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Create Change AZ
Create/Change: AZ Institute
May 22 - 24, 2017 | Tempe, AZ
Registration is now open for Create/Change: AZ, a 3-day intensive institute developed by Time Slips and presented in partnership with Arizona Commission on the Arts and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Create/Change: AZ focuses on transforming care for elders through creative engagement and will feature presentations and workshops led by leaders in the field of creative aging, including Anne Basting, Kristen Jacobs, Liz Lerman, and Michael Rohd. Register by March 27 and save! 

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Poetry Out Loud
Photos by Alonso Parra and Jeff Smith
Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Competitions and State Finals
February 18, 25 and March 11, 2017
This year, Arizona's Poetry Out Loud program involved over 10,000 students in communities throughout the state of Arizona. Come celebrate their achievements at the following Regional Competitions and State Finals!

Central Region Competition 
Saturday, February 18, 1:00 pm
Mesa Arts Center
Southern Region Competition 
Saturday, February 18, 1:00 pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
Northern Region Competition
Saturday, February 25, 2:00 pm 
Lowell Observatory  
Arizona State Finals
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm 
Arizona PBS Studios

Arizona Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry--recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
AzCASE Professional Development Workshops   
Mesa | Tucson | Phoenix
The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is hosting multiple workshops that demonstrate how to manage large groups of youth effectively and how youth program managers and leaders can effectively train their staff.

Group Management Workshop:
February 8, 9:15 am - 12:15 pm | Mesa
April 5, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Tucson
Staff Training Workshop:
February 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Phoenix

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Arts Education Partnership
Arts Education Partnership Spring State Policy Symposium
March 18, 2017 | Washington, DC
In partnership with Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the symposium will include more than 100 national and state leaders from the arts, business, cultural, education, philanthropic, and public sectors for a daylong conversation about the intersection between the arts and education policy. 

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Fractured Atlas Fiscal Sponsorship and Fundraising Webinar Series
Winter - Spring 2017 
Fractured Atlas, a blog on arts, culture, and advocacy, announces a webinar series, from January 24 - May 23. Webinars will focus on different topics such as Proposals and Grants for Fiscally Sponsored Projects, Crowdfunding for your Artistic Practice, and Individual Donors and Online Campaigns.

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Artistic Process
Dance Education in K-12 Improves Overall Learning   
Shannon Dooling's article, The Artistic Process of Dance, produced by The US Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement, Parent Options and Improvement Programs, informs readers on the numerous benefits in providing accessible art education. Dooling makes a point of comparing dance in the classroom to benefits such as increased blood flow and oxygen, (to help students focus) and improving school culture. 

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Vans Custom Culture Competition for High School Arts Programs
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2017 
Famous shoe brand Vans is holding a competition for high school students to submit designs for blanks Vans shoes. Vans will award a grand prize of $50,000 to the high school arts program of the winning participant, plus $4,000 and $5,000 for arts programs of the runner-ups. High school seniors at finalist high schools may also be awarded a scholarship.

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Main Street Prototyping Festival Request for Proposals
Extended Deadline: February 20, 2017  
Residents, artists, and urban planners may submit proposals to create temporary projects that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity and vibrancy in Downtown Mesa. The temporary design installations will be shown at a two-day festival, November 10-11, 2017 where residents will be invited to vote for their favorites.

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National Gallery of Art Summer Teacher Institute  
Application Deadline: March 30, 2017   
The National Gallery of Art is holding a six-day seminar for K-12 teachers to strengthen their knowledge of art history and integrate visual art into classroom teaching. The Institute takes place in London, England and provides lectures, gallery tours, teaching strategies, and hands-on learning experiences. Fellowship opportunities of $2,000 and a fee-waived enrollment for teachers are available to ease transportation and housing costs.

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A music therapists works with a patient recovering from a stroke at the Cleveland Clinic's Arts and Medicine Institute. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic.
NEA Releases Online Guide for Researchers and Practitioners Studying the Arts' Effects on Health
The latest resource from the Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts & Human Development recognizes a growing movement to integrate the arts with health in community-based programs. The free, online guide, The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health, is a blueprint for collaboration among academic researchers, arts organizations, and artists aiming to study the arts' effects on health and extend this research to arts programs or therapies.

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Youth Leaders Advocacy Training and Information Session
February 11, 2017 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arizona Scho ol for the Arts
Prior to the Arizona Arts Congress on March 14, the Arizona Citizens for the Arts will be conducting an Arts Advocacy Training and Information Session for interested youth at the Arizona School for the Arts in Downtown Phoenix. This will be an opportunity for young leaders interested in the field of arts advocacy to hear and learn from mentors and advocates currently working in the field of arts and culture in the state of Arizona.

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Arts Congress
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Arizona Arts Congress
March 14, 2017 | Arizona State Capitol Senate Lawn
Arizona Arts Congress is an annual advocacy day that allows local citizens to speak with Arizona legislators about the importance of arts and culture in our state. Workshops and activities will run from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts will provide training materials and talking points for meeting with legislators.

Arts Advocacy Day 
March 20-21, 2017 | Washington, DC
Arts advocates from across the country convene for this annual event. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

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Pima Youth Arts Awards
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards 
Deadline: February 8, 2017
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is accepting applications for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs, also known as Creative Youth Development programs, are encouraged to apply.

Pima County Youth Arts Award 
Deadline: February 21, 2017
The Pima County Youth Arts Award is an opportunity to earn a scholarship toward an Associate Degree at Pima Community College. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

Applicants must be: enrolled as a senior at a high school within Pima County and graduating with the current year's class; planning to attend Pima Community College in the fall of their graduating year; a resident of Pima County.

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Educational Theatre Association
Afterschool Alliance
Educational Theatre Association International Thespian Festival Grants
Deadline: February 15, 2017
The Educational Theatre Association provides multiple grants with deadlines throughout the spring, the first four being in February. These grants fund multiple groups, such as high school students and thespian troupes, in order to help them attend the International Thespian Festival from June 19 - 24, 2017.

New York Life Foundation Aim High Grants 
Deadline: February 17, 2017
The New York Life Foundation is providing $750,000 for 18 awards nationwide to support middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. Grants are awarded in multiple categories; including single and multi-year grants. Grant winners will be notified in May 2017.

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Alex Nelson
Senior Director of Grants and Programs

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator
Carly Bates
AZ Creative Aging Coordinator
This monthly online newsletter from the Arts Learning Department at the Arizona Commission on the Arts provides relevant, current and important information from the local, regional and national Arts Learning and Teaching Artist fields.

Job and Arts Opportunities listings on the website are maintained by Arts Commission staff and are not comprehensive. Questions regarding a listed opportunity should be directed to the corresponding contact person identified in the posting. 

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