As 2021 comes to an end, we pause to reflect on the past year. Arts Educators faced new and continuing challenges. Arts Educators also exhibited unparalleled resiliency as demonstrated by the unique performances and art works created. We know that arts classrooms serve as a bedrock, providing students with spaces for meaningful personal and inter-disciplinary connections, and as an outlet for much needed emotional expression. Thank you for your support of the arts and your ongoing commitment to supporting a well-rounded education for every student to achieve their potential.
Included in this newsletter, we spotlight the final call for ESSA Student Showcase Submissions, the application for ESSER III State Discretionary Funds, student art on display at the US and a wealth of opportunities for students and educators.
Arizona Student Art Displayed at National Christmas Tree Display in D.C.
Mon, Nov 22 2021 •
The Arizona Department of Education is exicted to share student ornament designs from Nogales High School will be featured in the National Christmas Tree display in Washington D.C. This photo shows ornaments from last year's celebration. Please see the press announcemnt from the National Park Service (below) to learn more about this year's student ornaments and the National Christmas Tree display.
Art for Life's Sake - A new Report of the Commission of the Arts
Tue, Nov 16 2021 •
State of the Arts
Art for Life's Sake: The Case for Arts Education is a report from the Commission of the Arts published in 2021.
“This report offers a clarion call to parents, teachers, and governments at the national, state, and local level to recognize the vital role arts education plays in developing empathetic, well-rounded, and civically engaged individuals who are prepared to be active members of their communities and participants in our democracy.” —DAVID W. OXTOBY (p. v)
Call for Art: Youth Photography Competition sponsored by the Greater Arizona Chapter of the National Society of Arts & Letters.
Thu, Nov 4 2021 •
Call for Art: Youth Photography Competition Greater Arizona Chapter, National Society of Arts & Letters
The Greater Arizona Chapter of the National Society of Arts & Letters is calling for submissions to the 2021-22 photo competition, which is open to young Arizona students, between the ages 14-18. Applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their photography skills and their ability to talk about their artwork. The competition theme is Uniquely Arizona. Only one submission per youth, consisting of acompleted application, one digital image and a paragraph about the image. A cash award will be granted to the top ten top students. First place - $500; second place $250; third place $125; and $50 for honorable mentions. Images and descriptive paragraph will be showcased in the ArtReach Space at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts from September 23, 2022 through January 9, 2023. Submissions will be limited to the first 500 entries for this year’s competition.