topMAY 2016 
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Introduction and Approaches to Creative Aging: Yuma
Creative Aging
Photos (left to right): photo courtesy The Drawing Studio; photo by Dominic AZ Bonuccelli, courtesy of Safos Dance Theatre; photo courtesy of Musical Instrument Museum.
May 18, 2016 │ 9:30am - 12:00pm
The Schoening Conference Center @ Arizona Western College 
Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Western College and WACOG Area Agency on Aging to learn more about Creative Aging. Guest artist Jorge Merced will provide an interactive exploration of the different approaches used across the continuum of care, and the brain/body research which shows that older adults who are engaged in the arts experience better overall health, enjoy a higher quality of life, and are more active in their communities.

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 Creative Aging Workshop  
Cost: Free. Advance registration is required. 

AZ ArtWorker Tucson Event: Re-Creations
AZ ArtWorker ReCreations
May 19, 2016 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Education Center Auditorium @ Tucson Museum of Art 
Join theatre professional Jorge Merced of Pregones Theater in a workshop that provides a creative primer on the art of adaptations. Participants learn to think of both literary and non-literary texts as inspiration and raw material for theater. The evening includes illustrative examples from the ensemble's existing original repertory and hands-on exercises using said text as a springboard for new interpretations.
Register for AZ ArtWorker Workshop
Cost: $10. Advance registration is required. 

Artis Infusion Institute
Arts Infusion Initiative, 2010-15: Evaluation Report
From 2010 to 2015, the Arts Infusion Initiative in Chicago helped expose, inspire and connect detained youth and those at risk of incarceration to rigorous and engaging arts instruction, infused with social and emotional learning goals. This report assesses the degree to which the project, as an emergent model for social change, achieved its intended purposes, and presents the evaluation's key findings and recommendations.

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Master-Apprentice Grants
Arts Education Partnership
Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Award
Deadline: June 1, 2016 
This award is designed to support the teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices. 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 their traditional artistic practice.
2016 AEP National Forum Call for Session Proposals 
Deadline: June 17, 2016 
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is now accepting concurrent session proposals for the 2016 National Forum, to take place in Denver, October 5-7, 2016. Arts Education 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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Artful Aging
Photo courtesy Aroha Philanthropies
Seeding Artful Aging
Preliminary Deadline: June 1, 2016
Aroha Philanthropies has launched a new initiative and national grant opportunity. As a subset of the broader field of creative aging, artful aging programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. The initiative is designed to support the development and expansion of successful artful aging programs, document their effectiveness and share that information broadly. Aroha will select up to 15 nonprofit organizations to participate in this demonstration project through a two-part application process; the preliminary deadline is June 1, 2016 and an information webinar for prospective applications will be held on May 10, 2016.

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Creative Leadership Grants

National Endowment for the Arts
Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 
Deadline: June 20, 2016
This program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary schools. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) will receive $2,500 and $1,000 worth of Crayola products to develop an art-infused education creative capacity-building professional development program.
NEA Art Works Arts Education Grants 
Deadline: July 14, 2016 
These grants support projects for pre-K-12 students, the educators and artists who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. New this year, the NEA will accept applications for all three project types at both deadlines - Direct Learning, Professional Development, and Collective Impact.

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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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