July 2015
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
top This 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.
Arts and Aging Blogathon
Barry's Blog, a source of "news, advice and opinion for arts administrators," recently devoted a full week of entries to conversations about arts and aging. Those sharing thoughts on the topic include the National Center for Creative Aging, Lifetime Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

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Sounds of Cultura (SOC): Son Jarocho Collective
The Son Jarocho Collective,  an inter-generational collective of students who are learning the tradition of Son Jarocho music a and a 2015 Arts Commission Arts Learning Grant recipient, was recently featured on  the  Eight, Arizona PBS  program Horizonte.
How Seattle Got Its (Arts) Groove Back
Arts education is rarely a priority, especially in low-income schools. Here's how Seattle is changing that.

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Statistics in Brief: Public Elementary and Secondary Schools Arts Education Instructors

Using data from the most recent Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey on arts education, the U.S. Department of Education has released a new Statistics in Brief that explores how schools are staffing arts education classrooms as well as the facilities provided for arts learning opportunities.


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Arts Participation Among People with Disabilities

Nearly 28 million U.S. adults have some type of disability related to hearing, sight, cognition, walking and other activities of daily living. The latest NEA research offers the first, nationally representative analysis of arts-participation patterns among people with disabilities. Learn more in A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Americans with Disabilities.


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Kennedy Center Experiential Education Initiative Internship
DEADLINE: July 31, 2015
The Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship is designed to offer meaningful instruction and cultural arts experiences to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The EEI Internship provides hands-on opportunities to explore today's complex performing arts environment to six motivated individuals each year.

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Share Your Art Story with the National Endowment for the Arts
This year, 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts. To better recount the story of the NEA and the arts in America, the NEA wants to share your story of how the arts have influenced your life.

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Call for Proposals: spark: Mesa's Festival of Creativity
DEADLINE: August 7, 2015 

spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity seeks proposals from artists practicing in a variety of disciplines, to show/perform/facilitate existing or new works that are unique, creative and highly engaging for the 2016 festival being held on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Mesa Arts Center.


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Free Adobe Software for Title I Schools 

As part of President Obama's ConnectED initiative, Adobe is donating $300 million in software and professional development to Title I schools throughout the country
--all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build skills for future success. Schools meeting the eligiblity requirements are welcome to apply.  


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Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Grant Award
DEADLINE: July 10, 2015

The Master-Apprentice Grant Award is designed to support the teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices. The goal of this award is to strengthen the transmission of community-based traditions throughout the Southwestern United States. The award supports a master artist or tradition bearer who has identified a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices), to engage in a relationship that includes intensive learning, one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience in his/her traditional artistic practice.


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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

417 West Roosevelt Street 
Phoenix AZ 85003-1326  
tel     (602) 771-6501
fax     (602) 256-0282

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