Now Hiring: Organization Programs Manager
Organizational Programs Manager
The Arizona Commission on the Arts provides a wealth of programs supporting the work of arts and culture organizations across Arizona. The Organizational Programs Manager provides thought leadership, conceptual and managerial oversight related to these programs.

Specific programs, services, grants, partnerships and initiatives under the purview of the Organizational Programs Manager include but are not limited to: organizational professional development programming, project management for organizational initiatives, organizational grant programs, and engagement with national, state, regional and community-level arts networks.
Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency Applications Open
Arizona Department of Education
Applications due by November 22, 2019
The Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency is a diploma seal administered by the Arizona Department of Education’s Office of Arts Education and is awarded to graduates who complete minimum arts pathway requirements throughout their high school career. 

The State Seal of Arts Proficiency, or SB1111 as sponsored by Senator Paul Boyer, had bipartisan support and was a grassroots effort from Arizona Arts Education Advocates from across the state. It was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey on May 14th, 2019. Board rule for this law was adopted by the State Board of Education on October 28th, 2019.

Seal Objectives
Stakeholders from across the state of Arizona convened during the summer of 2019 to outline the objectives and the pathway requirements to achieve the State Seal of Arts Proficiency. Stakeholders identified that the purpose of the seal is:

  • To celebrate students who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in the Arizona Arts Education Standards through personal expression and creative experiences in arts education programs
  • To identify pathways of artistic literacy that cultivate skills for 21st century success
  • To prepare students for college and career readiness, including active participation in the creative industries sector
  • To promote increased access to well-rounded, high quality arts education across the state

2019-2020 Timeline
  1. November 1, 2019, 5:00 pm: LEA Applications Open
  2. November 22, 2019, 5:00 pm: LEA Application Due
  3. December 20, 2019, 5:00 pm: LEA Notification of Application Status 
  4. April 15, 2020, 5:00 pm: LEA Seal Achievement Report due to ADE
  5. May 1, 2020, 5:00 pm: Districts Receive Diploma Seals for Qualifying Graduates 
National Dance Institute Launches New Professional Development Program
The NDI Collaborative for Teaching and Learning will provide classroom teachers, dancers and teaching artists with intensive, on-site training and workshops, which include early childhood workshops, musician training and mentored teaching opportunities. Arts organizations, dance companies and schools can also participate in NDI’s customized training.
Free Professional Development for Educators
Musical Instrument Museum 
January- February 2020
Explore new ideas in your classroom at the Musical Instruments Museum. This January and February the Musical instrument is offering professional development classes on Saturdays completely free to educators. 
Partnering to Bring the Arts to Students in Rural Communities
Education Commission of the States
Written in collaboration by Cassandra Quillen and Nile K. Blunt, this post explores models that integrate arts education into core academic curricula and achieve a holistic approach to education supporting the enrichment of learning environments and the developmental and continued success of students in rural communities.
Topical Arts Education Resource Library
Arts Education Partnership
The AEP’s updated website features no-cost publications related to the arts in education, as well as resource libraries focused on key education policy topics, including ESSA, school choice and STEAM education. Navigate through this comprehensive collection by filtering resources by topic area, such as arts integration, student success and outcomes, and teachers and leaders. 
Grants for Fiscal Year 2020 Arts Learning Projects & Partnerships
Applications for the final funding cycle of FY2020 (for activities taking place from March 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020) will be accepted through January 30, 2020.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Apply by 11:59 pm, January 30, 2019
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, 2019
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.
Call for Student Designers of the Arizona Arts Proficiency Seal
Arizona Department of Education
Applications due Friday, December 20, 2019, by 5:00 pm
The Arizona Department of Education is seeking designers from grades 9-12 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. Designs must be created and uploaded using the Arts Proficiency Seal Design Form.

Peoria Unified School District Visit Day
Foothills Fine Arts Academy 
December 4, 2019, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Peoria Unified School District’s signature school, Foothills Fine Arts Academy, will be putting on their Visit Day to share and collaborate with other K-8 schools and districts about the arts as a focus for a public school. 

To sign up, email Dr. Robert Benson ( rbenson@pusd11.net)

2019-2020 Vans Custom Culture Grant
Americans for the Arts
Apply by December 6, 2019
VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12 or community based nonprofit organizations/governmental agencies serving as a fiscal agent for arts programming at a qualifying school. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality dance, media arts, music, theater, and/or visual arts instruction for students.

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.

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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator

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