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April 16, 2014



One of the most important parts of my position here at the Montana Arts Council is managing the Artists in Schools and Communities program.  AISC offers grants to schools and community organizations to bring in professional artists to share their art form with learners, both young and adult.  In 2013-2014, we funded projects like the Art Mobile of Montana, a travelling art exhibition that reaches some of Montana's most rural schools to provide hands-on art lessons; visual artist Jan Lord's residencies at Swan River, Creston and Cayuse Prairie Schools; and MAPS Media Institute, an after school program in Hamilton that teaches high school students schools skills in film, video and graphic design. 


Applications are now being taken for arts learning projects in all arts disciplines that take place between July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.  See below for information about how to apply.


Speaking of MAPS Media Institute, check out this video of Governor Bullock and Jeff Bridges wishing them a happy tenth anniversary.  Pretty cool!


Jeff Bridges PSA
Jeff Bridges PSA


Below you will also find links to opportunities, resources, advocacy, research and articles of interest to arts educators and advocates.  Click on anything underlined and it will take you to the link. 


Don't forget you can also follow the Big Sky Arts Education blog here and get daily news and information about arts learning from my Twitter feed @BigSkyArtsEd


Cheers, Emily 


In the Spotlight:  Artists in Schools and Communities FY15 Grant Cycle Opens Soon! 
Grants for Arts Learning Projects Starting July 1, 2014
The Montana Arts Council is now taking applications for its FY15 Artists in Schools and Communities grant program.  Grants will be available to Montana schools, arts organization and other community organizations with not-for-profit status for arts learning projects that strengthen participants' knowledge and skills in the arts by providing hands-on, participatory learning in the arts. 
Artists in Schools and Communities Grant updated guidelines for projects occurring between July 1, 2014-June 30-2015 is posted on the MAC website.  The grant application process is online.  Grant requests may be made for amounts up to $10000 and require a 1:1 cash match.  Please contact Director of Arts Education Emily Kohring at (406) 444-6522 or with questions. 

Target Store Education Grant Cycle Now Open

Target Store Education Grants support nonprofit organizations in the communities where the company's stores are located. (There are currently stores in every state with the exception of Vermont.) Arts, Culture, and Design in Schools grants support programs that enhance students' classroom curriculum by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist in residency programs, and workshops in schools.  Grants of $2,000 are provided. Online applications will be accepted through April 30, 2014. Note from Emily:  Target grants are not difficult applications, I have written and received a few as a teacher.  This is a grant that could fund an artist workshop, performance or residency in your local school!


Artistic Discovery Contest Sponsored by Congressman Steve Daines

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

It is open to all high school students. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.  All entries must be received at Congressman Daines' Helena office by close of business Friday, April 25, 2014.



Call For Cultural and Aesthetics Project Advisory Committee

Applications for membership on the Cultural and Aesthetic Project Advisory Committee will be accepted through May 1, 2014. The Montana Arts Council makes half of the appointments to this committee, and the Montana Historical Society makes the other half. The arts council looks for a broad range of professional arts expertise, and also geographic, racial and gender balance for the committee. Obligations of the four-year terms include attending a 2-day panel meeting every other year and reviewing up to 100 grant applications online in preparation for that. The next meeting is scheduled for October 13-14, 2014 in Helena. If you are interested in being considered, please send a letter of interest and a resume or bio electronically to Kristin Han Burgoyne at by May 1, 2014.




Advocacy and Research

The Perks of Being a Music Student--30 Facts about Benefits of Music Education

30 quick facts backed by citations from research studies.


New National Media Arts Standards

The new National Media Arts Standards were rolled out for a first glimpse at the recent National Art Education Association National Conference in San Diego.  This is the first time that national standards have been written in the discipline of media arts.  Check them out and see what you think.  The National Core Arts Standards for all five artistic disciplines will be officially published in June.  Stay tuned. 


Wynton Marsalis on Music Education

Part of the new Broader Minded advocacy campaign that the National Association for Music Education has rolled out, this great interview with a huge champion of arts education is from their excellent website. 



Wynton Marsalis on Music Education: The NAfME Interview
Wynton Marsalis on Music Education: The NAfME Interview
 Cool Resource of the Week
The Academy of American Poets can help adults and children alike plan the poem they will carry in their pocket and share with others on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, in celebration of National Poetry Month. 
I'm going to carry this one, by Montana's poet laureate, Tami Haaland. 
Articles of Interest for Arts Educators 

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

What a research discovered when he had jazz musicians improvise inside an MRI machine!  Makes the case that creativity can be learned.


School Rules:  The Ten Elements of Successful Arts Education

From the British newspaper The Guardian, but these ten rules apply in any country, to all children, everywhere. 


Seven Guidelines for Building a STEAM Program

Good advice for educators who want to insert that "A" for the arts into the STEM initiative in their school or district. 



 Job Opportunities
WaterWorks is seeking an Executive Director.  Position will be open until filled.  Salary negotiable depending on experience. 
Seeking an experienced manager to coordinate professional development programs for a national network of state-level arts education staff.  Position available immediately. 
Chicago's first public arts high school is seeking exceptional candidates for its principal search. 
The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.
Emily Kohring
Director of Arts Education
Montana Arts Council / (406) 444-6522
Twitter: @BigSkyArtsEd