seniors’ work to help them better prepare for the Art Academy of Cincinnati Senior Thesis Exhibitions in Spring 2015. During the Senior Winter Expo, you can expect: To be provided with resources for professional development; To assist in the creation of a network between Art Academy of Cincinnati students and the larger art community; Exposure to the diversity of work support at the Art Academy of Cincinnati; and To build and strengthen connections with the Art Academy of Cincinnati as a resource for your and your student’s artistic growth. Opportunities to earn CEUs are planned as part of this event for participating Educators. Dinner in the Commons, followed by an AAC Poetry Reading starting at 5:30pm! For further information or to register for this unique opportunity please contact us at or 513.562.8740.

LAND ART at Arte Laguna Prize: Call for Submissions through January 20th, 2015 | APPLICATION. Through January 20th, 2015, Arte Laguna Prize is open for entries for a new contest section, Land Art, conceived in collaboration with Thetis Spa from Venice. Artists worldwide are eligible, with no restrictions to creativity in investigating the landscape and in putting nature in the spotlight.
Artists can submit projects of environmental and land art featuring the interaction of the artistic intervention with the environment it was designed for. There are no restrictions in the choice of the place of intervention. Projects are expected to enhance nature and its characteristics, and more generally the environmental space or the landscape they are inserted into. The best 10 projects will be exhibited at the Arsenale of Venice during the finalists exhibition of the Arte Laguna Prize in March 2015 and the overall winner will be awarded € 7,000 euro prize money and announced during the opening ceremony on March 21st, 2015.

Va. Stargazer Stables (Chesapeake VA Tidewater) is having two sessions of weekend camp on Feb 21 and 22 and March 7 and 8 from 8:30am to 12:00pm. Campers will start the morning painting in the art studio and as the weather warms up go outside and work on their horsemanship skills with the ponies while drinking hot chocolate. This is a great deal at $80 for entire weekend as normal riding lessons are $30 per hour. Reserve a space now at 757 553 6263 text/call Sonya Barnes

Join Virginians for the Arts for the 2015 Arts Advocacy Day in Richmond on January 20-21, 2015. Download the event information, advocacy handbook, and talking points. To avoid additional devastating cuts to the Virginia Commission for the Arts budget, join Virginians for the Arts and tell the General Assembly your story about how ARTS BUILD COMMUNITIES. There is no better way to emphasize the importance of the Arts in our communities than through the personal stories of arts organizations across the Commonwealth. Taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit your legislator at the Capitol is the most valuable advocacy that can be done.

U.S. Department of Education ESEA UPDATE: On Monday, January 12, Secretary Duncan will deliver a speech on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) during a visit to Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. He will outline his priorities for elementary and secondary education for the coming months, laying the foundation for the Administration’s continued work in ensuring a quality pre-k -12th grade education for all students. His remarks and a related blog post will be posted on at 9:45 am ET.

NCLB Rewrite Could Target Mandate on Annual Tests. As Republicans take charge on Capitol Hill, lawmakers mull scaling back state testing under the No Child Left Behind Act-a move that would thrill some advocates and rile others. (Education Week)

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization. Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, offers his take on the future of ESEA under the new Congress.

Congressional Ed. Leaders Chime in on NCLB Testing Debate (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Overhauling No Child Left Behind: Careful What You Wish For (Education Week/The K-12 Contrarian)

Where Do Special Ed. Groups Stand on NCLB Tests? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Governors Laud 'Higher Standards,' Plead for NCLB Renewal (Education Week/State EdWatch)


[WEBINAR] Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards: How Secondary Teachers are Implementing the Standards to Support a Comprehensive Art Experience - January 20, 2015 | 7pm ET. Complimentary to NAEA members; $49/non-members. Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team; Secondary Art Teachers, Laura Milas, former NAEA Borad member and member of the Standards Assessment Team; and James Rees, Secondary Division Director, NAEA Board of Directors. Description: The new standards provide opportunities to plan units of study that fully integrate the four artistic processes of creating, presenting, responding and connecting. See how two veteran secondary art educators are implementing these flexible and adaptable standards for their teaching.

LAST Call for Applications to Present at NAEA Curriculum Slam in New Orleans, Friday, March 27, 11:00 am to 12:50 pm. in a Ballroom! Applications are due by MIDNIGHT Sunday January 11, 2015. Share your best curriculum ideas and students' work with the field. Assembling Comprehensive Contemporary Art, Media & Design Curriculum: Bringing together a hip hop-style poetry slam and the old-time curriculum fair, teachers from across the country will share curriculum in fast, fun pecha kucha-style presentations. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Olivia Gude, and James Rees.

The Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools. Recognizing that a task force on arts education would be a powerful conduit for conversation and action in the state, the Governor with his P-20 Leadership Council created the task force as an important step to maintaining the arts as a major instructional focus for creativity, imagination, and innovation in Maryland. The task force was charged with creating a plan that ensures a quality arts education for all Maryland students. Specifically, the task force was asked to:
• Examine Maryland policies and regulations on arts curriculum and instruction in the context of the new standards in arts education so as to identify gaps and alignment needs;
• Determine the current status of arts education in Maryland schools;
• Review pertinent research on the impact of fine arts instruction on student success in school; and
• Make recommendations to the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council regarding fine arts education in Maryland public schools to include (a) policy and regulations, (b) professional development, (c) curriculum and instruction, and (d) resource allocation.

Your February Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! In this issue: Drawing with an unusal material in “Masking Tape Murals”; Students take inspiration from Jacob Lawrence in “A Neighborhood of Their Own”; Incorporating technology into a global exploration in “Wanderlust”; Introducing young students to sculpture in “In the Swim”; and Explore the work of Richard Schmidt and Tanya Akhmetgalieva in Looking and Learning.


Join us for What--or Who--Takes Place During Field Observations?, a Research Commission Interactive Café Chat, with Justin P. Sutters, PhD, January 11-18. Justin is interested in helping preservice and practicing art educators teach in urban/inner-city contexts. His research employs NCES demographic designations and ethnographic data collection methods used during field observations to help practitioners understand and interact richly within their teaching contexts. If action research and self-reflection are important in your art teaching practice, Justin’s visualizations can be an important aid for your work. Justin will share how to utilize some Open-Source Software such as Google Maps and/or other data visualization media. In early 2014 the Research Commission launched the Interactive Café-a home for all art educators to connect around research. The Interactive Café supports user-generated blogs, chats, image and video posts, and much, much more. The Research Commission invites all members to enter and creatively use the Café in ways that support conversations about research theory and practice in art education.

