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Arts Associations Updates


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 3rd, 2018

Winners of the 2018-19 Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest Announced!

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.

Congratulations!

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Published: September 14th, 2018

ADE and the AZ Arts Commission releases the AZ Arts Ed. Data Project

What an amazing week we have journeyed through together! We have introduced our new Arts Education Specialist, sent our Director to the National Arts Education Partnership Conference in Indiana, we’ve highlighted celebrations happening in our schools, and now we are pleased to unveil the Arizona Arts Education Data Project!  This interactive dashboard is the most comprehensive analysis to-date of Arizona Student access and participation in Arts Education courses. Interested in learning about Arts Education access in your county? The dashboard can tell you that. What about 5th grade enrollment in dance at your district? The dashboard can tell you that. For the first time, we can clearly analyze student access and participation in the arts by geographic location, economical demographic, by artistic discipline- for EVERY school in Arizona!

Interested in the full Executive Summary, or would you rather just look at the highlights? Either way, we are working hard to better frame the Arts Education landscape as it truly exists in each of our Arizona schools.

We are very proud to share this information with you, adding to transparency and choice for you and your student(s).

Happy National Arts in Education Week form the ADE Office of Arts Education,

 

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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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