June 2015
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Wall: How the Arts Can Improve Aging
The Wall: How the Arts Can Improve Aging
The Wall: How the Arts Can Improve Aging
Last month, Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Board Chair of Grantmakers in the Arts, attended a gathering of philanthropists, grantmakers and thought leaders to "explore an asset-based, rather than deficit-based, approach to aging." He returned with this video, which Aroha Philanthropies has generously permitted us to share. 
Teaching Artist Survey
Teaching Artist Elizabeth Johnson
Calling all artists who teach; we want to hear from you! The Arts Commission, along with Local Arts Agencies and Arts Organization partners, have developed this brief survey to collect important information about the current Arizona Teaching Artist field. This survey will help inform future support for the professional development and work of teaching artists. If you are providing learning opportunities through the arts for any age, in any setting, you are encouraged to complete this survey. Responses will be collected through Thursday, June 11, 2015.
State Board of Education Adopts New Arizona Arts Standards
On May 18, 2015 the Arizona State Board of Education adopted revised Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts. The recently approved Arts Standards will replace the June 2006 Arts Standards; the 2015-16 school year will be a transition year, with full implementation of the new standards during the 2016-17 school year. You can view the new standards on the Arizona Department of Education Website.

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Receives NEA Grant Award for ArtBuild
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a $30,000 Art Works grant to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to support ArtsBuild, a STEAM-based arts learning program that employs public art projects to engage Phoenix residents of all ages in the creative and collaborative process of designing and building a modern city.

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Eric Booth Receives Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Award
Eric Booth, the father of the field of teaching artistry has been named Americans for the Arts' 2015 annual Leadership Award winner for Arts Education.
Booth is the first teaching artist to receive this award, having been on the faculty of Juilliard for 11 years and serving as a consultant for many organizations, cities, states, and businesses around the country.

Arts Education Partnership 2015 National Forum September 1-2, 2015; Arlington, VA
The 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success will convene arts and education leaders to explore arts-centered solutions as states across the country implement higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America's young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.

Call for Nominations: AAEA Awards Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2015
Arizona Art Education Association (AAEA) awards recognize and honor outstanding member-colleagues and non-member advocates. AAEA members may nominate individuals in Arizona who make a positive difference for the visual arts in schools and other institutions.

Call for Nominations: TPAC Lumies Awards Nomination Deadline: June 29, 2015
Each year, the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) partners with Southern Arizona's business, government and arts communities to honor the region's arts luminaries-the individuals, educators, organizations and businesses that make Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality. 

GIA Arts Education Funders Coalition Meeting Resources
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) hosted a national forum for arts education funders in May 2015. The Forum included new research on foundation funding, practical examples of funder collaboratives and their successes in changing public policy, and the new "data revolution" which supports the goal that "every child" in "every school" should have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts. Presentations and resources from the convening are now available on the GIA website.
Professional Development Grant DEADLINE: June 4, 2015
Arizona Commission on the Arts 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.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grant Deadline: June 22, 2015
The Crayola Creative Leadership Grant program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. 

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

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