Save the Date: 2018 Joint Arts Education Conference
November 13, 2018 | Tucson
Every two years, the Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) brings together Arizona’s arts educators, teaching artists, and arts administrators for a full day of professional development. 

Presented through a joint partnership of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education's Office of Arts Education, the conference offers attendees a unique opportunity to gather and explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social, and personal success of students.

Registration for this event will open later this summer. Until then you can follow 2018 JAEC on Facebook for live for conference updates and conversation or RSVP for 2018 JAEC to have conference updates delivered directly to your email inbox!
Introducing Our 2018 AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artists
10 teaching Artists graduate Creative Aging training program
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is proud to announce the graduates of our second AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute. These 10 artists, who come from cities and towns across the state and specialize in a variety of artistic disciplines, join the inaugural cohort of Teaching Artist Institute graduates, applying their skills and knowledge to work with older adult populations.
Annual Constituent Survey
Your opportunity to let Arizona's leaders know how we're doing
Each year, the Arts Commission invites its constituents to provide a candid and completely anonymous appraisal of the agency and its work. This feedback is used in the construction of annual reports to the Governor of Arizona and the Federal Government, as well as for internal performance measures, evaluation, and planning. We hope you'll take just a few minutes to share your perspective.
State Budget Includes $2 Million for Arts in Arizona
The $10.4 billion fiscal year 2019 budget passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Doug Ducey on May 3 includes a $2 million appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Derived from interest accrued on the state’s Rainy-day Fund, this allocation will not increase overall state spending.
NEA Announces $445,000 in Grants to Arizona Arts Organizations
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its second round of funding for FY2018 last month.
11 Arizona arts organizations were awarded a total amount of $445,000, including Grand Canyon Music Festival, Mesa Arts Center, Lead Guitar, and Phoenix's Eastlake neighborhood.
California: School leaders discuss school improvement through the arts
Gathering last month at renowned architect Frank Gehry’s studio in Los Angeles, district and school administrators participating in Turnaround Arts: California discussed many of the challenges they have faced in using the arts as a vehicle for raising student achievement and increasing engagement.
Oregon: ArtCore program helps teachers integrate arts into curriculum
The Lane Arts Council’s ArtCore program helps teachers to build and implement a curriculum that integrates the arts into other academic subjects at their schools. Several school districts in western Oregon participate in the program, which supports arts-integrated lessons aligned with national and state academic and arts standards for middle school students. 
Indiana: Partnership provides arts workshops for Indiana teachers
A partnership between the University of Notre Dame and South Bend Community Schools provides workshops for teachers to enhance their teaching through the arts, including techniques that some have pursued to help with standardized testing. 
Preparing Educators and School Leaders for Effective Arts Integration
Education Commission of the States
This Education Trends report explores successful practices for arts integration, with a focus on educator and school leader professional development and provides an overview of research that highlights the impact of instructor preparation and professional development on student outcomes.
ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts
Education Commission of the States
This report highlights the ways that states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Designed to continue growing as ESSA implementation proceeds, this report currently contains chapters exploring the opportunities for arts education within the following topics: Accountability, Assessments, Stakeholder Engagement, State Plans, Tiers of Evidence, Title I and Well-Rounded Education. 
Race and Racism Resource Bank
Curated by Fractured Atlas
Fractured Atlas recently published a curated list of online resources to provide a "jumping off point" for self-guided learning and discussion around topics of race and racism.
Why Memorize?
Rachel Mindell | UA Poetry Center Blog
Tucson based poet and Poetry Out Loud coach, Rachel Mindell, speaks to the power memorization plays both in the classroom and with poetry. Rachel served as a coach for the 2018 Poetry Out Loud program in southern Arizona.
Music Matters
In this updated resource, AEP builds on the first release of Music Matters in 2011 and explores the importance of music on student learning outcomes through research studies identified within ArtsEdSearch. This resource highlights the demonstrated effects of music education and how it helps students learn, achieve, succeed and develop the foundational capacities for lifelong success. 
Integrating the Arts and STEM for Gifted Learners
Roeper Review | Volume 40, 2018 - Issue 2
Recently released, these new resources explore approaches and lessons for integrating the arts with the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to support learning outcomes and student success.
The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education
Recently released, these new resources explore approaches and lessons for integrating the arts with the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to support learning outcomes and student success.
Webinar: Putting the CYD National Action Blueprint to Work
July 19, 2018 | Online
Learn how to use the recently released Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Action Blueprint as a resource in work that advances the role of creativity in youth development. Led by the CYD National Partnership and a cross-sector coalition, this one-hour, interactive forum is designed for CYD practitioners and alumni, funders, researchers, and allied youth sector leaders.

