There is much to read in this month's newsletter. First, please make sure to read about Dustin Loehr's transition from the ESE Director of Arts Education & Title IV-A to a national role! ADE will sincerely miss Dustin but we are excited for him to make an impact at the national level! Congratulations Dustin!
Additionally, conference season is beginning! We often hear that arts teachers actively want more discipline-specific professional development and the annual conferences organized by the professional educator organizations are the perfect avenue to get it. Please see below for more discipline-specific information! Additionally, ADE Arts Education offers FREE professional development to all Arizona schools. Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested! Lastly, if you feel capable of leading arts-specific professional development, we would love for you to submit a session proposal for ADE's Arts and PE Virtual Summit! This 1-day Summit on Wednesday, February 22nd will be provided to arts and physical education teachers with plenty of content specific learning! Stipends are available for presenters so submit a session proposal today and stay tuned for registration information coming soon!
Nine high school students from across the nation are vying for the title of 2022 Poetry Out Loud™ National Champion and the $20,000 prize as part of an annual poetry recitation competition from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The 2022 competition will culminate on Sunday, June 5, 2022, with a one-time-only webcast available on the NEA’s website at Arts.gov/Poetry-Out-Loud beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. PT. Poet, publisher, and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander will host the virtual event that will include poetry recitations by each of the finalists and the announcement of the National Champion.
2021-2022 State Seal of Arts Proficiency Achievement Report
Thu, Apr 21 2022 •
In the 2021-2022 school year, participation in the State Seal of Arts Proficiency grew 132%! 41 LEAs administered Seals and 35 LEAs awarded Seals to graduates. School participation grew 178% with 146 schools participating. Most impressive was the 147% increase in student achievement! In the 2021-2022 school year, 978 students earned a State Seal of Arts Proficiency, 27 students achieved a Seal in two artistic discipline, and 1001 total Arts Seals awarded!
HERBIE HANCOCK INSTITUTE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PRESENT NATIONAL PEER-TO-PEER JAZZ INFORMANCE • APRIL 19, 2022
Mon, Apr 4 2022 •
The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, will present a livestream Jazz Informance on Tuesday, April 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and 14-time GRAMMY Award-winning jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the event – a combination of performance with educational information – will feature five of the local area’s most gifted high school music students, internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet recording artist Sean Jones, and renowned jazz educator Dr. J. B. Dyas. The event will focus not only on what jazz is and why it is so important to America but also on the American values that jazz represents: teamwork, unity with ethnic diversity, the correlation of hard work and goal accomplishment, perseverance, democracy, and listening to one another.
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.
Congratulations to the 2022 LEAs Administering the State Seal of Arts Proficiency
Fri, Oct 15 2021 •
Congratulationsto the 2022 LEAs Approved to Administer
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The Arizona Department of Education: Arts Education is beyond thrilled to announce the approval of 39 LEAs and 145 schools to administer the State Seal of Arts Proficiency in the 2021-2022 school year.
Title IV-A Podcast Season 2 Debut! The One About Arizona Arts Education
Thu, Sep 16 2021 •
Join Dustin Loehr, Director of Arts Education and Title IV-A, as he sits down with two mavericks of Arizona Arts Education, Zarco Guerrero and Catherine "Rusty" Foley. They chat about their roles influencing the Arts Education landscape in Arizona and their personal experiences that brought them to the field. This is one you don't want to miss!