Creative Aging Training at Mesa Arts Center
Thursday, September 5, 2019, 2:00 PM | Mesa, AZ
The Mesa Arts Center is offering a free 1.5-hour training on Creative Aging with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute on Thursday, September 5th from 2-3:30pm. This training will offer a concise but comprehensive overview of creative aging programs and the impact the arts can offer for older adults. Participants will learn about the effects of dementia on the brain and how to adapt lesson plans and classroom environment for adults living with dementia.
Teaching artists that have completed this training are then able to apply to teach for the MAC’s creative aging program which offers 4 distinct programs throughout the year for older adults.
Registration: email Laura Wilde at Laura.Wilde@mesaaz.gov by Thursday, August 29.
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.
Opening of ‘We Are Artists’ draws a crowd
Nogales International
The opening of the “We Are Artists” exhibit on June 9 at the Hilltop Gallery in Nogales attracted a crowd of visitors from around Santa Cruz County. Guests were treated to artwork created by members of the Santa Cruz Training Programs, a Nogales-based organization that provides training and support for people with intellectual disabilities.
Arts programs foster student success; Young artists create colorful installations
Peoria Independent
"Thanks to grant funding and the generosity of area nonprofit groups, students across the Valley are learning to use their hands and minds to create tangible, colorful works of art in ceramics, aluminum and other durable media."
2019 Annual Convening
Arts Education Partnership
September 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.
Resources from the 2018 AEP Annual Convening, including videos and concurrent session materials, can be found here.
EdTA 2019 National Conference
Educational Theatre Association
September 19-22, 2019 ǀ Brooklyn, NY
The Educational Theatre Association's National Conference is held each year to provide educators with a wide range of professional development including workshops, intensives, and learn and create labs.
In 2019, the Educational Theatre Association is marking the 90th anniversary of its student organization, the International Thespian Society. This year’s conference will hold workshops, networking sessions, and keynote presentations that will reflect on the organization’s history, share the knowledge and skills being taught to students today, and imagine where toggo in the 21st century landscape of theatre artistry and education.
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.
Presenters Wanted: ESSA Conference: Educating the Whole Child
Apply by October 25, 2019
The Arizona Department of Education's 2020 ESSA Conference will be held at the We-Ko-Pa Conference Center and Resort in Scottsdale Arizona February 19-21. ADE is currently seeking sessions that are interactive, designed to support a wide audience (teachers, school administrators, LEA grant officers, governing board members, etc.), and cover topics designed to support the development of the whole child.
Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape
Education Commission of the States | December 2019
This Education Trends report explores education policy areas where arts in education leaders and stakeholders can expand opportunities to engage the arts in policy solutions and includes examples of how states are currently using the arts in education to support their policy efforts.

Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning Outcomes Among K-12 Students
UChicago Consortium and Ingenuity | June 2019
This report, from the Consortium on School Research at the University of Chicago and Ingenuity, examines how participation in the arts impacts the social-emotional development of students in kindergarten through 12th grade in both in-school and after-school settings. The report includes information gathered from a comprehensive literature review, as well as in-person interviews and focus groups with arts education stakeholders.

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