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Published: September 19th, 2019

Call for Student Voice at the 2020 ESSA Conference

The 2020 ESSA Conference “Educating the Whole Child” at the We Ko Pa Conference and Resort Center February 19-21 is seeking to feature student performers and panelists to highlight examples of well-rounded education in the state. Fill out an application to showcase student voice in one of the following two ways:

Student Performance Group: Student performance groups will showcase 15 minute performances during whole group sessions, breaks in programming, or at close of conference day for over 500 educational leaders from through out the state.

Student STEM/STEAM Panelists: Student STEM/STEAM panelists will co-present a 10 minute break outsession on a panel with an educator that highlights integrated learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

More information below. To apply visit the Arts Education Student Opportunities Page and fill out an application.

Application Timeline:

  • Submit the ONLINE APPLICATION by Friday November 22th at 5pm MST
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday December 6th 5pm MST

Questions? Email [email protected]


2020 ESSA Call for Featured Student Performances

Highlight the ways your school provides students with access to a well-rounded education through the arts. The Arizona Department of Education is seeking featured student performances for the 2020 ESSA Conference February 19-21 at the We Ko Pa Resort Conference Center. We are looking to feature student performance groups in theatre, dance, or music.

Featured students will present their work at the We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center preceding or following a whole group session, during a scheduled break, or at the close of the event day.

Past performance groups have included:

  • Contemporary Rock Bands
  • Concert Choirs
  • Modern Dance Ensembles
  • Mariachi Performances
  • Orchestras
  • Solo Performers
  • Bands
  • A Capella Choirs

Application requirements:

  • Arizona District or Charter School
  • Performance selections should not exceed 15 minutes in length

For more information see the ESSA 2020 Call for Featured Student Performances.


2020 ESSA Call for Student STEM/STEAM Panel Presentations

Highlight an integrated, hands-on student learning project at your school! The Arizona Department of Education is seeking student presentations for a panel on STEM & STEAM education at the 2020 ESSA Conference February 19-21 at the We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center.

STEAM Education is an integrated approach to teaching Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Application requirements:

  • Arizona District or Charter School
  • Presentations 10 Minutes in length
  • Teacher and 2-3 students
  • Feature STEM & STEAM Learning

For more information see the ESSA 2020 Call for Featured Student Performances.

 

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Published: September 12th, 2019

Celebrate National Arts in Education Week with Technology

Today in celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Erin Henderson, Title IV-A Digital Learning Specialist, shares resources & inspiration for integrating technology into the five artistic disciplines: Music, Media Arts, Theater, and Visual Arts.

“Artists can share their work better than ever before by incorporating technology into performances and art and utilizing technology to market their skills and create a digital portfolio. Arts educators can introduce technology tools to streamline classes, create student portfolios, and communicate with students and their families. If you are looking for inspiration and ideas on how to integrate technology into your arts classroom and build your student’s digital literacy in the process, check out some of the resources compiled below. Take your arts classroom to the next level! Collaborate with technology and computer science teachers! ”

Dance: 

Dance Choreography Improves Girls’ Computational Skills Clemson University studies how dance choreography can improve girls’ computation skills and help them understand coding and programming. This is a way to increase representation of girls and women in STEM fields.  

danceLogic: This 14-week program teachers girls ages 13-18 how to dance and code, as well as teamwork, dedication, and focus. Watch the CBSNews coverage of this wonderful community program.  

Dance Party Code Tutorial from Code.org:Students learn to code their very own dance party in under one hour! Teachers can also utilize theDance Party Unplugged lesson as an introduction the Hour of Code tutorial, or as a standalone activity if you do not have technology available. 

Extension Activity: 

  •  Students can share their Dance Party Code video with the rest of the class, using a website like Padlet.  
  • After they code their dance, they can perform their code live for the rest of the class.  

Media Arts: 

Media arts and technology go hand-in-hand. Students can use technology to take and edit photos, create films, code websites, apps, and video games, create interactive simulations and digital arts, and really, the possibilities are endless. New technologies are creating entirely new art fields and university programs.   

How Technology Continues to Change the Film Industry: Part of the “Every Job is a STEAM job” series from Ozobot, this blog describes how technology plays a vital and changing role in the film industry and why all film students should be learning technology.  

Music 

Composing Code: Why Musicians Make Great Software Developers: All the things that make musicians great, are the same things that make them excellent coders; they are analytical, logical, and methodical with the ability to recognize and manipulate patterns.  

