Title IV-A Symposium: Explore, Enhance, Expand 
Friday July 19, 2019 ׀ Prescott, AZ 
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will present the first annual Title IV-A Symposium on Friday July 19, 2019.

Designed to offer discipline-specific professional development for enrichment instructors, staff, and the administrators who support them, this event will allow practitioners to “Explore, Enhance, and Expand” transformative educational practices through innovative methods.

ADE will offer this opportunity through a partnership with Prescott College, whose support and collaboration made it possible to offer this full-day event at a cost of $35.00 per person (limit to 140 registrants due to space availability).
2019 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening
Sept. 11-12, 2019 ׀ Alexandria, VA
AEP Annual Convenings explore the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches to actively support the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success. From panel discussions and keynote remarks to concurrent sessions and networking opportunities, this event provides attendees with knowledge and tools for advancing their work and building broader and stronger connections for the arts in education communities.
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 EDTA Leadership Summit
Educational Theatre Association
July 16-19, 2019 ׀ Washington, DC
The Educational Theatre Association’s Leadership Summit brings together the organization’s leaders—members of the Board of Directors, student leaders, key staff members, leadership mentors, chapter directors and chapter board members.

SummerVision DC
National Art Education Association
July 16-19, 2019 | Washington, DC
SummerVision DC brings arts and non-arts educators who participate in schools, museums, art organizations or other settings together for four arts-filled days. Program participants will have opportunities to interact with a diverse community of educators and experience exemplary museum practices through hands-on gallery activities and more.
2019 AATE National Conference
American Alliance for Theatre & Education
August 1-5, 2019 ׀ New York City, NY
AATE's 32nd annual conference will be held in dynamic and vibrant New York City from August 1-5, 2019. In a city known for its culture and art, conference attendees will explore how artists, educators, and scholars can be responsive and effective in the current socio-political climate. AATE Members are uniquely poised to be a force for action and empathy building at this pivotal moment when the need for self-expression and dialogue is so palpable. The conference will provide a place for the theater education community to come together and spend time discussing the current issues through curated sessions and facilitated conversations. Join us in 2019 to question, to learn, to celebrate - and to Activate AATE.
New Research: Music students do better in school than non-musical peers
Journal of Educational Psychology | July 2019
High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

“Our research proved this belief wrong and found the more the students engage with music, the better they do in those subjects,” said UBC education professor and the study’s principal investigator, Peter Gouzouasis.
Creative Youth Development: Transforming the Learning Environment
Education Commission of the States | September 2018
This Education Trends report explores the design and impact of CYD programs — including examples of successful programs across the country — and provides policy considerations for states looking for ways to narrow the achievement gap and support student success.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Apply by 11:59 pm, September 5, 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, September 5, 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.
IDEA Opera Grants
Opera America 
Letter of Intent due July 29, 2019 
Full Application due September 9, 2019
IDEA Opera Grants are available to creators identifying as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and/or Native American (ALAANA) who are able to demonstrate their ability to compose theatrical works for the voice and instrumental ensemble. Previous experience writing for the operatic medium is not required. Applicants may request up to $12,500 in direct support to advance their work through activities that include the production of a workshop, reading or other performance-based event.
Our Town Grants
National Endowment for the Arts
Applications due August 8, 2019
NEA’s Our Town grants provide project-based funding to support efforts that advance economic, physical and/or social outcomes for communities. Grants are available for projects that integrate arts, culture and design activities, including performances, public art planning and public space design. 
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

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Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator

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