2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals
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.

This month, school-level POL champs will compete at one of three regional events:
Central Region
February 9, 2019
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Herberger Young Scholars Academy
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85306
Northern Region
February 23, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Native American Cultural Center
318 W. McCreary Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Southern Region
February 23, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Three students from each region will then advance to the State Finals where they will compete to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC!

State Finals
March 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Arts and Special Education Conference
National VSA Intersections
October 25-28, 2019 ׀ Irvine, CA
The 2019 National Conference, hosted in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, will take place in Irvine, CA, and is the first VSA Intersections conference to take place at its new time of year. The Kennedy Center will host a smaller regional conference March 2019 in New Orleans, LA. This smaller version of the national conference will offer practitioners more opportunity to engage with arts and special education content.
Arts Integration: The Arts & Restorative Justice
Florida Alliance for Arts Education
February 18, 2019 | Jacksonville, FL
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education along with the Duval County Public Schools, Cathedral Arts, Yellow House, and the Americans for the Arts present a day of professional development designed to increase an educator’s capacity to deliver high-quality instruction. Experts in arts integration and restorative strategies will share best practices and how they are woven into the fabric of school and community life.
2019 National PTA Legislative Conference
March 12-14, 2019 ׀ Washington, DC
The 2019 National PTA Legislative Conference (LegCon) will offer opportunities to network with fellow PTA advocates, meet with policymakers, hear PTA advocacy success stories and learn how to shape public policy on Capitol Hill and at home.
2019 NAEA National Convention
The National Art Education Association
March 14-16, 2019 ׀ Boston, MA
The 2019 NAEA National Convention offers the largest gathering of visual arts education professionals in the world. This Convention will provide sessions, workshops, tours, events, and exhibits designed by and for art educators. Brighten professional and personal horizons while connecting with colleagues from around the globe.
2019 NEA National Leadership Summit
National Education Association
March 14-18, 2019 ׀ Denver, CO
For the second year in a row, the National Education Association is combining three of its national conferences and experiences. The alignment of the NEA Higher Ed Conferences, NEA National Leadership Summit, and the NEA-Retired conferences provides an opportunity for NEA members to engage in professional learning and leadership development, while creating space for Higher Education and NEA-Retired members to network and strategize around issues specific to those constituencies. This year, the alignment brings all three NEA-sponsored events to Denver, Colorado, over the span of five days, March 14-18, 2019:
  • NEA Higher Ed Conference - March 14-15 
  • NEA National Leadership Summit – March 15-17
  • NEA- Retired Conference- March 17-18
Review of Evidence: Arts Education Research through the Lens of Every Student Succeeds Act
Wallace Foundation | November 2018
The Wallace Foundation recently commissioned a report that points to 88 studies of arts education approaches eligible for federal education funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)'s standards of evidence. 

Researchers from the American Institutes for Research also include in the report a broader estimate, based on available evidence, of the results policymakers might see when undertaking certain types of arts education activities as state in an article by Wallace.
The Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate Competition: Call for Submissions
Re:FRAME, Creative Youth of Arizona, Urban Word, and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture are calling for submissions to The Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate Competition. In this position, the Youth Poet Laureate will:
  • Become a literary ambassador for the City of Phoenix
  • Receive mentoring opportunities with the Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski
  • Publish and sell your poetry professionally
  • Engage in literary service to your community
For more information email info@cyaz.org

Call for Nominations: 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University
Submissions Due: February 15, 2019
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University are accepting candidate submissions for the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. This Award recognizes a K-12 theatre educator for their significant impact on the lives of their students and their commitment to professionalism. The selected winner will have the opportunity to attend the Tony Awards, where they will be recognized as the award recipient and will receive $10,000 for their theatre program. 

New Grant Opportunity to Support Small and Rural Libraries
The Institute of Museum and Library Services
Applications Due: February 25, 2019
The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries initiative seeks to support these libraries, as well as archives and related organizations, in their work through grants of up to $50,000. IMLS will award grants across three categories, including Transforming School Library Practice. 

Pima County Youth Arts Award
Applications Due: 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 National Arts Action Summit
Americans for the Arts
March 4-5, 2019 ׀ Washington, D.C.
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 of training on March 4, 2019. The following day, March 5, is Arts Advocacy Day when advocates take their passion, knowledge, and stories to Capitol Hill for meetings with their congressional leaders. 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.
Three Simple Ways to Advocate for the Arts
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
This edition of The Practical Advocate offers three steps artists and arts organizations can take to encourage support for the arts.
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