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How to Build Creative Confidence in Kids. Kids are creative, every moment of the day… in the way they draw, the way they experiment with language, the way they interact with objects, the way they imagine new worlds. At IDEO we believe that creative confidence?—?believing in your ability to create change and having the courage to act on it?—?is something all of us are born with. (medium)

NY state report says effort to boost art education pays off. A state comptroller’s reporter obtained by the Daily News of New York shows the city’s efforts to boost art education in public schools are paying off and 95 percent of high school graduates completed mandatory art lessons. That was up from about half of students who completed lessons in an audit done in 2011. (The Washington Times)

Calif. Athena Currey Talks The Posters and Art Education. Athena Currey has always believed in the healing power of art. Working in hospitals as an artist in residence, the former model saw the effect it had on cancer patients. “Someone might come in really afraid and angry, and then once we started working together, it really took their focus and energy….They could get lost in [making art],” she says. With that role, though, she could only help one person at a time — and she wanted to do more. “How can we bring more art into people’s lives?” she landed on the idea of posters. (WWD)

Wyoming Receives Grant to Help Improve Arts Education. A national arts education organization has selected Wyoming to be part of a three-year program to strengthen the arts in schools. Americans for the Arts has awarded grants to ten states for pilot programs to improve arts education policies. (Wyoming Public Radio)

Canada. Arts education: Development of the whole child. It has been an exciting year for the Esplanade with the recent celebration of its 10th anniversary and anticipation of upcoming programs for the winter season. With the arrival of fall and new back-to-school routines, it is a busy time for children, parents and teachers. Staff at the Esplanade have had the opportunity over the years to work with teachers and collaborate on art programs aimed at enriching the educational curriculum. Recently, we have noticed a more progressive focus on the whole child in arts education; the cognitive, mental, physical, and emotional facets of learning and well being. (Medicine Hat News)

US awards $113M in grants through Investing in Innovation program. The US Department of Education has selected 13 organizations to share $113 million in grants through the Investing in Innovation program, which supports innovation in education. "Through i3, educators are dramatically improving outcomes for students, and we are committed to providing teachers and school leaders with the resources they need to continue this important work," said senior adviser John King. (T.H.E. Journal)

Congress reports progress on rewrite of NCLB. Members of a bipartisan Congressional conference committee say they're making progress reconciling two bills to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law. Under the agreement, the federal government would still mandate annual testing for grades 3-8, but states would control assessments, regulation of low-performing schools and decisions on which academic standards to adopt. (The Associated Press)

NCLB Conference Committee: Key Issues to Consider. The U.S. House and Senate have each passed bills to update and replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the nation’s foremost K–12 education law. As the next step in the legislative process, a House-Senate conference committee must now reconcile the differences between the two bills to present one final package to the president for his signature. This Policy Points highlights some of the more contentious issues that conference committee negotiations must resolve. (ASCD)

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Colorado. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Colorado has received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The state is implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (


Huge Arts Education Win in Congress Today. For arts education proponents, Thanksgiving came early this year. In the midst of the biggest shakeup of federal education law in over a decade, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) successfully added an amendment today to the rewrite of the nation’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation that will integrate the arts into STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math).

This is of particular significance because her amendment was unanimously adopted by voice vote by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee during today’s mark-up of the final ESEA bill. The bill next goes to the House and Senate for final (and likely) passage in early December before landing on the President’s desk.

The amendment specifically citing the arts states: “integrating other academic subjects, including the arts, into STEM programs to increase participation in STEM, improve attainment of STEM-related skills, and promote well-rounded education;”

After many years of anticipation, this bipartisan legislation will set new K-12 education policies impacting the nation’s 100,000 schools across the country. (Arts Action Fund)


[VIDEO] How to Organize a Party for 4,000 Art Teachers Want to learn more about the 2016 NAEA National Convention in Chicago, IL? Watch Bob Reeker, 2016 NAEA Program Coordinator, being interviewed by Tim Bogatz and Andrew McCormick from Art of Education (AOE).

Most NYC Students Take Arts Classes Before Graduation. A report from the New York State Controller indicates that 95 percent of New York City's graduating class of 2014 met the state's requirement for arts classes — a significant increase from 2011, when an audit showed closer to 50 percent of the district's students meeting state requirements. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Diversity in Arts Participation: Current Overview and Efforts for Progress. Diversity is more than a buzzword.  It’s more than a vague goal of corporate mission statements or topic for entertainment news pieces.  Discussing diversity, inclusion, and equity is an important step in recognizing biases based on a variety of factors: age, religion, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Despite the challenges of discussing diversity in the workplace and truly defining what it means, it remains a consistently relevant topic, particularly in the arts and arts education. (iamurbangateways)

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA RECOGNIZES COUNTRY'S TOP ARTS AND HUMANITIES PROGRAMS. ArtMix's Urban Artisans program was honored at the White House yesterday! Selected from over 285 nominations, our Urban Artisans program was one of twelve awardees for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards . Staff member Linda Wisler and intern artist Meghan McNeal traveled to the Washington, D.C. to share the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama.

13 Bloom’s Taxonomy apps for showing true thinking skills. Bloom's Taxonomy apps to enhance thinking skills, like analsyis and evaluation, in creative new ways. Mobile devices have long held promise in that they allow students to tackle problems in almost as many ways as there are apps — that is to say a nearly infinite number. But whereas that flexibility is a boon to students, it can make it hard for educators tasked with the best apps to students to help them realize that potential. (eSchool News)

8 free iPad apps to encourage creativity in young learners young-learners. Enhance creativity in young learners with these educator-selected apps. Encouraging expression and creativity has never been easier, in an age where mobile devices let us combine music, art, and learning with the touch (or is that a tap?) of a button. (eSchool News)

[CONTEST] Doodle4Google: WHAT MAKES ME…ME. THIS YEAR'S CONTEST IS NOW OPEN. From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Now, with the Google homepage as their canvas, we’re asking students to do the same. Young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner’s artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day. Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from October 19, 2015 to December 7, 2015.

Mass. Art educators descend on North Adams for annual conference. An estimated 300 arts educators — college professors, elementary school art teachers, museum educators and the like — gathered in and explored northern Berkshire County over the weekend for the annual conference of the Massachusetts Art Education Association, which put a focused lens on arts achievement in the region. (Berkshire Eagle)

Okla. Durant Arts Educator Journeys to Quartz Mountain. Juliet Snyder, a Washington Irving Elementary School educator, journeyed to Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center this fall to participate in the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute (OFAI), a series of intensive weekend workshops taught by nationally renowned artists in the literary, visual, and performing arts. (Durant Democrat)

I’ll Turn My Students into Makers, No Matter What. “I am a regular teacher that cares too much about my craft to simply admit defeat.” project-based learning (PBL) was a powerful way to engage students with the real world, to get them to think both creatively and critically. Instead of studying flat texts, PBL forces students to take ownership of their education. (medium)


NCLB and Other Education Policy Updates. Congress has taken one step closer to replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), as House and Senate education leaders have reportedly reached an agreement on the framework for a final bill. Although details have not been officially released, word is that the bill will maintain annual testing, with states determining how test results are used for accountability purposes. It will also likely eliminate many individual programs (including those that support a well-rounded education), instead providing a block grant that states and districts can allocate according to their schools’ and communities’ needs. Reportedly, it does not include Title I portability and curtails secretarial authority, leaving decision making on issues like school improvement and achievement gap closure to the states.

With the ESEA Conference Set to Kick Off, Is the End Near for NCLB? After eight years and at least three serious attempts, Congress is finally moving forward on bipartisan, bicameral legislation to rewrite the almost-universally-despised No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

States may gain more power over education with ESEA rewrite. A bipartisan framework in Congress for rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would return power to state leaders to create accountability systems for testing results and interventions for low-performing schools. However, the federal government still would require states to administer standardized tests in math and reading. (The Hechinger Report)


Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure. A design college in the United States has just started a new exhibition about creativity, which will run till January. It is called "Permission to Fail". The curator asked a group of 50 prestigious designers and illustrators to send in their mess-ups, rough drafts and preliminary sketches so that they could be put on display. (BBC)

The Making Of An Icon: How The "Peace For Paris" Sign Spread Around The World. Following the terrorist attacks on Paris Friday, one graphic designer's raw reaction becomes a global symbol of peace and solidarity. It's simple, haunting, and has served as a tool for people across the globe to express solidarity. It has been shared across social media, displayed at vigils, and even scrawled on concrete in public spaces. (FastCoDesign)

8 Living Artists Every Educator Should Know. By staying aware of artists who are working today, educators can invigorate their lives and their classrooms with new and expansive ways of looking at contemporary life and the world. Here are a few artists to get started, along with suggested connections that can be made to subjects and themes that you might be addressing with your students. (Edutopia)

Do You Know Your State Policies for Arts Education? Did you know that: Only one state hasn't adopted standards for the arts? 27 states include the arts in their definition of “core academic subject”? 35 states require arts coursework for certification of non-arts teachers? You can learn more about these policies and much more through AEP's ArtScan. ArtScan is a searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 11/12/15)

Grading the Arts in LAUSD
. A Los Angeles Times analysis used data from L.A. Unified School District to assign letter grades to school arts programs and published its findings in an interactive database. Only 35 out of more than 700 schools earned an "A" for arts education. Read about how non-profit arts programs are stepping in to help. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 11/12/15)

Ohio Voters Approve Tax to Support the Arts. Citizens of Cuyahoga County, Ohio voted to keep a 30-cents-a-pack tax on cigarettes to provide a regular source of funding for artists and arts organizations. The tax was originally approved in 2006, and since then, over $125 million has been collected and redistributed to the local arts community. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 11/12/15)

Ala. Sumiton students explore their creativity through art. The availability of arts education is notoriously lower for students in low income areas who receive free or reduced lunch, adding that 64 percent of students in Walker County qualify for nutrition assistance. In addition, Alabama ranks 49th in nationwide spending per student. “Which is why we have no money for art, but everybody wants it so badly, even the industry leaders are saying that the students that are coming to them have no imagination and can’t use critical thinking skills, and they don’t communicate effectively...They can’t put words to thoughts, and that’s why art is so important, because we talk about the art, which gives them a bigger vocabulary, and it helps them to think visually and spatially.” (Mountain Eagle)

Wash. The art of teaching art: Honoring two of the state’s finest art teachers. Teaching art, the easy path is to play this sort of pass-the-time role. “Here’s some materials,” you can say, before giving everyone a broad sort of assignment. “Have fun, don’t be disruptive. I’ll check in with you guys later.” But to go the extra mile, to invest in the kids who have that spark of interest and encourage them to develop, is a seriously worthwhile endeavor. Because being a good art teacher demands you do more than is necessary, the same as being a good teacher of anything. It takes patience, positivity, and a genuine interest in others. Those who do it well can be the reason a kid gains a greater sense of worth, finds something that they love, and leads a fuller life. (Crosscut)

Mich. Grand Rapids Art Museum to offer teacher workshops through partnership. The Grand Rapids Art Museum is partnering with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to offer free workshops for teachers throughout the school year. Christopher Bruce, the museum's school programs senior coordinator, will teach three all day professional development workshops focused on art and education. Teachers will learn new ways to teach art, music and core subject areas during the first workshop, "Art + Music + Literacy," on Thursday, Nov. 12. (mlive)

How the maker movement inspires every student to love learning. No matter the subject, making and collaborating engages students in inspiring ways How the maker movement inspires every student to love learning. Earlier this year, for the National Week of Making, President Obama issued a call to action to educators, designers, and makers of all stripes. “During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers,” he said. “As the maker movement grows, I continue to call on all Americans to help unlock the potential of our Nation and ensure these opportunities reach all our young people, regardless of who they are or where they come from." It’s a great vision but what does it actually mean for the teachers in the classroom? (eSchool News)

College exhibit spotlights work of local art teachers. Lone Star College-Montgomery is providing an outlet for art educators like Lucas to show their work. Lucas is one of 10 educators in Montgomery County featured at the college's Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery in an exhibit dedicated to area high school art teachers. "It's always exciting for art teachers to get an opportunity like that. We don't often," Lucas said. "For a practicing artists, it's almost a second job to promote your career. So as a teacher and practicing artist, to take on that extra step of trying to promote is almost impossible." (Chron)

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts bets on art education. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is redefining what an art museum can and should be. At an event that attracted everyone from the premier of Quebec to experts in mental health, homelessness, eating disorders and even cardiac-health researchers, MMFA director Nathalie Bondil announced plans to completely reshape the direction of the Montreal institution. The museum has been able to devote more space and attention to art therapy and education as the result of the donation. (CBCNews)

Kutztown University Holding 77th Annual Conference on Art Education. Kutztown University will hold its 77th Annual Art Education Conference, “Exploring Time-Based Media: Strategies for Developing Narratives,” on Friday, Nov. 20, from 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The conference will showcase speakers and workshops from all academic levels including K-12 art teachers, university professors and other professional artists. The conference is open to the public.  Registration is $75 for adults, $35 for students not attending KU and is free for current Kutztown University students.

Ky. Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 12–13. Join the Kentucky Arts Council for the second annual Creative Industry Summit at the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro, Ky. The summit will feature national, state and local experts discussing the creative industry and related topics that will benefit individuals and communities interested in growing and supporting Kentucky’s creative industry. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and share what they are learning across a broad spectrum of creative projects and initiatives taking place in the Commonwealth. This year, the arts council will present a day of pre-summit workshops with two learning tracks: one for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs and one for those interested in community development through the arts.

Judy Chicago Art Education Award invites applicants. In honor of artist, author and educator Judy Chicago and her many varied accomplishments, including "The Dinner Party," Through the Flower — working with the Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to "The Dinner Party" K-12 Curriculum or other materials in the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection. This award — which consists of a check for $1,000 and a certificate — is given annually and administered by the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Texas. Two high school students chosen to showcase artwork in street painting festival. Via Apprendista gives budding artists from local schools a chance to showcase their work alongside 200 artists from across the United States and Mexico, allowing the community to appreciate and cultivate young talent. (Cypress Creek Mirror)

Texas. Cypress Lakes art students featured in Día de los Muertos exhibits. Artwork from students at Cypress Lakes High School will be on display at two separate Houston Día de los Muertos exhibits through early November. Cypress Lakes National Art Honor Society students will make sugar skulls and help with children’s activities at the Lawndale Art Center Family Day Fiesta, a concluding event for the 28th annual Día de los Muertos celebration.

U.K. Art teacher is top of the class in TV advert. Louise Hill, head of art at Hastings High School, is one of a select few chosen to appear in adverts aimed at boosting numbers entering the teaching profession in this year’s ‘your future their future’ campaign launched by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. (The Hinkley Times)

Art therapy ‘best way’ to fight intellectual disability. Zaki Alloaim, a professor of art education in Al-Ahsa, has contributed in the treatment of special needs students by exploring their abilities and talents, and then implementing them through several types of activities and art works. “There is no problem in the failure of such students to do certain type of work. I do not care about the product quality as much as I care about the involvement of the students to prove their abilities, regardless of perfection or quality; this is the therapeutic and psychological side for the student,” he said. (Arab News)

ART+BIO Collaborative. The ART+BIO Collaborative, a Cambridge, MA non-profit, is offering ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, January 7-13, 2016. The program is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and all people interested in nature, art, and biology. ISLAND LIFE 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 diverse 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.


ESEA rewrite could pass before 2016
. US lawmakers announced Friday that they plan to move forward on rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A conference committee is expected to meet in the next few days to plan the overhaul of the legislation, with the goal of passing a revised bill by year's end. (The Washington Post)

Lawmakers Announce Preliminary Agreement on ESEA Rewrite. Congressional negotiators announced they have a way forward to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with a conference committee to start working on a compromise soon. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Congressional process for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act"It is good news for our nation's schools that Congress is taking the next step forward toward a serious bipartisan plan to revamp the outdated No Child Left Behind law. America's students deserve a bill that increases educational opportunity for all and lives up to the civil rights legacy of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We are encouraged that Congressional negotiators appear to be moving toward a framework that accomplishes those goals. We urge members on both sides of the aisle to continue working together to produce and pass a good piece of legislation." (

U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Rated Applications for the 2015 Investing in Innovation Competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced today the 13 highest-rated applications for its $113 million Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 competition. These 13 organizationsselected from more than 400 applicationswill secure private sector matching funds by December 2015, and formalize their awards as i3 grantees. (

Thirteen Groups Win i3 Awards, High School a Key Focus Area
Sources: House and Senate Have Reached Preliminary ESEA Deal. After weeks of long and hard negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers have reached preliminary agreement on a bill to reauthorize the very long-stalled No Child Left Behind Act, multiple sources say. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, August 1 & 2, Pittsburgh, PA. Call for Presentation Proposals Open until December 3. A professional development opportunity for those of you that work at the overlap of arts education and special education/disability studies. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts holds the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference annually. VSA Intersections provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. This year's call for presentation proposals is open until December 3.

Open Call: Breakout Session RFPs for the 2016 National Arts-in-Education Conference in Miami. YA is now accepting breakout session proposals for the National Arts-in-Education Conference, Growing up with the Arts. The conference will be held on April 14-16 at the Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach in Miami, FL. YA seeks to provide our conference attendees with engaging sessions led by passionate members of the arts and education communities in order to highlight best practices and cutting edge arts-in education ideas from organizations around the country.

Philadelphia Public Art Encourages Voting. Philadelphia has turned to art as a strategy to help increase voter turnout with Next Stop: Democracy!, a public art project to improve the voting experience in Philadelphia. Since polling sites are frequently in out-of-the-way places with sparse signage, 50 local artists were commissioned to create large signs that say "Vote Here" in both English and Spanish. Local musicians and performers were hired to dance, sing, and drum at selected polling places. Public art can increase civic engagement.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management: An Exposé and Guide. Elena Muslar of HowlRound created and conducted an independent study focused on racial and ethnic diversity in leadership positions within nonprofit performing arts organizations as part of her culminating project at the CalArts Theater MFA. Through her conversations with more than 25 arts leaders, administrators, educators, and artists of various ages, races, and ethnicities, she was able to identify four areas of concern directly affecting the lack of diversity in arts leadership, and suggestions for moving through them.

Cultural Organizing for Community Change Workshop on November 22 in Brooklyn. Join Arts & Democracy, along with fellow organizers, artists, media makers, and policymakers to learn effective ways to deepen your work and engage your creativity in organizing for community change in this one-day workshop that will include: a cultural organizing framework; hands-on skill building workshops including theater, visual arts, media, organizing, policy, and more; case studies from across NYC and beyond; problem-solving with peers; shifting the narrative roundtable; networking; and resources.

Artist as Activist: Two-Year Fellowship from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2016 grant cycle who are interested in creating and further developing interactive works surrounding racial justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Each fellow will participate in a three-week residency and receive funds up to $100,000 to aid in the implementation of each critically engaged piece. Deadline: December 7, 2015.

5 critical 21st century skills that go way beyond the 4 Cs. Educators have been tackling a new mindset for student learning for nearly two decades. In the early 2000s, when as a nation as we sat at the dawn of the 21st century, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (formerly The Partnership for 21st Century Skills) introduced the education community to a Framework for 21st Century Learning, which highlighted 18 different skills. Over time leaders from a broad spectrum of business and education communities narrowed the focus to concentrate on a set of skills that came to be known as the 4Cs—communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. (eSchool News)

Mindfulness in the Classroom: A How-To Guide. Focus. Awareness. Resilience. Curiosity. Reflection. All are elements of thriving classrooms and students. All are trainable skills that can be intentionally taught and cultivated to strengthen student opportunities for success. I’ve come to realize that the extent to which I purposefully incorporate them into my curriculum makes just as much of an impact as how I teach academic skills. (Education Week)

8 characteristics of good online video. Instructor-led video is a must in online learning, but not all videos are successes. Here are eight tips to help educators create effective online videos for their courses. (eCampus News)

Invitation to attend the 25th Annual International Symposium on Childhood Education - CALL FOR PAPERS: Submission/Abstracts due by December 15, 2015. The Round Table will hold our 25th Annual International Conference on Childhood Education during the dates of March 13 – March 16, 2016 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. You are invited to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however, your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent thereon. Those not presenting papers will be placed on a discussion panel. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum, a journal of the Round Table. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.


ARTS ACTION ALERT from Americans for the Arts Action Fund

This month, Congress is heading into final negotiations over the education reform bill and we need your help to make sure Congress knows the importance of retaining arts education provisions and ensuring that all students have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. This week, we are putting out a last call. We've developed a national petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the bill. By Sunday, November 15th, we hope you will join over 15,000 arts advocates in signing the petition!

Money Matters in ESEA Reauthorization. As negotiations over reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act grind on, don't forget about the cash. Possible shifts in accountability, including how testing requirements might change, have gotten a tremendous amount of attention. But there are plenty of changes to K-12 funding in both the House and Senate bills that could be especially tricky for staffers and lawmakers as they put the finishing touches on a deal. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Unleashing America's Energy for Better Education: The Legacy of Race to the Top. In a speech at Burke High School in Boston, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussed the progress states and districts have seen in the last six years in partnership with the Department's signature programs and policies, including Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants and Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility. (

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Louisiana. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Louisiana has received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The state is implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (


Maker Education Is About More Than 3-D Printers. Makers—in the broadest sense, those who make things—and the maker movement have gone mainstream. Featured in articles from the Smithsonian to The Atlantic to The New York Times, today's makers are just as likely to be armed with traditional tools like hammers, anvils, and yarn, as they are with conductive paint, 3-D printers, and computers. They are participating in a movement marked by community norms of sharing, collaboration, and experimentation. They are gathering in libraries, garages, summer camps, and makerspaces. (Education Week)

Vast Majority of Los Angeles School Arts Programs Lacking. Less than 1 percent of Los Angeles schools earned an A on a scorecard created by the Los Angeles Times to evaluate that school district's arts education programs. The newspaper ranked schools on factors such as teacher availability, numbers of arts courses, and teachers' training. Just 35 of the district's 700 schools earned top marks. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

The art of thinking about art: Why is art so hard to talk about, anyway? Here’s a humorous understatement from the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy: “It is difficult to say what is meant by art.” He goes on: “And especially what is good art, useful art, art for the sake of which we might condone such sacrifices as are being offered at its shrine.”' It is “difficult” to say, no doubt. But at the same time, Tolstoy’s proclamation makes a certain presupposition with its very underlying question. To ask “what is art?” suggests art has a categorical definition. It suggests, in other words, that art is something. (The Portland Phoenix)

Judy Chicago Art Education Award invites applicants. In honor of artist, author and educator Judy Chicago and her many varied accomplishments, including "The Dinner Party," Through the Flower — working with the Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to "The Dinner Party" K-12 Curriculum or other materials in the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection. This award — which consists of a check for $1,000 and a certificate — is given annually and administered by the Penn State School of Visual Arts. It is open to all teachers with preference given to those projects that most embody feminist goals. Submissions can be uploaded digitally by Feb. 1.

Fundraiser: Mixing Art and Science, $2,505 raised · $5,000 goal. This is for an independent, non-commercial project to create a 30 minute educational video that follows public school arts teacher Stacy Lord on her journey through NASA's 2015 mission known as Stratospheric Observation for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).


Nebraska Hits the Brakes on NCLB Waiver Request. Will we see a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act soon? Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska's education commissioner, thinks its a real possiblity, according to published reports. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Key Education Policy Updates
. The use of student achievement measures in educator evaluations became a particularly controversial issue when the Obama administration required its Race to the Top program and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers to tie student performance to educator evaluations. Currently, 43 states require teacher evaluations to include student achievement, but it remains to be seen whether states will maintain these policies after Congress replaces NCLB or President Obama leaves office. This new report concludes that most states will likely continue incorporating student performance in evaluations. (ASCD Capitol Connection, 11/9/15)


We cannot afford to lose art education. Art is beyond powerful. Art, in any form, has the potential to reflect contemporary social reality and to promote social revolutions. On an individual basis, artists have the unique ability to step within their creative works, and therefore exit out of their individual lives for a while. Depending on one’s circumstance, escapism can be advantageous. (Smile Politely)

K-12 schools add the arts to STEM. More schools -- including some in North Carolina, Michigan and Florida -- are integrating the arts into science, technology, engineering and math lessons to help foster creativity, problem-solving and innovation. "The A -- the arts -- makes everything else make sense," said Greg Little, superintendent of Mt. Airy City Schools in North Carolina. "If we ignore the arts side, the creative side, we lose the soul of what we're doing and the why of what we're doing." (District Administration)

Smithsonian will study digital learning practices digital-learning. The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access was awarded a $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund a two-year research project on digital learning. Findings from the study will be used to enhance the Smithsonian Learning Lab, which is launching in public beta this fall, and to advance digital learning and teaching strategies throughout the education field. (eSchool News)

6 departments ripe for 3D learning. As institutions make room in the classroom (and within 2016 budgets) to add more technology to learning programs, 3D printing tools are at the top of the must-have list, especially for specific departments on campus. According to colleges and universities, this technology is on the 2016 must-have list because 3D printing not only brings educational concepts to life for students, but supports next-level learning by developing more agile and creative thinkers. (eCampus News)

N.H. Leading the way through art. How can we make New Hampshire a great place for everyone to experience the transformative power of arts learning? This is the question that will be addressed by arts professionals from across the state Nov. 6 in Portsmouth. The Art & Spirit of Leadership, the New Hampshire Arts Education Partnership conference, will host teaching artists, art educators, artists, arts administrators, friends of the arts, arts advocates, and all those with arts interests, to address this question. (

Harvard joins growing trend of arts education in medical schools. Aspiring doctors may not think they have time to gaze at paintings or play the viola while they’re cramming for anatomy tests. But Harvard Medical School thinks students should be doing more of that — and the school is not alone. This fall, Harvard launched a new initiative to use more drama, dance, and literature to help medical students become empathetic and reflective doctors. In doing so, Harvard joins a growing number of schools making more overt efforts to weave arts and humanities into medical education. (The Boston Globe)

Calif. Only 35 L.A. public schools get an A in supporting the arts. Normandie Avenue Elementary Principal Gustavo Ortiz worries that he can't provide arts classes for most of the 900 students at his South Los Angeles school. Not a single art or music class was offered until this year at Curtiss Middle School in Carson. (Los Angeles Times)

Ariz. Arts education is making a comeback in Valley schools. Cartwright School District, one of the Valley districts hit hardest by the Great Recession, isn’t letting budget cuts imperil its ability to offer students a vibrant arts education. “We have art in every single school,” said Kate Cross, Atkinson Middle School seventh and eighth grade art teacher. “Every single child in our district has the opportunity to take art from kindergarten through eighth grade.” Cross said Cartwright District’s art programs and curriculum reflect the national and state standards. Simply put, Cross said, “Our kids love art, and our whole district supports art.” (The Arizona Republic)

Ill. Plainfield students help those with disabilities create art projects. As students paired up last week with a partner in an art class at Plainfield East High School, Niko Witt sat by himself waiting to paint a tiny white pumpkin. “Niko, do you have a buddy?” said Michele Rickerson, a special education teacher. Watt is a senior student who is part of the Secondary Community Occupational Real-Life Education – or SCORE – program at Plainfield East. The program focuses on functional skills for students in special education. (The Herald-News)

Conn. Meriden middle school uses student art to promote parent interaction. With the help of one of the new Apple computers in the art department, Martin created the outline of Jim Carrey’s face in Adobe Photoshop and then painted it with his own color creations. Martin’s artwork, along with the artwork about of 45 other students, will be on display at Lincoln Middle School for the art department’s “Expresso Yourself Café” event and art gallery. This will be the third time art teachers at Lincoln have put together a student show as part of an initiative to draw parents into the schools, get them involved, and “gather in a more intimate setting” with teachers. (MyRecordJournal)

Mass. Teachers who shaped BCC arts program to be featured in exhibit. The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery is showcasing the work for four artist-teachers who were instrumental in shaping the arts program at Bristol Community College as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration. (The Herald News)
N.J. POP GOES THE BOOK: Bordentown City gallery owner, teachers team to introduce kids to art. The power of art to escort children into new and mysterious worlds comes alive in the pages of “If Picasso Went to the Zoo,’’ a collection of illustrations and poetry conceived and authored by artist, publisher and teacher Eric Gibbons. Gibbons, who owns the Firehouse Gallery and Publishing Company on Walnut Street, recruited local art teachers and searched the world, via the Internet, to find others interested in collaborating on a project that combines science and history with an appreciation of art and then adds the charm of poetry and alliteration. (Burlington County Times)

Ga. Different strokes: Artists debate the costs, benefits of formal education. Pablo Picasso once said, “I’ve spent my whole life learning how to paint as a child again.” Aside from flexing his eccentricity, Picasso was illuminating one of the essential questions facing formal art education — whether or not studying art enables an artist to execute his or her vision, or whether formal education places the artist in a box, pacifying the creative itch that originally brought them to the craft. In Athens, many artists grapple with this question every day, as several talented individuals — both formally educated and not — have found success in the Classic City. (The Red & Black)

N.J. Montclair Art Museum Launches Vance Wall Art Education Center. With a recent gift totaling $5 million from Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, the Montclair Art Museum is proud to announce the creation of the Vance Wall Art Education Center at MAM, establishing the footing for enhanced educational outreach and accessible programs for people of all ages. The Center encompasses all the Museum’s educational efforts, from the established Yard School of Art to the new mobile MAM Art Truck, and marks the public phase of the Museum’s endowment campaign, MAM Centennial Campaign: Arts and Learning. (TAPintoMorristown)

Calif. BCS wins Crayola grant. Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals recently selected Bullis Charter School as one of 20 elementary and middle schools to receive a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant. The organizations also recognized Wanny Hersey, superintendent and founding principal of Bullis Charter School, for fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills at the school. Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are aimed at helping schools build creative capacity, nurture children’s creativity and inspire other schools to do the same. Bullis received a $2,500 grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products to assist with the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. (Los Altos Town Crier)

N.Y.  Tenney encourages art educators to submit student's work. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney R, C—New Hartford, is encouraging art educators throughout the 101st Assembly District to submit their student’s art work to the 26th Annual Legislative Student Exhibit. The exhibit is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and the deadline for submission is Jan. 14, 2016. The exhibit will begin on Feb. 29, and run through March 3, 2016.

Calif. Celebrate maker education at STEAM Carnival, November 6-8, Pier 48, AT&T Park, San Francisco. Come play with FableVision Learning and the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity! The team will do hands-on demonstrations of My Awesome Publishing Company and Fab@School Maker Studio. The STEAM Carnival features high-tech games, interactive installations, dynamic build zones, round the clock stage shows, lab demos, aerialists, artists, food, and more. Use code REYNOLDS to save $5 on tickets.

Mass. Team FableVision #Games4Good with Extra Life, November 7, all day! Everywhere! The FableVision team is gearing up our annual fundraising efforts for our local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, through Extra Life. Extra Life is a 24-hour game-a-thon fundraiser, and Team FableVision will be gaming for good in the Studio.
ESEA rewrite bill eliminates "maintenance of effort". The bill to write the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act approved by the House of Representatives earlier this year would eliminate the "maintenance of effort" provision that has been in place since 1965. The provision mandates that school districts spend at least 90% of the state and district funds that they spent the previous year in order to qualify for certain federal funds. (Education Week)


Arts Education Takes a Hit in the Accountability Movement. Considered a frill in the accountability movement, arts education is the victim of budget cuts that have reduced their presence in schools across the country ("Deterioration of public schools arts programs has been particularly jarring in L.A.," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 2).  Nowhere is this more apparent than in California. (Walt Gardner's Reality Check)

Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People) A new study supports our hunch that kids who are exposed to the arts gain benefits beyond just being "more creative." Those who would consider themselves part of the creative class would probably agree that art is an important part of primary school education. Since school boards concerned about the bottom line don't necessarily agree, a team of social scientists at the University of Arkansas is trying to scientifically prove the benefits of exposure to art. What they found, in a recent study published in the journals Education Next and Educational Researcher, is that students who are exposed to cultural institutions, like museums and performing arts centers, not only have higher levels of engagement with the arts but display greater tolerance, historical empathy, as well as better educational memory and critical thinking skills. (Fast Company)

Calif. Only 35 L.A. public schools get an A in supporting the arts. Arts Education Becomes “Luxury” in California: Budget cuts plus a focus on standardized testing have drastically reduced the number of art programs across the United States, but in Los Angeles, the situation appears especially dire: Only 35 out of more than 700 schools earned an “A” in a recent study conducted by the Los Angeles Times. According to this research, the uneven arts commitment reflects the divide between low-income and more affluent students — the latter can count on foundations and members of the community to back arts instruction as district funds diminish. (Los Angeles Times)

Brewing up New Partnerships in California. Business owner Samuel Gilbert has set the arts brewing in North Oakland, California. This summer, while awaiting pending permits before opening the New Normal Brewing company, Gilbert forged a connection with the community by inviting the arts in. Instead of choosing to let the building stand vacant before officially opening for business, Gilbert invited local artists to display their work in his space, noting that both beer and art bring people together.