Cuba’s Art Scene Awaits a Travel Boom. As collectors, art connoisseurs and institutions eagerly gear up to travel to Cuba after President Obama’s decision to loosen the economic embargo, the art scene that awaits them is sui generis: a world whose artists are cut off from supplies and the Internet and, at the same time, celebrated by a coterie of international buyers whose curiosity and determination brought them to Cuba long before talk of a thaw. (The New York Times)

ART21 News - December 31, 2014. In this issue: Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Now Online; New ART21 Exclusive, Artist to Artist, and New York Close Up videos; Upcoming ART21 Education Events; Access '14 Screenings Near You; and Highlights from the ART21 Magazine

Pa. Students deliver wish list to school board. There’s one item on it. At the final Pittsburgh school board meeting before the winter holidays,  students told school board directors what they want for their schools. If Santa was paying attention, he didn’t have to write down very much. The students’ wish list contains only one item: arts education. (The Washington Post)

VIDEO: California Public Schools Get Creative to Save Arts Programs. State grants and private fundraisers are allowing students to learn things like puppetry, Taiko drumming and expanding imaginations.

Iowa. Arts educators seek to be part of Iowa state standards. Fine arts advocates in Iowa are renewing an effort to get music, drama and art included in state education standards. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education will lobby lawmakers again next year to amend the Iowa Core to add the fine arts. Leon Kuehner, the group's executive director, says a similar attempt failed in 2014, but he and others hope they will have more luck this time. (The Des Moines Register)

Conn. Farmington High School Wins $40k Art Education Grant. The state grant will allow students to work with a local artist to create interactive artwork. This program expands the way the arts and humanities are taught in schools and school districts across Connecticut by giving our students access to a learning environment outside of the traditional academic setting,” said Governor Dannel Malloy. “By focusing on all aspects of a student’s educations, we can ensure our children gain the skills and knowledge to develop into successful young men and women."

Ky. College and Community After-School Art Club Enhances Art Education. Art Club at Georgetown College gives art education students an opportunity to teach art to local elementary school children. Youngsters learn about art while future educators learn about teaching. The project began as a collaborative among the college’s Service-Learning Program, Department of Art, and Fine Art Galleries with nearby Garth Elementary School. It evolved into a once-per-week after-school program when art was cut from Garth’s curriculum. (Georgetown College News)

Calif. City Takes Art Education Program Into Schools. During the 2014 Fall semester, the City’s Artist-In-Residence Art Education Program toured through five different schools in Santa Clarita to teach the processes of creating art. (SCV News)

Project-Based Learning: STEM to STEAM with Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy. The engineering academy is very different compared to other classes in your normal high school. You have to continue to keep learning towards one final project. You're programming something that you actually had the idea for. You're machining something for your own project. Students are able to do things that people would never believe were possible in a high school setting. The basketballs go up through the elevator and then into our hooded shooter. The hood actuates so that it can be shot from different angles into the hoop. (

Nev. Capital City Arts Initiative Andy Warhol Foundation grant. The Capital City Arts Initiative has received a $50,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The grant will provide for 2015 and 2016. The primary focus of the Foundation’s grant making activity has been to support the creation, presentation, and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature. (Nevada Appeal)

Kansas. Quincy Elementary integrates art into daily curriculum - Educator attempting to procure 3-D printer for class. When Topeka Unified School District 501 officials and board of education members officially designated Quincy Elementary as a visual arts signature school in 2012, the expectation was that art would be embedded in the North Topeka school’s curriculum. (

Smithsonian E-News: COMPLETELY DIGITIZED COLLECTIONS. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, released their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use.

Ky. Art Education Students Paint Friendly Figures on Pediatric ICU Windows. The welcoming grins of cartoon characters, a pleasant barnyard scene and sparkling princess carriages are happy and comforting images for children in the busy, intense PICU environment. Paintings of friendly childhood characters, figures and scenes adorn windows to seven patient rooms in the PICU. The colorful paintings provided by a group of UK art education students brighten the atmosphere for children and families going through a difficult time, as well as the nursing staff that cares for patients in critical situations. (

N.Y. Elementary, High School Students Collaborate on The Monster Engine. Works from the Bardonia and Clarkstown South art project will be exhibited at The Rockland Center for the Arts Jan. 7. Bardonia art educator, Jennifer Bini, asked her 5th graders to create drawings of monsters using the elements of art and the principles of design they had learned in elementary school. South art educators Justin Sandomir and Matthew Tomaselli then visited Bardonia with their secondary students to initiate discussion about how to turn the drawings into finished acrylic paintings. Each 5th grader paired with a high school artist to collaboratively create a finished monster. (

Calif. Create Art With Family For Free in Carlsbad - Jan. 10. The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office will present Family Open Studios on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in conjunction with the 2014 Juried Biennial Exhibition. Family Open Studios are free art-making workshops held once during each exhibition at the Cannon Art Gallery. They take place in the outdoor courtyard next to the gallery, located in the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane in southern Carlsbad. (

Va. Heroes of 3D Printing – Educator Josh Ajima Brings 3D Printed Art to the Gumball Machine. Josh Ajima is a teacher and 3D printing evangelist, and through his Design Make Teach sites, he blogs about making in the classroom. He is the Technology Resource Teacher for the Loudoun Academy of Science and Dominion High School. Ajima earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Virginia, and since that time he’s s taught high school chemistry, 8th grade physical science, 7th grade life science, and Cisco Networking. Ajima also serverd as the Director of Instructional Technology for Clarke County Public Schools and taught at Dominion High School. (

Pa. Mini-grant program supports arts in schools. A local education advocacy group is sponsoring a grant program to revive arts programs in city public schools where they were dropped after budget cuts. Public schools from elementary grades to high school without full-time art or music teachers has become the norm in Philadelphia, said Linda Fernandez, director of The Picasso Project, which has provided more than $551,000 in grant funding since its inception in 2002, benefiting more than 35,000 students. (The Philadelphia Tribune)

Calif. UCSC art and science researchers partner to save Joshua tree. To save the Joshua tree, a desert plant in peril, UC Santa Cruz art research associate Geoffrey Thomas imagines a future with seed-spreading tarantula robots and genetically-engineered giant sloths. These whimsical ideas, the subject of three digital art images, have a ring of truth, said Thomas, who collaborated with Juniper Harrower, a UCSC environmental studies graduate student studying the tree. The duo is planning to create an educational mobile app and short animations from the sketches within the next year. (Contra Costa Times)

