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Volume 4, Issue 3 - February 14, 2012

Welcome to ArtsEd Digest, AEP's twice-monthly online publication.  ArtsEd Digest allows for easy access to vital and timely information about arts education from our partners and from the field. It is published on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Items for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter must be submitted by close of business on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.  For example, items for the Digest to be published on Tuesday, February 21 should be submitted by close of business on Friday, February 17.

In this issue:

New From the Arts Education Partnership 

General Registration is Open for the AEP Spring 2012 National Forum!

Do we now have the research to move the needle on education policy? Do advocates and policymakers have the will to steer American education in a new direction? Can children born today expect a complete education that includes the arts? Are we there yet? 

At the AEP Spring 2012 National Forum: Are We There Yet? Arts Evidence and the Road to Student Success, we will address these questions while exploring the implications and impact of research on education policy and practice, and will identify future directions for research. We’ll also preview the U.S. Department of Education’s report on the status and condition of American students’ access to arts learning; and AEP’s ArtsEdSearch, a kind of 21st-century GPS for education research and policy.

Join Us for Keynote Speaker John Merrow!

AEP is proud to announce John Merrow, PBS NewsHour Education Correspondent and president of Learning Matters, Inc. as the keynote speaker of the Spring 2012 National Forum.
Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974, with the weekly series, Options in Education, and later branched out into public television as the host of the documentary series The Merrow Report. Merrow is the only reporter to have interviewed every U.S. Secretary of Education.
Merrow has received prestigious awards such as the George Foster Peabody Award and the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He is a frequent contributor to USA Today, The Washington Post, and Education Week and also maintains a weekly blog, Taking Note ( as well as the author of The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership, published in 2011.
You can learn more about John Merrow and Learning Matters here.
Registration Information
General Registration ($250.00): NOW until March 11, 2012 (midnight EST)
*Regular registration may end early if the meeting sells out.

Late Registration ($280.00): March 12, 2012 – April 11, 2012 (midnight, EST)
*Late registration will not be available if the meeting sells out.
Single-day registration is not available for the Spring National Forum.
*Cancellation Policy:  AEP is unable to provide refunds after regular registration closes on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at midnight, EST.
Our host hotel is the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel located at 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The AEP Forum room rate is $239 per night until Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The standard rate is upwards of $369 per night: you’ll save at least $130 with AEP’s special rate!

Small Group Session Proposals:
Submit your Small Group Session Proposals today! The deadline is next Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 5pm EST. Contact Laura Johnson at with any questions.

Graduate Student Volunteer Opportunity
Graduate students can get involved at the Forum by volunteering with us. Volunteer applications are being accepted now through Friday, February 17, 2012.  Contact Cristine Davis at with any questions.

Young Artist Program
Students ages 12-18 in the Washington, DC Metro Area are invited to compete to have their artwork featured on the front cover of the AEP Spring 2012 National Forum program booklet. Click here for contest information. Contact Cristine Davis at with any questions.
Put us on your calendar!
  • Fall 2012 National Forum—Chattanooga, TN: September 13-14
  • Spring 2013 National Forum—Washington, DC: April 4-5
  • Fall 2013 National Forum—Pittsburgh, PA: September 12-13

New From Our Partners 

CCSSO Announces Finalists for 2012 National Teacher of the Year

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has announced the four finalists for the 2012 National Teacher of the Year. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the program, which honors educators representing the teaching profession as their State Teacher of the Year. This prestigious program allows teachers from across the country to collaborate with policy makers at every level and advocate on behalf of the teaching profession.

The four finalists for 2012 are:
  • Gay Barnes—first grade teacher, Horizon Elementary School, Alabama
  • Rebecca Lynn Mieliwocki—seventh grade English, Luther Burbank Middle School, California
  • Angela Wilson—seventh grade Language Arts and Forensics; Vicenza Middle School, Italy; Department of Defense Education Activity
  • Alvin Aureliano Davis—music teacher, Miramar High School, Florida
Additional information on the teacher of the year program can be found here.

CCSSO Webinar Series on Common Core Implementation

To provide states with additional Common Core State Standards implementation support, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) will host a one-hour webinar on Thursday, January 26 at 2 p.m. EST to share tools and resources to support teachers and districts on text complexity, which is the linchpin of the ELA standards. The webinar will feature Sue Pimentel, a member of the Common Core State Standards English language arts writing committee, as well as representatives from the Kansas and Louisiana Departments of Education. All materials and a recording of the webinar will be available on the CCSSO website after the event. Anyone is welcome to register and attend this free webinar.

Upcoming Common Core implementation webinars:  
  • February 23, 2 p.m. EST: Communications with Different Audiences
  • March 22, 2 p.m. EST: Engaging Higher Education
Register today for the January 26 event. Recordings of webinars will also be posted to the CCSSO website after each event.

2012 Our Town Grant Guidelines Now Available

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has posted the guidelines for 2012 Our Town grants.