Wells Fargo Partners with Arts and Education Council. In St. Louis, Wells Fargo (a 2005 BCA 10 company) recently donated $50,000 in scholarship assistance to a new Arts and Education fund, managed by the local Arts and Education Council. This contribution is part of a larger $100,000 gift that will serve programs aiming to improve access to creative expression and arts opportunities for youth in underserved areas throughout the region. Learn more.

FREE Magazine: DREAM BIG #4 July 2015. Published on 28 June 2015 in “Art, Education”, language — English. 168 pages. Issue description: A magazine that celebrates innovation, collaboration and community through STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math). Magazine description: A magazine that celebrates innovation & collaboration through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math).

#CreativeGeneration – Win $500 USD of Art Supplies! Design a creative project for kids and upload the results to a Creatubbles gallery to enter. Have you got an great idea for a creative project? Can you get lots of children involved? Then you’re in with a chance of winning the #CreativeGeneration challenge!

D.C. National Gallery of Art: 2016 Summer Internships. Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. 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. Eligibility varies according to internship. Summer interns will be in residence at the Gallery from June 6 to August 5, 2016. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $4,500. See website for application timeline and procedures.

2015 WC iArt Online Exhibit. How are you using mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, or Androids to create images and photographs and/or to conduct visual research? What apps are you using? With the wide number of apps available for creating digital photos, drawings, and paintings, this online exhibit is devoted to iArt and the possibilities of combining art+design+culture+social issues+autobiography+technology. Submitted works will be posted on the Women’s Caucus blog ( Images must address the theme and minimum image resolution (72 dpi) for online posting. Entry: This is a non-juried exhibit open to any current WC member. Ongoing exhibit: No submission deadline.


Key Education Policy Updates. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been elected Speaker of the House, succeeding Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) who abruptly resigned last month. Ryan’s positions on past education policies may provide a preview on what his new role means for the pending No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) replacement, and his leadership on financial issues gives us an idea of how he might negotiate the federal funding landscape. (ASCD Capitol Connection)

Key Spending Provision in House ESEA Bill's Cross Hairs. A House-approved bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would scrap the law's "maintenance of effort" requirement. (Education Week)

Three Testing Issues to Watch in Rewriting of NCLB. Even though both the House and Senate ESEA bills keep annual tests, they go very different ways on a lot of other assessment issues. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


AEP 2020 Action Agenda. The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education serves as the blueprint for the collective work of the Arts Education Partnership for the next five years. The Action Agenda outlines four priority areas by which arts and education leaders can frame their work: Raising Student Achievement and Success; Supporting Effective Educators and School Leaders; Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environments; and Building Leadership Capacity and Knowledge. By addressing these four areas, the Partnership will be moving toward the goal that, by the year 2020, every young person in America, at every grade level, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and out-of-school time.

N.J. STEM and the Next Generation science standards in Warren. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In recent years, there’s also been talk of adding the arts to the equation, making it STEAM. But whether STEM or STEAM, it’s an area of education that has great impact on the daily work of students and teachers. (

Ill. New Arts Standards Coming To Illinois - But Will It Mean Much? Learning standards for the arts are changing in the state. It's been about two decades since the guidelines have been updated. Teachers and administrators around Illinois have been meeting regularly since new federal arts standards were released last year. Those guidelines separate the arts into five categories: music, theater, dance, visual art and media arts. Ideally, all kids in Illinois should get a chance to try out these medium. (NPR)

Mont. New Arts Standards Proposed For Montana's Public Schools. The state of Montana is in the process of updating arts content standards for the state’s public schools. Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Denise Juneau has appointed a 16-member committee to consider recommendations presented to them by educators and artists from across the state. But why do we need new arts standards? (MTPR)

Penn State Shenango collaborates with The Hope Center for Arts and Technology. Penn State Shenango and The Hope Center for Arts and Technology (HopeCAT) are collaborating on a new venture this fall to begin an after-school pilot program with Farrell High School students. Focusing on ceramic art, the program is being taught by world-class ceramist and arts educator Christian Kuharik. (Penn State News)

Artsonia Holiday Fundraising. Important things to remember about fundraising with Artsonia:
• Parents place orders directly on their website. You don't have to distribute forms or collect money!
• Orders ship directly to the parents.
• The more artwork you publish, the more gifts family members can choose from (which earns you more funds).
• You earn 20% of all orders placed by parents in their giftshop!
November 17 Holiday Kickoff - Greeting Cards Sale. Artsonia will kick off the season with a special holiday greeting card sale. Family members can choose the artwork and design they'd like to appear on the front, and a personalized message to appear in the inside. These cards are very popular with our parents and fan club members. We encourage you to publish your holiday- or winter-themed art projects before November 17 so that parents have a good selection of artwork to choose from.
November 24 New Holiday Ornaments. A new set of holiday ornaments will be launched that are sure to make great keepsakes for families down through the years. These sturdy metal ornaments are fashioned into fun holiday-themed shapes such as a presents and sleighs, and feature the student's artwork in the center.
November 30 Coffee Mugs & Snap Jewelry. The holiday season will be in full swing as a special sale will be offered on their two most popular products: coffee mugs and snap jewelry.
December 7 Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas. The last sales of the year offer up some great last-minute gift ideas for stocking stuffers! It features an assortment of our most popular products, just in time to wrap up holiday shopping.
2015 Holiday Shipping Deadlines. December 14 (Monday) Last Day Standard Delivery Service and December 19 (Saturday) Last Day Express Delivery Service (extra charges apply).

Ore. Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy Program. The Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP) sustains and strengthens arts, culture, and heritage in the American West through research, policy, education, and community engagement. Through its main objective to foster civic engagement and cultural resource development, CCACP will support policymakers and cultural sector professionals to: Cultivate public participation in the arts; Foster creative activities; Preserve cultural heritage; and Develop sustainable community cultural development. (University of Oregon)

Ore. Citizen arts commission has vacancies: Three at-large members from Springfield will be chosen
. The Springfield Arts Commission has three at-large vacancies to fill, and the deadline to apply will be 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. The nine-member commission promotes visual and performance arts in Springfield and promotes those activities. Members of the commission should have a strong interest in the arts and time to dedicate to arts advocacy. Commission terms are four years. Application packets are available at the City Manager’s office in City Hall or online at .

Pa. Paintings vie for student votes for Greater Latrobe Senior High School Art Collection. We've had all these other teachers that have followed and not just taught art, but taught creative development, creative thinking. Art education teaches problem-solving skills essential for any career and is important to include in science, technology, engineering and math curricula. (TribLIVE)

Wis. His Unique Way to Teach Art. An art teacher with the Sheboygan Area School District is showing other art teachers projects he uses to teach students. North High School’s Frank Juarez is presenting his 365 Artists 365 Days and Midwest Artist Studios projects to the Wisconsin Art Education Association in Appleton. (WHBL)

Neb. Award illustrates how Nebraska's urban, rural schools excel in arts. At Lincoln High, the arts are one of the ways the school promotes unity, said Principal Mark Larson. It’s the second Nebraska high school to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate degree, which integrates music, theater and visual arts into the curriculum. It’s the first one in the country to offer a letter in slam poetry. It has one of the few student-driven high school theater companies in the country. Larson said the arts also spark important conversations and offer a place for students to belong. (The Journal Star)

Creative Placemaking, Arts Funding Helps N.J. Cities
. When it comes to boosting local economies and driving downtown revitalization, arts districts in New Jersey cities are gaining momentum, thanks to a mix of public and private investing and an uptick in city leaders’ interest in cultural placemaking. (NextCity)

CALL FOR 10th ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE: international art award | free theme | open to all. An international jury will select 120 finalist artists in painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual art, land art, for: 6 cash prizes of € 7.000 each; a major collective exhibition in the Arsenale of Venice; 4 exhibitions in international Art Galleries; 2 collaborations with Companies; 7 Art Residencies; 3 International Festivals; and publication of the catalogue. SEE ALL THE INFORMATION IN THIS VIDEO

Calling Independent Artists: Franchise Opportunity
. A Painting Fiesta is growing family friendly art studio franchise. We are reaching out to local artists the chance to own A Painting Fiesta Studio at $0 franchise fee! What does that mean? You don't actually have to pay any upfront franchise cost which would save you $25,000. Yes you read correctly $25,000. No other franchise out there is doing this. You see A Painting Fiesta is not greedy we are here to educate anyone interested in financial freedom and becoming their own bosses in a profitable, fun, and creative atmosphere.

Policy Watch

NCLB rewrite bill may be stalled in Congress. A coalition of 10 education groups is calling on Congress to pass legislation overhauling No Child Left Behind. Both chambers have signed off on their own bills, but some officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have said that the departure last week of former House Speaker John Boehner could derail efforts to pass legislation this year. U.S. News & World Report (11/2)

Big Ed. Groups to Congress: Finish ESEA Reauthorization
. Teachers, school administrators, principals and state officials have launched a digital ad campaign asking lawmakers to finish work to reauthorize the ESEA. (Education Week/Politics K-12)



7 Leadership Skills Fostered in Arts Education. In my art classes, the students believe that art is a great way to communicate their concerns about the world and their community. My hope is that my school and schools elsewhere recognize this contribution and also how it demonstrates leadership potential. A question to consider is this: As educators, do we look to the arts as a way of developing student leadership? (edutopia)

Co. Art for education’s sake: Pueblo principal says her school is on the rise. Pueblo City Schools (D60) has a regular curriculum of maths, sciences, social studies and language arts, but its anchor is the arts. Dance, music, band, visual, drama and backstage production are among the school’s specialties, subject focuses that are different than at most schools. Study after study show that arts education — often the first classes cut in times of budget despair — help build students and keeps them engaged in education. (The Pueblo Chieftan)

Tech companies are investing in artists to improve creativity. Art and science have been intertwined for centuries, involving the same starting block: the research question. A 2008 study in the Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology showed that compared to other scientists, Nobel Laureates are disproportionately involved in artistic side projects and hobbies. Although this year’s Laureates aren’t exactly disciples of the famous polymath Leonardo da Vinci, creative thinking surely played an important role in their recent achievements. (Quartz)

2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Time is Running Out! Submissions to the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are still open, but final deadlines are coming up soon. Deadlines vary by region--don't wait until it's too late to submit! Create an account and enter your work today! Find your guidelines and deadlines.

Best. Prom. Ever. LED corsages. Sonic prom pictures. Virtual-reality demos. Fashion sketching, visual poetry, web-making apps, music, and an impressive balloon drop. Scholastic Awards Maker Prom was THE best prom of 2015. See the pictures and find out how to attend Maker Prom 2016.

Calif. Innovation and Design Course Prompts Learning by Doing. Students at San Juan High School participate in a Career Pathway program that is designed to teach them real-world skills through interactive coursework. A student sets to work shaving excess plastic from a five-foot-high replica of a soda bottle with a handheld power tool. Nearby, two of her peers stir paint and plot the next steps toward the completion of the recycling bin project. (Government Technology)

Illinois, Montana Arts Standards to Get Tech-Friendly Update. Illinois and Montana will soon have new standards for arts education for the first time in nearly two decades. Both states are planning to expand their definitions of arts education to include media arts, a reflection of the growing role of technology in schools. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

ART21 News - October 29, 2015. In this issue: New Video Featuring Josiah McElheny; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide

The Getty Leadership Institute Apply Now for 2016: Executive Education for Art Museum Leaders. The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University invites applications for the GLI 2016 and NextGen 2016 executive education programs for art museum leaders. Join a dynamic network of 1,500 alumni worldwide. GLI programs are academically rigorous and address current topics in the museum field. GLI 2016 is an intensive management program for leading CEOs, COOs, directors, and senior-level executives who influence policy and effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their positions. Participants take two weeks of online courses plus two weeks of classroom study and practicum in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from May 9-21; Residency from June 10-25. Apply by January 11, 2016. NextGen 2016 is a blended learning experience for the field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and recognized leadership potential. The program blends one week of online learning and one week of classroom study in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from March 7-12; Residency from March 28-April 2. Apply by January 4, 2016.

Open Call: Breakout Session RFPs for the 2016 National Arts-in-Education Conference in Miami. Growing up with the Arts will be held April 14-16 in Miami, Florida. This year's conference aims to bring people from throughout the arts and education communities together to collectively address the theme of creating and sustaining programs that transform communities and engage youth in the arts. In addition to a variety of break-out workshops, the conference will also include thought-provoking plenary sessions that focus on the latest research and impact of the arts in education. Growing up with the Arts is hosted by Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Proposals are due, Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 5 p.m. (EST).

Arts Educators Are Not Specialists by Jim Palmarini. But those who teach it are not special, at least not to a vast number of school leadership who continue to see arts educators as extras or, ironically, specials or specialists. Arts educators are not specials, electives, extras, enrichments, non-academics, add-ons or encores teachers. They are education essentialists, just as much so as any other recognized core subject area professional teaching a rigorous, well-defined, and assessable body of knowledge and skills that prepares students for college, career, and citizenship. 

Where Would I Be Without My Mentor? by Lauren Hess. As I reflect on my nearly twenty years spent in the arts integration field, I feel blessed to have had a trio of amazing mentors in my life. Without these three women I certainly would not have had the career I have had. As a first year music teacher in Buffalo, NY, without a mentor, I wished that arts organizations could do more to assist schoolteachers in preparing students for field trips, and to help provide deeper experiences for the students. I dabbled in creating an independent study in arts administration to start to understand what the role of arts organizations could be in arts education.

Empower Your Conversations with New Data: What Executives Really Think about the Impact of the Arts on Workforce Skills by Bruce Whitaker. Does business have any skin in the arts education game? And if they do, can we rally business support to help ensure that all students have access to arts education? After all, business has been in the forefront of other social change movements, such as LGBT marriage rights.  Besides business, can we also make a stronger justification for the role of the arts in strengthening our workforce to educators, policy makers, and governments?

Teaching Arts Education Advocates by Jennifer Katona. How many of us have had the conversation around Arts Integration and Arts for Arts sake? Value in both right? We know from countless examples and research studies that the best benefit to a child is to have a arts specialist, arts integration AND a teaching artist to provide the ‘expert’ outside perspective. This is something I know in my core –something I teach my graduate candidates at CCNY.

Arts Education Is Essential to Cultivating the Creative Economy by Sarah Gonzales Triplett. Creative Many is headquartered in TechTown, Detroit’s self-styled “business innovation hub.” Our office in Michigan’s capital city is co-located with The Runway, an incubator helping startup fashion designers produce and market their collections. Both TechTown and The Runway are emblematic of the exploding creative sector in Michigan.

Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for Middle School Educators (LTA). Research questions: The MFAH is researching, developing, and testing curriculum and professional development based on middle school teachers’ attitudes towards and perceptions of art-based interdisciplinary curriculum. We are also examining the role of museums in teaching and learning and the importance of understanding teachers as adult learners instead of as conduits for content dissemination.

Ingenuity Launches Be Creative Campaign Raising $38 Million for Chicago's Arts Education Plan. Be Creative: A Campaign for Chicago Arts Education is a $38 million private fundraising initiative, built on the fundamental principle that the arts are essential to education. The fundraising campaign supports the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan – a master plan to bring arts education to every CPS student.

CenturyLink, Inc. is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program opened its application process Oct. 1 for teachers in CenturyLink’s who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement. Full-time PreK-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools in CenturyLink local service areas are eligible to apply. Grant of up to $5,000 are available. The deadline for applications is noon Central, Jan. 12, 2016. Grant winners will be announced between April 1 - May 15, 2016.

Texas. Bastrop Downtown 2016 Sculpture Project: 2016 Call for Entries. The Bastrop Downtown 2016 Sculpture Project (“Sculpture Project”) is an annual program of the Bastrop Art in Public Places Task Force and the City of Bastrop. The 2016 Sculpture Project is the second time the City has produced such an outdoor visual arts exhibition. This highly visible and accessible sculptural exhibition will serve as an art destination for the residents of Bastrop County and Central Texas, as well as, visitors to the area. The winning sculptures will be presented at a ‘Sculpture Stroll’ on March 19, 2016.  An awards ceremony will follow. Submission Deadline: November 15, 2015:      

CERF+ Casts Artists a Safety Net #Floods #Wildfires. CERF+ sent notices to artists, arts organizations, and responders in areas affected by floods from Hurricane Joaquin and by wildfires on the west coast--to make sure any professional artist working in a craft discipline, seriously affected by the disaster, is aware of emergency relief assistance and recovery resources available from CERF+.


Proposed Budget Deal Could Make ESEA Reauthorization Easier (Education Week/Politics K-12)

School Choice Backers Lukewarm on Provision in ESEA Rewrite (Education Week)

Could Washington State Get Its NCLB Waiver Back? (Education Week/Politics K-12)


The Emotions That Make Us More Creative. Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power brings the whole universe at once to order.” (Harvard Business Review)

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?
A tug of war is currently looming between proponents of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and advocates for STEAM lessons, which add art to the mix. Whichever side you come down on, here are some ideas for you to mull over. (Education Week)

Engaging Community: Influencing the Creation & Production of Art (In-Person and Livestream Event!). This event will be an opportunity to hear from a panel of three arts leaders who have collaborated on as well as led initiatives in engaging community for the purpose of influencing art and artists. Panelists will also share how their respective organizations produce art. When: November 3, 2015, 5:30pm EST. Where: Woodruff Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 3rd Floor, 1285, Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Who: This event is FREE and open to all who care about strengthening arts education. Also join via Livestream!

IHEAP New York | Call for Proposals. IHEAP is a post-graduate institute for research and experimentation in art that serves as the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris. The program offers its participants a unique course of study that is no bound to the history of 20th century art but actively encourages the investigation of crucial issues of art in the 21st century, an ongoing history in which our students, known as sessionists, will inevitably help writing. Iheap is addressing all creative practitioners who have an expectation to engage not only within the art world, but also with the world at large. The lecturers, in fact, are coming from a wide range of disciplines, from the art field as well as from philosophy, economics, history, linguistics and so on. Iheap is a fluid school with the classes taking place at different locations, such as art organizations, schools, galleries, museums, cafés, apartments, parks, public spaces, parking lots and so on. The application procedure is online. The deadline for submission is January 25th, 2016.

OJJDP's National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Materials Now Available! In an effort to raise awareness about missing children and keeping all children safe, the U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) coordinates a national poster contest for fifth grade students. The poster contest is designed to increase awareness about child abduction, remember the children that have been abducted, and provide an opportunity for communities to engage in educational discussions on safety and prevention. The theme for the poster contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” Participating students are to create a poster that reflects the theme and complete an application describing their poster and the importance of collaboration in bringing missing children home. Each state hosts its own poster competition, and the winning poster from each state is submitted by the state manager (or the organization responsible for overseeing the poster contest in that state) for selection of the national winner. To participate in the contest, verify your state-level deadline with your state manager. Contact your state manager. The national-level poster contest concludes on March 16, 2016. One winning entry from the state manager must be postmarked by the national deadline. OJJDP will invite the winning child, his/her teacher, parents and state clearinghouse manager to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day commemoration in May 2016, at which he or she will receive an award for the winning artwork. For any additional questions, please contact MECP at 1-888-347-5610 or via email at

Watch: One-Minute Mindfulness Strategy. Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson, authors of The Mindful School Leader, demonstrate a strategy for making self-care a part of any educator's busy day. (ASCD)

The ESEA Bill the Administration May Be Wishing For. The Obama administration and some civil rights groups didn't get behind an attempt to renew the NCLB law back in 2011. But that bill was stronger, from their perspective, than anything on the table in Congress right now. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Call for Proposals: The Penn State Seminar @50: Transdisciplinary Inquiry, Practice, and Possibilities, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, April 1–3, 2016. The 1965 Art Education Seminar held at Penn State is a landmark in the field. Participants and attendees included leaders who shaped the field into the next century. Organized by art education faculty members Ed Mattil (Penn State), David Ecker and Jerome Hausman (Ohio State), and moderated by Harlan Hoffa (Penn State), the seminar was funded by the United States Office of Education and planned in conjunction with leading art educators such as Elliot Eisner (University of Chicago), Kenneth Beittel (Penn State), and Manuel Barkan (Ohio State). Bringing together artists, art historians, critics, art educators, curriculum experts, psychologists, and sociologists, the seminar helped transform the focus of art education from psychologically grounded, developmental approaches to teaching and research to a more self-conscious stance as part of the humanities and interdisciplinary scholarship. Participants at the 1965 Seminar argued that curriculum in visual arts education should draw on contemporary art practice, and introduce art history and criticism to school children. They carried these ideas back to their institutions, exploring them with succeeding generations of graduate students who then implemented new paradigms. The April 2016 conference will revisit visions of art education established a half-century ago, consider emerging issues and directions in the field, and explore international issues. All accepted presentations, posters, panels, and invited talks will be included in the published conference proceedings.

Cooper Hewitt museum launches crowdfunding campaign to bring design to school classrooms. The Cooper Hewitt museum in New York has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for its Design in the Classroom programme, which it hopes to launch across the U.S. The Design in the Classroom programme programme introduces "design thinking" to students from kindergarten through to the 12th grade via hands-on workshops offered in the classroom. (dezeen)

Director Of Arts Education Partnership Sandra Ruppert: Integrating Arts In The Classroom Is Catching On Nationally. While some reports have shown that many districts can't afford comprehensive arts education, other recent studies revealed the importance of the arts in a child's learning. Sandra Ruppert, director of the Arts Education Partnership, explained that these studies have had an impact: integrating arts in the classroom is catching on across the country.

Do Art Teachers Spend More Out-Of-Pocket On School Supplies Than Other Teachers? It's no secret that teachers spend money out of their own pockets for their students' school supplies, classroom decorations, or extra activities. But do art teachers spend more than other teachers on such expenses? According to ABC News, a recent survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that teachers pay for 77 percent of the school supplies needed in their classrooms. (iSchoolGuide)

Colored Pencils, Watercolors, Brushes: Art Supplies Add Up

N.Y. Albright-Knox study lays groundwork for more arts education in city schools. When it comes to art education in Western New York, urban public school students suffer the most. That’s the upshot of a recent survey of Western New York elementary and secondary school visual arts teachers and administrators, the results of which were released Tuesday by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The survey, conducted by a team of University at Buffalo sociologists and gallery staff, polled 622 visual arts teachers and 649 administrators. It is the first step in the Albright-Knox’s Education Discovery Project, a program launched in April to determine what role the gallery can play to fill widening gaps in art education throughout the region.

Texas. Art education for children paves way to better future. From creative thinking to fine motor skills, and problem-solving to self confidence, the skills built through art education enable children to develop into productive members of society. City ArtWorks, a non-profit visual arts education resource, is raising money to support its art enrichment programs through the eighth Art of Conversation luncheon on Nov. 2 at the Junior League of Houston.

Senior Department Official to Participate in Congressional Briefing on Video Game Innovation. Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will participate in a congressional briefing as part of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Latinos on the Fast Track and the Entertainment Software Association’s Third Annual Video Game Innovation Challenge and Fellowship in Washington, D.C., at 11:30 a.m.

U.K. Art students: make an impression with the perfect portfolio. When applying for an art or design degree, it’s not just the interview you need to think about; impressing your prospective tutor with your portfolio is vital for securing a place. According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), more than 272,000 applications were received for creative arts and design courses last year, so how can you make your work stand out from the crowd?

N.J. New Keene class at teaches students the business of art. Art may be creative and fun, but for it to be financially sustainable, there are also business realities, so Music Lecturer Matthew Leese at Keene State College created a class called "Engagement in the Arts" this past summer to give students a practical understanding of the business of art. The seminar-based Integrative Studies course taught students about the structure and strategies of non-profit arts organizations and had them volunteer with local arts organizations.

Pa. Danville grad Bomboy leads art education conference. Robb Bomboy is serving as a co-chairman this week of the three-day conference of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association in Harrisburg. More than 260 educators from public and private schools, colleges and universities throughout the state are planning and designing what art education will become in the 21st century. During the three-day conference, attendees will hear speakers in more than 100 presentations ask hard questions about how Pennsylvania teachers today relate to 21st century students.

Ohio. Local teachers brush up on Arts in Education skills. Fine arts teachers become students. It felt like a different time and place in the children's studio at the Wayne Center for the Arts, where fine arts teachers -- visual arts and music -- attended a professional day that at times took them back centuries.


Sustaining Teacher Leadership. With strong support from the U.S. Department of Education and organizations such as the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, teacher leadership has emerged as a national trend. Given the need for teachers to guide the direction of their profession, it is prudent to support teacher leadership as a mechanism for teacher voice and meaningful professional growth. A lack of funding, however, will inevitably stifle the important momentum that has been generated over the last few years. (

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces ASCD as New Partner in Teach to Lead. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that ASCD will join the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the U.S. Department of Education as the third partner in Teach to Lead, which focuses on expanding opportunities for teacher leadership in ways that enhance student learning and make it possible for teachers to stay in the classroom while leading in the profession. (

U.S. Department of Education & Medium partner to create an i3 community. We are excited to announce a new partnership with Medium to create a vibrant community for Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees, entrepreneurs, and educators. The i3 program supports evidence-based projects that stimulate and scale effective innovations. In the short time since partnering with Medium, the community has asked important questions about driving innovation in education and sparked critical discussions about the valuable lessons learned through this work. Influential education policy leaders like Jeff Raikes, grantees, and educators are already engaged in thought provoking conversations that you can read right now.

Arne Duncan, John King Talk Graduation Rates, ESEA, and Testing. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a piece of good news to announce on his way out the door: High school graduation rates appear to be on track to rise for the third year in a row. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Which K-12 Programs Will Survive ESEA Reauthorization? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

CONTEST FOR DESIGNERS AND CREATIVE PEOPLE. If your wish is to see your design object or your piece of furniture produced by a big company, the right opportunity is to enter the BUSINESS FOR ART PRIZE - RIVA 1920 realized in the 10th Arte Laguna Prize. Artists and designers can present their creative proposal based on the use of the particular briccola wood from Venice. The project will be selected by Maurizio Riva who is always looking for new ideas which can express the business philosophy and which consider the wood as the essential element. The winner project will be created in the workshops of Riva 1920 and it will be presented at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April 2016. The contest's applications are open until November 18th.


STEM to STEAM: The Role of Arts Education in Preparing Students for the Future. Naturally, schools need to focus on maintaining curricula and improving their STEM-related courses, but students’ success in these courses is affected by other factors as well. One key factor is students’ involvement with the arts. Moving from STEM to STEAM (adding the A for Arts) is attracting attention; House Resolution 319 expresses that “adding art and design into federal programs that target Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, encourages innovation and economic growth in the United States.”

3 Strategies for Building Successful Global STEAM Partnerships. Move over Flat Stanley. Teaching global citizenship has come a long way from the days of mailing a paper cut-out around the world.
(Education Week/Global Learning)

More schools are working to integrate the arts into classroom learning. See how one county expands an initiative to integrate the arts into teaching and learning. Started last year in 15 schools, the growing effort now includes 41 schools in Maryland’s second- largest school system. Those involved say they use art in many forms across the curriculum as a way to make content more meaningful and deepen student learning. The new strategy comes as interest in arts integration is growing nationally, driven in part by increasing research that points to academic, social and personal benefits for students. (The Washington Post)

Why making art is the new meditation. Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do.  Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings. (The Washington Post)

Ill. TERRA Teacher Network. Learn about several American art programs and resources for K–12 audiences during the 2015–16 school year. 
AMERICAN ART AT THE CORE OF LEARNING. This new website with materials for teachers and students launches in November 2015. It will feature American artworks and teaching resources from 12 Chicago-area museums and libraries, and will help teachers use American art to make connections to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Among the resources available on the site are sample questions for leading discussions about art; lesson plans for grades 3–12, co-created by museum educators, classroom teachers, and literacy specialists; more than 25 texts about artworks written for students; graphic organizers; and video demonstrations. Videos about teaching with art.

THE CIVIL WAR IN ART: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections. Civil War in Art provides a window onto the conflict and the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art. The website features 7 thematic essays, more than 120 artworks from Chicago collections, with accompanying texts and questions written for students; a glossary; sample lesson plans; and more. Student-friendly texts about art are available here.

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY. The Newberry's Digital Collections for the Classroom offers a rich array of primary sources from the library's collection, with accompanying contextual essays and discussion questions. The site has two new American art-focused collections, Art of Conflict: Portraying American Indians, 1850–1900 and World War I in U.S. Popular Culture. Both feature activities for the classroom as well.

ONLINE COURSE: AMERICAN ART HISTORY: FROM ELITE TO STREET. Presented by the Blue Foundation and offered through the Illinois Virtual School, this course for 9th–12th graders enables student achievement through project-based lessons and unit assessments, and promotes student-centered discovery of local Chicago art in their own neighborhoods. By studying American artists and their creations, students will learn how art reflects and comments upon our society and historical events, how the role and definition of ‘art’ has changed, and the conditions in which art was and is created. The students will also learn how to see, analyze, talk and write about art. Students taking the course are not required to have studied studio art or art history. This online, semester-long course provides 0.5 Fine Arts credit towards graduation. This course is free for Chicago Public Schools students. Questions? Contact Charissa Armon at or 312-219-2455. Course registration and eBrigade scholarships are available here.

art institute of chicago Teacher and Student Programs. The Art Institute of Chicago offers a number of programs year-round, including docent-led student tours on American Art. View the 2015 Teacher Programs Calendar online.

Frank LLoyd Wright Trust Designing a Better World: Student Programs. Central to Frank Lloyd Wright’s unique vision for American architecture was the idea that architecture and design can shape and improve the way we live. The Designing a Better World initiative includes a dynamic series of design-based in-school programs and learning kits that ignite curiosity and nurture individual vision and design creativity. All programs align with Common Core and STEAM learning standards. Programs cost $150 per class. To schedule an in-school program or for more information, contact the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust education department at 708.725.3828 or email

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO Multiple Visit Program. Now in its third year, the MCA’s Multiple Visit Program brings the Common Core to life by offering students a chance to debate, discuss, and connect to American artworks through multiple visits to the museum. Participating teachers will attend 3 professional development sessions in December 2015, and classrooms will each take 3 free 90-minute field trips to the museum between January and May 2016. Museum admission and bus transportation are included in this free program. Chicago Public Schools teachers of grades 4 through 6 in general education and language arts are invited to apply. Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Finalists will be contacted by November 17.

'Maker' Movement Takes Steps to Build 1-to-1 Environments. Some in the "maker" movement are looking to start a 1-to-1 trend in schools akin to the push to put a digital device in the hands of every student. But questions linger about whether the maker movement— which aims to create places where students can tinker and build hands-on projects—should move to 1-to-1 environments. (Education Week)

ART of the MOOC: Merging Public Art & Experimental Education; Free classes begin October 19, 2015. Join thousands of students and participants from around the world in ART of the MOOC—a Massive Open Online Course that is an educational artwork designed by artist and Duke professor Pedro Lasch and co-taught with Creative Time chief curator Nato Thompson. This free course will be taught with traditional classroom practices, along with new technology and aesthetic experimentation. While learning about socially-engaged practices, students will engage in stimulating discussions, collective art projects, and other creative assignments. Through this hands-on, participatory approach, ART of the MOOC welcomes students as collaborators in an unprecedented expression of public art and education.

Va. Radford launches online design thinking program. Radford University launched its newest certificate program, the Design Thinking Certificate, in fall 2015. Design Thinking is an innovative collaborative process for solving complex problems. Designers have been working within this framework for years – only recently have others found it to be successful across a multitude of non-design disciplines. (eCampus News)

Announcing the 2016 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program. Organized as a vehicle to perpetuate Anthony Quinn’s vision for an art conscious society, the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program raises and distributes funds for arts education. The Scholarship Program focuses on the Visual Arts & Design, Dance, Theatre, Singing, Instrumental, Media Arts, and Literary Arts for young adults in high school. Scholarship recipients can apply Foundation funds to any recognized pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program. The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship cannot be used for secondary school or college tuition. Maximum scholarship award is $2,500. A completed application, personal statement, and work samples must be submitted by Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Ore. Art of the Athlete V Opening Reception, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, October 21 at 6:30pm. Created by Lisa Abia-Smith, AAD Instructor and Director of Education at JSMA, the Art of the Athlete program supports working with children with disabilities played on the Pac-12 Network. The student-athletes who are participating in the program made art with the public at the last Ducks football game and the athletics department reserved a huge corner in the Moshofsky Center for the exhibit preview display and a place for visitors to make art with student-athletes.

