JULY 2016
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arts Commission announces grant awards
Arts Commission Awards $2,266,000 in Grants Statewide   
On July 6, 2016, the Arizona Commission on the Arts announced 239 grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools and community organizations. 

In total, the competitive grant review process for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) resulted in an aggregate investment of $2,266,000, and represents a more than 100% increase to total funding awarded during last year's first grantmaking cycle.

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Save the Date_ 2016 Joint Arts Education Conference Save the Date: 2016 Joint Arts Education Conference  
Every two years, Arizona's teaching artists, educators, arts administrators and arts education advocates gather to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students. The 2016 Joint Arts Education Conference will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. Registration will open in August. 

Annual Satisfaction Survey
Annual Satisfaction Survey
The Arizona Commission on the Arts endeavors to continually improve the service and support it provides to Arizona's arts sector. To this end, the Arts Commission invites your candid appraisal of the agency and its work in this confidential survey.

Already, comments and suggestions provided via this survey are helping to shape our plans for the coming year and informing changes to our grants and programs. It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey, but the feedback you provide can make a lasting impact.
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Poetry Out Loud National Finals video
2016 POL National Finals Video Footage Now Available
Footage from the 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Finals and Semifinals is now available on the Poetry Out Loud YouTube channel. Access to individual recitations is available through a simple interface in the "notes" section of each video.  

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VSA Intersections
Creative Aging Conference
2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
August 1-2, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA
Registration is now open for the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. During this conference, participants have the opportunity to attend sessions on an array of topics and emerging issues relevant to providing students with disabilities access to and engagement in arts education programming.
THE CREATIVE AGE Global Perspectives on Creativity & Aging
September 24-28, 2016, Washington, DC
Early Registration Deadline: July 31 
THE CREATIVE AGE Global Perspectives on Creativity & Aging is an international convening and idea exchange for the field of creative aging. The keynotes, plenary sessions, presentations, and social and networking events will engage, equip, impact, and inspire work in the field of Creative Aging.

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AERA Call for Submissions
Boston youth Arts Evaluation Project
2017 AERA Annual Meeting - Call for Paper and Session Submissions
Submission Deadline: July 22, 2016
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is currently accepting paper and session submissions for their 2017 AERA Annual Meeting which will be held April 27 - May 1, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. The theme of the meeting is "Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity."

Measuring Youth Development Outcomes in Arts Education
Live Webinar: 11:00 am, July 13, 2016 
The webinar, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, will provide an overview to the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (BYAEP), including the context and history of the project, how and why it was developed, and a review of the logic model framework and tools. 

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Arizona Department of Education
Education Commission of the States
Full Implementation of new Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts
2015-2016 was a transition year for the new Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts, which will now be fully implemented statewide during the 2016-2017 school year. The revised standards embrace the idea of Artistic Literacy - the ability of students to create Art, perform and present Art, respond to or critique Art, and connect Art to their lives and the world around them.

ESSA's Well-Rounded Education
This new report from Education Commission of the States reviews the components of the Every Student Succeeds Act's (ESSA) prevalent "well-rounded education" concept and potential ways that states can support educational access for every student under this new law. 

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NEA Art Works Grants
Professional Development Grant
NEA Art Works Arts Education Grants
Deadline: July 14, 2016
These grants from the National Endowment for the Arts support projects for pre-K-12 students, the educators and artists who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. The deadlines are no longer divided by "community-based" and "school-based" projects, and the NEA will accept applications for all three project types at both deadlines - Direct Learning, Professional Development, and Collective Impact. 

Professional Development Grant
Cycle B Deadline: September 8, 2016
Professional Development Grants (PDG) are designed to assist Arizona artists, arts administrators and arts educators with funding support for participation in professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to significant professional growth. Learning activities include participation in conferences, symposia or residencies. Cycle B funds activities with a start date between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Arts Learning Collaboration
Cycle B* Deadline: September 8, 2016
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of arts educators, classroom teachers and school-based arts programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services. 

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Cycle B* Deadline: September 8, 2016
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. 

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* Cycle B funds projects taking place between November 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
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
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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