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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Wis. Available scholarships announced; SMSA art students recognized

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

Mich. Crooked Tree presents third annual Arts Scholarship


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Creative Capital accepting applications for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. Deadline to submit inquiries: March 2, 2015. Pioneering artist support organization Creative Capital is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, Creative Capital supports artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft; who are boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; and who create work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. Awardees receive up to 50,000 USD in direct support for their project and advisory services valued at more that 45,000 USD. Emerging Fields may include architecture/design, digital arts, gaming, interdisciplinary, new genres and sound art.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Applications: Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap), Session XI, 2015-2017, Paris and New York
. “Economies – Can artistic practice produce viable economies outside of the art market?” From art market supremacy to economic strategiesdissociated from the art market. The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) is a graduate institute for research and experimentation in art. It is the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris. The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) offers participants a course of study wherein they can free themselves from the inherited art history of the 20th century by investigating crucial issues of art in the 21st century, an ongoing history in which participants will eventually take part. The course of study is completed in two years. The first year is composed of work sessions that mix practice and theory. The second year is dedicated to the creation of an activity report and a project. Its purpose is to demonstrate the development of the participant’s research. Level: Post-Diploma. Iheap delivers a French Post-Diploma, which is research-based and usually given after a Masters or in parallel with a PhD. Complimentary with other degrees, it is possible to be enrolled in another course of study while attending Iheap. Eligible candidates are not, however, required to hold a prior degree. New York: The application fee is 70 Dollars. Tuition is 9000 Dollars for two years studies. Paris: The application fee is 75 Euros. Tuition is 3000 Euros for two years studies. Deadline for online submission of applications: March 1, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Washington, D.C. OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS from the National Gallery of Art
. Summer Teacher Institute: Information for the 2015 Summer Teacher Institute is now available online. The Teacher Institute is a six-day seminar that helps K–12 teachers (of all subjects) strengthen their knowledge of art history and integrate visual art into classroom teaching. School Tours: NGA is currently accepting school tour requests for dates through May 29, 2015. Please note that all school tours will take place in the West Building.Thematic, docent-led tours for students in kindergarten through grade 12 are structured to encourage close observation, foster an open exchange of ideas, and cultivate connections between art and life. Slowing down to look carefully at a few works of art, students have the opportunity to think creatively and critically.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is inviting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2015, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website. Deadline: February, 2, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Applications Open. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply by February 2, 2015.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Lloyd Webber joins House of Lords debate on arts education. Public figures including Andrew Lloyd Webber, the former culture secretary Chris Smith and actor and politician Michael Cashman, have joined the debate on arts education in schools. (The Stage News)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



SAVE THE DATE! NAEA Research Commission Interactive Cafe Chat:
Mapping Demographic Visualizations to Understand/Score Issues of Equity
December 7th through December 14th

Event Hosts: Yichein Cooper and Enid Zimmerman     
Yichien and Enid will share their collaborative work. Enid show how conceptual frameworks can be used in research studies to set forth interconnections among concepts in a body of inquiry. She then will present conceptual frameworks that take form graphically as maps or diagrams focusing on interrelated relationships of concepts. This type of concept mapping is a means of visualizing connections that link theoretical foundations to practical aspects of art teaching and learning. Yichein next will demonstrate how creating conceptual frameworks and using concept mapping can effectively simplify complex ideas in curriculum design through visual graphic representation.
Event Hosts: Amber Ward and Chris Grodoski
Amber and Chris will host a chat event on visualization related to demographic and knowledge mapping. Amber will facilitate explorations related to issues of social justice relative to educators. Her work is about representation of women postsecondary art educators through (a) exploring numbers and positions in the field across the US and (b) encouraging gender equity regarding leadership roles. Chris will share a few forms of demographic mapping and discuss how it can be useful in research and advocacy. He will also share some forms data visualization can take in middle-level classrooms and how this data can be used for assessment purposes.

Apply to Present in the NAEA Curriculum Slam! in New Orleans in PRIME TIME, Friday, March 27, 11:00 am to 12:50 pm. in a Ballroom! Assembling Comprehensive Contemporary Art, Media & Design Curriculum. Bringing together a hip hop-style poetry slam and the old-time curriculum fair, teachers from across the country will share curriculum in fast, fun pecha kucha-style presentations. Share your best curriculum ideas and students’ work with the field.

The Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship for Young Artists Accepting 2015 Applications. The Fellowship is an annual award for young artists to complete independent artistic projects. In 2015, the Fellowship will be awarded to a high school age artist of any background who proposes to complete an independent artistic project during her or his summer break. Preference will be given to projects in the fine arts, although performance and storytelling projects will be considered. The fellowship will support some or all expenses related to the project, including but not limited to cost of materials, relevant museum or gallery admission, and/or tuition for creative instruction. Please complete this  application form and send it, along with the Samples and Proposal Summary requested below, to The application deadline is February 15, 2015.

Calif. Art brings school lessons to life. The materials for the morning’s lesson are all laid out for the students in Jessie Andrade’s classroom to choose from on their own. After picking the pieces that inspire them most, the children settle in at their communal tables and let their creativity flow. With dried beans and peas, bits of tissue paper and felt trimmed just right, or snippets of pipe cleaner carefully glued into place, the life cycle of a plant begins to take shape according to the vision of each young artist. (San Diego union-Tribune)

Estonia. Eksperimenta!: Promoting art in education. Participants in the contemporary art triennial come from all over the world to exhibit their work in Tallin’s oldest church – Saint Catherine’s – and Hopner House, a medieval merchant’s house on the Town Square. ‘Eksperimenta!’ was created in 2011 with the aim of promoting art in education. As a result the artists showing their work are all aged between 14 and 19 years old. ‘Art and Science’ is the theme of the 2014 edition. Its curators have praised the participants for the level of artistry and creativity their work portrays. (euronews)

Art education students give youngsters a showcase for works in 'Saturday School' The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ "Saturday School Exhibition" is on display at the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 22. The exhibition showcases works of art produced by 111 students ages 4 to 18 enrolled in classes taught by advanced art education majors under the direction of faculty and graduate assistants over eight weeks. Free and open to the public, a closing reception at the gallery will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, with light refreshments being served. (Penn State News)

10 best Apple and Android Apps for research. One of the biggest perks to including mobile devices in the classroom is also one of the most basic—conducting research with the touch of a finger. And outside of downloading Google’s search app, many apps cater intuitively to finding articles and annotation sources, which is helpful for any student, educator or librarian. (eCampus News)

U.S. Department of Education Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Request for Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it is reinstating Oklahoma’s authority to implement flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind, through the end of the 2014-15 school year. ( UPDATE

7 states could receive 4-year waivers from NCLB. Seven states could be eligible for four-year No Child Left Behind waivers and receive approval much faster, U.S. Department of Education officials recently announced. States include Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, where new teacher-evaluation systems have consistently met federal requirements. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


After Draconian Cuts to Arts Education, Is a Creativity Renaissance Coming to America’s Classrooms? When George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind act in 2002, he became the target of criticism by educators from all branches of the U.S. educational system. Arts instructors in particular were dismayed by the policies enacted by the legislation. They argued that the initiative placed too much importance on assessment and testing and sidelined arts education. Twelve years later, many arts programs are still reeling from the shift. (TakePart)

Watch Full Episodes from Season 7 of ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Full episodes and individual segments from Season 7 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century are available to watch instantly* on,, and the PBS video streaming apps (iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and XBOX)

Conn. Botstein encourages rethinking arts, humanities education. This afternoon, Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, will deliver the Norma Lytton Lecture at the Yale Center for British Art titled “Beyond Fashion and Fear: The Future of the Humanities and the Arts in the University.” Botstein spoke with the News about points of intersection between humanities and STEM fields as well as common criticisms leveled against the humanities in the American education system. (Yale Daily News)

Texas. Where do arts and humanities students end up? Ask HSPVA grads. U.K. Secretary of Education Nicky Morgan recently went on record claiming that students who focus on arts and humanities were limiting their career paths. Addressing leaders in the business industry about the "Your Life" Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) campaign, Morgan stated that the concept that arts and humanities open opportunities "couldn't be further from the truth." (Houston Chronicle)

Colo. Downtown Aurora Visual Arts program receives White House honors. The White House gave a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) on Monday in a Washington D.C. ceremony. From more than 350 nominated organizations, DAVA was selected to receive the award for its Job Training in the Arts program after earning nods as a finalist in 2010 and 2008. (Colorado Public Radio)

Wash. Cornish celebrates 100 years of arts education on — and beyond — Capitol Hill. On November 14th, 1914, so the story goes, Nellie Cornish stepped off a boat in Elliott Bay, walked up Capitol Hill, and opened a small music school in an office building at Broadway and Pine. One hundred years later, Cornish’s school maintains its Capitol Hill presence, although significantly expanded and re-centered off the Hill across I-5. This week, Cornish College of the Arts will celebrate 100 years of providing arts education in Seattle. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

North Carolina Art Education Association Unified with NAEA: $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Artists 16-22 years old. Established by the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Naomi Winston Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for young artists 16-22 years of age to pursue advanced training in art. Applicants from NC and VA (south of Fredericksburg) need to submit a CD and printout of their works to the Chapter address below by February 1, 2015.


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)

'The Smartest Kids in the World' Yes, we know about Finland and The Program for International Student Assessment or PISA tests (Finland scores in reading, math and science at the top of all countries participating), and as Ripley writes, it's "a place where all the teachers (are) admired and all the children beloved." Only the top 10% get to teach, and the kids know that if you want a decent paying job education is a must. Oh, and standard testing, like "No Child Left Behind" requires, isn't something the Finns consider important. But you seldom hear about the role of the arts in education. This is curious in many ways as art education is taken very seriously in Finland's schools, and in every grade there are provisions to teach music, art, dance, visual arts and crafts as part of the basic education in all the schools. (The Huffington Post)

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application Now Open. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Please click here to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. Monday, February 2, 2015, 5:00 PM PST is the application deadline.

The 2015 Ocean Awareness Student Contests are LIVE and accepting entries until June 15, 2015.
The Ocean Awareness Student Contest an annual opportunity for middle and high school students submit their creative works about the ocean. The 2015, Our Oceans, Our Plastic, asks students to create art, poetry, prose, or films that address plastic pollution in our oceans.

Department to Open Exhibit of VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education is hosting an opening for an art exhibit on Tuesday Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. ET from the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities, featuring some 40 works by students from across the globe. The featured artists are from the United States, St. (

Arts Education Helps Bilingual Students Thrive. America’s public schools instruct more than four million students who are English language learners. The NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development will host a webinar to share how one innovative program is using dance and theater arts education to help ‘emerging bilinguals’ learn English and flourish in school. Click here for details and links to the webinar registration and archive. (

SAVE THE DATE: The Lab School of Washington in Partnership with The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation presents: The Power of Art Conference, April 16-18, 2015: This is Your Brain on Arts. In its 21st year, the conference includes a town hall with national voices in the arts, a day of workshops led by teaching artists at The Lab School, a fully arts-based school for students with learning differences, and workshops at the National Gallery of Art. Learn how to advocate for the arts, integrate the arts into core courses, and incorporate new practices into your teaching. In honor of the work that you do every day, the Rauschenberg Foundation underwrites hotel accommodations, meals, and programming for the three days. Admissions to the conference is competitive and limited to 40 visual and performing art educators across the United States. Applications available Monday, November 24, 2014.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Calling All Artists & Writers! The Alliance's dedicated sponsors have helped provide additional opportunities for Scholastic Awards participants to be recognized for their creative talents. Deadlines are approaching, so check your local deadlines here.
Gedenk Award for Tolerance sponsored by the Gedenk Movement. Five awards of $1,000 each will be presented to students whose art or writing reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, and promotes the importance of increasing tolerance. Get inspired here!
Duck Tape® Brand Award sponsored by Duck Tape® One student will earn $500 for a work made specifically with Duck Tape®. Check out the 2014 winning work, Ford Town, USA 1960 and get creative with this diverse tool. We can't wait to see this year's creations!
Creativity & Citizenship Award in partnership with the National Constitution Center. Each year, we ask young artists and writers to take on a specific theme that is both topical and important, which we select together with the National Constitution Center. This year, three prizes of $1,000 each will be given to students who create work that expresses their views, opinions, and feelings on the topic of Technology and Privacy.

View the AEP ArtsEd Digest - November 19, 2014

VANS Custom Culture Grant Program: $2,000 Grants for High School Visual Arts & Music. Vans and Americans for the Arts partnered up to create the Custom Culture Grant Program to support arts education in high schools around the country. These grants are intended to both encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education and to support school activities that strive to meet local and national learning standards for arts education.

Request for Proposals: The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and Middle Years Programs is requesting proposals for research to investigate factors related to the uptake of Arts education within IB Middle Years and Diploma schools globally. For more information, contact Sarah Manlove.  

Freestyle Love Supreme. Pivot TV's new series, Freestyle Love Supreme, has launched a social action campaign to raise awareness about the importance of arts education. Watch the Freestyle Love Supreme cast talk about Teachers that Inspire and Keeping the Arts Relevant to Kids.

WOMEN DO IT! CALL FOR POSTCARDS. WCA's International Caucus and its UN Program invite individual ARTISTS, MAIL ARTISTS, STUDENTS, CHILDREN, ACTIVISTS, CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS of all genders and ages as well as classrooms and organizations to create altered or handmade postcards on the theme of 'Women Do It!'. PROMPT: What are noteworthy achievements by women? What impacts have women had on the economy, human rights, education, environment, world health, religion, politics and peace? Who are our women and girl heroes in our family and in our community? Which women do you admire in leadership, public service, sports and in the arts? CATEGORIES  ACCEPTED: Altered postcards and handmade postcards 4 x 6 inches in size. Any material that can travel through the mail may be used to construct the postcards. Postcards must be stamped and mailed, preferably without an envelope, through the postal system. DEADLINE: February 10, 2015.


Are State Arts Education Policies Working? Just because a state has a law requiring arts instruction doesn't mean students are actually getting it, according to education experts at an Education Writers Association webinar today. Mary Plummer, an arts education reporter for Southern California Public Radio, who moderated the event, pointed to an analysis she'd done of the types of arts instruction offered at elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. California has a law mandating that schools teach dance, visual arts, music, and theater to all 1st through 6th grade students. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Fact Sheet: Elementary And Secondary Education Act Flexibility. The last three years have seen a historic shift in the relationship between the federal government and states, with more than 40 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico receiving flexibility from the prescriptive, top-down requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). (

Education Department releases NCLB waiver renewal guidelines. School districts can renew their No Child Left Behind waivers through the 2017-18 school year if they meet certain requirements, according to new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education. Forty-three states and Washington, D.C., have waivers, many of which expire at the end of the year. (U.S. News & World Report)

Ed. Dept. to Give Some Waiver States Fast Track to Longer Renewal. States seeking to keep their NCLB law waivers will have to do more to show how they plan to identify and intervene in low-performing schools, but won't have to give data showing their new systems are improving student achievement, new U.S. Department of Education guidance says. (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)

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

In New NCLB Waiver Guidance, Feds Renege on Student Achievement Pledge. States seeking to keep their waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act will have to do more to show how they plan to identify and intervene in low-performing schools, including those that are missing achievement targets for subgroup students, according to guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education Thursday. But they won't have to provide any data to show their new systems are actually improving student achievement. (Education Week/State EdWatch)

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race. Harvard and other top private universities are spending heavily to upgrade museums and build more artistic centers. Closed for six years, the Harvard Art Museums reopen here Sunday after a radical overhaul by the architect Renzo Piano. He saved only the shell of the chaste, red-brick Fogg Museum and its interior courtyard, extending it upward in sheets of glass and elegant trusswork. Galleries wrap the new public space, but so do a materials lab, an art-conservation suite and a study center, where students, faculty and visitors can learn from the collection of 250,000 objects. (The New York Times)

ART21 Education News - November 2014. In this issue of ART21 Education News: Save the Date: ART21's First Education Forum; On Publics: New Resources for Educators; and Get Involved in ART21 Education Programs

Vermont College of Fine Arts Adds First of Its Kind Program, Two New Degrees - Montpelier college continues educational innovation, offers nation’s first low-residency MA in Teaching in Art and Design Education. Academic Dean Mathew Monk announced today the launch of the department of Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). The department houses the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Arts in Art & Design Education (MAADE) degrees, as well as Professional Development programs for practicing educators and administrators. The MAT program is the first of its kind in the nation, affording the convenience of low residency with a degree specific to art and design education. It offers its students a path to teaching licensure. The MAADE program, for licensed teachers seeking a Master’s degree, is one of only a handful of programs in the country with a commitment to design education.

