Arts Commission Announces New Arts Learning Manager

Last month, the Arts Commission welcomed a new staff member: as Arts Learning Manager, Elisa Lucía Radcliffe will take on duties, including the management of the agency’s AZ Creative Aging initiative.

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2018 Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals, Dates, and Locations
The 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals will be held in Tucson, Flagstaff, and Phoenix in February 2018. At each event, the top students from each region’s participating schools will compete to represent the region at the State Finals in March. These events are free and open to the public.
Southern Region
Saturday, February 10
1:00 – 3:00pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson
Northern Region
Saturday, February 10
1:00 – 3:00pm
Native American Cultural Center, Flagstaff
Central Region
Saturday, February 24
12:00 – 4:00pm
Herberger Young Scholars Academy, Phoenix
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.
Governor's FY2019 Budget & the Arts
Earlier this month, Governor Doug Ducey released a $10.1 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). In a recent newsletter, our friends at Arizona Citizens on the Arts look at the state of arts funding in the Governor's budget and discuss next steps for those who support public funding for the arts.

2018 NEA National Leadership Summit
March 16-18, 2018 | Chicago, IL
 National Education Association’s National Leadership 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 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
 NAfME’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 Young Audiences Arts for Learning national conference will take the form of 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.
Wallace Foundation Report Examines How ESSA Can Fund Arts Integration
 The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) introduces several new funding streams that states and districts can use to improve schools, including 12 that could be used to support arts integration. But to access those funding streams, education agencies must cite evidence demonstrating that the efforts they propose can improve student achievement.
2017 Arizona Commission on the Arts Annual Report to the Governor
Each year, the Arizona Commission on the Arts submits a report to the Governor of Arizona on its programs, services, and grantmaking. This document is also made available to the citizens of Arizona for their review.
Intertwining Public Art and Arts Education
A new paper from the Public Art Resource Center of Americans for the Arts, is an on-line clearinghouse of case studies, tools, opportunity announcements and more. The report explores the relationship between public art and arts education by considering the current state of the fields.
The Artistry of Systemic Change
Written by cofounder of EmcArts, Richard Evans, and teaching artist and arts learning consultant, Eric Booth, this article analyzes the new roles emerging for Teaching Artists and new ways to accomplish social change in the communities they serve.
Where are They Now? Latest SNAAP Annual Report Surveys Arts Graduates
The latest annual report from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) reveals the results of a survey of arts graduates conducted in 2015 and 2016. Responses from over 65,000 arts alumni show that 67% currently work in the arts. The survey also asked how skills acquired at their institutions compared to those needed for their jobs, what resources those institutions provided for career advancement, and how satisfied respondents were with those institutions. 

Research Justice Call for Proposals
Deadline: March 16, 2018
Research Justice is seeking session proposals for the 2018 Allied Media Conference. Sessions can be an introductory workshop, presentation, facilitated discussion, group activity, art, movement or any other format. Sessions can fall into the following categories: how-to's, ideas, case studies & existing examples, place-based research, or future.
Youth Lens 2018
Deadline: March 27, 2018
Nature Exposed Photography is presenting Youth Lens: High School Photography Contest for 2018. Student photographers enrolled in high schools in the Flagstaff area are encouraged to submit their quality photographic work to be juried by Tony Freeman of Nature Exposed Photography, Tom Alexander of Tom Alexander Photography, and Matt Beaty of The Framing Department at Hidden Light.
Arts Education Grant Writing Tips
The Palmetto State Arts Education is a network of professionals dedicated to advancing learning in and through the arts for all students in South Carolina. This guest post by PSAE Board Member and Arts Education Director, Ashley Kerns Brown, provides writing tips for grants focused on arts education.
New Federal Tax Laws & Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits has prepared a number of resources to help nonprofits learn about new federal tax laws, including a webinar covering what operational changes nonprofits may need to make right away, what nonprofit leaders need to know about state and local policy changes, and other items that will affect nonprofits and the people they serve.
New Blog and Resource related to the Every Student Succeeds Act
In a new blog post, “How Does Arts Education Fare in the Final Round of State ESSA Plan Submissions?” guest author Lynn Tuttle, director of public policy and professional development at the National Association for Music Education, reviews the final 38 state ESSA plans and highlights where states included arts education. A companion table to the blog provides an overview of where all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, include music and arts in their plans.
Arizona Arts Congress 2018
February 19, 2018 | Arizona State Capital
Sponsored by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Arizona Arts Congress offers opportunities for arts educators and students to use civic engagement to promote support for arts and arts education. Stakeholders are invited to join other arts and cultural leaders and supporters to advocate for support for arts funding in the state budget.
National Arts Advocacy Day
March 12-13, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for the Americans for the Arts' annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. 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.
2018 AEP State Policy Symposium
March 10 | Washington, DC
The Arts Education Partnership, with support from Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host the 2018 Symposium in Washington, DC. Attendees will learn from national and regional experts how arts in education policymakers and stakeholders can use data to improve access and outcomes.

FY2019 Community Investment Grants (CIG) and Festival Grants
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
To help potential applicants prepare successful applications, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is presenting online information sessions for both Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants. These sessions will review the grant application guidelines, including eligibility requirements, funding restrictions, and application process.
Community Investment Grants Online Information Session
February 27, 12:00pm
Festival Grants Information Sessions
February 28, 12:00pm
Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture Grants Now Open
Application Deadline: March 23, 2018​​​​​​​
POAC's Grants Program supports organizations that have as their primary purpose and function, the creation, performance, and exhibition of arts or cultural programs.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the pre-application workshops, where staff will review the guidelines, application form, and panel review process. Workshops will be held February - March in locations around the valley.
Dark Sky Aerial’s production of TILT (pictured)
New Grant Opportunities from the Flagstaff Arts Council
Application 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.
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 Grants Coordinator

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

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