Fourteenth Annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals
Support our regional finalists this Saturday, as they advance to the State Finals where they will compete to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC!

Saturday, March 16th, 2019, 2:00 pm 
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
“Song of Parkland” Explores How Theatre Helped Students to Cope Through Tragedy
A new documentary from HBO takes viewers on the journey of how drama teacher Melody Herzfeld helped students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, FL) cope with tragedy through theatre education and the creation of an original production.
KNAU's Poetry Friday Features Arizona POL Northern Regional Finalist
Flagstaff's KNAU featured a local participant in Poetry Out Loud on its weekly Poetry Friday segment. 16-year-old Giselle Bennett is a junior at Coconino High School and a first-time competitor in the POL program. During the segment, she shared her thoughts on poetry and recites "Enough," by Suzanne Buffam.
2019 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
April 5-9, 2019 ׀ Toronto, Canada
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. The 2019 AERA Annual Meeting will offer a program of Presidential and AERA sessions; division and SIG paper/symposium, roundtable, and poster sessions; and professional development courses, as well as off-site visits and tours.
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 in the arts in education community.
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.
New Research Shows Measurable Gains for Students Who Engage in the Arts
Kinder Institute for Urban Research | February 2019
This new study looks at how increased access to the arts can benefit students’ social and emotional development, in addition to the impacts it can have on academic success. The study, which explored arts access in Houston elementary and middle schools that predominantly serve students of color from low-income households, examined the effects of arts engagement on writing assessments and discipline, among other areas.
Policy Considerations for STEAM Education
Education Commission of the States | March 2019
Including the arts in STEM learning can further enhance teaching and student achievement and provide multiple access points to engage students in the creative process, while supporting them in meeting objectives across subjects. This new report highlights state policies and practices — including access efforts, federal and state funding and statewide coordination — that can help states to advance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education and increase student participation.
User Guide: Impact Study of Facilitated Single-Visit Art Museum Programs
National Art Education Association | January 2019
This online resource allows users to easily access and use the results of a recently published study from the Association of Art Museum Directors and the National Art Education Association on the impact of museum field trips. The guide provides a digital framework and a variety of tools, including one-page fact sheets, a summary of findings and study components.  
The Molly Blank Fund ASU Gammage Teaching Artists Program  
Deadline: March 31, 2019
The TAP program, which spans the 2019-2020 school year, trains artists in the Kennedy Center arts integration method to be able to teach workshops in K-12 schools. The training also comes with a $500 stipend and the opportunity to be listed on the ASU Gammage Teaching Artist Roster for future employment opportunities.

Any interested artists (theatre/spoken word, dance, music, or visual arts) should apply online. For questions, please contact TAP@asugammage.com.

The application link can be found at: http://www.asugammage.com/TAP
Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate Competition
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. 

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:
Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2020 Arts Learning Collaboration Grants, Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants, and Strengthening School Through Arts Partnerships Grants will be posted this spring. 

Stay tuned and watch our grants page for the latest news and updates.
Music in Our Schools Month
The National Association for Music Education and the Council for General Music Education have launched a new focus for MIOSM, which raises awareness of the importance of music education for all children, focused on helping first-grade students learn music elements through songs in English and Spanish. Educators can access lesson plans online that outline instructional and student learning objectives, among other components. 

Theatre in Our Schools Month
TIOS month, sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society, in partnership with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, brings awareness to the impact of theatre education and the importance of access to theatre programs for all students. 

Submissions Open: Journal of Folklore and Education
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
Initial Drafts Due April 15, 2019
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education is accepting articles, model projects and multimedia products, among other submission types, aligned with the 2019 theme of “Art of the Interview.” This journal edition will explore the practice and technique of folk arts interviews, including the role of interviews within a curriculum. Initial drafts of submissions are due April 15, 2019.

The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge 
National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: April 30, 2019
The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions and Samuel French, a division of Concord Records. The Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musical theater including hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and more.  

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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator

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