How Technology is Changing Music Education: Tim Topham hosts Simon Rushby on his podcast that discusses how technology is changing music education, including the flipped classroom, making the best use of students’ smartphones, and the best apps to use in your classroom.  

Music Lesson Tips: Lauma Kazaka offers practical approaches and programs to integrate technology into your music classroom.  

Tech in the Music Classroom Creates Efficiencies, Improves Accessibility: Meghan Bogardus Cortez discusses how technology can be utilized in a meaningful way in music classrooms, from 3D printing custom musical instruments, apps to help students compose, and creating links between music, coding, and computational thinking.  

Theater: 

How Technology is Changing Theater Design: Part of the “Every Job is a STEAM job” series from Ozobot, this blog describes how technology is changing theater design and why all theater students should be using technology. 

Technology in the Theater Classroom: The Drama Teacher Podcast discusses tools, tips, and tricks to incorporate technology into the Theater classroom. Many of these tools can be utilized in other arts’ classrooms as well. 

The Top 25 BFA Theatre Design & Tech Programs: Technology is critical to Theater Design. Explore 25 college degree programs the integrate theater, design, and technology.  

Visual Arts: 

Bringing Technology into the Visual Arts Classroom- Watch Mr. Leichnitz utilize technology in his Graffiti Art project.  

The Visual Arts and Technology- Students are using technology in their everyday lives to create and produce art. This article briefly discusses how visual arts teachers can harness this interest in their classrooms.  

10 Ways Technology can Enhance the Art RoomWynita Harmon guides readers through 10 ways teachers can utilize technology to enhance the traditional art room.  

What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the Art Room?– Middle School art teacher Tracy Hare discusses the perfect balance of technology in the art room. Too little and your students miss out on the opportunity to develop the 4 C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Too much and your students miss out on the benefits of a traditional arts classroom.  

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Email [email protected] with questions or requests for more information on how to build students’ digital literacy in your arts classroom.

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Published: September 9th, 2019

ARIZONA CELEBRATES 2019 ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK

Happy National Arts in Education Week! September 8-14th 2019

Arts Education has a huge impact on Arizonans! From providing us with vibrate, creative public spaces to enjoy, to providing students with supportive, caring environments to explore their self expression, to laying the foundation for the future of the creative industries sector– it is clear that arts education deeply matters.

Since 2010, House Resolution 275 has designated the week beginning the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together to tell the story of the impact and power of the arts in education.

This year ADE’s Office of Arts Education, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Act One, The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts asked for videos telling your stories of how arts education impacts the lives of Arizonans. The #BecauseofArtsEd2019 video below resulted from your responses.

It’s not too late to add your story on social media during Arts in Education Week about the impact Arts Education had on your life using the hashtag #BecauseofArtsEd! How are you celebrating National Arts in Education Week? Take pictures of celebration events and tag them with the hashtag #ArtsEdWeek. What’s going on in Arizona? Tag your Arizona events with the hashtag #AZArtsEd!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates this week from ADE’s Office of Arts Education to celebrate 2019 National Arts in Education Week.

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Published: September 3rd, 2019

UPDATE: Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal

SB1111, better known as Arizona Arts Education Proficiency Seal, took another step forward on Monday August 26th. The Arizona State Board of Education unanimously allowed the bill (known as R7-2-321 to the State Board) to open for rulemaking.

What is rulemaking?

SB1111 was signed into law by Governor Ducey on May 14th, 2019. The law stipulates that, ADE and the State Board, in partnership with Arts Education experts, will create the student and LEA requirements for participation in the Arts Education Proficiency Seal. ADE and stakeholders submitted the proposed requirements for State Board rule on Monday, August 26th, and the board agreed that the item should move forward through the process.

What’s next?

The State Board’s rulemaking procedures require a public hearing no sooner than 20 days following opening the rule. The Board will be hosting a public hearing at the Board’s offices on September 18, 2019 at noon. Findings from this meeting will be submitted to the board on September 23rd.

It is anticipated that the board will not officially adopt the rule until their October 28 meeting, in which the rule will become active or will remain tabled for adjustments. If activated, the 2019-20 Arts Education Proficiency Seal LEA Application will be opened in November 2019. 

What are the proposed student requirements?

