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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 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

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.

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