Advocacy Update: June 5, 2018

By Shea Haney posted 06-05-2018 14:20


EdTA Advocacy Update

June 5, 2018
The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.



The Tony Awards & Carnegie Mellon University Present 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award to Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, FL

Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, FL, has been named the fourth recipient of the Excellence in Theatre Education Award by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), our higher education partner. (Tony Awards)

Alliance Theatre Enters National Partnership to Bring Theatre to Atlanta Middle Schools

The JumpStart Theatre program, developed by the Educational Theatre Association, will be implemented in Atlanta beginning with the 2019-20 school year through a partnership with the Alliance Theatre.

Five Deserving Schools Win Grants to Produce Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Schools in Alabama, Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Texas have been awarded free licenses to produce the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2018.



50–State Comparison: States’ School Accountability Systems

This resource captures an important transition period in state accountability systems by providing a national overview of these systems as described in current state statute and regulation, where available, and in states’ ESSA plans (as of May 31, 2018). (Education Commission of the States)



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California: Push Underway to Increase California School Funding by Billions (EdSource)

La Costa Canyon Theatre Teacher Recognized as Best in County (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

MacNair: Santa Ana Unified is an Art Equity District! (Voice of OC)

Florida: Music Man Junior Production Lets Kids Shine (Tampa Bay Times)

Hawaii: This Unique Maui School Encourages ‘Wild Ideas’ Through the Arts (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Illinois: Governor Signs Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Bill (Arts Alliance Illinois)

Budget Belt Tightening Impacts the Arts in Normal (WJBC)

Iowa: Muscatine School District Investing One Million Dollars into Music Programs (WQAD)

Massachusetts: US Rep. Richard Neal Announces $350,000 in Public Arts Funding for Western Massachusetts (Mass Live)

North Carolina: Gray Stone Day School News-The Arts in Academia (The Stanly News & Press)

New Hampshire: Full STEAM Ahead: Rye Kids Race Boats They Built (Seacoast Online)

New York: Flushing Arts Venter Awarded Grant to Continue Programs for Under-Resourced Local Schools (QNS)

Music of the Streets: New York City’s Public Pianos (CBS News)

Texas: Youth ArtZeum Space Exhibit in Wichita Falls Explores STEAM Topics (Times Record News)

Vermont: As Many Schools Cut Arts Programs, BFA St. Albans Doubles Down (Seven Days)

Virginia: ArtFest in the West Raises $13,600 for Arts Education (Charlottesville Tomorrow)

Washington: Art Works Grant of $100,000 Awarded to Seattle Public Schools (Seattle Public Schools)



Costa Rica: Youth Orchestra Changes the Tune for Costa Rica Shantytown (Thomson Reuters Foundation News)



How 4 Gender-Nonconforming Youth Made their Stage Debut

The play ‘The Mermaid Hour’ asks theatres to cast only trans or gender-nonconforming performers in the lead role. Here’s how they, and the teens, rose to the occasion. (American Theatre)

How These 5 Dance Skills Can Help You Thrive in a New Career

Transitioning from a dance career involved just as much of a process as building one did. But after I overcame the initial identity crisis, I realized that my dance career had helped me develop strengths that could be put to use in other careers. (Dance Magazine)

“Costume-Making is Dying. We Can’t get the Skills.”

The head of costume at the Royal Opera House has said that a lack of practical training has put the costume industry under threat. (The Costume Rag)