2020 Arizona Poetry Out Loud
Registration for 2020 Poetry Out Loud Closes October 31!
Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school receives free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website ( www.poetryoutloud.org) all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels.
Seeking Applicants: AZ Youth Arts Council
Applications Due October 24, 2019
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is inviting teen creatives to join the AZ Youth Arts Council to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy. We are seeking creative young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in the arts and represent Arizona’s 15 counties.

The AZ Youth Arts Council will...
  • Learn about policy to advocate for equal access to the arts for all young people in Arizona
  • Advise the Arts Commission on grant programs and initiatives that directly affect young people
  • Review issues related to arts and culture programs and services for young people
  • Create arts and media projects highlighting the arts in their communities  
Opportunity Grants for Artists, Teaching Artists, and Arts Administrators
Apply by November 1, 2019
Introducing Opportunity Grants! Opportunity Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists, teaching artists, and arts administrators as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional growth. These grants support and empower arts sector workers at critical stages in their creative lives as they work to advance their career and continue to innovate in their work.

With three unique application tracks, the Opportunity Grant is designed to meet the unique professional development needs and goals of artists, teaching artists, and arts administrators.
Arts Administrators
Teaching Artists
2019 Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Symposium  
October 24-26, 2019 ׀ Scottsdale, AZ 
The Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Symposium showcases research and best practice surrounding the intersection of arts and humanities disciplines with a connection to healthcare – inclusive of music, visual art, theatre, dance, creative writing, storytelling, narrative practice, ethical considerations, and other topical discussions. 
National VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
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.
2019 ASN Annual Conference
Arts Schools Network
October 22-25, 2019 ǀ Jacksonville, Florida
During the 2019 ASN Annual Conference, attendees will engage in impactful, topic-specific sessions, workshops, master classes, and arts forums with arts experts, researchers, artists, and national arts leaders in the field of the arts schools network.

The Creative Process: Choreography, Choice-Making and Communication
National Dance Education Organization
October 23-26, 2019 ǀ Miami, Florida
Held annually in the fall, NDEO National Conferences include three full days of over 250 workshops, master classes, panel and paper presentations, social events and performances. A full day of pre-conference intensives precedes the official start of conference. The full conference schedule is generally released online over the summer before that year's conference.

Annual Conference 
National Guild for Community Arts Education
October 30 – November 2 ׀ Austin, TX
The 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education will explore topics related to the arts in education across disciplines, grade levels and student populations, among other focus areas. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in a range of programming activities, including plenary and breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and networking workshops. 

2019 NAfME National Conference
National Association for Music Education
November 6–10, 2019 | Orlando, Florida
Attendees will join their fellow music educators in Orlando and come together to lead their profession’s direction, engage with each other as colleagues, and inspire one another to guide music students to excellence. NAfME will also bring the All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) back to the National Conference and other special guests.

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. 
2019 Journal of Folklore and Education
National Network for Folk Arts in Education | September 2019
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education recently released “Art of the Interview,” a special issue that explores the process of conducting an interview ― including a guide for students, the impacts of using interviews as part of a curriculum and how to use completed interviews. 
Local Learning is now accepting submissions for the 2020 journal edition: “Teaching for Equity: The Role of Folklore in a Time of Crisis and Opportunity.” 
Resources from the 2019 AEP Annual Convening Are Now Available
Plenary session videos, concurrent session presentations and resources, and additional materials from the 2019 AEP Annual Convening are now available. 
ESSA Conference: Educating the Whole Child
Call for Session Proposals
Submit by October 25, 2019
The Arizona Department of Education's 2020 ESSA Conference will be held at the We-Ko-Pa Conference Center and Resort in Scottsdale Arizona February 19-21. ADE is currently seeking sessions that are interactive, designed to support a wide audience (teachers, school administrators, LEA grant officers, governing board members, etc.), and cover topics designed to support the development of the whole child.

2020 Chorus America Conference
Call for Session Proposals
Submit by October 31, 2019
Chorus America is accepting proposals for sessions that explore administrative and artistic topics and engage audiences through a variety of formats ― including case studies, panel discussions and workshops ― for its annual conference. 
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.
Feel free to send us your comments, suggestions or a story idea you'd like to see in the next issue. artslearning@azarts.gov  
To learn more about our programs and services at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit www.azarts.gov  
Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator

AZArts Learning News is published monthly by the Arizona Commission on the Arts

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