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Published: July 10th, 2019

AZ Office of Arts Education Releases 18-19 Year End Report

 

It has been a busy year at The Office of Arts Education.

Some of the highlights:

  • A State Arts Proficiency Diploma Seal Became Law
  • Media Arts Courses Were Added to the Arizona Course Catalogue
  • Over 300 students showcased their artistic voice at the 2019 ESSA Conference
  • Arts Educators of the Year were Celebrated During Youth Arts Month
  • Conferences and Various Professional Development Trainings Were Provided Across the State
  • New Data Provided the Clearest Picture Yet of who has Access to Arts Education in Arizona

We want to celebrate the momentum in Arts Education in our state with you. This year we are thrilled to release our first annual Arts Education Year End Report. We hope you will take time to read about some of the going ons in Arizona Arts Education.

18-19 Arizona Department of Education Arts Education Year End Report

You can also find this report housed on the Arts Education Website under Research & Advocacy

As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, we want to thank you for your shared commitment to quality Arts Education experiences for Arizona students. We look forward to collaborating to advance arts education in the state of Arizona.

Wishing you a year full of imagination,

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Published: June 24th, 2019

The Power of Words Conference September 26-29th

September 26-29th, 2019 at The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona the Transformative Language Arts Network is hosting the 16th Annual Power of Words Conference: Transformation, Liberation, and Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, and Sung Word. Find your voice with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration, and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.

The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality. Register today: https://www.tlanetwork.org/conference

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Published: June 20th, 2019

Songwriting Contest UBU & Homeless ID Project- DEADLINE September 6, 2019

The UBU Project is teaming up with The Homeless ID Project to co-sponsor a songwriting contest which will culminate in various performance opportunities including the I.D. Rather Be Jamming Music Festival on October 19th. The purpose of this contest is to create an opportunity to celebrate young & emerging song writers, support the work of the Homeless I.D. Project and create community through music.

The contest is open to song writers aged 14-24 with the following prizes:

  • 1st Prize, $1,000
  • ​2nd Prize, $500
  • ​3rd Prize, $200

Registration is open now and closes September 6, 2019.

For further details please follow the links below, read the guidelines carefully and sign up! Your song could have a strong impact on helping homeless individuals and families take the next critical step towards reclaiming their own voice.

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Published: June 12th, 2019

Susan Griffin Recognized as National Dance Education Organization 2019 Outstanding Dance Educator (PreK-12)

Today the National Dance Education Organization Announced the 2019 Award Recipients including Arizona’s Susan Griffin from Phoenix Union. Congratulations Susan! Thank you for all you’ve done for Arizona students over the years.

2019 NDEO National Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement – Naima Prevots

Outstanding Dance Educator (PreK-12) – Susan Griffin

Outstanding Leadership – Barry Blumenfeld

Outstanding Dance Education Researcher – Wendy Oliver and Marijeanne Liederbach

NDEO will honor the National Award recipients at the Grand Opening Dinner of the 2019 NDEO National Conference in Miami, Florida in October.

Susan Griffin has taught dance to students at every age and level since she graduated from Rutgers University in 1976. She was an Associate Instructor while she pursued her master’s degree at Indiana University and taught as a member of professional dance companies in Bloomington, IN, and Rochester, NY. She taught dance and created choreography at the University of Rochester and Centre College, and taught at Arizona State University. She was the dance teacher at Mineral Springs Elementary School (NC) before joining the faculty of South Mountain High School in Phoenix, AZ, where she has been teaching since 2003. She is active in developing dance curriculum and assessment both for Phoenix and statewide for Arizona. She has served AzDEO, NDEO’s state affiliate in Arizona, and NDEO in various capacities since 2006 and was president of AzDEO from 2009-2011. AzDEO named her the Katherine Lindholm Lane Dance Educator of the Year in 2014. That same year, Phoenix Union High School District recognized her as the Teacher of the Year for the entire district in all subject areas. Graduates of her program in Phoenix have gone on to become successful teachers and performers, including one student who is dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Excerpt from Student Support Letter:

“She was a mentor, a counselor, a mom, a cheerleader, and so much more. Walking into her class, you knew you were going to learn more than just dance. Her studio was a safe place that fostered teamwork, leadership, creativity, and diversity. Her approach to dance was not one-sided. She encouraged us to use our voices and bodies to express how we felt. She invited individuality while teaching us how to work as a collective. There was always a greater message behind every piece she created for us. From immigration to border patrol and self respect, her choreography was accompanied by research and facts. She took us to see dance outside of the classroom. She welcomed the hard conversations and answered the tough questions. She taught us movements along with the steps.”

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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: May 3rd, 2019

The Rock Teen Center Performs at Grand Opening of Ike’s Love & Sandwiches

 

Alice Cooper’s The Rock Teen Center will be having live music at the Grand Opening for Ike’s Love & Sandwiches in Scottsdale on May 4th. The event begins at 11:00am and it will be all day. Ike’s will be donating some of the sales that day to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock and some of our young musicians will be performing from 11:00am – 2:00pm. The address is 7369 N. Paso Via Del Sur, Scottsdale, AZ (right by the Starbucks).

Ike’s has been on Man Vs. Food and many other television shows. Their sandwiches are world renowned and at their first store in San Francisco, people wait over an hour to order a sandwich.

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Published: May 3rd, 2019

Arizona OperaTunity “Opera at your School” tours now scheduling in Tucson!

Arizona opera is excited to announce the Fall 2019 OperaTunity tour! Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? and Opera 101 will travel statewide, reaching more than 18,000 students in Tucson – including yours!

Assembly booking is available from September 16 – December 13, 2019

  • Performances can begin at 9:00am every weekday EXCEPT Wednesdays.
  • Shows are FREE for Title 1 schools, and only $400 for non-Title 1 schools
  • You may reserve up to 2 performances (non-Title 1 schools receive two shows for $600)
  • Both shows run about 35 minutes and include a 10 minute Q&A session

Shows are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis and space is limited – reserve your show quickly! All dates are subject to final artist approval. We will do everything we can to accommodate your scheduling preferences.

To reserve your show or find out more information, click here: https://www.azopera.org/learn-and-connect/opera-classroom

Not sure what to expect? Check out a video here featuring our performance of Hansel and Gretel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfNTRfS1MNQ

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