September 2019
Advancing the heART of Education
a monthly newsletter for Iowa Arts supporters
Welcome back to a new school year!
Welcome to our monthly newsletter which outlines current happenings, achievements and projects of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education.
What we did on our Summer Vacation...
June 2019

As arts educators, we often are the only one in our building or on our staff that teaches our classes. Being the "only" makes sharing ideas very difficult. That all changed for one day as nearly 400 educators and artists from across the state came together for the Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit on June 20th. The Summit was organized by the  Iowa Arts Council Iowa Department of Education,   Iowa Alliance for Arts Education  and  Des Moines Area Community College .
The Summit provided opportunities for arts educators to attend subject-specific sessions or general sessions connected with the Iowa Fine Arts Standards.

A unique aspect of this event was a survey sent to educators across the state to discover topics of interest and develop specific offerings. Many sessions were also facilitated by educators who are currently using the state standards in their classrooms.

Arts educators in attendance were also able to learn from Keynote speaker Olivia Gude, visual artist and Chair of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Gude also facilitated the closing session. 

The FFA Enrichment Center on the DMAAC Ankeny campus was an outstanding venue for this event which included performances by area student musicians and displays of student work. Participants were able to learn from dance, theater, visual art, and music professionals as well as participate in hands-on experiences. One of the most valuable parts of the day, though, was the chance to connect and reconnect with fine arts educators from across the state, including many IAAE members. The success of the Summit will be evident across the state of Iowa as the conversations and ideas that were sparked in June lead to growth in individual classrooms and rehearsals. 


During this event IAAE also honored our retiring board members, Mark Lehmann and Maggie Parks.

Sarah Schaefer, IAAE Board Member
August 2019
Arts advocates from across Iowa joined together on August 15th at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines to learn about how to garner support for fine arts programs.

Speakers and guests included musician and ArtsVote 2020 Chair Ben Folds, as well as former presidential candidate Seth Moulton and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

Other speakers included Robert L. Lynch of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, Leon Kuehner from the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, Nina Ozlu Tunceli from the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, and David Reid of the Washington D.C. lobbying firm of Brownstien Hyatt Farber Schreck. 
Tunceli and Reid shared information about the incredible financial impact that arts programs have in the United States. In Iowa alone, the arts are a four billion dollar per year industry that creates 42,373 jobs. Tunceli urged the Hoyt Sherman audience to tell presidential candidates and other political candidates in Iowa to support arts programs. She mentioned the need to re-establish tax breaks for charitable donations to arts organizations and the need to better fund the National Endowment for the Arts. 



Suzanne Jones, IAAE Board Member
Update from Leon Kuehner, Executive Director
The Iowa Department of Education has agreed to participate in the Arts Data Project for the state Iowa. This is the project (led by Bob Morrison) This research data will be a great advocacy tool for arts education in Iowa.

We had a record-breaking total for our Hinterlands IAAE silent auction fundraiser in August. Thanks to IAAE board members Jennifer Gaesser, Molly Ray, Suzanne Jones and AEI members Liz Bloomberg and Morgan Singleton for their assistance!
Coming in October! One night only!

John Lloyd Young in Concert
On  October 8th , the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is  AGAIN  bringing John Lloyd Young (Tony Award winner for 'Jersey Boys") to the Noce Jazz Club in Des Moines for a one night only performance of his Las Vegas cabaret show. Mr. Young was our guest artist for our Arts Advocacy Day in 2017 and was really impressed with our mentoring program for young fine arts teachers. He has  AGAIN  agreed to donate his performance as part of our efforts to match the $25,000 appropriation from the 2019 Iowa legislature to operate our program during the 2019-20 school year. 

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Donations to the Mentor Program  are always welcome!

Use our PayPal Donation System with a credit card or PayPal account. Under “special instructions to seller” indicate "Mentor Program Donation."

Need more information about the Alliance and our programs?

Contact our Executive Director: Leon Kuehner 641-425-0959 leongkuehner@gmail.com