Published: 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: 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: Published: July 13th, 2018

How School Leaders can Inspire Daily Creativity

Education Leaders! This one’s for you!

Our colleagues from Arts Education Partnership has done it again by publishing their latest resource on cultivating daily creation within the classroom!

What are YOU doing to help ensure creativity flourishes for ALL students??

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Published: 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: 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: 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: Published: March 13th, 2018

TODAY! National Arts Advocacy Day!

Today is Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. More than 650 arts advocates are visiting their Senators and Representatives in Congress on Capitol Hill.
You can join your voice with theirs by sending a message now to your Arizona members of Congress. Let them know how important it is to you and other Arizonans that Congress and the President continue to fund important arts and culture agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Visit the Action Center for the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and send your message today.

Keep up with other issues important to arts and culture supporters by visiting Americans for the Arts Mobilization Center.

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Published: Published: March 8th, 2018

Arts Education Policy- How Does AZ Stack up?!

Interested in learning how Arizona compares to other states in terms of Arts Education Policy? Visit the ArtScan Resource created by Arts Education Partnership and SEADAE!

Arizona may have some areas to improve upon, but as a whole, we’re doing pretty god! Now, if we could only practice the policies that are in place in a more universal and equitable way..

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Published: Published: January 30th, 2018

Arts Education Course Requirements Changed

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The Arizona State Board of Education has changed the Minimum Course of Study Requirements for Arts Education.

As of Monday, January 29th, the new State Board requirements are as follows:

R7-2-301. Minimum Course of Study and Competency Goals for Students in the Common Schools

A. Students shall demonstrate competency as defined by the State Board-adopted academic standards, at the grade levels specified, in the following required subject areas. District and charter school instructional programs shall include an ongoing assessment of student progress toward meeting the competency requirements. These shall include the successful completion of the academic standards in at least reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as determined by district and/or statewide assessments.

The Arts, which may consist of one or more of the following: visual arts, dance, theatre, music or media arts.

The previous requirements included Music and Visual Arts as separate requirements, with the Performing and Practical Arts listed as additional subjects that districts may elect to offer.

The Arts Education Office of the Arizona Department of Education felt it important you be made aware of these changes. For additional guidance and dialogue, please consider participating in the A3C initiative.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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