October 2015
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Creative Aging Initiative AZ Creative Aging: Teaching Artist Institute Application Available Next Month 
Last month the Arts Commission launched AZ Creative Aging, a three-year initiative to embed creative aging knowledge and best practices in the community, generously supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The first programmatic component of the initiative is a five-month Teaching Artist Institute that will begin in January 2016. Through this comprehensive training program, teaching artists will gain the specialized knowledge required to work with older adults. Detailed information and application guidelines for the AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute will be published at   www.azarts.gov/azcreativeaging  in early November.
Poetry Out Loud 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud School Registration Open through October 30th
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation contest for high schools that provides free classroom materials for teachers and scholarship opportunities for students. POL is open to all Arizona students, grades 9-12.
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Arts in Education Week
Last month the Arizona Commission on the Arts celebrated National Arts in Education Week with a series of blog posts highlighting some of our favorite arts learning programs, resources and opportunities. 
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Image courtesy Free Arts of Arizona
National Teaching Artist Survey
The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA) is seeking responses from teaching artists in a national survey, A Snapshot: State of Teaching Artists Fall 2015.
Take the survey.
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
2015 Arizona Statewide Out-of-School Time Conference
October 24, 2015│Phoenix Convention Center
Presented by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, attendees will learn about the newest activities, curriculum and strategies for afterschool, before school and summer youth programs. 
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National Association for Core Arts Standards
Kennedy Center, Partners in Education
High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project
Deadline: October 21, 2015
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is seeking high school arts educators to pilot the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts during the 2015-2016 school year. Twelve to fifteen educators from each of the five arts disciplines will be selected to pilot the assessments in their disciplines.
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Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Program Accepting Applications
Deadline: October 30, 2015
The Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program is a national network of arts organizations and school districts that work together to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. The program is based on the belief that teachers' professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.
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Arizona Department of Education
2015-2016 Arizona Department of Education Student Artwork Competition
The Arizona Department of Education has released guidelines for the 5th Annual Student Artwork Competition. Entries will be accepted October 29 through November 6, 2015. 
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Americans for the Arts
The Arts Education Navigator
The newest tool from Americans for the Arts helps arts education practitioners and supporters better understand the arts education ecosystem, current trends in the field and provides resources for taking action.
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Resources on Close Reading of the Arts 
The Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Commission on the Arts recently collaborated on a teacher professional development pilot program, Arts2Go. Resources from this pilot, developed by Arizona Opera, Childsplay and Phoenix Art Museum, are now available online.
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NEA Foundation Grants
Chamber Music Association Grants
National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Grants
Deadline: October 15, 2015
The NEA Foundation has two grant opportunities for teachers, counselors or education support professionals. Learning & Leadership Grants fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences. Student Achievement Grants fund programs to improve the academic achievement of students in public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s).
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Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program
Deadline: November 6, 2015
This funding program supports professional ensembles and presenters to develop activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. Activities may include, but are not limited to, interactive or audience engagement programs in classrooms (preschool through high school), libraries, hospitals, senior centers, or other community venues.
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Teaching Math through Music Grants
A Blade of Grass Grants
Using Music to Teach Math Grants
Deadline: November 6, 2015
A program of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2016-17, grants will be awarded to individual classroom teachers, or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels, currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K-2 level.
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A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
LOI Deadline: November 20, 2015
This one-year fellowship for individual artists and collectives pairs project support of $20,000 with strategic support, assessment tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists working nationwide. Seven to ten artists or collectives per year are selected via an open application process.
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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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Phoenix AZ 85003-1326  
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