Ky. State seeking feedback on proposed social studies, arts and humanities standards. The Kentucky Department of Education is asking for feedback on the state's proposed social studies and arts and humanities standards. Through Dec. 5, people can review the proposed standards in social studies and the arts, and can offer feedback that will be used to revise and refine them before the Kentucky Board of Education gives them final consideration. (

N.C. Raleigh County educators tout arts-based learning district. Art teaches children how to problem solve, how to think abstractly. You have to take comprehension to a different level. We strive to offer our students a well-rounded education. Part of that plan involves developing an appreciation and understanding of the arts. Each year, we have a variety of different arts-based learning activities that our entire county can take advantage of. Igniting a passion for the arts but also, on a larger scale, for creativity in general is an important goal of the Raleigh County school system. (The Register-Herald)

Call for Chapters: Funding Challenges and Successes in Arts Education. Proposals Submission. Deadline: November 30, 2014. Under current federal law, the arts are designated as a core academic subject, equal to reading, math and science. This designation acknowledges the importance of the arts in education and implies that the arts are eligible for federal education program funds (such as Title I, teacher training, school reform, and technology programs). The Arts in Education (AIE) program at the U.S. Department of Education has weathered great funding challenges, though winning congressional support yearly. In 2014 the program was awarded $25 million and restored to pre-sequester levels. For the sixth consecutive year, the 2015 Obama budget proposes the merging of the AIE program into a larger funding pool with other programs in the Department of Education such that the aforementioned funds would be shared and thus, diminished. The arts community is strongly opposed to the proposal as it would dilute governmental financial responsibility for arts education and ultimately support for the arts.

Public Call Deadline for Outdoor Sculpture Call. Deadline Dec. 1. The deadline is fast approaching and Bastrop Art in Public Places hopes to see your submission. This is the first call for outdoor sculpture for BAIPP and the city is looking forward to seeing up to 12 sculptures in spaces around City Hall, the Public Library and at each end of the historic iron bridge over the Colorado River. A stipend will be given to each artist accepted as well as a chance to win the Gold, Silver or Bronze prizes. With a over a dozen galleries and arts related businesses in its small downtown corrider, Bastrop is fast becoming an arts destination in Central Texas. Questions? Contact Deborah Johnson at 512-657-4275.


Becoming an Art Teacher - The steps to become an art teacher in any state are relatively similar. Usually the first step requires an approved education with a teacher preparation program, after which you must take state exams and apply for your license. Art teachers typically work on earning their teaching certification while they are in the latter stages of their teacher prep program. The state will issue the actual license once all the necessary requirements have been met. Although each state’s process will vary, the educational requisites for every state is a minimum of a bachelor’s degree — either in an art related degree program, or in education (depending on the level of school you teach).

Video Games: New Art and Education for the 21st Century. This week airing on most of our PBS stations is an episode featuring Pete Parsons, the Chief Operating Officer for the video game maker Bungie. Our conversation is about their latest game, Destiny, published by Activision, which already has 9.5 million unique online players daily.  Our discussion focuses on the philosophical and sociological under-pinnings of the game and how it resembles many of the same issues we face in life. Plus, if we peer deeper into the world of video games we see how this field is becoming the newest art form of our time. Moreover, if we dial the microscope up a notch we can also see how it can aid in one of the most important issues our society faces - the improvement of our educational system.  (The Huffington Post)

Venice Arts receives California Arts Council ”Artists in Schools” grant. The California Arts Council recently announced it plans to award $5,670 to Venice Arts as part of its Artists in Schools program. This award will support media arts education programs at Olympic Continuation High School. Artists in Schools is the California Arts Council’s largest core grant program, supporting professional teaching artists in classroom and after-school settings. (

Educators add Ag, Art to STEM curriculum. In addition to agriculture, there is a movement to add arts to STEM curriculum. Proponents state art is also vital to economic success. John Maeda of the Rhode Island School of Design said artists and designers bring STEM to life. “As we all know, STEM is so important - but on its own, it’s not working. It doesn’t inspire, energize or engage the youth whom it is ultimately intended to benefit,” said Maeda. “It’s artists and designers who tell stories to move, to inspire, to entertain, to persuade.” (Indianapolis Recorder)

Michelle Obama says art educators inspire big dreams. Michelle Obama on Monday thanked art educators for not only teaching children skills in arts and humanities, but for inspiring them to dream big. “You light a fire in them,” she said. “You help them grow emotionally and socially. You give kids a spring in their step when they get out of bed each morning. You give them something to look forward to after school each day.” The first lady presented national arts and humanities awards to 12 after-school programs from across the country and one international program in India. Some of the programs teach dance, music and graphic design. (Portland Press Herald)  [WP, LAT]

Ohio. Will state school board eliminate requirement for art, music and gym teachers? A divided committee of the Ohio Board of Education recommended yesterday doing away with staffing requirements for elementary schools that critics argue could lead to the elimination of art, music and physical education classes, along with school nurses, librarians and counselors. (The Columbus Dispatch)

ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. ArtPride New Jersey, Inc. provides leadership to teams of citizen activists visiting US Congress and NJ District Legislators. Each spring a group of arts advocates gathers in Washington, DC with ArtPride New Jersey, Inc. acting as State Captain to coordinate visits to all NJ congressional offices. State district visits occur year long to familiarize elected officials with arts related issues and the positive impact that the nonprofit arts industry has on communities throughout the state. ArtPride New Jersey, Inc. also hosts an annual Arts Day that brings New Jersey’s nonprofit arts community together with educators, business and government leaders.

Artists laud virtues of childhood art education. The 2014 Seoul International Symposium for Arts and Creativity was held last Monday at the Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry, drawing on the expertise of international experts on public art education for children. Organized by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture and the Finnish Embassy, the symposium, titled “Artists, Teachers, Teaching Artists: Reflections on Identity and Expansions of Practice,” shared know-how in the art of teaching community-based programs and explored the changing identities of educators. (The Korea Herald)

Botstein encourages rethinking arts, humanities education. This afternoon, Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, will deliver the Norma Lytton Lecture at the Yale Center for British Art titled “Beyond Fashion and Fear: The Future of the Humanities and the Arts in the University.” Botstein spoke with the News about points of intersection between humanities and STEM fields as well as common criticisms leveled against the humanities in the American education system. (Yale Daily News)

SCAD’s Buzz Bus fuels art education for local school. Brittany Nearhoof, a teacher at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School is certain art can have an impact on education. “The mother of the student told me I wouldn’t get anything from her son,” she recalled. “A few months later, she told me her son had fallen in love with all kinds of art. He was making pictures for her all the time. He would draw comic books, pictures of his classmates. It became a mode of communication for him. His outlet.” The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) honored Nearhoof during the Buzz Bus event on Oct. 24. SCAD brought a truckload of donations to the school, including free new and gently used arts supplies. (

Democrats Call on Ed. Dept. to Ensure Equity in NCLB Waiver Guidance. Ahead of the U.S. Department of Education's No Child Left Behind waiver guidance, expected this week, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Democrats who represent majority-minority districts are urging Education Secretary Arne Duncan to ensure the academic achievement of all students. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


December Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! In this issue: Creating cut-paper symmetry
collages in “Squaring the Circle” (page 36); Students explore the potential of color and posterization in “The Expressive Power of Color” (page 27); Taking art from the streets to the artroom in “Graffiti Echoes” (page 32); Expressing environmental concerns about animals in “Art to Save Animals” (page 17); Explore the work of Honoré Daumier and Joshua Allen Harris in Looking and Learning (page 23); and Find some of the best classroom products, websites, workshops, and more in The Shop (page 43).

Fla. Art students attend workshop at SCAD. According to Julie Hodges, art teacher at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, the purpose establishing a branch of the National Art Honor Society was to provide more opportunities and exposure for those students who are passionate about art. (The Star)


Get Ready to VOTE in the 2015 NAEA Election! The NAEA Board of Directors is selected by its members. The election of Division Directors takes place every other year. Division Directors serve a total of 4 years—2 years as Director-Elect, and 2 years on the Board as Division Director. Presidents serve a total of 6 years on the Board—2 years as Elect, 2 years as President, 2 years as Past President. The e-ballot will be emailed to members mid-November, but you can meet the candidates now!

Musician and Arts Advocate Ben Folds Helps Celebrate the Launch of the National Core Arts Standards. The new National Core Arts Standards website has been officially launched! The launch event began at 9am on Monday, October 20th at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square with an introduction from Antuan Santana, the Business Operations and Citizenship Manager at Microsoft.

The Shared Endeavor – Bringing America’s Students the Best Arts Education Possible. The Shared Endeavor statement is the outcome of discussions among some of the nation’s largest arts education organizations, including Young Audiences Arts for Learning, attempting to define what quality arts education should be for our nation’s students. Announced in January 2014, the Shared Endeavor is a student centric statement that describes the support students need to expand their learning through the arts. It fosters proactive, long?term collaborations among certified arts educators, community arts providers, and certified non?arts educators that engage parents and school leaders to support student access to high quality arts education throughout the school and community.

P2P Hangout: Embracing a Digital Mindset in Museums, Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST / 12 PM CST. What does it mean for a museum to have a "digital mindset"? Join us for a conversation with Mike Murawski, Director of Education & Public Programs, Portland Art Museum, unpacking his recent Medium article, "The Moon Belongs to Everyone: Embracing a Digital Mindset in Museums." Mike will briefly discuss the major ideas of openness, participation, and connectivity that underpin his article, then we’ll dive into conversation about the role of technology in museums today. Before you join us, we recommend you read Mike’s article.

Va. Watch AAC Students Define Art. More than 800 students of all ages come to AAC each year to learn about the visual arts. This year, with the help of Signature Theater. they asked kids in their summer camps to define art.

AEP ArtsEd Digest - November 6, 2014
Save the Date! AEP 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium, Saturday, March 21, 2015, NPR headquarters, Washington, DC. The mid-term election results are in and hold major implications for state level education policy. With 36 governorships in play, how might the tide change for arts in education? What new players, issues, and actions will drive decision making in advancing the arts as essential to college and career readiness? Are you ready to spring into action to ensure the arts are ready to respond and inform state and local priorities within this changing political landscape?

FREE WEBINAR: 2014 Post-Election Analysis on the Arts. Americans for the Arts is presenting a webinar providing a comprehensive analysis of federal, state and local election results and ballot initiatives, and what impact those results will have on the future of the arts and arts education.

National Museum and Library Services Board Meeting. The public is invited to attend the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) biannual meeting on Thursday, November 13 at the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, DC.

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. The Kennedy Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. With over $500,000 in awards available, this series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers, kindergarten through college, across the United States.

What Now for the Common Core? American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel discussion on October 22 about where things stand with the Common Core State Standards and what the future holds. The archive is available here.

Blueprint for College and Career Readiness Report. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has launched a new report and online database. According to their press release, this is a first of its kind analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success. View searchable database with its findings.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces Highest-Rated Applications for Investing in Innovation (i3) 2014 Competition During Visit with High School Students in North Carolina. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today the 26 highest-rated applications for the U.S. Department of Education's $129 million Investing in Innovation (i3) 2014 competition aimed at developing innovative approaches to improving student achievement and replicating effective strategies across the country. (

Twenty-Six Applicants Poised to Win Investing in Innovation Grants. Twenty-six nonprofit organizations, school districts, and/or universities are on track to win a slice of the nearly $130 million Investing in Innovation grant fund, which helps scale up promising ideas with a strong research base. The high-rated applicants will have to secure private matching funds by December 10 in order to claim their grants—something all previous i3 winners have been able to do, although it hasn't always been easy. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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


Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards: How Teachers are Using the Unit Design Template to Support a Comprehensive Art Experience
November 17, 2014 | 7pm ET | FREE for NAEA members; $49/non-members
Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team; Elementary Art Teachers Alison Marchbanks and Bob Reeker
The new standards provide opportunities to plan units of study that fully integrate the four artistic processes of creating, presenting, responding and connecting. See how the unit design template is both flexible and adaptable to your teaching situation. Learn from an early career art teacher how she is using the template to integrate the standards into a thematic unit for fifth graders; and from a veteran art teacher how he is using the template to tailor instruction. Find out more about sharing your lesson designs with art educators through the Lesson Design Challenge Pinterest Board!

Texas. UNT renames visual arts education institute to honor sustaining donors. The University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design announced today it will honor longtime supporters Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead by renaming the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA). The Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design, made possible through a $2.5 million gift from the Dr. Charles & Jo Ann Onstead Foundation, will foster research, support talented arts and design educators, and collaborate with local, state, national and international arts and cultural agencies in unique ways to advance arts awareness for future generations.

Art Portfolio as A.P. Test. Advanced Placement, run by the College Board, offers high school students college-level work, and the possibility of college credit for those who pass the exam in May. Studio art is one of the fastest growing of the A.P. disciplines, and has become a transcript staple in the applicant pool for Bachelor of Fine Arts programs at independent art colleges. “Maybe 25 to 30 percent of our applicants have done A.P. in high school,” said Linda Schwab, director of admissions at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville. (The New York Times)

Mass. Creating an arts education hub in the Berkshires. 80 teachers attend professional development workshop at Mass MoCA. Arts educators and cultural leaders in the Berkshires are collaborating to ensure that local students will have plentiful opportunities to engage with such art, and experience innovation and creativity firsthand through their own work. During Tuesday's workshop, educators exchanged ideas, reviewed museum and field trip rubrics for evaluation, and explored the connections between art and the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Bershire Eagle)

Pa. Judy Chicago Art Education Award invites applicants. In honor of Judy Chicago and "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 aspects of 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.

Meet Ned the NAHStronaut! Submitted by Marion Mason, Visual Arts Teacher and Fine Arts Department Head, White Knoll High School, Lexington, SC

These Studies Found Exposure to the Arts Boosted Educational Success. In “The Educational Value of Field Trips,” Greene and his team applied “gold standard” methodology to measure the educational value associated with students who toured an art museum during a field trip. They found that students who attended the tour could recall historical and sociological information about particular works of art at higher rates than students who did not visit the museum. (The Daily Signal)

N.C. Raleigh County educators tout arts-based learning. The concept of “arts integration,” also called “arts-based learning” and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics), is becoming an integral part of the curricula throughout the Raleigh school district. We strive to offer our students a well-rounded education. Part of that plan involves developing an appreciation and understanding of the arts. (The Register-Herald)

Texas. Editorial: Arts education. Think funding for the arts in public schools isn't money well-spent? Think again. Students involved in the arts are less likely to be truant or get in trouble, and they do better in standardized tests, as a recent report notes. The Community Arts Team, established by Young Audiences Inc. of Houston, surveyed 209 HISD K-8 grade schools. Roughly one-third of these schools had no after-school arts activities and reported having no full-time fine arts teachers. Most teachers and principals agreed that arts are good for kids, and more than half of the principals thought that somehow in the hectic day there ought to be time to incorporate arts education. One barrier to arts access as reported by the principals is funding. Arts education is neglected in favor of more "practical" subjects, such as math and science. Arts courses are often the first to go when budgets get tight. (Chron)

GOP Control of the Senate: What it Means for Ed. Policy. The new political calculation in Congress will likely spur movement on education bills, including an overhaul of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act that lessens the role of the federal government. (Education Week)


Inclusion strategies for using the National Arts Standards and the Model Cornerstone Assessments with students with special needs

Arts Education Transforms Societies. Although many people may agree that arts (music, theatre, dance, visual, media, literary and more) are an important part of education, they may not realize the powerful trickle-up effect of arts education on a modern, innovative workforce. Indeed, arts education has the power to transform societies for the better. (The Huffington Post)

A Global Artology Program. The project was based on Artology, a five to seven week dynamic interdisciplinary summer learning program that utilizes Philadelphia's neighborhoods, parks, and museums as interactive classrooms to provide experiential learning through a challenging and comprehensive curriculum designed by professional artists, science teachers, and medical students. (Education Week blogs)

ART21 News: Season 7 Broadcast, New Videos Featuring Mariah Robertson and Oliver Herring, and More. In this issue of ART21 News: In Memoriam: Susan Sollins, ART21 Founder & Executive Director; Watch ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century on PBS; New ART21 Exclusive and New York Close Up Videos; Access '14 Screenings Happening Now; and Highlights from the ART21 Magazine.

