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: May 30th, 2018

Have a GREAT Summer!!

Dear Arts Educators, Teaching Artists, Administrators, and ALL Arts Education Stakeholders:

It has been my pleasure to spend the 2017-18 school year with you as your ADE Arts Education representative! Together we have listened, grown, celebrated, and explored the work we collectively endeavor to elevate and expand. Your commitment to your students and communities is inspiring, I am so excited to build upon this year’s discoveries. As I transition into my new role as ADE’s Director of Arts Education & Title IV-A, I look forward to building an interdisciplinary team that can support your work. Our increased capacity will allow us more opportunity to partner, share, and learn alongside you, and the increased resources provided through Title IV-A allows for new and emerging collaborations! I have so enjoyed attending your school performances, showcasing your students’ creations, and sharing resources for your classrooms, leadership, and school communities. Take time to rest and re-charge this summer break. Reflect on your teaching artistry and what you might choose to tackle in the upcoming year. As you begin planning, remember that the Office of Arts Education and the Title IV-A Team are here to assist you. 

Please mark your calendars now for the first annual “Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators & Teaching Artists”! Our District, school, and organizational leadership are invited to join us for the “Arts Education Leadership Summit” immediately following the Summer institute event. This event is FREE, lunch and Certificates of Completion will be provided. Registration information will be sent soon.

When:            July 20th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Summer Institute)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Leadership Summit)

Why: To sharpen our skills, explore creative youth development, build community arts organization partnerships, and create collaborative networking relationships with other schools. We will ignite our energy for the 18-19 school-year!

 Where: Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation 13625 N. 32nd St., Phx, AZ 85032.

The”Summer Institute for K-12 Arts Educators & Teaching Artists” is made possible through the partnership of the Alice Cooper Solid Rock Foundation 

Yours in creation,


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Published: April 23rd, 2018

AzDEO Announces the Arizona Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Awardee in Dance for 2018

The Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) is proud to announce that they have awarded Cassandra Erhardt, from McClintock High School in Tempe, the state level Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement award.

The state level award is based on the National Dance Education Organization’s (NDEO) National Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement award. It is the highest award in dance given to high school students in the nation, and applicants go through a very rigorous process. AzDEO, a state affiliate of NDEO, adjudicates Arizona students who apply for the national award to bestow a state level award to any applicant that is judged in the top 15%. Congratulations to Cassandra.

Congratulations Cassandra!


National Dance Education Organization

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Published: April 17th, 2018

LEARN with Arizona Theatre Company!

Five Incredible Weeks in Tucson, AZ


Arizona Theatre Company

Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program in performance and technical theatre that culminates in two fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and ATC-selected professional teaching artists lead students through immersive training that contributes to an experience that prepares young people for a creative and engaged life in the arts – or in any field!

Summer 2018 Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2018

Choose Your Program

Summer On Stage

Develop performance skills and experience a professional rehearsal process with Summer on Stage! ATC staff and teaching artists support an extraordinary summer learning experience, leading students through a variety of acting, voice, and movement classes in the morning, and afternoon rehearsals leading to fully produced performances – one play and one musical – on the stage at the Temple of Music and Art.

Summer Backstage

Summer Backstage is all about the magic that takes place behind the scenes. Participants take classes with our Summer on Stage students and learn from ATC’s team of professional designers and technicians about theatrical design and management in preparation for a role as a backstage crew member for the two performances.

Professional INTERNSHIPS offered as well. Visit our website for more information:

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Published: April 2nd, 2018

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Honors Teacher

Alyssa McMichael, dance teacher at Apollo High School in Glendale, was awarded the 2018 Katherine Lindholm Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year Award at the annual Arizona High School Dance Festival at Raymond S. Kellis  High School, March 24th.  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.  Alyssa exemplifies these characteristics in her teaching and by her involvement in the dance community.


Congratulations from ADE’s Office of Arts Education!

Alyssa McMichael AzDEO Awardee

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Published: March 13th, 2018

Celebrating Women in Dance! International Women’s Day!

A child’s first experience with a female business owner is usually their first dance teacher. That relationship may last forever. As a result, women are more likely to be entrepreneurial and start their own dance business, or another business, because they grew up seeing women in charge of their careers. As of March 9, 2018, we have 173 dance Arizona businesses owned and managed by women.

For a Full list of these studios, contact the Arizona Dance Coalition.

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Published: March 6th, 2018

Student Video Competition: Scottsdale Arts and the City of Scottsdale Celebrate Youth Art Month!

From Natalie Marsh, Director of Arts Education- Scottsdale Arts:


Hi friends,
As you may know, Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Arizona, made an official proclamation of March 2018 as Arizona Youth Arts Month.
In celebration of this, we are collaborating with the City of Scottsdale on a video contest asking high school students attending a school in Scottsdale or residents of Scottsdale to tell us why the arts are important to our community. The award is pretty awesome – $500 cash, membership to Scottsdale Arts, accolades at a city council meeting and free breakfast!
You can find the details here: It is also on Peach Jar for those of you in the SUSD system.
Please share this contest with all your high school teachers, parents of high school students, and high school students! We want to hear how the arts have impacted them and why the arts make Scottsdale the best. Contest closes on March 23, 2018.
Thank you for spreading the word!
Natalie Marsh
Scottsdale Arts
Director of Education & Outreach
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Published: March 1st, 2018

Washington School District Celebrates “Arizona Youth Art Month”!

Washington Elementary School District has many exciting events planned for the month of March that celebrate music and visual arts in our district!  ALL events are open to the public.

What is your school or district doing for Arizona Youth Arts Month? Email us info on your events so that we might celebrate with you!

ASU WEST Fletcher Library presents:  WESD District Art Show

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. MARCH 27th, 2018


Fletcher Library

For a full schedule of offerings, please contact Samantha Chariker, Curriculum & Instruction, Special Areas


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