Idaho. Center Accepts Applications for 2015 Arts Scholarships. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is accepting applications for the 2015 Scholarship Program. The deadline for the scholarships is Feb. 20. Blaine County students and educators who are interested in furthering their education in the arts and humanities are invited to apply at Awards are based on artistic merit, application materials and financial need. (

Ariz. Access to arts education increasing, but improvement still needed. According to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an update to a 2010 census on access to arts education in Arizona schools reports that while the number of students without access to any arts education has declined, more than 115,000 students still lack access to arts instruction by highly qualified arts teachers. (The Foothills Focus)

N.Y. Mount Vernon schools expand arts program. Students at Grimes Elementary School have recently learned math on the dance floor and studied the Earth's ecosystems by building with clay. There will be much more of this kind of hands-on, arts and music-infused learning, through 2017, as the Mount Vernon City School District expands its artist-in-residency program using $1.2 million in new federal funding, along with $150,000 in other private donations, acquired through a partnership with the county arts agency ArtsWestchester. (lohud)

International Perspective: An Arts Education Program in Cambodia. In the United States, arts education is often viewed, as blogger Rick Hess recently put it, as "other stuff"—less critical than reading and mathematics, and less definitively beneficial for students. But for hundreds of students from poor communities near the Thai-Cambodia border, the arts are framed quite differently: They're viewed as a way out. While on a personal trip through Southeast Asia two weeks ago, I saw a performance by a group of young artists in Siem Reap, Cambodia, who are known as Phare: The Cambodian Circus. The hour-long event combined Cirque Du Soleil-style acrobatics, dance, music, visual storytelling, and live painting. (Education Week)

Lincoln Center Scholars Program Expands to Include Theater, Visual Arts. The Lincoln Center Scholars program-a partnership with Hunter College and the New York City Department of Education-to train, certify and fast-track the placement of high-quality arts teachers in New York City public schools, is expanding in size and scope in its second year. The program, supported by funding from The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and the Department of Education, successfully launched earlier this year with studies for 16 aspiring music and dance teachers, and is now expanding to up to 40 candidates in the second year with studies in two additional creative arts disciplines, theater and visual arts, with spots for each discipline determined by need.

Charlottesville is known for many things, but one of its most prominent characteristics is its artistic culture. It's a growing community interest that only seems to be developing with time. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae took a look at some of what the city has to offer on the arts scene and spoke with some of those vying to promote the arts to the fullest.

Ky. Louisville Visual Arts Association Gets $10,000 NEA Grant for Urban, Rural Youth Art Education. LVAA’s grant will support the organization’s Children’s Fine Arts Classes, a studio arts education program for urban and rural youth. Instruction is covered by scholarship so that economic status will play no part in a child’s participation or placement. Under guidance from teaching artists, students will receive instruction in painting, drawing, art history, art criticism and aesthetic conceptualization. (WFPL)

Va. News from the Arts Council of Fairfax Couty
ACFC have launched a temporary public art and community engagement project as part of their  Imagine Art Here master arts planning work. ACFC received a prestigious $50,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to engage an artist to create temporary public art that will begin to collect community opinions for a county Master Arts Plan. They anticipate a spring launch of artist Julia Vogl’s concept for the project, which will occur in multiple Tysons locations and enlist community engagement through the summer of 2015.  Please come participate!
ACFC's commitment to arts education was greatly furthered by a new program for Artist Residencies in Middle Schools. The goal of this program is to provide Fairfax County artists with opportunities to share their expertise through unique arts education programming that supplements the FCPS curriculum and engages middle school students in cross-curricular learning through the arts. In this pilot year, they selected and worked with three artists (music, theatre, visual arts) to prepare them for school residencies in 2015.  They continue to provide eight $1,000 student arts scholarships in all disciplines through the Uphoff fund, and brought arts programming to 2,530 students at four Title 1 Public Elementary Schools.

2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. The 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program recognizes the top 100 applicants nationwide who are using digital media in classrooms and serving as leaders in ed tech. Through Feb. 11, 2015, educators can apply to the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program by submitting a 60-120 second video showcasing how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement and completing a profile and two essay questions.

Calling all outstanding educators! 2015-2016 Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellowship Applications Now Available. For more information about the application process, visit the Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellowship program pages or go directly to the applications for the Teaching and Principal Fellowships on The deadline to apply is January 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm, ET.

My Hopes for ESEA Reauthorization in 2015. "This year will end without Congress taking action on ESEA, but we should have hope for 2015," writes guest opinion blogger Andrew Saultz. (Education Week/Rick Hess Straight Up)

GOP Senate Aides Working on Draft ESEA Bill That Could Ditch Annual Testing (Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)

The Department is proud to announce the 2014 cohort of Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees. For more information on the new grantees, please visit the i3 website.


Save the Date!  Peer 2 Peer Google Hangout: Training Staff and Volunteers to Lead Inquiry-Based Gallery Experiences - Reading Resources & Virtual Book Swap. Brought to you by the NAEA Museum Education Division. Wednesday, January 14, 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST. Who will benefit from this session? Anyone involved in training others to lead inquiry-based experiences in art museums, and interested in expanding their repertoire of training materials. This will be especially useful for anyone who works with K-12 learners, as well as anyone who trains volunteers or new staff to work with these visitors during guided tours. What can participants expect from the session? Discover fresh ideas for articles and books that can support the training of volunteers and new staff to lead inquiry-based experiences in art museums; Share benefits and challenges of integrating readings into training calendars; and Hear from a diverse range of museum education professionals

NAHS co-presidents Meggie Booth and Will Grimm, presented the case for restoring funding for the arts in schools at the last school board meeting of the year.

The California Arts Council’s arts education efforts were introduced to millions of Americans last night with a feature on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The state’s support of arts education was highlighted with a “Making a Difference” segment profiling two of the Arts Council’s Bay Area Artists in Schools grantees. We were thrilled to work with NBC News on this segment, which demonstrated the importance of the arts in schools to households across the country.

Webinar on Arts Education and English Language Learners. The National Endowment for the Arts Task Force on the Arts and Human Development presented a webinar on arts education and English language learners. The webinar discussed findings from ArtsConnection’s DELLTA program (Developing English Language Literacy through the Arts).

Chicago Mayor Announces $10 Million Investment in Arts Education for 2015. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President David Vitale, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced a $10 million investment in arts education for the 2015-2016 school year dedicated to helping schools meet the District’s first-ever comprehensive Arts Education Plan. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - December 18, 2014)

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Applications Open. 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 accepting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply by February 2, 2015.