Artists in Communities - Building the Movement. Grantmakers in the Arts Executive Director Janet Brown writes a thoughtful and illuminating post about the importance of artists working across sectors and in community settings—showcasing the power of the arts to make impact in health institutions, prisons, science, and environmental sectors, and countless others. Brown then brings up the question of how to best support a movement that places artists in decision-making and influencing roles in community settings and steadily supports them. Read on for her answer—which is at no surprise, also grounded in community.

How a Public Art Festival Made a Real Change in a Detroit Neighborhood. Designers, painters, and graffiti artists traveled from all over the world to convene in Detroit for the first Murals in the Market festival in the Eastern Market neighborhood where all the murals are a celebration of black contemporary culture. Artist Rick Williams reflected, "It's up to us and people who get these opportunities to give back and inspire people who come from our communities, the minority community."

HAUTECOUTURECRAFTS.COM HAS A NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE. has redesigned its website. is a place for professional artists selling high quality artwork and handmade crafts. Also, for buyers and consumers looking for one of a kind products. Artists and buyers are asked to join There are no listing fees and 5% is charged for each item sold. The membership is free.

ESEA Rewrite May Put States in Charge of Turnarounds. Are They Ready? No matter what happens with the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it's almost a sure thing that states and districts are about to get way more running room when it comes to fixing their lowest-performing schools. Both pieces of ESEA reauthorization legislation pending in the House and Senate would put states and districts, as opposed to the feds, in the driver's seat when it comes to turnarounds. (Education Week)

PROMOTING ESEA REAUTHORIZATION. In another event together post-announcement, the Secretary Duncan and Senior Advisor King joined U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in hosting a roundtable discussion with students, educators, and civil rights and community leaders on the need for a strong reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that lives up to its legacy of advancing equity and providing opportunity for every child.  The leaders called for a new law that ensures high expectations for all students and expects that, where schools or students are not making progress, actions will be taken to improve outcomes for those schools and students.  The House and Senate have each passed their version of ESEA reauthorization, and they are working together to approve a final bill that can be signed by the President.


Florida art teachers gather at Naples Grande Beach Resort. The rolling briefcases said “urban business trolls,” but the ethnic earrings, tie-dyed tunics and beribboned, be-medaled bags chirped “creative spirits.” They’re both, and, on occasion, they’re dumpster divers, too. Nearly 550 Florida art teachers descended on the Naples Grande Beach Resort Thursday, filling it and overflowing into a nearby hotel during the annual Florida Art Educators Association conference this weekend. (Facebook)

Louisiana Art Educators meet in Monroe. Ouachita Parish art teacher Leah Reitzell, 2015 Louisiana Art Education Association Conference chairman, along with LAEA Planning Committee, hosted the LAEA Annual Fall Conference in Monroe recently. Joni Noble, director of the art education program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was instrumental in opening ULM’s doors to 62 art teachers from all over Louisiana and beyond. (The News Star)

Colored Pencils, Watercolors, Brushes: Art Supplies Add Up. Sheree Woods is sitting in her car in the parking lot of a mini-mall in a Los Angeles suburb, with the air conditioning blasting. She's here for a huge sale. Woods is a high school art teacher at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, a big magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Every year, like countless other teachers around the country, she digs deep into her own pocket for school supplies. "I would say between $300 and $400 is a pretty average year for me." (NPR)

Space for Learning. This website is for all those who plan, design, fund, manage, resource, programme and develop learning spaces within museums, galleries and built and natural heritage sites. Download Space for Learning: A new handbook for creating inspirational learning spaces

Build The Ultimate Maker Lab With These 9 Tools, Kits, And Gadgets. For every time someone tries to teach your kids to code, someone else shows up at Maker Faire with a 30-foot tall, fire-breathing robot made of airplane parts. Maker culture is alive and well, with the new generation of tinkerers dreaming up ways to apply traditional arts and crafts activities to engineering newfangled electronics, robotics, and, well, just plain crazy stuff. (Fatherly)

OSU to host national conference on emerging field in arts education. Ohio State invites educators, artists and students from across the nation to join in bridging the gap between an education in the arts and a career at this year’s conference on arts entrepreneurship education. (The Lantern)

Mass. Wellesley K-12 art teachers show their stuff. Whenever I need to stop by the high school to drop off a forgotten lunch or show up for a meeting, I always take a minute to admire the student-created artwork that graces the lobby. Putting student art front and center was one of the smartest aesthetic moves that planners made when deciding how to make the rebuilt Wellesley High School feel like home rather than just a shiny new building. Putting student art at the forefront, rather than keeping it tucked away in the art wing, sends a message. It says, “Creativity is important here, linger a moment and gaze upon the work of our talented students.” (The Wellesley Report)

Pa. Greene County summer art project brighten Community Foundation. The Monon Center, a Greensboro-based museum and culture center, has partnered with the county for a fifth year to bring art educators to each camp one day a week to teach the basics of design and technique in a fun setting. A collection of summer artwork created by kids who attended the day camp program are on display. This program has not only served the children, but given emerging arts educators and administrators real-time, hands-on experience working with kids, camp counselors and other organizations. (Observer-Reporter)

Ill. WIU Art Education Program Presents Fall 2015 Community Art Program. Western Illinois University Community Art Program will be presented on Sundays from Oct. 25-Nov. 15 at the West Central Illinois Arts Center and Garwood Hall, on the WIU campus. The free program is for students in first through eighth grades. Classes will be held Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 3-4:30 p.m.

Mo. Arts Academy teachers face bumps to being first charter school in city to unionize. Teacher eager to join a union at the Grand Center Arts Academy have to take slower steps toward their goal due to several procedural steps the school's operator is requiring. If the teachers succeed, the academy would be the first charter school in St. Louis to be unionized. (St. Louis Public Radio)


FREE WEBINARS on Arts and Special Education. Check out these great FREE webinars offered through VSA and The Kennedy Center. Topics include Exploring a Watercolor Lesson through Universal Design for Learning and a Process of Collaborative Inquiry. All Webinars begin at 3:00 PM Eastern time unless otherwise noted.

AET Social Media Challenge. AET is hosting a social media tag challenge. You can win a free registration (worth up to $165 for active members and $105 for student members)* to attend the NAEA National Convention in Chicago. Use the main AET hashtage #artedutech and other AET hashtags** to tag your social media posts related to art education technology. One hashtag posting is one entry. The winner will be drawn from the pool of entries. The more you tag, the greater the chance that you could win. The challenge ends on December 31, 2015. Participants must be a NAEA member.

ARTCORE: WHO IS AN ARTCORE WEAVER? ArtCore is a multi-year model development and research initiative that joins community artists and middle school teachers to develop arts-based teaching and learning customized to meet the needs and goals of five schools across Lane County. At each ArtCore school site is a community artist, an ArtCore weaver. A weaver is a teacher, a dot connector, an idea builder, and a creative thought partner tinkering with new ways to teach and learn. A Weaver is an imagination catalyst.

White House Artists in the School House. What would happen if you enlisted some of the most prominent artists in the country to bring the arts into the classrooms of eight struggling schools? Got the White House, foundations, and leading arts advocates involved? Could you use this intensive injection of the arts to transform these schools into healthy learning communities? The Turnaround Arts initiative was created to road-test that proposition, and the results are encouraging enough to take the idea for another, longer spin. (createquity)

Tenn. As Nashville shines, arts group touts local offerings. As Tennessee’s visual art scene continues to expand, Knoxville-based arts administrators are stepping in to help organize and promote the growth. For the last two years, husband-and-wife team Carri and Brian Jobe have been at work on a new nonprofit organization called LOCATE Arts, a curated website that helps locals and tourists find contemporary visual arts in Tennessee.

Ore. EXPERIMENTS IN VISUAL THINKING AND KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION: Q&A WITH NICK SOUSANIS, Thursday, November 12th | 4:00 PM to 5:20 PM | Straub Hall, Room 145, 1451 Onyx Street, Eugene. Spend part of your afternoon in conversation about experiments in visual thinking and knowledge construction with Nick Sousanis, comic artist and educator. Sousanis published his unconventional scholarly exploration,  Unflattening (2015), in comic form through Harvard Press. Bring your questions about ways of seeing, learning, and construction of narrative and knowledge through graphic storytelling.

Ore. PORTLAND ART SPARK: THE RIGHT BRAIN INITIATIVE, Thursday, October 15th | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Canton Grill, 2610 SE 82nd Ave, Portland. The last Art Spark of 2015 will feature the Right Brain Initiative, focusing on how to integrate art into the classrooms of almost any subject across our region. Artists and art lovers of all genres are welcome to come together to swap stories and connect.

N.Y. HISTORY OF ART EDUCATION CONFERENCE, Thursday, November 19th - Sunday, November 22nd, 2015. The last History of Art Education conference took place at The Pennsylvania State University in 1995, following two similar-themed conferences held at Penn State in 1985 and 1989. Continuing the tradition of history and historical research in art education, the Art & Art Education Program at Teachers College will host the conference "Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History" in November 2015 in New York City. Early-Bird Registration: April 1st - November 1st
Regular Registration: After November 1st and on site

Va. Opportunities for Artists from the Arts Council of Fairfax County
• Artomatic 2015 - Registration open until filled. In partnership with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Artomatic is presenting a six week long exhibition in Hyattsville featuring all genres of visual, creative, and performing art.
• Visual Arts Fellowships 2016–17. Workshop: October 15, 2015. Deadline: November 6, 2015. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such, has awarded more than $5 million in Fellowships to Virginians.
• 2016 YoungArts Program. Deadline: October 16, 2015. YoungArts identifies young artists ages 15-18 in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts. Winners have access to many opportunities such as scholarships and recognition.
• Strauss Artist Grant Workshop. Deadline: November 18, 2015. The Arts Council will hold a free Strauss Artist Grant workshop for interested applicants on November 18, 2015 at 12 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic.  Each year, three artists are selected for a $5,000 award.
• Focal Point: Fine Art and Creative Photography Exhibition. Deadline: November 19, 2015. The Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists in the U.S to enter its 5th annual Focal Point, an open-juried photography competition.

Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Each year, the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest invites students, ages 3 - 18, from around the world to submit original artwork based on a space-oriented theme. The 2015 contest theme is "What Space Means To Me..." In previous years Artsonia has hosted this popular art contest on our website. However, beginning this year, teachers will need to submit entries directly at Entry deadline is Friday, November 13th, 2015.

5 Hotels with Insanely Cool Artists-In-Residency Programs. Sometimes, you want a cultural experience on vacation without having to visit the museum. We like these five creative hotels because you can sleep among art—and mingle with those who made it.

Some Key Education Programs Alive in NCLB Rewrite, But Dead in the Budget (Education Week/Politics K-12)


The arts find a role in 21st century education. Arts education has been on the wane for several years as focus shifts to more technical subjects. The rise of computer technology drew on skills traditionally developed in math and science classes, and withering budgets further influenced schools to cut back or eliminate arts classes. (Education Dive)

Art Teachers Include Design to Connect Pupils to Their World. As part of the governor’s education agenda, public schools around Ohio are trying to make their curriculum more career-oriented to guide kids towards what he calls “in-demand jobs.”  The focus is more on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – that are the crux of standardized tests. Ohio's state Board of Education this year eliminated the so-called 5 of 8 Rule that placed importance on art classes. Critics fear classes in the humanities will dwindle. But StateImpact Ohio’s Mark Urycki found some art teachers in Ohio and around the world are trying to keep the arts “relevant.” (ideastream)

Art by teachers scoring high marks at Jersey City Art & Studio Tour. Walls at the Park Foundry residential complex in Downtown are filled with art. But what makes this exhibit -- part of the 25th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour -- special, is that all the pieces were created by Jersey City public school art teachers. (

4 Reasons Why DBAE Isn’t Dead. Many of us remember when DBAE ruled the art ed world, with good reason. It was a movement that gave art education more professionalism and turned the heads of other disciplines. Although DBAE has faded into the background a bit with new initiates that are more authentic, creative, and student-driven, I don’t think the lessons that DBAE taught us should be forgotten. I find many of the principles important and relevant, both yesterday and today! (The Art of Education)

The Arts Education Navigator. Americans for the Arts' new Arts Education Navigator provides a six-step process to better understand your role as a business person in the arts education ecosystem, the policies that affect your state, the current trends in the field, and how to best take action. (Americans for the Arts)

Upcoming: Arts Chat with Mark Golden, Golden Artist Colors CEO. Join us on October 28 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) for an conference call with Mark Golden, the CEO and co-founder of Golden Artist Colors, who will discuss his company's longstanding support of the arts, which led to the company's recognition as a 2012 BCA 10 honoree. Read Mark's thoughts on the arts, which focus on tapping into creativity and innovation in the workplace through the arts. For more information and to register, send an e-mail to Private Sector Initiatives Coordinator Jordan Shue at

Arts Education Is Essential to Cultivating the Creative Economy. Why are creative entrepreneurs essential to the future of Michigan's economy? Learn more from Sarah Triplett, Director of Public Policy for Creative Many Michigan.

Care to Recycle Poster and Essay Contest. Poster and Essay Contest: Invite students in grades 1-3 and their parents and teachers to participate in the Care to Recycle® and Scholastic poster and essay contest on the importance of recycling personal-care products, such as shampoo and lotion bottles, presented by America Recycles Day sponsor Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Share your ideas for a chance to win prizes, including a $500 gift card and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. product prize pack for adults, and a National Parks Pass and bike and helmet for kids. Learn more about the challenge and access lesson plans featuring English, science, and math focused on recycling.

Everyone’s Right to Arts and Culture: A Community Conversation, November 11, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. The National Guild for Community Arts Education and Creative Philadelphia — the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy will host a free, public forum, Everyone's Right to Arts and Culture: A Community Conversation, on Wednesday, November 11, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, at the Philadelphia Clef Club. See below for a detailed event description. RSVP Now! Deadline: November 1

Open Call: Breakout Session RFPs for the 2016 National Arts-in-Education Conference in Miami. YA is now accepting breakout session proposals for the National Arts-in-Education Conference, Growing up with the Arts. The Growing up with the Arts National Conference will be held on April 14-16 at the luxurious Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach in Miami, FL. YA seeks to provide our conference attendees with engaging sessions led by passionate members of the arts and education communities in order to highlight best practices and cutting edge arts-in education ideas from organizations around the country. Learn more about the proposal submission process or download the proposal submission form online.

Teacher Educators Unite to Shape Educational Technology. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) recently hosted an annual technology summit for the leaders of 10 teacher educator associations that formed a coalition in 2000 around educational technology and educator preparation. This two-day event has witnessed or directly led to some amazing developments over the years, ranging from research to tools to entirely new technologies, as coalition members serve as a unique focus group and visionary working network bridging education and industry.

CA Arts Council to invest nearly $9 million in grants in 2016. The Council will invest $8.6 million in a total of ten competitive grant programs that will serve a wide variety of California’s communities through engagement with the arts, creative expression, and cultural experiences. The announcement includes details on two new grant programs: Artists Activating Communities, supporting sustained artistic residencies in community settings and Cultural Pathways, supporting emerging arts programs rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups.


Secretary Duncan Steps Down: NCLB Replacement Effects. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he is resigning from his position as the nation’s top education official at the end of the year. One of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving Cabinet members, Duncan leaves behind a legacy of change. (ASCD Capitol Connection)

More Leadership Chaos in Washington, More ESEA Forecasting. Another week, another congressional leadership scuffle, another round of: "What does this mean for passage of a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act?" After all, this looked like it would finally, finally be the year it happened, what with bills passing the Senate (by a big, bipartisan vote), and the House (just barely, and with only GOP support). (Education Week/Politics K-12)
Duncan, King, Senators: New ESEA Must Be Strong on Accountability. Congressional education leaders are said to be rolling up their sleeves and trying to finish a long, long stalled rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act over the next several weeks, in time to get it to the president's desk by the end of the year. The hardest issue they have to tackle? Finding the sweet spot when it comes to accountability. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Q&A: Ed. Dept.'s Ted Mitchell Talks ESEA, Turnover, and Education Philanthropy. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's learning forum here Thursday, Ted Mitchell, the U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary, spoke to a ballroom full of education leaders and grantees. Mitchell stood in for John B. King, Jr., who is set to take over as acting education secretary and had been scheduled to talk, but was tied up with transition duties. The session was closed to the press at the department's request, according to Gates spokespeople. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

NCLB Rewrite negotiations focus on student protections. A group of senators and Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week urged Congress to include provisions in the No Child Left Behind rewrite that maintain protections for disadvantaged students. "The law is a result of civil rights activism -- of blood, tears and sweat. And it's insulting to that memory that we have a piece of legislation that pulls back that kind of accountability," Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said. (U.S. News & World Report)


College Bound offers an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors. College Bound courses from GETCreative are an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students will connect with peers with similar interests, while taking courses designed to help them grow, discover themselves, and create something awesome. Courses are currently offered in the fields of Design and Culinary Arts, with Fashion and Media Arts courses coming soon. College Bound courses let students...Get a firsthand look at college life; Test their skills in a classroom setting; and Think about their future after high school. After successfully completing the course, students can participate in a Showcase Event and have a portfolio of work that may support them in receiving proficiency credit* upon enrollment at any Art Institutes location.** College Bound students who apply for admission can also have their application and enrollment fees waived. Courses start on October 3, 2015. Visit to learn more.

7 ways schools can get creative with STEAM. Schools can make science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs successful by building momentum and maintaining an open dialogue, suggests Denise Douglas-Faraci, an associate professor at Kaplan University's college of education. She says schools should build deeper learning and keep schedules flexible. (eSchool News)

Testing Encroaches on Arts Time, New Jersey Educators Report. More New Jersey students take fine arts, music, or drama in school than in the past, according to a new report. But time devoted to the subjects in some schools is on the downswing, according to NJ Spotlight, which published the report Tuesday. And a fifth of schools do not offer both visual arts and music, though they are technically require to do so by the state. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Three Years In, Los Angeles Arts Education Push Has Mixed Results. Three years after the Los Angeles Unified School District named arts as a core subject, students at approximately 100 elementary schools still don't get any arts instruction. Southern California Public Radio reports that the district has made efforts to increase funding, hire more teachers, and launch a series of arts festivals. But universal arts education remains elusive, especially for the district's poorest students. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Watch and Share AEP National Forum Videos. 250 arts and education leaders from around the country representing 32 states and 150 organizations attended the AEP 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success on September 1-2 in Arlington, VA! Video recordings of plenary sessions, keynote addresses, and more are now available on YouTube! Also, if you missed the screening of School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired Classroom, it is airing on select PBS stations nationwide now.

The National Endowment for the Arts Celebrates 50 Years of Supporting the Arts. The National Endowment for the Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was on September 29, 1965, one month after signing the Voting Rights Act that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act which gave birth to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The major initiative of the 50th anniversary is Creativity Connects. This initiative will show how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem; investigate the ways in which the support systems for the arts are changing; and explore how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity.

Center on School Turnaround Releases Publication on Arts Integration. The Center on School Turnaround recently released a new publication that connects the dots between arts integration, students' personal competencies, and school turnaround.

Left at altar by Corcoran, University of Maryland has new partner in the arts. After being jilted by the Corcoran Gallery last year, the University of Maryland has found a new partner in the arts — the Phillips Collection. The university will announce Monday that it has come to an agreement with the private D.C. museum to expand the university’s presence in Washington, energize the museum’s educational programs and bring more art to audiences in the District and on campus. (WaPo)

The Phillips Collection and University of Maryland partner to transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. The Phillips Collection’s Director Dorothy Kosinski and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced today a bold partnership between the two institutions with a shared vision to dramatically transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. Layered with rich opportunities to collaborate, the agreement is ambitious, entrepreneurial, and risk-supportive, which are considered essential qualities in today’s competitive arts and academic environments. Together, The Phillips Collection will expand its education programs, reach new and diverse audiences, and pursue key initiatives that align with the museum’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning. At the same time, UMD will grow its established scholarship and academic programs within the arts, provide unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, and expand its footprint in the nation’s capital. (

2 Compelling Reasons for Using the Studio Habits of Mind in Your Art Room. Over a decade ago, researchers with Harvard’s Project Zero identified The Studio Habits of Mind. Through research, Lois Hetland and her team classified and named eight Studio Habits that have been a continuous force in reshaping how progressive art education is organized and administered. FREE Studio Habits of Mind Posters Download! (The Art of Education)

Video Gaining as Key Tool in Teacher-Learning Plans. As platforms evolve, more school districts are using video in professional development to boost teacher collaboration and refine classroom practice. Read more. (Education Week)

The Creative Time Summit: "The Curriculum NYC" at Boys and Girls High School, November 14 & 15, 2015. The Creative Time Summit is the world's largest international conference on art and social change. From within Boys and Girls High School, which has come to symbolize both the democratic ambitions and the pervasive inequalities of public education today, we will explore the relationship between knowledge and geopolitics, pedagogical art practices, omissions in contemporary curricula, and political issues such as the re-segregation of public schools and student debt. Reserve your seat today!

National Gallery Singapore to open region's first art education centre for young visitors. A new immersive learning facility at the National Gallery Singapore will soon open to give young visitors more reasons to cultivate their interest in art. More than 60 children today trialled the Keppel Centre for Art Education’s line-up of innovative programmes designed to make learning art enjoyable and accessible. The activities will form the core of the purpose-built Centre, where families can extend their art journey from the gallery spaces into another seamless world of interactive, hands-on art exploration. The Keppel Centre for Art Education will be the first of its kind in the region to provide young visitors the opportunity to access original artwork, handle art tools, select artworks, write labels and conduct exhibition tours for their peers through experiential learning and role-play in masterclasses led by artists and educators.

How Pin Culture Is Supporting The Indie Art Industry (& Finding A Home On Instagram). Pins seem to be something you either own none of or own way too many of. Their collectible nature lends itself to fanaticism. But you don't have to get on this level to have fun with them; a fashion-centered, Instagram-driven pin culture is emerging for adults, and it's a blast to follow along. They've gone from a childish knick-knack to collectors' items with serious cool factor, and when we talked to four major pin-players — Adam J. Kurtz, Ban.Do's Jen Gotch, Pintrill's Jordan Roschwalb, and Valley Cruise Press' Kelley Feighan — we found out that today's pin culture is about so much more than just a cute something extra you stick on your tees and jackets. (Refinery29)

Arne Duncan's on His Way Out: Does That Help or Hurt ESEA's Chances? US Education Secretary Arne Duncan's announcement Friday that he will step down in December is the third in a series of resignation announcements that could affect reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Some say it could increase urgency for the rewrite. Others say it frustrates an already confusing education policy landscape. (Education Week/The Atlantic online)


How will you celebrate this October - the 30th Anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month? No matter who you are or where you live, there are MANY ways you can celebrate the arts this October! The arts are a part of our lives each and every day, but we take the whole month of October to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts & Humanities Month - the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation.

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.
See the 2015 White House Presidential Proclamation here.


National Endowment for the Arts Focuses on Equity in Education. The National Endowment for the Arts is marking its 50th anniversary this year with a slew of initiatives that highlight the state of the arts in the United States. The NEA has funded arts education programs since its inception. In 2014, NEA released a comprehensive new strategic plan for arts education, which includes new grants for groups trying to impact arts education in large systems like districts and states. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Peer2Peer Museum-School Partnerships - What Does Success Look Like? Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00pm. Museums and schools partner in a variety of ways. Whether it's the classic single visit field trip, a multi-visit program with one classroom, or an in-depth collaboration with an entire district, museum educators and teachers will explore best practices for making the most out of our time together.

National Design Week. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum marks the 10th anniversary of National Design Week, October 10–18, with a range of programs for all audiences celebrating the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life.

ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK: PARTNERING WITH THE KENNEDY CENTER TO SUPPORT AND CELEBRATE ARTS EDUCATORS. When we think of arts education, what comes to mind for many is our students’ eye-opening engagement with the world through music, visual arts, or filmmaking. But as we celebrate Arts in Education Week (September 13-19), it’s important to remember that those rich artistic experiences couldn’t happen without the time, effort, and planning of our nation’s dedicated arts teachers. (

FREE Webinar Explores Reforming Arts Education. Examining one of the most significant restorations of arts education in the nation will be the topic of a free webinar led by NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET. In June 2015, Chula Vista Elementary School District in San Diego, California announced its decision to reinstate in-school visual and performing arts education at every school. With a $15 million commitment over three years, the district has designed a framework for sequential arts instruction for each of the 30,000 K-6 students in the district. Using an El Sistema inspired approach, SDYS assisted the district rebuild its arts education infrastructure as well as manage cultural changes associated with returning arts education to campuses. As a result, access to music and arts education returned to the district after a 15-year absence and more than 70 visual and performing arts teachers have been hired in the last three months. (NEA)

DESIGN DISRUPTORS: A design documentary. Meet the design disruptors—product designers from the most disruptive and significant products of our time—who are leading a design-driven revolution around the world.

2 Compelling Reasons for Using the Studio Habits of Mind in Your Art Room. Over a decade ago, researchers with Harvard’s Project Zero identified The Studio Habits of Mind. Through research, Lois Hetland and her team classified and named eight Studio Habits which include: Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore and Understand Art Worlds. Since then, the eight Habits have been a continuous force in reshaping how progressive art education is organized and administered. (The Art of Ed)

The Power of the Creative Arts in Health and Healing. Facing an illness or health challenge often involves far more than managing physical symptoms. It can affect our whole self, including our identity, confidence, faith, emotions, way of life, ability to do daily activities and relationship with others. Many people find they have strong thoughts or feelings they're not sure how to cope with or express. For some people, it's a period of deep inward reflection, perhaps with a sense of grief or loss. And for some, it's a moment when the desire to be engaged with life grows stronger, and they seek to take in the beauty of the world and be social and creative. (U.S. News & World Report)

The Artist’s Role in Recovery: New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina. When Hurricane Katrina brought the full force of its devastation to New Orleans ten years ago, the city struggled to regain a foothold after the failure of multiple levees, widespread flooding, massive power outages, and great loss of life and property. As the floodwaters receded, artists began returning and a small bright spot emerged. Artists started to rebuild, leading their city to a more hopeful place and, eventually, one with flourishing neighborhoods anchored by artist co-ops, art markets and galleries, and punctuated with public art projects and robust social activism. (cerf+)

DoDEA Artist. The DoDEA Artist Spotlight is a monthly artwork challenge open to current DoDEA students and is held on the DoDEA Facebook fan page. Students are encouraged to submit a work of art, including photographs, digital artwork, 2D artwork, or 3D artwork that relates to DoDEA’s monthly theme. The artwork will be displayed in a Facebook album and Facebook members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite image by selecting the Facebook "Like" button. The image with the most Facebook likes is announced as the favorite at the end of the challenge and showcased on both the DoDEA website and the DoDEA Facebook fan page.

Bobblehead Mascot Design Contest. Announcing a national contest open to K-12 students to design the mascot for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Open to students throughout the U.S. The winners will receive some great prizes including a trip to the grand opening, a $500 scholarship, Memberships, a case of bobbleheads, and more! Entries must be received by December 31, 2015.

Announcing Highly Rated i3 Development Grant Pre-applications. How do we support educators who are discovering innovative new ways to help all students grow and learn? That question is at the core of our Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program. Through i3, we support teachers, school leaders and their partners to identify effective strategies that encourage student success. (

U.S. Department of Education Announces $25 Million for Science and Literacy-Themed Television and Digital Media. The U.S. Department of Education announced today two grant awards totaling $25 million to Twin Cities Public Television and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the development of television and multimedia programs that will engage preschool and young elementary school children and their families in science and literacy-themed learning. (

Investing in Higher Education Innovation. As I have written previously, much is changing in higher education. Student demographics have shifted significantly, as have the demands of a fast-evolving workforce. Technology, powerful insights from brain science, and research on teaching and learning are creating vast new possibilities. In order to build our economy and our democracy, we must invest in the... (

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Texas. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Texas has received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Texas is implementing comprehensive, state-designed plan to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (

Education Groups to Congress: Please Do Your Job and Reauthorize ESEA. The two national teachers' unions and the group representing state schools chiefs are among those saying now's the time to complete an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite. (Education Week/Politics K-12)



Artsonia is Helping You Link National Art Standards To Your Projects. Artsonia is pleased to announce an optional new feature that allows you to easily align the projects you submit with the appropriate National Core Art Standards developed by the NCCAS (National Coalition for Core Art Standards). When creating a new project (or editing an existing one), scroll to the bottom of the setup page to view the various grade-based standards. Simply checkmark all that apply and save the changes.

FY2016 Notices of Funding Opportunity for all Five Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Programs for Museums
. General overviews of their grant programs are available here in a downloadable brochure.
Museums for America
National Leadership Grants for Museums
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

The deadline for applications to all museum grant programs is December 1, 2015. IMLS also just announced the FY2015 grant awards. To check these out, please see the news release or use our Search Awarded Grants feature here.

Schools and Creativity: A Teacher's Perspective. In this blog on Inservice, Sabeen Masaud, a teacher in Islamabad, Pakistan, explains why it's time to shift from superficial activities and programs in schools toward meaningful learning experiences and real creativity. She explores how many time-consuming and unproductive activities that are the current norm in schools can be channeled into valuable learning for students to experience outside the classroom with only a little effort and planning. Read on.

Google launches free 3D field-trip pilot program. Six states and three countries will participate in a new 3D virtual field-trip pilot program announced by Google on Monday. The field-trip simulation system, which is free for schools, includes about 100 trip options with plans for it to offer college tours and other options in the future. (The New York Times)

U.S. Department of Education Approves Waivers of Title I of the ESEA for Six CORE Districts in California. Building on the significant progress seen in America's schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that the six districts that comprise the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) have been approved to continue implementing a set of waivers of certain provisions of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for one year and are no longer designated as high risk status. (

Federal NCLB waiver issued to 6 Calif. districts. The Department of Education has issued a No Child Left Behind waiver to six school districts in California. The waiver -- the only one issued to individual districts -- will go to the state's districts affiliated with the California Office to Reform Education. (EdSource)

Announcing MUSIC and CELEBRATION episodes premiering on PBS this Fall. MUSIC premieres Friday, November 20, 2015. CELEBRATION premieres Friday, December 11, 2015. New Education Guides and bonus videos featuring artists from the new episodes will be available online.


Education Department to Host Opening of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners Exhibit. The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners exhibit will open on Friday, Sept. 25, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (

NEA chair Jane Chu visits with local art teachers, leaders and students. Jane Chu, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, met with local art teachers and leaders, and listened to a performance by members of Youth Orchestras of Fresno during a visit to the Fresno Art Museum Monday. (The Fresno Bee)

Artsonia Progress Reports. Artsonia has redesigned the Progress Reports feature for the new school year in response to the increased demand on teachers to evaluate students by showing concrete evidence of learning, grades and accomplishments. Check out the short 2-minute video tutorial.

ART21 News: Lynda Benglis Reunites with a Lost Fountain. In this issue of ART21 News: New Videos Featuring Lynda Benglis and Lucas Blalock; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide.

Cricket Media and Smithsonian Launch the 2nd Annual Global Folklorist Challenge. Cricket Media has announced the launch of the 2nd Annual Global Folklorist Challenge, produced in partnership with the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The challenge, now open to kids eight to 18 worldwide, asks participants to explore a local or regional tradition through the eyes of a community tradition bearer and create a video or slide show to share the story. Cultural traditions students might explore include dance, games, handicrafts, cooking, storytelling, customs, distinctive jobs and more.

