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ImaginingImagining the Possibilities - Register Now!
Registration now open for Statewide Arts Education Leadership Summit
A Montana Arts Education Leadership Summit hosted by MAC and OPI
Friday, September 23 and Satruday, September 24, 2016 in Helena, MT
A free event!
Please join the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Office of Public Instruction as we shine a spotlight on the new Montana Arts Standards while celebrating integrated learning in the arts as a critical  component of a well-rounded education. Come to share your ideas, and learn about some of the best teaching and learning happening in Montana's schools.
Schedule includes:
  • Pre-conference workshop on creativity in the classroom with former Guggenheim arts educator Jenny Bevill
  • An opening reception with Montana artists Phillip Aaberg and Jack Gladstone
  • Saturday break-out sessions led by Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts and others
  • Information about the new Montana Arts Standards, and updates on how the new ESSA bill impacts the arts.
  • Special lunchtime program with the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education Finalist Marianne Adams and students from Grandstreet Theatre School
Call for presenters!   The Summit will feature a special session of ArtsEdTalks, 5-8 minute presentations led by arts educators across the state that answers the question, "How do you imagine the possibilities for arts education in Montana's schools?"  If you have a vision you would like to share, find the application form here. Up to 10 speakers will be chosen.  Deadline for submission is Monday, August 29. 
MT_standardsTake a look at Montana's Arts Standards
On July 14, 2016, the Board of Public Education adopted new standards for the arts.  For the first time, Montana now has discipline-specific standards in music, theatre, visual arts, media arts and dance.  The new standards also include eleven unifying anchor standards across all five disciplines, and integrate Indian Education for All (IEFA).  The new standards are to be implemented by all Montana public schools effective July 1, 2017.  As new resources for implementing the standards are developed by the Montana Arts Council and the Office of Public Instruction, check back here to find multiple opportunities to learn about the new standards (you can start by attending the Montana Arts Education Leadership Summit in September, see above!)
Watch a short, introductory video on the new standards, produced by OPI:

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Karen Kaufmann, artistic director of CoMotion Dance Project grapples with a global topic by putting her own "spin" on things. Kaufmann has choreographed a full show on climate change that will tour to middle schools throughout the state, with the chance of a national tour. Here is her take on the project.

Preparations for the new school year should include planning for arts integration, whatever subject or grade level you teach.

"The "STEAM" initiative invites the integration of arts into STEM education while emphasizing innovation. Get creative this school year and bring the arts into your teaching and learning with this sampling of resources from KQED and PBS Learning Media."
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Emily Kohring | Director of Arts Education | Montana Arts Council | (406) 444-6522 | |