Happy National Arts & Humanities Month!


 The AEI Note: October 21, 2013

Arts and Education News from the Education Policy and Leadership Center  

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In This Issue
Register for Symposium!
EPLC Education Television Show
Steering Committee Orgs win Awards
Governor's School Alumni Network
Rep. Sims on PCA
Arts & Humanities Month in PA
Governor's Awards in the Arts Announced
Arts Advocacy Workshop in Philly
Webinar on Advancing the Arts
Philly Teens Get Free Museum Admission
Picasso Project Grants
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Kennedy Center School Board Awards
AFTA Ed Grant Program
Philly Mural Showcases Students
NEA Arts Advocacy Guide
Technology and Humanities Camp
NAMM Foundation Lennon Bus
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Arts and Education Symposium
Only 9 Days Away!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 
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There are just a few more days to register for the 2013 Arts and Education Symposium that will be held on Wednesday, October 30, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.  Join community arts organizations, professional organizations, arts educators, parents, administrators, advocates and policymakers for this annual showcase of ideas and inspiration sharing.

For more information and to register, please visit

Thanks to Alexus, a sixth grader in West York Area School District, for her contribution to this year's Symposium Flier and Program Cover. 
EPLC's "Focus on Education" Television Show on the Arts

EPLC's "Focus on Education" series, produced by EPLC and the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN), will feature an episode on arts education on Wednesday, October 23.  The show is hosted by Ron Cowell of EPLC and Corinna Vecsey Wilson of PCN.  The panel will include:  

  • Clyde Mills McGeary, Former Chief, Division of Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania Department of Education;
  • Jamie Kasper, Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative
  • Rich Nilsen, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

"Focus on Education" is a monthly, hour long program focusing on education issues in Pennsylvania.  This month, the show will be initially broadcast on PCN at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, and then re-broadcast additionally before the end of the month.  A recording of the episode will later be made available on the PCN website.


To learn more, visit PCN's "Focus on Education" web page.  
Two Steering Committee Organizations Recognized with EPLC Partner Awards 

Two Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Steering Committee member organizations were honored with the 2013 EPLC Partner Award at a ceremony on Friday, September 27, 2013.  The Education Policy and Leadership Center's (EPLC) Partner Award is presented annually to one or more organizations that have worked with EPLC on various initiatives and activities.  Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) have been invaluable to the work  of the Network, but also the work of EPLC.  Congratulations and many thanks to both for all they do to support arts education in Pennsylvania!

Erin Gough and Ron Cowell of EPLC with Jenny Hershour and Mitch Swain of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania


Governor's School Alumni Network 

It is always important that Governor Corbett and legislators hear from Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts (PGSA) alumni urging that state officials provide support to re-establish the Governor's School for the Arts in 2014.  The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network will be providing support for PGSA Alumni Network members to deliver these important messages, but there is nothing as effective as every graduate of PGSA contacting their own legislators to tell them how important the PGSA experience was for them personally, and why other students should have a similar opportunity.  


The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network continues to search for Alumni of the PGSA.  If you, or someone you know, taught at or attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, please complete this form and share with others.  We have been contacted by nearly 700 alumni already, and appreciate all of the help from former students and faculty in spreading this message.

Policy News
State Representative Sims Appointed to
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) has been appointed to serve as a legislative member on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  He is replacing Rep. Mark Cohen.  Rep. Sims is also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus.

You can find out more about Rep. Sims by visiting his website.

Resolutions Recognize Arts & Humanities Month in PA

Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), co-chairs of the Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus, both introduced resolutions in their respective chambers recognizing October as Arts & Humanities Month in Pennsylvania.


National Arts & Humanities Month is organized by Americans for the Arts as a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. 


Thank you to Sen. Costa and Rep. Saylor for your leadership in the arts in Pennsylvania.

2013 Governor's Awards in the Arts - October 22

The Governor's Awards ceremony is being held in Harrisburg on October 22.  While the ceremony itself starts at 7 p.m., activities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Strawberry Square Arcade with a celebration of youth art, featuring many youth performing arts organizations from the greater Harrisburg area. 


Included among the honorees are Bill and Beverlee Lehr, who will be recognized for their lifelong commitment to the arts with this year's Patron Award.  Bill Lehr will be participating in our Arts and Education Symposium on October 30 as the moderator for a Policy Leader panel.

A ticket is required for entrance into the awards ceremony.  To reserve your free ticket, call 1-717-214-ARTS (2787).


Afterward, the ceremony continues with a reception in the Harrisburg Hilton Main Ballroom. Again, all of the events are free, but a ticket is required for the awards ceremony itself.


To see the full list of recipients and read more about Harrisburg's plans surrounding the event, read on here or visit the Award's website, facebook page, or follow #pagaa2013 on twitter.

Opportunities for
Arts Education Professionals
Conundrums in Arts Advocacy Workshop in Philadelphia
Join Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia and Artistic Rebuttal Project on October 24 at 5 p.m. for discussions and debate centered around issues artists and art administrators face in the field of arts advocacy.  Topics include artists as advocates, arts advocacy in the face of pressing social issues (education, health care, homelessness), and other issues surrounding arts advocacy.  The event is free and open to anyone invested in the arts. For more information, click here


Free Webinar on Advancing the Arts through an Expanded School Day

Americans for the Arts and the National Center on Time & Learning presented a free webinar on Friday, October 18 on the recently published report, Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day: Lessons from Five Schools.  This report presents case studies of five schools utilizing the longer student and teacher days to prioritize time for arts education as they work to improve overall academic instruction and focus on individual student achievement.  A recording of the webinar is available here.


