Advocacy Update: May 7, 2019

By Katie Ferchen posted 05-07-2019 14:04


EdTA Advocacy Update

May 7, 2019


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




Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to Be Honored at School Theatre Benefit

The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) will honor Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman with the Broadway Back to School Award, which recognizes the impact of key leaders in the theatrical industry and education in building access and excellence in school theatre. (Broadway World)

Nine Area Schools to Celebrate Musical Theatre Achievements

On April 30, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT), The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), in partnership with New York City-based iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI), presented the 2019 JumpStart Theatre Showcase at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati. (Broadway World Cincinnati)

Next Generation Works 2019 Finalists Announced

Next Generation Works is a suite of programs designed to promote original writing by and for high school student members of the International Thespian Society (ITS). The programs include Thespian MusicalworksThespian PlayworksThespian Filmworks, and Thespian Criticworks.


Annual Award Winners Announced

Each year, the Educational Theatre Association’s awards, grants, and scholarships opportunities honor the achievements of individuals and theatre programs, providing award-winners with the financial support to attend Association events or further educational endeavors.

Three Administrators Recognized as Honorary Thespians

Two Volunteers Recognized as Honorary Thespians

Three Thespian Troupes Earn TIOS Outstanding Impact Awards

Four Schools Named Outstanding in Theatre Education



India: Over 100 Educators to be Trained to Teach through Theatre (DNA India)

UK: VIDEO: The Show Goes On for Portsmouth Man with Asperger’s Syndrome as He Produces and Performs in His Own Musical (Portsmouth News)

USA: Congress, Celebrities Team Up for Bipartisan Support of the Arts amid Proposed Budget Cuts (USA Today)



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Alabama: The Importance of Funding Arts in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael (Gadsden Times)

California: $538K Grant Integrates Music, Dance and Art as a Learning Tool in K-8 Tuolumne County Classrooms (Union Democrat)

PHOTO GALLERY: Advocating for the Arts: County Representatives Stress Importance of Art in Education (The Union)

Florida: Miami Beach Schools are Integrating Arts into Math and Science Class Curriculums (WLRN Miami)

When Arts Programs Cut, Students Pay Price (Daytona State in Motion)

Kansas: Education Funding: How Much is Enough? (Leavenworth Times)

Maine: Real People/Michelle Wheeler Takes a Different Approach to High School Theatre (Sun Journal)

Manitoba: Province Expands Funding for Arts Education (My Steinbach)

Michigan: HAMILTON Celebrates History Education by Giving Back to 3.900 Students with EDUHAM in Detroit (Broadway World Detroit)

Minnesota: Upstream Arts Uplifts Special Needs Students at Boeckman Middle School (RiverTowns)

Missouri: Arts and Education Council Announces PNC Program Grants, New Board Member (Broadway World St. Louis)

New Jersey: Art Education is Key to the Mission of the Arts Council of Princeton (Central Jersey)

NJ Students and Leaders to Be Honored at 39th Annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education (New Jersey Stage)

New York: National Dance Institute 43rd Annual Gala Raises $1.5 Million for Arts Education (All Arts)

North Carolina: $42.2M for Stevens Center Renovation, Arts-Education Requirement Included in NC House Version of State Budget (Winston-Salem Journal)

Oklahoma: Masterpiece Moments Fundraiser a Big Boost for Arts Education (Stillwater News Press)

Texas: HAMILTON’S #EduHam Program Comes to Dallas (Broadway World Dallas)

Virginia: Who Needs a Director, Anyway? A Classical Theater in Staunton, VA, Lets the Actors Run the Show and it’s a Hit (Washington Post)

Wisconsin: Bill is Revived to Fund Arts Programming in Wisconsin (WXPR Radio)

D.C.: Playwright Brings Artistic Experience to Sine Institute Seminars (The Eagle)




How Drama in Education Has a Positive Impact on the Development of Children

Children who are encouraged to perform can develop the sort of confidence that will serve them in other aspects of their personal and professional lives down the road. (KelownaNow)

School of the Stars: Where the 2019 Tony Nominees Went to College

From small liberal arts colleges to large state schools to performing arts conservatories, take a look at the institutes of higher learning where this year's Tony nominees honed their crafts. (Playbill)

TED Talk: How Do You Teach Empathy? | Jonathan Juravich

What is the role of character education in the classroom? Educator Jonathan Juravich discusses how we can go beyond teaching empathy as a 'soft skill' and make it actionable. (YouTube)