Every Child, Every School: The Politics and Policy of Expanding Arts Education in Urban School Districts. Tune in Wednesday, January 21 at 3:00 pm EST for an informative webinar looking at the burgeoning arts education initiatives in the cities of Chicago and New York and examine the political and policy conditions that catalyzed two big city Mayors making significant investments in expanding arts education opportunities. Stay tuned for more information coming in the new year.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Park Service Team Up for Imagine Your Parks. Imagine Your Parks is a new National Endowment for the Arts grant initiative created in partnership with the National Park Service to celebrate the intersections between the two agencies in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016. Imagine Your Parks will provide an anticipated $1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category to projects that use the arts to connect people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - December 18, 2014)

Educator Tax Deduction. Congress has approved continuing the Educator Tax Deduction of $250 for purchases made for classroom supplies. Based on our Retail Market Awareness Study, we all know that teachers routinely spend an average of $347 to buy classroom materials for their schools out of their own pockets, and EDmarket member businesses benefit from this dedication to their students. That is why the Education Market Association has supported this tax break for many years, and even urged legislators to increase the amount. The bill is now awaiting the President’s signature. Make sure all of your customers know they have $250 to spend with you.


Arts Education Report: Opinions on 'Inspired Learning' In case you missed it, our stellar Commentary team recently released a package of stories on the many facets of K-12 arts education. The stories cover arts integration, poetry, and research, and the artwork woven throughout is quite stunning (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Iowa. Art Educators Seek State Standards. Fine arts advocates in Iowa are renewing an effort to get music, drama and art included in state education standards. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education will lobby lawmakers again next year to amend the Iowa Core to add the fine arts. Leon Kuehner, the group's executive director, says a similar attempt failed in 2014, but he and others hope they will have more luck this time. (CBS2) RELATED: Arts educators seek to be part of Iowa state standards (The Des Moines Register)

Ask the Art Professor: Can a Math Teacher Become an Art Teacher? Technically speaking, if you obtain the required certification and degrees to teach studio art, you can do it. However, being an effective art teacher is much more than degrees and certification. A huge part of being a successful art teacher is the ability to draw from your own experience as a visual artist. You can read, write, and analyze all you want about art theory, art technique, art education, etc., but until you have the hands-on experience of actually making your own artwork, your ability to teach studio art will remain superficial. The equivalent would be a soccer coach who reads about soccer techniques, but has never physically played a soccer game. (The Huffington Post)

Pa. Artist-Educators and Adaire School Students Continue to Collaborate With New Fishtown Mural. On Tues., December 2 around 20 volunteers from the corporate headquarters of Anthropologie joined students from Alexander Adaire K-8 elementary school to help with a mural arts project. When finished, the mural will be placed on the southern facade of the school and is meant to enhance both the community and student experience. The program is a partnership between Friends of Adaire and Adaire Home & School and is being spearheaded by Art Sphere’s talented artist-educators. (Spirit Newspapers)

D.C. Belvidere educators receive $5,000 grant for Claymation films. Catherine Urban, an art educator, and co-applicant, Dan Beetstra, of Lincoln Elementary School in Belvidere, Illinois, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to help students apply their fine arts curriculum knowledge by making Claymation films. Students will work in small groups to create a story, sculpt characters, film and compose soundtracks. The project will culminate with students sharing their films with the peers, parents and the community. (Rock River Times)

Mass. MCLA Receives Grant to Increases Arts Education. The Fine and Performing Arts Department’s arts management program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received a $15,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a collective impact project, “Leveraging Change: Improving Access to Arts Education for Rural Communities,” to increase access to arts education throughout the region. MCLA will add to the emerging body of literature on rural arts education initiatives by examining and compiling best practices in rural areas of the United States that have been successful in increasing access to arts education. (

Ill. Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Announce $10 Million Investment in Arts Education For 2015. A $10 million investment in Arts Education for the 2015-2016 School Year (SY 15-16) dedicated to helping schools meet the District’s first-ever comprehensive Arts Education Plan was announced. “The value in arts education goes beyond learning to play an instrument or perform on stage, because when you invest in the arts, you invest in the potential of a child,” said Mayor Emanuel. “These experiences help students find their voice, enhance their education and tap into their undiscovered talents, and this $10 million commitment will help infuse arts into more of our schools.” (eNews Park Forest)

Mich. Ann Arbor's Arts Alliance earns NEA Art Works grant. Ann Arbor's Arts Alliance - a 501(c)3 organization that advocates for and supports the creative sector of Washtenaw County - is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. (

Texas. Arts: Education about art mutes most claims of obscenity. As trite as it may sound, in this case education is really the key: education about art itself. If you explain to people why this unfamiliar or unsettling image is art, and how it makes sense within that context, it may take the prurient thrill out of the experience and replace it with a deeper one, the thrill of understanding something. (

Fla. Miami Community Group Urgent, Inc Empowers Youth Through Art & Education. Every day the news displays disparaging images of Black men and women. It is wrought with sensationalized extremes and usually negative portrayals that strip little ebony-skinned children of their value. Saliha Nelson, vice president of URGENT, Inc., believes that holistic approach toward cultivating young people — educating beyond books through art and coding — is essential to instilling the self-worth inner-city youth are often denied. “Art produces tangible products,” says Nelson. “That’s a powerful tool to remind people that you have something to contribute.” The results of these programs are measurable. (Madame Noir)

Calif. Pioneer High teens deliver Dr. Seuss tree decorations to children at Good Samaritan Hospital. Children in the hospital don't have the fun of visiting Christmas in the Park or driving around to see holiday lights. So, several years ago, the teens in Pioneer High School's National Art Honor Society decided to bring a little Christmas joy to the young patients at Good Samaritan Hospital. (San Jose Mercury News)

Mich. Western High National Art Honor Society students make holidays merrier at AWARE shelter. Once again, students from Western High School's National Art Honor Society have put their talents to work to make the holidays a little merrier for families at Jackson's AWARE shelter. Six Western students in the group created Christmas tree ornaments and gift bags for 35 children who may be at the shelter during the holidays. This is the fifth year the society has participated in this project. (

Calif. Grossmont district students' art at Mission Trails Regional Park. The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is featuring an art exhibition with 63 works from Grossmont Union High School District students at the Visitor and Interpretive Center at the park off Mission Gorge Road. The show has been runs through Jan. 2, but a special artists' reception was held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the center at One Father Junipero Serra Trail. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Calif. Art at airport. Washington Union School District parents already know how successful the district's art docent program is, but now a wider audience will have the opportunity to see some of the best work produced by the district's youngsters. The Youth Gallery, located upstairs at the Monterey Regional Airport in the hallway that leads out to the upper short term parking area, is featuring the art of 27 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The display will remain up until February of 2015 when it will be replaced by a new selection of student three-dimensional work. (The Californian)

Ohio board votes to allow schools to drop nurses, counselors, arts teachers. Last month I wrote that Ohio’s state school board was going to vote on whether to allow schools to drop librarians, music and art teachers, nurses, social workers and counselors in schools. Well, the board voted on Tuesday and a big majority agreed to to eliminate a state regulation that requires schools to maintain a minimum number of “specialists.” The 14-5 vote is not the final word, as the change must be administratively reviewed twice and then put up for a final vote next year. (The Washington Post)

Are you America's most innovative teacher? Enter Now! Do you know a teacher who has inspired others to challenge the limits of what’s possible? Who encourages others to create bold solutions? We’re looking for teachers who demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness, who approach teaching and learning creatively, and who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Applications due February 6, 2015.

