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Arts in Education Week: Connections and Collaborations in the AzCCRS

artsinedThis past June, the Arts Commission presented a pair of exclusive blog series designed to explore the potential for arts integration within Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards and to inspire the creativity of Arizona’s educators. For educators, these standards offer a unique opportunity to reflect not only on what they teach, but also on how they teach. 

The first part of the series, Connections and Collaborations, discusses the challenges and opportunities the new standards present to arts educators. The second part, by Arts Integration Solutions, provides some hands on tools and techniques for strengthening English Language Arts and Math instruction through arts integration.

Arts Integration and making connections between the Arizona College & Career Ready Standards and the Arts will both be prominent topics at the 2014 Joint Arts Education Conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore “close reading” in the visual and performing arts, as well as to discover simple, effective arts integration methods in a session with Arts Integration Solutions.

You can check out the whole AzCCRS series at the links below, and learn more about the Joint Arts Education Conference, taking place Monday, October 20th at the Phoenix Art Museum, at www.azarts.gov/jaec.

Connections & Collaborations, by Lynn Tuttle
June 5, 2014: Introduction
June 10, 2014: English Language Arts
June 12, 2014: Math

Art Integration under the Arizona College & Career Ready Standards, by Paul Fisher
June 17, 2014: Introduction
June 19, 2014: English Language Arts, part 1
June 24, 2014: English Language Arts, part 2
June 26, 2014: Math, part 1
July 1, 2014: Math, part 2

Celebrate Arts in Education Week, September 14-20, 2014!

artsinedIn 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 designating the week following the second Sunday in September as Arts in Education Week. The resolution states, in part: “[…] 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 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. Here are a few online events and forums that you can join to share your voice this week:

The Arts Commission will also be sharing a series of Arts In Education Week topics here on the azarts417 blog all week long, and reposting them on our Facebook page, where we hope you’ll join in the discussion!

CERF+ Offers Emergency Relief Assistance to Artists

In response to yesterday’s rain and flooding throughout Arizona, we received an email this morning from Les Snow, Program Manager at CERF+.

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CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. CERF+ accomplishes its mission through these programs and initiatives:

  • Emergency Relief
  • Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Resources
  • Emergency Preparedness Educational Programs
  • Artist Preparedness Campaign
  • National Coalition for Arts Preparedness & Emergency Response
  • Research on the Needs & Status of Working Artists (more…)

JAEC Early-Bird Registration Period Extended!

The Joint Arts Education Conference is back this year, and due to popular demand, we are extending the early registration rate by one week!

2014 jaec final logoPresented every other year by the Arts Commission and the Arizona Department of Education, the Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) brings together Arizona’s arts education leaders to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students.

We’ve just updated the website with a new, detailed agenda; check it out for more information about the local/national speakers and the content sessions that will help you chart a course for success as an arts education leader in your school or community.

Visit www.azarts.gov/jaec and register by the extended deadline of September 12th to take advantage of the early registration rate of just $95!

Early Registration Rate: $95, Extended until September 12, 2014 Save over 20%!

Regular Registration Rate: $120, from September 13 – October 15, 2014

Student Registration Rate: $75, Now – October 15, 2014

Full-time students may register at the student rate.

ArtBox Institute: Professional Development for Northern Arizona Artists

The following blog post was written by Katie Selph, currently the Communications Intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in Creative Writing.

“I came into the program with a lot of experience in the art world, but also filled with uncertainty and a lack of confidence. Through the program, I believe I have developed skills that will give me encouragement to be successful at doing what I love.”

-          Stephanie Peters, ArtBox Student (more…)

Arizona Selected for 3-year Initiative to Advance State Arts Education Policy

Arizona is among 10 states selected to join Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, to administer a three-year pilot program to expand policy support for local arts education and access to arts program and instruction in Arizona schools.

afta-logoLead members of the Arizona team include Catherine “Rusty” Foley, executive director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts; Lynn Tuttle, director of arts education for the Arizona Department of Education; Alexandra Nelson, director of arts learning, Arizona Commission on the Arts; and Tee Lambert, president of the Washington Elementary School District and a member of the Arizona School Board Association’s Legislative Committee.

Joining Arizona in the pilot program are Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The announcement was made at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ legislative summit in Minneapolis.

Americans for the Arts has launched a three-pronged strategy that will help influence implementation of federal mandates or programs at the state level; expand state support of arts education in policy and appropriations; and impact local access to arts programs and instruction for students. The State Policy Pilot Program has three main strategies that are outlined below:

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“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the team from Arizona into our new initiative to boost arts education. Because education reforms are primarily tackled at the state and local level, this new partnership is critical to collectively strengthen the arts in education policy in our country,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

“This cohort of 10 states includes team leaders from state agencies, state legislators, advocates and the education policy community–all working together to advance policies to ensure that all America’s students can have equal access to an arts education.”

Through Americans for the Arts, the Arizona team will receive customized coaching and technical assistance throughout the three-year pilot, via web-based tools and site visits, to work towards specific objectives, resources and outcomes that they seek to impact. Additionally, Arizona Citizens for the Arts will receive a direct grant of $10,000 each year of the three-year pilot program to support identified goals.

Register Early for the Joint Arts Education Conference!

On Monday, October 20, 2014, arts education leaders from across Arizona will gather at the Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students.

2014 jaec final logoDesigned especially for art, dance, music and theatre educators, teaching artists, arts organizations, general classroom teachers, and administrators, the JAEC offers tools and resources to help attendees chart a course for success as an arts education leader in their school or community.

Now through September 5th, you can register for the Joint Arts Education Conference at the early-bird rate of $95!

Conference attendees will…

  • Be the first to see updated census data about access to arts education in our state.
  • Explore how arts learning connects to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.
  • Have a voice in the revision process for Arizona’s Academic Standards in the Arts.
  • Make connections with arts education colleagues from across Arizona.
  • Learn about successful program evaluation, teacher assessment/evaluation, arts education leadership strategies, and more!

Participants in the Joint Arts Education Conference will also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the leading thinkers and researchers in the field of arts education, including:

  • John Abodeely, Deputy Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
  • Mary Leuhrsen, Executive Director of The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation
  • Steven Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

Presented by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education, the 2014 Joint Arts Education Conference will take place at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Register here.

Save over 20% when you register by September 5th, 2014!

Early Registration Rate: $95, from May 21 – September 5, 2014
Regular Registration Rate: $120, from September 6 – October 15, 2014
Student Registration Rate: $75, from May 21 – October 15, 2014
Full-time students may register at the student rate.

Artist Research & Development Grant Spotlight: Jeremy Muller

The following blog post was written by Katie Selph, currently the Communications Intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in Creative Writing.

“With percussion, it’s a very young tradition compared to other instruments like the piano or violin. We have the ability to shape its history.”

Leading up to the application deadline for Fiscal Year 2015 Artistic Research & Development Grants, we’re following up with some of the program’s past recipients. Today, we hear from Fiscal Year 2014 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient, Jeremy Muller.

MaracasRecordingJeremy Muller is a percussionist whose work explores the union of technology and modern performance. Muller received funding in support of his collaboration with three composers on three different compositions. Each composition employed a novel approach or unusual technique: one used ecoacoustics and sounds of the natural world, another involved the use of found objects, and the final piece utilized cutting-edge, interactive technology. We recently contacted Muller to discuss the evolution of these collaborations, as well as his creative process and his interpretation of percussion.

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