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What an amazing week we have journeyed through together! We have introduced our new Arts Education Specialist, sent our Director to the National Arts Education Partnership Conference in Indiana, we’ve highlighted celebrations happening in our schools, and now we are pleased to unveil the Arizona Arts Education Data Project! This interactive dashboard is the most comprehensive analysis to-date of Arizona Student access and participation in Arts Education courses. Interested in learning about Arts Education access in your county? The dashboard can tell you that. What about 5th grade enrollment in dance at your district? The dashboard can tell you that. For the first time, we can clearly analyze student access and participation in the arts by geographic location, economical demographic, by artistic discipline- for EVERY school in Arizona!
Interested in the full Executive Summary, or would you rather just look at the highlights? Either way, we are working hard to better frame the Arts Education landscape as it truly exists in each of our Arizona schools.
We are very proud to share this information with you, adding to transparency and choice for you and your student(s).
Happy National Arts in Education Week form the ADE Office of Arts Education,
Big shout out to Act One and their National Arts in Education Awareness campaign! Visit their website to proclaim “I Value the Arts in Education“!
It is through a collective effort, through meaningful community and school partnerships that we can begin to realize a health Arts Education landscape that allows ALL children throughout Arizona access to a robust and well-rounded education. Thank you Act One for being a partner our schools and students can count on.
ADE would like to thank DEHS for their #ArtsEdWeek Celebration! We are SO lucky that the Conservatory of Arts and Design is a cornerstone for high quality Arts instruction in our schools!
Here’s what they’ve been up to this week:
In celebration of Arts in Education Week 2018, the Conservatory of Arts and Design will honor and recognize arts education by providing a variety of Fine Arts performances and presentations during lunch time. Art will occur in the lobby, Black Box Theater, and courtyard. See you all there.
Art Activities during the week include:
Monday- 9/10 – Choir & Visual Arts (Lobby)
Tuesday 9/11 – Dance & Visual Arts (Courtyard)
Thursday 9/13 – Theater & Visual Arts (Blackbox)
Friday 9/14 – Band & Visual Arts (School)
- Dance- School wide choreographed dance
- Choir-Music in the lobby
- Theater-Arts Cafe (Blackbox)
- Band- Flash mob marching
- Visual Art- Mobile Mural in the courtyard
National Arts in Education Week takes place annually during the week beginning with the second Sunday of September.
National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275o, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.
I am VERY excited to introduce our NEW Arts Education Title IV-A Program Specialist, Haley Honeman!
Haley comes to us with a diverse teaching experience: she has served as a Teaching Artist specializing in arts integration, worked as an educator, and is a professional theatre artist in her own right. Honeman is the latest addition to the Title IV-A Program Area and will oversee the ADE’s Office of Arts Education.
For the first time in 30 years, ADE is proud to have 2 dedicated staff members committed to the advancement and implementation of high quality Arts Education programming throughout each Arizona school. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Arts in Education Week!
I encourage you to read Haley’s Introduction Letter, and to welcome our new Arts Ed Leader!
Yours in collaboration,
Dustin K. Loehr
Director of Arts Education & Title IV-A
Arizona Department of Education
September 9th – September 15th is National Arts in Education Week! Join ADE and over 500 organizations across the NATION as we celebrate the Arts in Education!
We would LOVE to know how YOU are participating!! What events are happening at your school/organization? Let Americans for the Arts know what you’re up to so that your celebrations can be added to the National Map! Please fill out this form to be added to the conversation and receive important updates throughout the week. Email our ArtsEd Inbox so that the ADE can #Spotlight your event!
How can you participate in National Arts in Education Week?!? Easy!! Here are a few ideas:
- Host or attend celebrations and register them through the ArtsMeet National Event Calendar. More than 500 celebrations are anticipated to occur around the country;
- Advocate. An essential part of National Arts in Education Week is leveraging the celebration for advocacy to decisionmakers. Spread the word about two easy advocacy opportunities: sign the petition to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about arts education policy; and submit an op-ed to your local paper;
- Share your story on social media and help bring visibility to the issue of arts education. Use the hashtags #ArtsEdWeek, #BecauseOfArtsEd, and #AzArtsEd to share stories of the impact of arts education on individual lives. Tag Arizona Citizens for the Arts on Facebook, and azcitizens4arts on Twitter – they will rebroadcast what you’re doing during arts education week!
Keep your eyes out for some exciting Arts Ed announcement from both ADE and the Arizona Commission on the Arts! Arizona Arts Education is very vibrant, with intentional energy being cultivated for a collective impact on policy, access, and participation. Join us and Americans for the Arts as we celebrate, advocate, and participate in the well-rounded and artful education of Arizona students!
Yours in creation,
National Arts in Education Week is a Congressionally designated celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education. The field of arts education annually joins together to bring visibility to the cause, unify stakeholders with a shared message, and provide the tools and resources for local leaders to advance arts education in their communities.
National Arts in Education Week, will be celebrated from September 9-15, 2018!
What are YOU doing to celebrate this year’s National Arts in Education Week!?! Please let us know and fill out this form!
Find many ways to celebrate the week alongside 500+ other communities by visiting www.NationalArtsInEducationWeek.org for more information.
Share your event with ADE, and we’ll celebrate with you by SPOTLIGHTING your work on our Arts Ed Blog!! Our Office of Arts Education has a few celebrations to announce as well! More on that soon!
Be sure to TAG all your events #becauseofartsed #AzArtsEd.
As we approach the 2nd month of the 2018/19 School year, I wanted to remind you to keep up your Arts Ed Advocacy efforts! Those of us involved in the profession should know that it’s not enough to teach our classes well. It’s not enough to secure the championship trophy. OUR job is to ensure that EVERY Arizona students has the opportunity and access to high quality Arts Education instruction designed to increase their artistic literacy and Well-Rounded education.
Take a moment to review this easy-to-use article by Americans for the Arts and start your advocacy story today! Reflect upon the personal stories of teaching and learning through the arts, juxtapose this with some of the state-wide stories we have collected through the A3C initiative, and stay tuned for updated student enrollment and access data from the AZ Arts Ed Data Project (to be released next month).
Yours in collaboration,
How can you leverage the skills and abilities cultivated in the Drama/Theatre classroom to increase student engagement and retention in the ELA classroom? This Education Week Article shares some highlights and approaches.
A recent MIT study found that Mandarin-speaking kindergarten students receiving piano lessons showed increased improvement in word discrimination. Students receiving musical training also exhibited increased brain activity when listening to tones and pitches.
How could your LEA/school leverage music and the arts to increase academic skills and knowledge acquisition?