Va. NOMINATIONS FOR DEPICTING MARINES IN ARTS AND WRITING OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 9. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will be accepting nominations for its Annual Awards program through January 9, 2015. The awards recognize individuals who showcase prominent aspects of Marine Corps history or culture in various creative works. Individuals can nominate works of their own, or others, that they believe deserve recognition. The program includes 15 categories, including writing, journalism, photography, poetry and combat art. Entering a submission is free. All winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a medallion and a commemorative brick along the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park pathway at the Marine Corps Heritage Center. Award recipients will be recognized at the awards ceremony that will take place on April 25, 2015 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va.

Congress Passes CRomnibus: Federal Government Spending Bill. Teetering close to another government shutdown, Congress passed a trillion dollar spending bill to fund the federal government through September 2015. Most federal education programs remain essentially flat funded for another year, with slight increases and decreases in key programs. The bill has been deemed a “CRomnibus” because it combines the merger of 11 individual spending bills that fund the government through the fiscal year—an omnibus—with a continuing resolution (CR) that will provide only short-term funding for Homeland Security at FY14 levels. Funding Winners—the following programs will receive increased funding during FY15: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Receiving an additional $25 million (for total funds of $11.5 billion) to provide services to children with disabilities. Preschool Development Grants: Receiving $250 million in competitive grants to build or expand high-quality preschool programs. 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Receiving an additional $2.3 million (for total funds of $1.15 billion) to provide academic enrichment in high-poverty communities during nonschool hours. In FY15, the Investing in Innovation program will lose $21 million (for total funds of $120 million), the School Leadership program will lose $9.3 million (for total funds of $16.4 million), and the Teacher Incentive Fund will lose $58.7 million (for total funds of $230 million). Funding for Arts in Education will remain level, as will funding for Teacher Quality State Grants. The bill does not include the creation of a new account to fund preschool grants, and eliminates the President’s controversial Race to the Top initiative. (ASCD Educator Advocates)


The Winter 2014 NAEA Advisory: 3-D Printing Technology in the Art Classroom is now available online! Its focus is, with the move from STEM to STEAM, incorporating the use of digital technology, specifically 3-D printing, into a teacher's curriculum.

Md. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center: Call for Entries. Pyramid Atlantic invites you to join their first juried art teachers gallery show, "Process and Purpose": visual reflections of K-12 art teachers. They will provide participating artists with a month long gallery show, opening reception night with panel discussion, press release to all contacts including printed postcards, info will be sent out in weekly newsletter, on blog, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts. Requirements: To apply you must be a K-12 art teacher currently employed in a private or public school. Original artwork must have been created in 2013 to present. 2-D works cannot be larger than 24" x 34" framed. All works on paper must be framed. All other mediums must have sufficient and professional ways to be hung on walls. 3-D artworks cannot be larger than 20" all sides.


Did you miss the live NAEA Museum Education Division Hangout this week? Not to worry, you can still watch it by following the link below: Paid and Unpaid Gallery Teachers – Pitfalls and Perks, Peer 2 Peer Google Hangout. Brought to you by the NAEA Museum Education Division. Original air date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST

Using FTC to Enhance Decoding and Encoding Art in a Course on Contemporary Studio Practices and Theory. Art/Write in the Museum! by Chelsea Farrar, M.A. Assistant Curator of Education University of Arizona Museum of Art, Chelsea Farrar writes: My research has looked at high school educators who were using visual art to teach writing. I discovered though interviewing three high school educators, as well as a literature review of current art-based interdisciplinary approaches, that this type of teaching helped students learn to analyze and critically think about what they see. Through this research, I created a website called art/write for the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, AZ. Teachers responded that they saw great potential in using the FTC model because it matched closely with the analysis process they teach both in history as well as in literature classes. The FTC model was described as a good student-based learning tool that could help structure their analysis of a work of art, potentially leading to a well organized and in-depth piece of writing.

Montana. Art Teacher Encourages Students to Take a Closer Look at Themselves. Laura Walker, Art Teacher at Burlington, McKinley, and Poly Drive Elementary, said her the artwork her 6th grade students created is a bit different than many other 6th graders throughout School District 2. The theme for this year's Art Walk is Celebrating Diversity.  Walker said a lot of teachers chose to study the art of Asian and African Cultures. Walker, however, decided to assign her students an art project, that allowed them to explore the diversity within themselves and their peers. (KULR News8)

Iowa. Digital arts and humanities. The Digital Age has opened up vast new opportunities for students and scholars in the arts and humanities. An art collection can be accessible with a touch on a smart phone. Narrative history combines with GIS technology to create a new understanding of weather patterns. The possibilities are endless and the University of Iowa Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities is positioned to help Iowans navigate the new terrain. (Iowa Now)

N.C. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools educators, UNC Charlotte students bring arts-based learning to classrooms. A partnership between a local elementary school, UNC Charlotte and a national nonprofit not only is benefiting young students but training future educators. In fall, a number of first-semester freshman UNCC students in the education curriculum went to classrooms at Albemarle Road Elementary School each week to lead arts-infused, inquiry-based learning, known as AIIBL (pronounced “able”) projects. (Charlotte Observer)

N.J. Empty Bowls Project is underway. The Pascack Hills High School National Honor Society is sponsoring an Empty Bowls Project that also involves art students at the school. Customers are asked to purchase a take-out meal of homemade soup and bread for a donation of $15. As a "thank-you" for the donation, customers are invited to select a bowl or mug handmade by Pascack Hills art students. (