N.J. school injects engineering into art class. Art and science may seem like subjects far removed from one another, but a Weehawken High School art teacher has found a way to have these subjects intersect in her classes this year, by encouraging the artistic creativity used in fields like graphic design, architecture and engineering. (

Md. Boosting Baltimore's arts education. Arts education programs (dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts) are increasingly vital to the success of American schools. Our students are living in a world where creativity and innovation drive the economic advancement of countries and where our collective humanity is challenged in the context of complex issues. Contrary to the belief of some that arts education is a luxury in difficult times, research has repeatedly proven that it significantly contributes to the academic and social success of children during their education and beyond. Neuroscience research was presented here in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins Learning, Arts, and the Brain Summit in 2009 showing ways that the arts are linked to brain function. Not surprisingly, schools with strong arts programs are schools of choice for families in a position to choose. (The Baltimore Sun)

Wash.Yakima school enhancing education through art. Art work covers every inch of Garfield Elementary's hallways. To students and teachers--the pieces are more than a simple art project. Each drawing, painting, and project is a visual representation of lessons learned. "I can see the growth in the students and I can see the difference that it's making," first grade teacher Myra Gutierrez said. Garfield is Yakima's first art integrated school. Teachers weave art lessons into other core subjects. A math lesson for younger students could include measuring, sorting, and drawing, instead of just pen on paper. (KIMA)

Md. Elementary art programs make comeback at local schools. Art is making a comeback across the county at area elementary schools, with school districts finding a way to fit the program into their already tight budgets. Liberty Union is one of three county school districts to bring art programs back to their elementary schools this year. (Lancaster Eagle Gazette)

Kennedy Center Wins $6.5 Million Grant for Art Education. The Kennedy Center will be receiving a $6.5 million grant from the Education Department, according to Peggy McGlone in the Washington Post. The money will support its arts education programs for students, and is the first of a three-year commitment from the federal agency. The full grant will amount to almost twenty million dollars by the conclusion of its three-year term. (ArtForum)

Ore. Budget deficits affect youths access to arts education. While teachers are being laid off more and more every year and school days are shaved off the academic calendar in K-12, the budget deficit for public education still remains a gross problem. Where is the money taken from next? What can America afford to sacrifice when it comes to educating our youth? It can’t be any core classes. We know that. Principals count on grants and funding that depend on improved standardized test scores. School officials are inclined to strengthen instruction in areas like mathematics and reading to benefit from direct federal incentives. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative are examples of the spotlight being put on core-subjects. As a result of these education reforms, the public school budget is allocated to reflect what this legislation deems important and that does not include the arts. (The Linfield Review)

I asked if Obama, Duncan know the impact of their teacher evaluation policies. This is their answer. A focus of the Obama administration’s education reform effort has been the remaking of teacher evaluation systems to include student standardized test scores. States that wanted to receive federal funding in President Obama’s $4.3 billion Race to the Top education funding contest had to commit to linking test scores to teacher evaluation, and the same was true for those states that wanted to receive a federal waiver from the most onerous parts of No Child Left Behind. Most states wound up passing laws linking scores to evaluation, even though assessment experts — including the American Statistical Association — have warned against the “value-added measurement” method being used to make that linkage. (The Washington Post)

House Speaker Boehner, Key Architect of NCLB, to Resign From Congress. Ohio Republican John Boehner, the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee from 2001-2006, played a key role in shepherding the No Child Left Behind Act through the legislative process. Read more.
(Education Week/Politics K-12)


2015-16 High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project Launches | Call for Art Educators
Application Deadline: October 21, 2015
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has issued a call for high school arts educators to pilot the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts during the 2015-2016 school year. MCAs are curriculum-embedded performance-based assessment examples that are designed to model standards-based arts assessment and student achievement. The pilot follows a similar project that was conducted during 2014-15, in which 75 arts educators piloted the MCAs at grades 2, 5, and 8. The 2015-16 pilot teachers, working with the MCAs at the high school benchmark levels of Proficient, Accomplished, and Advanced, will put the example tasks “on their feet,” focusing on students’ application of their knowledge and skills in in authentic and relevant contexts.
Applications will be accepted through Wednesday October 21st, 2015. Applicants must complete an online application form at and forward a résumé or CV, along with a signed letter of permission from your principal or school administrator to the Project Manager at NCCAS will contact chosen applicants and announce selected pilot sites by November 5, 2015.
The Model Cornerstone Assessment pilot project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Questions should be addressed to NCCAS leadership representative Lynn Tuttle at or Dr. F. Robert Sabol, Past President of the National Art Education Association and Visual Arts MCA Coordinator at


Creativity Lab encourages inquiry-based learning. Educators at a California school are learning how to incorporate "making" into core academic classes, thanks to support from the school's Creativity Lab. In one math class, students worked together on an online program aimed at teaching them about using grids. (

CalArts launches open online game design.The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is launching a cluster of online courses titled Game Design: Art and Concepts on Coursera. The Game Design Specialization will be taught by the college’s top faculty and accessible to anyone who registers online.

Get Your Design On – the Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is Back! Stratasys is pleased to announce the opening of the 12th Annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge (#ExtremeRedesign). Students of all levels from all over the world are eligible to enter our annual contest to create amazing new products or improve an existing product.

After School Matters Seeks Instructors. Beginning October 1, After School Matters will be seeking new independent instructors and community organizations interested in providing after-school and summer programs during the Summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 program session. These program providers will mentor and share their expertise with Chicago high school teens by delivering a wide range of program opportunities across the city in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology. The Request For Proposals (RFP) for New/Potential Program Providers will be released on Thursday, October 1 and is due on Monday, November 2, 2015 by 5:00pm. An RFP Informational Session will be offered on October 7, 2015 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.
To register, RSVP on Eventbrite, here.


NAEA Receives 2015 Leadership Grant for Museums from IMLS. The National Art Education Association (NAEA) announced today that it has received a prestigious National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC. The grant will be used to fund a study that will be conducted jointly with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) examining the impact of single visit programs to art museums on K-12 students.

2015-16 High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has issued a call for high school arts educators to pilot the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts during the 2015-2016 school year.

Turnaround Arts and Wolf Trap Announce National Partnership. Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts have announced a national partnership to support arts-integrated learning in early childhood classrooms across the country.

Research: Art Works Grants. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is interested in research which will measure or clarify one or more factors, characteristics, and conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem, as well as research which will investigate the direct and indirect benefits of arts participation on health and well-being, cognitive capacity, learning, creativity, community livability, or economic prosperity. The deadline for submitting an application is October 20.

Call for VSA Webinar Proposals. The Office of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts seeks webinar presentation proposals and presenters to fill 12 openings for the October 2015–September 2016 VSA Webinar season. Webinar presentations must relate directly to topics valuable to the combined fields of arts, disability, and K-12 education.

2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Call for Submissions Opens with New Scholarship Opportunities for Creative Teens. The 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards opened for submissions on September 16. All students in grades 7-12 attending private, public, parochial, and home schools are eligible to submit their art and writing. With 29 categories to choose from, students have multiple opportunities to receive recognition and scholarships. See what's new in 2016.

Editorial Cartoons. AYAW is always looking for ways to encourage students and make their voices heard. This year, they've added a category, Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, and an editorial cartoon contest to give students the chance to say what's on their minds.

Art.Write.Now.Tour 2015-16. Now in its sixth year, the Art.Write.Now.Tour continues to showcase some of the best creative work from our nation's teens. With five stops in four states, see if the Tour is stopping near you!

FREE VSA Webinar - 9/22 - Drawing on Disability: Comics Including Difference. This free Webinar, Drawing on Disability: Comics Including Difference, wil present teaching strategies applicable to the K-12 art class with comics that use humor, parody, and metaphor about identity, experience, strengths, difference, and capacities to challenge and reclaim what disability means. The presenters will offer take-away activities that de-center narratives of normal and foster diversity awareness of stereotypes and clichés of disability in pop culture. Presenters: Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D., Michelle Kraft, Ph.D.; and Veronica Hicks.

Teachers College, Columbia University Partners With ProjectArt to Provide Arts Education to Underserved Communities in NYC. Teachers College, Columbia University is teaming with ProjectArt, an award-winning New York-based arts education nonprofit, to bring free arts education to youth in underserved communities across New York City. The innovative partnership enables students who are teachers-in-training in Teachers College's Art & Art Education program to teach visual arts classes to youth ages 4-17 in the city's public libraries, advancing ProjectArt's goal of cost-effectively and collaboratively addressing the arts education crisis. (PRNewswire)

Op-Ed: Arts education is important. A year before he died, Charles Darwin wrote with regret that he seemed to have become “a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.” Attributing his sorry state to the lack of poetry and music in his life, he went on to give the probable consequences of their absence as a “loss of happiness,” injury to “the intellect,” and, through an “enfeebling [of] the emotional part of our nature,” damage to our “moral character.” His words should be heeded today by anyone who encourages or permits students to neglect the arts and humanities and to concentrate single-mindedly on the so-called STEM subjects. All of us who teach in the arts and humanities have stories about the sometimes life-changing intellectual, emotional and moral impact on students of what we study. (Western Gazette)

PTAs and Schools Celebrate Arts Education, Encourage Creativity During National Arts in Education Week. "It is critical that the arts remain a core academic subject in our nation's schools as research shows it is an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students," said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. "PTA has long supported arts education, recognizing the impact it has on student success, in the classroom and beyond. We are pleased to celebrate National Arts in Education Week and launch the 2015-2016 National PTA Reflections program so all students have the opportunity to experience the arts." (Digital Journal)

KRIS Pinot Grigio and Americans for the Arts Launch the 6th Annual "Art of Education" Campaign
Program Continues to Support Art Education with $25,000 in Grants to Public Schools
. This fall, consumers can support arts education programs nationwide in K-12 public schools as they enjoy KRIS, one of America's most popular Italian wines. KRIS and Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, are partnering again for the sixth annual "Art of Education" program. KRIS will award 16 schools in the United States a total of $25,000 in grants to improve academic achievement through quality arts education. This year's campaign runs from now to October 31, 2015. (PRNewswire)

NE CURRENT Interdependence Hexagon Project:Child Hunger. Join the 2016 International Interdependence Hexagon Project. Watch this video that illustrates how teachers have addressed Social Justice issues in their classrooms using this user-friendly - but powerful- Project!

‘THE CRAFTYS’ AWARDS, PRESENTED BY XYRON, LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 1, 2015. The Craftys are the awards that celebrate the best in DIY and craft across the United States, and culminates in a livestream broadcast on November 6, 2015 from San Francisco. Hosted by PBS’ crafting guru, Mark Montano, The Craftys is positioned to become the ultimate prize for crafters in many different
disciplines, including categories that span from traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing, and scrapbooking to “street art.” The Craftys’ Best in Show winner receives $1,000 and each category winner gets $200.

Teacher-Evaluation Reins Loosen Under NCLB Waivers. The Education Department's earlier hard-line approach on tying evaluations to student test scores is giving way to greater flexibility. Read more.
(Education Week)


Minn. Creative CityMaking Programs. Now having finished its pilot year, the Creative CityMaking program in Minneapolis will continue on by placing nine local artists into five city departments to participate in city planning by using creative strategy to tackle community challenges.
Boston is the next city to take on the Creative CityMaking approach, just having released a call for Artists in Residence. From the press release: "A cohort of ten artists will be invited to study and expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a parallel cohort of City employees who will be exposed to examples of artistic practices which incorporate art and artists into government work. Artists will receive $1,000 stipends for capacity development and support as they create proposals to work with a City department or agency. Both the artist and City cohorts will attend master workshops and lectures by guest artists and have opportunities to exchange ideas and co-design proposals." (Animating Democracy September E-News)

La. How Art Helps Students in New Orleans Deal with PTSD. In a first-person narrative published on, Sophie Lucido Johnson details her experience working as a teacher in a New Orleans public high school and charter school where most of her students dealt with PTSD and depression post-Hurricane Katrina. Johnson brings to light a harrowing fact: According to a 2012 report, at least one-third of children in New Orleans showed symptoms of PTSD and depression that year. She credits art as a therapy that brought her students—and herself—out of the isolation and despair of trauma and back to their fuller selves. Johnson states, "Art is a language all humans can speak, and for this reason, art contains enormous capacity for healing." (Animating Democracy September E-News)

National Parks Service Call for Interest. The National Park Service at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH, is seeking to facilitate the creation of an entirely new concept in America: "A National Park for the Arts." The park will be a place where artists can create new works and where visitors can learn about the arts, experience visual or performance art created by artists of different stripes, and participate in the creation of art themselves. Through November, NPS is open to receiving responses from partners interested in joining the effort to create the park. (Animating Democracy September E-News)

Calif. Evaluation Test Kitchen! at the 2016 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, October 19, 2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m., Los Angeles. Responsible evaluation of arts and social change work will require disrupting mainstream evaluation practices that can undermine or distort the connections between art, culture, and social justice. Evaluation Learning Lab (ELL) is a partnership of Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, the Arts X Culture X Social Justice Network, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Over the past year, ELL has convened arts practitioners, evaluators, and funders to develop these resources. Participants will test frameworks and criteria designed for assessing social and aesthetic qualities and outcomes and increasing equity and access in review processes coming out of the Lab’s test kitchen. Participants will offer feedback regarding usefulness of frameworks in their grantmaking and in balancing power in evaluation. Discussion will inform positive actions grantmakers can take in their own review and evaluation activities and guide further development of practical field resources. (Animating Democracy September E-News)

Iceland's Nes Artists Residency - Deadline: October 15. The Nes Artist Residency is a multidisciplinary residency emphasizing community engagement in the town of Skagaströnd. Nes is a process based residency that aims to provide opportunities for international and artistic exchange, as well as an immersive space to allow the artistic process to develop and thrive. (Animating Democracy September E-News)

12 University Art Museums You Probably Don’t Know (But Should). Looking to take a road trip this fall? To mark the new school year, ARTINFO has compiled a list of 12 (mostly) off-the-beaten-path university art museums that are worth the trip, from Maine to Washington State. Click on the slideshow see our picks.


Happy Arts in Education Week: What You Need to Know. From yesterday through Saturday, celebrate, advocate, and participate through activities nationally and in your community. Use #ArtsEdWeek on social media to tell the rest of the country what you are up to! Keep up to date at For a full listing of professional development activities, click here!


Alaska. National arts endowment leader explains why art is worth it. As part of her visit to Alaska, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu visited Juneau on Tuesday. She met with staff and actors at Perseverance Theatre, visited the Sealaska Heritage Institute, and attended a reception at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. (KTOO)

R.I. Universal Design for Learning and the Arts: A Seminar at RIC. Art educators from K-12 schools, colleges and community arts programs throughout Rhode Island recently gathered at RIC’s Alex and Ani Hall for a professional development workshop titled “Arts & Universal Design for Learning (UDL),” an internationally recognized framework for curriculum design.

Teachers College, Columbia University and ProjectArt Partner in Providing Arts Education to Underserved Communities in NYC. Teachers College, Columbia University is teaming with ProjectArt, an award-winning New York-based arts education nonprofit, to bring free arts education to youth in underserved communities across New York City. The innovative partnership enables students who are teachers-in-training in Teachers College’s Art & Art Education program to teach visual arts classes to youth ages 4-17 in the city’s public libraries, advancing ProjectArt’s goal of cost-effectively and collaboratively addressing the arts education crisis.

Del. Seacoast Charter School provides education in art. Seacoast Charter School, New Hampshire’s longest- running charter school, has found its new home in Dover. SCS is a publicly funded kindergarten through 8th grade school focused on experiencing education through the arts. (

U.K. Retired art teachers put finishing touches on Salt Fair peace project. TWO retired art teachers have almost completed their peace-themed art mural in preparation for the Winsford Salt Fair. Derek Johnson and his wife Anne, from Winsford, were commissioned to paint a 40-ft mural in Winsford Cross Shopping Centre, keeping with the theme of all of this year's Salt Fair events, peace. (The Guardian)

Chicago to Reopen Dyett High School as Arts-Focused School, Innovation Lab. The district said in its announcement that the arts school concept for Dyett had been recommended by the Bronzeville Community Action Council. The technology-focused component of the school, which should be operational by the 2016-17 school year, is in line with the district's plan to better equip students with 21st-century skills. (Education Week/District Dossier)

New YA Programs, Conferences and Events for A New School Year! September is here, and with it comes the start of the new school year! Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) and its 30 affiliates around the country have been hard at work creating and scheduling programs for all the students returning to school. Be sure to check out their back-to-school round-up and read about some of the new programs being offered around the network this fall.

S.C. Young Audiences NY partners with Charleston County School District to bring a Social Justice Workshop to Charleston. Young Audiences New York partners with Charleston County School District to bring a Social Justice Professional Development Workshop to Charleston, South Carolina on September 19.

Artsonia: Artist of the Week Contest. The "Artist of the Week" program, sponsored by Blick Art Materials, is a weekly contest that highlights new artwork from four different grade categories (PK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) and encourages family, friends and other art appreciators to vote for their favorite piece. Here's how it works each week...Tuesday: Artsonia selects twelve random art submissions in each of four different age groups from artwork published the previous week. Wednesday-Saturday: Voting is open to the general public and limited to one vote per computer per day. Sunday: Winners are announced and featured on the Artsonia homepage! Super Prizes: Each week, Blick Art Materials generously donates a $100 gift certificate to each winning school and a $50 gift certificate to each winning artist.

New Training Resources and Mobile App Updates from Artsonia:
Tutorial Videos | Webinars | iPhone/iPad/Android app

78th Annual Conference for Community Arts Education, Nov. 11-14, Philadelphia, PA: New Sessions & Schedule Announced: 2015 Conference. The conference schedule full of program details, dates, and times is now available online and they’ve added a slew of new sessions this week! Plus more are still on the way. Check the website for up-to-the-minute conference news and updates.

Draw-Along. As our Art Workshop introduces characters interpreted (not “copied”) in a systematic set of user-friendly steps.
Write. Participants use skills learned to express new ideas (stories) to include heritage, personal feelings, and topics at hand.
An additional source of “ignition” is the display of FACES-FROM-THE FOREST (Inner Children From The Trees).
Tell. ACT IT OUT! PERFORM IT! Working independently or with others, make it a live play- a full theater production!

Fulbright Scholar Program: Be Involved in the Study of American Art in Europe. The Fulbright Scholar Program and the Terra Foundation for American Art have joined forces to offer the Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art.   The award offers grant opportunities to U.S. art scholars who have an interest in fostering mutual understanding and cross-cultural dialogue with the next generation of art history teachers and scholars in Europe.

Connecting a Classroom: Reflections on Using Social Media With My Students
. Last fall, I took a leap by connecting my classroom. Through Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Flickr, and blogging, my students published their projects and writing to an audience beyond their peers and me. Along the way, we reflected on what social media added to our classroom as well as what it required of us. I want to share some reflections as I enter a second year facilitating a connected high school classroom. (Education Week Teacher)

Lawmaker wants NCLB overhaul bill to pass this year. Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Education Committee, remains optimistic that Congress will vote to approve legislation by the end of the year that would overhaul No Child Left Behind. Kline said he is hopeful that President Barack Obama would sign the bill if it has strong bipartisan support. (The Washington Post)

Beyond ESEA. Efforts to rewrite the nation's main education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), have made frequent headlines recently, but there are other key education issues that Congress needs to address. Laws regarding student data privacy, child nutrition, higher education access and affordability, and federal education funding will all be up for discussion as members of Congress return to work this week. This week's Capitol Connection has the scoop. (ASCD)


Pa. Philadelphia Goes OPEN SOURCE Get ready for the culmination of Open Source, Mural Arts' citywide public art exhibition, at their massive opening party on Friday, October 2, 6–10 p.m. at Bok, a historic South Philly building with unmatched views of Center City. Meet Open Source artists in person, enjoy the magic of live painting, and dance the night away with old and new friends. It's a night to celebrate the city and the extraordinary power of public art. Bok is also the site of TURNOVER, the Dufala Brothers’ Open Source project. Throughout the evening, the artists will open up their studio space for live demonstrations of how they turn scrap aluminum and other recycled materials into sculpture. EARLY BIRD general admission tickets are only $15 each through September 13! VIP tickets, including a rooftop reception from 5–7 p.m. are $75 each.

Khan Academy Wants To Teach Your Kid To Draw Like A Pixar Animator. Khan Academy, patron saint of the grade point average, has teamed up with Pixar on an interactive video series called "Pixar In A Box," which teaches kids as young as 5-years-old basic math and design concepts that go into building the Pixar universe. In a series of activities and tutorials, professionals from the studio that's currently siphoning 5-to-15 percent of your annual disposable income explain the art, science, and math that results in adorably anthropomorphized animals, monsters, and car, which then take over your living room.

Texas. BASTROP DOWNTOWN 2016 SCULPTURE PROJECT, Bastrop Art in Public Places. 2016 Call for Entries: You are invited to submit your work to be displayed for the year-long public exhibit that showcases large scale, outdoor sculptures.

D.C. Artist Business Development - Free Workshop in DC. Art Impact USA, Inc. has recently become a non-profit organization. Their mission is to help support and cultivate creative talent. You're invited to a free workshop happening this Saturday in DC: "The Artist as Entrepreneur"--A Free Educational Seminar on Artist Business Development. AIUSA will eventually offer after-school and summer school art programs. They also need to fill instructor spots. View video from last Saturday's seminar:

Original Art Mart. Original Art Mart –a gallery and collection of original artwork. Artists can display and sell their work ABSOLUTELY FREE. Art-lovers browse and buy artwork not available elsewhere.

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Pennsylvania. Building on the significant progress seen in America's schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Pennsylvania has received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Pennsylvania is implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (

As Congress Returns, ESEA High on Education Agenda. Dueling bills passed in both chambers to overhaul the federal education law face lawmakers fresh off a five-week summer sabbatical.


Distance Learning Summit: Art Museums and Educational Innovation, November 1-3, 2015. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is hosting the second Distance Learning Summit to investigate how art museums can leverage online learning and technology to help innovate K-12 education by developing sustainable models. This is a fully funded opportunity.

D.C. National Gallery of Art Educator News and Annoucements
TEACHER WORKSHOPS. Registration for 2015-2016 Teacher Workshops is now available online, including our upcoming Evening with Educators event. Workshops are designed to help teachers find meaning and pleasure in the visual arts. These programs introduce art in the Gallery's collection and special exhibitions, explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections, and model methods for teaching with art. All programs include teaching resource materials. Teachers of all subjects (pre-kindergarten through grade 12), homeschoolers, and pre-service educators are welcome. Space is limited, so please register early.
NGAKIDS. The Gallery's award-winning children's app for iPad, NGAkids Art Zone, is available for free download on iTunes. Echoing the style of the popular NGAkids online interactives, this dynamic app contains eight hands-on activities inspired by works in the collection, as well as a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art created with the program. Youngsters are encouraged to create portraits, still-life and genre paintings, landscapes, seascapes, collages, and abstract art as they learn about paintings in the Gallery's collection.
SCHOOL TOURS. The National Gallery of Art is currently accepting school tour requests for dates through December 3, 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. They question, puzzle, reason with evidence, compare, and connect.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS. High School Programs at the National Gallery of Art offer opportunities for students to activate their curiosity and build upon their intellectual foundations in history and art. Grounded in art history, these programs prioritize depth over breadth, investigating original works of art through the lens of a single specific question or theme. Multi-visit and single-visit programs are offered, incorporating either visual journaling or studio art-making.

NEW! Artsonia Webinars for September. There are still spots for the upcoming webinars during September. Topics include: Getting Started with Artsonia; Student publishing with Artsonia's Classroom Mode (NEW and IMPROVED); For Teachers: Learn about the Parent Experience. Signup today!

Art Room Specific PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). This summer I did a lot of thinking about how I could make my art room the friendliest space possible for my students with Special Needs. Luckily, a trip to the Philly Free Library helped me find an immensely insightful text called "Drawing Autism."

Fall 2015 Edition of the Arts Action News (Quarterly Member Newsletter)
Bringing Visibility to Arts Education
1. Use the shared branding for National Arts in Education Week. You can download this unified logo and add it to any posters, websites, or public awareness campaigns. All of these tools are available at:
2. Encourage your education and municipal leaders to adopt a local resolution supporting National Arts in Education Week. Templates are available to customize for your school board, mayor, city council, and state representatives. Take this opportunity to educate these leaders on the benefits of arts education using the handy facts, figures, and advocacy tips available at
3. Raise the visibility of the cause on social media. Use the #ArtsEdWeek hashtag all week long. Share your story of why arts education matters. Or tell us about an arts educator who has made a difference in your community using the hashtag #TeachTheArts. To get the conversation started, we'll be sharing powerful student stories from our new Encourage Creativity videos, which you can find at: Creativity.

Improving Schools With the Arts. What if we as advocates could convince school leaders that the arts are actually a tool to help them improve their schools? Turnaround Arts is doing just that. A public-private partnership managed by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Turnaround Arts is committed to using the power of the arts to improve even the lowest performing schools across the country. Learn more online.

Paint Partnership Serves Art Educators. This summer, previous BCA 10 honorees Golden Artist Colors, Inc. (BCA 10 2012) and Scholastic Inc. (BCA 10 2013) partnered to provide an artist residency for teachers of students who received recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Learn more about this new opportunity for art educators.

The pARTnership Movement. When arts and businesses partner, everyone profits. There’s a movement afoot across the country. Businesses are using the arts to inspire employees, stimulate innovation and foster creative collaboration.

Art Basel 2016. Applications open for Galleries, Edition, Statements, Feature, Unlimited and Parcours sectors. From Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19, 2016, Art Basel will stage the 47th edition of its show in Basel, the world's premier art fair for modern and contemporary art. The show will feature more than 280 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, displaying works by more than 4,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Metropolitan Museum of Art NINE-MONTH INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION (MetTeens). The Education Department offers one nine-month internship for an individual interested in museum education, particularly for the teen audience. The intern supports an array of programs and events that engage teens with original works of art, museum careers, and creative projects during out-of-school time. These include the High School Internship Program, our Teens Take the Met initiative to offer teen nights two times a year, Career Labs or workshops for teens led by museum professionals, drop-in and more intensive art-making opportunities for teens, and our gallery-based Art Explore programs for teens 11-14. The intern will learn about and contribute to the planning, running, and evaluation of these programs. Compensation: Approximately $17,550. Application deadline: Friday, Sept 18, 2015.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Journal of Social Theory in Art Education – JSTAE. Journal Theme: Navigating divides: The changing landscapes of art education. Deadline: October 15, 2015.

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Art Competition. On September 1, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) opened its new international student art competition for submissions! LMC's Unsung Heroes Art Competition, with prizes totaling $16,000 including a grand prize of $7,500, is open to U.S. and international students in grades 6-12. Winning art projects will be given full consideration for display at LMC's state-of-the-art Hall of Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas. Deadline to submit art is February 15, 2016. Check out the guidelines and learn how to get started online.

Va. Opportunities in the Arts from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Find information and opportunities for individual artists and arts administrators: Organizational and Professional Development Grants (Sept 9); Seeking Fairfax County Artist to Handcraft Holiday Ornament (Sept 18); and Multi-cultural Chambers Candidate Forum (Oct 4).

POLICY WATCH: Timeline for overhaul of NCLB remains unclear. Both chambers of Congress have passed bills to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Officials say the law that eventually passes is likely to scale back federal involvement in public education. "It's kind of like the zombie law. It keeps on going and going like 'The Walking Dead,' but it has real-life consequences," Patrick McGuinn, a politics professor at Drew University in New Jersey, said. (The Washington Times)

Federal Update          
Swift Action on Appropriations
Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees advanced
sustained funding ($146 million each) for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in summer markups. This was the first time in nearly six years that the Senate held a hearing on its draft legislation. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) also attempted to increase funding by $2 million to meet the president's funding request. Despite the flurry of activity, renewed gridlock is anticipated on floor activity as Congress approaches the end of the fiscal year this September.         
Good News for Arts Education
Congress is now a step closer to renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that officially expired in 2007! In July, the Senate approved its bipartisan bill, Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17, and the House voted 218-213 to advance its highly partisan legislation to reauthorize ESEA. The Senate bill includes a number of arts-friendly provisions, including retaining the arts as a core academic subject-a key legislative priority. These floor votes clear the way for the House and Senate to begin work on a final bill that can be signed into law and help advance policy to ensure that every child can receive a complete education that includes the arts.              
Freshman member Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has joined Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to serve as co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus. Americans for the Arts helped advise the formation of the STEAM Caucus when it was first established in 2013. It now numbers 75 members! The goal of STEAM is to "change the vocabulary" of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences-and their intersections-to our country's future economy.


Celebrate Creativity September 15th-ish. Have you "connected the dots" with us for International Dot Day? In case you still need to register, visit the Dot Day Sign-Up page. Share the importance of creativity in your classroom! Find resources to enhance your celebration on our Dot Day Tools Page.

Champion Creatively Alive Children event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Please join the U.S. Department of Education, Crayola, the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and other educators at the Champion Creatively Alive Children event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Department of Education auditorium, Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202.

Calif. Chula Vista Making $15M Investment In Arts Education. Chula Vista Elementary School District launched an arts education expansion and teacher hiring spree this summer unlike any that local arts educators have ever seen. The district serving 30,000 students hired about 60 new art teachers in the span of a few months, and 16 arts instructor spots still remain open. (KPBS)

N.Y. The Rockwell Museum receives support from M&T Bank to continue Artist in Residence program. M&T Bank Southern NY Region President Peter Newman and Vice President Chris Giammichele announced today that The Rockwell Museum will receive a charitable contribution of $2,500 from M&T Bank to support the continuation of the Great Circle Residency. The program is a collaborative work between The Rockwell Museum and the Elmira City School District, designed to bring new experiences to the classroom using a variety of teaching and learning modalities, including a museum visit and working with a local artist. (

NY. Art Pow Wow website launch and pop-up exhibition. Art Pow Wow, a social network and e-commerce website where selected artists can connect with an international community of artists and collectors has launched. Established in 2015 as an alternative to the noisy social networks and unfiltered online art markets that dominate the industry, Art Pow Wow is a curated site that offers artists the opportunity to sell their art directly to collectors, meet curators, and trade their work with other artists. Advanced features like their one-of-a-kind Crit Room, residency database, virtual collections, and in-house art advisors make Art Pow Wow the new standard for artists to showcase their work and stay connected within their local, and the greater global, community. (



5 ideas to inspire young digital storytellers. Digital storytelling -- using tools such as video and social media to convey ideas and share information -- fosters critical thinking, creates meaningful projects and connects students to a larger audience beyond school walls, educator Michael Hernandez writes in this commentary. He shares five ideas to inspire young digital storytellers. (EdSurge)

Hot Take Time Machine: Culture Warrior Bemoans Art's "Irrelevance"
. Michael J. Lewis's essay—titled “How Art Became Irrelevant”—practices the familiar tactic of hitching anecdotal events emblematic of the cravenness of the art market or museum sphere to the intellectual history of art at the end of the 20th century, with muddled and alarming results. In an interview on National Public Radio about the piece last weekend, Lewis claims that “the art museum used to offer objects—the finest that we have” and now instead offers “experiences.” Is that really all that a museum offers, according to an art historian—“objects”? And who constitutes this creepily homogenous “we” for whom Lewis speaks? If anything, it is more apparent than ever that the institutional “we” of the museum has never been some democratic curatorial abstraction.


Back to School Series: 10 Videos for Putting the “A” in STEM. The “STEAM” initiative invites the integration of  arts into STEM education while emphasizing innovation. Get creative this school year and bring the arts into your teaching and learning with this sampling of resources from KQED and PBS LearningMedia. (KQED)

Why Art School Can Be A Smart Career Move. Despite the struggles facing some graduates of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University (see full story here), enrolling in art school can be a pretty good career move. Art school grads aren’t the highest earners overall, but neither are they doomed to become starving artists. Visual and performing art students who graduated in 2014 had an average starting salary of $36,222, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. (Forbes)

Mich. ArtPrize: 13,000 students, educators to take part in event programs. More than 13,000 students and educators from around the state are expected to visit downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize Education Days programming. The seventh annual event, presented by PNC Bank, launches in conjunction with the 19-day international art competition scheduled for Sept. 23 through Oct. 11 (

Eng. Pop-up art school inspires. CHILDREN BECAME students of a pop-up art school ahead of an exhibition focusing on 100 years of art education at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Artist, agitator and former parliamentary candidate Bob and Robert Smith was at the West Bretton park yesterday ahead of the opening of an exhibition he has curated at YSP next month, which invites ideas and responses toward an art curriculum for a digital 21st century. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

State Arts Agency Legislative Appropriations Preview - Fiscal Year 2016. This report provides a forecast of state government funding for the arts in the year ahead, as budgets for fiscal year 2016 are being enacted and national funding trends are beginning to emerge. Please note that this is preliminary information.

Miss. Arts elevates academic performance. In September, educators and arts policy-makers from all 50 states and three territories will convene in Jackson for three days. Arts education directors from across the nation who represent other state arts agencies and state education agencies will convene to share best practices on how to maximize the impact of arts education at the state, regional and national levels. NEA and NASSA, along with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, are directing this Institute that provides leadership and technical assistance for this diverse field. (The Clarion-Ledger)

ART21 News: Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script. In this issue of ART21 News: New Video Featuring Caroline Woolard; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide.

