JUNE 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arts Commission maintains level funding in 2018
Arizona Commission on the Arts Maintains Level Funding in FY2018 Budget   
We are pleased to report that the $9.8 billion fiscal year 2018 budget signed last week by Governor Doug Ducey includes, for the second year in a row, a one-time $1.5 million appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. As we celebrate our 50th year as Arizona's state arts agency, we are proud to have earned this bipartisan vote of support. 

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ARTabilityAZ Accessibility Conference   
Monday, June 12, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ 
This all-day conference on accessibility on the arts will provide an opportunity to hear from leaders in the state on how to create accessible programs in the arts and build audiences for programs. Connect with colleagues from around the state who share a commitment to accessibility. 

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2018 Arizona Poetry out Loud
Register Your School for 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, DC, where champions from every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico 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.

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Alberto Rios
Students Write to Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos on Writing, Meaning, and the Importance of Poetry   
For National Poetry Month 2017, teh Academy of American Poets presented Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invited young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos was a featured poet for this project. 

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New Working Paper Examines Arts Education Access in Rural Areas 
A new working paper, produced as part of a new initiative from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas, examines access to arts education in rural areas, including opportunities and challenges with increasing access. Funded by a collective impact grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this resource, authored by Lisa Donovan, a professor at MCLA and Maren Brown, a national arts management consultant, also identifies promising practices and includes a case study, among additional content. 

VSA Arts Intersections
Arts Ed Chat
VSA Intersections Conference 
August 6-7, 2017|Austin, TX
Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 30
The Kennedy Center's VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference convenes educators, administrators, researchers and teaching artists, among others working in arts education and special education, 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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Americans for the Arts' #ArtsEdChat with Jeff Poulin
June 13, 2017 | 8-9pm ET/5-6pm PT  
Americans for the Arts will launch the first #ArtsEdChat of 2017 with a Twitter chat focused on museum education. These chats take place on the second Tuesday of each month and promote professional learning in arts education by engaging educators, artists, students and parents, among other stakeholders, in online discussions regarding a variety of arts education topics.

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Data Arts Report
Data Tools for Arts Advocates 
DataArts, formerly the Cultural Data Project, is providing a decade's worth of data about the art sector's contributions to arts advocates. These no-cost services include access to reports that can be customized by state, local and city legislative districts, fully-designed state reports, and new educational resources.

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Arts learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Arts Learning Collaboration Grant 
CYCLE B Deadline: 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 July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
CYCLE B Deadline: 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 July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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Professional Development Grant
NEA Research Labs
Professional Development Grants 
Cycle B Deadline: 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 July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

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National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs (NEA Research Labs)
Deadline: July 18, 2017 
NEA Research Labs seeks to develop transdisciplinary research partnerships--grounded in social and behavioral sciences--to provide insight about the arts to benefit arts sectors, as well as non-arts sectors. U.S. institutions of higher education, and U.S. nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible 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
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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