Biweekly Advocacy Update

Biweekly Advocacy Update


 

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An Arts Advocacy Journey

"Arts Advocate is never a title I thought I would hear when someone described me. Growing up, I always enjoyed being in plays and watching a few musicals, but never once did I think I would be getting on a train to D.C. one to two times a year and talk to members of the U.S. Congress about the importance of the arts."
By Zach Bates, member of the Advocacy Leadership Network and recipient of the Distinguished Arts Advocacy Award, 39th Annual Governors Award in Arts Education (Art Pride New Jersey)


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Annual Award Winners Anounced

Each year, the Educational Theatre Association's awards, grants, and scholarships opportunities honor the achievements of individuals and theatre programs, providing award-winners with the financial support to attend Association events or further educational endeavors.


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EdTA Names Allison Dolan Chief Content Officer

The Educational Theatre Association is pleased to announce that Allison Dolan has joined the organization as Chief Content Officer as of April 1. As CCO, Dolan will lead all content operations supporting EdTA’s mission.

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Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Treats Area Thespians to a Preview in Celebration of TIOS

Perhaps the debate about STEM vs. STEAM is a moot one; after all, a comprehensive education involves so much more than classrooms and curricula. Balancing arts, academics and athletics is the key to producing graduates who are well-equipped to further our technological advancements and solve the world’s problems using creative thinking. (Study International)

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Balance Arts, Academics, and Athletics for Students to Reach Their Full Potential

Perhaps the debate about STEM vs. STEAM is a moot one; after all, a comprehensive education involves so much more than classrooms and curricula. Balancing arts, academics and athletics is the key to producing graduates who are well-equipped to further our technological advancements and solve the world’s problems using creative thinking. (Study International)

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Democracyworks Winner and Runners-Up Chosen

The winner of the 2019 Democracyworks essay competition is Brannon Evans (left), Millard West High School Thespian Troupe 5483, Omaha, Nebraska. Her winning essay was one of a record 68 essays submitted by members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) for this year's competition.
 

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Announcing New Education Manager and Legendary Lesson Plan Contest

EdTA is excited to announce the addition of an Education Manager to the staff, Cory Wilkerson, who will be supporting members with new educational resources. As a part of this effort, over the coming months there will be many opportunities for members to contribute ideas and resources with the first being the “Legendary Lesson Plan” Contest.
 

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NBC Entertainment Receives the EdTA Standing Ovation Award

NBC Entertainment has received the Standing Ovation Award from the Educational Theatre Association. The award recognizes a corporation or organization that makes significant contributions to EdTA in supporting its mission of “shaping lives through theatre education” through philanthropic efforts, programs, and activities.
 

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Theatre Education Advocacy Day Set for July

The EdTA Theatre Education Advocacy Day will take place July 15-16, in Washington, D.C. The event, open to all adult and student members, will be modeled after the organization’s first national theatre education advocacy day held in 2017.

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Eight Schools Invited to Perform on Main Stage at International Thespian Festival

Eight schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF). The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more will be invited this spring.

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Why Art Was Added to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

For many years, STEM education was the hot topic, but these days it's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. So why was art added to STEM education in schools, at-home DIY kids, and crafting books? Read on to learn why, for six reasons art benefits STEM education, and how parents can encourage STEAM learning at home. (NY Metro Parents)

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Tony Awards Open Submissions for Excellence in Theatre Education Award

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will once again recognize an exemplary teacher with the "Excellence in Theatre Education Award," to be presented at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Now through February 15, 2019, submissions will be accepted online for K-12 theatre educators at an accredited institution or recognized community theatre organization. (Broadway World)

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Democracyworks Essay Competition: What's Your Theatre Story?

The Educational Theatre Association’s eleventh annual Democracyworks essay competition, co-sponsored by Samuel French, Inc., will begin accepting entries on December 1. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash.

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More than $200,000 Raised in Memory of Craig Zadan

The late, legendary producer Craig Zadan, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, were honored as the inaugural recipients of the Theatre for Life Award by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) for the imaginative transformation of live theatre in film, television, and associated media.

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Trump Nominates Mary Anne Carter to Chair the National Endowment for the Arts

Mary Anne Carter has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has survived administration proposals to zero out its funding.

Carter has been serving as acting chair since June, when Jane Chu’s term expired.

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Educational Theatre Foundation’s JumpStart Theatre Program to Partner with Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Three years after piloting JumpStart Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Educational Theatre Association will expand the middle school-oriented initiative in the Queen City. The Educational Theatre Foundation (EdTA’s fundraising arm) is partnering with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati—the oldest theatre for young audiences in the U.S.—to bolster the national program, which aims to build theatre programs in schools that previously had none. (Playbill)

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