Advocacy Update: March 12, 2019

By Katie Ferchen posted 03-12-2019 09:57


EdTA Advocacy Update

March 12, 2019


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




Democracyworks Winner and Runners Up Chosen

The winner of the 2019 Democracyworks essay competition is Brannon Evans, Millard West High School Thespian Troupe 5483, Omaha, Nebraska. Her winning essay was one of a record 68 essays submitted by members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) for this year’s competition.

EdTA Member Exclusive in Celebration of TIOS—Educators Can Win a Chance to See the Broadway Opening of Hadestown

An educator who is a member of the Educational Theatre Association may be treated to a trip to New York City for the opening night performance of Hadestown on Broadway compliments of  On The Stage, an online ticketing, show promotion, and audience engagement system for schools, which was inspired to offer this opportunity as a way to salute and celebrate theatre teachers during Theatre in Our Schools Month.

Tony Nominee John Cariani Speaks About the Importance of Theatre Education

"Theatre, arts, makes kids learn things in a different way than taking a test does," shares The Band's Visit star in his testimonial kicking off 2019's Theatre in Our Schools month. (Playbill)



A New Study Says the Arts Contribute More to the US Economy than Agriculture. Here are Five Takeaways from the Report

The rise of art fairs, the explosion in the number of art galleries, and the growth of art advising as a trade are impossible to ignore. But now we have hard numbers to back up the growth of the cultural economy. (ArtNet News)

Few States Recognize the Arts as Part of Their ESSA Accountability Plans

Illinois, Connecticut and Kentucky, however, are examples of how states are using the law's broader definition of student success to emphasize the arts. (Education Dive)



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Alabama: Alabama Virtual Academy Helps Prattville Students Balance It All at the Alabama Dance Theatre (Alabama News)

Arizona: Arts Advocacy: The Challenge of Arts Funding in Arizona (Downtown Phoenix Journal)

Arkansas: Windgate Foundation Helps Fund Art Education (Arkansas Money & Politics)

California: Moby, Jane Lynch, and Matt Sorum on How Arts Education Saved Their Lives (Forbes)

Roseville High School Drama Teacher Acts on Experience (Eye of the Tiger News)

Florida: ArtSlam Opens Up a World of Artistic Possibilities for Children in Downtown Bradenton (Bradenton Herald)

United Arts Recognizes Orange County Principals for Their Commitment to Arts Education (West Orlando News)

Georgia: Teachers Learn the Arts Attending a STEAM Workshop (WRBL)

Indiana: For ATHENA Award Finalist Deena Laska Lewis, Arts Education a Life-long Passion (Courier & Press)

Iowa: Another Round of After-School Theatre Camps Begin (Oskaloosa Herald)

Maryland: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Expands Art Opportunities for Military Community at Walter Reed (MD Theatre Guide)

Michigan: New Bills Would Tweak Michigan Graduation Requirements (Holland Sentinel)

Minnesota: Court Lifts Ban on Minnesota Boys Joining School Dance Teams (US News)

New Jersey: Middletown Arts Center Successfully Launches New Performing Arts Education Program with Producer Judy Zocchi (Tap into Middletown)

VIDEO: Art Education and Its Impact on Child Development (WLIW-21)

New Mexico: New Mexico School for the Arts One Step Closer to Dropping Charter Status (Santa Fe New Mexican)

New York: A Look into How the Arts Are Funded in Syracuse (Daily Orange)

Performing Arts Fund Expanding Its Arts in Education Program (Watertown Daily)

North Carolina: Sanderson High School Students to Perform Play on Sandy Hook Shooting at National Drama Competition (ABC-11)

Ohio: Ohio Arts’ Big Impact (Toledo City Paper)

Pennsylvania: North Penn Thespians Celebrate 20th Annual BC/EFA Gala (Knight Crier)

Texas: Lewisville Begins Accepting Applications for Arts Support Grants (Lewisville Leader)

West Virginia: GW High Students Want More Support for the Arts (FlipSide)



Australia: National Conference Looks into the Health of Art Education (ArtsHub)

Canada: Students Would Reap Rewards if Arts Weren’t ‘An Optional Thing’, New Report Says (CBC)

China: Global Event to Promote Arts Education for Youth to be Held in Suzhou (China Daily)

Haiti: The Haiti School Saving Children’s Lives through Dance (BBC)



Fine Arts Course Help Students Excel in Math and Science

Beyond the argument that education should be designed to create a well-rounded citizen with an appreciation for a wide range of knowledge, there have been dozens of large-scale studies showing that an integrated curriculum of the sciences, humanities, and arts helps students excel in all areas of K-12 learning. (Forbes)

Struggling Kids Retain More Science if They Rap, Dance, Draw It

Incorporating the arts—rapping, dancing, drawing—into science lessons can help low-achieving students retain more knowledge, research finds. (Futurity)

Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

These subjects are often under threat either from budget cuts or from the inexorable demands of academic testing and “accountability,” but insights from neuroscience suggest that arts education can play additional important roles in how children learn. (New York Times)

Why Field Trips and Arts Education Aren’t Just Frills

Education policymakers have seen arts classes and cultural field trips as far less important than reading and math skills. Now there’s evidence that those experiences can have significant benefits, especially for disadvantaged students. (Forbes)