Published: November 19th, 2018

“We Are Arizona!” 4th Grade Collaborative Visual Arts Competition

4th grade students and teachers, put your imaginations together and create a collaborative artwork for the “We Are Arizona!” competition. Utilize classroom knowledge of Arizona to collaboratively create (within a single classroom or across your grade level) an inspiring work of art. ALL visual media are eligible for entry.

The winning 4th grade class (or grade level) will receive an awesome arts-based award including but not limited to: field trips, arts engagement opportunities provided by professional teaching artists, and more!

All participating schools will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and have their art work professionally displayed at the Sonoran Arts League Gallery from Feb. 14, 2019 to Feb. 25, 2019. Adjudicators are looking to see student voice and understanding of Arizona history and standards. Contest entries will be displayed at the Arizona Department of Education from February 26th through March and will be available for pick up Wednesday May 1, 2019 through Friday May 24, 2019 at 5pm. Artwork not retrieved will be added to the Arizona Department of Education’s permanent collection.

To enter:

  1. Create a collaborative art work inspired by the theme “We Are Arizona” within your 4th grade classroom or across the grade level.
  2. Submit the entry form and attach a photograph of the entry
  3. Attach appropriate display labels. (Artwork not properly labeled will not be adjudicated.)
  4. Drop off or mail artwork to the Arizona Department of Education by 5pm on Friday December 14, 2018. (For artwork larger than the size of a refrigerator, please contact the Arizona Department of Education to arrange adequate storage before display).

Arizona Department of Education “We Are Arizona” Contest, Bin 32 Attn: Dustin Loehr, Arts Education Director 1535 W. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Contest entries must be received at the Arizona Department of Education by 5pm Friday, December 14, 2018. All artwork must be submitted by a school representative (classroom teacher, visual arts teacher, arts coordinator, principal, school leadership, etc.).

Read the full rules and guidelines and don’t miss your chance to enter the competition today! Questions? Contact Haley Honeman, Arts Education Specialist [email protected] 602.542.5179.


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Published: November 8th, 2018

The Musical Instrument Museum Joins the First Things First Scholarship Network

 The Musical Instrument Museum Joins the First Things First Scholarship Network

If you are a college student pursuing a degree or certificate in early childhood education, you have an opportunity to receive the First Things First Scholarship. The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is now a site where you can earn volunteer hours for this scholarship program. If you are a student interested in gaining experience in music education with children 0-5 years old, consider this great opportunity to become a volunteer at the MIM while earning money to pay for your education.




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Published: October 25th, 2018

AAGT Program Cover Contest ~ Deadline Nov 15

Here’s a great opportunity for students to design our program cover!
Do you know an Arizona student who is an amazing artist?
We are looking for a student to design our conference program.
Our theme this year is “Gifted Knows No Boundaries”.
Winner will receive $100!

For a description of the contest and submission form, please download the Contest Cover Information Sheet and submit to [email protected] by November 15th.

The cover design must include the following information…

  • 45th Annual Arizona Gifted and Talented Conference
  • Black Canyon Conference Center
  • February 7-8, 2019
  • Theme: Gifted Knows No Boundaries
Be creative and have fun designing an innovative design.
Color is best, but black and white submissions are accepted.
Graphic art designs and photographic submissions are encouraged.
Submissions should be in .jpg format and in 8.5 x 11 format
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Published: October 23rd, 2018

Teen Night at Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is hosting a free Teen Night on Friday October 26th from 6-9pm. Spread the word to young artists looking for an amazing way to spend their Friday night! Parents are encouraged to drop off teens at the museum’s main entrance and pick up no later than 9:30pm.

The event is based on the Museum’s exhibit Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire and features an original performance co-created with Rising Youth Theatre.

Make sun, moon, and star-inspired wearable art with Antoinette Cauley, build a Teotihuacan landscape with Create Makerspace from Arizona Science Center, and create a collage with Jenny Day exploring place and identity. At 7:30pm, Betsy Schneider returns to Phoenix Art Museum for a conversation on To Be Thirteen and her journey as a photographer. Plus, music, food trucks, and more!


Created by Teen Art Council, Teen Night aims to bring together Phoenix-area youth to create an open inclusive environment in the celebration of the arts.

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Published: October 15th, 2018

12th Annual $10,000 Create-a-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

The Gallery Collection is offering a $10,000 cash scholarship to the winning student of their 12th annual national competition to Create-A-Greeting Card. The contest is open to all high school and university students. In addition, a $1,000 cash prize goes to the school of the winner of the annual scholarship contest.

Official rules, past contest winner examples, and the submission form can be found at The Gallery Collection’s Website. I hope you will pass this artistic scholarship opportunity along to students. Contest began May 31, 2018 and the final day for contest submissions is March 1, 2019.

Happy Creating,

Posted in Opportunities |
Published: October 8th, 2018

Nominations OPEN! 2019 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards

Do you know an AMAZING Arizona Artist or Arts Organization? How about a robust and innovative Arts Educator or Arts Education Organization? Well NOW is your time to celebrate the creativity and dedication of our Arts Education community!  Arizona Citizens for the Arts is once again accepting nominations for the 2019 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards. The process is simple, and the chance to recognize our community members and colleagues is worth the time of you investment!!

Friday November 30, 2018 is the last day to submit your nominations. 

Visit their website to submit your nominations now!



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Published: October 4th, 2018

Cyber Security Month- Calendar Contest

October is cybersecurity month! Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate by doing this great project that offers you and your students a chance to feature their artwork, spread awareness about issues of cybersecurity, and win prizes.

The Arizona Department of Administration Technology is holding their 6th annual “Kids Safe Online” Cybersecurity Calendar Contest. The contest encourages students to creatively express their cybersecurity knowledge through the arts and get their art work featured in a calendar. Highlight your students learning about digital security and citizenship and meet Arizona Technology Standards through creative expression.

I’d love to see many as many of our talented students participate as possible. Last years’ winners received great prizes totaling $1,300. Winners will automatically be entered in the Federal Kids Safe Online Contest.

Information about the contest and guidelines can be found at this website: https://aset.az.gov/security/security-news

Happy creating,



Posted in Opportunities |
Published: September 24th, 2018

Heard Museum- Educator Open House


Interested in learning more about Heard Museum educational resources and upcoming events? Join us on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 8, for a free open house for educators from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m! Extend your visit by taking part in Indigenous Peoples’ Day activities across the Heard campus.

Free Museum admission included.

Click here to reserve your spot by 9 a.m. Friday, October 5.

For more information contact Sharah Nieto

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Published: September 24th, 2018

ADE’s ESSA Conference: Register Now!

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Join us for ADE’s 2018 ESSA Conference on November 14th and 15th! Learn more about Well-Rounded Education and how we can reinvigorate our Title I Schools with courses and programs in: Arts Education, Gifted Education, Social and Emotional Literacy, STEAM, and so much more!

Interested in a deep-dive into Creative Youth Development in your Arts Education programs? Join us on November 13th for the Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC)!

Register NOW!

JAEC = $100.00

ESSA Conference = $300.00

Both JAEC and ESSA Conference = $350.00




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