Fiscal Year 2019 Arts Learning Grant Guidelines Posted
The guidelines for Fiscal Year 2019 Arts Learning Grant programs are now available for review.
Applications will open Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Arts Learning and Collaboration Grants
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm, May 3, 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.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm, May 3, 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.

Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships
Deadline: 11:59pm, June 1, 2018
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grants (SSTAP) support substantive school/ community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.
Coconino High School’s Sophie Weinzinger is Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Sophie Weinzinger, a junior at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, will represent Arizona at the 13th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, DC, April 24-25, 2018.
The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix on Saturday, March 3. Ten students, representing schools from Tucson to Ganado, a chapter of the Navajo Nation, recited poems by a diverse array of literary luminaries, including Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, and Tato Laviera. After two rounds of recitations, four students advanced to the final round. From these four, Sophie Weinzinger was named State Champion while Antonio Juarez, a senior at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, was named first runner-up.

The event was recorded and will be broadcast on Arizona PBS on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 pm.
Community Conversations: Arts Education in Arizona Schools

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is partnering with Arizona the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to engage Arizona communities in conversations about arts education in Arizona schools during a series of statewide tours. The second round of community conversations begins in Yuma on February 28, 2018.

These community conversations are free and open to the public. We particularly encourage students, teachers, teaching artists, community arts workers, administrators, parents, and policymakers to attend. We want to hear your insights, questions, and concerns and learn about the challenges and opportunities you see for arts education in your community’s schools. Data collected through these community conversations will be reviewed by the Arts Advisory & Action Committee’s leadership team and communicated to education and civic leaders throughout the state.
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Interview with Pam Breaux, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
In a recent interview for Barry’s Blog , a service of the Western State Arts Federation (WESTAF), President and CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Pam Breaux, offers insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist for state arts agencies throughout the nation and areas they can turn to for innovative leadership.

2018 National Leadership Summit
March 16-18, 2018 | Chicago, IL
 The National Education Association’s summit will develop activist leaders and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead a relevant and thriving association. Activist leaders are from all segments of the association that demonstrate, through action, a deep commitment to the goals, values, and vision of the NEA.
NAEA National Convention
March 22-24, 2018 | Seattle, WA
The National Art Education) Association (NAEA hosts the largest gathering of art educators in the world. The convention provides over 1,000 sessions, workshops, tours available to craft individual professional learning experiences surrounding this year's theme: Art + Design = STEAM.
 2018 Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference
March 22-24, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
National Association for Music Education's biennial event provides a forum for music education researchers, music teacher educators, program leaders, music administrators, curriculum specialists, P-12 teachers, and graduate students in music education to encounter new, original, and high-quality research and pedagogical innovations that advance music education, and shape the future of the discipline and profession.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning
April 5-7, 2018 | Denver, CO
This year’s national conference will be an internal professional development gathering for staff, board members, and teaching artists who make up the YA network. Participants will follow one of seven learning strands, each representing a key area of professional focus within arts-in-education: executive leadership, board leadership, teaching and learning, development and fundraising, communications and marketing, finance, operations and technology, and teaching artistry.  
 New Study Explores Impact of Arts-Focused Field Trips on Student Success
Results from a new study examining the long-term effects of students participating in multiple arts-focused field trips shows that students scored significantly higher on standardized tests than students who only attended one field trip. Researchers conducting the experiment are still examining additional results from the study and plan to continue tracking student outcomes over time.
NEA Research Labs to Examine Effects and Value of Arts Across Sectors
The National Endowment for the Arts announced funding for four new NEA Research Labs that will explore the impact of the arts in a variety of sectors, including education. A NEA Research Lab set to take place at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, will measure the effects of arts engagement on child development and education, including on students’ social skills and sense of agency, among other outcomes of arts education.
 The 2018 NAEA School for Art Leaders
Deadline: April 9, 2018
The National Art Education Association’s program, held at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, provides arts education professionals with learning opportunities and professional development to build and enhance their leadership skills. This seven-month program prepares participants to lead in a variety of arts environments by providing resources and tools to help them excel in a leadership role.
New Initiative to Develop Curriculum Framework for Theater Education
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Through a new initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will work with high school educators and teaching artists to develop a standards-based curriculum framework for specific areas in theater education. EdTA is currently accepting applications to participate in this year-long project. 
VSA Programs Request for Contract Proposals
Deadline: March 28, 2018
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified nonprofit arts, education, and cultural organizations to perform VSA programs that will provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. View Requests for Contract Proposals (RFPs) for specific program details.  

Arts Education Partnership’s ArtScan At a Glance
Updated annually to reflect changes in legislation concerning the arts in education, this summary includes arts education policies for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Complete results from this review are available in an online searchable database on the Arts Education Partnership website .
Mapping Opportunities for the Arts Report Update, New Resources
An update of ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts report, which now highlights where states included arts education in key issue areas in their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. With these new state examples, this report continues to serve as a comprehensive and fluid resource that provides timely information for arts in education stakeholders to utilize.
Arts Advocacy Day
March 12-13, 2018 | Washington, DC
American's for the Arts' Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.
National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week
Young Audience Week begins March 25 and raises awareness of the YA network, consisting of 28 affiliates serving students in 22 states, and the arts in education initiatives they support through public programming, special events and residencies. Learn more about YA Week and how to participate.
 Arizona Youth Art Month
Superintendent Diane Douglas officially proclaimed March 2018, “Arizona Youth Art Month.” The Arizona Department of Education Office of Arts Education invites schools and communities throughout Arizona to share their arts education opportunities, programs, and celebrations.
Music in Our Schools Month
The National Association for Music Education’s Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) raises awareness of the importance of music education for all children, and provides music teachers with the opportunity to share the impact that music education has on students. The theme for 2018 is "Music Connects Us."
Theater in Our Schools Month
Sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association, the International Thespian Society and the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Theater in Our Schools (TIOS) month raises awareness of theater education’s impact through community- and school-based events, and nationwide celebrations.

 Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Grants Now Open
Deadline: March 23, 2018​​​​​​​
The program supports organizations that have as their primary purpose and function, the creation, performance, and exhibition of arts or cultural programs. A grant orientation meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Maryvale Community Center, Senior Lounge from 5:30 - 6:30pm.
New Grant Opportunities Announced through the Flagstaff Arts Council
Deadline: March 29, 2018
The Flagstaff Arts Council has announced grant opportunities through the Art & Science Fund for non-profit organizations and programs in arts, culture and/or science. The grants available provide funding during the period beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2019. Applications must be submitted online.
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
 Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator

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