Advocacy Update: November 20, 2018

By Katie Ferchen posted 11-20-2018 09:08


EdTA Advocacy Update

November 20, 2018


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



Advocacy Leadership Network Seeking New State Members

The Educational Theatre Association’s Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) will begin accepting applications for new state chapter members on November 15. Launched in 2017, the ALN is designed to train state adult members in grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of theatre and other arts education.

EdTA Releases the Theater Educator Evaluation Workbook

The Educational Theatre Association has released the EdTA High School Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook, an editable PDF professional development tool for teachers and their administrators.

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.



Trumps to Skip Kennedy Center Honors for 2nd Year Straight (Washington Post)

Moving Veterans toward a Place of Healing (National Endowment for the Arts)



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Alabama: Grants Available for Shoals Art Instructors (Times Daily)

Arkansas: The World’s A Stage (Democrat Gazette)

California: BC/EFA Awards Emergency Grants to Aid Effort Against California Wildfires (Broadway World)

Leap Sandcastle Classic Builds Support for Arts Education (Scot Scoop)

Georgia: Marietta High School’s Theatre Program Sees New Changes and Awards (Marietta Daily Journal)

Arts Education Programs Gear Up at City Springs (Reporter Newspapers)

Kentucky: Drama Students Excited for Black Wall Transformations (Advocate-Messenger)

Michigan: Free Play Write Competition Calls for Student Writers (Manistee News Advocate)

New York: At PS 9 in Conchord, the Key to Learning is Through the Arts (SI Live)

North Carolina: Arts Council Celebrates 45 Years with Gala, Grants (Fayetteville Observer)

Ohio: Cleveland Play House Actors Teach Cleveland Students More Than Theatre Skills (Idea Stream)

Cincinnati Uses Art as a Tool to Heal (Cincinnati Business Courier)

Pennsylvania: Bensalem Board of Education Considers Performing Arts Charter School (The Intelligencer)

Texas: Young Audiences Arts After School Program Brings Arts Integration to Bonner Elementary School (Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Dallas Summer Musicals Raise $500,000 for Community Arts Initiatives at 2018 Gala (Broadway World)

Virginia: Theatre Re Examines Memory, Amnesia, and the Power of Human Experience (Roanoke Star)

Washington D.C.: After Outcry, D.C. Commission Backs Down on Censoring Art (Washington Post)

Wisconsin: JPAC Music and Drama Festival Gives Students a Chance to Showcase Skills (Gazette Extra)



National School of Drama to Hold International Theatre Festival for Children (DNA India)

NSD to Expand Its Children Theatre Across Country (United News of India)

Drama Project Launched to Stop Child Abuse (Ghana News Agency)



Pre-to-3: Researchers Find More Reasons Why the Arts Are Good for Young Children

Early exposure to the arts is key, researchers say — and may be especially crucial for children with the greatest needs — because students’ participation has been associated with higher achievement. (Education Dive)

HIV-Positive Adults Explore Therapeutic Effects of Theatre

What is it like to live with HIV in 2018? This is the question being explored by Living With…, an original production presented by NYU Steinhardt’s drama therapy program depicting intergenerational experiences of individuals living with HIV. (NYU)

Putting Creative Industries to Work

On the release of "Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts," Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, writes about how new research documents the size and scope of the nation’s arts establishments and jobs—and makes the case for increased investment in the arts. (Mellon Foundation)

Former Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts Emphasizes the Importance of Art

Growing up as a second-generation immigrant from China, Chu said she learned how to live in a multicultural environment and be comfortable with different ways of thinking. But due to a lack of vocabulary, she “transcended” everyday conversation through art and music, she said. (Daily Northwestern)