Now Online: 2015-2018 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship Application. The National Gallery of Art is pleased to announce a postdoctoral curatorial fellowship for 2015-2018, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is a two-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The fellowship provides curatorial training and supports scholarly research related to the collections of the National Gallery of Art. The fellow is fully integrated into a specific curatorial department with duties, privileges, and status equivalent to those of an assistant curator. Time is divided between specific projects and general curatorial work within the department, which includes research on the collection and new acquisitions, work on the presentation of the collection, participation in aspects of special exhibition projects, and opportunities to give public lectures. The fellow will plan and complete a project in consultation with his/her supervising curator.

Chinese educators visit TUSD for fine arts lesson. While many in the United States often look to China as a leader in education, it seems the tables have turned as a group of Chinese educators make their way to Tucson for a lesson in the arts. The group of 20 delegates from Guangzho, China, will visit Kellond Elementary School and Dietz K-8 school Monday and Tuesday to observe how fine arts are integrated into curriculum as part of the Tucson Unified School District’s Opening Minds through the Arts program. (Arizona Daily Star)

Educators say Apple’s $100M grants can transform schools. As part of its $100 million commitment to President Obama's ConnectED initiative, Apple will provide devices, software, and support to 114 schools across the nation. The grants will go to schools with at least 96 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Ninety-two percent of students from the 114 recipient schools are minorities. (eSchoolNews)

The Baltimore Museum of Art partners to develop crowdsourcing feature on immersive museum app. The Baltimore Museum of Art is the first museum to partner with Seattle-based technology leaders STQRY (pronounced story) to develop crowdsourcing capabilities for the free STQRY app. Available on iOS and android devices, the app allows users to find museums and other cultural attractions near their current location and delve deep into the organizations’ collections, histories, programs, and events through audio, video, and images. With a presence on STQRY, the BMA joins renowned institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum, The Walt Disney Family Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian. (

The power of dizziness: A resource for art and thought. The subject of the research is the experience of states of dizziness and disorientation and a reflection on the phenomenon and its perception in various scientific disciplines and contemporary art production. The collection, generation and analysis of a wide range of text and film material is to demonstrate how dizziness is portrayed in contemporary moving image art production. The aim of the project is to illustrate the potential that dizziness has in transformation and innovation processes and to stimulate a scientific and artistic debate on the extent to which traces of dizziness can be determined in all transformation processes. (

The Paradox of Active Surrender: Jeanette Winterson on How Learning to Understand Art Transforms Us (BrainPickings)

The Hand Through the Fence: Pablo Neruda on What a Childhood Encounter Taught Him About Writing and Why We Make Art (BrainPickings)



Arts Education: The Need for More Arts Teachers in School. Arts in Education Week took place last month, and since then arts education has been on my mind and in the air. A recent blog post by Alan Yaffe - here -- that contended arts education advocacy should be focused more on art-making than art-viewing got me thinking. It is true, much energy goes into trying to get K-12 students to attend arts events, and that's wonderful and much-needed. We try to organize class trips, and bemoan the increasing challenges of getting access to buses, to getting the OK to leave school for an arts experience when the pressures of sticking to curriculum and "teaching to the test" are ever-present. And arts groups do all they can to provide "enrichment", to facilitate those out-of-school experiences and to also bring teaching artists or arts education programs into schools. (The Huffington Post)

Are the benefits of art education being overlooked? Young students are encouraged to be creative, but then straight academic success is stressed more during high school and college despite many jobs these days requiring creativity. As more American cities make efforts to increase and strengthen their creative class, more young people who have spent time being artistic and innovative will be needed. (DEducationDIVE)

Monster Match: Using Art to Improve Writing. Angela Montgomery, a language arts teacher in Covington, La., has her students use art to improve their descriptive writing. In "Monster Match," students draw monsters and write a description of it to share. (Education Week Teacher)

The  LearnXDesign conference at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago on June 28-30, 2015 will have presenters of papers, workshops and symposium. Today is the deadline for the abstracts for papers, midnight EST. Nov 22 is the deadline for workshops/symposium. This should be a very promising conference to attend.  There will be numerous sessions on strategies for teaching design, an evening reception in the Art Institute, architectural boat tours, a lab where community students will work with conference attendees on challenges of the city, and a culminating tour of the city ending in a reception designed by some of the leading interior designers of Chicago.

Tenn. Education foundation forms to help Ooltewah-area campuses hire teachers, fill gaps in services. The $21-million Ooltewah Elementary School, which opened last year, has an empty art classroom and an unused science lab because the Hamilton County Department of Education hasn't employed elementary school art teachers for years. The Ooltewah Harrison Education Foundation (D9) raises about $200,000 annually to hire art and science teachers at Ooltewah Elementary and fill other needs at four additional elementary schools. The group's first big fundraiser, a 5K race and run, is scheduled for Nov. 15. D9 joins the ranks of a growing number of education foundations in Tennessee and hundreds more nationwide that are raising money so that public schools can have more resources. Nationwide, such foundations gave nearly $200 million to public schools last year. The foundations hold fundraisers and seek donations and grants to hire teachers and fill other "gaps" in the dwindling list of programs offered by cash-strapped school districts. (

CRAFT IN AMERICA: SERVICE Premieres on PBS Sunday, November 2, 2014. SERVICE - exploring creativity, healing and our nation's soldiers and veterans. CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning series, continues to explore America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode is part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military from the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans.

P.S. ARTS to be Honored at Americans for the Arts “National Arts Awards” for its Contributions to the Advancement of Arts Education. P.S. ARTS, a nonprofit arts education organization serving more than 20,000 children in Southern and Central California, was chosen to receive the award for its exemplar program model and its contributions to the public education reform movement. Along with its school-improvement programs that include classroom studios, extended learning, and community engagement, P.S. ARTS takes an active role in state and national public educational policy conversation and serves as a model of how arts teaching and learning can improve school performance. P.S. ARTS was also honored earlier this year by the First Lady at the White House STEAM Fair for its demonstration of integrating the arts into core curriculum. (PRWeb)

Ore. Portland schools receive major arts education grant. Side x Side, a grassroots, arts education initiative, was awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Education to expand its programming. "Side x Side believes that the best education has creativity at its heart," stated Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo, Side x Side's executive director. The program has worked with elementary students at the Reiche School for the past two years, engaging them in arts projects designed to teach them about math, science and more. The grant money will allow Side x Side to eventually expand to four schools and reach more than 1700 students. The University of Southern Maine will be a partner in the project, providing college students exposure to this teaching approach. (WCSH)

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Art Education - WI. Location: Platteville, WI | Faculty - Education - Teacher Education | Faculty - Fine and Applied Arts - Art | Posted: 10/23/2014 | Type: Full Time. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor of Art Education. This tenure track position is a nine month (academic year) appointment beginning August, 2015.

VA. Arts Council of Fairfax County - Opportunities for Artists: Public Art Projects for the Future Maryland Purple Line. Entry Deadline:  November 14, 2014. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is seeking artwork for projects integrated into the design and infrastructure of the future Purple Line transit corridor in suburban Washington, D.C. This is a call to artists who wish to be considered for this work.  This call is open to artists from a broad range of media, and will be used to generate pools of artists who could be selected to compete for specific projects in the future. Jobs in the Arts: Visual Storyteller, Employer: Ecosystems, Application Deadline: October 31, 2014. Early Childhood/Arts Specialist, Employer: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Application Deadline: November 28, 2014

VSA Missouri CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Art - Poetry - Short Fiction and Short Non-Fiction. VSA Missouri wants to showcase some of the best contemporary work of artists and writers in Missouri who have disabilities. Scheduled for publication in the spring of 2015, this third VSA Missouri anthology will be widely distributed throughout the state of Missouri and beyond. Eligibility: Any adult (18 +) Missouri artist or writer who has a disability. Professional and emerging artists and writers are encouraged to submit.

Californians have a new, easy, and tax-deductible way to support the arts this holiday season. The California Arts Council announced the new Arts Plate voucher program, which allows the iconic Arts Plate to be given as a gift. The Arts Plate is the first specialty license plate in California to offer this feature. Proceeds from sales and renewals of California’s Arts Plate provide millions of dollars in support for local arts and arts education programs across California.

Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Deadline for submission is November 14, 2014. 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, "The View From My Spaceship..," challenges students to design their own concept of a view looking into space from a spaceship - and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art (drawing, painting, mixed media or digital). The Space Foundation will give a total of 25 awards to 24 winners: 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd- Place for each of age categories. In addition, the Space Foundation will confer a Space Foundation Achievement Award, which will be selected by the Space Foundation graphic arts team from among all the winners.

After School Matters - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: 2015-2016 Program Year. After School Matters is seeking new independent instructors and community organizations interested in providing after-school and summer programs during the 2015-2016 program year (Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and/or Spring 2016). These paid 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. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to become an After School Matters program provider, please visit website<>, scroll down to 'New Providers,' complete and submit your proposal. The due date for all proposals is NEXT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 5:00pm.

Advocacy group shares suggestions for NCLB waiver-renewal guidelines (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog)


The Impact of Museum Field Trips on Students. A randomized-control study from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art suggests field trips to an art museum can boost observation skills and appetite for art, especially for underserved kids. (Createquity)

Colour Wheel Game App Kickstarter: Colour Wheel is a simple to learn, easy to play card game that teaches ROYGBIV color theory. The object is to be the first with no cards left. Players lay down cards to make an expanding wheel, creating a work of art every time. The game helps reinforce what was taught about color theory in school; children as young as 10 can play it, enjoy it, AND learn about color for art and design! The game will be made into an app available November 5. Visit website to download a print-and-play version to try before pledging! For more information, please contact Steve Robbins at

Two States Revisit NCLB Tangles After Losing Waivers. For now, Oklahoma and Washington are navigating a bumpy transition back to life under the outdated No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week)


Indicting Higher Education in the Arts and Beyond. There’s one very clear take-away from the latest report released by the collective BFAMFAPhD: people who graduate with arts degrees regularly end up with a lot of debt and incredibly low prospects for earning a living as artists. Or, as they put it in the report, titled Artists Report Back: A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists, “the fantasy of future earnings in the arts cannot justify the high cost of degrees.” (Hyperallergic)

Support high school arts programs and students! The VANS Custom Culture Grant Program 2014 is now officially open to all submissions! Help your local public high school apply to win a $2,000 grant: PLEDGE to refer a school and then SHARE the grant application with your high school's art teachers.

Video: 2014 Anthony Quinn Scholars. This year’s scholarship recipients were selected from among a record pool of applicants to receive funding for a wide variety of arts education experiences. Funded entirely by generous donors since 2007, these scholarships have helped to shape the lives of 44 young artists to date across the U.S.
2015 Applications Open. Anthony Quinn Foundation is excited to announce the opening of its 2015 scholarship application process honoring Anthony Quinn's 100th birthday. The Foundation’s panel of judges will review applications on a rolling basis through January 5, 2015

WVa. Spots still open for Visual Arts Center art education program. Marshall University's Visual Arts Center will open its doors to middle school students for four Saturdays beginning Oct. 18 during The Collaborative, a hands-on, student-centered workshop that allows youth to explore a range of art materials within the dynamic artistic space. (The Herald-Dispatch)


NAEA is pleased to join with national leaders to launch The Innovation Collaborative, a new, national organization which networks the arts, sciences and humanities in education to promote innovation thinking for students of all ages. As an outcome from the work of the National Science Foundation-funded Science, Engineering, Arts, Design (SEAD) network, the Collaborative plans to focus on the dissemination of research and effective practices at the intersections of art and design, science, humanities, and engineering, use of technology, and creativity, cognition, and learning in both Pre-K-12 and informal settings. Sign up here or visit website for more information. Press ReleaseMission and Goals | Collaborative Council
Position Statement on STEAM Education

Visit AEP's ArtScan to compare your state's current standards with the new national standards and to review other current policies supporting arts education in your state! (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Save the Date! AEP 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium, Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more details. Visit AEP for resources from the 2014 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium held last March. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Magazine. The October/November issue of NCSL's State Legislatures Magazine includes an article on arts education. The article "Art Smart" features data from AEP’s ArtScan and highlights ways state legislatures can support a high quality arts education. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

America After 3pm: Afterschool Programs in Demand. A new report from the Afterschool Alliance spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3-6 pm — the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. It highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, showing an increase over the last decade. The report also documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences. The Wallace Foundation released a guide describing nine evidence-based practices to help arts organizations become more effective in audience building. The study draws on the work of ten arts organizations that successfully expanded their audiences. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards.The Kennedy Center is accepting nominations for the 2015 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. With over $500,000 in awards available, this series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers, kindergarten through college, across the United States. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Young Audiences of Houston Release Report on Arts Education. Young Audiences of Houston released a report that shows Houston Independent School District students who take advanced fine arts courses are more likely to pass the Texas state assessment (STARR) in all subjects than a comparison group - and less likely to receive any type of disciplinary action. The study also measured arts education access in the Houston Independent School District and created an interactive arts access map. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award Program. The Kennedy Center is accepting applications for the 2015 Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award. This award is presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high quality arts education in its school district. The application deadline is November 3. (AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 22, 2014)

Premiering Tonight on PBS: Season 7 of ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century". ART21 returns to PBS tonight with a new season of the Peabody Award-winning series, ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, airing on four consecutive Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (check local listings). Season 7 features twelve artists across four episodes. The season premiere episode, Investigation, features artists Thomas Hirschhorn, Graciela Iturbide, and Leonardo Drew.

California Arts Council Blog, featuring a new blog which expands their storytelling and outreach opportunities. New blogs entries are posted every Wednesday. Today’s entry is from Arts Program Specialist Shelly Gilbride. Shelly recently observed the powerful work taking place in Alameda, CA as part of a statewide initiative, Creativity at the Core. This initiative positions the arts as integral part of a comprehensive curriculum, helping teachers and students thrive in 21st century learning with the new Common Core State Standards. In this blog, Shelly reflects on her personal experience at a juvenile justice center where one Creativity at the Core professional development module was piloted. Reflection: How the arts breach the 'school to prison pipeline'

FINAL REMINDER - Fall Art Drive ends October 31. Here are the rules for this year's prize giveaway:
Publish at least 100 artwork by October 31 and be entered into a drawing for one of ten (10) $100 gift cards from Blick Art Materials! Publish at least 300 artwork by October 31 and also be entered into a second drawing for one of five (5) $300 gift cards!

Ill. Call for Session Proposals, 2015 EIU HAPA Symposium. Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration Program Association (EIU HAPA) is accepting session, workshop, panel, and round table proposals on the theme “Museum Education in the 21st Century.” The educational and cultural sectors have experienced tremendous challenges recently, especially during the last decade. Continually changing standards, the explosion of digital technology, demographic shifts, and budget cuts that reduce schools' ability to visit cultural sites force museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations to adapt if we hope to engage our audiences. EIU HAPA invites your ideas and expertise for its 38th annual symposium to be held April 10-11, 2015 in Charleston, Illinois. Proposals should be submitted by December 31, 2014.

