May 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.

Call for Proposals: Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships

***Deadline Extended***

This Arts Commission grant program supports substantive school/community partnerships that implement initiatives aimed at effecting change in low performing schools (Arizona "D" and "F" label schools) by strengthening teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration. 


Proposals may focus on any number of effective models, and must utilize the proposed arts programming to address desired goals and outcomes in support of the school's school improvement plan and/or capacity-building efforts. Partnerships must include at least one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity; eligible schools must be Arizona "D" or "F" label schools (based on current accountability letter grade). Either partner may serve as the primary applicant.  


The Letter of Interest deadline is Friday, May 8, 2015 and the 2015-2016 guidelines can be found online at 

A Journey from Arizona
to the Pinnacle of Poetry
Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion Zaskia Villa recently represented Arizona in the National Poetry Out Loud Finals in Washington DC.

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NEA Funds Hundreds of Community-based Art Projects

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 1,023 grants totaling $74 million to nonprofit arts organizations in all 50 states plus five US jurisdictions.


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Opening Minds Through the Arts Workshops
Interested educators are invited to participate in a series of workshops focusing on arts integration, the benefits of arts education and various music rehearsal techniques.

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Kennedy Center National Seminar for Teaching Artists  

Application Deadline: May 29, 2015  

The Kennedy Center is offering a National Seminar for teaching artists who wish to strengthen the quality and impact of their work. Participants will explore the Kennedy Center's approach to planning effective residencies for students as well as lesson design. The National Seminar will take place August 11-13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

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Call for Session Proposals
Deadline: May 25, 2015 
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) has announced a call for concurrent session proposals for the 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success.   AEP Partners and leaders from around the nation are invited to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for the next America.

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Arizona Art Education Association Awards Nominations
Deadline: June 30, 2015 
Each year the Arizona Art Education Association recognizes excellence in the members and programs of the AAEA. Award recipients are announced and honored at the annual State Conference.

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The Arts Education Partnership Action Agenda
The Arts Education Partnership released The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. This action agenda will serve as the blueprint for the collective work for the Partnership for the next five years.

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Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grants
Deadline: June 4, 2015 
Professional Development Grants 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. Applicants may request grant support up to $750.

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Crayola Creative Leadership Grant
Deadline: June 22, 2015 

The Crayola Creative Leadership Grant program supports innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools (the principal must be a member of NAESP). Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. 

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To learn more about our programs and services at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit
Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

Patrick Fanning
Arts Learning and Special Projects Coordinator

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

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