Our Town supports creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities with the arts at their core. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to:
  • Improve their quality of life.
  • Encourage creative activity.
  • Create community identity and a sense of place.
  • Revitalize local economies.
Grants may range from $25,000 to $150,000.  Projects may include planning, design, and arts engagement activities that reflect a systemic approach to civic development and a persuasive vision for enhanced community vibrancy. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:59PM EST. Complete guidelines can be found here:

The NEA will conduct an informational Our Town webinar on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Schedule and registration details will be posted on the Our Town guidelines webpage.

Applications Being Accepted for 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is now accepting applications for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

Twelve programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the PCAH Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a White House ceremony. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must meet all of the program’s Eligibility Criteria.
Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Questions? Contact the program at or at 202-682-5571.

Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) invites you to attend a live webcast on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST at
More than a dozen experts in the fields of education and arts learning will examine standards and assessment in K-12 education from a variety of perspectives.  Also, the session will highlight findings from a national study commissioned by the NEA and conducted by evaluation firm WestEd: Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts. The report is the first nationwide effort to examine current practices in the assessment of K-12 student learning in the arts both in and out of the classroom.
Webinar participants include: Sandra Ruppert, Arts Education Partnership; Rocco Landesman, Sunil Iyengar, and Daniel Beattie, National Endowment for the Arts; Gene Wilhoit, Council of Chief State School Officers; and James H. Shelton III, U.S Department of Education
More information on the webinar is coming soon. Contact Victoria Hutter at or 202-682-5692 with any questions.

National Arts Advocate Ben Cameron to Open 2012 EdTA Annual Conference

Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York City, has been named the opening keynote speaker for the 2012 Educational Theatre Association Annual Conference. The event takes place September 20-23 in San Diego.

Cameron is one of America’s most influential arts advocates. He is past executive director of Theatre Communications Group; served as manager of community relations for Target Stores, supervising its grantmaking program; and former director of the theatre program at the National Endowment for the Arts. Cameron has also served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the National Arts and Business Council, American Arts Alliance, and Grantmakers in the Arts.

Additionally, he spent six years on the Tony Award nominating committee.

Cameron holds an M.F.A. degree from the Yale School of Drama and was recently named recipient of the Sidney R. Yates Award, given by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in recognition of outstanding advocacy.

Call for Proposals for NDEO National Conference

The National Dance Education Organization invites proposals for its 2012 National Conference, FOCUS ON DANCE EDUCATION: Many Cultures, Strength Through Diversity, to be held October 24-28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles is a hub of cultural and creative diversity: it is home to people from 140 different countries and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than in any other city at any other time in recorded history.

The NDEO 2012 national conference will explore how a multicultural approach to education in dance and the creative process strengthens the field, and how dance education partnered with cultural education enriches our understanding of the important role cultural traditions play in our lives.

Proposals must be submitted online only by February 15, 2012 at midnight. For more information on the conference and the call for proposals, click here.

New Research Publications from The Wallace Foundation

Getting more people to experience more art more deeply is the work of 54 of The Wallace Foundation’s Wallace Excellence Award winners. This series, “Wallace Studies in Building Arts Audiences,” explores the audience-building efforts of the following four awardees and shares the results of their experiences:
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Isabella Steward Gardner Museum
  • San Francisco Girls Chorus
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Published in November 2011, this series addresses topics such as audience development for the arts and strategies for expanding audiences.  

You can download the series here on The Wallace Foundation’s website.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts Annual Arts & Education Forum

The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts fifth national Arts & Education Forum, Walking the Talk: Pathways to Quality Integration, will take place at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on May 18-19, 2012.

This meeting will explore pathways to quality arts integration, the way in which various arts integration programs have followed these paths, and the impact of quality arts integration on their programs.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Bennett Lentczner, president of RealVisions, and Drs. Linda Whitesitt and Elda Franklin, authors of The ARTS Book: Designing Quality Arts Integration with Alignment, Rigor, Teamwork and Sustainability.

More information, including the schedule, registration and panel proposals can be found here: Registration is $195 which includes two breakfasts, two luncheons, and a copy of The ARTS Book. The deadline to take advantage of a special conference rate of $94 at the Sheraton Read House Hotel is May 3.

For more information contact Kim Wheetley at 423-425-5205 or

Arts Education Webinar Series Presented by AFTA

Take part in the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) 2012 series of webinars for arts education. This seven-part series is based on Americans for the Arts’ new toolkit, The Arts Education Field Guide, which will be released during the first webinar, "Understanding Federal Constituents in Arts Education,” on January 26 at 3pm EST. The Field Guide will illuminate ways to navigate the complex web of citizens, policymakers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education from the school house to the White House and from the living room to the board room.
Each webinar in this series is free to members of Americans for the Arts (a $245 dollar value for the entire series), or they are available for $35.00 per webinar for non-members.
Register for the entire series here.

New From The Field

Call for Proposals for Harvard Educational Review

The Harvard Educational Review (HER) is planning an upcoming Special Issue themed Expanding our Vision for the Arts in Education. This issue intends to push beyond traditional understandings of arts teaching and learning to consider how education in and through the arts best suits the sophisticated demands of today’s students within the complex social and political landscapes that they inhabit.

