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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,


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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.

Posted in Opportunities, Spotlight, Uncategorized, What's New In The Arts? |
Published: December 10th, 2018

Lead Guitar Lovell Fellowship for Teaching Artists

Lead Guitar and the David and Lura Lovell Foundation announce a new Fellowship to support teaching artists in creating, refining, and implementing an original in-school arts learning project.

Fellowship benefits include a $5000 stipend, 18 months of mentorship from leaders in the arts education field, paid travel and accommodations to the University of Arizona to observe in-school arts education programs (The Fellowship is intended for teaching artists outside of Pima County), and guidance on grant-writing and other organizational skills.

Applications are due January 15, 2019. Fellows will be notified by February 15, 2019. Click here to visit the website and  learn more. Read the full announcement and application details in the link below.

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Posted in Opportunities, Spotlight, What's New In The Arts? |
Published: October 3rd, 2018

Americans Increasingly & Overwhelmingly Support Arts Education in 2018

According to a comprehensive new public opinion poll report put out by Americans for the Arts Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018:

  • 91% of Americans (and 92% of Arizonians) agree the arts are part of a well-rounded education
  • 94% believe students should receive an education in the arts in elementary school, middle school, and high school
  • 89% say the arts should be taught in out-of-school programs in the community
  • And public support for arts programs taught in our schools and communities has increased from 2015-2018

The Arts Education team knows that the impacts of arts education are felt in our schools and communities and we are excited by how this is reflected in public opinion. It is encouraging to know as we advocate for the well-rounded arts education that is our students’ right, chances are we will be in good company. If you’d like to know what else Americans said about the Arts you can read the full report, review the one-page highlights, or view the infographic. You can also view the Arizona infographics report. Public Opinion ARIZONA

Posted in Spotlight, State of the Arts, What's New In The Arts? |
Published: September 11th, 2018

Welcome Haley Honeman!

It is our delight to welcome Haley Honeman to the Title IV-A and Arts Education team!   Please join us in welcoming Haley and read her Letter of Introduction below:

Posted in What's New In The Arts? |
Published: September 9th, 2018

Happy 2018 National Arts in Education Week!

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,


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Published: September 4th, 2018

Upcoming Student Opportunities- DEADLINES Approaching!




ESSA Call for Performing Arts

  • Hosting organization: ADE
  • Deadline: September 14th
  • Who: 6th – 12th grades
  • Application

ESSA Call for STEAM presentations

  • Hosting organization: ADE
  • Deadline: September 14th
  • Who: 5th – 12th grades
  • Application

ASU Gammage School to Work

  • Hosting organization: ASU
  • Deadline: September 15th
  • Who: High school
  • Application

ASU Gammage Kaleidoscope

  • Hosting organization: ASU
  • Deadline: September 15th
  • Who: Title I High schools
  • Application


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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: November 11th, 2017

A3C Tours ~ Coming Near You!

ADE has partnered with Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA), and together, ADE and ACA will tour the state this Fall to engage stakeholders within their own communities.

These meetings are FREE and OPEN to the public. We encourage teachers, teaching artists, community arts organizations, administrators, parents, and policymakers to attend an event in YOUR area! Data collected through this community will be reviewed by our RTAC Leadership Team, and communicated to education and state leaders. Visit our A3C Portal for more information.

Interested parties should RSVP to Dustin Loehr three days prior to any A3C Meeting to ensure a spot.

Tour Dates and Locations:

  • Wednesday, November 29 ~ Flagstaff Family Resource Center 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 30 ~ Prescott College 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 5 ~ Historic Yuma Theatre at the Yuma Art Center 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 7 ~ Miami Junior Senior High School 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 12 ~ Temple of Music and Arts, Tucson AZ 5:15 – 7:15 pm
  • Wednesday, December 13 ~ Artisan Village in Coolidge 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 14 ~ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 5:30 – 7:30 pm

For more information about this advocacy group and joining A3C, contact [email protected] or call 602.364.3015.

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