topAPRIL 2016 
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2016 
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is deeply committed to promoting and supporting lifelong learning in, through and about the arts. To ensure that our grantmaking in this area continues to serve the sector's evolving needs, reach applicants where they are, and direct essential funding support to the most diverse range of programs and projects, the Arts Learning Grant program has been substantially renovated for Fiscal Year 2017 into a pair of new grants: 
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants and Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants enhance the work of community and social service organizations/ governmental entities through partnership projects with professional teaching artists and/or arts organizations.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of arts educators, classroom teachers and school-based arts programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school, after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

To allow applicants maximum flexibility, each of these grant programs will be on a convenient multiple deadline application cycle.  The first deadline is May 5, 2016

During the month of April, the Arts Commission will host online information sessions for those interested in learning more about these new opportunities. 
Thursday, April 7, 3:30 pm
Register for April 7 Grant info Session
Wednesday, April 20, 3:30pm
Register for April 20 grant info session.

Introduction and Approaches to Creative Aging: Prescott
Creative Aging Workshop in Prescott
April 14, 2016 │ 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Prescott Meals on Wheels @ Rowle P. Simmons Community Center 
Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Prescott Meals on Wheels for a workshop on creativity and aging with Gary Glazner, award winning poet and Founder/Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. This fun, high-energy workshop is packed-full of simple techniques to help imagine high-quality arts programs for older adults. 

Who should attend?  Anyone interested in the vital relationship between the arts and quality of life for older adults, including aging or healthcare service organization staff, caregivers, volunteers, teaching artists, and arts organizations.

Register for Creative Aging Workshop
Cost: Free. Advance registration is required.

Arizona Poetry Out Loud Champion
Arizona Poetry Out Loud on AZPBS
Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion featured on Fox 10 News
Fox 10 News in Phoenix featured 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion Hunter Hazelton on its March 17, 2016, broadcast. Hazelton was named State Champion at the State Finals competition held on Friday, March 11. 

Watch Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Arizona PBS
The 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at the Downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. On April 15, they'll broadcast a half-hour special featuring interviews and recitations from the event. Check local listings for broadcast times.

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Americans Speak Out: Arts Education & Government Arts Funding
Americans Speak Out about Arts EducationAmericans for the Arts, with the help of Ipsos Public Affairs, surveyed 3,020 American adults in December 2015 on topics such as support for arts education and government arts funding, personal engagement in the arts , and   the personal benefits that come from engaging in the arts. This study is being released in phases with another section coming in the spring. 
Arts and the Creative Campus_ Arts in Healthcare
Lincoln Center Education
Arts & the Creative Campus II: Arts in Healthcare
Gateway Community College, Phoenix
April 22, 2016, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
GateWay Community College will host a free workshop for those interested in learning more about the arts and their role in healing/healthcare. Speakers include local Creative Aging Teaching Artists and representatives from MARC Community Resources and Phoenix Veterans Affairs.

2016 Summer Development Program for Teaching Artists
Deadline Extended: April 22, 2016  
This development program provides Teaching Artists with opportunities to hone their skills and deepen their experiences in such fundamental areas as lesson/workshop design, facilitation and environment, student engagement, inquiry-based instruction, reflection, collaborations/partnerships, leadership and advocacy. 

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SEADAE Call for Proposals
National Center for Education Statistics
SEADAE Symposium Call for Proposals
Deadline: May 1, 2016
The State Education Agencies' Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) is accepting breakout session proposals for the SEADAE Arts Assessment Symposium to be held Nov. 11-12, 2016, in Grapevine, TX. This symposium will provide a platform for sharing advancements in arts assessment policies and practices from the local, state and national levels. Proposals should address one of two organizing themes: "Changes in Policy" or "Advances in Arts Assessment."

U.S. Department of Education Research Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences (IES) has included "Arts in Education" as a special research topic area eligible for funding. Funded through the "Education Research Competition," the Arts in Education special topic supports research to understand the implementation and effects of arts programs and policies at the K-12 level in order to improve education outcomes. Letters of Intent are due by May 5, 2016 with final applications due on August 4, 2016.

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College Board
City of Tempe
College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
Deadline: April 18, 2016
These annual awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of arts initiatives that serve students in grades 6-12 and that promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards will be given to model programs in three categories, Arts Integration, Equity Through Arts, and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships.

City of Tempe Vibrant City Grants
Deadline: April 26, 2016
These grants are available to individual artists to help fund passing, short-lived, momentary, temporary, transitory, ephemeral projects that occur in Tempe in public spaces that are not traditionally associated with art. Applicants may request grant support up to a maximum of $4,000; requests may include services of artists and arts educators, supplies, stipends, production costs, space rental, marketing, printing and travel.

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Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

Anastasia Freyermuth
Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Harper Piver
AZ Creative Aging Coordinator
This monthly online newsletter from the Arts Learning Department at the Arizona Commission on the Arts provides relevant, current and important information from the local, regional and national Arts Learning and Teaching Artist fields.

Job and Arts Opportunities listings on the website are maintained by Arts Commission staff and are not comprehensive. Questions regarding a listed opportunity should be directed to the corresponding contact person identified in the posting. 

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