State of the Arts

Published: July 16th, 2018

Music Education Improves Language Skills?

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?

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Published: July 13th, 2018

Arts Education Within ESSA- Join Dustin in Kansas!

Arts Education Within ESSA:

Charting New Realities and Putting the Arts Into Education Policies and Practice

The federal education legislation known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has entered its second year as our nation’s education law, guiding the ways in which states and local school districts develop and enact policy for teaching and learning. In ESSA, opportunities for arts education delivery exist in sections describing school accountability and improvement, professional development and teacher evaluation, a well-rounded education, after-school programs, and non-academic requisites that support student achievement.

In response to needs identified through surveys and national research, the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and Kansas City Young Audiences, invite you to a professional development conference examining opportunities for arts education delivery at the national, state and local school district levels, all through the lens of ESSA. This two-day conference targets arts educators, including K-12, higher education, and teaching artists, as well as administrators, curriculum directors, and other arts stakeholders. Join us Kansas City, MO September 27 – 28, 2018 Cost to attend $275.00 Click below for more information and to reserve your spot!


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Published: June 13th, 2018

US Ed Article dives into Title IV-A

Good afternoon!

I encourage you all to take a moment and review this easy to digest article regarding Title IV-A or teh Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grant.

This is a WONDERFUL way to capitalize on new funding sources to improve the well-rounded education and safe & healthy students through Arts Education activities and interventions.

I look forward to helping Arizona tell our Title IV-A story!



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Published: April 17th, 2018

What does “Evidence- Based” REALLY Mean??


As you begin working through your CNA and IAPs and identifying possible solutions to your school/LEA’s specific needs, how do you then select the BEST strategy to solve the challenge before you? This quick read is designed to help education leaders work through the paradigm shift of “research-based” to “evidence-based” and is a GREAT tool for our Arts Advocates and Community Partners to familiarize themselves with.

“The more you know, the more effective you will be.”



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Published: April 9th, 2018

Report! The Arts and Dropout Prevention


Hello ArtsEd Stakeholders!

As we continue to share the success of our programs and the positive effects the arts have on the development of our students, here is an interesting report to add to your Advocacy Tool-kit!

The Arts and Dropout Prevention: The Power of Art to Engage was released in October 2017. This is on my reading list, but I have heard WONDERFUL things!


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Published: April 2nd, 2018

Update from AzCA- City of Phoenix Budget Hearing Impacts the Arts!

The city of Phoenix has scheduled 15 public hearings in April where citizens may comment on the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 19 budget. Included in the proposed budget is funding to increase grant funding in the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) to pre-recession levels and to support continued planning for a proposed Latino Arts and Culture Center.

It is important that city staff, the Mayor and members of the City Council hear from arts and culture supporters that these efforts to restore funding are appreciated, and to remind them that there is more work to be done.

The new funding level for the grants POAC provides to Phoenix-based arts and culture organizations would rise by $30,000 to $790,000 – equal to the dollar-amount last allocated in the Fiscal Year 2001 budget – before any adjustment for inflation (which would increase the budget to nearly $1.5 million.)

Also – the budget does NOT include support to maintain the city’s public art installations, many of which of tied to improvements in streets, transit and other necessary city services. So, it is important that city leaders know this is a priority.

However, the proposed budget increases do reflect strong efforts by the Phoenix arts advocates and support from the Mayor and City Council to support a critical sector of the Phoenix economy.  POAC investments help support a nonprofit arts and culture sector in Phoenix that generates $420 million annually in economic impact, and for every city dollar invested, $26 is delivered back in taxes.

You can add your voice of support by attending a public hearing in your neighborhood.


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Published: March 21st, 2018

Call for Opportunities!

Does your organization have an exciting opportunity for arts educators or teaching artists? New activities or events for students and families? Email us at  and be included in our ArtsEd Blog!

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