Community Investment Grant Renovation
The transition from one decade into the next is traditionally a period of reflection on the past and planning for the future. In this spirit, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will ring in the 2020s with a community-engaged renovation of our flagship grant program, the Community Investment Grant.
Free Professional Development for Educators
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ 
January - February 2020
Explore new ideas in your classroom at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). This January and February the MIM is offering professional development classes on Saturdays completely free to educators. 
APAP | NYC 2020
Association of Performing Arts Professionals
New York, NY
January 10-14, 2020
APAP | NYC features more than 1000 world-class artist showcase performances around the city and a performing arts marketplace/EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths. A pre-conference (Jan. 9-10) features professional development intensives and networking forums, many of which are free and open to the public.
2020 Arts Education Policy Briefing
Arts Education Partnership
Washington, DC
March 29, 2020
The 2020 Arts Education Policy Briefing will explore the role of arts education in two education policy priority areas: school culture/climate and workforce development. Through a federal policy update, state policy examples, and rotating discussions on local policy and practice, attendees will explore the existing and potential connections of federal, state and local policies related to the arts in education.
2020 Broadway Teachers Workshop
Broadway Works
New York, NY
Multiple Sessions July 2020
A 3-day intensive workshop on Broadway that includes your ticket to 4 shows with post show cast discussions; 15 workshops and master classes to choose from with Broadway performers, creative teams, and production staff. Explore the craft of theatre as it pertains to your school productions and gain useful information to bring back to your students.
Draw The Circle Wide: The Authentic Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities
TYA Today | October 2019
The creation of true, authentic, and inclusive circles takes time, intention and considered effort. This article details how members of the Theatre for Young Audiences Community purposely draw the circle wide to incorporate identity groups excluded in the past.
New Data: Who Is Taking Art Classes
Education Commission of the States |
November 2019
National information on U.S. students’ engagement and performance in music and visual arts came from an unexpected place: National Assessment of Educational Progress 2019 Math Assessment. A new data exploration tool dives deep into a single question: Are you taking an art course this school year?
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Apply by 11:59 pm, January 30, 2020
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school, after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services in one of the following three categories:
Planning, Professional Development, or
Student Learning.
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Apply by 11:59 pm, January 30, 2020
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for learners of any age in one of the following three categories: Participant Engagement, Planning, or Professional Development.
The National Arts Action Summit: Legislative Meetings & Advocacy Training 
Americans for the Arts
March 30-31, 2020 
Join arts advocates from across the country on March 30-31, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
for the Annual National Arts Action Summit. The National Arts Action Summit is a multi-day event bringing together arts advocates from across the country. Attendees will learn the latest research and legislative arts priorities from the experts in a full-day training on March 30th. The evening will begin with The Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The following day, March 31st, is Arts Advocacy Day, when advocates meet with their congressional leaders.

Opportunity Grant for Teaching Artists
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Apply by February 14, 2020
Opportunity Grants for Teaching Artists provide funding support to Arizona teaching artists as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional growth. A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts. Teaching artists may work in long term or short-term residencies in classrooms or in a community setting or may lead program development through involvement in curricular planning and residencies with school or community partners.

Call for Student Designers of the Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal
Arizona Department of Education
Apply by December 20, 2019
The Arizona Department of Education is seeking designers to create the State Seal of Arts Proficiency. The selected design will be affixed to the diplomas of all graduates who meet the minimum arts education requirements. Each school may submit the online application for up to 2 students per grade level 9-12. Each student entry will require a separate application.

Playwright Discovery Program Competition
Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Apply by January 2, 2020
The Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting writing submissions ― scripts, videos, screenplays, musical theater works, or other performance works ― from young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities for this annual competition. Selected winners will have the opportunity to participate in networking opportunities and work with industry professionals on their selected writing piece. 
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator

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