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Published: March 21st, 2019

2019 Viola Award Winner Excellence in Arts Education

Today for Youth Arts Month we are highlighting the 2019 Viola Award Winner for Excellence in Arts Education Kathy Marron! Thank you for the hard work you invest every day to ensure that your students receive a quality arts education. Thank you for using art to connect students to each other and their community in meaningful ways.

Kathy Marron teaches art to all grades at Thomas Elementary. Her inspiration and energy is reflected in the work of her students. Marron began a school-wide mural and self portrait project at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. She had each grade create self portraits in assigned colors and then hung them separated by each grade. They now hang on the hallways of Thomas elementary portraying a rainbow of the faces of all students. This project was an important lesson on collaboration through art and a lesson in unity.

In October of 2018, the students at Thomas took part in another school-wide installation called, “Only One You” based off of the original book by local author Linda Kranz. It is a story of a rockfish Adri, learning about the sea floor through her parent’s wisdom. Marron ensured every student read the book and understood some of the main lessons:  “If you make a wrong turn, circle back”; “Look for beauty wherever you are, and keep the memory of it with you”; “Blend in when you need to, stand out when you have the chance”.

Marron had each student in all five grades paint a rock to look like their unique fish, which was then placed in a river shape through the school’s courtyard. Engaging creative young minds and a large amount of community support, Marron and other teachers were able to transform their courtyard into a fun and intriguing learning environment.

This past November, Marron and her 2nd and 3rd graders created “Helping Houses”, colorful mixed media magnets, to sell with proceeds going to the victims of the California wildfires. Raising over $1100, Marron has instilled how art can inspire and support a community.

Having just completed the Only One You Art Installation and the Helping Houses Art Fundraiser, Kathy is now embarking upon another student and community centered art project- a mural for our school.

Marron is an academic and artistic role model for both her elementary students and the community. All of the projects described are only the accomplishments of this school year. Magnify these accomplishments by 25 years of work as an educator.

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 13th, 2019

Arts Education Data Makes its Debut on the AZ School Report Card

Today in honor of Youth Arts Month we are thrilled to unveil that Arts Education is one of the first subject areas outside of federally required reporting included in the new AZ School Report Card system.

Who has access to arts education in Arizona? What arts courses are offered in my child’s school? How many students are enrolled in dance courses in my county? The Arts Education Explorer can tell you that information. Now, this information makes it’s debut on the Arizona Department of Education’s School Report Card accountability system: https://azreportcards.azed.gov/state-reports. Please take some time to explore the Report Card system and the Arts Education dashboard.

The Office of Arts Education is committed to supporting the right of EVERY Arizona student to receive a quality arts education and access to arts learning opportunities. In the future we are working to integrate these two platforms to provide parents, students, and districts with improved transparency around what arts education looks like at each district and school around the state. Empowered with information, we hope you are inspired to move Arizona forward toward a future where ALL children have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. Happy Youth Arts Month Everyone!Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 6th, 2019

Celebrating Excellence in Music Education

March 1st signaled the start of spring in Arizona – and here at the Department of Education, it signaled the start of Arizona Youth Arts Month! To celebrate, we are highlighting incredible achievements in Arizona Arts Education in music, dance, theatre, and media arts throughout the month of March. 

Today we honor four exceptional music educators across Arizona, from Mesa to Moon Valley to Show Low. Each of these educators have been recognized the Arizona Music Educators Association for their excellence in music education. Combined, they have dedicated more than 85 years to Arizona students and the arts. 

 

Eric Zimmerman Band, Orchestra & Guitar Teacher, Moon Valley High School 

Eric Zimmerman taught music at Independence High School for 19 years. During that time he taught band, orchestra and choir.  While there he served as solo/ensemble chair, instrumental chair and was a member of the AMEA board, as Vice President for High School Activities.  After a stint in administration he has returned to the classroom at Moon Valley High School where he teaches band, orchestra and guitar. 

Eric has been married to his wife Molly for the last 28 years and their son Mark is a senior tuba player at Deer Valley working on making All State again. 

