Published: January 15th, 2019

FREE Mesa Arts Center Field Trip Opportunity

Thanks to a generous grant from the Pulliam Foundation, FREE school tickets are available to Adapting History written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite.


In Adapting Historyartist Dahlak Brathwaite uses spoken word poetry & Hip Hop to narrate the sometimes tense, sometimes strained history of our nation. This musical chronicle shows that despite struggle, conflict, and misunderstanding, we can still learn, adapt, and be brilliantly creative.

Suggested grades: 7th – 12th

Book now, tickets won’t last long! To reserve seats, contact Tomas Stanton at [email protected] or call 480-644-2162.

*Tickets are limited, offer valid while supplies last.

Posted in Opportunities, Spotlight |
Published: January 15th, 2019

CLI Studios: Opportunity for FREE Online Dance Educator Resources

CLI Studios has an exciting new resource to share with dance and performing arts educators. CLI Studios is the industry leader in online continuing education for dance teachers, and they want to  provide your K-12 school and performing arts staff with even more educational resources this year. http://www.clistudios.com/

When you join the CLI Studios Partnership Program, your school will work with over 100 of the industry’s top choreographers in every style of dance throughout the year. CLI Studios provides dance teachers with 24/7 access to online dance classes, tips and techniques for teachers, stretching and strength and conditioning exercises, lesson planning ideas, and more! The program also allows you to share these classes directly with your students in your classroom on a TV or Projector, allowing your students to learn hip-hop from Twitch from the Ellen Show, ballet from Tiler Peck of New York City Ballet, jazz from Broadway choreographers, and more.

And best of all, selected K-12 schools can participate with CLI Studios at NO COST to the schools due to a recent group of sponsors and donors that is supporting CLI Studios in this mission!

All K-12 schools and dance teachers are encouraged to apply through the link below. A member of the CLI Studios team will work with you one-on-one to help you get started!

Apply Today:  http://www.clistudios.com/ade

Posted in Opportunities, Spotlight |
Published: January 14th, 2019

Successful Evaluations for Music Educators: A Free Clinic for Administrators

Friday February 1st 11:30-12:30pm

Delta Hotels by Phoenix Marriott Phoenix Mesa

200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201

ALL educators deserve support from their administrators to improve and maintain quality instruction for students. Do you feel prepared for your music educator evaluations? This interactive clinic provided in partnership by The Arizona Department of Education Office of Arts Education and the Arizona Music Educators Association will highlight the differences between a music education classroom and a general education classroom, overview the 2015 core arts standards with a focus on the music education standards, and give you tools and tips to successfully support your music educators.

Register for FREE today!

Posted in Arts Associations Updates, Opportunities |
Published: January 3rd, 2019

Southwest Airlines & Phoenix Suns Heart of Freedom 7th Grade Art & Essay Contest



Southwest Airlines and the Phoenix Suns are teaming up again to bring your seventh-grade students the “Heart of Freedom” Art & Essay Contest! The contest is open to all seventh graders in Maricopa County, and it gives your students a chance to earn the field trip of a lifetime! This year, we will be traveling April 5, 2019 – April 8, 2019 to Houston, TX to tour one of our nation’s “Heart of Freedom.”

Ten (10) contest winners plus one (1) parent/legal guardian each will receive:

Round trip airfare on Southwest Airlines to Houston, TX

Hotel accommodations for a three night stay in Houston, TX (double occupancy)

Tours of national museums and historic landmarks

Tickets to the Phoenix Suns @ Houston Rockets game on April 7, 2019


To participate in the “Heart of Freedom” Art & Essay Contest, each student must submit:

1) An artwork entry that depicts what a symbol of freedom means to him/her

2) An original essay with his/her artwork

3) Release paperwork completed by the student’s parent or guardian

All submissions must be delivered to the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena by 4:00pm Friday, February 8th, 2019.

Ten (10) lucky artists will be selected to take the trip to Houston, TX and will be notified no later than Friday, February 15, 2019. Traveling instructions and trip details will be provided once the winners are notified.

