September Arts Education News

Greetings from the Executive Director

I couldn’t be happier to introduce myself to you as the new Executive Director for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. I come to the position as a lifelong arts administrator, with a passion for policy and belief in importance and right for all to have access to the arts and arts education. It’s an honor to lead the charge for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, backed by an incredibly talented team and a group of Commissioners who are equally passionate access for the communities in which they live and represent.

I come to this position standing on the shoulders of several great Executive Directors before me with whom I had the great privilege to work: Peggy Baggett, Foster Billingsley and Margi Vanderhye. I look forward to building upon the legacy they each left with this agency, and ever increasing the impact of the arts in communities across the Commonwealth.

As you may or may not know, this week is National Arts in Education Week, which celebrates the transformative power of the arts. I invite you to learn more about celebrations taking place across the country this week here , share your own story of how the arts have impacted you, using #BecauseOfArtsEd, and read more below about exciting events happening across the state that are working to advance arts education for all.

Very truly yours,

Janet Starke

Executive Director
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud engages high school students in the analysis and the interpretation of poetry through recitation and public speaking skills. The Virginia Commission for the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation offers this free program to all Virginia high schools,

Registration is open until Friday, November 2, 2018.  For more program information and to register your school visit .

For program questions contact
Arts Education Panel
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Join ARTSFAIRFAX, business and community leaders, and arts educators for an inspiring Arts Education Panel featuring Dr. Alexander Pantelyat, Johns Hopkins University Neuroscientist and Cofounder of the Center for Music and Medicine and Noah Scalin of Another Limited Rebellion. Learn the science behind how the arts affect brain activity and how this information informs education and the development of an innovative 21 st century workforce.
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Teaching Artist Professional Development Opportunity
September 25-28, 2018

Learn the artistry of the teaching artist. Participate in a four-day training seminar designed to help professional artists in all disciplines link their expertise with curriculum standards in the arts. A limited number of slots are available at a special rate of $99.00. To register online or for more information, visit .