November 2016
Poetry Out Loud deadline extended
Photo by Alonso Parra
Register Your School for Arizona Poetry Out Loud
Deadline: January 30, 2017  
The school registration deadline for 2017 Poetry Out Loud has been extended! A national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage all while competing for scholarship prizes!

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation-free of charge.*

Visit Arizona's Poetry Out Loud page to learn more about what the program can offer your school and register today!

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* School's that register now will be able to compete formally in Poetry Out Loud competitions for the state of Arizona, but will not receive one on one coaching sessions from their Region's Coordinators.
ADE Mega Conference_ Times they are a changing.
Digital Transformation
ADE Mega Conference Partnership Expo
November 16, 2016 │Tucson, AZ
The Partnership Expo at the Arizona Department of Education MEGA Conference will provide teaching artists, arts and culture organizations, and other non-profit community organizations an opportunity to meet over 500 school administrators and teachers throughout the state. Teaching artists, arts and culture organizations and other non-profit community organizations will have the opportunity to display their work at the Partnership Expo. Participants are encouraged to attend for the entire day. Reserve a spot by completing this brief online registration form.
Call for Proposals: Young Audiences Arts of Learning Annual Conference
Deadline: December 1, 2016
This national conference, which will be held April 20-22, 2017, in Cleveland, OH, is presented by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Conference participants will include a diverse group of individuals from the field-at-large who are engaged in improving student access to the arts and arts learning. Conference organizers are currently accepting breakout session proposals that address the Digital Transformation conference theme. 

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Childhood Creativity Leads to Innovation in Adulthood
A 2013 Michigan State University study found that childhood participation in arts and crafts leads to innovation and patents and increases the odds of starting a business as an adult. The researchers report that people who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public.

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2015 Grantees
2017-2018 NEA Big Read Grants 
Deadline: January 26, 2017
Public Webinar: November 16, 2016
The National Endowment for the Arts recently released the application guidelines for the 2017-2018 NEA Big Read grants. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. 
Pima County Youth Arts Award
Deadline: February 20, 2017
The Pima County Youth Arts Award is an opportunity to earn a scholarship toward an Associate Degree at Pima Community College. The awards are made possible through collaboration with the Pima Community College Foundation and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

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Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Cycle C Deadline: February 2, 2017
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 C Deadline: February 2, 2017
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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Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Grants 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.

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