Young People Take Center Stage at JAEC 2018
Biennial Arts Education Conference convened in Tucson on November 13
On November 13, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Department of Education co-presented the fifth biennial Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) , a day of professional development for teaching artists, arts educators, school administrators, and others working with young people in the arts. This year, in keeping with the conference's theme of Creative Youth Development, the organizers handed the planning over to experts in engaging young people.
Composed entirely of young people, ages 15-18, the JAEC Youth Advisory Board guided a collaborative effort to plan the conference agenda, design break-out sessions, and deliver opportunities for attendees to explore the potential of student-centered learning and develop culturally responsive curriculum.
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's Youth Arts & Culture Engagement Grant
Applications Open: September 2018 - March 2019
Facilitated by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Youth Arts & Culture Council , the Youth Arts+Culture Engagement Grant is a funding opportunity for youth-led arts and culture advisory boards, councils, art groups, clubs, and similar organizations to create projects which support the artistic and cultural work of young people or projects which introduce youth to arts and culture in the City of Phoenix
Grant Opportunities Available for Museums Across the Country
Deadline: December 14, 2018
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting grant applications in five existing programs, as well as in a new program designed to support small museums with projects ranging from community partnerships to expanding access to resources.
Dance/USA 2019 Dance Forum
Jan 4, 2019 | New York, NY
The annual Dance Forum brings together individuals working in the dance industry to connect with peers and discuss immediate, field-wide issues. Past topics have covered national trends in funding, the myths and realities of touring, success stories for inspiring audiences and presenting dance, and more recently, in 2018, community and place-based work.
American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival Goes Live Symposium
Jan 4-6, 2019 | Lancaster, PA
Join American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and theatre educators, artists and scholars for this gathering in downtown Lancaster, PA. Hosted at the Ware Center, the weekend intensive will offer an interactive performance of “ A Child’s Garden of Verses”, keynotes, networking, and hands-on workshops.
Access More Than 25 Arts in Education Resources
AEP resources ex plore a wide-range of topics related to the arts in education, including the design and impact of Creative Youth Development programs, successful practices for arts integration, the arts' role in supporting the development of deeper learning skills and opportunities for the arts under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This year, in collaboration with several AEP partner organizations, AEP updated two core publications —  Music Matters and What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education .
What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education
Arts Education Partnership
Building on the first release of  What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education  in 2011, this updated guide offers three concrete actions school leaders can take to increase the arts in education in their schools. Each action is supported by low- or no-cost strategies that school leaders have used and found effective.
Music Matters
Arts Education Partnership
Building on the first release of Music Matters in 2011, the Arts Education Partnership reviewed multiple research studies identified within ArtsEdSearch — the national clearinghouse of rigorous arts education research — to explore the importance of music on student learning outcomes. This updated resource explores the demonstrated effects of music education and how it helps students develop the foundational capacities for lifelong success.
AEP will close out its publication year with the release of Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape , releasing Thursday, December 6. Several of these publications are available in hard copy for purchase. For more information, please contact Cassandra Quillen at cquillen@ecs.org .
2019 Best Communities for Music Education
Deadline: Jan 31, 2019
The NAMM Foundation recognizes and honors school districts for their commitment to and support of access to music education for students across grade levels and schools. Districts selected for this award receive an auditing tool to evaluate their music education programs, among other benefits.
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Deadline: Varies by geographic region
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is now accepting art and writing submissions across 29 categories from students in seventh through 12th grade for these annual, juried awards. The awards include multiple tiers of recognition, including celebrating student work through local exhibitions and ceremonies, as well as scholarships. Deadline to apply varies by geographic region.
Public Opinion Poll
Arizonans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018
A Public Opinion Poll released by American for the Arts shows that Americans are highly engaged in the arts and believe more strongly than ever that the arts promote personal well-being, help us understand other cultures in our community, are essential to a well-rounded K-12 education, and that government has an important role in funding the arts.

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