Advocacy Update: December 4, 2018

By Katie Ferchen posted 12-04-2018 10:06


EdTA Advocacy Update

December 4, 2018


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



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.

Winners of ITS Next Generation Works Attend Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala

In keeping with their mission of supporting emerging writers, the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) hosted some award-winning student writers at their recent gala in New York City. The winners of the Next Generation Works Thespian Playworks and Thespian Musicalworks writing competitions for members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) were the Foundation’s guests at the invitation of Rachel Routh, DGF Executive Director.



Register for the 2019 National Arts Action Summit, March 4-5, 2019 in Washington D.C. (Americans for the Arts)

Review of Evidence: Arts Education Research through the Lens of the Every Student Succeeds Act (Wallace Foundation)



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California: Burbank Arts for All Delivers Boost to District, Schools (Los Angeles Times)

Black Belt Dancer Uses Dance to Teach Kids Math (Spectrum News)

Acting Out: Grant Funding Allows Local Youth the Opportunity to Experience Free Community Theater (Comstock Magazine)

Hawaii: $75,000 NEA Grant Awarded to Develop Public Art in Wailuku (Maui News)

Louisiana: $2.3M Grant Will Fund Arts Programming in Six Jefferson Parish Elementary Schools (New Orleans Advocate)

Massachusetts: Change is Inevitable: Funders Join Forces to Help Arts Organizations Prepare for “Shifts in the Cultural Sector” (Inside Philanthropy)

Michigan: Arts Detroit Launches Spectra, a Theatre Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum (Broadway World)

Strong Bonds on Stage (Argus-Press)

Minnesota: Prince’s Paisley Park Partners with Minneapolis Public Schools for Arts Education Program (Rolling Stone)

Mississippi: Meridian, Lauderdale County Educators Learn from Teaching Artist (Meridian Star)

New Jersey: Manahawkin Girl with Sights Set on Broadway Receives Scholarship that Furthers That Aim (The Sandpaper)

New York: Art Educators Discuss Their Role in Classrooms (WBFO)

North Carolina: The Value of Arts Education | Graduation Project (WHQR)

Ohio: Arts Integration Workshop for Teachers Set for Jan. 29 at The Ren (Richland Source)

Oregon: Group Launches Arts Education Programs in Central Oregon Schools (KTVZ-21)

South Carolina: ‘Hamilton’ Actor Credits Governor’s School Education for His Success (Greenville Online)

Black Creek Arts Council Will Host Event to Help Kids Around Darlington County (WBTW-13)

Tennessee: How Leonard Bernstein’s Vision for Education Got Started In, and Disappeared From, Nashville Schools (Nashville Public Radio)

$14,000 in Grants Given to Teachers (Cleveland Daily Banner)

Texas: Dallas Schools Selected for Disney Musicals in Schools Program (Broadway World Dallas)

Washington: Macklemore Launches Youth Arts Program at Seattle’s MoPOP (MYNorthwest)

Washington D.C.: Kennedy Center Boss Finds an Ally in Trump’s Washington (Politico)



Hamilton Star Giles Terera Condemns ‘Snobbery’ Towards Musical Theatre (The Stage UK)

Bill Conditioning Arts Funding on ‘Loyalty’ Approved for Final Votes (Times of Israel)

China’s Sunshine Performing Arts’ Inclusivity Brightens the Lives of Disabled Children (CGTN)



Dance Gives a Spin to Education

Education keeps evolving and enveloping new ideas into its folds. One such idea that has been gaining a foothold in public schools is that of integrating arts, especially dance, into the broader curriculum. (Tribune India)

Rising to the Occasion: The 2018 International Black Theatre Summit

On Sept. 26-29, Dartmouth’s Department of Theater, in collaboration with the CRAFT Institute, presented the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit: Breaking New Ground Where We Stand. Its host, Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of theater at Dartmouth, speaks here with Nicole Hodges Persley, a member of the gathering’s executive committee, about the summit, its inspiration, and about ways forward for Black theatre throughout the African diaspora. (American Theatre)

Theater’s Power in Fight Against Drugs Proven

Can watching theatrical drama be used as an educational tool to fight drug addiction and abuse? The formula of the fight against drugs with theater has some backing in the scientific world. (Daily Sabah Arts)