January 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Registration Extended for Arizona Poetry Out Loud    
Deadline: January 30, 2017  
The deadline for the 2017 Poetry Out Loud registration is closing soon! Register today and be part of this incredible program. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage all while competing for scholarship prizes!

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation-free of charge.

Visit Arizona's Poetry Out Loud page to learn more about what the program can offer your school and register today!

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Arts Education Partnership
Professional Development Grants
Spring State Policy Symposium
March 18, 2017 | Washington, DC
More than 100 leaders from the arts, business, cultural, education, philanthropic and public sectors will gather this spring for a daylong conversation about the intersection between the arts and education policy. Participants will gain insights from experts through in-depth workshops on tools and strategies for expanding access to and participation in the arts in their own states. 

Professional Development Grants
Cycle C Deadline: February 2, 2017
Professional Development Grants provide funding support for participation in artistic development and skills building activities or opportunities that contribute to professional growth and career development.

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Photo: Horace Abrahams/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Arts Education Reduces Stress Level of Low-Income Students   
Pacific Standard Magazine highlights promising new research that found arts education provides an effective solution to the impact poverty has on children's' physiological functioning. A study featuring 310 economically disadvantaged preschoolers, reported music, dance and visual arts lessons effectively reduced their stress levels as measured by the level of the common hormone, cortisol.

21st Century Learning Exemplar Program Accepting Applications
Deadline: January 31, 2017
Partnership for 21st Learning (P21) is accepting applications to be part of the 2017-2018 21st Century Learning Exemplar cohort. The program highlights best practices in schools and districts across the country that are preparing students for college, career and life by embedding critical 21st century competencies into the learning environment. Early learning centers, PreK-12 schools or school districts in the US are eligible to apply.

Call for Proposals: NDEO National Conference
Deadline: February 1, 2017  
The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) invites proposals for conference sessions that focus on this year's theme, Cultivating Equity and Access: Dance Education for All. Held annually in the fall, a typical conference includes three full days of over 150 workshops, master classes, panel and paper presentations, social events and performances. This year's conference will take place November 12-14, 2017 in San Antonio, TX.

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Democracyworks Essay Competition
Deadline: February 1, 2017   
The Educational Theatre Association is now accepting entries for the ninth annual Democracyworks Student Essay Competition. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, March 20-21, 2017, as well as a $250 prize. This year's prompt asks students to consider this question: "Why do you think STEAM education is important to the well-rounded education of all students?"

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Online Guide for Researchers and Practitioners Studying the Arts' Effects on Health  
The free, online guide for researchers and practitioners, 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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Arts Advocacy Day
March 20-21, 2017│Washington, DC   
 Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. 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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Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Cycle C Deadline: February 2, 2017
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of arts educators, classroom teachers and school-based arts programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Cycle C Deadline: February 2, 2017   
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants enhance the work of community and social service organizations/governmental entities through partnership projects with professional teaching artists and/or arts organizations.

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NEA Art Works Grant: Arts Education
Deadline: February 16, 2017
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grant for Arts Education funds projects for PreK-12 students, the educators and artists who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. Three types of projects available--Direct Learning, Professional Development and Collective Impact for any artistic discipline. Visit the NEA website to review submission guidelines and deadline dates for the first Art Works funding cycle.

2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Deadline: February 8, 2017   
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications. Winning programs will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at the White House. After-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities/creative youth development programs, are encouraged to apply.

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Feel free to send us your comments, suggestions or a story idea you'd like to see in the next issue. Email: artslearning@azarts.gov
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Alex Nelson
Senior Director of Grants and Programs

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator
Harper Piver
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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