July 25, 2012
Vol. 4, No. 13

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Fall 2012 National Forum: General Registration Open through August 31st

Register today for the AEP Fall 2012 National Forum Arts Learning Without Borders on Thursday and Friday, September 13-14, 2012 in Chattanooga, TN. Be a part of this national conversation about arts-centered solutions and how various sectors of arts, education, business, culture, government, and philanthropy are joining forces to help students achieve and communities thrive.

For National Forum sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Johnson at or 202-326-8696.
About the theme:
Technological advances. New models for teaching and learning.  Common Core State Standards and new student assessments. Economic and demographic shifts. These and other realities of today’s educational landscape carve out an increasingly critical role for the arts to unleash new ways of thinking, working, and learning in America’s classrooms and society. This year’s Fall National Forum explores what happens when we break down the educational silos that disconnect arts learning from learning in other subject areas. When we blur the boundaries that separate arts learning in school from learning out of school. And when we engage the arts to help ensure all students leave high school ready for college and careers.

Registration Information
•   General Registration-$250.00: NOW – August 31, 2012 (midnight EST)
•   Late Registration-$280.00: September 1, 2012 – September 13, 2012
Additional information, including National Forum registration policies, can be found on the AEP website.

Our host hotel is The Chattanoogan hotel and conference center, conveniently located in downtown Chattanooga on Broad Street.

Come early to the National Forum and enjoy The Chattanoogan’s three outstanding dining establishments, relaxing day spa, fitness center, and indoor pool. Stay the weekend after the Forum to experience the city’s museums, art galleries, retail establishments, restaurants and the Tennessee Aquarium, all of which are within walking distance of The Chattanoogan.

Take advantage of the special National Forum rate of $129 per night available now through Friday, August 24.

The deadline for Small Group Session RFPs and the Young Artist Award applications has passed; stay tuned to the ArtsEd Digest and the AEP website for breakout session announcements! 
Chattanooga Fun Facts
The name "Tennessee" originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, "Tana-see," meaning "The Meeting Place."
In 1929, a local explorer discovered an underground cavern that included a massive waterfall. He named the 145-foot falls "Ruby" in honor of his sweetheart. Today, Ruby Falls, located 650 feet beneath Lookout Mountain, is one of Tennessee's most popular attractions. It is the highest underground waterfall in the world. is the nation’s one-stop shop for research, policy, and advocacy information on arts learning—a dynamic resource that will capture the growing body of research evidence about the benefits of arts learning both in and out of school. We encourage you to explore the site and its 200 + high quality studies.

Have you been involved in work that gathered evidence on the personal, academic, cognitive, and social and civic outcomes of arts learning for students and/or educators? Would you like to recommend a study for inclusion?  Review AEP’s Criteria for Inclusion and submit your study at

Studies find that teaching through the arts pushes and enables teachers to try new things resulting in increased excitement about and joy in teaching. They also find that as a result of integrating the arts into their classrooms, teachers experience rejuvenation and a deeper commitment to teaching.

Join us August 9th for a Twitter Chat on Defining Arts Integration

We're embracing the practice of succinct communication through a Twitter Chat. Join us on Thursday, August 9th at 1:00 pm EST and again at 6:00 pm EST as we try to define arts integration in 25 words or less.
Moderators: @creativityassoc, @aep_arts, and @eliza_peterson

Stay tuned for more details!

Toolkit for Snapshot on Arts Access in U.S. Schools Available Online

In Spring 2012, the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the report Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10, a “snapshot” of the status of arts education in the nation’s public schools. AEP and a coalition of partners have developed a toolkit for understanding, communicating, and utilizing the Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools report. The toolkit includes:

  • “Fact Sheet” summarizing the findings for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts
  • PowerPoint overview of the survey that informed the snapshot, survey findings, and a call to action
  •  “FAQs” about survey administration and data collection
  • “What You Can Do” to get informed about your school, get connected to resources, and get active in your community
Visit the Arts Access in U.S. Schools page on the AEP website to learn more about the report and survey, findings, and the partners that participated in developing in the toolkit.

New from Our Partners

Live Webinar hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development
How can arts educators reach youth who are immersed in today's interconnected, multimedia environment?  That question and others will be discussed at the latest public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 2:00-3:00pm. The Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development is an alliance of 14 federal agencies and departments that encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. More information on the Task Force can be found at 
Guests and speakers:
  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar
  • Marsha L. Semmel, Director of Strategic Partnerships, IMLS
  • Mimi Ito, Professor in Residence and John, D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair, Digital Media and Learning, University of California, Irvine
  • Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs and Hirshhorn Museum's YOUmedia Center, Smithsonian Institution
The webinar is free and open to the public. To join the webinar, go to and check the "Enter as Guest" radio button. Type in your name and click hit "Enter Room" to join.  
Follow the conversation on Twitter @NEAarts with the hashtag #NEAtaskforce.

