“Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by a string quartet and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life.
A valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.
For more information, contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or visit our website
Our partners and colleagues from Arts Education Partnership recently published a report “Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape” which explores education policy areas where Arts Education can can expand policy solutions! Arizona was highlighted as an example for the emphasis we place on Equity in terms of access to high quality Arts Education instruction. Our intense focus on infusing the Arts within our Title I schools has resulted in a partnership between the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education that produced the “Strengthening Schools through the Arts Partnership Grants“.
“…across school type, grade level and arts discipline, arts programs connected to a school’s school improvement plan or capacity building efforts had a significant impact on academic achievement, student engagement and student self-efficacy.”
Arts Education and Title IV-A Director Dustin Loehr was recently interviewed by YabYum Music + Arts. Loehr shares about the importance of measuring and valuing Arizona Arts Education and his focus and efforts as a leader within the Arts Education field.
“For so long, the argument for arts programs has been art for art’s sake–and there is an argument there–that being said, the arts can improve test scores, the arts can improve social and emotional literacy, the arts can curb high school dropout rates.”
You can access the complete article here.
Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Announces the Awardees for its
2018-19 Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest
AzDEO is pleased to announce the awardees for our 2018-19 Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest.
Huntington Parson, a 12th grader at Centennial High School in Peoria, was awarded 1st place in Division 2 (Grades, 10, 11, 12), and Danielle Pfeiffer, a 12th grader at Centennial High School in Peoria, was awarded 2nd place in Division 2. Both students study under Kim McFall.
In Division 1 (Grades 7, 8, 9), Diya Jim, a 9th grader, studying dance at Classic Image Dance, was awarded 1st place.
The 6th Annual Cybersecurity Calendar Contest is underway! From now until December 14th, any Arizona student in grades K-12 (including your own!) can enter their original piece of artwork portraying their cyber experiences when it comes to internet, social media, and computer safety.
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Artwork: Original hand drawn artwork (8.5 x 11 or 8.5 x 14)
Winners: A total of 13 winners (one for each calendar month plus the cover) with one grand prize winner. Chosen artwork will be published in the 2019/2020 calendar and will also have the opportunity to win additional prizes at an awards ceremony
Teachers: Teacher participation is extremely important! Teachers who have students participate and win will be recognized.
Event: An awards ceremony announcing the winners will take place at the Arizona Department of Administration in Spring 2019
We’re excited to see the creativity from our Arizona children and the compelling messages that they bring out about cyber issues in their world!
Do you know an AMAZING Arizona Artist or Arts Organization? How about a robust and innovative Arts Educator or Arts Education Organization? Well NOW is your time to celebrate the creativity and dedication of our Arts Education community! Arizona Citizens for the Arts is once again accepting nominations for the 2019 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards. The process is simple, and the chance to recognize our community members and colleagues is worth the time of you investment!!
Friday November 30, 2018 is the last day to submit your nominations.
Visit their website to submit your nominations now!
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,