A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Introduction and Approaches to Creative Aging
February 20, 2016 9:30am - 12:30pm
Tucson Museum of Art
Join us in Tucson for an experiential Creative Aging workshop. Guest artists, Maria Genné and Jane Tygesson will share some of the latest research in Creative Aging and lead an interactive exploration of the different approaches used across the continuum of care. The workshop will introduce possibilities for participatory art making in dance, music, visual arts, poetry and story, and participants will leave with concrete tools and ideas to use in their own programs and work.

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 Introduction to Creative Aging
Cost: $5. Workshop size is limited to 40 participants. Advance registration is required.
Teaching Artist Symposium
Photos (from left to right): Photo courtesy Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona; photo by Alonso Parra, Lamp Left Media; photo by Annie Guthrie, courtesy of University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Teaching Artist Symposium
Saturday, February 27, 2016│9:00am - 12:30pm
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Last fall, Arizona Teaching Artists were surveyed on the unique challenges and benefits their communities hold around a teaching artist's role in arts education. Join us for a half day symposium with Lincoln Center Education (LCE) to learn more about the current state of the teaching artist field nationally, to discuss the Arizona survey results, help outline steps to move the field forward locally, and engage in breakout sessions led by LCE teaching artists. Presented by Arizona Commission on the Arts, Childsplay, Mesa Arts Center and Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.
Cost: Free. Advance registration is required.

Arts and Aging Summit
NEA Releases Report on the Arts and Healthy Aging
The Summit on Creativity and Aging is a report on the May 2015 summit of more than 70 experts co-presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and National Center for Creative Aging that preceded the July 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The report investigates three topics relevant to healthy aging--health and wellness and the arts, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design--and offers recommendations for the public and private sectors, noting that the federal government is poised to take a leadership role in fostering change.  
AZ Artworker Workshop
AZ ArtWorker: Asantewa Sunni-Ali
February 24, 2016
Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix 
AZ ArtWorker, in partnership with ASU Performance in the Borderlands and Black Theatre Troupe, will present a thought-provoking workshop with Asantewa Sunni-Ali, with an introduction by artist and culture leader Fatimah Halim. Participants will engage in storytelling, creative writing, and Image Theatre exercises designed to create liberating stories that question dominant paradigms and reclaim community narratives.
State Policy Symposium
2016 Arts Education State Policy Symposium
March 5, 2016
Washington, DC
Join AEP, Americans for the Arts, the Kennedy Center, and arts education leaders from across the country in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 5 for States of Change: the Arts Leading the Way for Student Success, a one-day state policy symposium exploring the role of the arts on the evolving landscape of education policy.
Call for Proposals
NALAC Leadership Institute
Call for Proposals: International Teaching Artist Conference
Deadline: February 22, 2016
ITAC3: The Third International Teaching Artist Conference is now accepting presentation proposals. The conference will take place August 3-5, 2016 in Edinburg, Scotland, and brings together artists, organizations, funders and researchers from all over the world to explore key issues relating to participatory arts practice.

Click here to learn more
2016 NALAC Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: February 25, 2016
The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts.
Fiscal Year 2017 Arts Learning Grants
More information about the renovated arts learning grants for schools, school districts and non-profit social service/community organizations, including deadlines and grant cycles, is now available on the Arts Commission website. Fiscal Year 2017 guidelines will be published no later than March 28, 2016. 

Feel free to send us your comments, suggestions or a story idea you'd like to see in the next issue. Email: artslearning@azarts.gov
To learn more about our programs and services at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit www.azarts.gov
Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

Anastasia Freyermuth
Poetry Out Loud Coordinator

Harper Piver
AZ Creative Aging Coordinator

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