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Our Town Grant Guidelines Released from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts recently posted guidelines and application materials for their creative placemaking grant program, Our Town. Grant amounts range from $25,000 to $200,000. To date, four Our Town grants have been recieved in Arizona:

  • Ajo: The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (2011)
  • Flagstaff: Flagstaff Cultural Partners (2012)
  • Phoenix: City of Phoenix (2012)
  • Tucson: Tucson Pima Arts Council (2011)

See information posted below from the National Endowment for the Arts for 2013 guidelines and more information. (more…)

Two Days Remain to Register for the Joint Arts Education Conference Next Week

Join us at the Joint Arts Education Conference next Monday, October 15th. The daylong conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for teaching artists, educators, arts administrators, and arts education advocates.

Be inspired by opening speaker Dr. Peter Boonshaft and reconnect with the reasons you teach in the arts in the first place. Envision what the future can look like for our students, including programs that connect the arts to Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Discuss changes affecting the way we build value for our work and how we can leverage those changes into avenues of opportunity. Close out the day with David Dik, and dialogue about how each of us can move forward with more informed and proactive practice to benefit our students and our communities.

For a full conference agenda and to register, visit www.azarts.gov/jaec. (more…)

National Arts and Humanities Month Brings National Arts Education Leaders to Arizona

Educators lead extremely busy lives. Our work is gratifying but demanding, and rarely leaves time for professional development. But we know how important it is to take time to reflect, share, listen and learn, for our students and for ourselves. This October offers two excellent chances to do just that.

On October 13th, the Phoenix Art Museum’s Education Department will host Dr. Shari Tishman, Director of Harvard Project Zero. Project Zero is an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, whose mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels. Read more about this opportunity to engage with a leading institution in arts education in the guest blog post below.

And on October 15th, the Arts Commission and the Arizona Department of Education will present the second Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) at the Mesa Arts Center. Be inspired by opening keynote speaker Dr. Peter Boonshaft and reconnect with the reasons you teach in the arts in the first place; engage in reflective and exciting dialogue with your statewide colleagues; learn more about the intersection between the arts and Common Core standards; join closing keynote David Dik to discuss how each of us can move forward with a more informed, engaged and proactive practice to benefit our students and our communities. (more…)

October is Arts and Humanities Month: How will you celebrate?

October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). Click the buttons to find or create a NAHM event. How will you celebrate?

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Are You Submitting an Application to the Artist Research and Development Grant Program? Here Are Some Tips!

With the Artist Research and Development Grant deadline looming this week, we would like to offer some helpful information regarding your application to the program.

The Artist Research and Development Grant (formerly the Artist Project Grant) supports individual artists from all disciplines in research which deepens an artist’s craft and endeavors to advance the artist’s discipline, field of study, community of practice or broader community as defined by the artist.

Artist Research and Development Grant applicants may include but are not limited to artists who are: developing or experimenting with new techniques, methodologies and technologies; pioneering new works; or conceiving of and advancing new strategies for engagement.

Submitting an application takes careful preparation. After reading the guidelines and preparing application materials (which includes a proposal and artistic work samples), everything is submitted online. (more…)

Oh, SNAAP! It’s still Arts in Education Week

A week of blog posts about arts education wouldn’t be complete without a bit of discussion about postsecondary arts education, right? Fortunately for all of us, there is a group of people doing quite a bit of research about graduates of universities with degrees in the arts, so we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Their research presents a great opportunity for us to shape our understanding of what it means to graduate in this country with a degree in the arts.

SNAAP – short for Strategic National Arts Alumni Project – is based at Indiana University and administered in cooperation with the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. It has been around since 2008 and serves as a survey tool of people who have received degrees in the arts (including diplomas from arts high schools). In June of this year, the project released findings from its latest national survey in a report titled, A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education and Careers. The survey included responses from over 33,000 arts graduates. (more…)

Common Core is Here – Don’t Panic! Register for the Joint Arts Education Conference

Lynn Tuttle, the Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education, recently wrote a blog post for the Americans for the Arts’ ARTSBlog, titled Common Core is Here – Don’t Panic! We’ve reposted the piece because of the great insight Lynn offers on the topic of Common Core standards.

Rather than diminish the role of arts education, the Common Core standards illuminate the brilliant processes and skills development that students achieve when learning in and through the arts. Learning how to use the Common Core to our advantage will be important for the arts sector going forward.

So, as Lynn asks in her blog, “As an arts educator in the schools, as a teaching artist who provides supplemental instruction with students in and out of school, as a cultural organization working to partner with a school, and/or as an arts education advocate, how can you approach the Common Core standards?” (more…)

Arts in Education Week: The Choice is Art

Told through the experiences of teaching artists Renee Simms and Sean Nevin, the testimonials in this video speak to the impact teaching artists have in classrooms, and the overall impact arts education can have on classroom students. Find out more about The Choice is Art, a campaign of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, at http://www.thechoiceisart.org. Learn how you can connect to arts education programs in your community, and how you can support and protect the arts in Arizona. Click to view.

In honor of National Arts in Education Week, the early registration rate for the Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) has been extended to September 16th.

The Joint Arts Education Conference is presented by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education, and hosted by the Mesa Arts Center. The conference will take place October 15, 2012, and 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 www.azarts.gov/jaec.

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