Advocacy Update: January 2, 2019

By Katie Ferchen posted 01-02-2019 08:32


EdTA Advocacy Update

January 2, 2019


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., is now accepting entries. The winner will receive $1,500 toward expenses to attend the National Arts Action Summit in Washington, D.C., March 4-5, 2019, plus $250 cash. Application deadline is February 1.


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Arizona: UA K-12 Arts Outreach Program Awarded $343k (Tucson News)

Scholarship Honoring Boy Killed Last Christmas Gives Kids Performing Arts Education (AZ Family)

California: Drama Teacher Wins Prestigious Award, Students to Perform in Scotland (Paso Robles Daily)

Windsor School District Receives $1.7 Million Grant for Arts Initiative (Press Democrat)

Students Expand Creativity in Santa Cruz Gives Arts Programs (Good Times)

Georgia: Georgia DOE Gives $30k to Expand Arts Education in Rural, Local Schools (WSAV-3)

Indiana: How a New ‘Angie’s List’ for Arts Education Could Help Indianapolis Schools (Indy Star)

Nonprofit School Opens the Arts to Individuals with Special Needs (South Bend Tribune)

Massachusetts: Arts Curriculum Framework Getting Rewrite (Sentinel & Enterprise News)

Missouri: What is the Value of Fine Arts in Missouri Schools? (Ozark First)

New Jersey: Newark Arts Education Roundtable Receives $10,000 Grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to Fund Trauma Informed Arts Education (New Jersey Stage)

New York: Dads Create a ‘Bridge’ for Special Needs Kids (The Villager)

North Carolina: Teacher of the Week Uses Art to Teach Students About Life (WWAY-3)

Oklahoma: Report: Budget Cuts Have Affected Fine Arts Programs in Schools Across Oklahoma (KFOR-4)

Rhode Island: ‘Hamilton’ Star Funding RIC Scholarship (WPRI-12)

South Carolina: Grant Awarded to Five Dorchester Schools to Support Arts Education Programs (WCSC-5)

Wisconsin: When School Funding for Arts Programs in Milwaukee Got Cut, Jazale’s Art Studio Created Its Own (Radio Milwaukee)



An Artist at the Table Means Hope for a Better World

Woven through the events of this year were artists who are making a tremendous difference in communities across the country, and their diverse voices are animating conversation and giving us hope for a kinder and more compassionate world. (Americans for the Arts)

Artists and Engineers: A New Relationship?

“This isn’t like commissioning a piece of artwork,” said Barbara LaBoe, a spokeswoman at the Washington State Department of Transportation. “This is bringing in someone with an artistic sensibility and fresh eyes who can help us identify or develop new programs or improve the way we do something.” (PEW Trusts)

Building Social Cohesion through Arts Education

I ventured into art education two decades ago with the intention of making a difference, raise the standard of art education and advance the learning field of Art in Nigeria. Attending the InSEA Seminar has earned me a rare opportunity to be part of the group to improve on the access to quality art education and increase African participation in InSEA. (Vanguard)

Why Art Was Added to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

For many years, STEM education was the hot topic, but these days it's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. So why was art added to STEM education in schools, at-home DIY kids, and crafting books? Read on to learn why, for six reasons art benefits STEM education, and how parents can encourage STEAM learning at home. (NY Metro Parents)