HER seeks submissions focusing on the arts in education through a variety of lenses, including traditional and emerging arts mediums/disciplines, mind-brain education, globalization, and community empowerment and cultural organizing.
HER encourages submissions of scholarly articles, cross-generational dialogues, reflective essays and narratives, and digital media.
  • Proposal Deadline (Maximum 500 Words): February 3, 2012.
  • Target Response Date: March 1, 2012.
  • Final Deadline for Invited Digital Media: August 1, 2012.
  • Target Media Launch Date: Spring 2013.
More information about this special issue can be found here.

National Adolescent Literacy Coalition Technology Symposium
The National Adolescent Literacy Coalition invites you to attend the symposium, Technology: Powering Up Through Confidence and Engagement, on April 12, 2012 at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives in Washington, DC. Exciting national and local developments around technology are offering educators new ways to support adolescent learners. Presentation topics include:
  • Using the Pedagogy of Confidence to Intersect Neuroscience with Technology—presented by Yvette Jackson, EdD, CEO, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education and author of The Pedagogy of Confidence: Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools
  • Kentucky’s Technology Platform: Integrating Instructional Delivery and Teacher Development—presented by Cindy Parker, Literacy Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Case in Point: An Authentic Example of Technology in Action for Adolescents—presented by McKinley Technology High School, Washington, DC
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., ET
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2012
For more information, contact

Education Week Leadership Forum: Scaling Up Student Success 2012

Join superintendents and other education leaders for Scaling Up Student Success, a day-long interactive forum for education leaders focused on improving student outcomes, effectively tying teaching to learning, and fundamentally scaling up the effective management of schools district-wide.

Featured speakers include:
  • Alan Blankstein—Author, Failure Is Not an Option and President, The HOPE Foundation
  • Alan November—Senior Partner and Founder, November Learning
You will be energized by practical solutions to issues you face every day:
  • Using technology to maximize teacher PD and student engagement
  • Organizing a “deep dive” into common standards and developing new curriculum
  • Meeting state and federal demands for student progress
  • Identifying the data that matters for improving achievement
Where: Jersey City, NJ: April 2, 2012; and Columbus, OH: April 16, 2012.

Click the links above to register and see the full agenda for each city.

VSA and CVS Present “All Kids Can CREATE” 2012

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, and CVS Caremark All Kids Can are inviting all children ages 5-15 to submit original artwork on the theme "What Inspires Me" to the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE program. This year's call for art, which launched on the birthday of the inspiring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., invites students to reflect on what inspires them and share those inspirations through art! Submissions will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in the “What Inspires Me” exhibition debuting at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. in August 2012. The deadline for submitting artwork is April 8, 2012. More information can be found at

Deadline Approaching Soon for VSA International Young Soloists Award

The VSA International Young Soloists Award annually recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. All types of music are accepted, including country, classical, jazz, rap, rock, bluegrass, and world. A committee of distinguished music professionals selects the award recipients who receive $5,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Information on how to apply for the award can be found at The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31 at midnight, PST.

Auditions Approaching for Washington National Opera Summer Program

Washington National Opera conducts a three-week summer program, Opera Institute, that brings passionate, talented high school musicians together in the nation’s capital to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment that only a world-class opera company can provide. Serious classical singers and collaborative pianists thrive off of Opera Institute’s intense and focused curriculum geared towards preparing students for college performance programs and beyond! The program runs from June 25-July 14, 2012.  Auditions are held at The Kennedy Center on Sat., Jan. 28, and Sat., Feb., 4. More information can be found at

Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium at American University 

American University’s arts management program invites you to the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium at American University in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 15, 2012. This is an annual meeting for young professionals who work in the arts and is organized and executed by AU Arts Management students. The symposium is an opportunity to discuss the issues, unique or universal, that affect all arts organizations, and seeks to connect today's arts with tomorrow's leaders. Past keynote speakers have included Rachel Goslins, Ben Cameron, and Bob Lynch.

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, Adrian Ellis, director of AEA Consulting and former Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ellis has written and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on management and planning issues in the cultural sector. 

Register here now: The first 25 registrants can register at the discounted price of only $20! Email the planning committee at with any questions.

Job Opportunities

Program Manager, National Guild for Community Arts Education (New York, NY)

The National Guild for Community Arts Education seeks an experienced professional to manage programmatic activities including our national conference (the Conference for Community Arts Education), professional development programs, information services, grant making, as well as regional chapter and interest group activities. This position reports to the Associate Director. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:
  • Managing production of annual national conference
  • Managing grant programs and professional development events
  • Coordinating activities of regional chapters and member interest groups
Qualifications and skills include:
  • Minimum of five years of program management experience
  • Minimum of three years of conference production experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to arts education and knowledge of nonprofit sector
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, organizational skills, and the ability to synthesize
For more information, including how to apply, visit the full job posting here on the National Guild’s website.

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