Arts Education Stakeholders from across the state submitted the following recommendation to the ADE and Arizona State Board of Education:

To qualify for the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency, a student will complete:

        • A final GPA of 3.0 or 4.0 in each qualifying arts/career and technical education (CTE) course.
        • 4 minimum credit requirements in one of the following ways:
          • A minimum of 4 credits in one artistic discipline: (dance, music, theatre, visual arts or media arts)
          • OR
          • 3 credits in one artistic discipline, and 1 qualifying creative industries CTE credit or separate artistic discipline.
          • OR
          • 2 credits in one artistic discipline, and 2 credits in a qualifying creative industries CTE class
        • 80 hours of arts related extracurricular activities
        • A student capstone project

Stakeholders also requested that the ADE produce a guidance document to assist in LEA implementation of the Arts Seal program, including examples and definitions of: appropriate extracurricular activities, appropriate and rigorous capstones, an approved list of Creative Industries CTE courses.

How can students begin the Arts Seal Pathway?

Interested students must be enrolled in a participating District/LEA. Districts and LEAs will submit an annual application to the department of education. Approved applications will allow Districts and LEAs to administer the seal of Arts Proficiency to qualifying students.

Can I engage in Public Comment?

Yes! You may express your support or share your concerns with the Arizona State Board of Education. If you would like to submit a public comment on rules, please submit them to [email protected], or you may attend the public hearing on September 18th. Information can be found via the Arizona State Board Website

The ADE Office of Arts Education is happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Published: August 7th, 2019

The Molly Blank Fund- ASU Gammage Teaching Artist Roster

After a year of training facilitated by ASU Gammage in The Kennedy Center’s arts integration method, the first cohort of The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists are available to work in schools. If you are looking to infuse the arts in your classroom, these teaching artists are trained and ready to share their artistic disciplines with students in ways that meet classroom learning objectives.

The Office of Arts Education is so excited to announce that the first cohort of The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists has been published in this roster. Check it out and imagine the creative possibilities in the classroom!

MBF ASU Gammage Teaching Artists Roster

For more information about the Teaching Artists Roster or The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists Program please contact [email protected]

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Published: July 25th, 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative: Theatre Classroom Resources Grant

APPLICATIONS OPEN! Apply Now for the 2019 Classroom Resources Grants

We have great news! The American Theatre Wing is now accepting applications for the 2019 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Classroom Resources Grants, and we encourage you to apply.

In just three years, the American Theatre Wing has distributed over $580,000 in grants to elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. The Classroom Resources Grants were designed to aid drama teachers at public K-12 schools to gain access to the resources necessary to ensure a quality, enriching, and well-rounded theatre education. We encourage any public K-12 school in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or non-profit parent group associated with that school to apply.

Grant requests of up to $100,000 will be considered. The priority of funding will be for requests in the $10,000 to $40,000 range, allowing the Wing to extend meaningful support to multiple deserving schools each year.

The Wing understands the importance of access to resources such as production equipment, lighting supplies, musical instruments, etc, and the impact that access can have on students.That’s why a Classroom Resources Grant can help your theatre program not only be a place for your students to explore their talents and creative ideas, but to also lead them to a lifelong journey as theatre artists, technical professionals, and all around supporters of the performing arts.

The application deadline is September 27th, 11:59PM EST. To begin your application, please click here.

For more information on the Classroom Resources Grants and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative please visit our website. If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please call (212) 765-0606.

Theatre education is important now more than ever, and The Wing is so excited to support its growth across the country. We sincerely hope that you will apply!

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Published: July 10th, 2019

AZ Office of Arts Education Releases 18-19 Year End Report

 

It has been a busy year at The Office of Arts Education.

Some of the highlights:

  • A State Arts Proficiency Diploma Seal Became Law
  • Media Arts Courses Were Added to the Arizona Course Catalogue
  • Over 300 students showcased their artistic voice at the 2019 ESSA Conference
  • Arts Educators of the Year were Celebrated During Youth Arts Month
  • Conferences and Various Professional Development Trainings Were Provided Across the State
  • New Data Provided the Clearest Picture Yet of who has Access to Arts Education in Arizona

We want to celebrate the momentum in Arts Education in our state with you. This year we are thrilled to release our first annual Arts Education Year End Report. We hope you will take time to read about some of the going ons in Arizona Arts Education.

18-19 Arizona Department of Education Arts Education Year End Report

You can also find this report housed on the Arts Education Website under Research & Advocacy

As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, we want to thank you for your shared commitment to quality Arts Education experiences for Arizona students. We look forward to collaborating to advance arts education in the state of Arizona.

Wishing you a year full of imagination,

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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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