Watch Kristen Engebretsen from Americans for the Arts, David Farbman from the National Center on Time & Learning, Stephanie Edmeade of Clarence Edwards Middle School, and Sherman Cowan of Clarence Edwards Middle School, to learn more about the report, an overview of the work happening in these five schools, a closer look at the results at Edwards Middle School, and a discussion of how your community can implement the lessons learned from schools using an expanded day.


Philadelphia Teens Offered Free Museum Admission


The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is providing museum passes to students that are good for admission to twelve of the city's most popular cultural institutions including the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation, the National Constitution Center, Eastern State Penitentiary and the Philadelphia Zoo.


More than 1,600 high school students have signed up online for the passes in the first week of the Students at Museums in Philly (STAMP) program.  The project is being funded by the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Teen Program, and is coordinated with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Picasso Project Now Accepting Grant Applications

Philadelphia Public Schools can now apply for grants of up to $5,000 for projects created to increase arts education opportunities for students.


Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) created The Picasso Project in 2002 in order to increase arts education opportunities for students in the School District of Philadelphia.  This is done through yearly grants of up to $5,000 which are awarded to public schools for "projects that enhance and enrich the integration of the arts into the curriculum and classroom, often in partnership between school teachers, artists from the community and local arts organizations."  Along with providing these grants, PCCY is also engaged in advocacy for long-term changes in access to funding for arts education and is a member of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network's Steering Committee.


For more information about the Picasso Project and to apply for a grant, please visit here.

National Arts Marketing Project Conference 
Registration for the Americans for the Arts annual National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference is now open.  Marketing and effective community engagement strategies are invaluable for arts and arts education advocates.  This year's conference will be held November 8-11 in Portland, Oregon.
Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Accepting Nominations for Awards
The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award is open for nominations.  The winning school board receives a plaque, along with a cash award of $10,000 for arts education programs.  Since 1989, this annual award has been presented to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education.  This national award recognizes districts that have included four artistic disciplines-visual arts, music, theater, and dance-in their programs.  The nomination deadline is November 1, 2013 and details can be found here.
Americans for the Arts Art of Education Grant Program

This fall Americans for the Arts is partnering again with KRIS Wine for the fourth annual Art of Education program.  KRIS Wine awards 16 schools in the United States a total of $25,000 in grants to improve academic achievement through quality arts education.  Visit KRIS Wine's facebook page to vote every day through October 31 for your favorite school to win $5,000 for arts education.

New West Philly Mural Showcases Students' Artistic Rebuttals

West Philadelphia is now home to a "Artistic Rebuttal" MuralArtsProgram mural designed by student artists.  The mosaic and mural was created by artists Amy Scheidegger and Eric Okdeh with the help of students from E3 West, PCAT, Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences and the men of the mural class at SCI Graterford.  Students created a collaborative book promoting the importance of art in their lives and schools.  The artists then used their designs and images to create a mural communicating the need for visual expression.  On October 12 a colorful celebration was held to celebrate the new installation in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month.  For further information click here.

National Education Association Arts Advocacy Guide
The National Education Association (NEA) recently released a new Arts Advocacy Resource Guide for use by students, educators, and supportive community patrons as they advocate to keep arts education alive in public schools.  The Guide compiles resources from the major fine arts education organizations such as the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and Americans for the Arts.  These resources feature effective advocacy campaigns, and highlight the roles that students and their families, educators, and supportive community patrons can play.  To download the guide and to read more about how and why the NEA supports arts education for every child, click here
THATCamp - The Humanities and Technology Camp
THATCamp, The Humanities and Technology Camp, is an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.  The camp was offered in Pittsburgh on October 5-6 and this new collaborative experience will take place in Harrisburg October 25-26, and in the Lehigh Valley on February 21, 2014.  This is an opportunity for those in the arts and humanities to explore how technology can best be used to solve problems in the field.  To read more about this unique format and how you can be involved, visit here
NAMM Foundation Hosts John Lennon Education Tour Bus

Earlier this month, the NAMM Foundation held a SupportMusic Community Forum in Pittsburgh, co-hosted by EPLC and PMEA, as part of a series of forums hosted across the U.S., produced by the Support Music Coalition and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.  Music educators and arts education leaders from Western PA gathered to talk about the importance of music education and arts advocacy, and highlight work being done in Pennsylvania.  Following the Pittsburgh event, the Lennon Bus made its fifth and final stop in Philadelphia, where it convened music education leaders from the Eastern part of the state. Video of the Philadelphia forum is also archived on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus YouTube site.

Second Annual InnOVATION Grant Awards Program

Ovation, America's only arts television network, has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH); and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to introduce the second annual innOVATION Grant Awards Program, which launched on August 26. 


This year's innOVATION grant awards will be made to schools that have developed model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum.


Ten thousand dollar ($10,000) innOVATION STEAM grant awards will be made to up to eight schools with exemplary STEAM programs.  Elementary through high school-level schools within the United States, including charter and magnet schools, are eligible to apply online here.  The submission deadline is October 28.  The final eight grant award recipients will be announced at a special ceremony in Washington, DC, in early 2014.