The AEI Note: September 25, 2013

Arts and Education News from the Education Policy and Leadership Center  

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In This Issue
Register for Symposium!
Governor's School Alumni Network
Changes in the Department of Education
Governor's Awards in the Arts Announced
Bill Supports Museum Funding
Legislators to Return
National Arts in Education Week
ARTSblog Salon
NEA Arts Advocacy Guide
New Standards for Review
Call for Student Performers
Exhibitions Symposium
PAEA Conference
Humanities Awards
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
National Art Education Foundation Grants
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Conference
Museum & Library Awards
Smithsonian Magazine
PA Museums Accepting Proposals
Call for PA Museums Awards
Call for Papers
Technology and Humanities Camp
Regional Arts Education Day
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Network Updates
Registration Now Open!
2013 Arts and Education Symposium
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 
Registration is now open for the 2013 Arts and Education Symposium that will be held on Wednesday, October 30, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.  Join community arts organizations, professional organizations, arts educators, parents, administrators, advocates and policymakers for this annual showcase of ideas and inspiration sharing.

For more information and to register, please visit

Thanks to Alexus, a sixth grader in West York Area School District, for her contribution to this year's Symposium Flier and Program Cover. 
Steering Committee Organization Contributes Op-Ed
Laurie Zierer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), penned an op-ed about the importance of the humanities in a well-rounded and competitive education.  Her example is a great reminder of the way that arts advocates can contribute to the public discourse around arts education by writing to the editors of their local and regional papers.  PHC is a member of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Steering Committee.
Governor's School Alumni Network 

The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network continues to search for Alumni of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts (PGSA). 


If you, or someone you know, taught at or attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, please complete this form and share with others.  We have been contacted by nearly 700 alumni already, and appreciate all of the help from former students and faculty in spreading this message.


During the next few months, it is important that Governor Corbett and legislators hear from PGSA alumni urging that state officials provide support to re-establish the Governor's School for the Arts during 2014.  We will be providing support for PGSA Alumni Network members to deliver these important messages, but there is nothing so effective as every graduate of PGSA contacting your own legislators to tell them how important the PGSA experience was for you personally, and why other students should have a similar opportunity.  

Policy News
New Changes in the Department of Education

On August 26, Governor Corbett received acting state Education Secretary William Harner's resignation and named Carolyn Dumaresq, who had been serving as acting Education Deputy Secretary, as Harner's replacement.  More information about these new administrative leadership changes can be found here

First Lady Susan Corbett 
Announces Recipients of the 2013 Governor's Awards in the Arts

First Lady Susan Corbett has announced the recipients of the 2013 Governor's Awards in the Arts.  This year's awards event will take place in Harrisburg at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts on October 22 at  7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  This will be the first time the state arts event will be held in Harrisburg since 2002.

Included among the honorees are Bill and Beverlee Lehr, who will be recognized for their lifelong commitment to the arts with this year's Patron Award.  Bill Lehr will be participating in our Arts and Education Symposium on October 30 as the moderator for a Policy Leader panel.


To see the full list of recipients and read more about Harrisburg's plans surrounding the event, read on here or visit the Award's website.

Senate Bill Supports Museum Preservation

Senate Bill 1070, The Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act, has been introduced to support Pennsylvania's museums through grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  With eighteen Republican and Democratic co-sponsors, this bill came out of the starting gate with an encouraging level of support.  PA Museums is supporting the bill and is encouraging constituent contacts with legislators to express the need for the return of adequate operational funding through a grant program.

Legislature to Return at End of Month
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has returned to session this week (September 23) and will be in session this fall for a limited number of days.  It is important to continue to build relationships with your state lawmakers and let them know you are an information resource for them about the arts and arts education.  To find your legislators' Harrisburg and district office information, please visit here
Opportunities for
Arts Education Professionals
National Arts in Education Week: September 8-14 


National Arts in Education Week was celebrated throughout the country earlier this month from September 8 through 14.  On July 26, 2010, the U. S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students. The resolution states:


Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.


For resources to help celebrate the arts in your classroom throughout the year, visit here

Arts Education Assessment, Accountability & Evaluation Americans for the Arts Blog Salon
In honor of National Arts in Education Week, Americans for the Arts' ARTSblog held a week long "Blog Salon" that highlighted the new national core arts standards, ways to assess student learning in the arts, and what states are doing to evaluate teachers in arts classes.  Three Pennsylvanian arts education leaders, Mary Elizabeth Meier of PAEA and Mercyhurst University, Jamie Kasper of the Arts Education Collaborative, and David Deitz, consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, contributed thoughtful posts about the "trifecta of accountability," and what it looks like for Pennsylvanian educators.  The Pennsylvanian contributors will also be speaking on these topics at the October 30 Arts and Education Symposium.  To read their posts and others from across the country, visit here.
National Education Association Arts Advocacy Guide
The National Education Association (NEA) recently released a new Arts Advocacy Resource Guide for use by students, educators, and supportive community patrons as they advocate to keep arts education alive in public schools.  The Guide compiles resources from the major fine arts education organizations such as the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and Americans for the Arts.  These resources feature effective advocacy campaigns, and highlight the roles that students and their families, educators, and supportive community patrons can play.  To download the guide and to read more about how and why the NEA supports arts education for every child, click here
New Arts Standards for High School Open for Review
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards will have a draft of the High School Standards available for public review from September 30 to October 21.  If you are interested in being a reviewer, please visit for more details. 
PASA-PSBA Leadership Conference Will Highlight Student Performers
The PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference is presenting the second-annual Student Celebration Showcase, October 16, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Chocolate Ballroom at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.  PASA-PSBA is turning the spotlight on the best of the best of Pennsylvania's public school students.  Thanks again to the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for highlighting the good work of Pennsylvania students!
Creating Exhibitions Symposium
Philadelphia's University of the Arts' Museum Studies Department is presenting a dynamic symposium that will engage attendees with presentations, conversations and workshops focusing on collaborative approaches to integrative design thinking in the creation of meaningful social experiences and interactions within exhibitions.  These provocateurs have utilized museums as public venues to facilitate local and global change.  For more information about the symposium, to be held October 11-12, visit here
PAEA 2013 Conference: Forging a Strong Future
Revitalize your teaching anart making practice!  
Join your colleagues at the 2013 Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Conference from October 18-20 in Bethlehem.  Art educators will gather for hands-on, art-making workshops; presentations related to theory and best practices in art education methods; an exhibitors' hall; off-site events and a student art exhibition and reception in Payne Art Gallery on the Moravian College campus.  For more information, please visit the conference web page, here. 
2013 Pennsylvania Humanities Awards

