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Ten Ways to Support Arts Education

To kick off National Arts in Education Week, we’d like to share this blog on an always timely topic. Originally posted by Kristen Engebretsen on the Americans for the Arts’ ARTSBlog, we’ve added some Arizona specific tips and resources for Ten Ways to Support Arts Education.

Arts Commission Welcomes New Staff Members and Commissioners

After a year of transition as the Arts Commission worked toward reauthorization by the Arizona legislature, the agency is pleased to announce three new additions to our team and two recent appointees to the Commission by Governor Brewer.

Following the departure of former Director of Strategic Initiatives Adriana Gallego in February, and former Grants and Accessibility Coordinator Jaya Rao in June, Director of Strategic Partnerships Jennifer Tsukayama recently departed the Arts Commission after more than 5 years of service, as her family moves to New Jersey this fall.

Originally hired as Performing Arts Director for the Arts Commission, Jennifer Tsukayama’s skilled and enthusiastic service to statewide artists and arts organizations was of tremendous benefit to the Arts Commission and its programs over the last 5+ years. While staff positions were eliminated in the recession, Jennifer took on myriad responsibilities related to intra- and cross-sector partnerships, to increase opportunities for those working in the creative sector, and in an effort to expand access to the arts for all. On behalf of the staff and Commissioners, we wish her our very best in her move back to the east coast, and we will dearly miss her passionate contributions as our services continue to evolve. (more…)

Spotlight on Arts Education: National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15

Next week, September 9–15, 2012, marks the third annual National Arts in Education Week. This resolution, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2010 in support of the declaration, provides many reasons why arts education warrants a national week of attention and recognition. The following are a few of the many reasons we celebrate arts in education.

  • 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.
  • Arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline, alternative ways to communicate and express ideas, and cross-cultural understanding, which supports academic success across the curriculum as well as personal growth outside the classroom.
  • As the Nation works to strengthen its foothold in the 21st century global economy, the arts equip students with a creative, competitive edge.
  • Where schools and communities are delivering high-quality learning opportunities in, through, and about the arts for children, extraordinary results occur.

Let’s use this national platform to draw attention to the benefits of arts education, and to celebrate arts education providers both in and outside of the school setting.

NEA Research ArtWorks Grant: Upcoming Webinar

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis recently released guidelines for funding through Research: ArtWorks. Do you desire to investigate how art works in your community? Or, do you have ideas or theories about how the arts factor into such questions as where to live, how to spend leisure time and what kind of education to provide for one’s children? This program supports these kinds of investigations and research, in an effort to better understand the U.S. arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts on American living.

Learn more about the Research ArtWorks Grant program in the NEA’s upcoming webinar on September 12 at 12pm MST. Information below. (more…)

Artivate: New Arts Publication Accepting Submissions

Until September 15, 2012, Artivate, a new arts publication, will accept article submissions on the topic of arts entrepreneurship. The director of the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, Linda Essig, is a co-editing the publication with Gary Beckman, director of entrepreneurial studies in the arts at North Carolina State University.

Submit your essay or article on any of the following topics to be considered for the next issue, scheduled to be published in December 2012; entrepreneurship theory as applied to the arts; arts entrepreneurship education; arts management; arts and creative industries; public policy and the arts; the arts in community and economic development; nonprofit leadership; social entrepreneurship in or using the arts; evaluation and assessment in and of the field; public practice in the arts. (more…)

Early Registration Discount Available for the 2012 Joint Arts Education Conference!

Joint Arts Education Conference
October 15, 2012

The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education have teamed up to offer the second Joint Arts Education Conference on October 15, 2012. Hosted by the Mesa Arts Center, the event provides professional development and networking opportunities for teaching artists, educators, arts administrators, and arts education advocates.

For a full conference agenda and to register, visit Register by September 16 to take advantage of the discount registration! (more…)

Americans for the Arts: Now Accepting Session Proposals for the 2013 Annual Convention

Is your arts organization or community doing something particularly well? Are you conducting a research project or embarking on some new and innovative approaches to programming? Is your marketing plan yielding unprecedented results? Do you want to lead or facilitate a discussion with your peers about issues facing the field, other artists or organizations like your own?  The 2013 Americans for the Arts Convention might be just the place to showcase your successes and learn from the experiences of others. Share with the field what you’ve learned, and do so on a national stage; submit a session proposal to the 2013 Americans for the Arts Convention.

See the details and information regarding session proposals, below, from Americans for the Arts Director of Local Arts Advancement, Mitch Menchaca. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 19.

Americans for the Arts invites you to submit a session proposal for the 2013 Annual Convention! (more…)

Contest for Valley High School Bands: Fulton Homes Noon Salute on 94.5

Attention Valley high school bands: Submit your recorded version of the National Anthem to 94.5 KOOL FM and you could win $1,000! At noon every day, 94.5 KOOL FM plays the National Anthem. Record your high school band performing The Star Spangled Banner and your school could be featured on the show!

Schools audition by sending a recording of their bands’ version of the song on a CD to the radio station. The top submission for the month will be awarded a $1,000 donation to their music department from Fulton Homes, and their recording of The Star Spangled Banner will be aired on 94.5 KOOL FM.

Details, rules, entry forms and more can be found here.

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