Ca. Stockton Arts Commission Accepting Grant Applications. Art organizations, art educators, and art program leaders who reside, do business, or provide education in Stockton may apply. Grants will be awarded in January 2015. (

California receives more than $4 million in NEA arts funding. California organizations and individuals landed more than $4 million in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in the latest round of grant awards. (89.3KPCC)

Wis. Madison Arts Council awards five Arts in Education grants. Madison Arts Council (MAC) has awarded Arts in Education grants totaling $2,200 to five school groups. “MAC believes the arts play an essential role in the creative development of young minds,” Liz Cuneo said. “With our Arts in Education grant program, we are able to assist local educators with monetary support for in-classroom projects and programs.”... (Madison County Record)

Ill. Call for Session Proposals, 2015 EIU HAPA Symposium. EIU HAPA invites your ideas and expertise for its 38th annual symposium to be held April 10-11, 2015 in Charleston, Illinois. Our conference theme is "Museum Education in the 21st Century." The educational and cultural sectors have experienced tremendous challenges recently, especially during the last decade. Continually changing standards, the explosion of digital technology, demographic shifts, and budget cuts that reduce schools' ability to visit cultural sites force museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations to adapt if we hope to engage our audiences. Proposals should be submitted by December 31, 2014. For more information, contact Saige Jedele, EIU HAPA Vice President or (810) 223-8448.

Ohio to Give Local Districts Discretion Over Staffing for Art, Music and Gym. The Ohio State Board of Education on Tuesday took a definitive step toward eliminating a requirement mandating that school districts hire a minimum number of educators in areas such as art, library and gym. (Education Week/District Dossier)

Spending Bill Would Fund Pre-K Grants, Not Race to Top
. Overall, the U.S Department of Education would be funded to the tune of $70.5 billion, a slight $133 million decrease from fiscal 2014. (Education Week)

What Do We Do About NCLB? The return of a GOP majority to DC has renewed talk of the Great White Whale  of education reform-- completing the long-overdue rewrite of ESEA, currently commonly known as No Child Left Behind. (Education Week/View from the Cheap Seats)

Fixing NCLB. In this post, Jack and Andy Smarick take up the topic of No Child Left Behind, discussing flaws in the legislation and how they might be remedied in the reauthorization process. (Education Week/K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric)


Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice: Application Deadline: Dec. 16th. Why do you teach? "I teach because teaching is a vocation that requires the best version of me to be present and growing every day." – Fishman Prize applicant. The $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice – named for acclaimed DC Public Schools teacher Shira Fishman – is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools. In addition to receiving $25,000 each, Fishman Prize winners participate in an intensive summer residency during which they reflect deeply on their classroom practice, explore the larger issues that shape their profession, and write a short paper on their teaching practices to share with other educators and leaders worldwide. The residency allows the winners to share their expertise with educators across the country without taking time away from the classrooms where they do their best work.

SchoolArts - January 2015 Digital Edition Available Now. Your January 2015 digital edition of SchoolArts magazine is now available. In this issue: Introducing drawing from observation in the early childhood classroom in “Learning to See, Learning to Draw” (page 30); Exploring the inner workings of machines in “Electronic Eye” (page 26); Using theater bags for figure drawing in “Draped in Drama" (page 25); Taking figure drawing to the next level in “The Figure Foreshortened” (page 15); and Explore the work of Honoré Daumier and Joshua Allen Harris in Looking and Learning (page 21).

Lynda Barry’s Syllabus: An Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating the Capacity for Creative Observation. Hardly anyone has explored this delicate relationship between drawing and looking, drawing and experiencing, drawing and thinking with more rigor, wit, and insight than Lynda Barry, one of the greatest visual artists of our time. (Brain Pickings)

ART21 Announces Creative Chemistries: Bringing artists and educators together to explore innovative practices for art and education. In February 2015, ART21 will present Creative Chemistries--a public forum and experimental platform taking place in New York City that will bring artists and educators together to explore innovative practices for art and education. Leveraging ART21's unique ability to present the voices and ideas of some of today's most dynamic visual artists, this event will serve as a catalyst for shifting the paradigm of education in and through visual art, to better reflect contemporary artistic practices, motivations, and curiosities. The forum will also be a site for cross-disciplinary conversation and exchange. Detailed program information will be announced in January 2015.

2015 USSEA Regional Conference. Join the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) at the Queens Museum in New York at USSEA's Regional Conference, July 17-19, 2015. Registration and proposal submissions are now available on the USSEA website. USSEA has partnered with the traveling arts project, An Inclusive World, an exhibition of art by artists of diverse backgrounds, which parallels the theme of the conference, to enhance individuals and communities in their self-reflection, different ways of being, and in addressing problems of arts access, opportunity, and inclusion. Over the three-day conference of panels, presentations and workshops, participants will share resources, research, and teaching toward an inclusive classroom, museum, and community arts organization. Visit here for up to date information on the conference.

U.S. Department of Education Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Request for LouisianaU.S. Department of Education Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Request for Louisiana. The Obama Administration announced today that Louisiana has received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (


Arts Education Matters: We Know, We Measured It. Jay P. Greene and a team of researchers studied and measured how arts experiences boost critical thinking for students. (Education Week)

Art, for Children's Sake. There is a great deal of discussion about the role of the arts in schools these days. Are the arts just frills that add spice and beauty to the otherwise "real work" of school? Should we pursue "art for art's sake" or "arts integration"? Some would say both, but I submit that the right answer is neither. (Education Week)

Ben Doyle: Arts education is not a luxury. We all know that skills in advanced math and science will be critical for students in our increasingly technological society. But I would argue that health, the humanities and the arts will be equally important, because fields of knowledge are not discrete objects that can be purchased – whether off the shelf or online. They’re complex, interconnected, ways of being. Imagine asking Leonardo Di Vinci to choose between AP calculus and studio art. Or for a more contemporary example, Steve Jobs. (VTDigger)

Nobel prize winning scientists study the arts. STEM is the buzz word in any discussion on education in America today. Art educators need to work to promote STEAM to include the arts. Far too often, with the merit of art in education in scrutiny, the default is to focus on copying the masterworks, at least roughly in technique. The real merit of art education is in teaching the process of creating. When a person draws relationships between the thing they are creating and the world around them, great discoveries are made both in fine art and other disciplines of learning. Process art (not processed art) is the future of art education and the proof of its merits can be found in a study from the University of Michigan, which shows a direct correlation between the world's most successful scientists and their active engagement in the arts. STEAM will help "sell" the merit of the arts to everyone else.