Jennifer Randle Orchestra Specialist, Mesa Public Schools 

Jennifer Randle is the Orchestra Specialist for Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. She is involved in hiring music teachers for the district, mentoring and supervision of orchestra teachers, and overseeing orchestra programs and special events throughout the district. She is also the orchestra director at Kino Junior High in Mesa. Jennifer has had an extensive career teaching orchestra and other music classes for over 35 years. She is currently in her 27th year teaching orchestra in Arizona. Throughout her career, Jennifer has been an advocate for supporting music programs in public schools and providing the opportunity for all students to participate in quality music courses. She is Associate Principal Cellist with the Chandler Symphony and plays with several string groups in the Phoenix area. 

Anneka Kotterman Music Teacher, Whipple Ranch Elementary 

Anneka Kotterman is currently in her 10th year as a music educator in Arizona.  After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2009, she taught K-6 General Music at Homer Davis Elementary School in Tucson, AZ.  While at Homer Davis, Anneka directed an after school choir for grades 4-6, wrote and directed an original musical production, and served as the band and orchestra assistant.   

During her time in Tucson, she served as the Children’s Choir Director at Catalina United Methodist Church, the Son Life Singers Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church, as well as the co-founder and director of the Bumblebee Choir with the Tucson Girls Chorus.  Mrs. Kotterman returned to Show Low in 2012 to teach choir and drama at Show Low Jr. High School.  While directing school concerts and productions, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.   

Anneka is also the co-founder and director of the White Mountain Children’s Chorus.  She has been a guest soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and enjoys singing with the White Mountain Chorale.  Anneka began her service to the Arizona Society of General Music in 2011 when she was elected as Secretary.  She has since served as President-Elect, President, and now Past-President.  Mrs. Kotterman is currently the music teacher at Whipple Ranch Elementary School in Show Low, which services Kindergarten through second graders.  Anneka enjoys cooking, watching UofA basketball, and spending time with her family.   

John Snyder Secondary Choral Festival Coordinator, Mesa Public Schools 

A native of New Jersey, John received his BA of Arts Degree in Music Education from Glassboro State College which is now Rowan University, located in Glassboro, New Jersey. He taught in New Jersey for seven years, with two years as a Band/General Music Teacher and the remaining five years as a Choir/General Music Teacher. He moved to Arizona in 1990, waiting two and a half years before obtaining a teaching position as there was no teacher shortage at that time and no positions open.  

In the Spring of 1993, John received a call from Mesa Public School to interview for a choral position at Powell Jr. High School with no guarantees that he would have a position the following school year. He is extremely happy to say he is now approaching his 26th year in the Mesa Public School District. His entire career has been dedicated to shaping and molding junior high students to be the best singers/musicians as possible and preparing them to continue their studies at the high school level.  Since coming to Mesa, he has taken on the role of the MPS Secondary Choral Festival Coordinator, MPS Junior High Honor Choir Coordinator and the MPS District Secondary Choral Specialist. Outside of Mesa Public Schools, John is the Music Director/Organist/Choir Director for Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mesa. 

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 1st, 2019

March is Youth Arts Month!

In March the Arizona Department of Education celebrates Youth Arts Month! This year we will highlight stories and educators from around the state with daily blog posts & weekly social media blasts.

Do you have an arts education story that you would like to feature on our blog? We would like to hear from you about the Youth Arts Education happening around the state. Please send your photos and stories to us at the Arts Education Inbox: [email protected]. You can also tag your photos on social media with #AZYouthArts #AZArtsED

Arizona arts educators, administrators, community organizations, and students work hard every day engaging in arts learning activities that are an essential part of a well-rounded education. Our world needs more of the creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, empathy, and social engagement that the arts develop. Take time this month to CELEBRATE young artists, their mentors, advocates, and supporters!

~HAPPY YOUTH ARTS MONTH~

Haley Honeman

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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.

https://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/education_award.html

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.

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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.

Lead Guitar Lovell Fellowship Announcement_Extended

 

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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

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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:

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