December 2015
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
AZ Creative Aging

Introduction to Creative Aging: Myths of Aging and the Power of the Arts
January 15, 2016 8:30am - 11:30am
Phoenix Art Museum
Join us for this free workshop to learn about the myths of aging and how arts engagement benefits older adults. Jorge Merced , Associate Artistic Director of Pregones Theater, will provide a keynote on Creative Aging and an interactive exploration of the different approaches used across the continuum of care.

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, teaching artists, and arts organization staff.
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Mesa Arts Center Educator Workshop
Mesa Arts Center Jazz A to Z Educator Workshops
January 27 or 28, 2016
The Gershwin Legacy: Fascinating Rhythms of People of New York is an interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that focuses on the life, times and music of George and Ira Gershwin in conjunction with the migration of African Americans and Eastern European Jews to New York City in the early part of the 20th century. The session will give an over view of a ready to use, interdisciplinary unit which addresses both the Arizona State Social Studies standards as well as Common Core English Language Arts standards for drawing evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.
Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden Teacher Workshop
February 6, 2016
The STEAM/Biomimicry workshop will explore the connections between science and design through the lens of biomimicry. This training accompanies the curriculum for the newest Garden tours based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education and Common Core Standards.
2016 VSA Intersections
2016 Governor's Arts Awards Nominations
Deadline: December 11, 2015
Nominations for the 2016 Governor's Arts Awards are now open. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: Artist; Arts in Education - Individual; Arts in Education - Organization; Small Business; Large Business; Community; Individual.
Call for Session Proposals: VSA Intersections - Arts and Special Education Conference
Deadline: January 7, 2016
VSA's Arts and Special Education Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. The 2016 conference will take place August 1-2 in Pittsburgh.

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NAMM Awards
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education Award
Deadline: January 30, 2016
The NAMM Foundation invites school districts and schools across the country to participate in its 17th annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) survey. This national award program recognizes commitment to music education and efforts to assure that comprehensive music education is part of the core curriculum for every child.

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2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Deadline: February 2, 2016
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply.
Creative Caregiving
USArtists International
NCCA Creative Caregiving Guide

This free resource from the National Center for Creative Aging provides an array of creative lessons to address the physical, mental, and social needs of family and professional care partners of adults living with Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive disorders.

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USArtists International Round II
Deadline: December 4, 2015
Committed to the presence of US based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals. 
The Big Read
Shakespeare in American Communities
The Big Read Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: January 27, 2016
The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop reading programs between September 2016 and June 2017.
Shakespeare in American Communities
Deadline: February 4, 2016
Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Grants will be awarded to support performances and related educational activities for students.
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Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

Anastasia Freyermuth
Poetry Out Loud Coordinator

Harper Piver
AZ Creative Aging Coordinator

417 West Roosevelt Street 
Phoenix AZ 85003-1326  
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