April 10, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 6

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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

Thank You to All Those Who Participated in the AEP National Forum!

A big thank you from the Arts Education Partnership to all those who participated last week in the AEP National Forum: Arts, Education, and the Next America.

Stay tuned to for videos, pictures, and presentation materials from the Forum.

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!

AEP Director to Address Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference June 24-26
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present its third annual Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teaching on June 24-26, 2013. The Conference explores the “how” of arts integration and provides many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to teaching. During this conference, AEP Director Sandra Ruppert will address attendees on the topic of the Common Core State Standards and the arts.
This conference is appropriate for teams of teachers, principals, school district administrators, and partnering arts organization staff and teaching artists. Registration is limited and will fill quickly. Register now at

In an increasingly diverse world, an arts education can help students as they navigate the many cultures and languages present in their schools. For example, several studies have found that students’ vocabulary and other literacy skills may improve with the practice of reflecting and dialoguing with peers about their artwork (Carger, 2004; Craig & Paraiso, 2008). In addition, an arts education allows students to explore and identify with other cultures while improving their ability to communicate effectively (Brouillette, 2010; Crumpler & Schneider, 2012).

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 standards-based arts instruction; and (3) improving 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.

2013 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud Will Be Webcast
-Submitted by the National Endowment for the Arts-

At the end of National Poetry Month, 53 students from across the country will converge in Washington, DC, on April 29-30, 2013 to compete in the National Finals of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the nation's largest youth poetry recitation competition. These young competitors advanced from a field of some 375,000 students who tested their skills in poetry recitation in more than 2,000 schools nationwide. The top finalists and their schools will receive $50,000 in awards.

Not in Washington, DC but still want to catch the competition? You can watch the entire semifinals and finals through a live, one-time only webcast at Or make plans now to gather fellow poetry fans and host a Poetry Out Loud Webcast Viewing Party. Register here and find tips on hosting your party, promotional materials, and details on other viewing parties around the country.
For more information on the event, webcast, or viewing parties, visit or call 202-682-5606.

Wolf Trap Foundation Fellowship
-Submitted by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts-
A 12-month, full-time paid Fellowship position within the Wolf Trap Foundation is available beginning September 2013. Intended for a young professional of color who has recently earned a Master’s degree in the arts or a related discipline, the Fellowship will provide substantive arts management experience in a variety of areas within the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
The 2013-14 Fellow will rotate across three departments within the Foundation over the course of his or her 12 month tenure. A $24,000 stipend is provided in addition to a housing and transportation stipend, if needed. Funding for attendance at selected national conferences is also provided. The Fellow will be eligible to receive certain Wolf Trap Foundation benefits, including health insurance and paid time off.  
Fellowship applicants are required to submit an application cover sheet, a statement of purpose, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. For further information, please call 703-937-6304. Applications are due May 1, 2013.

P21 Welcomes New Strategic Council Members
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) welcomes the addition of two new nonprofit members to the leading national organization advocating for 21st century readiness for every student. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Destination Imagination announced they are joining P21’s Strategic Council. 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit that helps kids around the world discover their creativity by hosting international challenge tournaments. All DI programs are challenge based, and they teach the creative process from imagination to innovation.

Click here for the full press release to learn more about these new P21 members.

National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Webinar about Early Childhood Arts Education
-Submitted by National Endowment for the Arts-

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, ET
Why is arts education important to early childhood development? Tune in on Wednesday, April 17 for a free public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. This webinar looks at how federal agencies are using arts education to foster the well-being of the youngest populations. Representatives from Head Start and the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will discuss current efforts to incorporate arts education into programs for young children. The webinar will also share recent research that measures the school readiness of children involved in Head Start arts enrichment programs.   
Guests and speakers:
  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director of the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Eleanor Brown, Associate Professor of Psychology, West Chester University
Please register in advance at

