Advocacy Update: April 23, 2019

By Katie Ferchen posted 04-23-2019 08:15


EdTA Advocacy Update

April 23, 2019


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




EdTA Names Allison Dolan Chief Content Officer

The Educational Theatre Association is pleased to announce that Allison Dolan has joined the organization as Chief Content Officer as of April 1. As CCO, Dolan will lead all content operations supporting EdTA’s mission.



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California: Burbank Arts for All Changes Gala in Hopes of Raising More Funds for Schools (Los Angeles Times)

Colorado: Boulder Moving Forward with $250,000 in Grants for Arts, Cultural Facilities (Tech Stock Standard)

Florida: Straz Center and Tampa VA Hospital Collaborate on Arts Project Aimed at Helping Veterans (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Florida’s Education Department Seeks Input for New Testing Standards (WJCT News)

Illinois: Musical Theatre Students Speak About Racial Prejudices within Program (The Torch)

Michigan: Education Program Brings Students, Teachers to ‘Hamilton’ (News-Herald)

Missouri: New Fine Arts Learning Standards Approved for Missouri School Districts (My MO Info)

New Jersey: Disabled Students and Professionals to Share the Stage When Nai-Ni Chen Presents Superheroes (New Jersey Stage)

New York: Saratoga Arts Awards $125,010 for Community Arts (Daily Gazette)

Ohio: Cincinnati Arts: Investing in the Community (Cincinnati Business Courier)

Pennsylvania: Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code (Philly Inquirer)

Texas: 400 High School Students Participate in the IGNITE Creative Arts Conference (KFDA-10 Amarillo)

Washington: Program Uses Arts to Engage Those with Memory Loss and Their Caregivers (MLT News)

Wisconsin: UW-Madison Student to Use Prestigious Truman Scholarship to Further Research on Arts Education Access (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Wyoming: Participants, Community Input Sought on Ed Standards (Wyoming Tribune)



Australia: We’re Forgetting the Cross-Curricular Power of Drama: Expert (Education HQ)

India: CBSE Makes Art Education a Must (Telegraph India)

UK: Arts Council: Relevance Not Excellence Will Be New Litmus Test for Funding (The Stage UK)



BLOG: Teaching the Arts in a State Prison Classroom

During this past school year, Dr. Lauren Neefe with Common Good Atlanta reached out to the High Museum to do a guest lecture experience at Metro Reentry Facility, a state prison reentry program in Atlanta. We came to one class during a series of art and art history lectures at the facility. (Americans for the Arts)

How a Hackney Theatre Group’s Interactive Play is Teaching Kids about Issues from Knife Crime to Body Image

A performing arts group is enjoying success with its unique way of engaging with kids about issues from knife crime to body image – the medium of “forum theatre”. (Hackney Gazette)

Why We Should Look Beyond Schools for Arts Education

There's no denying that the power of the arts can be transformational for our young people. And yet creative subjects are increasingly being squeezed out of our schools as budgets are cut and the stakes raised for academic subjects. Thankfully, there are some – teachers, leaders, parents and organisations – who recognise the importance of promoting creative subjects in our schools. (Tes)