Advocacy Update: February 12, 2019

By Katie Ferchen posted 02-12-2019 08:36


EdTA Advocacy Update

February 12, 2019


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



NBC Entertainment Receives the EdTA Standing Ovation Award

NBC Entertainment has received the Standing Ovation Award from the Educational Theatre Association. The award recognizes a corporation or organization that makes significant contributions to EdTA in supporting its mission of “shaping lives through theatre education” through philanthropic efforts, programs, and activities.



The Government Shutdown and the Arts

Regardless of one’s support for or against the president’s policy, the shutdown brought to light a number of functions the government provides that most Americans find indispensable. This includes food safety inspection, airport security and national park oversight, all widely reported on; less reported, was the impact the government shutdown had on arts funding, which in turn has a much larger ripple effect on the U.S. economy. (Pollstar)

American Theatre Wing Announces Recipients of Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Grants and Scholarships

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative has announced the 30 students who will receive grants and scholarships totaling over half a million dollars to support their study of theatre. The funding is administered by the American Theatre Wing. (Playbill)

The HBO Documentary ‘Song of Parkland’ Makes an Airtight Case for Keeping the Arts in Schools

Throughout the course of the powerful documentary, the students continue mounting their musical production and also turn to their own songwriting as a way of processing their emotions, dealing with the aftermath of tragedy, and returning to normalcy. (Bustle)



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Alabama: Englewood Students’ Vending Machine Sells Their Creations (Tuscaloosa News)

California: State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Commends New K-12 California Arts Standards (Record Gazette)

Florida: Florida Junior Thespians Dive into Bikini Bottom (Broadway World)

Georgia: Alpharetta Announces $50K in Arts Funding (AJC)

Massachusetts: Westport Cultural Council Awards 10 Grants to Arts Programs (South Coast Today)

Minnesota: Spotlight Kid from Minnetonka Comes Full Circle at Theater Program for Minnesota Students (StarTribune)

New Jersey: Arts Ed NJ Presents “Embracing the Arts – A Pathway to Well-Rounded Education” (New Jersey Stage)

New York: Dell’Acqua Loves Theater, Onstage and Behind the Scenes (Altamont Enterprise)

Lack of Diversity Can’t Stop the Beat at Hastings ‘Hairspray’ (Lohud)

North Carolina: ArtsGreensboro Awards Grants to 22 Organizations (News & Record Greensboro)

Ohio: Cincinnati Arts Build Pathways to Learning (Cincinnati Business Journal)

Study: Ohio Creative Sector Generates $41 Billion in Economic Activity (Akron Beacon Journal)

Oklahoma: Shutdown Puts Grant Payments on Hold for Fine Arts Groups (Muskogee Phoenix)

Programs Look to Keep Arts Alive After Budget Cuts (KJRH 2 Tulsa)

Oregon: PGE Foundation Invites Applications for Arts Education Programs (Philanthropy News Digest)

Pennsylvania: PCCY’s Picasso Project Awards $75,000 in Grants to Schools (Philadelphia Tribune)

10th Annual Souper Bowl Heats Up Arts Education in the Lehigh Valley (Lehigh Valley Live)

Texas: TACA Distributes $753,000 in Grants to Local Arts (Art and Seek)

Utah: Sundance Film Festival: Creative Coalition Advocacy Awards Gala Touts Importance of Arts Education (WWD)

Wisconsin: Where’s the Drama? Theater Offerings Vary Considerably from School to School (Portage Daily Register)



U.K.: Youngsters Get Funding from Broadway Arts Festival Trust (Cotswold Journal)

Saudi Arabia: From STEM to STEAM: British Council Seeks to Broaden Young Saudi’s Horizons (Arab News)



Amid Push for STEM Education, Arts Instructors Stress Value of Theater

As schools continue to expand science, technology, engineering and math opportunities, theater programs are proving beneficial in fostering soft skills and enhancing academics. (Education Dive)

Commentary: The Arts Deserve to Play a Vital Role in Education

The performing arts have been shown to help students develop small-motor and gross-motor skills needed for everything from penmanship to laboratory work. (Valley News)

Could Theatre Be Way Forward in Communication Conservation Messages?

Theatre performances in zoos can be effective in increasing knowledge of important conservation messages, a study at the University of York has revealed. (EurekAlert!)

Fund the Arts: Feed the Brain

The arts are important because they allow a student to express themselves in a way a core class cannot. They allow students to use their own ideas and talents to produce something creative and beautiful. (Citizen’s Voice)