2018 Joint Arts Education Conference
November 13, 2018 | Tucson
Every two years, the Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) brings together Arizona’s arts educators, teaching artists, and arts administrators for a full day of professional development. 

Presented through a joint partnership of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education's Office of Arts Education, the conference offers attendees a unique opportunity to gather and explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social, and personal success of students.
Register Now
Registration is now open! The 2018 Joint Arts Education Conference will be held the day before and at the same location as the Arizona Department of Education’s  ESSA Conference  (formerly known as the Title I MEGA Conference). Those interested in attending both conferences can bundle their registrations and save!
Cost: $100/person
Cost: $350/person
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ARTabilityAZ Conference
August 27, 2018 | Phoenix
Join ARTAbilityAZ for an all day conference on accessibility in the arts. Learn from leaders in the field about how to create accessible programs and build audiences for your access programs. Connect with colleagues from around the state who share your commitment to accessibility. 
Act One Opens 2018-19 Field Trip Schedule for Title 1 Schools
Registration Opens Monday, August 6
Act One has made its 2018-2019 school year field trip calendar available to educators and school officials whose students attend Title 1 schools. Teachers can view the calendar and determine which field trips they would like to request when registration opens Monday, August 6. 
Educator Arts Day & Cultural Resource Fair | Phoenix Art Museum
Saturday, August 25, 2018
All Arizona educators are welcome to attend a free day-long event celebrating arts-integrated learning. Activities and resources include professional development workshops; opportunities to network with educators from across Arizona; catered lunch from Museum restaurant, Palette; and the opportunity to earn a continuing-education credit certificate.
Arts Commission Awards Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants support substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools. The Arts Commission awarded 7 Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grants this month, totaling $127,041—increasing the investment in this program by over 300% from last year.
New Report Highlights Rigorous Evaluations of Arts Education
A recent Art Works blog post from the National Endowment for the Arts highlights a selection of research studies that suggest that the arts in education positively contribute to student development and success. The findings from two Investing in Innovation Fund education projects reveal positive effects in social-emotional learning for students with special needs and gains in arts achievement for students receiving instruction from arts educators participating in professional development.
What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education
Updated in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, this guide builds on the first released in 2011, and offers three concrete actions school leaders can take to increase the arts in education in their schools. For each action, it outlines low- or no-cost strategies that school leaders have used and found effective.
Professional Development Grants
Cycle B Deadline: September 6, 2018
Professional Development Grants (PDG) are designed to assist Arizona artists, arts administrators, and arts educators with funding support for participation in professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to significant professional growth.
2018 AEP Annual Convening: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success
September 12-13, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
Through exploring the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches, the AEP Annual Convening actively supports the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life. 

2018 Educational Theatre Association National Conference
September13-16, 2018 | Denver, CO
“We are all Artists”, taking place Sept 13-16 in Denver, will explore the profession of the theatre educator and examine the intersection of classroom teaching and theatrical artistry through workshops and keynotes focused on how teachers and teaching artists can collaborate and complement on another’s strengths. Attendees will gain knowledge and tools to use with administrators and school boards to effectively communicate the value of theatre experiences. 

Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference: Registration Open
September 13-15 | New York City, NY
The fourth ITAC, taking place September 13-15 in New York City, convenes teaching artists, organizations and researchers, among others, to explore key issues of participatory arts practice. This year’s conference will explore the theme of “Artist as Instigator: The Role, Responsibility, and Impact of Artists in Global Communities” through workshops, keynote addresses, site-specific observations and roundtable discussions.

Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning
Denver, CO | Fall 2018
Los Angeles, CA | Fall 2018
Launched in Seattle in November 2017, Wolf Trap's Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning symposia series brings conversations about early learning through the arts to five diverse communities across the country. Though dates have not yet been announced, symposia will be presented this fall in Denver and Los Angeles.
YoungArts Accepting Applications for Its National Arts Competition 
Application Deadline: October 12, 2018
YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal
Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2018
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting nominations for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Invitation is open to the public to nominate an institution. Museums and libraries of most disciplines and types are eligible. To be considered, the institution must complete and return the nomination materials (PDF) by October 1, 2018. 
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Cycle B Deadline: October 4, 2018*
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Cycle B Deadline: October 4, 2018*
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.
* Program Update Reminder
A planned Cycle C application deadline was listed in previous versions of the grant guidelines for Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants and Arts Learning Collaboration Grants, as well as on the Arts Commission’s website and newsletters. Based on feedback from potential applicants and analysis of recent trends, the third application cycle has been cancelled and the deadline for Cycle B pushed back to October 4, 2018. Those who had planned to apply in Cycle C are advised to apply in Cycle B instead.
The Pollination Project – Seed Grants 
Deadline: Rolling
The Purpose of a Pollination Project Seed Grant is to support passionate, committed people with an early-stage social change vision. It funds individuals and community groups, and you do not need to be registered or established organization to apply. 

Jubilation Foundation 
Deadline: July 15, 2018
The Jubilation Foundation helps and grants to individuals and organizations with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm as expressed in music and dance. They give special consideration to under-resourced communities. 

S&R Foundation – 2019 Washington Award
Deadline: August 3, 2018
The S&R Foundation Washington Award recognizes talented artists working in visual arts, music and dance. 

Open Meadows Foundation 
Deadline: August 15, 2018
Open Meadows Foundation is grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls. 
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
 Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator

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