Md. Pyramid Atlantic Invites You to Join their First Juried Art Teachers Gallery Show, "Process and Purpose" Visual Reflections of K-12 Art Teachers. Reflect through visual expressions the process of the creative journey of teaching and shared interactions of art making. The gallery show will take place for the month of January and February. 50 two-dimensional works of any medium will be accepted and 10 three-dimensional works of any medium will be accepted. We will provide you with a month long gallery show, opening reception night with panel discussion, press release to all contacts including printed postcards, info will be sent out in weekly newsletter, on our blog, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts. Questions? Email Kristine DeNinno

Opportunities from the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago
NEW: Chicago Art & Design Initiative Grants. New grant initiative focused on the rich history of art and design in Chicago between the Great Fire (1871) and the close of the twentieth century. Through the initiative, the foundation will offer grant support for freshly conceived exhibitions, academic programs, publications, and public programs. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Chicago K–12 Education Grants. These grants support activities that bring American art into Chicago’s classrooms, with the aim of helping teachers enrich the curriculum and enhance learning. To achieve these goals, the foundation funds projects that strengthen Chicago teachers’ knowledge of historical American art (pre-1980) and the ability to teach with it effectively. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Chicago Public Program Grants. The aim of these grants is to increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (pre-1980) among general audiences. To achieve these goals, the foundation supports a variety of informal learning opportunities designed to make historical American art accessible and relevant to Chicago residents. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Academic Program Grants. The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that explore American art in an international context. Letters of inquiry are due December 15.
Academic Awards & Fellowships: A wide range of Terra Foundation academic awards and fellowships help scholars in the field of American art realize their academic and professional goals and support the worldwide study and presentation of historical art of the United States.
Doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior research travel grants to the United States
Terra Summer Residency fellowships in Giverny, France
Terra Foundation Fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum

N.J. Request for Proposal: West Windsor-Plainsboro - K-12 Fine & Performing Arts Program Evaluation. The WW-P Regional School District invites qualified consultants to submit a proposal to evaluate, in collaboration with district personnel, its K-12 Fine & Performing Arts program. The external consultant(s) will work with an internal task force to evaluate the existing program and will be expected to submit an evaluation report as per a content outline provided by the district.

Are you a museum educator or teacher? This online workshop is for you: Maker Space for Museums. There is a kind of revolution going on in programming and museums are one of the leaders of the movement.  Whether you call them Maker,  Community, or Hacker Spaces, these DIY working areas in libraries and museums have become a popular meeting and creative program space for patrons of all ages. This timely workshop will outline what Maker Spaces are and where they are located. The workshop will explore the best examples, and present how to advice, practical idea suggestions, and resources for creating art, science, career awareness, and hands on collaboration and learning into your museum or art center. Much more than a make it and take it, the Maker Space provides the tools, instruction, and company of others that inspire and enable creative making.  The programs are most popular with teens and young adults but can include all ages. Enroll today for the November 10th online workshop.

Race to the Top and Personalized Learning: A Report Card. In 2012, the federal Race to the Top competition awarded 16 school districts, educational cooperatives, and charter school districts with more than $350 million to support personalize learning. Now, districts are beginning to see the outcomes from those efforts. (Education Week)

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability (Education Week/On California)


Mich. The importance of art in early education. Each year during ArtPrize, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids become an open playing field for discussing the arts and why art matters. The team at The Goddard School in Grand Rapids believes in the importance of the arts in Early Childhood Development and exposure to the arts at a young age is crucial to staying competitive in a global economy. (WOODTV)

Australia. Learn it: art is not just for art's sake. When school literacy and numeracy scores fall, a collective cry goes up to bring back chalkboard slates, lines, and rote-learning times tables. Drama and painting are given a pat on the head and told to wait. But the arts, perhaps paradoxically, are emerging as the true key to raising academic performance. According to international and local research, arts programs improve neurological capacity, student wellbeing, even improving engagement with the school itself. For over 30 years, the Victorian government's Artists in Schools grants program has connected schools with professional artists in projects that go beyond the art room. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

N.J. Rutgers engineering looks at intersection of art in STEM. A movement known as “STEAM,” a combination of Science Technology, Engineering and Math and Arts, has taken hold of Rutgers Engineering. The movement has been gaining traction over the last decade, according to the national STEM to STEAM group. STEAM advocates the intersection of science, technology, engineering and math with the arts and humanities in a push for innovation, as defined by the Rhode Island School of Design’s website. (The Daily Rargum)

Pa. Despite Cuts, Here’s Why Arts Education Matters to Kids of Every Age. I am a music teacher in a Philadelphia public elementary school. The school has more than 600 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and I have all of them in class at least once every week. I’m not supposed to be having this much fun. In my four years of teaching, I have been laid off and rehired twice, and though I survived the most recent round of layoffs, our school lost an art teacher and a librarian before reopening this year. When I meet people and tell them what I do for a living, the first response is usually one of pity. They expect me to follow up with how hard my job is, and how insurmountable the challenge must be, and how hopeless it must feel when the state cuts funding, and the city cuts salary, and the old buildings fall apart, and the students bring weapons to school. Instead, I tell them how much I love what I do and how lucky I am to do it. (takepart)

The Secret Lives Of Teachers. So where do they go, all the teachers, when the bell rings at 3 o'clock? When you're a kid, you don't really think they go anywhere. Except home, maybe, to grade papers and plan lessons and think up pop quizzes. And when you find out otherwise, it's a strange experience. Many people remember it vividly: the disorienting feeling of encountering your teacher in the grocery store, or in the line at McDonald's, talking and acting just like other grownups. A jarring reminder that they have lives outside the classroom. But of course teachers go off and do all sorts of things: They write books and play music and run for office and start businesses. For some, a life outside the classroom is an economic necessity. In many states, more than 1 in 5 teachers has a second job. (NPR)

Mo. Marta Churchwell: Art a big part of nature education. Back when I joined the Missouri Master Naturalist program, I was sent home with a backpack full of books and other materials that would become my bibles for working in nature and conservation. Stuck in the middle of it all was a blank book. How considerate that they gave us a book for note taking, I thought. Later, I learned that it wasn't to be filled only with notes from our trainings and meetings. While taking a break during one of our trainings, we were urged to pull out the blank books and spend time sketching the flora and fauna around us. I assumed it was aimed at developing a keener eye for the details of Mother Nature.

Ga. Teachers show music and art go hand in hand. One way she and music teacher Myra Coursey do this is by showing students how music and art are present and connected in the world. Recently, Watford and Coursey combined their efforts for a joint class, “Vivaldi Meets VanGogh.” They wanted to show a connection between music and art and were able to utilize Jefferson Parkway’s unique outdoor classroom for the class. (The Times-Herald)

Ore. Dyer art teacher honored for online gallery. Margaret Burman, an art teacher at Dyer Elementary School in South Portland, has been recognized by Artsonia for outstanding leadership in the area of arts education. (

Wyo. North teachers tackle art and science. When school district officials cancelled art classes in elementary and secondary schools, it sent a wave of shock and dismay through parents, teachers and students alike. The decision came from Uinta County School District No. 1 Superintendent James Bailey as science scores dropped on assessment tests. Bailey said the district needed to focus on science, but after concern from the public, the district agreed to a plan that would weave art into the curriculum of science and other classes. (Uinta County Herald)

Wis. Add hip hop dance, theater and digital art to math and science, says Any Given Child. After a year of surveys, training and arts-centric pilot programs in Madison's public elementary and middle schools, advocates behind Any Given Child Madison have some clear goals for making sure every student gets a chance to sing, sculpt and step. (The Cap Times)

Va. ‘Art carpet’ project envisioned by Richmond art teachers has global debut. What kind of carpet is outdoors, brightly colored, and doesn’t have to be vacuumed? If you said “astro turf,” then guess again.The correct answer is art carpet. Julie Crowder,  art teacher at William Fox Elementary, and Kirstie Hein Sadler, art teacher at Binford Middle School, adapted the project from traditional art carpets that are created in Guatemala during the Catholic celebration of  Corpus Christi. (CBS6)

S.C. Carson uses Artsonia to help students see with 'artist eyes'. Part of her job is to teach her students to also look at life with artist eyes. One of the methods she uses to do so earned her special recognition from Artsonia, the world's largest online student art museum. Carson was chosen for an Artsonia Leadership Award for "outstanding leadership in art education." The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration in the school's arts program, according to Greenville County Schools. (GreenvilleOnline)

Ca. Palm Springs school arts, tech programs seen as models. Three programs from the Palm Springs Unified (PSU) have been chosen as “models of excellence,” by Riverside County officials, who are encouraging other districts to duplicate the methods. PSU led workshops on the honored art program, classroom technology effort and attendance outreach during the Riverside County Education Summit Wednesday.“The goal of providing arts education is to keep students excited and enthusiastic about coming to school and learning,” Louisa Castrodale, district arts coordinator, said in a news release. (The Desert Sun)

Ohio. Area art teachers exhibiting works at Akrona Galleries. Artists Who Teach: An Art Show for K-12 Art Educators, on exhibit through Oct. 30 at Akrona Galleries, gives lie to an old maxim by showing those who can, do — and teach. The show gives art teachers a reason to do something many of them haven’t done since college — show their own work instead of the work of their students. Rich, in her 12th year of teaching and her second teaching fourth through eighth grade art at Miller South, said she hasn’t exhibited her work in 12 years. “There just aren’t a lot of opportunities,” she said.

La. Only 1 in 10 art school grads actually become working artists, report says. Spending heavily on an arts degree and hoping to become a working artist is a "fantasy" in most cases, according to a new report that estimates only 10 percent of 2 million arts graduates in the U.S. make their primary earnings as artists. The report was issued by BFAMFAPhD, a collective of artists, educators and others who study the impact of high rent and student loan debt on the creative community. The group found that of 1.4 million people nationwide who identify as working artists, around 40 percent of those 25 or older don't have any college degree at all. (

Ohio. Developing their art. Indian Valley art teachers Lorna Waters (left) and Katie Gress examine Egyptian collection pieces from the “Art to Go” presentation by the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts. Twenty-five visual arts teachers from eight districts participated in a professional development... (The Time-Reporter)

Fla. Voters asked to continue paying tax for music, art, PE teachers. The biggest enemy of the referendum asking Palm Beach County residents to continue paying a property tax for art, music and P.E. teachers in public schools might be its location at the end of a packed ballot. (Palm Beach Post)

Design Thinking With the California Department of Education. How can California bring high-impact learning technologies into classrooms?  Karen Holst has been working on this issue.  She is an education technology fellow with the California Department of Education (CDE), brought from the private sector through the Fuse Corps program and the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation. (Education Week)

Smithsonian Aims to Raise $1.5B to Improve Museums. The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture. The Smithsonian's Board of Regents announced the goal Monday and revealed more than $1 billion already has been raised in a quiet phase since October 2011. This is the first institution-wide fundraising effort and the largest campaign in history for any cultural institution, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said. The campaign will continue through 2017. (NBC Washington)

Ill. Private donors contribute $11 million to fund arts in schools. Private donors have contributed $11 million to help tide the Chicago Public Schools over until the cash-strapped system can find the money to bankroll Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ambitious plan to put arts education in every school. A prolific fundraiser with nearly $9 million in his campaign warchest, Emanuel has set a goal of raising $38 million to elevate music and the arts to the level he believes is needed to inspire academic performance and keep students motivated and involved. (POLITICS)

Washington. National Gallery of Art Announces Call for Applications for 2015-2016 Internships. The 2015-2016 Graduate Internships include Internships in the Museum Profession and Graduate Curatorial Internships. Internships in the Museum Profession provide institutional training to students interested in pursuing a museum career, while Graduate Curatorial Internships provide in-depth training for PhD students and recent PhD recipients interested in gaining curatorial experience in a museum setting. All graduate interns work with curators or heads of Gallery departments, and they attend a weekly museum seminar that introduces them to the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery.
2015 Summer Internships. The 2015 Summer Internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. The nine-week program also includes biweekly seminars, which introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions.
Graduate Unpaid Internships and Research Assistantships. Graduate Unpaid Internships and Research Assistantships allow candidates to work in various Gallery departments, supervised by a curator or other department head. Interns contribute to ongoing Gallery projects and programs and are invited to participate in the museum seminars that introduce the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery. Research assistants concentrate on specific projects and do not attend the museum seminars. For more information call (202) 842-6257, e-mail, or visit

International Juried Design Award & Competition. A' Design Award & Competition is the Worlds' largest annual juried design competition that honors best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. The A' Design Accolades are organized and awarded internationally in a wide array of categories ranging from industrial design to architecture. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A' Award to push them further for success. The late entry period is now open and designs could still be nominated to be exhibited during Milan EXPO 2015. The selected designs will be presented and displayed during the Milan EXPO 2015, World Design Hub 2015 Dublin as well as in Hometex Amsterdam in 2015 plus online in a wide-array of creative publications as well as on traditional print media. The selected projects will be translated to 36 languages to create true international reach. Late Deadline for Applications: February 28, 2015 - 23.59 GMT+1.

Regents' Approval of Standards Could Help Okla. Regain NCLB Waiver (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Miller on Common Core, Teacher Evaluation, and NCLB Renewal (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Online registration for the 2015 NAEA National Convention, March 26-28 in New Orleans, LA, is now OPEN! Design certainly impacts and influences our lives. Connect with thousands of colleagues from around the globe in New Orleans to explore the link between form and function, design and fine art. Create your ideal professional learning experience when you choose from 1,000+ learning opportunities. Merge creative thinking, art knowledge, skills, technology, research, and design to generate new opportunities for your classroom, career, and beyond!

Jay Greene Is an Army of One for Arts Education...and He's Winning. The University of Arkansas's Jay Greene has just released a second pioneering study in his laudable push to confound the banal battle lines of the education debate. In this new study, "Learning From Live Theater," he and his coauthors find (using a randomized control trial) that taking students to the theater actually has serious, measurable benefits. The study follows upon Greene's acclaimed 2013 study (which also used an RCT design) that found that field trips to art museums have serious, measurable benefits for participating students. (Education Week)

Mass. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University launches a new program of exhibitions and public activity under the leadership of James Voorhies, the recently appointed John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director. This new program is dedicated to synthesizing art, design, and education through the exhibition of existing works and production of new commissions. Choreographing exhibitions, lectures, residencies, publications, performances, screenings, and informal gatherings, CCVA will strive to bring people, ideas, and objects together in generative ways that provide unparalleled experiences with contemporary art. (e-flux)

Detroit Autorama Design Contest 2015 | Flyer. Chrysler Group Product Design and College for Creative Studies are once again sponsoring the Detroit Autorama Design Contest for high school students in grades 10 – 12.  Students can win fabulous prizes including Apple computers, iPads, and a $60,000 scholarship to CCS! The goal with this contest is to spread the word about the excellent career opportunities for art students in the field of automotive design. This contest could be the spark that leads one of your talented art students to a successful and lucrative career as a designer. Their studios in Auburn Hills, MI are always looking for talented candidates in exterior design, interior design, color and materials design, digital sculpting/surfacing, graphic design, visual communications, clay sculpting, and user interface design. If you would like a large copy of the contest poster to hang in your classroom, or if you have questions regarding the contest, send an email to

Using Art to Raise Awareness about Missing Children
2014 National Poster Contest Winner Dawson M., Alabama
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 to increase awareness about national efforts to bring missing children home, and to remember children who are still missing. The poster contest is designed to provide an opportunity for communities to engage in educational discussions about safety and prevention. The theme for the poster contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” To participate, students should create a poster that reflects this theme and complete an application describing their poster and its relevance to raising awareness about missing children. Completed posters should be submitted to the state manager for entry in the state level competition. The winning poster from each state is submitted to OJJDP for selection of the national winner. If you have any questions, feel free to view our website at or email


You're Invited to the LIVESTREAM of the Public Launch of the National Core Arts Standards on Monday! The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist, Ben Folds to host a formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square. The one-hour event will feature remarks by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts and David A. Dik, NCCAS leadership member and National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and be live streamed via Google Hangout on this webpage. The Core Arts Standards were created by NCCAS, a partnership of ten national arts and education service organizations.

