Published: July 13th, 2018

Arts Education Within ESSA- Join Dustin in Kansas!

Arts Education Within ESSA:

Charting New Realities and Putting the Arts Into Education Policies and Practice

The federal education legislation known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has entered its second year as our nation’s education law, guiding the ways in which states and local school districts develop and enact policy for teaching and learning. In ESSA, opportunities for arts education delivery exist in sections describing school accountability and improvement, professional development and teacher evaluation, a well-rounded education, after-school programs, and non-academic requisites that support student achievement.

In response to needs identified through surveys and national research, the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and Kansas City Young Audiences, invite you to a professional development conference examining opportunities for arts education delivery at the national, state and local school district levels, all through the lens of ESSA. This two-day conference targets arts educators, including K-12, higher education, and teaching artists, as well as administrators, curriculum directors, and other arts stakeholders. Join us Kansas City, MO September 27 – 28, 2018 Cost to attend $275.00 Click below for more information and to reserve your spot!


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Published: July 13th, 2018

2018 Summer Arts Education Institute- Keynote “Cultivating Creativity In The Classroom” by Richard Maxwell

Only 1 week left to register for ADE’s first annual Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists!

Join us on July 20th to experience our Keynote Speaker Richard Maxwell and share in his insight on cultivating creativity in the classroom! Richard will speak to his experience with creating the Arcadia CMAS Program, and how a “fully open creative platform” might mean with regard to what students experience, what teachers require to facilitate, and how the Creative Process can be furthered in the classroom.

Richard will also be teaching the Music Master Class!

Be sure to Register  NOW for a chance to experience all this and more, while gearing up for the 2018-19 school year!

Summer Keynote

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Published: July 4th, 2018

2018 Summer Arts Education Institute- Master Class Instructor Dustin Loehr

We are VERY excited to announce that ADE’s Director of Arts Education and Title IV-A will be teaching the Theatre Master Class for the K-12 Arts Summer Institute! Loehr celebrates a year with ADE, previously serving as the Title I Arts Education Specialist, and now overseeing the newly created interdisciplinary Title IV-A Program: Arts Education, Gifted and Advanced Learning, College & Career Readiness, and the Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grants (Title IV-A). Loehr has a background in teaching artistry, arts administration, and performance art. His workshop will focus on building community through ensemble creation.

Be sure to Register  now for our Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists!


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Published: July 2nd, 2018

2018 Summer Arts Education Institute- Master Class Instructor Hodgie Jo

Hodgie Jo has been in the arts and entertainment industry for over 25 years. He has worked from coast to coast and internationally, choreographing, performing and producing numerous events with various celebrities and organizations. Hodgie is the Dance Performing Director at Alice Cooper’s The Rock teen center, Choreographer for the Phoenix Boys Choir and Dance Instructor at Bricks Studio. He is deeply committed to improving lives through the arts.

Hodgie will be leading our Dance Master Class, so be sure to bring clothes to MOVE in!

Be sure to Register for our Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists!


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Published: June 29th, 2018



AzDEO is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Dance Educator Retreat, offering one day of movement and discussion classes specifically designed for teachers in any setting. Followed by our Annual Meeting.

You do not want to miss this incredible day of dance and sharing. Lunch included!!

 Retreat Offerings-Draft (subject to change)

  • Hip Hop Choreography
  • Contact Improv
  • Yoga
  • NHSDA information and tips
  • Grants and Funding sources
  • Improvisation ideas

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!


Date: August 11th from 8 am.-2:30 pm.

Location: Westwood HS. 945 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201

Cost: $50 for members, $75 for non-members, $50 for students.

Check in and networking: 8-8:30 am. Classes from 8:30 am.-12 pm.  Lunch and Annual Meeting to follow.


Deadline to register and payment postmarked- July 31st Go to www.azdeo.org, Dance Educators Retreat Registration. Email registration to [email protected]. Make check to AzDEO. Mail to AzDEO, PO Box 60152, Phoenix AZ. 85082


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Published: June 29th, 2018

Mesa HeArt Studios Offering FREE Summer Studio Hours!

Beginning Tuesday June 19 creatives are invited to bring your projects to FREE Open Studio Hours Tuesday and Thursdays 9am-3pm at the new HeatSync Labs located at 108 W Main St in Downtown Mesa!


Join our MeetUp Group Art In the Heart of Mesa:


Feel free to drop in and join us! Bring your current projects to work on! Meet other creatives, contribute to plans to activate community and have opportunities to promote your art teach, art workshops and collaborate with others like you!


More info about HeatSync Labs and Mesa Heart Studio


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Published: June 29th, 2018

2018 Summer Arts Education Institute- Master Class Instructor Julie Peters

ADE is excited to partner with AAEA President Julie Peters! 

When asked about what she LOVES about Arts Education Ms. Peter’s responded, “I just completed my 21st year as an art educator and I look forward to the teaching years ahead of me. Along the way, I have grown as an artist and as an educator. I have worked diligently to improve my teaching while increasing my range of artistic skills. I remember making a paper mache fish with a button eye when I was in third grade. I truly believe that is the point when my passion for art first began.”

Be sure to Register for our Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators and Teaching Artists! Julie will be sharing her original unit on Social Issues. This project will allow Arts Educators to experience a strategy designed to  help students understand how artist’s use their visual voice to send their messages to their communities and the world!

AAEA 2018 President

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Published: June 13th, 2018

US Ed Article dives into Title IV-A

Good afternoon!

I encourage you all to take a moment and review this easy to digest article regarding Title IV-A or teh Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grant.

This is a WONDERFUL way to capitalize on new funding sources to improve the well-rounded education and safe & healthy students through Arts Education activities and interventions.

I look forward to helping Arizona tell our Title IV-A story!



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