April 2020
Advancing the heART of Education
a monthly newsletter about Fine Arts in Iowa
Support During COVID-19 Closures
Dear Arts Community,

These are unprecedented times! As we make our way through these coming weeks please know that the Alliance is here to support you. We have curated a few resources from our member organizations that relate to our work in the Fine Arts.


From the Center for Creative Arts Therapy (v ia the Department of Cultural Affairs) , this  free webinar  is specifically for teaching artists and arts educators who want to learn how to best support the mental health of their students and community during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

To register, email Leslie Kane at  LKane@c4creativeartstherapy.com  with your name and email address.

Relationships with students are always at the heart of teaching. These videos may help with ideas during this time of separation with our students.

From Edutopia:

SEL and Arts Education

Virtual Mentoring Available
In order to further assist the young Fine Arts teachers in Iowa during COVID-19 closures, it was approved that the IAAE Mentor Program provide for “virtual” mentor visits. These visits can take place using phone calls, Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, Facetime or Go to Meeting. The “virtual” visits will be in addition to the normal on-site mentor visits.

Further information concerning the implementation of this program is included below. Here is a link to the IAAE website which contains more information.

Organization Spotlight

Youth Art Month
Approximately one hundred and fifty pieces of student work from all over the state of Iowa are on exhibit at this year's YAM celebration. Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the Historical Building is currently closed and this year's celebration has been canceled.  A reception was planned to be held at the beginning of April to celebrates students and their work.  

Please share this video of this year's YAM student artwork with your students, colleagues, administrators, and parents. Together we can highlight our students' accomplishments and celebrate art education in our state. 
Iowa Bandmasters VIRTUAL Conference
Vision 2020: Empowering Our Perspective
The theme guiding the design of the 2020 IBA Conference is “Vision.” With vision comes perspective, and there is no greater time in modern history than now to live and teach with the perspective of a clear vision.

Dates: May 13-15, 2020
Cost: Free (Must be an IBA member)
Credit Available
Need more information about the Alliance and our programs?

Contact our Executive Director: Leon Kuehner 641-425-0959 leongkuehner@gmail.com