May 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Update_ Fiscal Year 2017 NEA Funding
Update Regarding NEA Funding for Fiscal Year 2017    
On Monday, May 1, congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached to continue funding of the federal government through September 30, 2017, the end of its current Fiscal Year (FY2017). Congress is expected to begin working on an aggressive schedule on appropriations legislation for FY2018.

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Create Change
Create/Change: Cultural Perspectives on Creative Aging   
Monday, May 22 8:15am- 10:30am
Lyceum Theatre Arizona State University
901 S. Forest Mall | Tempe, AZ 85281
Join us for a conversation about arts and aging around the complexities of creative practices across communities and organizations, featuring a diverse group of speakers including community organizers and local and visiting artists.
Light breakfast and registration from 8:15 - 9:00pm; program from 9:00 - 10:30am.

This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships
Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, June 1, 2017
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants support substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools. Partnerships must include at least one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity; eligible schools must be an Arizona Title I school (both Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance programs are eligible). The school partner must serve as the primary applicant. 
Proposed programming must take place in Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018).
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AZ Creative Communities
AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI)   
Application Deadline: 11:59pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017  
The AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) offers small teams, made up of diverse members of your community, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact. AZ CCI teams will become members of an active learning network, with opportunities to learn from and with local and national experts, as well as peers from other Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods.

Poetry Out Loud
Photos by Alonso Parra
Register Now for 2018 AZ 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.

Kellen Vu with Senator Jeff Flake Interview with Kellen Vu, 2017 AZ Poetry Out Loud State Champion
Congratulations to Kellen Vu from Arizona School for the Arts for representing the State of Arizona at the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Listen to Arizona School for the Art's Seventh Hour podcast recorded earlier this month about his experience with the program!

UA Poetry Center
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Digital Storytelling Workshop for Classroom Teachers
June 5 - 6, 8 - 9 (r egister by May 26)
UA Poetry Center | Tucson
This professional development workshop for classroom teachers will support educators in crafting digital stories about their own transformative learning and teaching experiences. Participants will learn the basics of digital story development and production. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have completed their own 2-3 minute video and learn practical technical skills that can be used in the classroom. 

Education Commission of the States 2017 National Forum on Education Policy
June 28-30 San Diego, CA
The Education Commission of the States will be holding the 2017 National Forum on Education Policy June 28-30 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. This annual event brings together national and state leaders in government, education, business, philanthropic and public sectors for a three-day forum to discuss current education policy and opportunities for improving student success and achievement.

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2017 Arts Ed Partnership Annual Convening
Proposal Submissions Open for 2017 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening
Deadline: 5:00pm Friday, June 2, 2017  
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is accepting concurrent session proposals for the 2017 AEP Annual Convening: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success. The 2017 AEP Annual Convening will explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America's students have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts .

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Maximizing the Nation_s Arts Report Card
Nation's Arts Report Card Toolkit Now Available
The National Assessment Governing Board released the fifth National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts. As part of this release, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), in conjunction with its partner organizations, released the Nation's Arts Report Card Toolkit, which includes key information related to arts assessment, potential action steps, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and frequently asked questions concerning the 2016 NAEP.
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New Resources Discusses Opportunities for Arts Education through ESSA
A new resource from Phi Delta Kappan, The Art of Partnerships: Community Resources for Arts Education, discusses opportunities in arts education made available through ESSA, specifically the possibilities for cooperation and partnership among public schools and community-based arts organizations, and explore state examples of existing partnerships and initiatives, present lessons learned, and discuss potential next steps as states prepare for ESSA implementation.

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National Teacher Day Digital Toolkit
National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7 - 13, 2017
In celebration of National Teacher Day on May 9, The National Education Association has released a digital toolkit to help recognize and thank educators throughout the nation.
State Education Policy Tracking System
Education Commission of the States recently launched a new State Education Policy Tracking tool. With this tracking system, users can search for enacted and vetoed education bills across the country by topic and subtopic, and narrow search results by year and state.
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Alex Nelson
Senior Director of Grants and Programs

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Grants 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.

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