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Volume 10, Issue 12, 2012This online newsletter from the Arts Learning Department at the Arizona Commission on the Arts intends to provide you with current, important information from the Arts Learning and Teaching Artist fields and to support vital, substantive arts learning throughout the state. We look forward to serving your arts learning interests and needs.

Governor’s Arts Awards NOMINATION DEADLINE: December 14, 2012 Arizona Citizens for the Arts is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Arts Awards in the following categories; Artist, Arts in Education (Individual) Arts in Education (Organization), Business, Community and Individual. These awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to the arts in Arizona.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards DEADLINE: January 4, 2013 Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Submissions are judged by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, searching for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 4, 2013 The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for eligible organizations that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement.

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Mayor Greg Stanton to Present First-Ever Mayor’s Arts Awards
Take-Aways from the World’s
First International Teaching Artist Conference
EdTA Releases 2012 Survey of Theatre Education in US High Schools 2012-11-28/landmark-study-tracks-school-growth
A+ Schools Infuse Arts and Other Essentials 2012/11/27/13arts_ep.h31.html

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Civil Rights and Jazz: Arts Integration Workshops for Educators January 14, 2013 – High School Educators January 15, 2013 – Elementary/Junior High Educators Mesa Arts Center presents free interactive, hands-on workshops, led by Jazz at Lincoln Center educators and ASU History Professors, designed to engage educators in analyzing and interpreting artists’ music as a primary source. Participants discuss the role music plays in promoting historical thinking and leave with tools to integrate the NEA’s Jazz in the School’s curriculum in their classrooms. Additionally, participants receive free tickets to see Jazz at Lincoln Center in concert at the Mesa Arts Center.

Global Connections Phoenix Art Museum February 6, 6:30pm Dr. Lauren McArthur Harris, Assistant Professor of History Education at Arizona State University discusses how students and teachers can make global connections using art objects. Learn strategies to use in your classroom. No art experience required. Educators from all grade levels and disciplines are welcome. RSVP to or (602) 257-2122.

Free Professional Development for Teachers Multiple Dates Arts Integration Solutions, a nonprofit organization focused on training teachers and schools on how to use arts integration to boost student achievement, is offering free professional development programs throughout the fall for classroom teachers in the areas of arts integration for STEM and Common Core. (click “Arts Integration Intensive (Aii) – 6 Hour PD”)

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Arizona Alliance for Arts Education 2012 Student Essay Contest DEADLINE: December 14, 2012 Arizona students are invited to submit an essay to the 2012 Arizona Alliance for Arts Education Student Essay Contest. Winners from each division will receive a cash award for the enhancement of their school’s arts program and will be invited to read their essay at their local school board meeting. For details and submission information, visit: 0B5irDMYtjXuCVG82NTUyTmdja1U
Museum Association of Arizona Annual Conference: Call for Proposals DEADLINE: January 15, 2013
The Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) is seeking session proposals for their 2013 annual meeting. The theme of the conference is Keeping Our Balance: Innovation and Tradition. The MAA holds this convening annually, to bring together and offer professional development opportunities for those working in museums large and small.

Arts Education Partnership 2013 National Forum April 4-5, 2013, Washington, D.C. With the goal of strengthening the nation’s public education system, AEP’s National Forums convene the country’s foremost leaders in education, arts, business, culture, government, and philanthropy to discuss what works in arts education and to advance best practices that help ensure a complete education for every child in America.

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2013 Arizona Arts Congress February 4, 2013 Arizona State Capitol Hosted by the Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Arts Congress is an opportunity for arts and arts education supporters to celebrate arts and culture in Arizona and speak directly with their elected officials about the impact and benefits of public funding for the arts.

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MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education Creative Aging Program DEADLINE: December 18, 2012 MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education are pleased to announce the 2013 Creative Aging Program. The goals of the program are to increase the capacity of nonprofit community arts education providers to serve older adults; expand and/or deepen existing creative aging programs of high quality; and identify exemplary creative aging programs as models for the field.

Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative VSA – Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts DEADLINE: January 7, 2013 The 2013 Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative is now open and accepting applications from qualified organizations. This initiative provides funding of up to $25,000 to arts organizations, from across the country, to initiate internship and apprenticeship programs for youth with disabilities that provide pre-professional skill development in the fields of arts, arts management and arts education. For more information, contact Sonja Cendak

Fast-Track Grants for Professional Development DEADLINE: January 25, 2013 The Arizona Commission on the Arts offers Professional Development Grants of up to $750 to assist individual artists, arts administrators and art educators of all levels and disciplines with expenses associated with attendance at local, national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and other such skill building activities.

D’Addario Music Foundation Grants LOI DEADLINE: January 31, 2013 The D’Addario Music Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and assisting the growth and appreciation of music throughout the world by partnering with passionate music educators. Through the generous support of D’Addario and Company, the D’Addario Music Foundation awards grants and product donations to educational programs that offer sustained opportunities for active participation in music making particularly to those that might not otherwise have the opportunity.

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In this issue:
AwardsMedia Coverage

Upcoming Workshops

Opportunities Advocacy

NEA Announces 2013 Art Works Grantees in Arizona


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Arts Learning Staff Alex Nelson, Director of Arts Learning, Patrick Fanning, Arts Learning and Special Projects Coordinator,

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