U.S. Department of Education Blog Highlights Gains Made Through Arts in Education Grant Programs

How has arts integration impacted students, teachers, schools, and communities in the past ten years? Read about the affects of Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) and Professional Development for Art Educators (PDAE) grant programs, in Ten Years of Unleashing Creative Minds, a recent blog post in Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit for the complete post and a video of these programs in action.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Announces New Key Staff Appointments

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), the national arts service organization for the performing arts presenting and touring field, announced the appointment of Gil Gonzalez as Director of Conference and Meetings and Lynne Kingsley as Director of Marketing and Communications.

Gil Gonzalez has begun his post as director of the APAP global conference and marketplace, APAP|NYC. Bringing to APAP 10 years of conference planning experience, Mr. Gonzalez comes to the position following John Fernandez who stepped down earlier this year. Mr. Fernandez continues to work as a consultant to Mr. Gonzalez ensuring a smooth transition of leadership as planning for APAP|NYC 2013 moves forward.

Former executive director of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the DC-based national member association for theater and education professionals, Lynne Kingsley joins the APAP team as Director of Marketing and Communications. In addition to her national membership and conference experience, Ms. Kingsley brings extensive knowledge of next-generation marketing through her work at Invenda Corporation, an interactive marketing firm. Ms. Kingsley also spent time as a New York actress and fashion executive.

APAP President and CEO Mario Garcia Durham says, "APAP|NYC attendees deserve the most qualified and service-oriented planning team. With Mr. Gonzalez's experience and dedicated work ethic, paired with the creative marketing talents of Ms. Kingsley, APAP|NYC 2013 is poised to be the most accomplished and engaging conference yet."

New from the Field

Alliance for Excellent Education Upcoming Webinars

The Role of Teaching in Learner-Centered, Digitally-Empowered Environment: Thursday, July 26, 2pm

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on Thursday, July 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), which will build on the Alliance’s recently released report, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning, and focus on what a learner-centered environment looks like. The webinar will feature video clips of Barnett Berry, founder and president of the Center for Teaching Quality, and Erin Frew, principal of New Tech West High School in Cleveland, Ohio, with expanded live discussion from Patrick Ledesma of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Ken Halla, social studies teacher and department chair at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at

Working Draft of Suggested Legislation for Personalized and Digital Learning and the Opening of a Public Comment Period: Monday, July 30, 2pm

Over the past several years, the Alliance has been developing digital learning policy that supports the effective use of technology as a way to drive higher student achievement. More states are taking policy actions to implement innovative types of student-centered learning and seeking guidance in the legislative drafting process. This working draft of suggested legislation is meant to assist states as they plan strategically for the future, develop workable timelines for implementation, and create important quality safeguards and transparency guidelines.

The webinar also represents the opening of a public comment period, during which the Alliance will seek feedback and comments from policymakers and the public.This webinar will highlight the recommended legislative actions and language that have been developed so far in the working draft. Following the discussion, there will be an interactive conversation among the panelists using questions submitted by participants from the around the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at

Please direct questions concerning the webinars to

Job Opportunities

National Endowment for the Arts Seeks Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget

The National Endowment for the Arts, Office of the Senior Deputy Chairman, Office of Management and Budget is seeking to fill the position of Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget, ES-0301-00.
This position opens on July 20, 2012 and will close on August 10, 2012. This position is being advertised under the Senior Executive Service and is open to all qualified individuals within the Civil Service. Please click on the following link to access the vacancy: Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget

National Guild for Community Arts Education Seeks Program Director

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is seeking a Program Director that will help strengthen and grow the National Guild's programs and services for maximum impact, and develop strategic priorities which include collaborations within and beyond the arts sector. The candidate must have a passion for and understanding of the arts’ role in transforming individuals and communities. Professionals with more than 10 years of experience in arts education or a related field such as youth development, community development, social services, public policy etc. are preferred.
Key responsibilities:
  • Developing and executing plans that support the Guild's strategic priorities
  • Directing the production of the annual Conference for Community Arts Education and other professional development programs
  • Leading and managing re-granting programs; and
  • Developing the activities, discussions, and resources of regional chapters.
The National Guild seeks diversity with respect to gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, educational background, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. All applicants are welcome. Individuals who are bicultural or bilingual and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Click here for the full job description.

To submit your announcement to the ArtsEd Digest, email AEP at with the subject line “ArtsEd Digest Submission.” The deadline for the August 14 issue is Friday, August 10.

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