Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update: January 2, 2018

By Shea Haney posted 01-02-2018 13:05


Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update

January 2, 2018
The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.



Thespian Democracyworks Essay Competition

The Educational Theatre Association’s tenth annual Democracyworks essay competition application period closes February 1. This year’s prompt is: “How can theatre and other arts nurture dialogue and understanding between individuals with differing points of view?”


Got state theatre and other arts education news you want to share? Send it to Shea: shaney@schooltheatre.org


Arizona: Alpine Christmas Show is No Ordinary Production (White Mountain Independent)

California: Gov. Brown Selects Arcata Teacher to Lead California Arts Council (Lost Coast Outpost)

John Burroughs High Teaches Tolerance with Winning Play (Los Angeles Times)

ColoradoEducation for Life Students Dedicate Christmas Play to Student (Fort Morgan Times)

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to Honor Kate Perdoni (Colorado Springs Independent)

Delaware: Schwartz Center Closing Headlines Bittersweet 2017 in Local Entertainment (Delaware State News)

Florida: Voters Raised Tax Last Year to Help Schools. What’s Done, What’s Next? (Sun Sentinel)

County Students Take Part in “American Bands” (The Gainesville Sun)

Georgia: Hendricks Leads CHS Drama Department to Victory (LaGrange Daily News)

Hawaii: Ukulele Donation Helps Kealakehe Intermediate School Start New Program (Hawaii Tribune Herald)

Illinois: Making Arts a Core Component in Chicago Schools: A 5-Year Report Card (Chicago Tribune)

Indiana: Cornerstone’s Spring 2018 Classes and Workshops (Muncie Journal)

Iowa: $1.3 Million Awarded to 5 Iowa Great Places Projects (The Daily Nonpareil)

North Carolina: The Dancer’s Extension Students Collect Supplies for Puerto Rico (Tryon Daily Bulletin)

Nebraska: Arts for All Announces Winter Schedule (KVNO)

New Jersey: Barbara Carocci Named Executive Director of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (New Jersey Stage)

Gewirtz, Musician/Fundraiser, Guides State Theatre (Return on Information New Jersey)

New York: City Announces Over $40 Million for Local Arts and Cultural Organizations (Broadway World)

Oklahoma: Muskogee Little Theatre Receives Grant from Kirschner Trusts (Muskogee Phoenix)

Oregon: The Oregon Community Foundation Announces $9 Million Awarded to Oregon Nonprofits (Oregon Business)

Texas: Dallas Black Dance Theatre Plans Final Founder’s Luncheon on Jan 17 (Dallas News)

Bay Area Musical Theatre Camp Offered for Youths (Chron)

Washington: Kent’s 50-Plus Program to Feature Hip-Hop Dancers (Kent Reporter)

Tacoma Arts Commission Funds 19 Arts Projects (Tacoma Weekly)

Mount Naker Theatre Thanks Community for Support of Education Series Scholarships (Whatcome Talk)



Australia: Next Generation of Australian Scientists and Engineers (PR Wire)

Somalia: Young People Fight GBV and Promote Health Through Drama (Relief Web)

Sweden: Learning Through Drama Helps Nurses Face the Future (Medican Xpress)


Why the Arts Matter: Sam Woodhouse on the Arts and Theatre

Many people, often unconsciously, find solace in art that reconfirms preconceptions. I treasure art that challenges conventional wisdom and preconceptions and leads me to discover “the other.” (San Diego Tribune)