Advocacy Update: January 15, 2019

By Katie Ferchen posted 01-15-2019 10:26


EdTA Advocacy Update

January 15, 2019


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



Eight Schools Invited to Perform on Main Stage at International Thespian Festival

Eight schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival (ITF). The invitations are based on productions that were adjudicated last fall; three more will be invited this spring.



How is the Shutdown Affecting America? Let Us Count the Ways

The National Endowment for the Arts says it will honor its fiscal year 2019 grants and that it's currently accepting applications for 2020, though during the shutdown, nobody is working at the agency to answer any questions. (NPR)



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California: Butte County Office of Education Launches Art Education Consortium (Enterprise-Record)

Napa County Elementary Students to Benefit from $775,000 Arts Grants (Napa Valley Register)

What Does a New Governor Mean for Arts Education in California? (89.3 KPCC)

Florida: Local Youth Uses Artistic Talents to Help Heal Trauma (Daily Commercial)

Kansas: Art Center Fundraiser to Support Art Education, Programming (Salina Journal)

Louisiana: Arts Program Expanding at 6 Jefferson Parish Public Schools (WDSU-6)

Minnesota: Their High School Dance Teams Let Only Girls Join. So These Boys are Suing. (Washington Post)

Mississippi: Morgan Seeks to Educate, Illuminate Future Students about the Arts (Daily Journal)

Missouri: Bringing Arts to the Area (Daily Journal Online)

New York: Investing in Arts Education in NYC Schools (The Wave)

North Carolina: School of Arts Planned in Elkin (The Tribune)

Tennessee: Monthaven Arts and Culture Center Receives $100k to Boost Art Education in Hendersonville (Tennessean)

Texas: Travis Scott Donates $100k to Houston Arts Education Agency (Grammy Awards)

Virginia: The City is Giving Away Money for Arts Organizations. Here’s the Lowdown (Southside Daily)

Wisconsin: STEAM Stories: Webster Elementary Children’s Center for Integrated Arts (Fox 11 Green Bay)



India: Chiranthana: Using Drama Therapy to Help Specially Abled Children (Deccan Chronicle)

Italy: Educating Robots: How a School in Italy is Using Them to Learn Language and Drama (Euro News)

Korea: Disability Becomes Not the End but a Beginning (Korea JoongAng Daily)



Acting Out: Theatre Class Where Students Rehearse for Change

The auditorium buzzes with anticipation. It is opening night for a group of students from the Theatre for Social Change course offered at University of Waterloo. (The Conversation)

Governors Association Says Arts Are Key to Rural Economic Stability

Small towns that are facing economic uncertainty might consider looking to the arts, according to the National Governors Association (NGA). The organization worked with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies to create a guide for governors on how the arts can revitalize rural economies. (Aspen Public Radio)

How Creating Art Can Help Reduce Stress

Regardless of how you feel about coloring books for those past grade school, studies have proven that they do help some de-stress at the end of the day, highlighting an oft-forgotten means of stress relief: creating art. (Refinery 29)