Artists Creating Together to offer The Five Senses of Art Education Day During ArtPrize Seven. On Monday, October 5, Artists Creating Together will host The Five Senses of Art, an ArtPrize Education Day, at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market in partnership with ArtPrize and Herman Miller Cares. ACT is an ArtPrize Education Partner with the primary goal of bringing students and families to ArtPrize and giving them a unique art experience. This Education Day will specifically provide activities that are accessible and appropriate for special education students, as ACT’s mission is to serve people with disabilities. Classrooms must pre-register for this event. (The Rapadian)

Ga. Local systems offer classes to balance art education with academics. The arts are an integral part of students’ education at McEver, but not all schools in the state have the same emphasis. A study of access to art education in Georgia was recently published by Georgia Council for the Arts. It used feedback from public school principals in the state to determine the availability of arts in the classroom. The report found Georgia schools offer less access to the arts than the national average, though the state has above-average access to arts courses for the Southeast region. (

The Flipped Field Trip - Students use technology to reverse a normal visit to an art museum. Last spring, crowds of teenagers were let loose in Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Art. No tour guides, no shushing teachers, just kids following their curiosity through the galleries. As they roamed, they used smartphones and tablets to upload images of the artworks into personalized, virtual exhibits they would later display to their fellow students. (Slate)

Ohio. Schools hold onto nurses, arts teachers and counselors despite giving them freedom to cut staff. As students across the southwest Ohio head back to school, they'll find just as many nurses, librarians, art and music teachers as they had last year despite the elimination of a state minimum staffing requirement. (WCPO)

Nevada Museum of Art receives $2 million donation. The museum announced a $2 million donation with portions going towards its endowment and educational endeavors, including teachers’ in-service training and the art-learning center with the remainder going towards the museum’s $13 million endowment. (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Mo. Wells Fargo Advisors donates $100K to Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. The majority of the investment will serve as a lead contribution establishing and launching an “Arts Education Fund”, which will provide tuition scholarships and transportation subsidies intended to remove financial barriers that may prevent talented high school art students in underserved or low-income areas from expanding their creative training outside the traditional classroom setting. The “Arts Education Fund” will partner with new and existing grantee organizations that offer classes and workshops in visual arts, craft, music, and dance disciplines. (The St. Louis American)


U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Four States. Building on the significant progress seen in America's schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Florida, Idaho, Ohio and South Dakota have received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). These states are implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (

42 states have received NCLB waivers; 5 await decision. The U.S. Department of Education on Friday approved one-year waivers from portions of No Child Left Behind for Florida, Idaho, Ohio and South Dakota. Forty-two states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., have received waivers. Five states are waiting for a federal decision on their waiver requests. (Education Week)

Contest: Design New Cover Art for Corporate High School! Not a Pipe Publishing has announced an art contest for a young adult novel and is particularly interested in the submissions of high school students. The contest asks students to design a new cover for the novel Corporate High School by Benjamin Gorman, an author who is also a high school teacher. The winner will receive a $100 and promotion for his/her portfolio, as well as an achievement he/she can brag about on college applications. There is no entry fee, and all entries are welcome. Find out more about the contest and download a printable flyer for their classrooms on the author's website.


Check out highlights from the USSEA Conference last July!

Museum field trips get upgrades for the digital age. A growing number of museums nationwide are using technology to reach students and to take the field trip experience virtual. For example, the North Carolina Museum of Art created a social media site for its collections, and it launched a program in which students from across the state could interact online about the artwork. The Hechinger Report (8/19)

NEW! Artsonia Webinars. As the school year begins, Artsonia will be hosting several new webinars for teachers. Topics include: Getting Started with Artsonia; Student publishing with Artsonia's Classroom Mode (NEW and IMPROVED); and For Teachers: Learn about the Parent Experience. Get more details and signup today! Space is limited.

Minecraft Fueling Creative Ideas, Analytical Thinking in K-12 Classrooms. One of the world's most popular video games has made significant inroads into K-12 classrooms, opening new doors for teaching everything from city planning to 1st graders to physics for high schoolers. The game, of course, is Minecraft, a 21st-century version of Legos in which players use simple 3-D digital blocks to build and explore almost anything they can imagine. (Education Week/Digital Directions)

MinecraftEDU's Wonderful World of Humanities & 21st Century Program. This video highlights MinecraftEdu software's Wonderful World of Humanities world map as used by 21st Century Students during their Wayne County Middle School summer program. I have included possible Kentucky Learning Standards that I think could apply to what the students have learned. (KET)

Using Design Thinking to Bridge Theory & Practice With Digital Portfolios. In graduate school, I took a course on the synthesis of Theory, Design, and Practice. We explored case studies and educational programs through three separate lenses: that of the researcher (Theory), the instructional designer (Design), and the classroom teacher (Practice). The premise behind the course was that oftentimes, a disconnect exists between these three parties. (Education Week/EdTech Researcher)

The Walters Art Museum (WAM) is accepting applicants for the Carol Bates Fellowship during the academic year beginning in September 2015 and ending in June 2015. The Fellow will report jointly to the Education Department and Marketing and Communications Department. The primary purpose of the position is to evaluate programs and visitor engagement experiences to ensure they are accessible, relevant, and impactful. Working closely with an evaluation consultant from Audience Focus, the Bate Fellow will support several key, institution-wide evaluation efforts designed to better understand visitor (and non-visitor) experience and then use those findings to influence positive, strategic change at the Walters. For consideration, send your letter of interest and curriculum vitae to  Application end date is August 21, 2015.

Children's Drawing Research Project with Brooklyn College, CUNY. They are studying children all over the world in an effort to find out about cultural differences and similarities in how children draw. This study is conducted with Creatubbles, a website where children share and discuss their artwork. Children who join the study complete an observational drawing of their non-dominant hand taking no more than 5 minutes; the drawing is done in the classroom. They then upload their drawing to the Creatubbles website. Parents complete a short online questionnaire about their child. They are contacting teachers and educators from around the world to ask their assistance in conducting this exciting new global research study. If teachers agree to have their students participate, they would ask that they to do the following: 1. Send an invitation letter to parents of their students inviting them to participate in the study. 2. If parents consent, have their students complete the drawing in class. We will provide you with instructions. 3. Have their students upload the drawing to the Creatubbles website. The study is taking place from now until the end of the year. You can learn more at or email


What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education. As you head back to school this season, consider sharing this brochure-length guide with your principal or school leader. This AEP publication offers concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. Order hard copies here.

AEP National Forum, Arlington, VA | Sept 1-2. Register now for the Arts Education Partnership's (AEP) 2015 National Forum, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success, in Arlington, VA on September 1-2. They've got a great lineup of plenaries, concurrent sessions, and keynote speakers. Check out the full agenda!

An Arts in Education Town Hall. Read AEP's Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education, and join them at the ?AEP 2015 National Forum? for a town hall discussion! How can you help put the action into the Action Agenda? Join this interactive town hall to engage with other arts in education leaders from across the country as they explore the role and contribution of the arts in four priority areas: raising student achievement and success; supporting effective educators and school leaders; transforming the teaching and learning environment; and building leadership capacity and knowledge for policymakers and thought-leaders.

Tim Gunn Talks Supply Chain Transparency in Fashion. Tim Gunn met with me on an early morning this summer in New Orleans at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Art of Design convention where he is the keynote speaker, to talk about transparency in fashion. It would surprise no one that Gunn is as put together in person as he is on TV, with pocket square flair that matches the hue of his tie set against the background of a handsome bespoke striped suit. (The Huffington Post)

The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program Accepting Applications. The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program is a national network of arts organizations and school districts that work together to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. The program is based on the belief that teachers' professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. Partners in Education is accepting applications through October 30 to join the program.

Ill. Creativity flourishes at SIUE art lab.More than 70 first through 11th grade students attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s new STEAM summer camp option July 20-31. The students participated in a special art lab during the University’s Odyssey Science Camp that encouraged creative thinking as it related art-making processes to the camp’s science content. The STEAM model encourages interdisciplinary learning as it promotes the inclusion of art in the emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education. (The Edwardsville Intelligencer)

Introducing Artsonia Classroom Mode. Do your student have access to iPads or similar devices? If so, you need to try out Artsonia's Classroom Mode. Students photograph and submit their own artwork to your school art gallery, and you simply approve the entries. It is a HUGE timesaver!! Students can also enter their own artist statements and titles to integrate language arts into all your projects. If you have any questions, please call 800-869-9974 or email

Fla. 400 arts teachers learn how to inspire an arts school student. It’s another back-to-school workshop for teachers, but the Kravis Center wants it to be something more. The Kravis Center held a two-day workshop, ending Thursday, for 400 Palm Beach County art teachers. The annual event included presentations and activities aimed at helping teachers inspire students in the fields of dance, drama, music, TV production and visual arts. (The Palm Beach Post)

Ariz. Sedona Arts Center Awarded Grant Support Looks to New Vision for Creative Community. The Sedona Arts Center, one of the Verde Valley’s leading cultural institutions, has received new support grants from the City of Sedona, Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Over $32,000 was recently awarded in support of the organization’s nonprofit mission, ongoing programs, and creative community efforts.

Minn. Artist grants of $43,000 available in the nine county area. The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council has $43,000 in funding to award to both mid-career and emerging artists in the nine county area. The fellowship is for mid-career artists and the deadline is Sept. 15 for a $3,000 grant; and they must have a resume that demonstrates professional achievement in their discipline. The emerging artists grant deadline is Jan. 15 for $1,000. Emerging artists in their formative stages of development are eligible. Artists may request funds for art supplies and equipment, matting and framing, portfolio production, studio time for producing a demonstration tape for a composer or musician, editorial assistance for a writer or playwright, etc. Workshops for visual and literary artists and their registration fee, travel, etc.  (St. Peter Herald)

Utah. Iron County artists may apply for mini-grants through month-end. The Cedar City Arts Council encourages individual artists and arts organizations to apply for its Artists Mini-Grants awards which may be used for anything from supplies to training, all with the goal of enhancing culture in Iron County. Grant applications are due by Aug. 31 and should include samples of previous work if possible. (St. George News)

Crayola Opportunity: Win a backpack full of supplies + $1K for your school! Enter the Crayola + Shoparoo Back-to-School Sweeps! There's a new winner every day, PLUS be entered to win the Grand Prize of $1,000 in supllies for your school!

Calif. ArtSplash grants will fund 15 school art, music programs. San Diego--Fifteen diverse arts and music programs serving thousands of students attending elementary, middle and high schools within five North County school districts have received a total of $9,800 in 2015 grants from nonprofit ArtSplash. The grants will fund programs from printmaking and painting to performing and more this school year. (Seaside Courier)

Ga. Chiaha Guild to offer arts education grants, awards to be announced at fair in October. The competition is open to all K-12 public and private schools and nonprofit organizations in Floyd County. Up to $4,000 in grant money will be awarded for projects that improve and expand visual and performing arts education opportunities for local students. Grant applications will be accepted through Sept. 28. (Rome News-Tribune)

Wis. ArtsCore offers teacher education opportunities. ArtsCore is helping create opportunities for UW Oshkosh students who want to gain valuable teaching experience. ArtsCore is a partnership between UW Oshkosh, the Paine Art Center and Gardens and regional public school districts that offers a residency program, a colony at the Paine and teacher education opportunities on campus and within the community. (UW Oshkosh Today)

Fla. Art league launches free, family art day. The Highlands Art League has launched a new family-oriented art program starting Sept. 12. ”Family Art Day” is a free, monthly art class that will take place the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon for families to attend together. Its goal is to increase arts education and engagement and build capacity for lifelong participation in the arts. (Highlands Today)

Kansas City Art Institute Receives $25 Million Donation. In its 130th year, the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) is honoring its past and celebrating its future, thanks to a $25 million gift, believed to be one of the largest donations to a North American art college. The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation presented the $25 million donation on behalf of an anonymous donor during a private reception August 18 with KCAI's board of trustees, faculty, staff and Kansas City arts community supporters in attendance. (PR Newswire)

N.J. LOCAL  ARTS PROGRAM  GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY & Technical Assistance Workshops. Guidelines and application forms for the  2016 New Jersey State Council on the Arts State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant are attached for your convenience, should your organztion wish to aply for arts grant funding. Local non-profit arts and other non-profit (non-arts) organizations planning an arts program or series (theater, dance, music/concerts, visual arts, literary or film arts) may apply directly  to the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission(SCC&HC).  Grants funded through this program will be available to support cultural programs and events from January through December 2016. APPLICATION  DEADLINE:  Monday, October 5, 2015. For more information, contact Pat McGarry in the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission office at (908) 203-6020 or by email

Policy Watch: Proposed NCLB rewrites drive evolution of "accountability" Congress. Proposals to rewrite No Child Left Behind would give states greater flexibility and control over accountability, albeit via different mechanisms, according to this analysis. "In four years or five years, I think we're going to see the whole understanding of accountability evolve," said ASCD CEO Deborah Delisle, who recently served as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education. (Education Week)
Dream Rocket Project ART Happenings....
The Oriental Institute, Chicago, IL
Spots Available = 48 | Participants: Chicago schools/individuals/groups)
Exhibit: May 1 - November 1, 2016 | Exhibit location: The Oriental Institute (University of Chicago), 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Art due: April 1 (postmarked)
Theme: "Don't Take My Stuff. Tell My Story"
steAm Lap Loom $10
Kit includes 16" X 20" Loom, sample warp and complete instructions. steAM brand: Getting more affordable products into art classrooms!
Leonardo da Vinci: Collisions of Art and Science
Spots Available = 30 | Participants: Open to anyone.
Exhibit: Nov 1, 2015 – Nov 30, 2016 | Exhibit location: Homepage of the Dream Rocket Project website
Art due: October 15 (postmarked)
Theme: "Leonardo da Vinci: Collisions of Art and Science"
St. John's Hospital, Springfield, IL
Spots Available = 19 | Participants: Springfield residents/schools/groups. Added 20 more spots in July, Springfield, IL
Exhibit: Dec 1, 2015 - Dec 1, 2016
Theme: "Care and Respect of Mind, Body, Spirit"
Mammoth Cave National Park, 2nd Exhibit
Spots Available = 8 | Participants: Open to anyone. Mammoth Cave, KY
Exhibit: Nov 21, 2015 - Jan 4, 2016
Theme: "200 Years of Guides at Mammoth Cave"
Harris Corporation, Herndon, VA
Spots Available = 23
Exhibit: (Veterans Day) Nov 11 - Jan 11, 2016
Theme: "American Heroes"??
Art Due: Oct 12 (postmarked)
Harris Corporation, Colorado Springs, CO
Spots Available = 13 | Exhibit: (Veterans Day) Nov 11 - Jan 11, 2016
Theme: "American Heroes"??
Art Due: Oct 12 (postmarked)
Harris Corporation, Greenbelt, MD
Spots Available = 24 | Exhibit: (Veterans Day) Nov 11 - Jan 11, 2016
Theme: "American Heroes"??
Art Due: Oct 12 (postmarked)
Harris Corporation, Monrovia, CA
Spots Available = 12 | Exhibit: (Veterans Day) Nov 11 - Jan 11, 2016
Theme: "American Heroes"??
Art Due: Oct 12 (postmarked)
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka, KS
Exhibit: April 4 - May 27, 2016 | Art Due: TBA
Note: This program will officially be launched in either November or January. Stay tuned.
Theme: Expressions of Freedom and Equality
Art to Libraries: For every $338 raised, staff will pack up and ship a selection of past art submissions to an American public library. Since 2010, we've exhibited art in 86 libraries. Check us out on GoFundMe.
DREAM BIG, Issue 4: Art submissions, Essays, and Lessons. Pick up your digital copy here for only $0.99.
Teachers Pay Teachers: Mrs. Peterson-Shea & I are experimenting with a new concept called Teachers Pay Teachers. The idea is that for each issue sold teachers who submitted lessons will be paid for their efforts, and 100% of profits will go to creating new art opportunities. Art Associations, teacher associations, educational service units, school districts, etc, will be able to purchase 1 issue for $20 or a 1 year subscription for $80. Once purchased, they can grant access to all their members (teachers, administrators, students, etc) for free. They are currently developing a list of 150 names/organizations interested in this concept, and would seriously consider purchasing a subscription if they launch this program. Please contact Jennifer March, Project Director, at to have your name and the name of your organization/group added to the list.
Fabrication Plans: Help Needed. Looking for anyone willing to take on a whole fabrication plan, or parts of a plan. These are components for the final Dream Rocket Project wrap. Individuals of all ages and skill levels welcome.


The Arts: One More Victim of Common Core Testing - Part 2 (Education Week/Work in Progress)

The Arts: One More Victim of Common Core Testing - Part 3 (Education Week/Work in Progress)

What does it mean to have your whole middle-school curriculum designed around games?
Blended learning appears to be taking off in schools nationwide, but it remains relatively less common for schools to embrace games-based learning. This article features one New York middle school that has designed its curriculum around games to help students learn. (The Hechinger Report)


Move over science, humanities’ tech-savvy research is making waves - From digital archives to 3D modelling, humanities research has undergone a technological revolution. When you think of research on the cutting edge of technological change or bringing in investment from business you are more likely to think of engineering than history. But while research in arts and humanities disciplines has not been as visible, over the last decade or so, the methods, outputs and impact of this research have actually undergone dramatic changes. (the guardian)
VIDEO: Simple Machines: Science & Art Integration. To help his students understand and design their own simple machines, 2nd grader teacher Jason DeLuca activates their prior knowledge and integrates whole-body movement into his lesson. (Education Week/Teaching Channel)

A dangerous downgrade: undervaluing the arts. What price will we pay for taking the humanities for granted? asks Christopher Bigsby. According to a government publication of 2013, “Our nation is a world leader in culture and the arts. Innovative, challenging and exciting arts and culture improve people’s lives, benefit our economy [and] strengthen communities…Involving young people in the arts increases their academic performance, encourages creativity, and supports talent early on.” (Times Higher Education)

Art, Medicine, and a Real Education. More and more doctors today are using methods taught in art class to help diagnose their patients. Yes, art class. At a time when budget cuts are marching in lockstep to slash, or eliminate, art lessons at the elementary and high school level, universities are embracing the study of art as never before. It is a backlash that's been long overdue. (Jewish Journal)

Ariz. Crowdfunding sought for Hilltop art education program. Hilltop Gallery and Arts Education Center has launched a special crowd-funding campaign to raise money for its fall and winter community program. Named “Art Bridge,” the new program is especially designed to fill the gaps from cut-backs in school arts programs and provide a creative outlet for seniors, disabled and special-needs residents. (Nogales International)

Ill. Arts in the Schools Offers Grants to Artists. The Urbana Public Arts Program is now accepting applications for its project-based arts education grant program Arts in the Schools. This year, the program will award up to $3,000. Schools, community groups and organizations, artists and artist teams are encouraged to apply. (WAND17)

Kan. Art Education Makes a Comeback At Haskell. With the reappearance of art courses and now the director’s seat filled at the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, art education has come full circle at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. (Indian Country)

Tenn. Knoxville art teacher needs help winning $2,500 for classroom. Cheryl Burchett is one of the top teachers in a nationwide contest. Now she’s asking for help winning $2,500 to purchase school supplies for her classroom at Beaumont Magnet Academy. (WATE)

Let Artsonia Upload Your Student Roster! Did you know that Artsonia can help get your student roster built for you? Yes, that's right - they can help in a BIG way! Let Artsonia set up your student roster - including group assignments and even parent email addresses! Here's how ... (WATE6)

Ideapod Scholarship. Together with ADC Forum, Ideapod is awarding a US$2000 scholarship for the best idea on the future of work. University students worldwide are invited to enter. To apply, just answer the following question on about the future of work, using the #futureofwork: "What will Artificial Intelligence mean for work?" To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a student (undergraduate or postgraduate) enrolled in a degree at an accredited University, anywhere in the world and your idea should include the #futureofwork in the body of the idea.

Teams From Districts Around the Country Meet in Houston to Discover A4L
. The Arts for Learning Initiative is a year-long program designed to bring teachers, artists and administrators together to gain an understanding of the pedagogy and arts integration methods that serve as the foundation for the Arts for Learning (A4L) curriculum while also learning strategies for implementing these practices in new and innovative ways in their own classrooms. The Arts for Learning initiative is made possible by a grant from JCPenney Cares.

Take Action as Lawmakers Return to Home Districts. August’s congressional recess is upon us, which means that lawmakers have departed from Washington, D.C., to return to their home states and districts where they will remain through Labor Day. This recess period is the best time to begin building relationships with your lawmakers to become a trusted resource for them and their staff. And with Congress’s ongoing efforts to reauthorize our nation’s main education law, it is more important than ever that lawmakers hear directly from educators about what matters most to schools. (ASCD)

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Maine and Michigan. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Maine and Michigan have each received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). These states are implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (


The arts find a role in 21st century education. As districts continue to cut arts instruction, more evidence is emerging about key skills developed. Arts education has been on the wane for several years as focus shifts to more technical subjects. The rise of computer technology drew on skills traditionally developed in math and science classes, and withering budgets further influenced schools to cut back or eliminate arts classes. (Education Dive)

Arts Education Partnership's (AEP) 2015 National Forum. Register now for The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) 2015 National Forum, The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success, in Arlington, VA on September 1-2! Some of the nation’s most influential arts and education leaders will convene to explore arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America’s young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.

2015 Conference for Community Arts Education. Registration is now open for the 78th annual Conference for Community Arts Education, hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, in Philadelphia, PA, from November 11-14. More than 600 leaders from 300+ community arts education organizations nationwide will come together to explore innovative ideas and practical strategies for growing programs, increasing impact and participation, securing financial support, and ensuring equity.

How Creativity Works in the Brain. A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts titled How Creativity Works in the Brain examines the links between arts, learning, and neuroscience. (NEA)

Mont. Update coming for public school arts standards. Montana's public school arts standards are 15 years behind the times, but that's about to change. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau has assigned a 16 member committee that will update art content standards over the next two years. The committee was assembled, in part, because of recently passed legislation calling for negotiated rule making. Artists and educators make up the committee. (KPAX)


Has America Given up on Arts Education? Here we are heading into another school year and, once again, communities all across America are struggling with funding cutbacks that affect teachers, school programs and school facilities. Much like marketing is the first department to be cut back when a business has to downsize, the arts education departments are the first to lose funding when schools are in trouble. This is evident just by looking at the history of our government's National Endowment for the Arts program: back in 1992, we were funding it at $176 million a year and now it's only $146 million. Contrary to what many of our political leaders think, the arts in school are essential to creating the innovative workforce of tomorrow. (The Huffington Post)

VIDEO: How to Build Analytical Skills in English-Learners by Using Art. High school teacher Lindsay Young uses art to teach her class of English-learners how to analyze content, rather than have them try to learn how to read and analyze text at the same time. (Education Week/Inspired Instruction)

Opinion: Get Arts Education Off the Back Burner. "Much like marketing is the first department to be cut back when a business has to downsize, the arts education departments are the first to lose funding when schools are in trouble," says author, CEO and Huffington Post contributor Marc Joseph. According to Joseph and many more with a familiarity of the arts' place in education, this needs to stop. Arts education needs a reinvigoration, they say, as it provides a necessary skill set for the futures of students. (education world)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Announces Research Grant Funding Opportunity. Through their Research: Art Works grant funding opportunity, the NEA is investing in research which will measure or clarify one or more factors, characteristics, and conditions of the U.S. arts ecosystem, as well as research which will investigate the direct and indirect benefits of arts participation on health and well-being, cognitive capacity, learning, creativity, community livability, or economic prosperity. The deadline for application submission is October 20, 2015 for projects that can begin as early as May 1, 2016.  

PTA Reflections Program: Start a Program in Your School Community. The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program—support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. Celebrate arts learning in your school community with Reflections. National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2015-2016 school year is Let Your Imagination Fly. To start a PTA Reflections program in your school community, contact your state PTA for instructions and materials. The Reflections Toolkit offers additional resources and samples to make your program a success. Don't have an active PTA/PTSA affiliate? Contact National PTA at or (800) 307-4782 and we will help you get your program underway.

Calif. Teachers object as LAUSD expands plan to cut arts instruction time (updated). Some art teachers are protesting as Los Angeles Unified expands a plan to provide arts education to more students by shortening the time spent on each subject. Under the plan, elementary students would receive nine weeks of instruction in each of four art forms — visual arts, theater, music and dance. Historically, these were taught in longer increments of up to one year. (89.3 KPCC)

Mellon Foundation Releases the First Comprehensive Survey of Diversity in American Art Museums. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), has announced the results of the first comprehensive survey to assess the ethnic and gender diversity of the staffs of art museums across the United States.  Undertaken to replace anecdotal evidence with hard data, the survey provides the museum field with the first statistical baseline against which progress can be measured.

N.C. Art teachers put on a show for students. Twice a week, Wilmington artist Todd Carignan teaches drawing and painting at DREAMS of Wilmington. The local nonprofit is dedicated to providing youth in need with free, quality classes in the arts. Whenever DREAMS displays Carignan's students' progress in one of its regular showcases, he takes the time to matte the works, giving them a final, transformative touch. (StarNewsOnline)

Calif. Nature center breathes new energy into Lessenger Elementary students in Madison Heights. Some call it an outdoor class. Others call it the nature center. But for the teachers at Madison Heights’ Lessenger Elementary School, purpose is more important than names. What started as a goldfish pond out of a “weedy, unused area” in the school building eight years ago is now a well kept nature area with murals and art designed by kindergartners. (Oakland Press Education)

Canada. How arts education can help create better doctors. There is opposition to medicine’s current efficiency-driven approach. A small but growing number of medical professors insist that medicine is not just a science – it’s an art. They argue that education in the humanities and the arts is the best antidote to the kind of tunnel vision that can lead to misdiagnosis and the lack of empathy that is eroding the doctor-patient relationship. To be a good doctor, they say, every medical student should aim to be something of a Renaissance man or woman. (The Globe and Mail)

Pa. How to Lead Professional Development for Makerspace and STEM Educators. President Obama announced the “Week of Making” the week of June 12 – 18, 2015, and eleven educators from the Pittsburgh region were invited to the White House on June 15, 2015 to discuss what great makerspaces look like in schools and how we can scale this movement across the country in schools. But not everyone can visit Obama to talk about Making--so how does one lead professional development when introducing a makerspace? (edSURGE)

Minn. Teachable moments: Northfield art instructors show off work in NAG gallery exhibit. The name of the new gallery exhibition at the Northfield Arts Guild really says it all. “Current Art Teachers...Current Artists” gave 10 of the art teachers in the Northfield area a chance to get out of their classrooms and into the studio to develop new pieces for the show. (Northfield News)

What a video-game design class can teach middle-schoolers. Having students design and promote video games helps them to apply coding skills and experience what having a career working with computers would be like, according to middle-grades teacher and technology coordinator Lynn Koresh. This article highlights the tools and structure she uses to teach students about coding, digital literacy and entrepreneurship. (

Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection. Too often, conversations about digital portfolios center on the tools: how to save, share, and publish student work. However, when the process of curate > reflect > publish serves as the sole focal point, digital portfolios become summative in nature and are often viewed as an add-on at the end of a unit, project, or activity. (Education Week/EdTech Researcher)

Vote now: the Smithsonian's MOST AMAZING. For the 2015 Smithsonian Summer Showdown, they're asking for your help to pick the MOST SERIOUSLY AMAZING thing at the Smithsonian. Their museums, research and cultural centers, and zoo have picked one item each as its champion. They will battle through three rounds until there is ONE winner! Who will emerge victorious? That's up to you. Voting for Round One ends August 12. Vote now!

Calif. Art Museum fundraiser lets guests sip and create. Art and booze join forces for a good cause at the Art on Tap! fundraiser at the Riverside Art Museumon Saturday, Aug. 8. Attendees will get a chance to work with local artists on collaborations as well as create their own works while sampling local beer. Each of the three floors of the museum will feature different art activities, including coloring for adults and printmaking. Attendees can also collaborate with artist Gregory Adamson on is the painting of a mural. (The Press Enterprise)

D.C. National Gallery of Art: 2015-2016 Drawing Salon Schedule Now Online. Mark your calendars now and join us for sketching and conversation around eight different strengths of the Gallery’s permanent collection. This program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required due to limited space. Registration opens online at noon on the Monday before each new topic. A complete list of registration dates is available on the Drawing Salon webpage.

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Seven Additional States. Building on the significant progress seen in America's schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Wisconsin have each received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). These states are implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (

10 Kentucky schools receive Teaching Art Together grants (Floyd County Times)

Delaware Division of the Arts invests $2.95 million in the arts sector for Fiscal Year 2016 (


Save the Date: 2016 Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit, March 7–8, 2016 · Washington, DC. In its third decade, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest conference of its kind and is the time to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Registration will launch in November. In the meantime, check out the highlights from Arts Advocacy Day 2015 and sign up to stay informed about legislative updates and action opportunities! We looking forward to seeing you in Washington in March 2016!

Teachers Need a Professional Association. We are at a critical crossroads in our country as education reform has become a hot topic in today's headlines. Stakeholders from all walks of life and political stripes are beginning to understand that in order to compete in a global economy, we must focus on choice... (Education Week)

Virtual reality weekend at the British Museum is first time Samsung Gear VR devices are used. Through its work with technology partner Samsung, the British Museum is at the forefront of digital learning. The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre was created in 2009 to provide a state-ofthe-art technological hub for children and young people to learn about and interact with the Museum’s collection. The creation of a virtual reality experience based on the British Museum’s Collection is the latest innovation of this exciting partnership. Visitors will be able to explore a virtual reality Bronze Age site designed by Soluis Heritage, where they will see 3D scans of objects from the Museum’s collection of this period, placed in their original setting. (

Webinar: Arts Education & Business - Hosted by Americans for the Arts, Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EST. Learn about successful partnerships between the arts education field and businesses that have gone beyond philanthropic support. The webinar will feature Laurie Carey, former Microsoft staffer and director of We Connect the Dots, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) initiative in New York City. Register today!

N.Y. The Drawing Center Public Programs - August 2015. Check out the Open Sessions Reception and Performances

ESEA Reauthorization Charges Forward
. Even if you remember Schoolhouse Rock, you may not recall how a bill becomes a law. The U.S. House and Senate have passed bills (H.R.5 and S.1177, respectively) to replace the No Child Left Behind Act—also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). And while this progress was a huge (HUGE!) victory for educators and students, the process to update our nation’s main education law isn’t over yet.


The Arts: One More Victim of Common-Core Testing (Work in Progress). Everywhere you look there are the arts, and their huge capacity to add value to our lives is something schools need to better understand. Like many, I am convinced that the standardized testing that resulted from the NCLB legislation and Obama's Race To The Top has done significant harm to our educational system and the students it serves. (Education Week)

Arts Collaboratory: New website. Arts Collaboratory is a translocal network of art organizations focused on art practices and processes of social change. Consisting of 23 diverse organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, it provides a gathering point where they can share knowledge, collaborate on projects, and find emotional and financial support. Furthermore, it operates as a kind of school for learning to work in common across territories in order to form a community of solidarity that prefigures a post-capitalistic society. Arts Collaboratory thereby endeavors to extend participating organizations' impact within society. 

National YoungArts Foundation Announces Call for 2016 Applications; Artists Ages 15-18 or in Grades 10-12 Encouraged to Apply. The 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, is now accepting applications for its 2016 Program. Young artists between the ages of 15 and 18 or in high school grades 10-12 (as of December 1, 2015) across the nation are encouraged to apply in one or more artistic disciplines, including Cinematic Arts, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing (including Spoken Word—a new category this year). YoungArts Winners participate in National YoungArts Week and/or Regional Programs in Miami, New York and Los Angeles, where they take Master classes with world-renowned artists such as Marina Abramovi?, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Robert Redford, Rebecca Walker and Bruce Weber; receive cash awards of up to $10,000; gain access to significant scholarships; and perform in the most prestigious venues in the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), MoMA (New York) and New World Center (Miami). YoungArts Winners also have the opportunity to get nominated as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, as YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor for artistically-talented graduating high school seniors. Applications will be accepted online through October 16, 2015.