New From the Field

Smithsonian Collections Archived Conference Sessions Now Available
-Submitted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum-
On February 6, 2013, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, presented the Oh Freedom! Online Conference which explored Civil Rights and Smithsonian collections with curators, experts, and educators in live presentations, interactive demonstrations, and moderated forums. You can watch the archived conference, explore resources in the Virtual Exhibit Hall, and participate in ongoing discussions here: Also be sure to check out the Oh Freedom! website at  

The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute
-Submitted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education-
Deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Join diverse artists and educators from around the world as the Harvard Graduate School of Education convenes the Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute Aug 7-9, 2013. This 2.5 day institute is a collaboration between the Silk Road Project and Harvard, uniting artists and educators interested in passion-driven learning and arts integration. Yo-Yo Ma, artists from the Silk Road Ensemble, Harvard faculty members and leading arts integration practitioners will lead a series of arts experiences, workshops, panels, and discussions designed to investigate the intersection of theory, practice, research, and policy. To attract the most diverse group of artists and educators, a limited amount of financial aid is available to assist with travel and tuition needs; requests can be made as part of the institute enrollment process. Click here for more information.

Summer Internship Opportunities with South Arts
The South Arts internship program provides learning opportunities and on-the-job experience to college juniors or seniors, graduate students, and recent college graduates with a professional interest in arts administration. Interns are expected to work 15-20 hours per week (30-35 hours during the summer), participate in daily activities, contribute skills and ideas, and produce excellent work. All college juniors, seniors, current graduate students, or recent college graduates are invited to apply for three opportunities to intern with South Arts this summer. Follow the link for position descriptions and instructions to apply.

Funding Opportunities for Literary Arts Projects
South Arts is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Literary Arts grant program.
This competitive program offers nonprofit arts organizations, in South Arts’ nine state region financial support to work with writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry) who reside across state lines, bringing favored literary artists into their communities. Applicants can receive up to $2,500.
Past grantees include the Global Education Center (TN), The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective (LA), and Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. (FL) who have brought in writers such as Matthew Shenoda, Randall Kenan, and Glenis Redmond. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
For more information, click here or contact Nikki Estes, Grants Program Director at (404) 874-7244 ext. 16.

Teaching Artist Handbook Available on Amazon
-Submitted by the Teaching Artist Journal-
Leaders of the Teaching Artist Journal— Becca Barniskis, Barbara Hackett Cox, and Nick Jaffe—have written a new book entitled The Teaching Artist Handbook: Volume 1: Tools, Techniques, and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach. The book is now available on at a pre-publication discount of under $14.00:
About this book: "Practical and experience-based, this debut volume in the series is designed so that any artist, no matter the medium, will be fully able to conceptualize, create, and implement an effective teaching methodology that reflects his or her own expertise and interests. This collection of essays is written by authors who are all active teaching artists and have inside knowledge and experience. They provide extensive lists of techniques, tools, and ideas drawn from classroom practice. The authors also tackle the questions of what and how to teach and how to assess one’s own teaching, encouraging readers to respond critically and ultimately develop their own style." 
You can order the book online here.

Call for Research: “Evidence for the Classroom”
The Spencer Foundation is now accepting preliminary proposals for the second round of its "Evidence for the Classroom" project.  The foundation calls for research studies to inform the current push for data-based educational reforms and seeks to promote research that examines the assumptions underlying these reforms by investigating whether, when, and how student performance data informs instruction in K-8 classrooms. In the first round of funding under this call, the foundation awarded grants to five projects and it plans to fund up to five more projects in this second round. Further information about the RFP and the process to apply can be found at


Job Opportunities

Education Associate, Levine School of Music (Washington, DC)

The Levine School of Music, the country's largest community music school with four campuses in the Washington, DC area, is hiring an Education Associate. The associate reports to the Assistant Director of Music Education and works closely with the Directors of Music Education and Programs, Events, and Performances. The Education Associate is actively involved in the daily activities of students, faculty, and staff by assisting with the admissions process, liaising with faculty, and managing aspects of multiple programs. This role requires excellent communication and problem solving skills, and provides an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to assist the Education Team in further developing and growing Levine’s educational mission. More information is available here.

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