May 14, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 8

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

AEP Website Spotlight

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New From AEP

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 #ArtsFosterSuccess

ArtsEdSearch Has a New Look!

AEP’s ArtsEdSearch—the nation’s first and only research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and teacher outcomes of arts learning—has a fresh new look! The new design includes more ways to help you search for information, a news feed, and a discussion feed. Visit ArtsEdSearch today, and check out the 36 new studies that have recently been added.

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New from Our Partners

IMLS Awards 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

On Wednesday, May 8, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth and First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to ten museums and libraries from across the country. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. This year’s diverse honorees include a science center; children’s, music, art, and cultural museums; and public and county libraries from seven states. Click here to learn more about this year’s awardees.

Washington State High School Student Named Poetry Out Loud National Champion

Langston Ward, a high school senior from Spokane, WA, has won the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Ward clinched the win with a stirring rendition of “The Bad Old Days” by Kenneth Rexroth. When asked why he chose the poem, Ward said “When I read it, the message that justice deserves attention, that’s something I want to communicate. The poem was calling me.”

As 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion, Ward receives a $20,000 award and his high school, Mead High School, receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Click here to read the full press release.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Second Round FY13 Art Works Grants

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that the NEA plans to award $26.3 million in grants to nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide. These grants support exemplary projects in 13 artistic disciplines and fields including: arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, and visual arts.

Art Works grants support:
  • the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.
You can view the state-by-state listing or discipline/field listing to learn about this round’s grantees.

Arts Management Internships at the Kennedy Center

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center is accepting applications for fall 2013 internships now until Friday, June 7. These competitive internships offer aspiring arts managers opportunities to gain critical hands-on experience in many areas of performing arts management. Interns develop valuable relationships in the industry by training with Kennedy Center staff and gain a broad understanding of the performing arts by participating in seminars and activities and attending Kennedy Center performances. The Fall Internship Program runs from September 9-December 12, 2013. Click here for position descriptions and application instructions.

Ovation’s Arts Ed Toolkit Announces New Arts Education Resources
-Submitted by Ovation TV-
Ovation announces its newest ArtsEd Toolkit materials based on two arts documentaries recently featured on Ovation TV. Baroque! From St. Peter’s To St. Paul’s, explores the English Baroque tradition and highlights distinctive architecture and paintings of this period. Manet: The Man Who Invented Modern Art presents insights into the life, career, and many masterpiece paintings of Édouard Manet.
Ovation’s Arts Ed Toolkit, a partnership with Cable in the Classroom, was designed in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects. It includes streaming program clips and downloadable, National Standards-based lessons and resources for grades 9-12.

Register Now for the Americans for the Arts 2013 National Convention

Why are the arts the best kept secret when it comes to building healthy, diverse, and engaged communities? We know that they spur economic growth, connect citizens, improve education, and are key to quality of life. Join more than 1,000 arts and community leaders at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA on June 14-16 as we share innovative ways leaders are using the arts to build communities. Strategize how we can better communicate the essential impact that the arts offer to generate understanding and support for years to come. Click here for more information and to register.

Early Registration Now Open for 2013 AATE Conference
-Submitted by the AATE-

The American Alliance for Theatre Education’s (AATE) 2013 national conference: ACT NOW! Empowerment Through Artistry and Advocacy, will take place in Washington, DC from July 24-28, 2013. Early registration is available now through May 31. The conference will feature networking opportunities, sessions, and keynote speakers, and kicks off on July 24 with an opening night celebration highlighting advocacy for and through the arts. The event will feature an exciting student performance and an interactive panel discussion exploring how arts educators can advocate at the federal, state, city, and local level for their classrooms and communities. Visit the conference website for complete program details and registration information. 

New From the Field

Call for Proposals for Houston Arts Annual Partners Conference
-Submitted by Houston Arts Partners-
The 2013 Houston Arts Partners Conference will be held Sept. 13 and 14, 2013 in downtown Houston, TX. The annual conference attracts hundreds of educators and administrators and has galvanized the Houston arts and education community. This year's theme is "Arts Work," focusing on the benefits the arts bestow on individuals, classrooms, communities, and the economy. The conference combines inspiring arguments for the power of the arts from national arts-in-education leaders with dynamic, innovative, interactive, evidence-based, and fun presentations on how the fine arts can supply tools to teachers of core foundation subjects. The Request for Proposals (due May 15) is available online here.