Creative youth development is a long-standing, intentional practice that integrates creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles. In these programs, young people create original work-including animated films, 3-D printed sculptures, dance and theater productions, musical compositions, curated book collections, and more-and apply their creative skills to solve problems, shape their lives, and imagine and build the world in which they want to live.

Arizona Out-of-School Time Awards
Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2018
The Annual Arizona Out-of-School Time Awards of Excellence recognizes innovative programs and staff members for their exemplary work in providing and promoting quality youth development programs for Arizona’s children. 3 finalists and 1 winner in each of five categories will be recognized.
VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
August 7-8, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and more to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network and ultimately shape practices-improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the art.  
Theatre Fellowship – Yuma Art Center
August 2018 - February 2019 | Yuma, AZ
Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
The theatre fellowship program gives a theatre artist an opportunity to develop their directorial practice by directing a full-length performance with technical and administrative support from the Yuma Art Center. The selected fellow will direct a full-length production for the Yuma Art Center’s annual dinner theatre production in February 2019. 

Sonoran Arts Residency 2018
Fall 2018 | Ajo, Arizona
Application Deadline: June 15, 2018
In fall 2018 the Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center is piloting a new two-week artist residency. This residency is open to emerging, established or master artists, giving them the opportunity to retreat and focus on a new or existing project. 

2018 Chorus America Conference
June 20-23, 2018 | Chicago, IL
Do you have big ideas for your chorus and the future of the choral field? Whether you are an artistic leader or a board member, a composer or an administrator, our Conference can connect you with the people, tools, and resources you need to make your big ideas a reality.

Opera America Opera Conference 2018
June 20-23, 2018 | St. Louis, MO
OPERA America’s annual conference is the preeminent gathering of opera professionals, artists, trustees and industry stakeholders in North America. More than 500 attendees will gather in St. Louis this June, gaining inspiration, ideas, knowledge and connections to fuel their work throughout the year.

2018 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment
June 27-29, 2018 | San Diego, CA
Since 1971, NCSA has been the trusted forum for assessment practitioners to learn and reflect upon current and emerging trends in education and educational assessments. Each year the conference draws around 1,000 attendees including federal, state, and district agencies, test publishers, educational consultants, university faculty, and organizations supporting technology, education, and business. The conference takes place over a three-day period in June, including 60-minute symposia, 90-minute symposia, and 45-minute roundtables.

Education Commission of the States’ 2018 National Forum on Education Policy
June 27-29, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
Education Commissions of the States’ National Forum on Education Policy brings together the full range of education leaders from across all states to explore early learning through post-secondary education policy issues. Hailed as the education policy conference not to miss, this convening provides an opportunity to hear from experts in the field, interact with peers from across the U.S and gain knowledge that will assist you with policy issues in your state.

Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum 
July 9-27, 2018 | New York City, NY
Lincoln Center Education’s 2018 Summer Forum provides professional development in the arts education field to artists, educators, and administrators from across the world. 

2018 NAESP Conference
July 9-11, 2018 | Orlando, FL
NAESP’s Pre-K-8 Principals Conference offers tremendous value to Pre-K-8 administrators and teacher leader teams. Beyond the great professional development, many attendees are also making it a vacation by bringing their families to enjoy all that Orlando has to offer, as well as nearby getaway vacation spots.

2018 AATE National Conference: Rise Up!
August 1-5, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN
This year our conference will celebrate the work and the future possibilities of the AATE community with two reflective pre-conference opportunities, dynamic keynote speakers,
Master Classes facilitated by artists and change-makers from across the field, and
Sessions by presenters from across the county suited for a variety of arts educators, including Pre-K - 8, High School, College/University/Research, Advocacy, Applied Theatre, Playwriting, Professional Theatre, and Youth Theatre.

2018 Educational Theatre Association National Conference
September 13-16 | Denver, CO
“We are all Artists" will explore the profession of the theatre educator and examine the intersection of classroom teaching and theatrical artistry through workshops and keynotes focused on how teachers and teaching artists can collaborate and complement one another’s strengths. Attendees will gain knowledge and tools to use with administrators and school boards to effectively communicate the value of theatre experiences. 
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
 Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator

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