Okla. First-ever forum on arts education scheduled. The first-ever forum on arts education in Oklahoma has been scheduled later this month in Norman. Organized by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Oct. 21 event at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is designed to give participants a glance of the current situation of arts education programs throughout the state. The forum will also launch an effort to prioritize arts education as a way of improving education in Oklahoma. (News9)

Ga. Doors to Home art exhibits spread across Gwinnett. Colorful and artistic doors decorated across Gwinnett the rest of this month are on display to raise awareness about poverty and inadequate housing. More than 140 doors have been painted and will be on display through Nov. 1 in Duluth, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Sugar Hill and Suwanee. All of the doors may be viewed and purchased at Each door is $100 and may be picked up at the end of the exhibit. Proceeds will be shared by Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and Artworks! Gwinnett. (Gwinnett Daily Post)

Mo. Art students paint mural at MHS band room. For the second week, students in the National Art Honor Society has made progress painting a new mural for the band room at Monett High School. Art instructor Katherine Hamilton said 20 or more students of the 33 society members worked on Wednesday afternoons sketching, and now painting, a mural. (The Monett Times)

N.J. Chatham High School create sidewalk art as part of week of respect. Chatham High School art students, led by Visual Arts teachers showed their true colors by creating “week of respect” sidewalk chalk drawings in the style of artist Keith Haring. Students worked in groups of three or four to collaborate on a Haring-inspired design, and then interpreted that design on a sidewalk square. Over 80 individual artworks were created, each representing a positive character quality embraced in the high school. (

Utah. Art competition offers scholarship opportunity, uses State Capitol for inspiration. The Utah State Capitol building is viewed as a work of art by some Utahns, and this fall it will serve as the inspiration for high school students entering a visual arts scholarship competition sponsored by the Utah Senate. Entries are due by November 14. (FOX13 SLC)

Fla. Southeastern College Art Conference highlights Florida's visual arts industry. People from all across the county are flocking to the Suncoast for the 70th annual Southeastern College Art Conference. The four-day event has attracted more than 600 art educators, and organizers say the conference allows the exchange of ideas and concerns surrounding the visual arts industry. This year’s event is titled “From Handmade to High-Tech,” and that concept continues to grow in all aspects of visual arts. (WWSB, ABC7)

Ohio. Art museum’s community focus to expand with grant - Partnerships will help increase interection for patrons, students. The Springfield Museum of Art is using a grant from a national oragnization to expand its focus on art education and interactive art in the community. The museum has been working to renew its focus on art education within the community over the last year. The new grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, worth nearly $24,000, will allow the museum to continue to expand this focus much faster than before. (Springfield News-Sun)

Ca. Local council offers grants for artists. The Chenango Arts Council has received $99,4000 to distribute for cultural initiatives in Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties. Funding is available for grants up to $5,000 through the 2015 Decentralization (DEC) Program. DEC offers support for Community Arts (CA) grants and Arts Education (AE) grants. The deadline for 2015 grant application is 5 p.m. Jan. 7. Opportunities are for projects through Dec. 31, 2015. Visit for guidelines and application forms, or email to request a copy. Notification of intent to apply is required. (

Pa. Arts Education Network awards school board 2014 Leadership Award. Parkland's School Board was recently awarded the 2014 Arts Education School Board Leadership Award by the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network. The award was given in recognition of the board's commitment to sustaining and expanding its arts education throughout the school district, according to a press release. (The Morning Call)

Ca. Fresno school named as finalist in national art education program. Kepler Neighborhood School in Fresno was named as one of three finalists in’s Art Sparks Learning education program and will have until Friday to secure enough votes to claim the top prize. Each of the finalists received 20 pieces of framed art, and the winner will collect a $1,000 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. Anyone may vote for the local public charter school by visiting The winning school will be announced Oct. 21. (The Fresno Bee)

Announcing the 2015 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program. The Anthony Quinn Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the application period for the 2014 Scholarship Program.  Applications will be accepted through Monday January 5th, 2015. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program.  Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

Announcing the Winner+s of the 2014 Ocean Awareness Student Contest! On October 14, 2014, From the Bow Seat, a national environmental education non-profit, announced the winners of its annual ocean awareness contest and gave away over $27,500 in prizes. This year's contest challenged students to consider the growing international problem of ocean plastic pollution through art, advocacy, and essay projects.


2015 Getty Leadership Institute Applications Now Open. The Getty Leadership Institute at CGU invites applications for the GLI 2015 and NextGen 2015 executive education programs in museum leadership. GLI programs academically rigorous and address current topics in the museum field.
GLI 2015 is an intensive management program for leading CEOs, COOs, directors, and senior-level executives who influence policy and effect change, and are in their first five to seven years of their position. 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 4-15; Residency from June 12-27. Applications are due January 15, 2015.
NextGen 2015 is a new 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 three days of classroom study in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from March 9-15; Residency from March 24-28. Applications are due January 5, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit or contact

Learn x Design the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers PreK-16 Education, June 28 - July 1, 2015 Chicago, IL, USA School of the Art Institute of Chicago SAIC. Organizers: the DESIGN-ED Coalition in partnership with Design Research Society and Cumulus. Call for Paper abstracts - Deadline: October 30, 2014. Workshop/Symposium proposals - Deadline: November 15, 2014. Click here to download submission information. Learn x Design is a conference for the wide range of topics from theoretical research to practical application. On a career level, the study of design is to create a well-crafted, aesthetic fit of form to function, materials, and tools. Each designed item contains a narrative about the culture from which it evolved, about the person who produced it, and the values and practices of both. Research develops theories and principles about learning, tests and validates them for implementation in classroom, policy and practice. This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research and the teaching of design. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of approaches to design education research, pedagogy and teaching. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research and teaching methodology in any aspect and discipline of design education. More information about the conference and registration will be available in the coming months at


$25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Now accepting nominations and applications for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice—the only national award exclusively for exceptional teachers in high-poverty public schools. Four winners a year from across the country receive $25,000 each, gain national recognition, and spend a summer reflecting on teaching, meeting with education leaders, and writing a short collection of essays on their best teaching practices. This must-read look into the 2014 winners’ extraordinary classrooms is available for download today—I encourage you to share it with anyone who’s passionate about great teaching. Nominate the best teachers you know. It only takes a minute, and nominations are so important. In fact, three of the four 2014 Fishman Prize winners decided to apply because of a nomination. The first application deadline is Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

The Da Vinci Initiative. The stone has been thrown. The splash is being made and as the repercussions arc across the surface of the representational revolution, they are intercepted as inspiration, as ideas, and The Da Vinci Initiative is capitalizing on them. Everybody has them, these ideas that surface from the student's questions, formed from their longing and quiet desperation to make something of the talents that they KNOW lay within! "Can you teach me to draw better?", asks one girl. (The Huffington Post)

Supporting Youth in the Arts. The American education system is known for producing the best and brightest minds in the world. Our curriculums push towards the study of math, science, technology, medicine and law in order to make a more perfect world. What is missing from this equation is an emphasis on arts. Arts and musical education is devalued and dismissed as a legitimate pathway to successful life or prosperous career. (The Huffington Post)

How Designers Can Enable and Empower Our Schools. Good design shifts the way people think about the world around them. It has the power to inform and empower by providing a greater understanding of complex issues. Graphic designers have the unique ability to take information and transform it through data visualization. They consider the user experience in ways that most people may not. (Education Week)

Artsonia Fall Art Drive ends Oct 31. Artsonia's Fall Art Drive 2014 will be coming to an end on October 31. As a reminder, here are the rules for this year's prize giveaway: Publish at least 100 artwork by October 31 and be entered into a drawing for one of ten (10) $100 gift cards from Blick Art Materials! Publish at least 300 artwork by October 31 and also be entered into a second drawing for one of five (5) $300 gift cards! If you've already published 100 pieces this school year, you've already been entered into the first drawing, so don't stop now-go for 300! Wondering how many pieces you've published? Login to your teacher section where you will see the Fall Drive Announcement and your current totals. All artwork published between July 1 and October 31 goes towards your total art-drive count. Last year our winners made some major upgrades to their artroom resources. This year, it's YOUR turn! With FIFTEEN gift cards to giveaway, you've got a good chance of being announced a winner on November 7th!

Vote for Artsonia by Friday October 17 as your favorite Small Business -- Help them get a $150,000 grant! Voting is an EASY 3-STEP process! Browse to; Click on the blue VOTE NOW button on the side; and Login with your Facebook account (required).
Fall Forum 2014: Contexts of Quality Arts Education - What is the practice and purpose of quality arts education? October 16-18, 2014, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Registration Ends Monday October 13th. The Fall 2014 Arts & Education Forum presented by the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga convenes educators, administrators, and practitioners who are passionate about increasing access to quality arts education in our schools. The Forum provides an intimate venue for up to 50 participants to engage in interactive sessions and robust conversations around the following question: what is the purpose and practice of quality arts education?
Texas. Garland ISD students get creative during National Arts in Education Week. Numerous studies have shown that art education provides the critical thinking, communication and creativity skills essential to academic success. To celebrate this vital scholastic field, schools across Garland ISD commemorated National Arts in Education Week with fun, imaginative assignments. (Blue Ribbon News)

New Study Finds Artists Higher Functioning Than General Population. A new study by the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) shows that artists are highly functioning members of society who experience less loneliness and depression than the general population. (RCAC)


AEP ArtsEd Digest - October 8, 2014

Wallace Foundation Announces $40 Million Effort to Help Arts Organizations Thrive. The Wallace foundation announced a new arts initiative "Building Audiences for Sustainability" that will support 25 exemplary performing arts organizations in attracting new audiences and sharing what works, what does not, and why.

Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award Program. The Kennedy Center is accepting applications for the 2015 Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award. This award is presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high quality arts education in its school district. The application deadline is November 3.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Education Webinar. Researchers from the Kennedy Center and Johns Hopkins University discussed how in-school arts education programs affect student creativity, academics, and social outcomes during the August 27 NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development webinar.

What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education. October is also National Principals month, honoring the hard work and dedication of America's principals. As the top building-level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education. Check out three concrete actions—supported by low-cost or no-cost strategies—school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. (AEP)

Your November Digital Issue of SchoolArts Magazine is Here! In this issue . . .Students explore Day of the Dead by creating Mexican sugar-skull whistles in“Musical Calaveras”; Expressing feelings of isolation across a variety of media in “Metamorphosis”; Exploring the unique fabric traditions of the Kuna People of Panama in “Molas: A Cloth Tradition”; Learn about amazing travel opportunitues in Oaxaca and New Mexico in “Journeys of Art and Soul”; Explore the work of Françoise Duparc and Pierre Prins in Looking and Learning; and Find some of the best classroom products, websites, workshops, and more in The Shop.

N.Y. Teaching Teachers the Basics of Visual Arts. Da Vinci Initiative raising funds to promote visual literacy in public schools. It’s no secret that art instruction in public schools is hurting—not only for funding, but for applicable skills. The problem often starts at the top. Students may have the desire to learn to draw, but their teachers are at a loss as to how to help them. (Epoch Times)

Fla. Art teachers hone techniques at educators retreat
. During two days in September, 37 teachers from Sarasota and Manatee counties gathered on the Ringling College campus to participate in a two-day retreat designed to reinvigorate educators' teaching practices while inspiring their creativity and art integration skills. (Herald Tribune)

Fla. New Art Program: The Creative City Collaborative Brings Arts & Education to Delray Beach and Pompano Beach. The Creative City Collaborative (CCC) is proud to announce its newly enhanced arts education programs entitled The Studio at Arts Garage and The Studio at BaCA. The 8-week sessions will commence October 20, at both the Delray Beach and Pompano Beach venues. The curriculum driven, goal-based programs will include instruction in voice, acting, theater, instrumental performance and visual arts. (Pineapple Newspaper)

Fla. Local celebrities raise more than $18,000 for kids' art education. Celebrity services rallied together this week at Bonefish Grill to bring awareness for arts education and raised more than $18,0000 to fund the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s All Kinds of Art, an educational outreach program serving students and special needs children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. (Walton Sun)

N.J. Four Hunterdon County residents honored by art educators of New Jersey. Lebanon Township resident Elie Porter Trubert, Lebanon resident Susan Bivona, Whitehouse resident Lisa Conklin and Deb Huff of Flemington were honored by Art Educators of New Jersey on Oct. 5 at the organization’s 2014 Fall Conference in Long Branch. (

Mich. Art prize: Help decide which local art teachers are the best artists. They teach our children to be artists, but local art instructors are artists themselves -- and 21 of them are competing in their own art prize competition this month. The teachers from local public schools are displaying their art at the Bettye Clark Cannon Gallery through November. The public is invited to view the artwork, which teachers spent the summer creating, and to vote on their favorites. (

Art League of Long Island Launches Atelier Style Arts Education Program. The Art League of Long Island is introducing a concept new to its roster of arts education programs, but steeped in the history and tradition of the Atelier method of art instruction. Classically trained under Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier at the Grand Central Academy of Art, instructor Michelle Palatnik will guide and mentor students in a structured methodology employed by many of the great master artists and passed down through the ages. (LongIsland Exchange)

Australia. International expert to share film insights. A leading international expert in film history and film studies will deliver The University of Queensland’s 2014 Daphne Mayo Lecture, ‘Cinema after Film: A Poetics of Obsolescence?’ on Wednesday 8 October. Professor Emeritus Thomas Elsaesser from the University of Amsterdam is a pre-eminent figure and thinker in visual culture, with scholarly interests ranging across film, literature, television and art. (The University of Queensland)

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for Six States. The Obama Administration announced today that Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (

The Helpful Use of Digital Tools in 21st Century Classrooms. In countless schools across the US, a new year brings new students. It also brings “wonder” tools, applications and processes. For many educators, this deluge of technology threatens to drown them in an ocean of confusion and frustration. They face hard choices, not only about which tools to purchase, but how to integrate these tools into classroom instruction in a 21st century information and media rich curriculum. (Learning First Alliance)

Eksperimenta! artworks audience vote is open. Videos of participating artists are being uploaded to Eksperimenta! FB and are looking for your votes. Which artwork do you like best? Vote until 23. October 10 a.m. The winner of the audience award will be announced at the opening of the exhibition in Tallinn.

N,Y, Tax Court Ruling Is Seen as a Victory for Artists. If you say you are an artist, but you make little money from selling your art, can your work be considered a profession in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service? (The New York Times)


U.S. Department of Education Awards $13.4 Million in Grants to 34 Organizations to Enhance Teaching and Learning Through Arts Education. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $13.4 million to 34 organizations to help arts educators grow and improve arts instruction, and share effective models of arts in education that support student achievement in the arts and other areas. (

2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners Featured at ED: They Gave Their Inspiring Voices and Visions. Each September brings a special day at the U.S. Department of Education: a day when the marble halls and foyers of the agency’s headquarters fill with excited crowds of students, teachers, families, local and visiting officials, and passionate supporters of the arts. On Friday, Sept. 19, winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were honored for their accomplishments. (

Ben Folds joins Arts Education Leaders to launch the National Core Arts Standards at Microsoft New York on October 20. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist, Ben Folds to host a formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square. The one-hour event will feature remarks by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts and David A. Dik, NCCAS leadership member and National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and be livestreamed via Google Hangout at the launch webpage.

Young Audiences Resources from National Arts in Education Week 2014. What is Arts in Education?, Tools for Arts in Education, Why Arts in Education?, Arts in Education in Action.