Those who are selected as winners will have their artwork displayed at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport during the week of April 1, 2019.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your seventh grade students! We encourage you to speak with your seventh-grade art, history, and/or homeroom teachers as soon as possible to get your students involved in this opportunity. Please contact us with any questions and help to make this “American dream” come true for your seventh graders!



Lexi Muller, Southwest Airlines

Stephanie Lovingood, Phoenix Suns

SWA Heart of Freedom Guidelines 2018-19

SWA Heart of Freedom Essay Form 2018-19

SWA Heart of Freedom Student Release Form 2018-19





Posted in Opportunities, Uncategorized |
Published: December 27th, 2018

Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman”

“Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by a string quartet and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life.

A valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.


For more information, contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or visit our website

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Published: December 27th, 2018

FREE PD on Teaching American Indian History

ADE, the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Indian School Visitor’s Center, and the Maricopa Community Colleges District are offering a full day of FREE professional development for educators. The training is worth 7 hours and will take place on Saturday January 5th from 8:30am-4:00pm. Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with ways to teach American Indian History through the history and social science standards and gain tools you can take back to the classroom! The training will take place in the newly remodeled visitors center in the Steele Indian School Park.


Registration link: https://ems.azed.gov/HOME/CALENDAR?SD=6124

For more information see flyer: Teaching American Indian History 12_10_18




Posted in Opportunities, Spotlight, Uncategorized |
Published: December 26th, 2018

Musical Instrument Museum Offers FREE Professional Development for Educators

Take advantage of these FREE opportunities to learn creative ways to integrate music into your classroom through Saturday workshops offered at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)!

Saturday, January 12, 2019  |  1:00–3:00 p.m. Free for educators New activities for 2018–2019! Learn new, musical ways to bring culture into the classroom! Engage students in grades 3–12 through games, projects, and writing and discussion prompts that will empower them to investigate material culture from the museum’s collections.

Saturday, January 12, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–noon Free for educators New activities for 2018–2019! Musical play enhances development in young children. Early childhood (from birth through age 8) educators will learn how to engage students in observation, discussion, and play based on MIM’s collection.

Saturday, February 16, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–noon and 1:00–3:00 p.m. Free for educators Discover how MIM’s collections can support embedded STEM + music learning in your classroom! Engage students in grades K–12 through hands-on, STEM-centered games, projects, and investigations to help them gain an understanding of STEM principles.  Activities support learning and inquiry across a variety of disciplines from art and design to engineering and computer programming.

  • 10:00 a.m.–noon Focus: Basic concepts of sound wave energy, musical instrument design, and organology for grades K–12
  • 1:00–3:00 p.m. Focus: Basic concepts of acoustic resonance, electronic amplification, and music technology for grades 3–12

Educators can register (recommended but not required) at:


Posted in Opportunities, Spotlight, Uncategorized |
Published: December 19th, 2018

2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award

We have wonderful theatre educators in Arizona. Consider nominating a teacher in our state who has had an impact on the next generation of theatre artists  for the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.

Did a theatre educator make a difference in your life, or the life of someone you know? The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University are looking for the teachers who create the next generation of theatre artists. These dedicated professionals discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals.

We invite members of the public to submit candidates for the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award by telling the story of a theatre educator who made a difference in your life, and the lives of others. Visit the website below for info on how to submit a candidate.


I would love to see an Arizona theatre teacher recognized this year,


Posted in Arts Associations Updates, Opportunities, Spotlight, What's New In The Arts? |
Published: December 17th, 2018

Deadline Extended “We Are Arizona” Friday December 21 5pm

You are still in time to submit an entry for the 2018 “We Are Arizona” 4th Grade Collaborative Visual Art Competition! The deadline has been extended through Friday December 21st 2018 by 5pm. Create an arts project with your 4th grade classroom before winter break with the chance to win awesome arts prizes! See flyer below for more information.

Deadline Extended We Are Arizona 2018

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