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Published: May 13th, 2019

AzDEO Middle School Dance Festival

Register now for the 1st annual Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Middle School Dance Festival!

http://www.azdeo.org/events.html

LOCATION: Mesa Arts Academy

221 W 6th Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210

DATE: Sat. Oct. 12, 2019, 9 am- 1 pm.

REGISTRATION FEES: Fees are per school!

Early (Payment Postmarked by August 30th):

$100 for AzDEO/NDEO Members

$150 for non-members

Regular: (8/31/19-9/20/19) 

$150.00 for AzDEO/NDEO members

$200.00 non-members

Late Reg: (9/21/19-10/11/19):  Same fee as regular but no option to perform or to purchase t-shirts.

ADJUDICATION: $20 for AzDEO/NDEO members; 25 for non-members. This is entirely voluntary. Schools can opt out of being adjudicated.

PAYMENT: All checks and Purchase Orders should be made out to AzDEO.

 MAIL PAYMENTS TO: Arizona Dance Education Organization State Dance Festival PO BOX 60152 Phoenix, AZ 85082-0152

Fill out your purchase orders NOW!! Registration and class availability is on a first come, first served basis, so please register on-line and mail your registration fee ASAP. Once fees (check or P.O.) have been received, you will be officially registered for classes.

For more info and to register, go to azdeo.org, under events.

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Published: May 6th, 2019

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Announces 2019 State Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Awardees

 

AzDEO is proud to announce that ten students earned our state level Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement award:

 

  • Alexis Jackson from Centennial High School
  • Amanda Carter from Desert Ridge High School
  • Ashley Reafleng from Valley Vista High School
  • Desiree Berry from Highland High School
  • Kamryn Smith from Desert Mountain High School
  • Inai Luevano Palomera, Jordyn Lugo, and Maire Grimes from Apollo High School
  • Kaithlyn Nathan and Sidney Torres from Washington High School.

AzDEO adjudicates a state level Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award to any Arizona NHSDA High School student who applies to the National Dance Education Organization’s National Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation. 

These students represent the best in dance and this award highlights their exemplary hard work, and the wonderful job our high school teachers do every day. Congratulations to the students and their teachers.

 

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Published: April 25th, 2019

Regional Events for Visual Art Educators

Central Region: 2 in 1 Fun With Mixed Media

June 1, 2019  10:00am-4:00pm

All Saints Episcopal Day School 6300 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

$55.00 Member/ $110.00 Non-Member*

Earn 6 Re-certification Clock Hours

Discover a fun and exciting way to engage your students through the art of photo books and puppetry!

Register Today!

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Eastern Region: Getting Down with Comics

June 8, 2019 10:00am-3:00pm

Gemini Gallery 211 E. Third St. Winslow, AZ

$75.00 Member (non-refundable) / $150.00 Non-Member* (non-refundable)

Earn 5 Re-certification Clock Hours

Participants will learn the fundamentals of comic book making: coming up with a concept, character development, laying out comic pages, thumb nails, drawing, inking, lettering and publishing.

This workshop is led by Shaun Beyale, a professional comic book artist. Shaun grew up in Farmington, NM. He graduated with a BFA from IAIA in Santa Fe, NM. He currently lives in Winslow, AZ with his wife and daughter. He can be frequently found at the Sipp Shoppe sketching and drinking coffee. Shauns most recent work was a comic book about the Nizhoni Girls featuring Ayla, the monster slayer. You can find him on Facebook at: The Art of Shaun Beyale and on Instagram at shaunbeyale.

Register Today!

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Las Vegas: Light Up Pop Art Signs

Tuesday, June 18th 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

COSTS:  $95.00 MEMBERS (non-refundable) / $190.00 NON-MEMBERS* (non-refundable)

Earn 7 Recertification Clock Hours

Viva Las Vegas!!  In this workshop we will make Light Up Pop Art Signs  and visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas! This workshop will be led by your Regional Liaison, Candace Greene, and held at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street.

