February 2019
Advancing the heART of Iowans
a monthly newsletter about Fine Arts in Iowa
Member Organization Spotlight - Iowa Arts Council
The Iowa Arts Council has been part of the IAAE Advisory Board for many years. They offer arts programs and support for students and teachers. Here are a few of their current initiatives.

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts Applications Due March 1
Creative high school seniors can apply for a $1,500 scholarship to help support their college arts education. Applicants should be outstanding Iowa high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an education and career in the arts. Students must plan to attend college in Iowa and major in arts, dance, literature, music, theater, traditional arts or visual arts.   Applications  are due March 1.

Art & History Grant Info Sessions
Grant deadlines are approaching fast and we have a hunch you have burning questions about your application.  Register  for an upcoming grant info session in your area and schedule a one-on-one discussion with staff to learn how to strengthen your proposal. Don't see a session near you?  Submit a request  before Feb. 21 to invite Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs staff to visit your region.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals
Cheer on Iowa high school Poetry Out Loud champions as they advance to the  state recitation competition  1-4 p.m., March 3, at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. This national arts education program encourages students to study great poetry and helps them master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Advocacy Day a Success
The weather may have tampered down our usual annual advocacy day, but we didn’t let the snow and ice get the best of us last week. Our meetings about the Fine Arts Mentorship Program were well-received, particularly by the Governor’s Office, and the presentation before the Education Committee was heartfelt and impressed several members and meeting attendees.

The Advocacy Leadership team met with Legislative Leadership except the Speaker’s office and were well received. Linda Fandel, the Education Liaison for the Governor, was very enthusiastic regarding our efforts in implementing the Fine Arts standards.

In the presentation to the Senate Education Committee, the presenters reiterated the need for the state’s appropriation for the nation’s only discipline-specific mentoring program for first and second year teachers. Likewise, the committee seemed receptive to having an interim study to establish a baseline of information regarding the Fine Arts Education in Iowa as the State of Iowa implements its Fine Arts Standards and coordinates with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that requires Fine Arts as part of a well-rounded education.
IAAE Mentor Webinar Program
Our webinar topic this month was "Classroom Management for the Arts Classroom."

Jennifer Gaesser (Atlantic) was our host, with Shanise Brockshus (Sibley Ocheyedon) as presenter.

This presentation shared specific ideas and strategies for arts classroom management.

You can also find ALL of our webinar recording on our website.

Join us on March 4, 2019 for our next webinar!

Upcoming Events
Monday March 4, 2019 @ 7 PM
March Webinar

Thursday June 20, 2019
The Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit is a one-day professional learning event supported by the Department of Education, Iowa Alliance for Arts Education and the Iowa Arts Council. It will celebrate the 2017 adoption of Iowa's Fine Arts Standards and offer professional development around our new standards for all five fine arts disciplines - dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.  

More information about registration and credit opportunities coming soon.
Need more information about the Alliance and our programs?

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