Poetry Out Loud Continues
The 2018 Poetry Out Loud State Finals was recorded and will be broadcast on Arizona PBS this Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals will be held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 24 at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Nine finalists will then advance to the National Finals, also held at Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, April 25.
About Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Grants for Fiscal Year 2019 Arts Learning Projects & Partnerships
 The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for three grant
programs that support the development and/or enhancement of opportunities for arts
learning throughout the state and across the aging spectrum.
Arts Learning and Collaboration Grants
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm, May 3, 2018*
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
CYCLE A Deadline: 11:59pm, May 3, 2018*
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships
Deadline: 11:59pm, June 1, 2018
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grants (SSTAP) support substantive school/ community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.

*  Arts Learning Collaboration Grants and  Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants are offered throughout the year on a three-deadline cycle.

CYCLE A Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 3, 2018.
For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

CYCLE B Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, September 6, 2018.
For projects taking place between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

CYCLE C Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, January 31, 2019.
For projects taking place between March 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019.
 Arts Sector Drives Arizona’s Economy
Arizona’s arts and culture sector — from theater and classical music to museums and art galleries — contributed more to the state’s economy in 2015 than mining, agriculture and forestry combined, according to a just-released national study from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Title IV Funding Increase
 Congress released its funding bill for the current fiscal year (FY) 2018. This bill will be voted upon by the House and Senate this week and is expected to pass and be signed into law by President Trump. There is news within the bill for the larger arts community and for arts education.
2018 AEP State Policy Symposium Resources Now Available
Arts Education Partnership recently shared resources from the 2018 AEP State Policy Symposium held on March 10 in Washington, D.C. These resources include panel discussion presentations and materials from the day’s six workshops, that AEP partner organizations and all arts and education leaders and stakeholders can utilize and share.

Supporting Student Agency, Engagement, and Success Through Inclusive Folk Arts Pedagogy
Lisa Rathje, executive director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education, shares how inclusive pedagogy in the field of folk arts in education supports student development and success through facilitating greater understanding within diverse classrooms and creating equitable learning spaces and curricula.

New Every Student Succeeds Act Resources 
Two new reports from Education Commission of the States explore key topics under the Every Student Succeeds Act. 
Funding Transparency Under ESSA
This special report explains the new requirements states have in reporting per-pupil expenditures under the Every Student Succeeds Act. It also provides key considerations for states and information about technical assistance and support.
High School Diploma Options That Meet Federal Graduation Rate Calculation Requirements
This Education Trends report defines the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate and outlines three options outside of a regular high school diploma that can be included in this calculation.
Kennedy Center Arts Summit
April 16, 2018 | Washington, DC
Registration is open for “The Future States of America: Using the Arts to Take Us Where We Want to Go,” the 2018 Kennedy Center Arts Summit taking place April 16 in Washington, DC. This year’s event, which convenes thought leaders from the arts and related fields, will focus on the themes of education, health and finite resources through panel discussions and breakout sessions.
2018 AERA Annual Meeting
April 13-17, 2018 | New York, NY
The American Educational Research Association meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. A showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas -- from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. This year's theme is "The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education." 
International Teaching Artist Conference
September 13-15, 2018 | New York, NY
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2018
ITAC convenes teaching artists, organizations and researchers, among others, to explore key issues of participatory arts practice. This year’s theme will explore “Artist as Instigator: The Role, Responsibility, and Impact of Artists in Global Communities” through workshops, keynote addresses, site-specific observations and roundtable discussions.
Call for Artwork
VSA Emerging Young Artists Program
Deadline: May 31, 2018
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, is accepting entries for its 2018-19 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, which showcases the work of emerging young artists with disabilities. Fifteen winning artists will receive cash awards and professional development and have their artwork featured in a year-long, touring exhibition.
Call for Research Papers
Journal of Dance Education
Deadline: June 1, 2018
The National Dance Education Organization is accepting original research study manuscripts for consideration for the Journal of Dance Education and the Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers. In addition, the selected scholar will also receive an honorarium.
Call for Concurrent Session Proposals
Arts Education Partnership
Deadline: June 1, 2018, 5:00pm PST
AEP is accepting session proposals for the 2018 Annual Convening: “The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success,” taking place September 12-13, 2018. The event will explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America’s youth have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts. AEP invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life.
Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund
NoVo Foundation and Education First
Deadline: April 20, 2018, 5:00pm
Available grants for both teacher-led and district-wide projects for the 2018-19 school year that develop and support social and emotional skills for P-12 students. In addition to funding, award recipients will have the chance to present their work to national practitioners and experts in social and emotional learning.
Deadline: April 29, 2018
Grants to professional US-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. Grants are provided for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers.

Culture of Learning Grants
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA)
Deadline: April 30, 2018 at 5:00pm MST
Organizations may apply for a grant up to $3,000 to support their organization with the following: staff training, conference registration, travel costs associated with conference attendance, coursework related to a position, membership into a professional network, strategic planning, consultants, retreats, board training, and certification related to a position.

Community Development Open Grant Opportunity
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Deadline: May 14, 2018
Museums, libraries, and archives, as well as universities and non-profit organizations with experience in museum, library, or archives projects and expertise in community development work, are eligible to apply. Award amounts range from $25,000 to $150,000.

Community Arts Grants
Scottsdale Arts
Deadline: May 23, 2018, 11:59pm
Grants available to Scottsdale and Valley nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for projects that serve the Scottsdale community. Funded by the City of Scottsdale. An information session will be held on April 11, at 8:30am at Scottsdale Arts. To attend, RSVP by April 9, at 3:00pm to (480) 874-4610 or BrittanyA@ScottsdaleArts.org .

Deadline: Monthly
Awesome Disability is an independent chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a global community that provides micro grants. The trustees of Awesome Disability are people with disabilities that want to support people in our community such as makers, artists, and writers.

School Arts Grants
City of Tempe
Deadline: 6 weeks before project start date
Available for arts programming for Tempe’s schools. Funds are available to expand and enhance the services already provided by school arts curriculum, programs and clubs. Grants can be used to fund services of artists and teaching artists, arts supplies, production costs, exhibitions, tickets to an arts program, transportation and space rental. Requests are available up to a maximum of $750 and do not require matching funds.
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
 Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator

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