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) Announcing Current Fellowship Deadlines. The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts invites you to view their current fellowship deadlines and application information. The short-term Visiting Senior Fellowship Program application deadline is September 21, 2015, for the award period of March 1-August 15, 2016. The Senior Fellowship Program application deadline is October 15, 2015, for the award period of academic year 2016-2017. The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application deadline is October 15, 2015, for the award period of academic years 2016-2018. All applications must be submitted through the Center's online application system. Learn more: Visiting Senior Fellowship Program | Senior Fellowship Program | A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program | Online Application Portal

Conference Process to Rewrite ESEA Gets Underway. The conference process for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act began in earnest as a bipartisan group met to lay out the groundwork for brokering a proposal that can pass both chambers. (Education/Politics K-12)

Red Flags on the Road to ESEA Rewrite Red Flags on the Road to ESEA Rewrite. Lopsided votes in the U.S. Senate and House obscure stark differences in their bills to overhaul the outdated Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week)



N.C. 'Flipped Museum' Pilot Upends Traditional Field Trip Model. The "flipped learning" movement is spreading—and not just in classrooms. The North Carolina Museum of Art has developed a pilot program modeled after a flipped classroom, in which the traditional instructional approach is reversed. In flipped classrooms, students prepare for class instruction at home with extensive online work, often through reading or videos, so that they can engage in more analytical, in-depth, project-based work during class time. The North Carolina museum is trying to order students' experiences in a similar way. (Education Week/Digital Education)

Fla. Hermitage Artist Retreat presenting STARs arts education recipients on August 7. Summer is a time where school is out and students can relax and recover from the arduous school year. But the teachers themselves get a much needed vacation and for four Florida public school arts educators, this summer break has provided a relaxing and artistically productive experience for where artists from all over the world escape: the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Despite 5 of 8 gone, art and music go on in Ohio schools. The elimination of a rule protecting art teachers, nurses and counselors likely will have little effect on an Ohio kid's educational experience, at least for this year. Officials around the state reported little-to-no discussion thus far on districts being impacted by the Ohio Board of Education's elimination of the 5-of-8 rule. The rule dictated that districts had to employ five support staff per 1,000 students. These positions included: counselors, library media specialists, school nurses, visiting teachers, social workers and elementary art, music and physical education teachers. (Coshocton Tribune)

Ore. Audit shows arts tax is falling short. The $35-per-person Art Tax is achieving its primary goal of funding art teachers in the public schools. But total collections are falling short, administrative costs are higher than supposedly allowed, and oversight is less than promised. At the same time, the audit says the $8 million a year is enough to guarantee one art teacher per 500 elementary school students in six Portland-area school districts — the measure’s primary purpose. (KOIN 6)

Calif. SLO County teachers who are also artists showcase their work. Eighteen Central Coast art teachers have a show of their own in “No Grades, Just Talent,” at Art Central in San Luis Obispo. Though they are temporarily leaving behind their classrooms to present their art to the public, their work as artists is indelibly linked to their work as teachers. “Being both an art teacher and an artist is this continuous learning cycle,” said Amber Wickersham, who teaches at Templeton High School. “Even if I do not have the time to create my own work for a while, my skills are still being sharpened through teaching students and learning from their experimentation and ideas.” (The Tribune)

Utah. Kimball Art Center Partners with National Ability Center to Provide Art Programs for Veterans, Children and Families of All Abilities. The Kimball Art Center announced a partnership with the National Ability Center in Park City to provide customized art programs to veterans, children and families of all abilities. This marks the continuation of a growing partnership started in 2013. The inclusive partnership infuses art classes and activities into National Ability Center recreational and education camps and programs. Art classes such as printmaking, clay, mixed media and more will be available at day camps, adventure camps and overnight camps, and anyone can participate, regardless of age, ability level or ability to pay. (Business Wire)

Iheap Call for Applications - Session XI, 2015-2016. Iheap is a post-graduate institute for research and experimentation in art that serves as the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris. The program offers its participants a unique course of study that is not bound to the history of 20th century art but actively encourages the investigation of crucial issues of art in the 21st century. Iheap is addressing all creative practitioners who have an expectation to engage not only within the art world, but also with the world at large. The lecturers, in fact, are coming from a wide range of disciplines, from the art field as well as from philosophy, economics, history, linguistics and so on. Iheap is a fluid school with the classes taking place at different locations, such as art organizations, schools, galleries, museums, cafés, apartments, parks, public spaces, parking lots and so on. The application procedure is online, accessed at The deadline for submission is August 15, 2015.

Teacher-Turned-Congressman: Rep. Mark Takano's Take on ESEA Rewrite. Takano, D-Calif., a two-term congressman who, prior to his election in 2012, spent more than two decades teaching middle and high school. Takano represents some of California's valley communities in and around Riverside, just east of Los Angeles, where a large portion of the public school students he taught qualify for free- and reduced-priced lunch. The member of the House education committee is well-known for making waves during a heated immigration debate back in 2013, when he hilariously edited and graded a letter from Republicans that complained about the Senate's immigration reform bill. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Art Makes You Smart. FOR many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and certain outcomes. Research that demonstrates a causal relationship has been virtually nonexistent. (The New York Times)

New Art Education Webinars from The Art Curator for Kids. In the Fall, I am launching a new program that I am super excited about called Museum Art School. To get things rolling, I am offering two webinars in the next few weeks. In the interactive art education webinars, we will talk about my oh-so-passionate thoughts on art education with some great tips to help you teach art appreciation/art history, and at the end I will tell you all about my Museum Art School.

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick. Shelley Paul and Jill Gough had heard that doodling while taking notes could help improve memory and concept retention, but as instructional coaches they were reluctant to bring the idea to teachers without trying it out themselves first. (KQED)

Mont. Committees will help develop state's education requirements for arts, PE. State education officials are putting together two committees to help develop new state education standards for arts and physical education and health -- the first update to those areas since 2000. The committees are a new step in the standard adoption process formalized by a bill passed during the 2015 Legislature, and some education officials and advocates hope they will enable more input before standards hit schools. (Independent Record)

Fla. Hermitage Announces STARs 2015
. The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2015 State Teacher Artist Residencies (STARs). These are awarded annually in partnership with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), a statewide organization that chooses the winning teachers. Residency applications are open to all Florida arts teachers in any arts discipline. Those selected receive a four-week summer residency at the Hermitage, where they live and work as artists, without any expectation, schedule or demands. A public program featuring the STARs will take place beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 7th at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood.

Fact Sheet: Teach to Lead. At a time when educators are raising the bar for student achievement higher than ever, the job of the American teacher has never been more critical to the success of students and to the prosperity of our communities and our country. Teachers are helping to catalyze great progress in education, including our nation’s record high school graduation rate, narrowed achievement gaps, and a larger number of young people—particularly African-American and Hispanic students—attending college. (

Fact Sheet: Focusing Higher Education on Student Success (

The Future of Higher Education in America (


Save the Date for National Arts in Education Week – September 13–19, 2015. This week is a national celebration recognizing the importance of the arts to a well-rounded education. Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention of this cause to elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. Use the above logo, download sample resolutions, or join the social media campaign! Things to Read:
The Intersection of Creative Youth Development and Creative Community Development by Matt D'Arrigo
Fund for the Arts Connects with Louisville Schools by Tom Patridge
10 Fun Online PD Resources for Arts Educators & Leaders by Jessica Wilt
Makers' Fever Spreads Throughout the District by Asha Holden
VANS Inspires the Next Generation of Artists, Designers, and Innovators by Kristen Engebretsen
Working Smarter - not Harder - when Advocating for the Arts by Stephanie Milling
Justice in Education by Lara Davis

ArtScan Updates. ArtScan is now updated with the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics! All 50 states plus the District of Columbia are updated on indicators ranging from percent of high school dropout rate to per pupil expenditures to percent eligible for free and reduced lunch. See how your state compares and check out our updates for each state in ArtScan. Want to dig deeper into what's happening in states? Attend the AEP 2015 National Forum where there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about recent innovations and new developments in arts education policy, research, and practice from the experts that are leading change in schools and communities across the nation.

Common Core Resources. Do you have questions about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? Check out Edutopia's helpful CCSS resource guide for answers to your questions about implementation, curriculum, assessments, and more. For resources about CCSS and the arts, visit the Art Education Partnership's resource page.

TED Talk: The Arts Are Not a Flower. Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities (PCAH), gave a presentation at the first TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue held in Washington, DC on June 24. Her talk, titled The Arts are Not a Flower, explored how the arts should be used as a tool to address the achievement gap. Using the Turnaround Arts School model, which infuses low-income, high-needs schools with arts and music, while also pairing that school with a sponsor artist, Goslins presented data showing Turnaround Arts Schools improved 22.55% in math proficiency and 12.62% in reading proficiency from 2011-2014.

A+ Schools 20th Anniversary Arts in Learning Conference. Register now for the A+ Schools Program 20th Anniversary Arts in Learning Conference, August 3-5, 2015 in Durham, NC. The fantastic line-up of speakers includes John Merrow of PBS, Sandra Ruppert of the Arts Education Partnership, and Corey Mitchell, NC's Tony Award Winning Theatre Arts Educator! Plus two full days of relevant concurrent sessions and breakouts, and the fabulous Shana Tucker at the Monday evening "Legacy Gala"!

ART21 News - July 24, 2015. In this issue of ART21 News: New Videos Featuring Arlene Shechet & Jamian Juliano-Villani; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide.

N.C. Arts for Life teaches patients hands-on healing. For eight hours a day, Arts for Life welcomes patients and their families to an art table in the hospital playrooms. They also go room-to-room teaching “Bedside Studio” lessons to patients who can’t come to the playroom. The program provides art education — not art therapy — meaning its focus is teaching the patients how to create art. But even without the element of therapy, making art has mental and emotional benefits.

Rolin Foundation Announces Continued Support For ART21'S Educators Summer Institute. Rolin Foundation today announced its support of ART21's Educators Summer Institute, an intensive series of workshops and seminars held in New York City July 8 – July 10, 2015. As part of an ongoing commitment to enhancing communities with contemporary art education, Rolin Foundation helped fund the ART21 Educators Summer Institute for the fifth consecutive year. The program gathers alumni to reflect upon the achievements of ART21 Educators while strategizing the program's future initiatives.

Arts Education for All-New Statewide Advocacy Organization New Jersey Arts Education Partnership Launches as Independent Group. After eight years operating as a program within other groups, the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) has incorporated to become an independent non-profit focused on bringing the benefits of an education in the arts to every student in every school across the state.

Miss. State lauds Madison Avenue teachers for arts integration. Two Madison Avenue Elementary School educators were among a handful honored throughout the state for arts advocacy. Kim Hall and Lisa Gerard received the 2015 Arts Advocacy Award for their efforts to integrate the arts into Madison Avenue's special services curriculum. They were honored Tuesday at the Mississippi Arts Commission's Whole Schools Institute.

Md. Arts In Education Grants Available. Applications to two grant programs from the arts council are due by Aug. 14: 1. The Arts In Education grant is designed to promote and strengthen the arts and arts education in the county’s elementary and secondary school and other community settings. 2. The Community Arts Development grant is designed to provides support for Cecil County nonprofits bringing arts programs to residents. Applications must be nonprofits located in the county. Requests must be for $300 or less. Apply online. If you have questions about the process, call 410-392-5740.

5th grader begs Ansonia to restore arts and music. The youngest speaker may have made the biggest impact on Board of Aldermen members at their meeting Tuesday. Ten-year-old Ashley Rose Crute made an impassioned plea urging the city’s mayor and the board to restore full-time music and arts programs and bring back social studies when it reopens next month. “Why do you have to cut our music and art programs? Also, why does the middle school get art and not the two elementary schools? Are we not as important as the higher grades?”

Texas. Brownsville teachers come together bringing art, expression in latest exhibit. It isn’t unusual to find artists who work with repurposed materials, but it is to find an entire group show based on that premise. Era of Transformation is that kind of show. This unified expression was created by a group of Brownsville elementary and middle school art teachers who were looking for professional development opportunities.

Maine. Bangor art teacher’s book teaches bookmaking for kids. The 17 blank book projects include folded pocket books, one-fold pop-up books, tunnel books and subject-shaped books. The blank books are then used in 23 cross-curricular book projects such as alphabet books, leaf books and pop-up creature books. Illustrations and color photos show readers what the projects can look like. Each project includes educational objectives, skills developed, materials and instructions. Bookmaking builds both art and literacy skills while encouraging self-expression.

Enter the Vectorworks Design Scholarship Competition - Win Up to $10,000 in Awards! The scholarship supports the next generation of creative potential on two levels. Round one winners will move on to compete for the grand prize, The Richard Diehl Award, in round two. Plus, entering is simple. Submit your best work and answer three short questions by August 31, 2015.

What Google’s virtual field trips look like in the classroom. Last spring, Hector Camacho guided his high school economics class on comprehensive tours of the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve banks, and the Treasury Building. Students swept their eyes up countless Neoclassical columns before heading inside for a detailed look — all without leaving the library of their Mountain View, California school. (eSchool News)

ESEA REAUTHORIZATION. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate each passed their own Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill.  In the coming weeks, House and Senate designees will meet in conference committee to negotiate a compromise bill.  Secretary Duncan issued a statement on the Senate bill, and the Department released an infographic on progress under ESEA and work remaining. The Secretary’s brief statement on the House bill is available here.

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Seven Additional States. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Alaska, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Utah have each received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). These states are implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (

Revising the No Child Left Behind Act: Issue by Issue. The U.S. Senate has voted to pass a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which hasn't gotten a facelift since 2002, when then-President George W. Bush signed the law's current version, the No Child Left Behind Act. Now the legislation will have to go to conference with a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. And lawmakers have a lot of key issues to discuss—including whether the updated law should include a preschool program, whether states should be able to allow federal funding to follow students to the school... (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Registration is Now Open! Join 600+ Arts Education Leaders at the 78th Annual Conference for Cimmunity Arts Education, Nov. 11-14, 2015, Philadelphia, PA. Arts education creates hope, fuels the imagination, sparks creativity, and can be a powerful force for social justice and the vitality of our communities. Ensuring that all people have access to quality arts learning opportunities requires strong leadership and the collective action of diverse stakeholders. Join more than 600+ leaders from across the country—staff, teaching artists, trustees, students, and our partners in other sectors—as we explore innovative ideas and practical strategies for growing programs, increasing impact and participation, securing financial support, and ensuring equity.

Art & Design Pilgrimages. From classic ’70s earthworks like Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field, to this summer’s best ephemeral architectural constructions, we’ve rounded up a list of large-scale site-specific modern art and architecture that requires a pilgrimage of sorts, whether it’s a flight, trek, drive, or subway ride. And to take advantage of prime picnicking weather, these are all outdoors excursions. (goop)


NOW AVAILABLE! Download the 2016 Grant Program Information and Application Material for Project Year: July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. Deadline: October 1, 2015.

Education Community Responds to the Senate Overhaul of ESEA. Last week, the United States Senate passed a sweeping rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s federal K-12 law, providing a rare example of bipartisan governance in an increasingly polarized political climate. An overwhelming majority of the Senate voted for the bill under the leadership of its co-authors, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).  This marks the first time since 2001 the Senate has taken such action, and it is an important step in freeing states from the demands of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the current iteration of ESEA that is widely acknowledged to be broken.  If enacted, this legislation – known as the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) – would significantly roll back the role of the federal government in public education and give states more flexibility in how they provide it. For example, the bill would eliminate the nation’s current accountability system, known as adequate yearly progress, and instead allow states to create their own systems. It would require states to identify low-performing schools, but would not be specific about how many schools states need to target or what interventions should look like... (Learning First Alliance)

Get ESEA Rewrite Over Finish Line, Ed. Groups Tell Congress. Begin conferencing the House and Senate ESEA bills now, said 10 major education groups in a letter sent Wednesday. (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)

Senate Passes NCLB Replacement—Provides Strong Support for ASCD Key Issues. Finally! The U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House in recently passing a bill to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The Senate bill, the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) passed with strong bipartisan support on a vote of 81-17, and with historic levels of input from educators. On behalf of ASCD, we extend a huge thank you to those of you who contacted your senators to improve the bill so it better supports students, educators, and schools. Read on for information about the changes that S.1177 and the bill passed by the House—the Student Success Act (H.R.5)—would put into practice and compare them to ASCD’s 2015 Legislative Agenda.

Conference process for ESEA rewrite is expected to begin soon. U.S. lawmakers this week are expected to create a schedule for the next steps for the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The conference process, which involves members from both chambers of Congress, is expected to begin soon, last several weeks and result in a final bill to send to President Barack Obama this fall. (The National Law Review)

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
. Announcing the launch of the 2016-2017 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers! Are you a U.S. Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher? Guidance counselor? Curriculum specialist? Curriculum head? Talented and Gifted coordinator? Special Education coordinator? Media specialist/librarian? You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program! Gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies, and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Expand your understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich your U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives. CLICK HERE TO START YOUR APPLICATION. Deadline: November 4, 2015.

Va. Arts Council of Fairfax County. Create Your Own Digital Tile: Even if you never got a chance to see the trolley at one of the 26 locations in Tysons during the month of May, you can still make your own tile. Here's how: the app that artist Julia Vogl used is available online. Just answer 3 quick questions at, and voilà! You have your own tile! You + Art + Yoga. The ground murals are not permanent! You only have until August 3, 2015 to see them at Greensboro Green and Tysons West. On July 30, Carolyn Weininger will teach a yoga class from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring your own mat!


ESEA Rewrite: What to Expect From House-Senate Conference. Representatives from both parties and both chambers will attempt to find common ground between their dueling reauthorization bills, which contain some stark policy differences. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Senate passage of the Every Child Achieves Act. "We applaud the progress made in the Senate today toward replacing the flawed No Child Left Behind Act. We need a new law that gives every child an opportunity to succeed. This bill would give states more flexibility from one-size-fits-all federal mandates and reduce the burden of testing on classroom time, while still ensuring that parents and educators know how students are doing every year. I'm particularly pleased that the bill would expand access to high-quality preschool and direct taxpayer dollars toward proven innovative strategies. (

Senate Passes ESEA Rewrite With Big Bipartisan Backing. The vote marks a crucial step in getting a K-12 education bill to the president's desk. The Senate and House now must reconcile their dueling reauthorization measures. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Revising NCLB: Compare the House and Senate Bills Issue by Issue. Here's a look at the Senate and House bills to rewrite the NCLB law, and how they compare to each other, current law, and the Obama administration's waivers. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Senate, House to negotiate a compromise on NCLB rewrite. No one thinks it'll be easy, but the House and Senate are embarking on negotiations to merge two differing education bills that would rewrite the nation's much-criticized No Child Left Behind education law. On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved its version of the education legislation, a week after the House passed a more conservative measure. (Tee Associated Press)

ESEA rewrite passes Senate, education orgs respond. Passage moves act one step closer to replacing NCLB. Voting 81-17, the U.S. Senate has replaced the controversial No Child Left Behind with the Every Child Achieves act, which solidifies a commitment to standardized testing but gives states more freedom on how to hold schools who are not meeting objectives accountable. (eSchool News)

Like Minecraft? Try these 7 engaging world builders, too. With the popular explosion of Minecraft among middle schoolers and beyond, it’s worth noting that it isn’t the only open world virtual environment with educational value. Nor is it always the most ideal game for teaching every concept, leading other games to pick up the slack. As a result, inspired educators and students are taking notice and branching out. (eSchool News)

N.C. Community Opening: Art As Activism, Saturday, July 18 - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Join the Harvey B. Gantt Center for the community opening of their new exhibitions AfriCOBRA Now: An Aesthetic Reflection, Charlotte Collects Elizabeth Catlett: A Centennial Celebration, and special project Intergalactic Soul. This day will be inspired by the power of activism and community, as they explore the continued history of storytelling, empowerment, and creating a community voice through art. Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members.

Pa. Registration is Open: 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education. Online registration for the National Guild's 78th annual Conference for Community Arts Education is now open! The Conference will be held November 12 -14 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, with pre-conference institutes on leadership, arts education partnerships with K-12 schools, storytelling, teaching artist development, and social justice on Wednesday, November 11. The early registration deadline is August 20.

How Pantone Colors Your World. Sociology:Why your wardrobe is wine-hued this year. You can wear them as high-fashion jewelry, eat them in marshmallow form, and wrap your packages in duct tape branded with their likeness. (NAUTILUS)

N.Y. Submerging youth in the arts, Summer media camp runs July. Two local artists are teaming up to once again present a summer media camp at the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) for students aged five to 16, with a focus on stop-motion video, short film and music videos. The camp, which runs at NAC in downtown St. Catharines, will run full days from July 27-31. (Niagara this week)

150Alice: The World's Most Collaborative Art Book. Help build an art school in Mongolia, a place where children can go to learn, experiment and play with their imagination. For a start, they are working with the Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) to conduct regular art classes at Secondary School Number 3 in Zuunkharaa Soum, Selenge, Mongolia. These art classes, while held in the school, are also open to children in the neighbourhood. At class, children will learn various forms of art, from basic drawing and painting, to traditional Mongolian wood sculpturing. Through this, they hope to encourage them to find new opportunities for themselves, and add colour to their lives and communities.

Secretary Arne Duncan Joins LinkedIn. Earlier today, Secretary Duncan shared his first post on LinkedIn. In it, Duncan talks about the future of the teaching profession and how in many places, education is being put back in the hands of teachers. “Teachers are our nation builders—the strength of every profession in our country grows out of the knowledge and skills that teachers help to instill in our children." (


Ala. STEAM into Math: Huntsville teachers receive free professional development in arts integration. This week, teaching teams from area schools and six local visual and performing artists gathered at The Arts Council to learn more about arts integration into math curriculum. The three-day workshop, titled ‘STEAM Into Math: Igniting Greater Student Engagement Through the Arts,’ featured Georgia-based environmental artist and master teacher Jeff Mather. The Arts Council received a grant from the Alabama State Department of Education to present the 3-day professional development opportunity focusing on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education model. (WHNT19)

Florida Department of Education Recogizes Six Brevard Schools For Art Excellence. The new Florida Arts Model Schools program recognizes schools that offer exemplary programs in the arts and partners them with rural/underserved schools desiring to either enhance an emerging arts program or implement a new one. (Space Coast Daily)

Utah County Arts Board exhibits 'Children's Art Show'. The 2015 "Children’s Art Show," sponsored by the Utah County Art Board, is up now in the Utah County Art Gallery at the Health & Justice Building in Provo. The exhibition features works submitted by children ages 5 to 14 and celebrates the theme “Expressing the Values of Freedom.” The show is being held in conjunction with the first annual Children’s Art Festival, which was held over the 4th of July weekend. (Daily Herald)

Ga. Glynn Visual Arts hosts three days of teacher-lead workshops next month. Glynn Visual Arts welcomes a host of teachers to lead classes, camps and pubic workshops regularly in its St. Simons headquarters. Instructors come from a wide range of mediums, displaying their talents in everything from oil and watercolor painting and scarf dying to comic book and sequential art. (The News)

N.M. Why Are Some Teachers Being Evaluated Using the Test Scores of Kids They Didn’t Teach? By almost all accounts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, music instructor Nick Prior is an all-star teacher. He runs six choirs, which serve nearly 200 students at the city’s Eisenhower Middle School. His choirs have won state competitions three times, and in multiple categories. Last year, his students swept a national choir competition, earning first place in showmanship and musicianship. He won a statewide award for teaching from the New Mexico Music Educators Association in 2014. But earlier this year, when Prior received his teacher evaluation, he was deemed “minimally effective”—earning just 33.25 points out of a possible 100 in the “student achievement” category that made up half of the document. (Slate)

N.M. Art teachers share their inspiration, work in upcoming exhibit. When faced with the annual question, “So, what did you do on your summer vacation?” despite parents’ best efforts, the response from students is usually a disinterested, “Nothin’.” Well the art show committee for the Tomé Art Gallery decided to flip the script as it were — they asked local art teachers to show their skills in an upcoming show, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation: The Art of Valencia County Art Teachers.” “The committee was looking at different ideas, wanting to focus on teachers and schools. (Valencia County News-Bulletin)

Calif. Orchard Valley Middle School Art Teachers Give Presentation on Podcasting at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Orchard Valley Middle School Art teachers Peggy Davis and Veronica Akhtar were invited to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to give a presentation on a podcasting project their students completed this past school year. Davis and Akhtar used funds from a Washington Township Education Foundation mini-grant to purchase podcasting equipment. After taking a virtual tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Represent: 200 Years of African American Art exhibit, their students were partnered up and given one artist to profile via a podcast. Students were asked to introduce the artist and then talk about their art. Each podcast lasted about two minutes. (SNJ Today)

Ohio. Wexner Center for the Arts Artist Residency Awards for 2015–16. The Wexner Center is pleased to announce its 2015–16 Wexner Center Artist Residency Awards. An essential part of the center’s role as a creative research laboratory for artists, the Artist Residency Award program also complements The Ohio State University’s mission as a leading research institution. Artist Residency Awards in amounts of 25,000–100,000 USD are allocated annually in three areas: visual arts (including architecture and design), performing arts, and film/video. Chosen by the center’s curators and director, residency artists receive significant financial resources, along with technical, intellectual, and professional support—as well as space—to develop new work on-site.

S.C. Local Educators Pursue Art as a Second Career. The two women whose art will appear in the Aiken Artist Gallery of the Aiken Center for the Arts in July are both educators who now seek second careers as artists. (The Edgefield Advertiser)

Expert names the 10 best 3D printers. A round-up of the top 10 3D printers from innovative tech expert and 3D printer distributor, Douglas Krone. 3D-printer-bestFrom building breakthrough prosthetic limbs to designing fun gadgets, 3D printing provides endless opportunities for innovation, creation and learning. Each 3D printer on the market today is unique; they come in various shapes and sizes designed to fit the needs of each user and classroom. Dynamism, a provider of next-generation technology, offers a variety of 3D printers that feature sleek design, user-friendly display and capacity for endless creation; as well as expertise on these models. (eCampus News)

California Arts Council Invests more than $4 million in Communities Across the State. 347 grants awarded for programs reaching students, veterans, artists, underserved communities across California, including Artists in Schools: The Artists in Schools (AIS) program supports projects that integrate community arts resources-artists and professional art organizations-into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for California's students. Number of Grants Awarded: 135. Total Investment: $1,210,917* (*supported by Fiscal Year 2015-16 funds). List of Grant Recipients (PDF)

Senate to End Debate on ESEA Rewrite; Final Vote Expected Today. Senators rejected a high-profile amendment from Democrats to beef up accountability measures in the underlying bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12) RELATED: Senate to vote on revision to No Child education law

How has Race to the Top changed the educational landscape? President Barack Obama's Race to the Top program effectively ushered in education policies and reforms that otherwise would have struggled to get off the ground, according to a recent study. This article -- by William G. Howell, professor of American politics at the University of Chicago -- shines light on the results of those reforms. (Education Next, Fall 2015)


Duncan calls NCLB legislation a "step backwards" . The Obama administration says it does not support the bills being considered by Congress to rewrite No Child Left Behind. Concerns include a lack of accountability. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the legislation "a major step backwards for our nation and its children." (SmartBrief)

Proposed amendments to ESEA bill address digital equity. Some U.S. lawmakers are aiming to make digital equity a priority in the proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act. One amendment would establish a pilot program to expand Internet access outside of school for low-income families. The other would fund a national study to shed light on which digital resources students have access to at home. (Center for Digital Education)

Race to the Top Provided Strong Lever for Obama Ed. Agenda. Education watchers can—and do—argue over whether President Obama's Race to the Top grants have improved education for American students. But as a straight policy lever, a new study of Race to the Top finds that the competition had a big impact. (Education Week/Inside School Research)

What Do Democratic Presidential Candidates Think of the Senate ESEA Bill? Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., take note: Hillary Clinton had nice things to say about your bill to revamp the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Senate ESEA Debate: What to Expect This Week. There are nearly 150 amendments filed so far on the bill to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, though it's unclear how many will make it to the floor. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

STEM vs STEAM: A Look At Half-Brain Teaching. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Teach coding, get girls interested in all of these subjects. However you slice it, there’s a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions these days. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. While I firmly believe that students need to be well rounded and really need subjects like those to be considered more than ‘extra’, and while there are many people fighting to keep these programs in schools, you can’t deny that the international economy and jobs outlook is demanding more focus on STEM. But does that mean we should drop all focus on the other stuff? The handy infographic below takes a look at why focusing on the skills of half our brain is not enough. It explores the functions of all parts of the brain (however simplified) and gives some insight into how the creative skills can help you a lot. (NAFME News)

Ga. Making the Grade: Arts school has high academic standards. Imagine a school where the academic standards are high and commitment level is stressed, but where being different is celebrated. That’s the climate at the DeKalb School of the Arts, where students audition for coveted spots on the Avondale Estates campus. (

Calif. iCAN’s Visual Arts Program Gives Students a Creative Space, and Inspires Them to Use It. The iCAN Visual Arts Program provides professional teachers and all instructional materials in fully equipped art studio classrooms to Santa Barbara’s economically disadvantaged schools. The program is committed to inspiring and sustaining high-quality arts instruction as a fundamental part of every child’s education, regardless of their experience, income or location. Throughout each school year, iCAN hosts annual art shows, community exhibitions, performances and public events as well as specially commissioned public art projects outside the classroom. (Noozhawk)

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.

Anthony Quinn Foundation Invites You to Celebrate 100 Years of Creative Life. Join us on August 8, 2015 for an elegant summer evening at the seaside estate of Anthony Quinn honoring the 2011-2015 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Recipients, featuring live musical performances by a selection of our talented Scholarship Alumni including Joe Broom and Jazz duo Max and Willie Grear.

Picturing Soft Power: Visual Arts in Peacebuilding, July 16, 2015 3-5pm ET, U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20037. Arts and culture can become powerful media for bolstering peacebuilding efforts and steering individuals towards nonviolent expression. Join USIP on July 16 for a special photography display and panel discussion spotlighting the faces and stories of peacebuilders around the world. The event is part of a series in 2014 and 2015 to mark the Institute’s 30th Anniversary.

Nine American Airports for Art Lovers. Often filled with hours of cramped seating, tabloid reads, and fast food eats, long layovers are rarely culturally enriching experiences. But here in the United States, a few airports are attempting to improve the flight-delay experience with in-terminal public art. (Travel & Leisure)


STEAM plays a critical role in developing Colorado's Workforce. In Colorado, where it is estimated that 55% of jobs will require a STEM-related college education by the year 2020, educators are preparing students for these jobs by using arts-inspired activities in science and math-based classrooms. By incorporating the arts, which helps with 7-15-15thinking, communication, writing, and creative-thinking skills, educators are turning STEM to STEAM and propelling today’s students into tomorrow’s workforce.

New Research on Arts Participation Among People with Disabilities. A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) titled A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Disabled Americans offers new insights on how adults with disabilities engage with the arts. This research is the first nationally representative analysis of arts-participation patterns among people with disabilities.

Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internships at the Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 EEI Internship program.
EEI is an innovative program designed to offer meaningful instruction and cultural arts experiences to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The EEI Internship Program provides hands-on internships and opportunities to explore today's complex performing arts environment to six motivated individuals each year. The deadline for applications is July 31.

Exhibition Research & Development Grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art. To encourage and enrich international partnerships between art museums and to deepen research and dialogue, for the next two years the Terra Foundation will offer three types of Exhibition Research & Development Grants. Proposals are due September 15.

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewals for 5 States, Puerto Rico. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Delaware, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Puerto Rico have each received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).


It’s Not Too Late—Email Your Senators Today! In a shocking turn of events, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed its No Child Left Behind (NCLB) replacement bill—the Student Success Act (H.R.5). Few would have predicted that the House would pass an NCLB rewrite before the Senate; however, Senate debate on its NCLB replacement—the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177)—is now well under way. (ASCD Educator Advocates)

House Passes ESEA Rewrite Bill; Senate Debate Continues. The vote came as the Senate weighs its own revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The two new versions of the current No Child Left Behind law would have to be reconciled. Read more. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

VIDEO: Evaluating Art Through Different Lenses. Los Angeles teacher Antoinette Pippen shows how she encourages reasoning skills and discipline-specific vocabulary to help her 5th graders in analyzing the scientific and artistic qualities of nature paintings. Read more. (Education Week/Teaching Channel)

Discover the Google Art Project. The Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Working with over 250 institutions, we have put tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists online. This involved taking a selection of super high resolution images of famous artworks, as well as collating more than thirty thousand other images into one place. It also included building 360 degree tours of individual galleries using Street View ‘indoor’ technology. The project has expanded dramatically since it first launched. More than 45,000 objects are now available to view in high resolution, an increase from 1,000 in the first version. Street View images now cover over 60 museums, with more on the way.