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

11:30am Meet at Plaza Hotel lobby.  12:00pm-4:00pm Light Up Sign Workshop.  4:00pm-6:30pm Dinner on your own. 6:45pm: Meet at the Neon Museum which is half a mile from Plaza. 7:00pm-9:30pm Guided tour of Museum and “Brilliant! A Neon Experience Show”.

Plaza Hotel is offering us great rates!  Monday June 17th and Tuesday June 18th the rates are $30.00/ night plus the resort fee of $25.00/ day and tax.

Additional nights can be offered at that rate if you ask when you call 1-800-634-6575. Code: PAAEA19

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Need More Info?  Questions about events? [email protected]

 

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Published: April 15th, 2019

AzDEO’s 3rd Annual Dance Educator Retreat/Rejuvenation!

AzDEO is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Dance Educator Retreat, offering movement and workshop/discussion classes specifically designed for teachers in any setting. Followed by our Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting

  • Learn about our successes & future plans!
  • Meet your current board & fellow members!
  • Cast your vote for new board members!
  • Get involved and add your voice to Dance Education in Arizona! You do not want to miss this incredible day of dance and sharing. Lunch included.Date: Saturday August 17th from 8 am.-2:30 pm.Cost: $50 for members, $75 for non-members, $50 for students.

Location: Maryvale  HS. 3415 N 59th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85033

Check in & networking: 8-8:30 am.

Classes: 8:30 am.-12 pm.

Lunch and Annual Meeting: to follow.

Deadline to register and payment postmarked- August 7th. Click here to register or go to www.azdeo.org, Events.

Make check to AzDEO. Mail to AzDEO, PO Box 60152, Phoenix AZ. 85082

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Published: April 1st, 2019

Celebrating Excellence in Dance Education

Tiffany White, Dance Director at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, was awarded the 2019 Katherine Lindholm Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year Award at the annual Arizona High School Dance Festival at Desert Ridge High School, March 2nd.  This award honors a teacher for demonstrating support for and contributing to the larger dance education community, inspiring students and colleagues through example, enthusiasm and encouragement, and advocating for quality dance education and the arts.  Tiffany truly exemplifies these characteristics in her teaching and by her involvement in the dance community. 

Tiffany White started dancing at the age of 3 in New Jersey before attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where she earned her BFA in Dance & Choreography and BS in Creative Advertising. In 2013, Tiffany moved to Arizona and immediately became the Dance Director & Pom Line Coach of San Tan Foothills High School and Mountain Vista Middle School in Florence USD. She earned her Master’s in Education from University of Arizona in 2015 and is now in her 2nd year as Dance Director at Mesquite High School in the Gilbert Public School District. Tiffany has worked on the Revision Committee of the Arizona Department of Education Arts Standards and the Student Learning Objectives Assessment Team. She is the Secretary of the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) and serves as a volunteer on the State High School Dance Festival and Professional Development Committees. She has spoke to state legislatures at AZ Arts Congress, presented work at the AZ Superintendents Association Conference, and served in a support position for the National Core Arts Standards Pilot program. Currently, Tiffany is working on her Master’s in School Counseling from Prescott College, all while taking care of her active one-year old son Jason.

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Published: March 27th, 2019

Celebrating Excellence in Theatre Education

March is Theatre in Our Schools month and today we have the privilege of recognizing three outstanding theatre educators from around the state who have been recognized by the Arizona Thespians. Congratulations to this year’s Theatre Educator of the Year award winners. Thank you for the hard work and dedication you bring to your classrooms developing students confidence & self expression.

Central Region – Corey Quinn, Mountain Pointe High School

North Region – Laura Colletti, Centennial High School

South Region – Jessica Armistead, Cienega High School

If you’d like to learn more about the Arizona Thespians you can visit their website at https://www.arizonathespians.com/

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 25th, 2019

Congratulations Arizona Art Educators Association Visual Art Teachers of the Year

Happy Youth Arts Month! Today we are highlighting two educators from Scottsdale Unified School District who received the Arizona Art Educators Association Teacher of the Year Award. Thank you Cathy Saraniero visual arts teacher at Cocopah Middle School and Michelle Peacock visual arts teacher at Saguaro High School for your dedication to excellence in arts education! Your students benefit every day from your hard work & the creativity you bring to the classroom.

