Advocacy Update: November 6, 2018

By Katie Ferchen posted 11-06-2018 10:15


EdTA Advocacy Update

November 6, 2018


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



Winner Announced of THE PROM’S “Dance With You” Contest for Thespians

As part of its unprecedented partnership with the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), Broadway’s new musical comedy THE PROM is pleased to announce the winner of its "Dance with You" contest, Alaina Bozarth, a junior and three-star member of Thespian Troupe 8167 at Metro-East Lutheran High School in Worden, Illinois, south of Springfield.

Theatre Licensing Professionals Appointed to ETF National Board

The National Board of Trustees of the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Hoare, John Prignano, David R. Scott, and Abbie Van Nostrand to a term on the National Board from 2019-2021. (Broadway World)



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



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Arizona: Americans for the Arts Poll Shows Arizonans Exceed National Averages (Prescott ENews)

California: Importance of Arts in Education (Times Publishing Group)

Iowa: From Spooks and Scares to Airs and Graces (Oskaloosa Herald)

Louisiana: Stovall Seeks to Promote Art Education As Teacher of the Year (Up and Coming Weekly)

Maine: Arts Education in Maine Gets Boost from $2.5 Million Federal Grant (Press Herald)

Maryland: How Young Audiences is Using Art to Improve Learning (Baltimore Business Journal)

Montana: SPARK! Ignite Missoula (8 KPAX)

Bringing Math to Life (8 KPAX)

Nebraska: Norfolk High Honored for its Arts Programs (Norfolk Daily News)

New Jersey: Steven Van Zandt Promotes Arts Education in Atlantic City (Press of Atlantic City)

Toms River North High School Thespian Troupe Hosts Safe Halloween for Children (Shore News Network)

High School Students Participate in Pilot Theatre Program for EdTA’s Model Curriculum Framework Project (Golda Och Academy)

Ohio: Integrating Art into School Curriculum (Coshocton Tribune)

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Emphasize Student Role in Supporting the Arts (Oberlin Review)

Oklahoma: Kelli O’Hara Awards Will Celebrate Excellence in High School Musical Theatre in Oklahoma (Playbill)

Pennsylvania: Teacher Action Group is turning the Philly School Experience into Theatre (Generocity)

NPHS Thespians Support Philly AIDS Walk (Knight Crier)

Mancini Awards Looking for High School Musicals (New Castle News)

Rhode Island: Drama Teacher Finds She’s in the Spotlight (Cranston Herald)

South Dakota: Middle School Students Learning How to Communicate Through Visual Art (Mitchell Daily Republic)

Tennessee: Kennedy Center Names Hamilton County for Arts Education Partnership (Times Free Press)

Virginia: Arts Fairfax Salutes Four Arts Supporters (Fairfax Times)



Canada: Doctors in Montreal Will Start Prescribing Visits to the Art Museum (Quartz)

England: One Third of Schoolkids ‘Do Not Know Who Shakespeare Is’ (The Stage)



Including the Arts in STEM Fields a Crucial Addition

When the business and education innovation discussion is limited to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), a large swath of non-STEM students, businesses and professionals are left outside the margins. When you add the Arts or "A" component, STEAM invites us all along for the innovation adventure. (Times Union)

Inspired by Florida School Shooting, Dancers Create Video to Encourage Young Voters

A group of young dancers are channeling the trauma from last February’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida to encourage people to vote in the midterm elections. (People)

NBA Alum Kobe Bryant Once Took Up Tap Dancing— Here’s the Surprising Reason Why

Basketball star Kobe Bryant once took up tap dancing to improve his game. Research shows he was on to something: a willingness to look outside one's field can lead to fresh solutions to common problems. (CNBC)