Infographic: What is Arts Integration? Here’s an easy-to-understand definition for arts integration: Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning through which content standards are taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts. (educationcloset)

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Maryland's Program to Prevent Summer Learning Loss in Baltimore City Schools

Looking Forward: The Sun is Rising in Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County

Where Do We Stand on NCLB? A Progress Report for Congress (Education Week/Politics K-12)

California, the Arts and the Creative Economy. For the state that is home to Silicon Valley and high tech invention, to Hollywood and the single largest export in the world: theatrical films, it has always been a mystery why so few dollars were spent on the arts. In fact, the California Arts Council limped along for 11 years on the lowest allocation per capita than any state in America. It has ranked 50th since 2003, except for 2011 when Kansas temporarily eliminated all arts funding. (The Huffington Post)

Creativity at the Core: Powerful arts teaching and learning in the common core. Creativity at the CoreThe education leaders behind the Common Core State Standards have emphasized the need for implementation of critical thinking skills and creative exploration, and cite complementary subjects to achieve this goal – including the arts. The 2014 roll-out of the Common Core State Standards in California is a key time for influencing how arts education is utilized by local school districts, local schools, and individual teachers.

Turnaround Arts CA: Creating Successful Schools through Arts Education. Turnaround ArtsA program using arts education strategies to significantly improve ten of California’s lowest performing elementary schools, in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Turnaround Arts CA is administered through a joint venture of four statewide organizations under the umbrella CREATE CA. Itself a public-private partnership that includes the California Department of Education, CREATE CA initiated Turnaround Arts: California with financial support from the California Arts Council and architect and Turnaround Artist Frank Gehry.

The Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. The Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition is a terrific teaching opportunity about thanksgiving and gratitude designed to inspire students to think creatively and express cultural and personal perspectives on gratefulness. Expressions of Gratitude supports arts in schools and encourages teachers, mentors or parents to have a lesson with young people from kindergarten through 12th grade on a particular theme. 2014 theme: I am grateful for the Golden Rule, focuses attention on an integral aspect of the mission of The Thanks-Giving Foundation – treating others as one would his or her self. Teachers, mentors and parents across the country and around the globe are invited to enter the work of their students and children in Expressions of Gratitude from September 15 through December 15, 2014. To learn more on how to enter, please download the Expressions of Gratitude Entry Packet. Send entries to

Learn x Design the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers PreK-16 Education
June 28 - July 1, 2015, Chicago, IL, USA School of the Art Institute of Chicago SAIC

Organizers: the DESIGN-ED Coalition in partnership with Design Research Society and Cumulus
Call for Paper abstracts and Workshop/Symposium proposals
Deadline: October 22, 2014
Click here to download submission information (PDF)
Learn x Design is a conference for the wide range of topics from theoretical research to practical application. On a career level, the study of design is to create a well-crafted, aesthetic fit of form to function, materials, and tools. Each designed item contains a narrative about the culture from which it evolved, about the person who produced it, and the values and practices of both. Research develops theories and principles about learning, tests and validates them for implementation in classroom, policy and practice. This international conference is a springboard for sharing ideas and concepts about contemporary design education research and the teaching of design. Contributors are invited to submit research that deals with different facets of approaches to design education research, pedagogy and teaching. All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. This conference is open to research and teaching methodology in any aspect and discipline of design education.
 The 1st International Symposium for Design Education Researchers
Researching Design Education
Paris, France in May 2011 hosted by Syndicat Général de la Bourse de Commerce de Paris
Materials online or on Issuu
The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers
Design Learning for Tomorrow - Design Education from Kindergarten to PhD
Oslo, Norway in May 2013 hosted by HIOA
Materials online

Va. Arts Council of Fairfax County - Opportunities in the Arts
Visual Storyteller (FT) - Deadline: October 31, 2014
Ecosystems is looking for a passionate and creative mind to join their team and bring their stories to life. You will lead the artistic design of the company’s vision and enhance its brand using video editing, animation,  audio, and design software.
2014 Arts Awards - Deadline: October 23, 2014
This event recognizes the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations, and the individuals, businesses, and foundations in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church that support them. This event will sell out. Hurry and get your tickets now.


NEW WEBINAR: Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards: A Resource to Support Instruction Aligned with State Standards - October 21, 2014 | 7pm ET NAEA Members: FREE; Non-members: $49 Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team; Scott Russell, Elementary Art Teacher and Writing Team Member; Cory Wilkerson, Communications Chair, National Coalition of Core Arts Standards. The new standards provide opportunities for art educators to look at instruction and student growth through an aspirational lens.   Learn how art educators are connecting the new voluntary standards with their own state and district standards. See how the new standards framework can be aligned with state standards to support student learning by embedding Enduring Understandings for instruction.

2015 USSEA Regional Conference. The 2015 USSEA Regional Conference will be held July 17-19 at the Queens Museum in Queens, New York. USSEA will partner with the travelling arts project, An Inclusive World to present the conference theme, An Inclusive World: Bridging Communities. The three-day conference will examine art education in classrooms, museums, and community arts organizations. This conference will explore ways that participants might share resources, knowledge and expertise to enrich their respective disciplines. In addition An Inclusive World will exhibit the works of artists of diverse backgrounds. Please join us and share your ideas.

Get ready for the next Peer 2 Peer Google Hangout presented by the NAEA Museum Education Division P2P Task Force! Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6 PM EST. We're thrilled to welcome Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale to discuss their inspiring book "Creativity in Museum Practice." This is the last in our series of “Reading Days” where we discuss a book related to the museum education field. Doing the reading isn’t necessary, but it sure helps to keep us all on track. Plus, this book is very easy to read and full of great practical tips for reinvigorating your museum practice. What is a Google Hangout? It’s a free platform that allows you to video chat with up to 10 people, and an infinite number of folks can watch, and type questions for the presenters. It’s free to use and to watch. More info here. How do I watch/participate? 1.Get a Google+ account. You can also link your existing Gmail account to Google+. 2. For your computer, download the free Google Hangout plugin a few days before the Hangout so that your computer is ready to go. For your tablet or smartphone, download an app from Google Play or the Apple AppStore. 3. Watch a Hangout on Air and type questions for the presenters.

Teacher Programs - National Gallery of Art, Washington. TEACHER WORKSHOPS: Information about 2014-2015 Teacher Workshops is now available online, including the upcoming event Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In. NGAKIDS: The National Gallery of Art recently released a new children’s app for iPad, NGAkids Art Zone, now available for free download on iTunes. LEARNING RESOURCES: Search the online database to access, download, or borrow teaching resources. Here you will find dynamic in-depth studies on individual works, artists, and periods, as well as online versions of teaching packets. Check back often, as new subjects are added regularly. SCHOOL TOURS: The National Gallery of Art is currently accepting school tour requests for dates through December 4, 2014. Please note that all school tours will take place in the West Building. DRAWING SALON: Join them for sketching and conversation in the galleries. Led by practicing artists and museum educators, this series of workshops integrates art history and studio art practices. EYE FOR ART: This family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing.

Neb. LPS will buy laptops, tablets so art students can create and record their work. Thanks in part to the state’s new fine arts standards, Lincoln Public Schools visual arts students will get iPad minis and laptops to create digital art and portfolios and to record class presentations. The high school classes need laptops so students can create digital art projects. The iPad minis in elementary and middle school classrooms will be used to record students’ art presentations and their response to their own and others’ art, a focus of the fine arts standards approved by the Nebraska Board of Education in March, Miller said. (

2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners Featured at ED They Gave Their Inspiring Voices and Visions. The day began with two workshops — one in the visual arts for the teachers of student winners, and one in poetry for the student winners. Nancy D. Hoover, art director of the Girls’ School of Austin, had traveled to the Nation’s Capital to honor her student Alabel Chapin, who won a Gold Award for […] (

Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month in Your Community This October! National Arts & Humanities Month—the greatest month of the year—is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and to nurture a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. To celebrate this October, visit the National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) website to find all of the information you need to host, promote, or participate in this month's festivities. From getting press coverage in your community and obtaining a mayoral proclamation to tips for planning and promoting your event, there are many ways you can take part in National Arts & Humanities Month!

How to view art: Be dead serious about it, but don’t expect too much. The biggest challenge when visiting an art museum is to disengage from our distracted selves. The pervasive, relentless, all-consuming power of time is the enemy. If you are thinking about where you have to be next, what you have left undone, what you could be doing instead of standing in front of art, there is no hope that anything significant will happen. But to disengage from time has become extraordinarily complicated. We are addicted to devices that remind us of the presence of time, cellphones and watches among them, but cameras too, because the camera has become a crutch to memory, and memory is our only defense against the loss of time. (The Washington Post)

Washington, D.C. Fall Museums Guide 2014. From new exhibitions and museum news to guides on how to look at art, here’s a break down of what’s happening this fall. (The Washington Post)

New Hampshire Institute of Art - MFA Meet and Greet in Boston this Wednesday! Join the New Hampshire Institute of Art's current Master of Fine Arts students, Program Directors, admissions staff and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for wine and cheese gatherings in New England this fall. Find out about admissions deadlines or program details, network with artists, or just relax and enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 5-7pm, Panopticon Gallery, Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. RSVPs appreciated, but not required:, 603.836.2508.

Va. Fall Classes Now Enrolling at Arlington Arts Center! This fall AAC is offering after school classes for kids, weekend sessions for teens, and evening classes for adults -- not to mention special workshops like Day of the Dead, Art's Cool! Art School and Gift Mania! Register online today..

N.C. Awards paint picture of appreciation for Lee County art. The North Carolina Art Education Association’s 2014 award list proves that the visual arts are alive and well in Lee County. Among recipients of NCAEA awards were Judy McDonald, art instructor at Greenwood Elementary School, Jody Stouffer, ceramics instructor at Lee County High School and Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Andy Bryan. The awards were announced in mid-September. (The Sandord Herald)


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Launches Assessment Pilot Project. NCCAS has issued a call for elementary and middle school teachers to help pilot the Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) during the 2014-2015 school year. The Model Cornerstone Assessments are rich performance-based assessment examples at the benchmark grades of 2, 5, and 8. The MCAs were designed in conjunction with the new voluntary grade-by-grade Core Arts Standards released by NCCAS in June. Pilot sites will be selected from a range of rural, suburban, and urban classroom settings across the nation. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday October 15, 2014. Applicants must complete an online application form. Questions should be addressed to NCCAS leadership representative Lynn Tuttle.

View The Kennedy Center's Model Cornerstone Assessments (Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Dance)

NAEA challenges YOU to share your outstanding lesson designs with art educators around the world! Connect and share through the Lesson Design Challenge Pinterest Board!

PURCHASE THE ON DEMAND ARCHIVE of the New National Visual Arts Standards Virtual Conference. Learn from art education leaders including members of the Visual Arts Writing and Assessment Teams who will introduce the new visual arts standards and the dynamic web-based standards environment that can be customized for teachers use. Viewers get an in-depth look at the Philosophical Foundations, Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions used to guide curriculum design and assessment. Learn what's new about these Standards; how to use the new Standards to create instructional and assessment strategies that make connections to Common Core and 21st Century Skills;  and how to demonstrate student growth in relation to teacher effectiveness and evaluation.

Why the kids who most need arts education aren’t getting it. Though the benefits of art education are very real (see here for a list of 10), it is one of the big, unfortunate casualties of the high-stakes testing era, with its laser focus on math and English Language Arts — especially in schools with big populations of students who live in poverty. Just how effective a good arts program can be was shown by Michael Sokolove, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, on saving arts education. (The Washington Post)

VIDEO: ArtPrize partners with prestigious national art organization ART21
. ArtPrize is partnering this year with ART21, one of the nation's leading chroniclers of contemporary art and artists through its TV series "Art in the Twenty-First Century." The program is seen locally on WGVU-TV, and the PBS outlet making the most of the partnership. (WZZM)

Mich. Special education students' self-portraits on display in ArtPrize Education Days project. The exhibit is inspired by Jesse Jackson’s famous quote, “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” It will feature nearly 375 self-portraits from students, as well as from a group of veterans who participated in the project on the first day of ArtPrize. (mlive)

Artsonia Upcoming Webinars: Getting Started & Classroom Mode. Jim Meyers, the CEO and Co-Founder of Artsonia, will be giving two webinars next week on the topics of "Getting Started with Artsonia" and "Artsonia's Classroom Mode". If interested, please register for the webinar by following the link below (note: there is a 100 attendee limit, so please attend if you register for an event): Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:00 PM CDT: Getting Started  & Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:00 PM CDT: Artsonia's Classroom Mode

Art Education and Digital Technologies: Virtual World Conference. Are you interested in art education and technology? This is the conference for you! Join us in Second Life OR Google Hangout on Air. Participants can interact with presenters through Google accounts. The conference is free! Find the presentation that interests you, turn on your computer or mobile device, sit back, relax, and join the very first international virtual art education conference from UBC Lillooet Room at Irving K. Barber! Date/ Time: October 18, 2014 (Saturday)/8:00 am PDT to 4:30 pm PDT | Virtual Venue: Second Life | Online Venue: Google Hangout on Air | Conference program | Second Life tutorial

Texas. Garland ISD students get creative during National Arts in Education Week. Numerous studies have shown that art education provides the critical thinking, communication and creativity skills essential to academic success. To celebrate this vital scholastic field, schools across Garland ISD commemorated National Arts in Education Week with fun, imaginative assignments.

AISD awarded $350K for fine arts education. The Austin Independent School District has been awarded nearly $350,000 in federal funding for improvements to fine arts education, according to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman. (KVUE)

Michigan Youth Arts offering grant for classroom art supplies, equipment. With assistance from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts, based in Ferndale, will offer the Art Equipment & Supplies grant for up to $2,500 for teachers in kindergarten through 12th-grade art classrooms, which could range from theater to music to creative writing. (

MUSEUM EDUCATION: 2014 Google Hangouts! Join us for the last session in our Reading Days series on October 14, 2014, 6 PM EST. Join a conversation about the exciting new book, “Creativity in Museum Practice” with its authors Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale. Juline Chevalier will moderate a lively discussion sure to get our creativity going. Advance reading is not required but sure helps us stay on task! And we hope you read this book since it’s a lot of fun, is very easy to read, and has a lot of great ideas to help get you out of a rut – professional or personal. Please feel free to submit questions, topics, or specific passages for discussion in advance. And we’re working on a great line-up of Peer 2 Peer Hangouts for the coming months! Stay tuned.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: SERVICE - Premieres on PBS Sunday, November 2, 2014*. CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Peabody Award-winning series, continues to explore America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, SERVICE, part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military from the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans.

Halloween is almost here!... No more banality this year, let's create the memorable thing for years to come. Did YOU know that the Halloween mask could be made that simple and funny way, using the NeoPopRealist ink pen pattern drawing on it? Check this Art Lesson Plan with instructions and enjoy the process and result. Do not forget to tape a short film "The Dancing Monsters and Ghosts" and post it on Youtube with a keyword 'neopoprealism'! The Halloween Mask's Art Lesson Plan, adaptable to all ages. If some teachers and librarians are still not familiar with the NeoPopRealist art books and art concept, created by artist Nadia Russ, the books can be viewed in catalog in

CALL FOR SUBMISSION:  “Fusion” National Juried Exhibition 2015 - at Arc Gallery - DEADLINE:  February 22nd, 2015. Mix it UP!  Fusion is the binding of two or more things into something new that possesses properties of both, incorporating different styles, ideas and designs. In a world where boundaries don't exist and technology provides the ability to connect globally, we can create collaborations and build connections that were impossible in the past.  Through creative energy, the fusion of ideas can create new forms, blending cultures, colors, ideas, shapes, designs and intent. Fusion can be the melding of art and science, the conscious and unconscious, the tangible and intangible. CATEGORIES ACCEPTED: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book.