Senate Debates NCLB Rewrite Amid Rift on Accountability. Below the surface of pleasantries and backslapping, a policy split continues to grow over whether to beef up accountability provisions in the bill to overhaul the education law. Read more. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Updates on ESEA you may have missed :
Fixing ESEA: Looking Out For All Students. The demands of the real world have changed – and with them, the educational needs of our young people. This week, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will make important decisions that will have real impact on our children’s learning—and whether high expectations and equal opportunity for all groups of students will translate into action, or just a talking point. (ED HomeRoom blog)
Giving Every Child a Fair Shot. The White House issued a report earlier this week titled: Giving Every Child a Fair Shot. The report shows that our nation’s elementary and secondary schools are improving, with students learning more and with more students graduating. But, there is still much more that must be done to ensure that every child receives a quality education.
Statement of Administration Policy. Yesterday, the Obama Administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy on the proposed Senate bill to reauthorize ESEA. The Administration looks forward to continuing to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to make critical changes to the bill. (

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on U.S. House of Representatives Passing Partisan Bill to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "America's students deserve a strong education bill that builds on the tremendous progress of the last decade and supports opportunity for every child. Instead, House Republicans have chosen to take a bad bill and make it even worse. Instead of supporting the schools and educators that need it most, this bill shifts resources away from them. Instead of ensuring states and districts improve struggling schools and serve all students, it makes that optional. Instead of answering demand from parents, communities and states for high-quality preschool, it ignores them. (

Rewrite of NCLB narrowly passes U.S. House. The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted along party lines to approve a revision of the No Child Left Behind law. The rewrite would give districts more control over assessments and prohibit the federal government from enforcing implementation of specific education standards. The measure now goes to the Senate. (The Associated Press)
Minecraft: Researchers urge teachers to embrace game as tool to teach maths, art, geography. For years studies have warned of the dangers of letting children have too much time on electronic devices. But researchers at QUT have urged educators to embrace the game, which is hugely popular with primary school children, to assist their learning. (ABC News) RELATED: Study explores academic benefits of "Minecraft" (The Christian Science Monitor)

Ore. The Archaeology Channel Conference on Cultural Heritage Media, Eugene, Oregon, May 11-15, 2016. The Archaeology Channel Conference on Cultural Heritage Media invites interested parties to gather for the discussion of audiovisual media for the study, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. They wish to focus on topics of interest to cultural heritage professionals, media professionals and all those interested in applications of cultural heritage media. Their goal is to create an unparalleled worldwide networking opportunity for cultural heritage filmmakers and others interested in the making and uses of cultural heritage media, including archaeologists, indigenous groups, musicians, artists, tourism operators, journalists, educators, historic preservation organizations, and others. TAC Conference activities will include symposia, presentations, an exhibit hall, a banquet, and other events yet to be announced.  TAC Conference is held in conjunction with the thirteenth annual edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, a juried competition in the cultural heritage film genre.

7 Books That Could Give You Your Next Big Idea. Some ideas strike you like a bolt of lightning. One moment you’re strolling back from the farmers market, when suddenly there’s that lightbulb moment. It’s magic. But other times, the muse of inspiration can be a bit more elusive, obscured by faltering confidence or a lack of motivation. Well, we’ll have none of that. To get you feeling confident in your creative potential and your very own brand of genius, we’ve rounded up seven books that will kick you into high gear. Read on. (MY Domaine)

N.J. Farmstead Arts Bayou in the Barn Music, Art and Food Festival. Farmstead Arts Center invites the public to Bayou in the Barn, a family friendly music, food and art festival in the historic English Barn at 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ on Thursday, July 16 from 6 - 9 PM.  The event features music by the VooDUDES and Half Normal, southern eats, an art show and sale, and lawn games. There is a suggested donation of $5. (Tapinto)

Va. Opportunities in the Arts from the Arts Council of Fairfax County
. Find information and opportunities for individual artists and arts administrators: Arts Council Grants Deadlines & Dates; Benefits & Challenges of Launching a Major Gifts Initiative (Jul 16); and 1st Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition (Sept 16).     

Ill. See art, learn and give back at Naperville fair. More than 100 artists are scheduled to set up booths on the Naper Settlement grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, to compete in the 56th annual juried competition and sell their pieces. Artists at the free-admission fair come from near and far displaying works in clay, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and wood. (Daily Herald)

England. Norwich pupils create wonderful works of art out of recycled materials. Inspired by the phrase Waste Not Want Not, a talented group of pupils has created wonderful works of art from an array of recycled materials. (Eastern Daily Press)

Donation allows kids to buy art for schools. The first day of the 25th Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival included dozens of kids in blue shirts exploring the street-side artist tents with a purpose. Students from 24 Colorado schools were buying art. They were serious about finding the right piece and had $500 to spend. Since 2001, the Janus Student Art Buying program has arranged for youngsters to buy 644 pieces of art for their schools. (9News)

Calif. Grant to Summer Program for Art Education. The CSU Summer Arts program has earned a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to bring enriching, art-filled experiences to underserved communities in the Monterey Bay area. The NEA Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Grant will support increased access to art education by bringing youth and their families to participate in CSU Summer Arts courses, at no cost, on the CSU Monterey Bay campus. (CSUF News Center)

Calif. Monterey County program stresses importance of arts. On Wednesday, the Black Box Theater in the Monterey County Office of Education became a place of ideas and innovation. The theater hosted the first-ever MCAET talks, named for the Media Center for Arts Education and Technology at MCOE. The talks brought together more than half a dozen presenters to discuss the surprising number of ways that arts and technology can be used to help teach California’s English Language Learners. (The Californian)

N.H. Art retreat offered for teachers
. The Inspired Classroom is organizing its fifth annual Teacher Art Retreat at the St. Jame’s Lodge in Hampton, N.H., from Aug 10-12. This year’s professional development retreat will include four hands-on workshops in mask making, storytelling, visual art, and book making as well as include movement and music activities, drumming and lots and lots of encouragement and idea sharing among retreaters. Educators of all subjects and levels are encouraged to attend. (WickedLocal)


The Wait Is Over: Senate Will Debate NCLB Replacement Tuesday. TODAY, JULY 7, the U.S. Senate will begin debate on a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) replacement bill—the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177). This represents the first time in 14 years that our nation’s main education law has been discussed on the Senate floor, and as educators know, it’s far past time that our schools and students have access to updated supports. Hundreds of amendments are expected to be proposed, and we are asking senators to vote in support of three amendments that align with ASCD’s whole child approach. Send your letter now.


USSEA REGIONAL ARTS CONFERENCE AN INCLUSIVE WORLD BRIDGING COMMUNITIES, Queens Museum  New York City Building  Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, 7/17/2015 to 7/19/2015. Join us for a three-day gathering of local, national, and international museum curators and educators, directors of cultural arts programs, teachers and professors of the arts, and gallery owners and artists. The goal of the conference is to explore how the participants in these various disciplines might share resources, knowledge, and expertise to enrich their respective fields. 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.  The four keynote speakers are each renowned representatives of their fields:  - Tom di Maria, Director of Creative Growth Art Center,  - Tim Rollins, Founder of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival (KOS),  - Sherry Huss, Vice President of Maker Media and Co-creator of the beloved Maker Faire,  - Sree Sreenivasan, Digital Chief Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Conference will feature:  - An opening reception for the travelling exhibition An Inclusive World  - Over 65 presentations: panels, best practices, and hands on workshops  - An opening speech by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz  - NYC DOE professional development credit  - Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch in the new Museum Cafe  - Admission to The New York Hall of Science with conference ID  - Two Hall of Science hands on maker workshops  - Blick Art Materials giveaways and more!

Saving arts education…by going online? A startup company is using a custom-built learning platform to offer cutting-edge arts courses online—often for credit—at a fraction of the cost of traditional college courses. (eCampus News)

NEW DESIGN COMPETITION FOR THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL. The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission opened a design competition for a National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC.  The Commission has been authorized by Congress to create the National World War I Memorial, in Pershing Park. The new National World War I memorial will be located on Pennsylvania Avenue, “America’s Main Street,” one block from the White House and overlooking the Capitol. The memorial will honor the courage, sacrifice, and devotion to country, of those who answered the call to serve. The competition is an open, international competition -- open to any professionals, university-level students, or any other interested participants and is a two-stage design competition. The design competition manual is posted at the Commission’s website. The deadline for Stage I submissions is July 21, 2015.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Arts Integration Turns STEM to STEAM. We have all heard the dire statistics about how we're not preparing American kids for the STEM careers of the future -- but there are many who say that a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math alone is not the answer. What about integrating creativity and the arts as a path to better engagement in, and understanding of, the STEM subjects? Or bring some humanities in, for the (somewhat unfortunate!) acronym SHTEAM? I've gathered the playlist of videos below to show some of the remarkable programs educators are building around this idea, as well as a few fun project ideas. (edutopia)

14 do’s and don’ts of successful tech integration. Embarking on a technology integration plan or beginning a technology pilot can be daunting. However, mapping out a clear path, being flexible, and communicating the stakeholders can help that plan be successful. (eSchool News)

The Design Essentials: iPad Apps for the Creative. Quietly and almost covertly, Apple’s iPad has become a common tool in every realm of professional design. Fashion designers sketch on it, designers collect and curate ideas using it, digital artists paint with it in stunning realism, and architects even prepare 3D models before going to production all from the 9.7? screen. The device is a near ubiquitous sight inside studios, design shops, and most noticeably at trade shows, an ideal compromise when the pocketability of the smartphone is too little and a laptop is just too large. (designmilk)

Harvard Art Museums join Google Cultural Institute; Digital initiative allows increased accessibility. As an institution deeply invested in advancing knowledge about, and appreciation of, art, the Harvard Art Museums are pleased to join Google, allowing increased accessibility to our collections and supporting teaching and learning in diverse fields of inquiry across all disciplines. This new collaboration greatly extends our digital footprint. Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute can search for objects in multiple ways, such as by institution, artist’s name, title of work, medium, geographic location, or date of creation. Google+ and video hangouts are integrated on the site, giving viewers the opportunity to invite friends to view and discuss their favorite works in a video chat or follow a guided tour from an expert to gain an appreciation of a particular topic or art collection.

Why maker technology is crucial for students with learning difficulties. Like myself, other students with learning difficulties—from dysgraphia (a difficulty with writing, mainly in spelling) and attention disorders like ADD and ADHD—respond well to visual or tactile learning and activities that allow physical participation, according to the U.S. Department of Education. And these learning impediments are not as uncommon as you might imagine. In the US alone, approximately eight percent of children were identified by a health professional as having a learning disorder, according to a 2014 study. As these types of difficulties become more recognized every day, the importance of adjusting teaching methods has started to increase accordingly.

THE SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS SELFIE PROJECT - Call for Entries: International Juried Exhibition. Deadline: July 31, 2015. This is an exhibition of selfies accompanied by statements from the artists/photographers that reflect on the image and/or something the artist cares about and wants to share with the world.  Photographers/artists may submit up to three images, each of which should be accompanied by a separate statement. The exhibition has two parts: a virtual exhibition, which is non-juried, and a physical exhibition, which will be juried, with exhibitors being chosen from the submissions to the virtual exhibit.

*ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT FOR THIS EVENT* DEVISING SUSTAINABILITY: How Recycled Materials Inspire Creativity. THIS coming Wednesday, July 8th from 1:00-3:00pm, BewilderArts will be partnering with Planet Connections Theatre Festivity to bring you "Devising Sustainability: How Recycled Materials Inspire Creativity." This original and important workshop will be led by the incredible teacher and artist Megan Cramer. Devising Sustainably explores how everyday objects and recycled materials can awaken creative instincts and inspire collaborative creation. Resulting in original short theatrical pieces, Devising Sustainably is a must for resourceful, eco-minded, and innovative facilitators and educators.
Tickets are FREE and can be reserved here.

THE 150ALICE PROJECT HAS LAUNCHED! \We cut up a story into 150 pieces, "BLASPHEMY!" you say? 150Alice is a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  We brought together 150 brilliant artists from 42 countries to promote their artwork in a unique way and give them an opportunity to create a masterpiece together.

BRYANT ALEXANDER ARTS FOUNDATION GALA. The Bryant Alexander Brand supports Arts Education and program in its communities worldwide, combining employees’ dedication, knowledge and creativity with corporate financial support and in-kind donations. You're invited to the Bryant Alexander's Arts Education Gala, September 11, 2015, 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Manex USA 126 W 25th St New York, NY, 10001. Annual fundraising gala for the benefit of Arts Education and programs worldwide, combining employees’ dedication, knowledge and creativity with corporate financial support and in-kind donations. LIVE Performers by Blacc.Japan annd K. David and more. Bridging-the-Gap and Lifetime Acheivement award recipients Sonji Crawford-Clark and Lois Suesens.

House Begins Process to Reconsider ESEA Reauthorization. The week after Independence Day could be a blockbuster moment for congressional efforts to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In addition to the U.S. Senate having already scheduled floor debate for a proposed reauthorization bill on July 7, the House Rules Committee, which decides how bills are debated on the chamber floor, scheduled a meeting for the same day to consider for a second time its version of the federal K-12 rewrite. That would set up a vote for as early as July 8. (Education Week)

U.S. House is expected to take up NCLB in July
. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up a proposed rewrite of No Child Left Behind in July. Several amendments may be discussed, including one that would create a voucher-type system for funding public schools. (SmartBrief)
RELATED: Outlook: It's Education Week, Finally (National Journal)

Senate Braced for Lengthy Debate on ESEA. The bipartisan proposal to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act may take up a week or more of the Senate's time.(Education Week)


Art Teacher Grant Opportunity: Submit Your Lesson Plan for a Chance at $500! The deadline for the application is September 18, 2015.

Art and design college becomes first to host Maker Lab. Florida International University's College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) will be the first and only arts/design college in nation to house a MakerBot Innovation Creative Lab. (eCampus News)

MakerBot launches 3D printing classroom guide. Thousands of educators throughout the U.S. are embracing 3D printing as a new way to teach 21st century skills and prepare students for the jobs of the future. Taking the first steps to introduce students... (eSchool News)

Using Images To Keep Your Class Focused. According to our expert, smart deployment of pictures and videos in class engages students by tapping into the brain's "delight in making connections." Lynell Burmark is the author of They Snooze, You Lose: The Educator's Guide to Successful Presentations, as well as an award-winning teacher and highly applauded presenter. Here, she offers tips to help teachers keep students focused during class time.  (THEJournal)

YA Affiliates Celebrate Summer Learning Day All Summer Long! To show support for expanding summertime learning opportunities for kids, Young Audiences participated in National Summer Learning day, observed June 19. National Summer Learning day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer. Also, be sure to check out our new whYArts? post about some of the great summer programs our affiliates offer to keep kids learning over the summer.

Young Audiences Hosts Congressional Steam Caucus Briefing in Washington D.C. For this year’s briefing, Young Audiences had the great honor of having both Congressional Co-chairs Suzanne Bonamici and Elise Stefanik present to set the tone for the briefing with opening remarks about why they believe STEAM is important, as well as sharing with attendees instances of great STEAM opportunities within their constituencies.

Young Audiences Western New York Helps Most at Risk Through the Arts. The Most-at-Risk program is a year round afterschool program which, in partnership with the Erie County Department of Mental Health, provides “at-risk” Erie County youth with opportunities to develop skills that will assist them in navigating the world successfully.

Calif. Monterey educators, Arts Council: Increase arts in school. Thanks to the Local Control Funding Formula, California’s new way of distributing money for education, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District hired more than 20 visual and performing arts instructors to boost art education this year, a move that’s pleased not just parents but advocates for the arts in schools. Supporters say that academic learning improves when children are exposed to music and artistic learning, something that could particularly benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds. (Monterey Herald)

Wash. One Big Way Seattle Is Improving Arts Education, As Told By A Cartoonist. In what might be the first example of a solutions journalism comic strip, cartoonist and elementary school art teacher Robyn Jordan has used illustrations to show how Seattle schools are making art a priority again. In too many school systems nationwide, art is simply not a valued part of the curriculum. Research from past years shows that art was not a requirement in more than 40 percent of secondary schools. (The Huffington Post)

N.J. High Bridge Board of Education should not drop art program from Middle School | Letter. To the editor: I believe that education in the arts is vital to our children's success, and I am not alone.  A Harris Poll showed that 93-percent of Americans believe the arts are vital to a well-rounded education. Additionally, a well-documented national study of over 25,000 middle and high school students found that students who had a high degree of art involvement performed better on standardized tests than students with low art involvement. (

Design Label Umano Helps Raise Money For Art Education Using Elementary Students' Doodles. Graphic tees may not be everyone’s favorite summer closet staple, but brother designer duo Alex and Jonathan Torrey might make it yours. As huge advocates of creativity and art, they are using their label Umano to help raise money for art education in a heartfelt and unique way. They have taken trips to Harlem, Mexico, Peru, and Athens, Georgia, dropping off backpacks filled with art supplies and giving kids the tools to draw and doodle whatever they think of. (Bustle)

Texas. Furniture Maker Advocates for Wildlife Preservation in Fall Exhibition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. "Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project" serves to illustrate the plight of elephants and the illegal ivory trade. Through a moving installation of life-sized objects made from exotic woods and string and shrine-like forms made from steel and glass, the show makes a compelling case for the preservation of animals in the wild. (PRWeb)

Art School For All? See The Creative Future Of Education At This Historic Black Mountain Exhibit. Josef Albers demonstrated how and why art is central to students’ development regardless of whether they become artists. More than half a century after Black Mountain’s demise, this idea is gaining new favor through ‘STEAM’ education. Still largely undefined, STEAM is an ideal platform to revive Albers’ methods. Even if Black Mountain can never be resuscitated, at least we can all learn how to reverse our habitual thinking.

Mont. Art teachers converge to boost creativity. Corwin “Corky” Clairmont, nationally-renowned artist and art instructor at Salish Kootenai College, was one of the featured artists at the first Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts 2015 summer institute.Funded by the Office of Public Instruction, the institute was an opportunity for the Montana Arts Council and OPI “to give arts education a much-needed boost in Montana’s public schools,” according to the website at (Valley Journal)

Miss. Biloxi teachers transform old lockers into literary work of art. When Biloxi Junior High students return to school this August, they might be surprised at what they see in one of the hallways. Some teachers are spending part of their summer working on a very creative project. They are transforming some old, unused lockers into a larger than life library. (WLOX)

Communities across California have been celebrating the California Arts Council budget increase supported by the legislature and Governor Brown. View media links:  NBC San Diego [VIDEO]  |  KQED  |  Voice of San Diego  |  LA Times



Report: Blended learning, STEAM drive ed-tech adoption. Blended learning and STEAM -- or science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- are expected to accelerate the use of education technology in classrooms worldwide, according to a New Media Consortium Horizon Report released Monday. The report features education trends identified by 56 experts from 22 countries. (The Hechinger Report)

Creating a children’s art world: Negotiating participation, identity, and meaning in the elementary school art room. 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)

M.A. in Art Education Online Program - Kent State University. The 100% on-line M.A. in Art Education at Kent State University offers art and design educators in any location the same rigorous curriculum as the campus-based program. This distance-learning program is tailored to those pre-K-12 art and design educators in public and private schools, museums, and enrichment classes who wish to engage in graduate study from anywhere in the U.S.A or abroad. Graduates will have developed a focused competence in the visual arts as well as an intellectual understanding of the history and current issues of the field of art and design education. The program offers on-line coursework in studio practice and art history as well as in theoretical research in art and design education pedagogy and can be completed in five semesters.

Ind. Tickets now live for Arts for All Fest, July 22nd! VSA Indiana invites you to an exciting event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and their transition from VSAI to ArtMix: Art Redefining Disability. Arts for All Fest is a FREE family-friendly event, designed to ensure access for people of all ages and abilities. During the Fest, attendees will enjoy a smorgasbord of arts workshops including drumming, dancing, painting, collage, and more! Food and door prizes are also part of the fun! Tickets are free, but limited. Register Now!

ESEA FLEXIBILITY. On June 23, the Department announced that seven states and the District of Columbia have received multiple years of continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind. These recipients are implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., have three more years of flexibility, through the 2017-18 school year, while New York has four more years of flexibility, through the 2018-19 school year. (Note: Approved flexibility requests and renewal letters are available here.) Back in March, the agency approved five states--Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Virginia--for an additional four years of flexibility.  All of the states up for renewal have submitted or will soon submit a request to extend their flexibility, and Nebraska requested flexibility for the first time. More renewal decisions will follow over the coming weeks. In the event Congress reauthorizes ESEA, the Department will work with states to help them transition to the new law.

The Supreme Court Just Slashed the Odds on ESEA Reauthorization. NCLB is closer to being rewritten than it's been any time since the law was passed in 2001. The Every Student Achieves Act will go to the Senate floor in a week and is likely to pass with a healthy majority. Meanwhile, HR5 is awaiting a vote on the House floor. Both bills would represent a big improvement on current law—and a massive improvement over the Obama administration's current waiverocracy. So, why do I put the odds of final passage at no better than 1-in-5, and why do I think that the Supreme Court just slashed them? (Rick Hess Straigth Up)

U.S. House is expected to take up NCLB in July. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up a proposed rewrite of No Child Left Behind in July. Several amendments may be discussed, including one that would create a voucher-type system for funding public schools. (National Journal)


Call for Nominations: 2016 USSEA EDWIN ZIEGFELD AWARDS. USSEA’s Annual Edwin Ziegfeld Awards honor distinguished leaders who have made significant contributions to the National and International fields of art education. Two Ziegfeld Awards will be presented during the 2016 NAEA National Convention to be held in Chicago, IL March 17-19.
• One national award to honor an art educator from within the United States.
• One international award to honor a colleague from outside the United States, who has made contributions of INTERNATIONAL significance to art education.
ELIGIBILITY: Nominees should be members of USSEA or InSEA and persons who have brought distinction to International aspects of art education through an exceptional and continuous record of achievement in scholarly writing, research, professional leadership, teaching, professional service, or community service bearing on international education in the visual arts.
NOMINATIONS may be submitted by any member of USSEA, InSEA, or NAEA. Forms are available at
DEADLINE DATE: Nomination materials are due by November 1, 2015 or as soon as possible (some flexibility). Letters of nomination, acceptance, and support must be written in English.
MAIL NOMINATIONS to: Angela La Porte, Department of Art, 306 Fine Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701, Email

ART21 News: Tania Bruguera Empowers Immigrants through Art - June 25, 2015. In this issue of ART21 News: New Videos Featuring Tania Bruguera, Elliott Hundley, & Jaimie Warren; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide.

Through June 30 Only: Enter the Crayola #SidewalkSelfieSweeps! Spring into action outdoors with the bright, bold colors of Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk! Create amazingly colorful scenes in a BIG WAY on your driveway or sidewalk, and then jump right in and snap a selfie with your art. Send us your pics and you could win a Crayola Summer Boredom Buster Prize Pack featuring Crayola Sidewalk Chalk, Paint and ColorFoam products. There's a new winner every week.

The ART+BIO Collaborative, a Cambridge, MA non-profit, is offering DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest, August 3-9. The program is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and people generally interested in nature, art, and biology. DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest is a hands-on, immersive, and project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field. 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.

Texas sculptor Jesus Moroles [2013 NAEA National Convention Keynote Speaker] dies in car accident. Texas sculptor and National Medal of the Arts recipient Jesus Moroles   has died in a traffic accident. The Texas Department of Public Safety says Moroles was killed Monday night in a wreck in Jarrell, 30 miles north of Austin. (myFoxHouston)

FY 2015 i3 Development Full Application Competition. The Department is pleased to invite 108 Development pre-applicants to submit an application for the FY 2015 Full Application Development Competition. The Department encourages applicants to review the documents on this page and the FY 2015 Competition and Applicant Information pages to learn more about the i3 competition. The chart in the following document lists the highly rated Development pre-applicants that have been invited to submit a full application: Development Pre-Applications Highly Rated Document download files MS Excel (38 KB). The following document provides an explanation of the Development Pre-Application review process: Development Pre-Applications Process Overview Document download files MS Word (26 KB). Deadline for Transmittal of Full Applications: August 11, 2015. Question and Answer Webinar for FY 2015 i3 Development Full Application: The i3 team will conduct a live Q&A session on July 15th, 2015, at 2:00 PM ET. Event password: qaaw.


Calif. Education Matters: Spark Initiative Bringing Arts to the Classroom. What does this child playing a recorder at McCabe Elementary School in Mendota have in common with students working on an art project at Baldares Elementary in Fresno? How is that all connected to a music program at Westside Elementary School in Five Points? "In most of these schools, there would not be arts education without Spark." Spark is an initiative of the Arts Business Coalition founded by the Fresno County Office of Education. It's goal is to bring arts education back to the classroom. The reasons go beyond providing students with a well rounded education but also preparing them for the work world. (

‘Artists, After All, Intervene in the Minds of the Audience’: Luis Camnitzer on the Problems of Art Education. Camnitzer lectured on what he called “art thinking,” which, as he explained, is “not quite a discipline, but a meta-discipline.” “When we talk about art, we generally lump a great many things together, to the point where are knowing not exactly what we are talking about,” Camnitzer said. “When I ask anybody, the response would be that there’s art-making and there’s art appreciation.” But he wanted to add a third group—art thinking. (ARTNEWS)

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announces the 2015 Summer Series. The Summer Series program is back for another summer of workshops, community, creative challenges, and more! All summer, in locations thought the country, they will be providing free summer art and writing workshops for students in grades 7-12. They've also partnered with national radio show Studio 360 to present Funny Ha Ha: The High School Humor Challenge, judged by artist and writer BJ Novak (The Office)!

2015 Scholastic Awards National Events Highlights. On June 10, hundreds of students and educators arrived in New York City for the Scholastic Awards' 2015 National Events, three days of exhibition, celebration, and fun! The National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall, with special guests Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Morrison, Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Tan from Seventeen magazine, 2015 Alumni Achievement Honoree Donald Lipski, artist Tom Otterness, poet Vijay Seshadri, and YouTube personality JennXPenn, was held on June 11. National Events ended with a Student Showcase at the Art.Write.Now.2015 National Exhibition containing art and writing from the 2015 National Medalists.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Spotlight on Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards works with more than 100 organizations nationwide to bring the Scholastic Awards to your region. These Local Affiliate Programs host ceremonies, exhibitions, and workshop opportunities for the students in their communities. This month, they shine the spotlight on the Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio Scholastic Art & Writing Regions, which are overseen by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for 7 States, D.C. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia have each received multiple years of continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (

Senate: Keep NCLB Replacement in Motion. Senate education leaders are pushing hard to bring their bill to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to the Senate floor. But the Senate calendar is filling quickly, raising concerns over whether the NCLB replacement bill will be considered by the full Senate before senators return to their home states for the August recess. 

Seven States Plus D.C. Approved for NCLB Waiver Renewals. Eight waiver recipients—Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Missouri, Kansas, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia—will be able to hang onto their flexibility from some of the most onerous mandates of the No Child Left Act for at least three more years, The U.S Department of Education said Tuesday. (Education Week/Politics K-12)
• RELATED: Feds renew No Child Left Behind waivers for D.C. and seven states

Save the Date: Arts Education Partnership (AEP) 2015 National Forum - September 1-2, 2015 - Arlington, VA. The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success will be held on September 1-2 in Arlington, VA. Some of the nation’s most influential arts and education leaders will convene to explore arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America’s young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship. 5 Reasons to Register Now: 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education; Anya Kamenetz!; Twenty-one Awesome Small Group Sessions; Reception at the Torpedo Factory Art Center; and Early Registration Ends July 5!

Free Adobe Software for Title I Schools. As part of President Obama's ConnectED initiative, Adobe is donating $300 million in software and professional development to Title I schools throughout the country—all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build skills for future success.

Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internships at the Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 EEI Internship program. EEI is an innovative program designed to offer meaningful instruction and cultural arts experiences to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The EEI Internship Program provides hands-on internships and opportunities to explore today's complex performing arts environment to six motivated individuals each year.

Public Elementary and Secondary School Arts Education Instructors. Using data from the most recent Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey on arts education, the U.S. Department of Education has released a new Statistics in Brief that explores how schools are staffing arts education classrooms as well as the facilities provide for arts learning opportunities.

Arts in Education Matters Video. Arts for Learning, the Indiana affiliate of Young Audiences created a terrific video about why arts in education matters.

Accomplished student artists from San Antonio Independent School District WANT YOU! July 9 at 11 a.m. at the U.S. Department of Education

Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab - Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 TAT Lab Cohort! The Washington State Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab is an eight-month professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools. Participants benefit from ongoing learning over eight months, individualized coaching from master teaching artists, connections to state and national organizations and peer learning and reflection. The TAT Lab cohort will include up to 32 teaching artists, working in all artistic disciplines and all regions of Washington State. Application deadline: July 16, 2015.