Cathy Saraniero is the visual arts teacher at Cocopah Middle School in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD).  She has been a member of the SUSD community for 14 years.  She is a leader in our arts education community and strives to create unique and meaningful opportunities for all of her students.

In November 2018, Ms. Saraniero was named the state’s Outstanding Middle School Art Educator by the Arizona Art Education Association. Her leadership in the organization, active participation in the arts education community and portfolio of student work speaks to her dedication to her students.

Michelle Peacock has been with SUSD for 15 years, and her impact on our arts community cannot be overstated.  She has taught at all grade levels and in all art mediums.  At Saguaro, Ms. Peacock continues to push her students to achieve beyond what they think they can do through a variety of on- and off-campus partnerships.  Most recently, she has overseen a huge project to add murals to the walls of the Saguaro Auditorium.

In 2017, Ms. Peacock was named the Arizona’s Outstanding Secondary Art Educator; in November 2018, she was named the Arizona Art Educator of the Year by the Arizona Art Education Association.  This peer-nominated award is a testament to her commitment to arts education and leadership throughout the state.

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 21st, 2019

2019 Viola Award Winner Excellence in Arts Education

Today for Youth Arts Month we are highlighting the 2019 Viola Award Winner for Excellence in Arts Education Kathy Marron! Thank you for the hard work you invest every day to ensure that your students receive a quality arts education. Thank you for using art to connect students to each other and their community in meaningful ways.

Kathy Marron teaches art to all grades at Thomas Elementary. Her inspiration and energy is reflected in the work of her students. Marron began a school-wide mural and self portrait project at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. She had each grade create self portraits in assigned colors and then hung them separated by each grade. They now hang on the hallways of Thomas elementary portraying a rainbow of the faces of all students. This project was an important lesson on collaboration through art and a lesson in unity.

In October of 2018, the students at Thomas took part in another school-wide installation called, “Only One You” based off of the original book by local author Linda Kranz. It is a story of a rockfish Adri, learning about the sea floor through her parent’s wisdom. Marron ensured every student read the book and understood some of the main lessons:  “If you make a wrong turn, circle back”; “Look for beauty wherever you are, and keep the memory of it with you”; “Blend in when you need to, stand out when you have the chance”.

Marron had each student in all five grades paint a rock to look like their unique fish, which was then placed in a river shape through the school’s courtyard. Engaging creative young minds and a large amount of community support, Marron and other teachers were able to transform their courtyard into a fun and intriguing learning environment.

This past November, Marron and her 2nd and 3rd graders created “Helping Houses”, colorful mixed media magnets, to sell with proceeds going to the victims of the California wildfires. Raising over $1100, Marron has instilled how art can inspire and support a community.

Having just completed the Only One You Art Installation and the Helping Houses Art Fundraiser, Kathy is now embarking upon another student and community centered art project- a mural for our school.

Marron is an academic and artistic role model for both her elementary students and the community. All of the projects described are only the accomplishments of this school year. Magnify these accomplishments by 25 years of work as an educator.

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 13th, 2019

Arts Education Data Makes its Debut on the AZ School Report Card

Today in honor of Youth Arts Month we are thrilled to unveil that Arts Education is one of the first subject areas outside of federally required reporting included in the new AZ School Report Card system.

Who has access to arts education in Arizona? What arts courses are offered in my child’s school? How many students are enrolled in dance courses in my county? The Arts Education Explorer can tell you that information. Now, this information makes it’s debut on the Arizona Department of Education’s School Report Card accountability system: https://azreportcards.azed.gov/state-reports. Please take some time to explore the Report Card system and the Arts Education dashboard.

The Office of Arts Education is committed to supporting the right of EVERY Arizona student to receive a quality arts education and access to arts learning opportunities. In the future we are working to integrate these two platforms to provide parents, students, and districts with improved transparency around what arts education looks like at each district and school around the state. Empowered with information, we hope you are inspired to move Arizona forward toward a future where ALL children have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. Happy Youth Arts Month Everyone!Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 6th, 2019

Celebrating Excellence in Music Education

March 1st signaled the start of spring in Arizona – and here at the Department of Education, it signaled the start of Arizona Youth Arts Month! To celebrate, we are highlighting incredible achievements in Arizona Arts Education in music, dance, theatre, and media arts throughout the month of March. 