NEH Grant Opportunity for K-12 Art Education Teachers - NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers: The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of Modern Society and a European World Economy--will be offered by Professor Gerard M. Koot, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in London, England, and Leiden, The Netherlands, from 28 June to July 31, 2015. This five week seminar is being offered in London and the Netherlands next summer, supported by a NEH grant, and has benefitted in the past from art education participants since one of the topics of the seminar is early modern Dutch art, which was an important cultural indication of the Dutch Republic’s economic and political importance in the current debate about why Western Europe became a world leader. NEH will provide a $3,900 stipend for expenses. The application deadline is March 2, 2015.  The application deadline is March 2, 2015. For more information, visit webiste or email


Video: Building Community Through the Arts. An artist-in-residence program in St. Paul, Minn., is improving classroom engagement with a student population that includes deaf and hard-of-hearing children. (Education Week)

New Report Outlines State Actions for Career Readiness for America’s Students. What role will the arts play in closing the skills gap in America? How does the arts education community secure a seat at the table in discussing the contribution of arts learning in shaping future innovators of our country’s economy? With the creative industries alone employing more than 3.1 million people each year, what strategies are emerging to prepare, promote, and ensure more students acquire essential skills desired by business leaders? Here are some resources to spark thinking, ideas, conversation, and action around this important area of our collective work.
Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students - CCSSO
•  Impact on Arts and Culture on U.S. Economy – National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Creative Industries – Americans for the Arts
CTE Basics: What is Career and Technical Education? – Association for Career and Technical Education
Common Career Technical Core Standards - National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
Adobe ConnectEd Initiative
(AEP ArtsEd Digest, December 4, 2014, Vol. 6, No. 22)

AEP 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium - Registration Opens January 12. Mark your calendars for the AEP 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. Join other arts and education leaders from around the country in facilitated conversations and workshops focused on on the role and contribution of the arts to key priorities shaping the state education policy landscape, along with the new players, issues, and actions that will drive state-level decision making in coming years. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, December 4, 2014, Vol. 6, No. 22)

AEP Partners and the Power of the Arts in Supporting Children with Special Needs. In December, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign centers on the child with special needs. Find resources and specific ways to support children with special needs in your school community. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, December 4, 2014, Vol. 6, No. 22)

Ill. State of the Arts in Chicago Public Schools. Ingenuity released its State of the Arts in CPS progress report examining arts education in Chicago Public Schools. The report shows that CPS schools have increased arts instruction, staffing, partnerships, and funding during the second year of implementing the CPS Arts Education Plan. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, December 4, 2014, Vol. 6, No. 22)

Ore. LegacyQuest International Children’s Film and Video Festival - DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF LETTER OF INTENT: December 12, 2014. It is open to young people between the ages of 12 and 15 (6th – 8th grades) in the United States and abroad. It will be held in conjunction with The Archaeology Channel (TAC) International Film and Video Festival, May 15-19, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon.  Films must be produced in 2014 and 2015. Young people are encouraged to submit videos that represent antiquity’s legacy in contemporary life. For example, students could depict how the invention of the wheel or calendar has contributed to modern society, or how ancient methods of solar energy have informed today’s green technology.

André 3000's fashion, films, and paintings on view at The SCAD Museum of Art. The SCAD Museum of Art presents the exhibition i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin, on view Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Mana Miami (318 NW 23rd Street, Wynwood). The exhibition explores fashion, film, and painting through the work of artist, musician, performer, fashion innovator, and actor André 3000 Benjamin (aka André 3000), filmmaker Greg Brunkalla, and painter Jimmy O’Neal. (

How One State Is Using Its NCLB Waiver to Close Gaps (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Inspired Learning: Commentaries on Arts Education. In this special Commentary package, educators and advocates discuss the role of the arts in K-12 learning. Artists who regularly contribute to Education Week illustrate the package, which includes a video that explores how an artists-in-residence program is building school community. (Education Week)

Understanding the Mind of a Young Artist. llustrator Jeff Dekal shares his perspective on being a young artist in the K-12 classroom. (Education Week)

STEM + Art: A Brilliant Combination. "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." —William Butler Yeats. I love the quote above because it captures the essence of what arts integration does for our children. By teaching in and through the arts, our children carry the creative spark across the curriculum for all content areas. Arts integration is an innovative teaching strategy that fuses the arts curriculum—dance, music, visual arts—with standard curricula. (Education Week PD Toolkit)

Paid and Unpaid Gallery Teachers – Pitfalls and Perks - Peer 2 Peer Google Hangout, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. Brought to you by the NAEA Museum Education Division. Formerly "Coaching Gallery Teachers" this Hangout will now cover the often debated issue of paid vs. volunteer gallery teachers. Please plan to join the conversation by typing questions for the on-air participants. On-air participants will be Jessica Sack (Yale University Art Gallery) who shifted from volunteer docents to paid guides and Erin Branham (J. Paul Getty Museum) who experienced the shift from paid to volunteer. We'll also be joined by Jeanne Hoel (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) who led a survey of the field in 2007 and again in 2013 (To Pay or Not to Pay) to find out who is paying gallery teachers, who isn't, and how satisfied everyone is with their respective program.

Crayola Invites Proposals from Elementary Schools for 2015 Creative Leadership Grants. Crayola, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, is accepting applications for the 2015 Creative Leadership grant program. The program will award up to twenty grants of $2,500   in support of creative leadership team-building programs in elementary schools in the United States and Canada. In addition, each program will receive an in-kind grant of Crayola products valued at $1,000. Creative leadership projects might involve building a creativity professional development plan that includes a series of workshops delivered by teachers, for teachers; bringing in an arts organization that has expertise in integrating art across the curriculum and having a series of training workshops followed up by co-teaching sessions so the information gets embedded into classroom  practices; and/or organizing grade level creativity teams who have monthly collaboration meetings where they design lessons and coach each other on the implementation of art-infused, cross-curricular lessons. To be eligible, school principals must be a NAESP member and not have won the award in 2014. Applications should be sent to or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Anita DeChellis. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Monday, June 22, 2015.