How to teach and assess arts? Find out at Eksperimenta! and IDEAlaboratory! The international youth contemporary art triennial Eksperimenta! returns to Tallinn for the second time to explore the topic of Art and Science from 23rd October to 23rd November. Together with the opening of the exhibition the Eksperimenta! team invites education and art professionals to the IDEAlaboratory to explore the Art of Teaching and Art of Assessment on 24th and 25th October.



New eBook for High School Students Contemplating a Career in Illustration. When young artists think about a career in illustration, their focus is usually limited to video games, graphic novels, and children’s books. John Roman, an illustration professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, has written an eBook that, for the first time, presents a comprehensive 360-degree view of the entire illustration field. His just-released 50 Markets of Illustration eBook (a HOW + Print Books Exclusive) catalogs the entire illustration industry from high-visibility clients to the numerous, lesser-known esoteric markets. Roman’s eBook documents how today’s illustrators are earning their livings doing what they enjoy! Professor Roman is also available to bring his 60-minute, 50 Markets of Illustration PowerPoint show to your high school. For more information, contact:

Crayola: Seasonal Crafts for Fall. Let in the Leaves. Bring the fun of fall leaves indoors! Combine colorful Crayola Color Wonder™ leaf prints and Triangular Crayon leaf rubbings to brighten fall days. Get more ideas online!

Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Students from around the world, ages 3 to 18 years, are invited to enter the Space Foundation’s fifth annual International Student Art Contest. Children may draw, paint or create a digital image of their idea of the view looking into space from a spaceship for the contest theme “The View From My Spaceship.” The deadline to submit entries is Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, and artwork must be submitted online by the student’s teacher. Homeschool students are also invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded by age category and the winners notified in early 2015. For the 2014 contest, more than 7,100 entries representing 54 countries, including 43 U.S. states and two U.S. territories, were received.


Make Your Case to Attend the 2015 NAEA National Convention! Also, download the Encouragement Letter from your Executive Director.

Elementary & Middle Level Art Educators: Invitation to Pilot Model Cornerstone Assessments: Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, October 15. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is launching a call to schools and teachers interested in piloting Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in elementary and middle school settings during the 2014-2015 school year. The Model Cornerstone Assessments are rich performance-based assessments designed in conjunction with the newly released National Core Arts Standards.
The Coalition has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to pilot the MCAs in elementary and middle school settings during the 2014-2015 school year, with the intention of a doing a similar benchmark pilot in high schools during 2015-16.  If you are interested in helping pilot assessments in dance, media arts, music, theatre or visual arts in our nation’s elementary and middle schools, please apply. The nationwide call for applicants will allow us to select pilot sites from a range of schools in rural, suburban and urban settings.
Participating educators will receive training on the assessments; and will be asked to pilot or try out the assessment in their class(es); select student work generated in the assessment to share back with the Coalition; and upload the assessments into a web-based application for review by the Coalition.
Applications, including a résumé or CV, and your principal’s or school administrator’s permission, will be accepted through Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Interested applicants can apply here:
Questions can be addressed to:, a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership Team.
The Coalition will announce selected pilot sites by November 21, 2014.

ART21 News: Season 7 Previews, New Videos Featuring Sally Mann and Abigail DeVille, and More - 9/25/14
. In this issue of ART21 News: Previews from ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7; New Videos Featuring Sally Mann and Abigail DeVille; ART21 Education Events in NYC and Grand Rapids; Access '14 Screenings Across the Globe; and Highlights from the ART21 Magazine


The Virtual Film School: Camera & Editing is a ground-breaking initiative designed to get filmmaking going in every classroom. Without any prior knowledge or experience, teachers can simply visit the website and - along with their students - watch a step-by-step guide in how to make a professional-looking film using iMovie 2.0 for iPad. For free. In just one hour, pupils learn the basics in camera and editing, then shoot (and edit) a short film for screening at the end of the session. Teachers and students alike can use skills learned in further filmmaking projects to explore classroom topics and texts. Documentaries looking at the impact of WW1, behind-the-scenes looks at art exhibitions and creative responses to Shakespeare texts are just some of the ways schools have benefitted from the Virtual Film School. Everything you need to run the Virtual Film School in your classroom is located on the website. What's stopping you?

Is Studying the Arts in School Important? In recent decades, American schools have been pressured to increase standardized test scores, causing them to make cuts to programs like visual art, music, dance and theater. At the same time, studies have shown that involvement in the arts helps students stay in school, perform better in all academic subjects, and enjoy the school experience more. The arts are often the only subjects in which students can express creative individuality and have a platform for personal expression. In the past 30 years, access to arts education in schools has declined significantly. (KQED)

New Orleans Receives Planning Grant To Boost Arts Education. New Orleans is now the 16th city to participate in a national program aimed at boosting arts education. The Kennedy Center's Any Given Child program helps K-8 schools come up with long-term plans for arts instruction during the school day. A 2009 KID SmART study found that almost half of Louisiana schools don't have visual arts or music teachers on staff. Even fewer have dance or theater instructors. Many schools only offer art through after-school programs and require students to find their own transportation. (WWNO)

U.K. Every child should have an education in arts and culture. It should, in the UK and in this day and age, be the case that education in arts and culture is something to which every child should be entitled, and enabled to access.  Who would disagree that this is a basic human right – it is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that children have a right ‘to participate fully in cultural and artistic life’.  However, the fact remains that cultural education remains the privilege of some, but not all our children. (Royal Opera House)

Neb. Art teachers to meet in Aurora
. Art educators from across the state will gather in Aurora on Sept. 26 and 27 for the Nebraska Art Teachers Association fall conference at the Leadership Center. This year’s fall conference is taking on a new format in which attendees will participate in hands-on workshops combining instruction in various art media techniques, discussion about the newly released Nebraska Visual Art Standards and ways to integrate art and science goals into lessons that educators will write as a result of their experiences. (The Independent)

Ohio. SpringHill Suites' Save Art! Campaign Bolsters Art Education in Under-Resourced Schools. Showcasing the brand's ongoing passion for the arts, SpringHill Suites by Marriott today launched Save Art!, an initiative to provide under-resourced schools with much needed classroom art supplies. The SpringHill Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna hotel in Gahanna, Ohio is participating in the Save Art! initiative. In partnership with Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that brings quality art supplies and innovative art programs to teachers in need, SpringHill Suites will provide art materials to local schools in communities across North America. (MarketWatch) Selects Three Elementary Schools as Finalists in National Program Supporting Art Education., the world's leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art, today announced the schools nominated for its fall Art Sparks Learning ™ program dedicated to supporting art education and inspiring the artists of tomorrow. Chosen from nominations submitted nationwide, three schools have been selected as finalists and given 20 pieces of framed art each to enjoy as well as the chance to win the grand prize -- a $1,000 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. (MarketWired)

Thanks-Giving Foundation’s 10th Annual Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. You are invited to submit your students’ work in the Thanks-Giving Foundation’s 10th Annual Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. This competition highlights the value of being grateful. Students can express personal and cultural perspectives through visual arts, essays or dance on our annual theme. Cash awards will be given to the winning students and double that amount to their teachers to support teaching arts in schools. Entries are accepted from across America. The 2014 theme is: I am grateful for the Golden Rule, focusing on treating others the way you would want to be treated. Entries will be accepted through December 15. The awards ceremony will be January 23.

KRIS Wine and Americans for the Arts Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the "Art of Education" Campaign. Consumers can support arts education programs nationwide in K-12 public schools as they enjoy KRIS, one of America's fastest growing Italian wines. KRIS and Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, are partnering again for the fifth 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, 2014. (PRNewsWire)

Ed Games Week Highlights the Emergence of Video Games in Education. Games and play are a central part of childhood and can stimulate creativity and learning. As technology grows as a tool for teachers, one question has been: what role might educational video games play in the classroom? Today, increasing numbers of teachers are incorporating games to supplement and enrich classroom instruction. (


The Council for Art Education Announces 2014 Youth Art Month Award Winners. The Council for Art Education is excited to announce the recipients of the 2014 Youth Art Month Awards. Based on submissions from participating states, The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following Youth Art Month Chairpersons for outstanding participation in their states’ 2013/2014 Youth Art Month Program. Each state submitted documentation of its Youth Art Month Program across a variety of key categories, which was evaluated based on predetermined criteria. Awards will be presented at the 2015 NAEA National Convention, which takes place March 26 - 28, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life. A lot of what artists do is tell stories. They help us make sense of our world, and they broaden our experience and understanding. The arts enable us to imagine the unimaginable, and to connect us to the past, the present, and the future, sometimes simultaneously. (The Huffington Post)

Reach to teach: Arts organizations make education a priority. At one time, symphony orchestras were obligated only, or mostly, to present good concerts. Museums showed painting and sculpture. Theater companies mounted their productions. It was simple; it was all about the art. These organizations generated revenue by selling tickets and raising money from donors sympathetic to the cause.

NEW! Artsonia Webinar: Getting Started with Artsonia. Artsonia announces all-new webinars to help teachers learn about how to use Artsonia! Jim Meyers, the CEO and Co-Founder of Artsonia, will be hosting several webinars this week on the topic of "Getting Started with Artsonia" where he will explain how to get your Artsonia program off the ground! Topics: Getting your roster uploaded to Artsonia;
initial selection to track or not track parent permissions; how to print permission slips; how to input parent emails to get permission; setting up your first exhibit; and a brief overview of all the artwork submission tools.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM CDT - Register here
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM CDT - Register here
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM CDT - Register here

Enter the American Immigration Council's 2015 "Change in Motion" Multimedia Contest. The American Immigration Council is seeking submission for its national multimedia competition. The contest, "Change in Motion," challenges young adults to explore the role immigration plays in their everyday lives and communities through creative multimedia projects. Projects should focus on celebrating the diversity of the United States and explore the commonalities that bind our “nation of immigrants” together. Who is eligible? Young adults between the ages of 14-25 are eligible. Individual or group entries are permitted; however, there is a single cash prize for first, second and third places.
What do we mean by “multimedia?” Acceptable entries are videos, photo essays or slideshows. Presentations (video or photographic) should focus on the benefits of immigration. Entries are due by January 15, 2015.

MIT INSPIIRE: National High School Research Competition in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. The INSPIRE student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pleased to announce MIT INSPIRE, a new national research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, organized by MIT students exclusively for high school students. The first of its kind on a national scale, INSPIRE will enable students to showcase and present original research in one of thirteen fields, ranging from anthropology to music, economics, and philosophy. Expert judges will award prizes for the most outstanding work in each category. The first deadline, for abstract submission, is on January 7, 2015, and the final round of the competition will be held at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA from April 7-9, 2015.


Arts in Education Week: A Time to Validate the Importance of Hope. What’s hope go to do with it? When the “it” is the persistent achievement gaps for African American and Hispanic students, the answer is a lot. At two recent national forums on arts education, keynote speakers described how filling an arts opportunity gap nationally can instill the hope that gives students visions of possible pathways to college and careers and a brighter future. Learn more about the keynotes, the forums, and National Arts in Education Week.
AEP ArtsEd Digest - National Arts in Education Week Special Edition. More than 270 leaders representing 178 organizations and 30 states ushered in National Arts in Education week to explore key issues ranging from the role of the arts in closing the opportunity to gap (plenary session video here) to the Maker Movement’s impact on classrooms across the country. In case you were unable to attend, visit AEP's National Arts in Education Week page for National Forum highlights, information, resources, and ways to continue advancing a complete and competitive education that includes the arts for every student.

Life of Learning: American Education and the Arts. WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh's NPR news station, broadcasted "American Education and the Arts," a special edition of the Life of Learning series featuring AEP Director Sandra Ruppert, Sarah Tambucci of the Arts Education Collaborative, Carol Wolfe of Western PA Wolf Trap Gateway to the Arts, and Doug Herbert of the U.S. Department of Education. (90.5 WESA)

#StartTheArts with National PTA during National Arts in Education Week. From September 15-19, National PTA and PTA’s across the country participated in Start the Arts Week, the official PTA Reflections kick-off event, to raise awareness of the significance of arts education and encourage school community participation in the arts. AEP Director Sandra Ruppert wrote a blog post for the National PTA Start the Arts Week about what parents can do to include the arts in a child's education. Read it here.

KDKA-TV Feature Story on National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu at the AEP National Forum. The National Forum’s official television sponsor, KDKA-TV (the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh), aired this feature segment last week on NEA Chairman Jane Chu speaking on the importance of the arts in our country.

Share your Favorite Crayola Color for a Chance to Win! Be entered for a chance to win a 64 count box of your favorite crayon and a $100 gift card!

Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley to Keynote Opening of 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit. Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley will deliver keynote remarks at the opening of the exhibit of art works by winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, on Friday, Sept. 19, at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters building in Washington, D.C. (


Attention, Creative Teens: How to Become an Exhibited Artist or Published Author. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Are Accepting Submissions from Students in Grades 7–12 Who Aspire to Follow in the Footsteps of Stephen King, Andy Warhol and Lena Dunham and Gain Opportunities for Exhibition, Publication, Scholarships and More. The annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest- running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for students in grades 7–12, is now open for submissions and invites all aspiring teen artists and writers to share their work. Over the past five years alone, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit presenter of the Awards, has received more than one million original works from public, private and homeschooled students. The program provides top-winning artistic and literary teens with exhibition and publication opportunities, as well as access to millions of dollars in scholarships, while continuing its legacy of identifying the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries. To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit

Crayola Creative Corner. Be creative while preparing for Back-to-School with some fun craft ideas.

Teaching Artist Development Track with Eric Booth. Ensuring that teaching artists are well prepared and supported is of core importance for any organization providing quality arts instruction. Participate in the Teaching Artist Development Track, facilitated by Eric Booth, at the 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education (Nov. 19 - 22, Los Angeles) to find out what efforts are underway, across the United States and around the globe, to energize and elevate the field of teaching artistry. During the course of the track, you'll also have the rare opportunity to roll up your sleeves and accomplish significant work to advance teaching artistry as a profession. Register for the conference by Sept. 30 for the best rates!

Mo. Art teacher brings in color and culture. Shawnee Mission South art teacher Jennifer Hudson knows that not every student who takes one of her classes is going to become the next Picasso. And that’s OK, because she’s looking at the bigger picture when it comes to her students. “I realize not all of my students will become artists, but if I can create citizens who are knowledgeable about art and appreciate art, that’s the more important goal,” Hudson said. (The Kansas City Star)

Ore. Volcano Race PDX will raise money for local arts education. Running a 10 or 5K has clear benefits – it's good for your physical health, mental health and can help create a tight-knit community. Many races like to offer an added benefit, challenging participants to run for cancer research, children's hospitals or veterans. This weekend's Volcano Race in Portland steps away from that playbook with a run that benefits a different kind of public good – art education. (The Oregonian)

Ky. Grants available for artist residencies in schools. Grants to bring professional artists into the classroom and help teachers continue to incorporate arts into the school curriculum are available in Kentucky. The Kentucky Arts Council's Teaching Art Together grant deadline is Oct. 1. The grants give teachers a chance to work with practicing artists during residencies lasting one to four weeks. (

The Art Institutes Tackle Higher Education Affordability with Art Grant Program. The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools across North America offering programs in design, fashion, media arts and culinary, today announced a new and innovative program to help reduce students' debt, encourage smart borrowing, and improve the affordability of higher education. The Art Grant gives students the opportunity to earn and apply grant money toward their tuition--rewarding them for successfully completing course credits and progressing toward graduation. (Providence Journal)

Tenn. TIDBITS: Arts education matters. There are a lot of needs, wants, "gotta haves" and "wouldn't it be nice" items for school systems to evaluate when planning their budgets. Most of the time, the available money doesn't cover all the needs, wants and "wouldn't it be nice" lists and choices have to be made. (Crossville Chronicle)

National arts leader tours Pittsburgh's Cultural District, urges arts in education. Speaking Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, Ms. Chu told the hundreds of attendees about her experiences growing up in Arkansas as the child of Chinese immigrants and how music helped her relate to Chinese and American cultures. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Which NCLB Waiver States May Delay Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations? More than a third of states with waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act say they want to take the U.S. Department of Education up on its recent offer to put off incorporating student test-scores into teacher evaluations until the end of this school year. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

CORE Districts' NCLB Waiver Extended, But Placed on "High Risk" Status. The U.S. Department of Education extended the CORE No Child Left Behind waiver—the nation's only district level waiver from the mandates of the NCLB law—for the 2014-15 school year. But the waiver, which covers seven California districts, has also been placed on high-risk status, according to a letter sent to the districts by Deb Delisle, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education Friday.


