Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update: October 11, 2017

By Shea Haney posted 10-11-2017 14:03


Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update

October 11, 2017

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



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Arizona: Rural Community Theatres across Arizona Struggle to Survive (Arizona Sonora News)

Communities Fear Art Funding Cuts (Arizona Sonora News)

California: Streets, Sidewalks Come Alive during Sixth Annual Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation Festival (Santa Maria Times)

Colorado: Fletcher Wins National Education Award (The Aspen Times)

Connecticut: CT Rocks! A Benefit Concert for Music Education (PR Newswire)

Florida: 400 Teachers Attend Back-to-School Workshops (TC Palm)

Garden Theatre Fills Leadership Team with 3 Hires (Orlando Sentinel)

Georgia: Arts Festival Funds Grant Program in Norcross (AJC.com)

Illinois: An Arts Revival at Tonica Grade School (Tonica News)

Their View: Stars of Lights Group Uses Arts to Educate About Mental Illness (Rockford Register Star)

Chance the Rapper Teams Up With Lyft to Support Arts Education in Chicago (Education Week)

Indiana: Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1M in Grants (Inside Indiana Business)

Kentucky: Fund for the Arts Evolving to Better Serve Louisville (Courier-Journal)

Maine: SeDoMoCha Music Teacher Named Maine Teacher of the Year (WABI)

Maryland: Ken Skrzesz Names Executive Director of Maryland State Arts Council (The Garrett County Republican)

2017 Annie Award Recipients Announced (Eye on Annapolis)

‘My Calling in Life’ Discovered in Dance (The Baltimore Sun)

Massachusetts: News Briefs: Senate Restores Funding for Arts, Education Services (The Berkshire Edge)

Let’s Build Massachusetts by Building the Arts (Boston Globe)

Missouri: Ameren Giving to Arts and Education Council Surpasses $7 Million (Arts and Education Council)

New Jewish Theatre: A Company of Lions (Ladue News)

New Jersey: FHCDS Instructor Earns ‘Teacher of the Year’ Honors (NJ.com)

The Future of Performing Arts in Ocean County (Jersey Shore Online)

New York: State Overhauls Arts Education Standards (The Daily Star)

North Carolina: Truliant Awards 23 Community Mini Grants to Nonprofits (CU Insights)

Pennsylvania: Indian River’s Kristie Fuller Honored for Theatre Education (Watertown Daily Times)

South Carolina: Four SC School Districts Awarded Over $49 Million for School Choice (The Hampton County Guardian)

Tennessee: Hamm Picked to Lead Rose Center (Citizen Tribune)

Texas: Lufkin High School Theatre Program Teaches Students Empathy, Responsibility (KTRE)

Vermont: Taryn Noelle Talks Dance, Music, Theatre and Teaching Kids (Seven Days)

Washington: Methow Arts Cuts Missoula Children’s Theatre from Schedule (Methow Valley News)

Dance Theatre Northwest Presents “Arts are Education” Performances in U.P. Primary Schools (The Suburban Times)

Wisconsin: UPAF Launches Performing Arts Awareness Campaign (Footlights)



United Kingdom: New National Theatre Plans Will Address “Relentless Cuts” to Arts Education (TV3)



Learning Matters: Arts, Technical Education Can Play Key Roles in a Student’s Future

Some students will catch on to reading as they sing words from a sheet of music. Others will finally understand a math concept when they must use it to build a robot or a bridge. We’ve seen aspiring filmmakers improve their writing skills as they practice storyboarding. (LA Times)

Humanizing Science: Rebecca Kamen Awakens Scientific Discovery through the Arts and Humanities

Rebecca Kamen, sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks ‘the truth’ through observation. Informed by research into cosmology, history, and philosophy, her work connects common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what scientists see. (Huffington Post)

8 Things That Happen In Kid’s Brains When Arts Funding Gets Cut

In a culture obsessed with test scores, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that schools are educating human beings, not tiny robots, which is precisely why the arts are so important. (Romper)