Champion Creatively Alive Children Resources - Download FREE Professional Resources. Our Champion Creatively Alive Children series will help you implement arts-infused education in your school. Like you, we know that arts-infused education helps children acquire critical 21st century skills: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The complete program includes 7 videos and guides, along with a supplemental introductory leadership guide, and additional resources to help you facilitate workshops and arts-infused education advocacy meetings--everything you need from PowerPoint presentations to flyers, handouts and evaluation forms. These resources will help transform your school culture, and infuse arts across your curriculum.
Program Introduction - Arts-Infused Education Leadership - Developing the Critical 21st Century Skills:
Creativity Critical Thinking Communication Collaboration
Watch Arts Infused Education Videos Now featuring Workshop Modules on Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity Connects Schools with Families, Creativity Connects the World, Crafting A Vision, Creating Change, Transforming School Culture, and Advocacy.
Dream-Makers: Building fun and creativity into standards-based learning.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber joins House of Lords debate on arts education. Public figures including Andrew Lloyd Webber, the former culture secretary Chris Smith and actor and politician Michael Cashman, have joined the debate on arts education in schools. (The Stage News)

Calif. Kaye Bonner: Art: a necessity, not a luxury. Over many decades, research studies have shown the value and effectiveness of art education in the lives of schoolchildren, as well as its correlation to their achievement. And yet, increasingly during this same period, education decision makers once had all but removed art education from the curriculum of most elementary schools. (The Fresno Bee)

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN WORLD ART HISTORY. You love art. Now become the expert you’ve always wanted to be. To truly appreciate any work of art, we need to understand the context and culture in which it was produced. That's why the Smithsonian Associates has created an exciting new certificate program in World Art History.

Opening of the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) in New York City in Fall 2015. The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) is a graduate institute for research and experimentation in art. It is the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris. The Institute was created in 1985 by the City of Paris, in reference to the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College, and as an alternative to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It lapsed in 1995. Iheap’s course of study offers participants – known as sessionists – the opportunity to liberate themselves from the inherited history of 20th Century art; instead, it proposes inquiry into the crucial issues of art in the 21st Century, a history in the process of being written and in which sessionists might eventually take part. Tuition is 9000 US Dollars for two years of study. The period for application commences on November 18, 2014, and closes on March 1, 2015.

State Arts Budget One-time Boost Yields Significant Investment in Communities Across California .The Council will invest nearly half a million dollars in three high-impact arts education initiatives, partially resulting from the work of a statewide arts education coalition known as Core Reforms Engaging Arts To Educate (CREATE) CA. The California Arts Council is a founding organization of CREATE CA which seeks the full inclusion of arts into the California public education system. The three arts education investments are: Turnaround Arts CA, Creativity at the Core, and Student Voices Campaign.

KQED Arts Education. Looking for fun art inspired resources? Check out our collection of videos and activities sure to get creativity flowing in your classroom.

Mo. Area schools face the challenge of bridging the financial divide in arts education. The school can’t collect studio fees from its students. It stretches its magnet school budget from Kansas City Public Schools in its quest to be a distinctive arts school, relying on donors to reach for many of its special amenities.(The Kansas City Star)

V&A game designer launches William Morris game for iPad. LONDON.- The V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence, Sophia George, launched a brand new iPad game inspired by the work of William Morris. The new game takes its title, Strawberry Thief, from a William Morris furnishing fabric on display in the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 galleries. The game enables the user to sketch and colour the famous pattern by flying a bird – the strawberry thief itself – across their iPad screen. As the player drags their finger across the screen, it leaves a trail for the bird to follow – and each section of the pattern it flies over then transforms from a pencil sketch to the coloured pattern. Animations and music from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) gradually bring Morris’ pattern to life in an experience designed for players of all ages. (

An art school will complete the United Arab Emirates big picture, aesthetically. With time, this appreciation and the increased levels of interest in art will create a population that is culturally and artistically nurtured. Once that happens, it is inevitable that art appreciation will start to translate into value. But it will take more than big names in museums, multiplying galleries and extravagant art fairs to make this happen. Instead, it will need the infrastructure that will nurture and promote talent. An art school will complement the rest of the art infrastructure by creating local jobs. With the fine arts occupying an increasingly prominent space in this country’s developmental goals, the time to set up an educational institution is now. (The National)

Fla. United Arts plans workshops to help Central Florida artists apply for grants. United Arts of Central Florida has scheduled a series of workshops to help Central Florida artists apply for its Artists in Communities Grants of up to $2,500. (Orlando Sentinel)

N.J. Schools can apply for artist-in-residency grants. The Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program is conducting its 43rd annual Artists-in-Education (AIE) Residency Grant Program and all New Jersey public, private charter and parochial schools serving Grades Pre-k through 12 are eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence for their school. Grants provide up to $7,000 for residency expenses and support residencies for 20 days or more. (

Kennedy Center program among several D.C.-area groups to win grants from NEA. The Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child arts education program will receive $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, the largest award of the federal arts endowment’s 31 Washington-based grants totaling $950,000. (The Washington Post)

We're Getting STEAMrolled: Stop Creating Favored Classes of Content. The attempt by many to fight the narrowing by injecting art into STEM (and, like some sort of magical alchemy, creating STEAM) feels very misguided. If art, why not social studies, or writing, or physical education, or foreign languages, or ? (Education Week/Rick Hess Straight Up blog)

What Might a Republican NCLB Act Reauthorization Look Like? Provisions to expand charter schools and reduce accountability requirements are likely to be part of the package when the GOP tackles renewal of the NCLB law next year. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

U.S. lawmakers could work to reform NCLB early next year. No Child Left Behind reform efforts could see renewed focus under Sen. Lamar Alexander, the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education. Alexander says he will push for an NCLB reform bill early next year. (ABC News/The Associated Press)


S.C. East Aiken students integrate academic, arts standards in video. For their annual arts-integrated performance, the students created a video titled “Native American News: A Special Report,” complete with a couple of friendly anchormen and feature segments highlighting Native American culture across North America. The program focused on social studies academic standards by incorporating visual and performing arts techniques. (Aiken Standard)

N.H. Five Teaching Artists Join the NH State Arts Council's Arts in Education Roster. The State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that five new teaching artists who represent a variety of artistic disciplines and backgrounds have been added to the Arts in Education (AIE) roster. The AIE roster is a resource of professional artists who bring new ideas, skills, energy and creativity to schools and communities. To be named to the roster, artists are juried by certified arts educators, Artist Residencies in Schools project coordinators and experienced teaching artists. Together, they evaluate the quality of the artists’ work, professional commitment and experience working in educational settings. (Concord Patch)

Academy of Art University Announces National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accreditation for MFA and BFA Costume Design. The Costume Design program will be housed in the School of Fashion and led by Costume Design Program Coordinator Margaret Whitaker. School of Fashion Executive Director Simon Ungless will oversee the program. Students in the Costume Design program will benefit not only from the rigorous garment construction techniques taught in the School of Fashion, but also from practical experience gained through collaboration with both the School of Motion Pictures & Television and the School of Acting. (PRWeb)

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