May 28, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 9

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New from AEP
New from Our Partners
New from the Field
Job Opportunities

AEP Website Spotlight

Common Core and the Arts. Click here for resources.

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New From AEP

AEP Welcomes New Program Associate

Please join us in welcoming Emily Edens, AEP’s new Program Associate for Research and Policy. She will help coordinate ongoing research projects related to the expansion of, track and analyze education policy issues that affect access to arts education, and support the continued growth of AEP’s virtual presence with key constituents.

Emily comes to us from Congressman Tom Cole’s office where she handled, among other things, his education and workforce/labor policy portfolio. A native-Oklahoman, Emily studied political science at American University in Washington, DC.

Farewell, Cristine!

Team AEP wishes "farewell" to Cristine Davis who has been with us since July 2010 as the Program Associate for Communications and Partnerships working on our National Forums, ArtsEd Digest, and various other projects. Cristine is moving on to become the General Manager of the Performing Arts Alliance where she'll work with a national coalition of performing arts and presenting organizations that advocate for policies in support of their work. Cristine's last day with AEP will be Friday, June 7; feel free to contact her at to wish her farewell!

The Essential Skills the Arts Teach
Announcing AEP's New Research Bulletin!


AEP's latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP's, the nation's first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.

Order hard copies online or download the PDF for free! Tweet about it using the hashtag #ArtsFosterSuccess.

Students with high participation in the arts outperform peers with low arts participation on measures of academic and civic outcomes. High arts participation is positively connected with “school grades, test scores, honors society membership, high school graduation, college enrollment and achievement, volunteering, and engagement in school or local politics,” as well as with higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities in high school and college. This relationship is particularly robust for students from low socio-economic status backgrounds (Catterall, 2012).

New from Our Partners

CCSSO Releases Updated Common Core Resources

CCSSO has released updated versions of the documents Implementing the Common Core: State Spotlights and Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources. These tools highlight state initiatives and resources produced by CCSSO and its partners to support Common Core implementation.

The third edition of the Implementing the Common Core: State Spotlights guide was updated extensively to include current and innovative strategies states are using. The document focuses on the following areas:
  • Communication and Engagement
  • System Alignment and System Change
  • Educator Supports
Updates include an expansion of the Communication and Engagement section of the State Spotlights document. Follow the links above to read the latest information in these resources.

Arts Schools Network Announces 2013 Awardees

The Arts Schools Network—whose mission is to promote excellence in arts education by supporting and recognizing students, leaders, educators, schools, institutions, and organizations—recently announced the recipients of its 2013 awards for excellence in various areas of arts education. Awards were presented in categories such as Arts Integration, Community Partnerships, Outstanding Arts School, and Emerging Leader. Dr. James Catterall, Professor Emeritus at the UCLA School of Education and Principal Investigator at the Centers for Research on Creativity, received a Research Initiative award. Dr. Catterall's research appears in AEP’s Click here to learn more about this year’s Arts Schools Network awardees.

Kennedy Center 2013 "Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference"

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility, is hosting a national conference “Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference,” on August 7-8, 2013. The conference will provide attendees with innovative and thought provoking sessions addressing an array of topics and emerging issues relevant to providing students with disabilities access to and engagement in arts educational programming. Leading professionals will present sessions at the forefront of practice, policy, and research at the intersection of arts education and special education. Over 56 high quality sessions will be presented in a variety of formats that will encourage and create opportunities for knowledge transfer and networking. Visit the event page on the Kennedy Center website for more information and to register.

Young Audiences Joins NCCAS Leadership
-Submitted by NCCAS-

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has announced that Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has joined the coalition as a leadership governance organization. YA National Executive Director David Dik began serving as a consultant to NCCAS in the fall of 2012, helping to guide the work of creating the future interactive web-based home for the new National Standards for Arts Education in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. YA recently launched a new website that will serve as the online model for the future national arts standards. Click here for the full press release and to learn more about NCCAS.

New From the Field

Free Online Resources from the Los Angeles Music Center
-Submitted by the Los Angeles Music Center-

The Los Angeles Music Center has recently published its acclaimed Artsource curriculum resources online. Artsource is a resource that empowers teachers to present artistic models in dance, theatre, and music to their students; integrate the arts with other subject areas; and explore a broad spectrum of multicultural art forms in their classrooms. Each curriculum unit focuses on a specific artist and work in the performing arts with extensive lesson plans for different levels of student readiness, and each is built on the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Arts Standards.  You can see all the available resources here:


Job Opportunities


Director of Development, Classical Theatre of Harlem (New York, NY)

New York’s critically acclaimed Classical Theatre of Harlem seeks an entrepreneurial and energetic development professional to be its next Director of Development. Candidates will have the ability to develop comprehensive individual and institutional strategies that build the institution’s capacities to raise $1M in contributed income annually. The successful candidate will have superb interpersonal and communication skills, major gifts and special events experience, and the willingness to partner closely with the Board and Managing Director in building strategies to increase the fundraising revenues of the organization. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Education Program Coordinator, Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Society for Contemporary Craft seeks an Education Program Coordinator who will be responsible for development and successful implementation of year-round studio education classes to meet annual revenue goals. Duties also include planning exhibition-related educational events, overseeing outreach artists, and coordinating facility rentals annually. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Financial/Executive Assistant, Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Society for Contemporary Craft seeks a Financial/Executive Assistant to work closely with SCC’s Finance Director and Executive Director to provide financial, administrative, and Board coordination support. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience with budgets, financial management, and accounting in the non-profit sector. Excellent communications skills, project management, and analytical abilities are desirable. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Field Education and Leadership Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

The Field Education Manager is a member of the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Local Arts Advancement Department and is responsible for planning and executing a suite of programs and resources centered around field education and leadership advancement. This position requires knowledge of the local arts development field; creative multi-platform engagement; and adult education, variable learning styles, and training methodologies. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

To submit your announcement to the ArtsEd Digest, email AEP at with the subject line “ArtsEd Digest Submission.” Submissions must be 100 words or less. The deadline for the June 11 issue is Friday, June 7.

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