Pennsylvania Humanities Council will present awards recognizing individuals and organizations whose local, regional or state-level work champions the humanities and empowers Pennsylvanians to think critically, grow, and engage in their communities.  This year's awards will be presented at a reception in Harrisburg in the Main Capitol Rotunda on Monday, October 7 at 5 p.m.


Three awards will be presented: the Champion of the Humanities Award, the Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award and the Humanities Partner Award.  Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett will be honored with the Champion of the Humanities Award.  For more information, please click here.


National Arts Marketing Project Early Registration
Registration for the Americans for the Arts annual National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference is now open.  Marketing and effective community engagement strategies are invaluable for arts and arts education advocates.  This year's conference will be held November 8-11 in Portland, Oregon.
National Art Education Foundation Grant Program
The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) is accepting applications for its annual grants program.  As an independent, philanthropic organization, NAEF assists with efforts to represent the teachers of art in America; improve the conditions of teaching art; promote the teaching of art; encourage research and experimentation in art education; sponsor institutes, conferences, and programs on art education; and publish articles, reports, and surveys about art.

NAEF invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants, Mary McMullan Grants, NAEF Research Grants, SHIP Grants, and Teacher Incentive Grants.  Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category.  The project year for these grants is July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. The postmarked deadline for submissions is October 1.  Download the application, here.
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting
Join the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) for three days in the heart of our nation's capitol October 21-23.  On October 21, the National Museum of the American Indian will be open just for MAAM.  Experience it with museum colleagues while participating in inspiring activities and lively sessions.  Additional sessions will take place in the historic Ford's Theater and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  For more information and to register, please visit here
Museum & Library Service National Medal Nominations
Do you know of a museum or library that has made a difference?  Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 National Medal.  The National Medal honors outstanding libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.  Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovating approaches to public service; they exceed expected levels of community outreach.  Nomination Forms must be mailed and postmarked by October 15, 2013.  
Smithsonian Magazine: Museum Day Live!
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.  This year's Museum Day Live! will be held on Saturday, September 28.  To see a list of participating organizations and to print out your own ticket, visit here. 
PA Museums Accepting Session Proposals for 2014 Conference
The PA Museums 2014 Annual Statewide Conference will be held in Pittsburgh on April 6, 7 and 8, and will be hosted by the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh History Center.  The theme for 2014 is "Confluence of the Past and the Future."
The PA Museums Annual Conference offers museum professionals an interactive forum to exchange ideas, network with colleagues and learn about trends in the museum field.  The event is an excellent opportunity for professionals to reconnect and recharge as well as learn from colleagues.

PA Museums invites Pennsylvania's museum professionals and educators to submit session ideas for the 2014 conference that share best practices in advocacy, economic and community development, education, and cultural tourism as well as other areas. 

Please contact Chrisoula Randas Perdziola, Programing Director, to request a Session Proposal Outline, for further information, or with any questions. 
Call for PA Museums Awards Nominees
Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania.  All are invited to submit a nomination for an exemplary project, process, or individual.  Nominations are due on October 1 and more information can be found at the PA Museums website.
Call for Papers: Technology, Policy, & Arts Education
THATCamp - The Humanities and Technology Camp
THATCamp, The Humanities and Technology Camp, is an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.  This new collaborative experience will take place in Philadelphia from September 27-28, in Pittsburgh from October 5-6, in Harrisburg from October 25-26, and in the Lehigh Valley on February 21, 2014.  This is an opportunity for those in the arts and humanities to explore how technology can best be used to solve problems in the field.  To read more about this unique format and how you can be involved, visit here
Regional Arts Education Day in Western PA

On October 14, the Arts Education Collaborative will convene the twelfth annual Regional Arts Education Day at Quaker Valley Middle School.  Regional Arts Education Day 2013 will provide an opportunity for educators, administrators, artists, cultural organizations, and policy makers in Southwestern Pennsylvania to come together for a day of professional development and learning.  This year's keynote speaker will be Paul Gould, a senior designer at MAYA, and a lead instructor for LUMA Institute.  More information and registration information is available at the Arts Education Collaborative website.

Second Annual InnOVATION Grant Awards Program

Ovation, America's only arts television network, has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH); and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to introduce the second annual innOVATION Grant Awards Program, which launched on August 26. 


This year's innOVATION grant awards will be made to schools that have developed model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum.


Ten thousand dollar ($10,000) innOVATION STEAM grant awards will be made to up to eight schools with exemplary STEAM programs.  Elementary through high school-level schools within the United States, including charter and magnet schools, are eligible to apply online here.  The submission deadline is October 28.  The final eight grant award recipients will be announced at a special ceremony in Washington, DC, in early 2014.