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Joint Arts Education Conference 2014

2014 jaec final logoThe biennial Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) convened at the Phoenix Art Museum on Monday, October 20. Presented through a partnership between the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education, the conference attracted over 170 attendees, including arts educators, school administrators, teaching artists, and arts learning professionals from across the state. (more…)

MusicaNova Orchestra: Looking Beyond “Greatest Hits” to the Future of Symphonic Music

“It really is the belief that there is great music in addition to the standard ‘greatest hits’ repertoire that needs to be played and heard and appreciated that keeps us going.”

- Bob Altizer, President, Board of Directors, MusicaNova Orchestra

At a time when symphony orchestras across the country are struggling to make ends meet, some of the nation’s most venerable institutions are closing their doors, and pundits are questioning the continued vitality of classical music, one Phoenix-based symphony orchestra is betting on the future.

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Joint Arts Education Conference: Meet Your Keynote Speakers

There are thousands of reasons to attend the Joint Arts Education Conference this year. Conference attendees will:

  • be the first to see updated census data about access to arts education in our state,
  • have hands-on opportunities to explore how arts learning is impacted by Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,
  • have a voice in the current revisions to Arizona’s State Arts Standards,
  • learn about successful national models, program evaluation, teacher assessment/evaluation, arts education leadership strategies and more.

Today, however, we’d like to cast the spotlight on two of the best reasons to attend: John Abodeely and Mary Luehrsen, JAEC’s keynote speakers. (more…)

How will you celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month?

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National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. How will you celebrate? The possibilities are endless, but here are a few suggestions: (more…)

Application Deadline Approaching for Professional Development and Arts Learning Grants

The deadline to apply for cycle B funding in our Professional Development Grant and Arts Learning Grant programs is 11:59pm, Thursday, October 2, 2014. To better meet the needs of potential applicants, the annual funding period for each of these programs has been divided into multiple cycles: for Arts Learning Grants, Cycle B funds projects taking place between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015. For Professional Development Grants, Cycle B funds activities taking place between November 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. (more…)

ArtPlace and NEA Offer Funding Support for Creative Placemaking

A pair of national funding initiatives focused on art-based community development projects are now accepting applications.

ArtPlace America is now accepting applications for the fifth round of its National Grants Program. According to ArtPlace, the program is “designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to strengthening the social, physical and economic fabric of their communities.” Non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations, local and tribal governing bodies, and individual artists/designers are invited to apply, though applicants who do not currently have nonprofit status or federally recognized designation as a local governing body will need to apply through a nonprofit fiscal agent. (more…)

Arts Commission Announces Recent Staff Departures and New Hires

The Arizona Commission on the Arts today announced the addition of two new staff members to fill vacancies left by recent departures. (more…)

Arts in Education Week: A Conclusion and an Invitation

In our opening post this week, we shared that:

artsinedArts in Education Week exists as an opportunity to put a national spotlight on arts education, creating a forum for leaders in arts and education at the local, state, and national level to exchange perspectives, ideas, and solutions to obstacles unique to our field.

That important idea of forum and exchange of ideas is the impetus for the biennial Joint Arts Education Conference as well. (more…)

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