March 13, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 5

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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

Can’t-Miss Concurrent Sessions!

AEP is pleased to present 22 concurrent sessions – the largest ever to be held at an AEP National Forum – representing a diverse range of topics and communities from around the country. Make sure you don’t miss out on this year’s exceptional slate of presentations at the AEP National Forum Arts, Education, and the Next America on April 4-5 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel!

Click here for full session descriptions and schedules. Download the Schedule-At-A-Glance here to plan your National Forum Experience.

Group A: Thursday, April 4, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
  • A+ Schools' Growing National Network
  • Communities of Practice in Arts Integration
  • Building on Collective Impact: Deepening and Expanding Partnerships
  • Voices Inside Out: Building Collaborative Learning Communities

Group B: Thursday, April 4, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • The Artist Speaks: Listening to Students with Special Needs
  • Coordinating Effective Arts Partnerships for School and District Success
  • Going to the People: Seeking Targeted Investments in the Restoration of Arts Education
  • Harnessing the Power of the Arts for Total Learning
  • Making Arts Education Count in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities in K-12 and Beyond
  • Moving Beyond the Fear of Reprisal: Embracing Arts Education Strategies to Achieve Title I Goals

Group C: Thursday, April 4, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • A New Approach to Theatre Education: Raising the Curtain on Access and Equity
  • A Public/Private Success: The Creation of the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan
  • Arts Afterschool: Defining Intentions, Pedagogy, and the Future for Arts Extended Learning
  • Closing the Gap Between Achievement and Potential: Reaching Urban Schools and Students
  • Playing Well with Others: Understanding Each Partner’s Optimal Role in Arts Education
  • More Than the Sum of its Parts:  Collaboration and Sustainability in Arts Education

Group D: Friday, April 5, 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
  • Arts Education Funders’ Coalition: A Report on Grantmakers in the Arts' Federal Education Policy and Advocacy Efforts
  • The Common Core in Action: How Arts Integration and the Common Core Converge
  • Connecting Innovative Middle School Students in Rural Communities
  • Evaluative Discourse: A Protocol for Critique of the National Core Arts Standards
  • HIVE Learning Networks-An Infrastructure for Connected Learning
  • Principals, the Arts, and Things to Think About

General Registration Ends this Saturday, March 16!

The National Forum is filling up quickly! Secure your spot today at $250 per person before late registration begins!
•   General Registration: $250; Now–Saturday, March 16 (midnight, EDT)
•   Late Registration: $280; March 17-April 4 (midnight, EDT)
Registration includes access to both days of the Forum, continental breakfast, and admission to the opening and closing receptions. Click here to register and to read the National Forum Registration Policies.

Overflow Hotel Space is Available
Our host hotel, the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, has sold out at the special AEP Forum discounted rate. AEP has secured additional lodging at the nearby Fairfax Embassy Row hotel at the special rate of $269 per night. You can reserve your room at the Fairfax here until Friday, March 15.
Make your voice a part of this important national conversation about the arts, education, and the future of American education. Click here for more information about the AEP National Forum.

A 2006 study conducted by Noice & Noice found that theatrical work could be used to slow cognitive decline for older adults. Through the process of “active experiencing”—using “all physical, mental, and emotional channels to communicate the meaning of material to another person, either actually present or imagined”—the 65-90-year-old study participants worked to memorize and act out lines from a script. The researchers found that the participants’ abilities to recall words and solve problems were greater after the theatre experience than they were prior to it. Their abilities had also improved more than those of their counterparts participating in an alternate intervention.

New from Our Partners

USDOE Now Accepting Applications for Arts in Education Grant Program
-Submitted by USDoE Office of Innovation and Improvement-

The U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant program (AEMDD) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2013.

The AEMDD program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive, research-based models. These models must effectively demonstrate: (1) integration of standards-based arts education into core elementary and middle school curriculum; (2) strengthening of standards-based arts instruction; and (3) improvement of students’ academic performance. 

More information can be found at the program website. Please contact Diane Austin at (202) 260-1280 or email the program at with any questions.

