Advocacy Update: October 23, 2018

By Katie Ferchen posted 10-23-2018 10:58


EdTA Advocacy Update

October 23, 2018


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



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)

Hurricane Florence and Michael Relief

In an effort to facilitate support within the school theatre community during and after a natural disaster, EdTA has made a response form available to help match those who need support and those who are able to give support.



Department of Education Announces 22 Grants for Arts Education (US Department of Education)



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California: San Diego Musical Theatre Announces New Education Program (Broadway World)

Donations Raise Funds to Support Arts Education in Santa Cruz (Times Publishing Group)

EdTA Model Curriculum Framework Project Premieres at UC High (San Diego Unified)

Connecticut: Fritz Jellinghaus: The Art of Supporting the Arts (Zip 06)

Florida: Last Year, the Arts Got Little State Money. This Year, Arts Groups Are Watching. (Tampa Bay Times)

Illinois: Chance the Rapper Goes Undercover to Raise Money for Arts Education (Wish TV 8)

Iowa: Troupe Does It All (Oskaloosa Herald)

Maryland: Hogan Visits Hagerstown for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Groundbreaking (Herald-Mail Media)

Missouri: New Performing Arts and Early Childhood Facility Nearing Completion in Purdy (KY3 News)

New Mexico: Break A Leg | Cobre Students Learn Through Art, Movement (Silver City Daily Press)

New York: New York City Grants Aim to Make Off-Broadway Theaters More Accessible to Those with Hearing Loss, Blindness (NBC New York)

North Carolina: From Broadway to Classroom, Students Learn from ‘Hamilton’ (Charlotte Post)

Theatre Club Grows at West Charlotte High School (Charlotte Post)

Ohio: Art, Music Readily Available in Ohio Schools, and Popular, Too (Columbus Dispatch)

Proposed Ticket Fee Could Enrich Columbus-Area Students’ Education (WCMH-TV Columbus)

South Carolina: Florence One Schools to Spend $3 Million for Arts Education (SC Now)

Tennessee: Local Teachers Learn Arts Integration at CECA Professional Development Workshop (Leaf Chronicle)

Texas: The Pavilion Hosts Over 8,500 Area Students for Fine Arts Education Day (Hello Woodlands)

Virginia: Wolf Trap Partnership Brings More Integrated Arts Learning to Richmond (Ideas Station)

Washington: VIDEO: Music and Theater Education for All! A Night to Celebrate and Support Mode Music and Performing Arts (West Seattle Blog)

Wisconsin: New Pardeeville Theatre Director Notes ‘Good Foundation’ in Place for Students (Portage Daily Register)



EdNext Podcast: An Arts Educator Wins the Global Teacher Prize (Education Next)

Australia: Australian Council Chairman Sam Walsh Hints at the Future of Arts Funding (Financial Review)

England: Burberry Foundation Champions Arts Education with Charitable Initiative (Women’s Wear Daily)

India: Theatre for a Child’s Growth (The Hindu)



Could the Arts Be the Answer to Student Engagement?

We all want to explore, discover, and feel inspired. As teachers, we try to harness this drive in our classrooms. Every lesson plan, for example, has a hook at the beginning designed to grab students’ interest. But our schools always need more pathways for engaging learners. Arts integration can open that door. (Education Week)

School District to Offer Online Performing Arts Courses

Many students across B.C. take up dance, music or theatre as a hobby or passion outside of school, but few of them — or their instructors for that matter — realize they could be receiving high school credits for their work. (Vernon Morning Star)

Teaching Kids about the Arts Help Develop Their Social, Emotional Skills

When you introduce your children to museums, dance and theater, you’re exposing them to more than just a fun extracurricular activity, you’re introducing them to the world of art, culture and inclusiveness. And that means piloting them toward excellence. (Miami Herald)

As Arts in Schools Wither, Rosie O’Donnell and Company Come to Rescue

Founded in 2003 by Rosie O’Donnell as one of the charitable offshoots of her lucrative years as a TV talk-show host, — Rosie’s Theater Kids has just started its 16th year of operation as a nonprofit highly sought after for inclusion by inner-city elementary and secondary schools. (Washington Post)