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.

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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.

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:

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Published: December 27th, 2018

ADE Office of Arts Education Partners with ASU Bio Safety

On December 20th, 13 Arizona students were recognized at ASU’s “Arizona Biosecurity Workshop”! Challenged to illustrate their understanding of germ prevention and biosafety, the students competed in a Visual Arts competition designed to highlight student learning while capitalizing on youth and community outreach. Putting the “A” in STEM is a central focus at ADE’s Office of Arts Education, and there to lend her support of the effort and conversation was ADE’s Arts Education Specialist Haley Honeman:

“As the world increases in complexity, it’s important that we prepare our children to be imaginative thinkers to confront today’s challenges and tomorrow’s unimaginable situations with creativity and grace.”

Haley Honeman



Read more about this and the important intersections of the Arts and Sciences by accessing the compete article.


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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:

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




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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:

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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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Published: December 12th, 2018

Fostering Global Competence in the Classroom: Borderlands Cultures

Arizona State Museum and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access are offering a FREE educator workshop on January 25 & 26th 2019. The workshop connects teachers with Mexican and Yaqui primary source materials, tradition bearers, stories, and songs. Participants gain access to Smithsonian and ASM digital resources and classroom tools, and create their own lesson plans.


The workshop is open to educators (grades 4-12), pre-service teachers, school librarians, and curriculum developers. Participants earn a $50 stipend and 11.5 professional development hours. Space is limited register now at:

For more information see flyer below:

ASM and Smithsonian Workshop_EMAIL


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Published: December 11th, 2018

“We Are Arizona” Artwork Entries Due Friday

There are three days remaining for 4th grade classrooms or grade bands to submit an entry for the “We Are Arizona!” collaborative visual arts competition.

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 in each submission. 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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