September 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Call for Teaching Artists | AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute    
Application Deadline: September 14, 2017  
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is seeking up to 10 professional teaching artists who have a serious, committed interest in working with older adults in community and care settings. These teaching artists will form the participant cohort for the seven-month AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute.
The Teaching Artist Institute is a comprehensive training program that will introduce teaching artists to the variety of settings, programs, and partners that make up the creative aging field, and provide skills-building activities for participants to attain the specialized knowledge needed to work successfully with older adults. The Institute is centered around the philosophies of person-centered care, a process-based approach, and cultural responsiveness.

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Register Your School for Arizona Poetry Out Loud     
Deadline: October 31, 2017  
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 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.
State Education Governance Structures: 2017 Update
This 50-State Review from the Education Commission of the States provides an overview of governance structures in the states, as well as implications for practice, deep dives into four governance models and examples of other governance models.

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts 
On September 7, 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts, the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older.

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MEGA Conference "A World of Opportunities"
November 14-16, 2017 | Litchfield Park, AZ
This annual conference led by the Arizona Department of Education will provide workshops and keynote presentations sharing strategies and resources on implementing Title I programs and services with the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as provide networking opportunities for school leaders and opportunities to highlight and celebrate effective practices.

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80th Annual Conference for Community Arts Education
November 15-18, 2017 | San Francisco/Oakland, CA
The National Guild for Community Arts Education conference is an annual gathering of the nonprofit arts education community, providing learning, networking, and other tools to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. This year's conference will focus on how arts education can serve as a source of hope, healing, and strength in challenging times.
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NDEO 19th Annual National Conference
November 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 over 150 workshops, master classes, presentations, performances, and social events. Join fellow dance educators as they discuss questions and challenges of interdisciplinary dance education. Regular conference registration ends September 13, 2017.

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Creative Youth Development
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Participate in the Creative Youth Development Field Survey
Americans for the Arts is administering the following field survey on Creative Youth Development on behalf of the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership.

Questions about the survey may be sent to

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Improvisation Workshop for Youth on the Autism Spectrum
September 16 - December 16     
Artist Research and Development Grant recipients Amy Carpenter and Stacey Hanlon are offering free improv workshops for teens on the Autism spectrum this Fall in Phoenix. Workshops will be held on September 16th, October 21st, November 18th, and December 16th from 2:30 - 4:00 PM.  

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Evaluation as a Strategy for Building Creative Youth Development Programs
Fall Webinar Series | The National Guild for Community Arts Education 
The National Guild for Community Arts Education will be presenting a four-part webinar series focusing on evaluation as a strategy for building, improving, and funding creative youth development programs. Across the series participants will build the following four sets of strategies by examining examples from the work of other CYD organizations and reflecting on their own practices.
Arts in Education Week
National Arts in Education Week
September 10 - 16, 2017
Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week . During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.

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Arts Learning and Collaboration Grants 
CYCLE C Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, February 1, 2018
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 March 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.  

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Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
CYCLE C Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, February 1, 2018      
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 March 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.  

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Professional Development Grants
Cycle C Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, February 1, 2018
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 March 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

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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.

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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