Meshing Common Core And Arts Standards. This school year, teachers are delving deeper into the Common Core standards and some are learning to blend them with revised national arts standards unveiled this summer. Last week, twenty teachers from around the state paired up with professional artists in workshops held in Baltimore in efforts to develop lesson plans that tie the Common Core and new national arts standards together.

Calif. The Value of Visual Arts Education. The inclusion of art education in our schools has diminished in the last ten years. Fortunately, the Forestville Education Foundation has received a matching-grant award from the California Arts Council to maintain a K-3rd art program for the 2014-2015 school year at Forestville School. For over 20 years, California Arts Council grants have been written by Deborah Padrick on behalf of the Foundation. Mrs. Padrick is Forestville School’s artist-in-residence, committed to maintaining arts education for the young artists of our community. You can reference art projects and curriculum at her website, We are all appreciative of the support for the arts provided by the Forestville Education Foundation and the California Arts Council. (Sonoma County Gazette)

KRIS Wine is presenting the Art of Education program in partnership with Americans for the Arts, which awards 16 public schools in the United States a total of $25,000 in grants to improve and fuel quality arts education for their students and school community. How you can help: These lucky and deserving schools are chosen by none other than YOU! You can#GiveArt to your favorite school, by following the four easy steps: 1) Vote online at the KRIS Wine Art of Education page; 2) Share the Art of Education page with everyone – your family, friends, PTA, community, teachers, and more – and get them to vote!; 3) Vote everyday. You can vote once a day for your favorite school, every day, until October 31st, 2014; and 4) Use the hashtag #GiveArt to share pictures, stories, and videos of how you support arts education at your school!

Kansas: College and Career Workshop for High School Artists | Oct. 1, 6:30 pm
Contact: Sarah VanLanduyt, Executive Director:
Arts Council of Johnson County, 15301 W. 87th St. Pkwy, Ste. B40, Lenexa, KS 66219; 913-894-2720

Missouri: State Board of Education Art Project. A wonderful opportunity is available for your students to display their artwork at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. People throughout the state will be able to share in the great job that you and your students are doing. Any art teacher in the public schools of Missouri may submit student artwork. Space has been donated in the State Board Room located in the Jefferson Building, 205 Jefferson Street in Jefferson City, MO. After one month in the State Board room, the artwork will be displayed for an additional month on the fifth floor of the Jefferson Building in the Office of College and Career Readiness. The work is also scanned and displayed in the virtual art gallery.

Self-Directed Learning and Technology. How can technology infused into the curriculum promote the development of skills and attitudes for lifelong, self-directed learning? In spite of the emphasis on the word “self”, Malcom Knowles (1975) suggested that self-directed learning often involved others – teacher, mentors and even friends as assistants in the learning process. Today in our digital society, with information doubling every 72 hours in an ongoing information explosion, that form of assistance may involve not only individuals that are close at hand, but individuals from around the globe.

Young Audiences 2014 Gala . The Young Audiences Arts for Learning national office is gearing up for this year's annual Gala honoring Robert E. Knowling on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Please join them for what promises to be a very special evening to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and support our mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

An Inspiring Experience: The Young Audiences Emerging Leadership Institute
. Learn more about the Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI), an exciting program that promotes leadership in the field of arts in education through a year-long professional development institute for YA emerging leaders. Now in its 4th year, ELI was piloted in 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been generously supported by American Express.

Arts Internships Offer Students a Path to College and Career Readiness. For some Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates, summer signifies the start of their summer internship programs. These programs go by different names depending upon the affiliate - “ArtWorks” at Arts for Learning Miami and The Center for Arts-inspired Learning in Cleveland, OH; “ArtsWork” at Community Programs in the Arts (COMPAS) in St.Paul, Minnesota; and “ArtsCorp” at Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania- but they have one important thing in common; they all strive to see young adults thrive and gain experience and life skills that will prepare them for college and beyond.


2014 Fall Arts & Education Forum Registration Now Open - October 16-18. The Forum convenes educators, administrators, and practitioners who are passionate about increasing access to quality arts education in our schools, and provides an intimate venue for up to 50 participants to engage in interactive sessions and robust conversations around the following question: what is the purpose and practice of quality arts education? Facilitated by arts education experts including SCEA's nationally recognized team, the Forum provides opportunities for participants to network, brainstorm ideas, and develop practical strategies for strengthening arts rich curriculum and instruction in the communities they serve. Registration Deadline: October 10.

Connect with Arts in Education Leaders Across the Country - Nov. 19 -22, Los Angeles, CA. Join with colleagues from across the nation during the Arts in Education Track at this year's Conference for Community Arts Education. Discuss current issues and opportunities in arts in education, share advice and inspiration, and learn from top experts in the field. Regular registration and financial aid deadline is Sept. 30!

Brooklyn Museum launches initiative to provide visitors access to experts via mobile technology. The Brooklyn Museum will launch a three-year program enabling visitors to utilize their mobile devices to interact in real time with Museum experts. The initiative is designed to greatly enhance the visitor experience and allow the Museum to spot trends in visitor interest throughout its collections as part of the Bloomberg Connects program, which increases access to cultural institutions through technology. Testing of the mobile app will begin in the fall of 2014, with public engagement in the spring of 2015. In subsequent years, the initiative will integrate the mobile experience with wayfinding throughout the building using digital signage, the creation of conversational spaces, and rethinking the visitor’s entry experience at the Museum.

Fla. Arts in Education Week: Put the arts back in our schools. This is National Arts in Education Week — so here are three things you ought to know about arts education today in Florida’s high schools. Great news: Arts education has been proven to boost student performance across the board. The results are in — and they show that if you want successful students, you want the arts in the schools. Good news: More and more students in Florida are getting the benefit of arts education. Enrollment is up. Unfortunately, not enough students are currently enrolled in arts courses. In too many schools across the country, the arts are still being treated as an add-on. (The Miami Herald)

Florida Plein Air artists to participate in National Arts in Education Week. As part of Flagler County’s celebration of the National Arts in Education Week, Ocean Art Gallery will have three of its award-winning plein air artists provide demonstrations of their special artistic techniques in Flagler Beach. (The St. Augustine Record)

Can Children Deprived of Arts Education Still Grow Up to Be Innovators? How does a society breed innovators? Is it through rigorous curricula focused on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)? Is it exposure to art or the experiences associated with play? These are questions Justin Brady attempts to answer in his recent Washington Post column about innovation. And while Brady spends ample time defending STEM and praising the value of an education emphasising its tenets, he opines about one of its main weaknesses. (Big Think)

U.S. Workforce Policy Builds up ‘STEAM’ – Ann M. Galligan. This quarter’s article focuses on recent policies, initiatives, and partnerships to develop “STEM to STEAM” movements, in which the initial focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics  (STEM) moves toward the inclusion of the Arts as part of the educational core that now becomes STEAM. In particular, comparisons are made between implementation of such efforts in the states of Rhode Island and Oregon. (CultureWork, April 2014. Vol. 18, No. 2)

N.C. LISTEN: CoastLine: Kids, Arts, and Creativity -- Why Arts Education Goes Beyond Art for Art's Sake. How does art for art’s sake impact a child’s development – and is there a way to incorporate the arts as a vehicle for teaching other disciplines? There’s an abundance of research showing early immersion in the arts helps a child’s motor skills, creativity, and cognitive abilities.  And now new research from the John F. Kennedy Center’s Arts in Education Research Study out of Washington, D.C. demonstrates that arts integration – using an art form as a vehicle for teaching traditional academic subjects – leads to heightened student engagement, creativity, learning retention, and overall excitement about school. (91.3 HQR)

$10,000 in arts education grant money up for grabs for Lehigh County or New Jersey schools. Public, private and charter schools in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh and Montgomery counties, as well as schools in Philadelphia and throughout New Jersey, are eligible to apply. The grants come from Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania and Target and aim to offer relief for programs affected by budget cuts, according to a news release. (lehighvalleylive)

Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom. You don't need a class set of netbooks or iPads to integrate technology into your daily instruction. There are some fantastic, free iPhone apps that are perfect for teachers who are looking to change up their daily routine. These apps can make everyday tasks easier, simplify what you're already doing, and maybe just inspire others to make an investment in technology at your school. (eduptopia)


Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Announces Arts Education Partnership with Think360 Arts. CCI announced they will partner with Think 360 Arts to provide high quality programs that serve educators and teaching artists, as well as provide direct arts experiences to K-12 students in Colorado public schools. As part of the partnership, Colorado Creative Industries will award Think 360 Arts $230,000 during the first year and a total of one million dollars over the four year period. Think 360 Arts is an affiliate of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.

SchoolArts Magazine - October Digital Issue is Here! Features: Students work collaboratively to create a crochet exhibition in “Loop by Loop”; Learning about local heritage and totem poles in “Spirited Animals”; A student-driven curriculum produces surprising results in “The Synectics Project”;  International Dot Day comes alive across many levels in “Make Your Mark”; Explore the work of Laylah Ali and Artes Guadalupanos de Aztlán in Looking and Learning; and DIGITAL-ONLY BONUS: A historic article written by Diego Rivera.

Get the stats on STEM vs. STEAM. STEM education is, by now, familiar to educators and parents across the country. Without STEM knowledge, students won’t be well-prepared to enter college and the workforce. But some are hoping that STEAM education, which includes the arts, will receive more support in classrooms. (eSchoolNews)
Opportunities from Artsonia
Classroom Mode for Student Submissions. The recently-enhanced "Classroom Mode" allows your students to submit their own artwork and artist statements using an iPad or computer browser at school. You still review and approve all the submissions before they "go live" on the website.
Roster Uploads. Let Artsonia help you build or update your student roster (including optional parent emails). Just send a spreadsheet of student information, which you can usually get from the front office or IT staff, and within 1-2 business days your roster will be ready to go!
Mobile App (iOS and Android). The app makes publishing student artworks to your school gallery faster and easier. A built-in image editor helps you upload the perfect photo of each artwork. You can also view and manage your roster or exhibits on the go.
Fall Art Drive / Giveaway. The Fall Art Drive is a great way to "kick-start" your Artsonia gallery for a new school year. They are raffling off $2,500 in total prizes for teachers who reach certain levels of participation.
Artist of the Week Contest. This weekly contest highlights new artwork from four different grade categories (PreK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) that encourages family, friends and other art appreciators to vote for their favorite piece. The winning school in each category wins a $100 giftcard and the winning artist receives a $50 giftcard towards art supplies at Blick Art Materials.

DC: An Artist Call. Any artist connected with National Art Education Association who you think might be interested in exhibiting for the Black History Month exibition is invited to submit their work to this artist call.  The show, "Light of the Ancestors" will run from Friday, February 13 through March 6, 2015.  The entry deadline is December 7, 2014. 

Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Extension Requests for the District of Columbia and Tennessee. The Obama Administration announced today that the District of Columbia and Tennessee have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). (


NEW! NAEA Advisory: Preparing Preservice Art Teachers to Work With Students With Special Needs by Kelly Gross, Northern Illinois University

Mass. Teachers try out program using arts for education. As 2,875 students head back to the Pentucket Regional School District this week, many of them will be introduced for the first time to a teaching method that uses the power of the arts to develop language and aesthetic literacies and to foster 21st-century skills. At a district-wide meeting held at the high school last week, Phillip Yenawine, co-founder of the education research organization Visual Understanding in Education, gave a talk on the usefulness of the arts in educating the whole student. (Newbury Port News)

Mass. STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum. While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts and humanities into the classroom. At Frontier Regional School, teachers have been meeting since last spring to learn new ways to support the arts and music in the curriculum. (The Recorder)

More teachers engage students with virtual field trips. In 2013, 25,000 teachers -- a 30% increase over the previous year -- joined Skype in the Classroom. The platform allows educators to bring virtual guest speakers into their classrooms and to take students on virtual field trips. Some educators say the technology offers opportunities for districts to find low-cost ways to engage students in lessons. (ABC News)

GIA Successfully Advocates Arts in USDOE Grant Program. Grantmakers in the Arts’ Arts Education Funders Coalition (AEFC) successfully advocated for the arts as part of the curricular approach in the Obama administration’s Preschool Development Grants. $250 million will be granted to states (and local providers) in a competitive process. Without AEFC’s efforts, the arts would not be included in this program, which specifically helps preschoolers living below the poverty level. Arts advocates should act quickly to determine if their state will make application and how the arts learning requirements will be presented within their state’s application. Deadline for transmitting applications: October 14, 2014.

Twelfth Cycle of Fellowship Program for Visual Artists Announced. The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, announces the twelfth cycle of the prestigious fellowship program for visual artists. The program provides unrestricted funds for artists to create new work or complete work in progress. Under the terms of the program, seven fellowships will be awarded in 2014: three for established artists ($15,000 each) and four for emerging artists ($5,000 each). The program is open to practicing artists residing in the four-county area comprised of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Where Do NCLB Waiver States Stand On Extensions? The news that Oklahoma lost its waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act stole the spotlight last week, but there was actually another—much smaller, but still key—development: Kansas became the very first state to shed the "high risk" status label. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Get the stats on STEM vs. STEAM. Advocates say STEAM education–with an “a” for the arts–should trump STEM education STEM education is, by now, familiar to educators and parents across the country. Without STEM knowledge, students won't be well-prepared to enter college. (eSchool News)

Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards. The  Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards allow mid-career educators to be in residence and utilize the Smithsonian Libraries distinctive collections, focusing on science, history, culture and arts. The awards are open to middle & high school teachers, college teachers, and museum educators working on curriculum development or publications in print or electronic form. In 2015, recipients will be awarded a short-term residency at the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art.  They will be offered an opportunity to conduct research in the arts of Africa and related fields of African culture and history.  The Library offers excellent resources for developing curricula relating to Common Core, Core Arts Standards, and Advance Placement curricula. Applications should be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) by October 31, 2014. 

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Michigan, has an opening for an Indoor Education Manager. This position is responsible for the overall supervision of the 100+ docent corps as well as indoor activities related to tours (both guided and self-guided) for student and adult groups. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented with a demonstrated record of strong organizational and planning skills and will exhibit creativity and intellectual curiosity.

NAEA WEBINAR: Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards: Model Cornerstone Assessments – An Exploration of How the New Standards Support Authentic Assessment Strategies, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 7pm ET. The new standards provide models for assessment in the art classroom that can be adapted to instructional units and tailored to local teaching and learning settings. Learn how assessment can be authentically assessed “along the way” blending the four artistic processes of creating, presenting, responding, and connecting. Gain an understanding of how formative assessment techniques in the art classroom can support 21st Century Skills and demonstrate parallels to the Common Core State Standards through this interactive webinar. NAEA Members: FREE; Non-Members: $49

SAVE THE DATE! New Visual Arts Standards Interactive Virtual Learning Conference | September 27 & 28, 2014
. Join visual arts education colleagues from across the US. and the globe for this interactive, virtual NAEA professional learning opportunity, hosted at the Phillips Collection! Learn straight from the source—members of the Visual Arts Writing and Assessment Teams—about the New Visual Arts Standards and the dynamic Web-based Standards Environment that you can customize for use in planning for your classroom. Engage in an in-depth look at the Philosophical Foundations, Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings, and Essential Questions used to guide curriculum design and assessment. Log on prepared to ask questions, share your insight, and be inspired! NAEA Members: $89; Non-Members: $129

A National Spotlight for Arts Education - Arts in Education Week: September 14-20, 2014. In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California. The resolution states: [...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

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