Calif. Mariposa County Arts Council Selected as Arts Organizations Receive California Arts Council Grants for Programs Benefiting At-Risk Youth. California Arts Council awards more than $200,000 to support high-quality arts education programs within the juvenile justice system. Now in its second year, JUMP StArts supports arts education and artist-in-residence programs for the target population of at-risk youth-youth within the jurisdiction of California's juvenile justice system-in classroom, after-school, or incarceration settings. (Sierra Sun Times)

Ky. Arts council TranspARTation grants available to Kentucky schools. The application deadline is Aug. 17 for field trips scheduled from Oct. 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. The TranspARTation Grant is now in its third year and is awarded three times per year. The grant’s purpose is to offset the cost of transportation to and from arts venues for school field trips. Grants are based on the round trip mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. There is a minimum grant amount of $100. (Floyd County Times)

Calif. iCAN Brings a Fresh Approach to Elementary Arts Education, and It’s an Incredible Story. As local network of programs nurtures over 3,000 budding artists and musicians, nonprofit’s leadership aims to even out national arts disparities. A recent event with the Santa Barbara County Alliance for Arts Education was the second countywide assembly of more than 80 local leaders developing long-term collaborations to improve the impact of arts education in public schools and the community. The local advocacy network was formed last spring and this year’s event — held at the Alhecama Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara — served to strengthen that commitment. (Noozhawk)

Mich. Saginaw schools to get PE, art and music teachers. The school board just approved the 2015-2016 budget last night. In it, the board approved what it calls "restoration of teacher preparation time" for art, music and physical education. Essentially, that means the school district will hire art, music and PE teachers. (WNEM)

17 Montana teachers attending Pablo seminar on art education. A new partnership between the Montana Arts Council and the state's Office of Public Instruction is giving 17 Montana teachers the ability to attend a 10-day seminar in Pablo focused on arts education. Starting Monday, the teachers will be taking classes and hearing from arts education professionals during the training, which will be held at Salish-Kootenai College, said Emily Kohring with the Montana Arts Council. (Missoulian)

Texas. Art teachers and students help create city’s first building mural. For S. C. Lee art teacher Sheri Wilson, art is her life. Wilson teaches art to students every day and now she has taken her talent to the streets. Literally. Wilson is the co-chairwoman of the mural committee under the Five Hills Art Guild, which is painting Copperas Cove’s first building mural at the corner of First Street and Avenue D. Last week, Wilson and other members of the committee began priming the side of the Donlie-McMullin building facing Avenue D. The mural will depict a western theme of Cove’s history and is broken up over five sections across the wall. (Cove Herald)

N.Y. Berlin art teachers recognized by peers. On June 16, Berlin Middle School/High School teachers Samantha Noles and Christina Wallace were honored as the New York State Art Teachers Association’s Region 6 Art Educators of the Year. Berlin Middle School Principal Jason Breh nominated the pair for the award and praised their outstanding contributions to the school community. (

N.C. Column: A family of educators debates merit-based pay for teachers. How can we differentiate the pay of teachers on the basis of their performance while also treating them fairly? This familiar education-policy debate used to play out at the Hood family dinner table. My father spent most of his career as a principal in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. The way he saw it, most principals had the ability to distinguish among their excellent, average, and awful teachers even before the advent of value-added testing and careful third-party evaluations. They watched the teachers perform, examined student work and records and listened to parents. (

Arts education goes MOOC - A new platform, Kadenze, was designed to handle the needs of creative arts courses. The world of massive open online courses is getting a little more creative. The latest MOOC platform to launch requires instructors to fly out to L.A. to film their lectures. Each course is assigned a director, producer, designer, writer, musician, video editor, and customer relations liaison. The level of attention paid to production makes clear it is artists who are behind the venture — as they should be. Kadenze is a MOOC platform for the creative arts. (EducationDive)

Ark. Area students display works in exhibit of Young Arkansas Artists. Several young artists have their work on display in the 54th Young Arkansas Artists exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) in Little Rock. “At AAC, we believe that the arts have the ability to educate and empower our youth while cultivating a positive form of self-expression” ... “We strive to promote quality arts-education initiatives and achievement in the visual arts, and through this exhibition, we are offering a wonderful platform to celebrate artwork created by our young Arkansans.” (Tri-Lakes Edition)

S.C. Keep Florence Beautiful aims to increase recycling education through art competition. Keep Florence Beautiful wants to increase recycling education through its new Renaissance Cleanup and Art Show. The initiative will begin with a cleanup on June 27 to find recyclable items. “Local artists will be participating, so they’ll be doing the cleanups, and they’ll be making art pieces out of what they find,” said Michelle Bailey , chairwoman of the Keep Florence Beautiful board. (

N.M. Wine and dine: Vintage Albuquerque’s fundraising event supports art education for kids. What began as a small fundraiser to benefit the now defunct New Mexico Symphony Orchestra has blossomed into a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting art education programs for New Mexico children. Now in its 24th year, Vintage Albuquerque is hosting its premier food and wine event that spans four days from Wednesday, June 24, through June 27. Proceeds benefit the ABQ Youth Symphony, National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Art in the School, New Mexico Jazz Workshop children’s programs and Lynx Inc., which has a local chapter that works with underprivileged children. (New Mexico Travel)


US arts funding by the numbers: Washington, DC, leads the nation in arts spending per capita, but which state spends the least? Government funding for the arts is a tricky business. On 29 May, San Francisco’s mayor Ed Lee announced that he would increase the city’s arts budget by $7m over the next two years. But the arts are still a shrinking part of San Francisco’s budget. As a percentage of the total budget, the city’s arts purse has fallen by 25% over the past 10 years, according to SFGate. (The Art Newspaper)

Workshop Lets Teachers Infuse Artistic Vision With Science, Math. Instead of STEM, it’s STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The students are learning all of that for the workshop. The students in question were local teachers who attended a workshop called "Art and the Cosmic Connection". In this workshop, participants learned how to incorporate art into subjects like math and science, oftentimes combining more than two of the subjects together. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)

Idaho. Boise art education project aims to help kids and teens manage their anger in healthy ways
. University of Utah professor Janet Kaufman is the creator of the “Grump Meter” and co-author of “The Grump Meter, A Family Tool for Anger Control.” Think of the Grump Meter as a color yardstick that kids and teenagers can make themselves, then use as a tool to describe their feelings, and find healthy ways to manage their anger. (Idaho Statesmen)

Kentucky Arts Council offers educational summer programs for teachers, professionals. Though school is out, curriculum planning is a topic that never seems to take the summer off. With the Kentucky Department of Education’s recent vote to adopt the national standards for teaching arts, the council wanted to remind teachers and educational leaders about an important program available through the Kentucky Arts Council. The Specialists with Art Tactics program supports the utilization of arts education professionals who are available to provide three- to six-hour consultancies to assist schools in developing plans and assessment tools for integrating the arts across the curriculum. Consultancy fees are paid by the arts council. (Northern Kentucky Tribune)

How have mobile apps changed student learning?
Mobile applications make information available at users' fingertips. Researchers Katie Davis and Howard Gardner theorize that apps may be short-circuiting students' ability to connect and empathize with others as well as undermine creativity. (T.H.E. Journal)

Study by the Sea this Summer at UMass Dartmouth. Come join us this summer for graduate and undergraduate-level courses aimed at arts educators and those interested in the arts.  Share experiences and exchange ideas about contemporary issues in arts and education.
* Intensive one-week, 3-credit arts education courses
* Two-week, 3-credit studio courses
Learn from the best: Faculty are prominent arts educators and innovative thinkers from across the country. Art in an idyllic location: Experience and explore cultural centers, museums, galleries, and local landscapes as you discover the splendors of South Coast Massachusetts; Artist speaker series; Gallery walks and AHA! night adventures in historic downtown New Bedford; and Enjoy easy access to local beaches, or head out to the Cape after class.

Ohio. School of Art + Design to host statewide art competition for educators. High school art teachers around Ohio now have some extra motivation to work on projects of their own this summer. The School of Art + Design at Ohio University has started accepting submissions for its 3rd annual “State of the Arts” exhibition. The juried event, which accepts works of any media, is open to all high school educators teaching visual arts in the state, as well as the surrounding region. (The Athens Messenger)

Kan. Job Opening for the 2015-16 School year. Do you know someone who is still looking for a teaching job for the upcoming 2015-16 school year? Art Teacher Opening at Maize High School Grades 9-12, Kansas Teaching License required, start date 8-3-2015.

Horace Mann marks its 10,000 follower on Pinterest with the “Full #STEAM Ahead” giveaway. Horace Mann, a national multiline insurance company focused on helping educators secure their financial futures, uses Pinterest to share ideas useful to educators and to encourage teachers to share lesson plans, classroom decorating ideas and organization tips. Through June 24, educators can enter for a chance at winning one of three #STEAM-related prizes. STEAM stands for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics curriculum. Two winners will be randomly drawn for $200 Apple App gift store cards on June 24 and 25 and the winner of a $450 card will be drawn on Friday, June 26. The prizes are inspired by our most popular Pinterest board, “All About STEM.”

ESEA Reauthorization Efforts Running Up Against Senate Calendar. It's sort of a big deal that the U.S. Senate is set to debate the Trade Promotion Authority next week—not least for those who have been waiting with bated breath for lawmakers to begin debate on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

The Country’s Best Hotel Art Installations to See Right Now. While on the road, why not rest your head in a place that offers a primo cultural bonus? Folks keen to unleash their inner Dali, Warhol, or Fairey should consider a visit to any of these hotels, whose rotating art collections are fresh, compelling, and, at times, controversial. (Travel & Leisure)


Elevate the Teaching Profession by Participating in the National Board Field Test. Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher could be one of the most meaningful decisions you make in your career as an educator. Find out more by test driving the new board certification assessment at no cost and no risk. You can learn more about what it takes to become Board certified and how it can help advance your career and improve your teaching practice. Best of all, it’s free to participate and we’ll even provide a gift card as a token of our appreciation. Developmental Levels in Art: Early and Middle Childhood (ages 3-12) and Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood (ages 11-18+). Get started today. The National Board is recruiting PreK-12 teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking a teaching license to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process.

Calif. The relevance of teachers in 21st century classrooms. After using technology and media in the classroom for more than 25 years, I can say with confidence that their proper usage will significantly advance education, shifting the teacher's role to facilitator and coach. Traditional education is based on an antiquated "factory" metaphor, with corresponding methodologies that do not necessarily benefit from the insertion of technology. The emerging metaphor for education is the "network," with accompanying redesigns in infrastructure, curriculum and methodology. In this model, the student is empowered to design anything imaginable within a virtual lab. (Los Angeles Times)

Calif. Art galleries impact growth of artists. Art galleries are like the Medici Family of Florence, Italy. They are patrons of the artists. Like the Medicis, they impact the growth and direction of the art scene in their immediate locations. Without quality standards, the Medicis could not have encouraged great works from Michaelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and da Vinci, and in turn could not have influenced the Renaissance. (Times-Herald)

Calif. How one school fashions geometry lessons from recyclables. Amid rows of chairs set up in Hawthorne High School's cafeteria, students, teachers and even the district superintendent strut around as they model elaborate, handmade outfits for an appreciative audience. This is not just a fashion show — it's part of a geometry class. (89.3)

FY 2015 i3 Scale-up and Validation Competitions. On June 5, 2015, the Department published in the Federal Register: the Notices Inviting Applications for the Investing in Innovation Fund’s 2015 Scale-up and Validation competitions. The Department published a Notice of Final Priority on June 5, 2015. Please CLICK HERE to access the notice. TIMELINE FOR FY 2015 SCALE-UP AND VALIDATION COMPETITIONS: Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 25, 2015, Deadline for Transmittal of Scale-up and Validation Applications: August 04, 2015, Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 60 calendar days after the deadline date for transmittal of full applications.

Refresher: What's in the Senate ESEA Rewrite. As the U.S. Senate braces for debate on a bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—which could get underway as early as Thursday—we thought it would be a good idea to freshen up on what's in the bill. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

ESEA Reauthorization Needs Stronger Family Engagement Provisions. ESEA/NCLB has been up for reauthorization since 2007. National PTA has consistently advocated for a bipartisan reauthorization of the law and the inclusion of robust family engagement provisions. Currently, the U.S. Senate has a bipartisan reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), that is expected to be debated and voted on in the next few weeks. At this time, the bill does not include critical improvements that prioritize family engagement. (Learning First Alliance)


Drawing what our mouths cannot say. For some, it's easier to communicate with a drawing than it is with talking. At the age of three, Stephen was diagnosed with autism and found all human contact difficult. Every week the children were taken to visit landmarks of the capital such as Big Ben and the Tower of London. Back in the classroom they were asked to draw what they had seen. Stephen's teachers quickly realised his work was extraordinarily advanced for his age and that he loved to draw. Soon people outside the school started noticing Stephen's gift and aged eight he landed his first commission - a sketch of Salisbury Cathedral for the former Prime Minister Edward Heath. Stephen went from a silent, withdrawn child to an artist whose time-lapse videos go viral on YouTube and whose works sell for six-figure sums. (BBC)

Young Audiences Western New York Helps Most-at-Risk Through the Arts. Between 2009 and 2013, Erie County, NY reported having carried out over 6,000 juvenile arrests. In many cases, poverty, insufficient education, and unsupervised time during out-of-school hours have all been identified as contributing factors to increases in high-risk behaviors in young adults. A study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Policy Studies Associates, Inc. found that regular participation in high-quality afterschool programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores and work habits as well as reductions in behavior problems among disadvantaged students.

A4L Miami Teams Up With Miami-Dade DoCA to Provide Accessible Arts Experiences for Children. In 2006, Arts for Learning/Miami, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, helped to found the All Kids Included (AKI) Steering committee. AKI works to increase the number of quality arts experiences accessible to children with disabilities and their families, and to promote the benefit and importance of inclusionary arts and cultural programs, both in school settings and the community. This is done by making resources - including program support, best practices, and technical support- available to non-profit organizations with the goal of creating ADA/Accessible arts experiences for children with disabilities.

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.

Urban Sketchers Chicago: a Flash Mob with sketchbooks? “Urban Sketchers” are not some kind of graffiti artists. Nor do we draw all over sidewalks with chalk. That is known as “pavement art,” “street painting” or “Madonnari.” Urban Sketchers (USk) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. The Urban Sketchers Chicago Sketch Seminar is an annual educational event organized by the Chicago chapter of Urban Sketchers. The goal of the event (July 11 and 12, 2015 in Chicago) is to celebrate and practice the art of on­location sketching in the city of Chicago. There are valuable sketching workshops with instruction and opportunities for participants to learn and network with each other. Everyone with an interest in drawing, painting and sketching is welcome to register and join us in the beautiful city of Chicago.

GutfreundCornettArt CALL FOR ART: What's Right, What's Left: Democracy in America
Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, October 6-30, 2016
. In the upcoming election year, what does democracy mean in the United States? It's time for artists to get on their soapboxes – whether it is a conceptual soapbox (Warhol) or direct Statement Art (Jenny Holtzer) and tell us what you think about democracy in America. GCA is asking artists to share their voices in this art-based conversation about democracy and seeks art that address and interprets these broadly. Submissions due by Friday, September 18, 2015.


Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom. Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, this suburban school district south of Baltimore is introducing a new curriculum in the fall for 5-year-olds. Chief among its features is a most old-fashioned concept: play. (The New York Times)

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS TOOLS & RESOURCES - ARTS EDUCATION ONE PAGERS. Check out all of the one pagers including 10 Simple Ways, 15 Questions to Ask, and Family Arts Activities.

Justice in Education by Lara Davis
Great Expectations: One Measure at a Time by Janet Starke
What's Going On Internationally In Arts Education? by Jeff M. Poulin
The Field of Teaching Artistry by Eric Booth
Five Fundamentals to Creating a District Arts Plan by Una McAlinden
Academic Rigor Through the Arts by Deb Vaughn
The Role of the Arts Specialist by Lauren Hess

How one school integrates 3D printing. Students at a Massachusetts charter school are getting a first-hand look at what it's like to integrate 3D printing into their curriculum. Teachers at The Sizer School, a North Central Charter Essential School, began piloting curriculum (eSchool News)

N.Y. School Specialty Honors New York's Most Deserving Teachers With 2015 Art Educator Awards. School Specialty, Inc., a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace, announced today its continued collaboration with The School Art League to support and honor New York's outstanding art students and teachers. The School Art League has supported art education and career development, providing recognition and encouragement for student artists. The New York City Department of Education and the trustees of The School Art League have joined together to provide visual arts scholarships and financial awards to graduating seniors from NYC public high schools. In addition to honoring students who have excelled, the organization recognizes the teachers dedicated to advancing art education, including those who have mentored and supported scholarship recipients.

NJTV arts correspondent says New Jersey is cool. When it comes to the arts in her home state, Maddie Orton can sum up how she feels in four words: "New Jersey is cool." "There's so much going here, it's insane," said Orton, arts correspondent for NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and host of "The Arts Project with Maddie Orton," a monthly series focused on visual and performing arts around the state. "My life goal is that people will check what's happening in their backyard first before hopping a train to New York or Philadelphia." (

Calif. Preschools to receive arts education boost under federal program. An expansion of a federal arts education program announced Wednesday will pump additional resources into some of California's struggling schools with a focus on teaching the arts to the state's youngest students. A two-year, $500,ooo grant from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as support from outside partners, expands a program known as Turnaround Arts that has helped struggling schools around the country, including in Los Angeles County. The expansion will mean art supplies and musical instruments for Turnaround Arts students countrywide as well as professional development training for early education teachers. (

Pa. Project Stream Grant Funds Available for Arts Projects. Project Stream Grant guidelines and application are now available for non-profit organizations and individuals. Applicants may seek support (up to $2,500) to fund an arts project with a public component during 2015-16.  Through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is creating opportunities for art projects through Project Stream grants. These grants can support community arts projects, which take place between Sept. 1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016.  The application deadline is June 22, 2015.

Texas. Dallas Museum of Art Receives $1.5 Million for Education Programming. According to the Dallas Morning News’ Robert Miller, Beverly and Donald S. Freeman have given $1.5 million to the Dallas Museum of Art. The funds will establish the Bonnie Pitman Education Endowment—and in particular, the “Do Something New” fund—in honor of Pitman, the museum’s former director, and in support the museum’s education department.

Call On Your Senator to Support Arts Education! Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation on a voice-vote to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at level funding - $146 million for FY 2016. If approved by Congress, this would be the 5th year of level funding for the NEA. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation on a voice-vote to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at level funding - $146 million for FY 2016. If approved by Congress, this would be the 5th year of level funding for the NEA.

House Looks to Resurrect ESEA Bill for Action as Early as Next Week. The stalled renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act could start moving again in the U.S. House of Representatives, sources say. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Lawmakers push for more school oversight in NCLB rewrite. Eighty members of Congress have signed a letter to the Senate saying they cannot support a rewrite of No Child Left Behind unless it requires states to take action at schools deemed as failing to serve student subgroups such as those who have disabilities, are low income or are a minority. Lawmakers said in the letter that action should be taken after schools fail to meet such standards for two consecutive years. (The Washington Post)


'Draw with your children every day'. Parents should draw with their children every day, and make it as important an activity as reading a bedtime story, the new Children’s Laureate has said. Chris Riddell, an award-winning illustrator who inherits the post from Malorie Blackman, said parents too often use the excuse that they can’t draw. (The Telegraph)

Fading Prospects for ESEA Reauthorization. It is not going to happen. ESEA will not be reauthorized any time soon. I have been a skeptic throughout the entire process. ESEA could have been easily reauthorized during the first two years of the Obama administration when the Democrats held a majority in both houses of Congress but that clearly was not a priority. After the 2011 midterm election, the Democrats lost the House and chances for reauthorization diminished. After the 2015 midterm elections, when the Republicans gained control of both legislative chambers, the possibility emerged that the Republicans had the votes to pass bills in both Houses but the threat of a Presidential veto loomed large. (Learning First Alliance)

U.S. Department of Education Opens 2015 Investing in Innovation Grant Competitions. On June 5, the U.S. Department of Education launched its 2015 Investing in Innovation (i3) validation and scale-up grant competitions. The grants will fund successful innovations that support new teachers and school leaders; help educators align their instruction to college- and career-ready standards; improve student learning across science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields; or reform high schools by making the academic standards more engaging, rigorous and relevant for students. As with prior i3 competitions, all projects focus on high-need students, particularly those in rural areas.

Congress Turns Attention to Higher Education Act Renewal. Efforts to reauthorize the law could be complicated by some of the same issues holding up renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Education Week)

D.C. The Commission on the Arts and Humanities Seeks Executive Director. The Incumbent works under the administrative direction of the Commission through the Chairperson. His/Her responsibilities for administrative management are subject to review with respect to policy development. Representational work and public information are reviewed for conformance to aims and purposes of the Commission, and for effectiveness in promoting, improving, and contributing to the development of the policy of the commission. Exercises initiative and judgment in establishing procedures and carrying out Commission functions in accordance with the Act. Keeps the Commission informed concerning major developments, problems, etc., either formally through reports or informally through discussions. Discusses with the Commission all matters of a policy and precedent-making nature prior to taking action under broad delegation of authority by the Commission. Applicants should apply directly to


How Can Arts Education Be Promoted More Effectively? It wasn't educators who marginalized the arts in schools, but school boards who mainly represented the views and beliefs, contrary to assertions made, of their parent communities. Over the past 40 years we cycled millions of kids through our theatres, concert halls, and museums, conducted hundreds of residencies in thousands of schools, but those kids, who we supposedly reached 10, 20, 30 years ago became the parents of kids ... (Education Week/Bridging Differences)

arts-ed-and-title-i. Achieving the goals of Title I. Can the arts be part of your school's success story? Arts programs can help schools achieve the goals of Title I by facilitating student engagement and learning, strengthening parent involvement, and improving school climate and school wide behavior. (California Alliance for Arts Education)

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics. But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff". There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. It bugs researchers and policymakers too. (NPR)

Arts Program That Targets Failing Schools Expands. A program that uses arts education to help turn around failing public schools is expanding for the second time. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced Wednesday its Turnaround Arts initiative has added five additional school districts: Bridgeport, Conn.; Broward County, Fla.; Hawaii; New York City; and the District of Columbia. All the districts also have local partners. Turnaround Arts also announced a new focus on early-childhood learning. It will provide specialized support and resources to Head Start and pre-K through 3rd grade classrooms in the Turnaround Arts schools. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Expansion of Turnaround Arts Initiative. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) will expand its successful Turnaround Arts initiative into five additional school districts, as the program continues to successfully help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts. The initiative will also add a new emphasis on Head Start and Pre-K - 3rd-grade classrooms. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - June 3, 2015)

Arts Education Webinar: Collective Impact Trends. In a recent webinar, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts education staff discussed the latest trends in Collective Impact as well as recent grantees who received Collective Impact grants from the NEA. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - June 3, 2015)

A+ Schools 20th Anniversary Conference. 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. John Merrow, an award winning education correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, will be the keynote speaker.  (AEP ArtsEd Digest - June 3, 2015)

The Nature Conservancy and Elephants Need You. The Nature Conservancy is tackling this complex crisis all the way from where elephants are struggling to survive to where illegal ivory is being sold. They are facing the worst poaching crisis in history, with an estimated 25,000 being killed each year for ivory. They’re calling on the help of art teachers to get students, pre-school and up, to create elephant art and upload it to our gallery at The #Elegram Project was designed to give people a way to use their creativity to make a difference for elephants. We have an ambitious goal:  20,000 handmade elephants within the next 3 months. That’s one for each baby elephant born into the poaching crisis this year. So far we’ve received thousands of elegrams from people in nearly 40 countries around the world, from schoolchildren in Ecuador to famous musicians like Colbie Caillat.  But we need a lot more help to reach our goal. We have some generous donors who believe strongly in the importance of raising awareness for elephants and in giving people creative ways to take action, particularly children, so they’re matching the #Elegram Project with $150,000 for our work on the ground in Africa. Online gallery: Information about elephants and our work to protect them:

NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR 2016 APPLICATIONS. The 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, announced that applications to become a 2016 YoungArts Winner will be accepted from April 21, 2015 through October 16, 2015. Young artists between the ages of 15 and 18 or in high school grades 10-12 (as of December 1, 2015) across the nation are encouraged to apply. 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 each student’s audition portfolio, providing them with important information about the student’s artistic achievements. If students have any questions, they can reach programming staff at (305) 377-1140 or Press Release

National Hellenic Museum in collaboration with The Anthony Quinn Foundation invites you to the opening reception for the exhibition, Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:00-9:00 PM, National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661. A reception featuring honored guests Katherine Quinn and family with special recognition to the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship recipients in attendance. Opening remarks begin at 7:00 PM. This event is open to the public. Admission $50.00. Proceeds benefit the Anthony Quinn Foundation.

The Next i3 Competitions Start Now. The next Investing in Innovation competition for the biggest grants—the so-called "validation" and "scale up" grants—starts this week, according to applications slated to be published in the federal register Friday. (The department has already moved forward on the competition for the smaller grants, known as "development" grants.) Scale-up applicants—who could receive up to $20 million each, and must have a lot of evidence to back up their work—will have to choose from... (Education Week/College Bound)

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Holds Meeting on Community Engagement. On June 2nd, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) held its third in a series of strategic priorities meetings on federal funding for libraries at the Los Angeles Public Library. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. This convening, titled “Engaging Communities,” showcased the work of libraries’ engagements with their communities to serve their populations’ many, diverse, and changing needs.  According to a press release, attendees had the opportunity to examine characteristics of successful library programs, such as “assessment, capacity-building, partnerships, communications, evaluation, and sustainability.” The event was webcast live and also hosted a lively Twitter conversation through the hashtag, #IMLSFocus. White papers from all three convenings will be made available this summer on the IMLS website.

New grants for two-year humanities programs. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is making efforts to ensure that the more than 7 million students enrolled in two-year institutions have access to high-quality humanities resources through the creation of a new NEH grant program for community colleges. (eCampus News)

Highly Qualified Teachers Enrolled in Programs Providing Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification or Licensure. Teachers enrolled in programs that provide alternative routes to certification can be deemed "highly qualified" under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) even if they are still in training, as long as the program meets certain criteria. These teachers-in-training are more likely to be placed in high-poverty or urban schools, or work as special education teachers, according to a new report (PDF) from the U.S. Department of Education. (ASCD Educator Advocates)

Some NCLB Waiver States Worry Accountability 'Pause' Comes With Strings. Here's a wonky, but important question: What exactly should an accountability "pause" entail, and what shouldn't it entail? Why do I ask? Many states are switching to new standards and the assessments that go along with them, so the U.S. Department of Education has given states the option of hitting the snooze button, so to speak, on their school rating systems. The "pause" essentially gives schools time to adjust to the brand-new tests, without having to worry about whether the scores would affect their overall grade or label that might result from the tests. After all, school principals have ... (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Technology Is Vital to Understanding Art. Most U.S. students don't have the opportunity to come into contact with art, because they either don't have access—or more often, they don't feel like they have access. With an increased focus on deeper learning and teaching for 21st century skills, we have a great opportunity to bring the value of art to the fore. Matthew Israel, Curator at Large at Artsy (and also Director Emeritus and Advisor to The Art Genome Project at Artsy), shares strategies, tools, and resources. (Education Week/Global Learning)

Why Aetna Supports STEAM Education. On May 7, Americans for the Arts attended a STEAM Assembly in New York City hosted by VH1 Save the Music. The panel of speakers included Aetna's Senior Director of Community Relations & Urban Marketing Miguel Centeno who explained why a healthcare company invests time and money to ensure that the arts remain part of the curriculum. (Americans for the Arts)

Arts & Business Council of New York's Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program. The Arts & Business Council of New York announced the commencement—and new name—of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program. The distinguished summer program places 12 students from diverse backgrounds at host arts organizations throughout New York City and matches students with business mentors who guide their personal and professional growth throughout the summer. (Americans for the Arts)

New Creative Industries Report: Putting the Data to Work with Businesses. Americans for the Arts' recently released the latest tool-kit for arts groups on the pARTnership Movement website—Creative Industries Reports: Putting the Data to Work with Businesses—which looks at the best way to disseminate Creative Industries report data to the business community. Our Creative Industries reports provide a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in America. They include data on both non- and for-profit entities. (Americans for the Arts)

Mo. Bonding through art: students pair with professional artists. When she was a high school teacher, Marilyn Callahan began to see the number of students taking art classes dropping. Pulled in other directions to fulfill high school requirements, the young artists were putting their talent aside. Callahan realized the students needed to see others who had turned their passion into a profession. So she started pairing them up with her artist friends. Now in its second year, the Blooming Artists Project matched 11 elementary, middle and high school students from the Lindbergh school district with professional artists. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Iowa. Waterloo Schools' teachers, students urge an end to violence using art. Art teachers in Waterloo Community Schools and their students have a simple message in response to a recent spate of shootings and stabbings: Stop the violence. The after-school art club worked on the projects for Cunningham's campus. One was weaving strips of a plastic material through the fencing on the back of the stands at Hellman Field next to the school. When it's completed, the material will spell out "We Need Leaders." (WCF Courier)

Ga. SCAD Buzz Bus to supply local teachers with art materials. The Savannah College of Art and Design Buzz Bus program will host an art supply give away event beginning at 10 a.m. on June 4 at the Savannah Film Studios, located at 2315 Louisville Road. Art teachers from Chatham County and local nonprofits are invited to stop by to select from a variety of essential art materials donated by SCAD students, faculty and staff. (WJCL)

Va. Ujima Legacy Fund awards two grants of $20K each to support youth programs
. The Ujima Legacy Fund, a giving circle created by and for African-American men, has awarded $20,000 each to Renew Richmond / Kinfolks Community Inc. and the Neighborhood Resource Center. The grant to Renew Richmond will support the Arts Education Lab, a collaboration led by Kinfolks Community to provide art, gardening and education activities for more than 100 low-income children and youth in Richmond’s Mosby neighborhood. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

N.H. Institute of Art Announces New Master of Arts in Art Education Certification Track. In response to increasing demand, the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announces a new Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) certification track for artists who want to teach grades K through 12, according to a press statement. This new, accredited hybrid program that begins in fall 2015, combines online and on campus studies with fieldwork. It can be completed in two years, and prepares candidates for professional licensure as highly skilled visual art educators.

Policy Group to Congress on ESEA: Don't Let the Perfect Be Enemy of the Good. Before members of Congress took off for Memorial Day recess last week, the Washington policy think-tank Third Way blasted out their message to members of Congress about overhauling the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, specifically the bipartisan Senate bill: "The bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act may not be perfect, but it makes notable improvements to the most scorned aspects of No Child Left Behind."
(Education Week/Politics K-12)

Kansas Tried for Local Tests Under NCLB Waiver, But Pulled Plug For Now (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Do You Know An Innovative District Leader? Nominate today! Education Week wants your input for Leaders To Learn From 2016. If you know a district leader whose approaches or innovations would inspire colleagues nationwide, we want to hear from you! Leaders To Learn From spotlights forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Next year's honorees will be selected by the Education Week editors and profiled in the 2016 Leaders To Learn From special report, February 2016. They will also be recognized at Leaders To Learn From 2016 in Washington, DC in spring of 2016. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2015.


Advocating for arts education. It may not be so easy to squash art and music--and story telling.  These are the oldest distinguishing features of human societies, resting upon our relentless desire to make sense of our world and infuse it with our imagination.  We seem to have lost the desire to pass it on to...all...children.  It seems as though in the rush to compete with everyone else to be first in the world we can't afford to waste time honoring these deeply seated capacities for the children being left behind. (Education Week/Bridging Differences)

Course provider giving away 3D printers to schools signing up for Maker class. A provider of STEAM-related courses is offering a 3D printer to schools that sing up for its Global Inventors after-school course, where students in grades K-9 learn about developing prototype inventions. (eSchool News)

Peace Corps Commemorative Design Competition Deadline Approaching. Friday, June 12, 2015 is the deadline for entries to the national design competition for the Peace Corps commemorative work to be located in a prominent location in Washington, D.C.

Terra Foundation for American Art Teacher Fellowship Program. This award-winning professional development program for Chicago Public Schools teachers brings self-taught and outsider art to the classroom. The program is comprised of five Saturday training sessions in the fall, which are designed to inspire ideas for innovative curriculum based on the characteristics of self-taught art. The training sessions include: lectures, artist workshops, tours of outsider art collections, and visits to museums. The teachers in turn create lesson plans that are implemented in the classroom during the spring, with support from Intuit staff members. The program ends with a public exhibition of selected student artwork and an opening event for students' family members and friends. Participating teachers will receive 2 Lane Credits (or 30 CPDUs), a stipend for classroom supplies, and reimbursement for bus transportation to Intuit. Teachers apply in teams of two from the same school. Educators who specialize in subjects other than art are welcome to participate. If you are not an art teacher, Intuit asks that you partner with an art teacher. Applications for the 2015-16 cohort are due by JUNE 29, 2015.

Support arts education through artwork by...Lena Dunham, Will.i.Am. & many others. In a low-key but remarkably unique charity auction, “Color Outside The Lines,” currently online and ongoing until its closing bell this Sunday, May 31, 2015, the public can simultaneously support arts education for children in underfunded public elementary schools whilst also acquiring original art specially created for this cause by a very impressive pool of some very different but all strikingly prominent artistic persons. (

Digging Through the Details: Key Points in Replacing NCLB. Congress continues to inch forward in replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), with each chamber working on its own replacement bill. Both the House bill—the Student Success Act (H.R.5)—and the Senate bill—the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177)—would make long-awaited updates to the nation’s main education law. A new report (PDF) from the Congressional Research Service, Congress’s nonpartisan investigative arm, explores these changes in six areas: accountability for student achievement; distribution of Title I grants; fiscal accountability; educator quality, equity, and effectiveness; grants to support teachers and school leaders; and targeted support versus block grants. Capitol Connection further examines some of these key topics: Accountability for student achievement; Funding; Educator quality, equity, and effectiveness; and Targeted support versus block grants. 

Education Department Grants One-of-a-Kind NCLB Leeway to Tribal School. First it was states. Then it was a collection of districts. Now the U.S. Department of Education is taking the unusual step of giving a single, tribal school flexibility from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

20 Must-See Art Museums in America. There's much more to the world's great art museums than just the Louvre and the Prado. In fact, you can skip the jaunt across the Atlantic altogether and set your sights on some world-class art collections right here in the U.S. Even if you’re not planning a trip entirely around art, chances are that if you’re traveling to a major U.S. city (especially New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.), there’s a museum or two that will demand your attention, filled with masterpieces and captivating temporary exhibits. With their rich histories, monumental architecture, and incredible collections, here are our picks for the 20 must-see American art museums. (Fodor's)


Should universities require arts training for STEM students? As creative director and product designer for Amazon Inc.’s Lab126 in Silicon Valley, Mike Bauerly daily is thankful he got two very different bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa — one in industrial engineering and one in studio art. (eCampus News)

Five Fundamentals to Creating a District Arts Plan. Although each of us can probably recall a time when success could be defined as not losing (too much) ground, we all want to feel like our efforts have been worth the commitment and have made a lasting difference in some way. During my ten years at ArtsEd Washington, we saw these rewards when we worked with school principals implementing the Principals Arts Leadership program to help them be effective instructional leaders for the arts. This program confirmed the importance of the principals’ role in the day-to-day provision of arts learning and also illuminated for us how difficult that role is to sustain without the context of a supportive school district publicly committed to the arts. (ARTSblog)

Physics Website Posts a Pitch for Arts Education. The next big thing in technology probably won't happen without the arts, according to an article published recently on, of all places, a physics website. The site posted the story this week promoting arts education. It referenced a quote by Thomas Friedman, the author of the bestselling book The World is Flat, about the importance of integrating arts with the "hard sciences." "It's not that I don't think math and science are important. They still are," he said. "But more than ever, our secret sauce comes from our ability to integrate art, science, music, and literature with the hard sciences. That's what produces an iPod revolution or a Google." (Education Week/Curroculum Matters)

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