Advocacy Update: October 9th, 2018

By Katie Ferchen posted 6 days ago


EdTA Advocacy Update

October 9th, 2018


The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.



VIDEO: Broadway Back to School 2018

The Educational Theatre Foundation’s fourth annual Broadway Back to School event, benefitting school theatre education programs for schools in need, was held Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.



Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018: An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes About the Arts in America

We are better people with the arts in our lives. They make us healthier, creative, and more actively engaged citizens who feel better about today and more optimistic about tomorrow. In a society struggling to find equity and social justice, Americans believe the arts improve the quality of our communities. How do we know? We asked. (Americans for the Arts)

Fox Partners with Kennedy Center to Celebrate and Support Arts Education in Schools

To mark the upcoming new seasons of hit music dramas Empire and Star, FOX Broadcasting Company and parent company 21st Century Fox have launched #EmpireStarGivesBack, a social media campaign benefiting the Turnaround Arts program at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. (21st Century Fox Social Impact)



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California: Long Beach Art Institutions Address the Importance of Arts Education (Long Beach Business Journal)

Delaware: Local Arts Programs in Deleware Get $40,000 Boost from Sallie Mae (Global Banking & Finance Review)

Georgia: Announcing the 2019 ArtsATL Luminary Award Nominees for Arts Education (ArtsATL)

Louisiana: Art Instruction Added to 10 Elementary Schools This Year (Town Talk)

Maine: Age is Just a Number at Miss Annabelle Dance (News Center Maine)

Massachusetts: PAAM’s Art Reach Grows Up and Expands (Wicked Local Provincetown)

Michigan: At-Risk Students Share Their Life Stories through ArtPrize (WoodTV)

Missouri: Donations Requested After Thespian Hall Closes Stage for Safety Concerns (Boonville Daily News)

Montana: University of Montana Provost, Dean Seek to Soothe Fears Over Arts Cuts (Missoulian)

Nebraska: Omaha Burke Drama Teacher is One of Four Teachers Given National Award (Omaha World Herald)

Nevada: Poll Finds Nevadans Engaged in and Supportive of Arts (Carson Now)

New York: Norm Lewis, Alice Ripley, and More to Perform at ROCKERS ON BROADWAY (Broadway World)

North Carolina: Festival Marshal Views Art as an Essential Part of Life (Wilkes Journal-Patriot)

Ohio: Christopher Ray Brings New Energy to Whetstone High School Stage (This Week Community News)

Ohio Among the First Five States to Provide Online Arts Education Data System (Cleveland)

Wiloughby Fine Arts Association’s Director of Education Embracing Challenges, Future (News Herald)

Pennsylvania: Gaining STEAM: Arts Make Comeback in Lebanon County Schools (Lebanon Daily News)

Walnut Street Theatre Gets $120,000 Disney Grant to Support Theater in Local Schools (Philly Inquirer)

Tennessee: Borderless Arts TN Wins $10K to Share Arts with Developmentally Delayed Students (Tennessean)

West Virginia: Theatre Prides Itself on Educational Programs (Register Herald)



China: CAMP BROADWAY Begins Musical Theatre Residency in Beijing, China (Broadway World)

Jamaica: Heritage and Creative Outpour – Evolving Journey of Arts Education (Jamaica Gleaner)

England: Study Launches to Assess the Effects of Arts Education on Young People (The Stage)



A Step Beyond the Stats: The Miraculous Impact of Music on the Mind, Body and Brain

We’ve all seen the extraordinary figures released earlier this year by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: The arts and cultural sector contributed over $760 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015.

What falls beyond these extraordinary figures—and here, I refer to music and music education in particular—is a piece of knowledge that is at once as simple as it is profound: Music matters. (Americans for the Arts)

Of Safe Havens and Wide Awakeness: Arts Educators as Agents of Transformation

We need to transform our schools into places where all students know that their teachers believe in them, and where bullying is not tolerated. We need to transform our schools into safe havens for learning.

As arts educators, we have the opportunity to be agents of this transformation. (Americans for the Arts)