Today we honor four exceptional music educators across Arizona, from Mesa to Moon Valley to Show Low. Each of these educators have been recognized the Arizona Music Educators Association for their excellence in music education. Combined, they have dedicated more than 85 years to Arizona students and the arts. 

 

Eric Zimmerman Band, Orchestra & Guitar Teacher, Moon Valley High School 

Eric Zimmerman taught music at Independence High School for 19 years. During that time he taught band, orchestra and choir.  While there he served as solo/ensemble chair, instrumental chair and was a member of the AMEA board, as Vice President for High School Activities.  After a stint in administration he has returned to the classroom at Moon Valley High School where he teaches band, orchestra and guitar. 

Eric has been married to his wife Molly for the last 28 years and their son Mark is a senior tuba player at Deer Valley working on making All State again. 

Jennifer Randle Orchestra Specialist, Mesa Public Schools 

Jennifer Randle is the Orchestra Specialist for Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. She is involved in hiring music teachers for the district, mentoring and supervision of orchestra teachers, and overseeing orchestra programs and special events throughout the district. She is also the orchestra director at Kino Junior High in Mesa. Jennifer has had an extensive career teaching orchestra and other music classes for over 35 years. She is currently in her 27th year teaching orchestra in Arizona. Throughout her career, Jennifer has been an advocate for supporting music programs in public schools and providing the opportunity for all students to participate in quality music courses. She is Associate Principal Cellist with the Chandler Symphony and plays with several string groups in the Phoenix area. 

Anneka Kotterman Music Teacher, Whipple Ranch Elementary 

Anneka Kotterman is currently in her 10th year as a music educator in Arizona.  After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2009, she taught K-6 General Music at Homer Davis Elementary School in Tucson, AZ.  While at Homer Davis, Anneka directed an after school choir for grades 4-6, wrote and directed an original musical production, and served as the band and orchestra assistant.   

During her time in Tucson, she served as the Children’s Choir Director at Catalina United Methodist Church, the Son Life Singers Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church, as well as the co-founder and director of the Bumblebee Choir with the Tucson Girls Chorus.  Mrs. Kotterman returned to Show Low in 2012 to teach choir and drama at Show Low Jr. High School.  While directing school concerts and productions, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.   

Anneka is also the co-founder and director of the White Mountain Children’s Chorus.  She has been a guest soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and enjoys singing with the White Mountain Chorale.  Anneka began her service to the Arizona Society of General Music in 2011 when she was elected as Secretary.  She has since served as President-Elect, President, and now Past-President.  Mrs. Kotterman is currently the music teacher at Whipple Ranch Elementary School in Show Low, which services Kindergarten through second graders.  Anneka enjoys cooking, watching UofA basketball, and spending time with her family.   

John Snyder Secondary Choral Festival Coordinator, Mesa Public Schools 

A native of New Jersey, John received his BA of Arts Degree in Music Education from Glassboro State College which is now Rowan University, located in Glassboro, New Jersey. He taught in New Jersey for seven years, with two years as a Band/General Music Teacher and the remaining five years as a Choir/General Music Teacher. He moved to Arizona in 1990, waiting two and a half years before obtaining a teaching position as there was no teacher shortage at that time and no positions open.  

In the Spring of 1993, John received a call from Mesa Public School to interview for a choral position at Powell Jr. High School with no guarantees that he would have a position the following school year. He is extremely happy to say he is now approaching his 26th year in the Mesa Public School District. His entire career has been dedicated to shaping and molding junior high students to be the best singers/musicians as possible and preparing them to continue their studies at the high school level.  Since coming to Mesa, he has taken on the role of the MPS Secondary Choral Festival Coordinator, MPS Junior High Honor Choir Coordinator and the MPS District Secondary Choral Specialist. Outside of Mesa Public Schools, John is the Music Director/Organist/Choir Director for Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mesa. 

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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