Call for Papers: Technology, Policy, and Arts Education
The Arts Education Policy Review (AEPR) announces a call for papers for a special edition of the journal focusing on technology, policy, and arts education. AEPR seeks articles addressing or related to any of the following topics:
  • Analysis of policy in relation to use of technology in P-12 arts education
  • Policy and technology in higher education and teacher preparation
  • Descriptions of innovative uses of technology in arts education that lead to policy reform
The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2013. Click here for more information.


Job Opportunities

Program Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services (Washington, DC)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) seeks a Program Specialist in the Discretionary Programs Division, Office of Library Services. The Specialist’s duties include fulfilling program activities in grants administration, assisting in researching administrative and regulatory citations, coordinating the peer review of grant applications, and providing technical assistance to reviewers. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Communications Manager, Association of Children’s Museums (Arlington, VA)

The Communication Manager position is a full-time position responsible for a combination of content and administrative responsibilities. The position reports to the Association’s Executive or Deputy
Director but works with the entire Association staff. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • directing media relations and media outreach strategies,
  • developing new marketing-based earned income sources, and
  • developing and managing social networking activities.
 Click here for the full job description and application instructions

Director of Marketing & Communications, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, DC)
-Submitted by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters-

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) seeks a Marketing and Communications Director responsible for managing APAP’s day-to-day marketing initiatives and activities to help effectively position the APAP brand and support the achievement of membership, revenue, programmatic, and other goals. The Director oversees and tracks marketing research and takes action on results and works closely with the Membership, Programming, Conference, and other departments to help develop communications materials and execute achievable and measurable goals. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Director of Programs, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (Cleveland, OH)
-Submitted by Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio-

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (YANEO) seeks a visionary, dynamic, and innovative Director of Programs to design and lead arts education programming and create new opportunities for young people through the arts. S/he focuses on the outreach and cultivation of partnerships with artists and the education and arts communities to maximize the positive impact of YANEO programs and services. S/he strengthens the organization's leadership role in the field of arts education and works closely with the executive director to realize annual and long-term goals of YANEO. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Program Director, The Telling Room (Portland, ME)
-Submitted by The Telling Room-

The Telling Room, a creative writing center for kids ages 6-18, seeks a motivated, enthusiastic, team player to join our dynamic and growing nonprofit as Program Director. The Program Director develops, implements, and assesses all of The Telling Room’s core programs, including, but not limited to: Field Trips, Afterschool Workshops, WordPlay, In School Residencies, Summer Camps, the Youth Advisory Board, and all customized programs. The Program Director is also responsible for creating and implementing our annual Big Night celebration in collaboration with all staff. Click here for the full description and application instructions.

Associate Director, Cathedral Arts Project (Jacksonville, FL)
-Submitted by The Cathedral Arts Project-

The Cathedral Arts Project is seeking a seasoned arts educator to oversee and continuously improve existing and new programs; to build partnerships with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), other child-serving nonprofits and other arts organizations; and to assist in building a new arts education coalition designed to expand and improve K-12 arts education offered by DCPS. Responsibilities fall into the areas of partnership building, stakeholder communications, and engagement/advocacy. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Development Director, Young Audiences of Houston (Houston, TX)

Young Audiences of Houston is seeking a full-time Development Director. The Development Director is responsible for coordinating all grant applications, fundraising, and general marketing as needed for the organization under the direction of the Executive Director. This position will energize, welcome, and solicit new ideas for increasing organizational awareness and excitement in furthering our mission. The responsibilities of this position include: Administration, Special Events/Gala Fundraiser, Annual Report, Grants, and the Annual Giving Campaign. Please send a resume and cover letter with three references to Mary Mettenbrink by email at or by mail 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027.

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 May 28 issue is Friday, May 24.

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