July 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Jaime Dempsey Accepts Position as Executive Director of Arizona Commission on the Arts    
After more than a decade as the executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a 40-year career in the arts field, Robert C. Booker will retire from his current position on August 7, 2017. He will be succeeded by Jaime Dempsey, who has served as the agency's Deputy Director since 2006. Her promotion was approved by the state agency's Governor-appointed commissioners on May 18, 2017. 
Register Your School for 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud     
Registration is now open for 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register their schools 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.
Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation contest for high school students that begins in classrooms across the country and culminates with the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D.C. where champions from all 50 states compete for a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, including a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals Video Footage  
Footage from the 2017 National Finals and Semifinals is available now on the POL YouTube channel.
Annual American Alliance for Theatre & Education Conference
August 2-6, 2017 | New Orleans, LA
The American Alliance for Theatre & Education will host its annual conference in New Orleans. The conference will explore how the interplay of cultures and traditions can make stronger coalitions for theatre and education.
VSA Intersections Conference 
August 6-7, 2017 | Austin, TX   
The Kennedy Center's VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference convenes educators, administrators, researchers, and teaching artists to share their research, practice, program, and policy knowledge to help improve educational experiences through the arts for students with disabilities.

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2017 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening 
September 6-7, 2017 | Washington, DC 
The 2017 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Annual Convening will take place this fall at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference will explore arts-centered approaches for improving student outcomes. The Arts Education Partnership is supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Educator Preview Nights 
Performing Live | July 27, 2017
Art Studios | August 17, 2017
MCA Museum | October 26, 2017
The Engagement office of Mesa Arts Center will be hosting three Educator Preview Nights July 27, August 17, and October 26 for Arizona educators. Preview nights will include a range of arts and cultural experiences that can be conducted in a classroom setting.

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Americans for the Arts' #ArtsEdChat with Jeff Poulin 
July 11 and August 8, 2017 | 8ET/5PT
Americans for the Arts Program Manager for Arts Education, Jeff M. Poulin, hosts an interactive twitter (@JeffMPoulin). Upcoming topics include Design Thinking on July 11 and Youth Advocacy for Arts Education on August 8, 2017.
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NDEO 19 th Annual National Conference
Nov 12 - 14, 2017 | San Antonio, TX
The National Dance Education Organization's 2017 National Conference, Cultivating Equity and Access: Dance Education for All, will include three days of workshops, master classes, presentations, performances, and social events. Regular conference registration ends September 13, 2017.

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Making Connections: Stories that reveal the impact of research, policy and practice  
Arts Education Partnership launched a new communications initiative to support partner organizations' efforts to make the case for arts education as a critical component of a complete education. Grounded in the four priority areas of the 2020 Action Agenda , the "Success Stories" project collects submissions from partner organizations highlighting successful arts in education programs. These stories demonstrate the benefits of arts integration across the education spectrum and promote continued collaboration and learning for individuals and organizations working toward student achievement and success.

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The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Now Accepting Arts in Education Grant Applications
Deadline: Thursday, August 17, 2017
IES is accepting applications for its 2018 special topics grant in Arts in Education. Grants awarded in Arts in Education support research assessing K-12 programs and policies to help improve education outcomes for students and potentially increase their success in other academic areas through the arts.
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Arts Learning and Collaboration Grants
CYCLE B Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, September 7, 2017
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Eligible project activities must take place between Nov 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants 
CYCLE B Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, September 7, 2017 
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Eligible project activities must take place between Nov 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Professional Development Grants
CYCLE B Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, September 7, 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. 

Eligible project activities must take place between Nov 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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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
To learn more about our programs and services at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit www.azarts.gov
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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