National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Live Webinar about the Role of Collective Impact in Advancing Arts Education

The public is invited to join a webinar about the role of collective impact in advancing arts education on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm, EDT. John Kania, managing director of social impact consultants FSG, will present his research into the uses of collective impact by the social sector, followed by a discussion with NEA Director of Arts Education, Ayanna Hudson. Both Kania and Hudson will also take questions from webinar participants. Click here to register in advance. For the full press release, visit

Create, Perform, Log-on: Southeast Center for Education in the Arts' 2013 Forum
-Submitted by the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts-

How can we adapt to innovations in technology, art making, and teaching practice? That is the focus of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts’ sixth annual Arts & Education Forum: Create, Perform, Log-on at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on May 15-17, 2013. Twenty-five demonstrations, challenge sessions, and roundtables will engage educators, artists, and technologists in critically and creatively exploring current and future practice in education, art making, and professional development. Thirty-two presenters will represent 25 organizations from 10 states and Australia. Get more information and register at:

Apply Today for DeVos Institute for Arts Management Summer Internships

The DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center is accepting applications for summer internships for aspiring arts managers to gain critical hands-on experience in many areas of performing arts management. DeVos Institute 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, attending Kennedy Center performances, and connecting with a vast network of DeVos Institute alumni.

For more information about the program, including available positions and application instructions, click here. Applications are due Friday, March 15, 2013.

Hands-On Learning in DC Art Museums: NAEA SummerVision DC
-Submitted by the National Art Education Association-

Spend four art-filled days in Washington, DC, exploring permanent collections, current exhibitions, and the museum itself as a work of art! SummerVision DC, now in it’s fourth year, is a professional learning community for art and non-art educators offered by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), partnering with DC art museums to showcase best practices in critical response to art while enhancing creativity through visual journaling. There will be two SummerVision sessions this year: July 9-12 and July 23-26. Develop new leadership, pedagogical, and artistic skills for the classroom and beyond through this outstanding professional development opportunity. Visit for more information.

New From the Field

National Creativity Nework Webinar: Educating for Creativity
Bringing creativity into mainstream educational practice has become a mantra among educators. In this free webinar from the National Creativity Network, University of Calgary's Robert Kelly explores the "how" of learning and teaching creatively and more importantly learning to create in educational practice. He will share his thoughts on a theoretical framework for creative practice and creative development and he will share information from his most recent research: Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, from 12-1pm. Click here to register and learn more.

Summer Institute 2013: Activating Learning through the Arts, June 17-24, 2013
-Submitted by the Univ. of Texas at Austin Dept. of Theatre and Dance-

The University of Texas at Austin invites you to join the Department of Theatre and Dance for a research-based pedagogical exploration during this year’s summer institute, June 17-27 at the university. Participants will be immersed in the use of drama-based instruction across the curriculum. This arts integration intensive is co-facilitated by faculty and graduate students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Education. The Institute provides an opportunity for pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators to gather and explore the power of learning in and through the arts. Click here for information on registration, lodging, and curriculum. 

Arts Integration Across Disciplines June 19-21, 2013
-Submitted by The Learning Institute at the American School in London-
The American School in London Learning Institute invites you to come to London this summer to explore arts integration and ways to build student engagement in learning. This professional development workshop offers active, integrated arts explorations of curricular content and teaching practice. Learning will include varied arts experiences in city sites such as parks, museums, schools, and galleries to explore ways to help students develop understanding in various disciplines and in cross-disciplinary contexts.
The summer learning institute is designed for classroom teachers, arts specialists, museum educators, and teaching artists. For more information please go to

Register Today for the Logan Arts Leadership Institute
-Submitted by the Interlochen Center for the Arts-
The Logan Arts Leadership Institute (LALI) at Interlochen Center for the Arts is now open for registration! LALI is a free virtual program designed to promote arts leadership among high school and undergraduate students to help them understand the kinds of experiences and study required for new leaders in the arts. Because the dispositions for leadership are formed at an early age, LALI strives to create a cadre of new leaders who will understand and want to play significant leadership roles in arts and culture, education, and non-profit organizations. For more information and to apply, please visit

The IDEA Paris 2013 Congress
-Submitted by the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association-
The 8th congress of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA), organized in partnership with the French association ANRAT (Association Nationale de Recherche et d'Action Théâtrale), stands as a unique opportunity to discover new approaches to arts education. This arts education world congress is sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and UNESCO, and will be held in Paris from July 8-13. Join over 800 international arts education stakeholders gathering to collect new information, compare existing models, and exchange views with other congress participants coming from all over the world. For more information, visit


Job Opportunities

Director of Academic Programs, Snow City Arts (Chicago, IL)
-Submitted by Snow City Arts-

Snow City Arts (SCA) seeks candidates for its Director of Academic Programs position. This part-time position leads and manages the academic facets of the arts-based programming that SCA provides for children in hospitals. With the goal of collecting, analyzing, managing, and producing data to obtain classroom credit for students, the primary responsibilities of this position include:
  • assessing and benchmarking of programming to school learning standards;
  • improving, implementing, and managing academic evaluation and data tracking;
  • building and maintaining relationships with administrators and teachers within CPS and other schools.
Visit the SCA website for the full job description and more information.

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