Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition Schedule
Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, high school students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Students across the state are competing now in school-level competitions. In February, top students from each participating school we compete at the regional level in hopes of advancing to the state finals where they'll compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC.
Central Region
February 9th, 2019
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Herberger Young Scholars Academy
4701 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ
Northern Region
February 23rd, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Native American Cultural Center
318 W. McCreary Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Southern Region
February 23rd, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
VSA January Lighting Talk Series
January’s Voices from the Field series will feature weekly lightning talks by five experts who have found a balance of inclusion in the arts. This series is suited for art teachers, special educators, teaching artists, and administrators.
Registration is free for all VSA webinars. If unable to attend the live webinar, by registering a link to a recording of the webinar will be e-mailed.
All webinars are closed captioned. If accessibility accommodation are required or have questions about accommodations, please contact access@kennedy-center.org or (202) 416-8727.
National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Application-Writing Workshop 
University of Arizona - Student Union January 17-18, 2019
The University of Arizona is hosting a National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Application-Writing Workshop which will be conducted by Russell Wyland, PhD, Deputy Director of Research, and includes presentations on NEH programs, specific writing strategies for competitive applications, Q&A sessions, and optional 1:1 proposal review sessions with participants. There is no charge for the workshop.
Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape
Education Commission of the States
December 2018
The new Education Trends report explores education policy areas where arts in education leaders and stakeholders can expand opportunities to engage the arts in policy solutions and includes examples of how states are currently using the arts in education to support policy efforts.

This report is part of a series — made possible with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — that highlights promising policy trends across the priority areas identified in The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education.
Every Student Succeeds Act: Title IV-A Toolkit
National Association for Music Education
From the National Association for Music Education, this toolkit provides a comprehensive look at the Title IV, Part A block grant, including how stakeholders and districts can apply for and use these funds to support a well-rounded education.
VSA Playwright Discovery Program
Apply by January 23, 2019
The Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting scripts exploring the disability experience from young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities. Students can submit script submissions in the form of music theatre, plays or screenplays. 

2019 Best Communities for Music Education 
Apply by January 31. 2019
The NAMM Foundation’s BCME award nationally recognizes and honors school districts for their commitment to and support of access to music education for students across grade levels and schools. The program celebrates not only awarded districts for their innovative programming, but also recognizes the communities and schools supporting them. Districts selected for this award receive an auditing tool to evaluate their music education programs, among other benefits. 

CFSA Endowment for the Arts Grant 2018-2019
Rural Arts Organizations Guidelines
Apply by January 16, 2019
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) has supported the arts since its founding in 1980. As one of only 7 community foundations to receive a 2:1 challenge grant in 1986 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CFSA established a fund to support the work of small- and medium- sized arts organizations based in rural communities. Since 1987, 354 unrestricted operating grants have been distributed totaling $536,390. This year, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona will help facilitate the award of these funds.

The goal of the Endowment for the Arts Fund is to assist arts groups develop into organizations that:
  • possess a mission/vision that promotes high quality artistic expression;
  • have an active and engaged Board of Directors; and
  • recruit volunteers and staff members that have a strong relationship with the community.

Aim High Grants
New York Life Foundation
Apply by January 25, 2019
The New York Life Foundation is accepting applications for this program, which awards grants to out-of-school programs across the country that serve disadvantaged middle school youths and support students in transitioning to ninth grade. The New York Life Foundation will award 26 grants, totaling $1.35 million in 2019 and the Afterschool Alliance will administer the grant application process. 

Pima County Youth Arts Award
Apply by March 1, 2019
The Pima County Youth Arts Award (PCYAA) is an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship toward an Associate Degree at Pima Community College. The Youth Arts Award is designed to identify and reward high school seniors within Pima County who demonstrate excellence in dance, music, theater, visual arts, media arts, or literary arts.

The application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Students will be notified of the status of their application by Monday, April 1, 2019. Funds will be made available to Pima Community College for the students’ use at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester.
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
 Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator

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