Oct. 23, 2012
Vol. 4, No. 18

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October is National Arts and Humanities Month
On October 1, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring October as National Arts and Humanities Month:
“Artistic expression and memorable ideas can resonate with us, challenge us, and teach us  important lessons about ourselves and each other. At their best, great works of literature, theater, dance, fine art, and music reflect something common in all of us. They open dialogues between cultures and raise poignant questions about our world. They are also vital components of our children's education and our national growth—not only teaching our youth to observe closely, interpret creatively, and think critically, but also bringing new cultural experiences to our communities and helping drive economic progress.”

You can read the full proclamation here on the White House website.

AEP Welcomes New Partner Organizations

Please join us in welcoming the following organizations to the Arts Education Partnership: AEP is delighted to have these organizations join us and our network of partners from the education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic sectors. We look forward to working with them toward our shared goal of ensuring that every young person in America experiences a high-quality education that includes the arts.

Would your organization like to become an AEP Partner Organization? AEP Partners:
  • Are national in scope and impact
  • Agree to promote and support AEP’s mission and goals
  • Become actively engaged in AEP initiatives
  • Communicate with and activate their constituent networks on relevant issues
 For more information, visit the partnership page on the AEP website.

Save the Date for the AEP 2013 National Forum

Save the date for AEP's 2013 National Forum on April 4-5, 2013 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel. Keep an eye out next month for the Small Group session RFP and Young Artist Award RFP.

And the Winner Is…

Congratulations to Sara Mraish Demeter of the Arts Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) in Boston, MA – the winner of AEP’s Facebook Contest on why the arts matter to schools. The ARCK won the grand prize of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, donated by Best Buy, the official sponsor of the Cyber Café at AEP’s Fall 2012 National Forum in Chattanooga, TN. Please visit AEP’s Facebook page to see the responses from this contest as represented in a fun word cloud.

ArtsEdSearch Receives Arts Schools Network Research Award

AEP’s received the Arts Schools Networks (ASN) annual Research Initiative: Institution Award on Thursday, October 18 at the ASN national conference, Urban Arts Education Landscapes, on October 18, 2012 in Chicago, IL. The award recognizes and honors an organization for its commitment to ongoing arts education research and dissemination of knowledge that further the goals of the ASN and arts education field.

The Arts Schools Network is the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. ASN serves as a dynamic resource for arts schools' leaders, innovative partners, and members of arts education institutions. It offers inspiration, insight, advocacy, and support to its members and also actively promotes and supports the development of new arts schools, facilities, and programs. To learn more about ASN, visit

The New ArtsEdSearch User Experience—the nation’s first and only one-stop-shop for research and policy on the benefits of arts education—is now equipped with social sharing and bookmarking capabilities to help users communicate with their networks and better navigate the resource. You can now share interesting articles via Facebook “likes”, Twitter, and LinkedIn posts. When you sign in to ArtsEdSearch with your LinkedIn account, you can bookmark your search to save your favorite articles. Try these new features today and discover new ways to incorporate ArtsEdSearch into your work in arts education research, policy, or advocacy.

Also new, ArtsEdSearch’s discussion forums give you the opportunity to discuss content with other users, reply to conversation threads, or start new conversations. AEP invites you to log on and join the discussion.

Research shows that participation in the arts as adolescents relates to greater community involvement, volunteerism, and political participation as adults. In addition, studies find that students who participate in arts education as youth are much more likely to continue or return to participating in them as adults either engaging in the art form directly, or patronizing the arts (Catterall, 2009; Rabkin & Hedberg, 2011).

New from Our Partners

Guidelines Available for NEA Research Grants
Submitted by NEA Office of Research & Analysis
The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis announces that application guidelines are now available for funding through Research: ArtWorks. This program supports research that investigates the value of the U.S. arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts on other domains of American life.

The NEA encourages applicants from diverse research fields. Applicants must be non-profit organizations and are encouraged to partner with for-profit entities, and/or use commercial and/or administrative datasets. (To see the grants awarded in the first year of Research: ArtWorks, click here.)

The NEA anticipates awarding up to 25 grants in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. The deadline for application submission is November 6, 2012 for projects that can begin as early as May 1, 2013.

Funding Guidelines Available for NEA Our Town Grants

Guidelines and application materials for Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) primary creative placemaking grants program, are now posted online. Grants may range from $25,000 to $200,000. 

Among the project types supported through Our Town are arts engagement projects that support artistically excellent artistic production or practice as the focus of creative placemaking work. This includes:
  • Innovative programming that fosters interaction among community members, art organizations, and artists, or activates existing cultural and community assets;
  • Festivals and performances in spaces not normally used for such purposes;
  • Public art that improves public spaces and strategically reflects or shapes the physical and social character of a community.
Complete Our Town application guidelines are available here on the NEA’s website. The NEA will host informational webinars about this program on November 6 and 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm EST at Applications are due January 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm.

2012 Scholastic Award Winners Student Art Exhibit Opening at the U.S. Department of Education
Submitted by the U.S. Department of Education

Works of art from the winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition are currently being exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities headquarters in Washington, DC. Winning students from all over the country came to the U.S. Department of Education on October 12, 2012 for the exhibit opening. Click here to read Under Secretary Martha Kanter's blog post highlighting the remarks of several speakers at the opening cermeony, including National Student Poet Luisa Banchoff. For more on the exhibit opening and the students' artwork, see the blogpost in Homeroom, the U.S. Department of Education's official blog.

Call for Applications for IMLS Grant Programs
The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for its 2013 Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Museums of all sizes and types are encouraged to apply.
Together, these programs are the largest source of federal funding specifically for museums in the United States. Funding will support projects that:

  • Place the learner at the center and create engaging experiences in museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and global society
  • Promote museums as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality
  • Support exemplary stewardship of museum collections and promote the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2013. IMLS will hold a series of informational webinars about each grant program beginning Thursday, October 25, from 2-3pm EST. For more information, including application instructions and the webinar schedule, click here.

Journal of Dance Education Call for Papers   
The Journal of Dance Education (JODE), the official journal of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), is now accepting papers for a special issue featuring best practices in P-12 Dance Education. This issue will target the needs and interests of teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools, providing newly applied research, innovative pedagogical approaches, and meaningful methods and lesson plans for today's P-12 dance educator.
Areas to consider may include, but are not limited to:
  • Impact of best practices on dance education P-12
  • Best practices in teaching dance to empower differently-abled populations
  • Dance teacher evaluation and best practices principles
  • Critical thinking in dance classes
  • Differentiated instruction in the dance classroom
  • Professional development that is relevant to dance instructors
The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012 and the issue is scheduled for distribution in September 2013. Submissions can be sent electronically to Cheryl Palonis Adams, Associate Editor, at Click here for more information, including submission guidelines. 

Register Today for National Guild Community Arts Education Conference
Submitted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education

Ensuring equitable access to arts education, collaboration and partnership, and measuring impact will be key issues addressed at the National Guild’s 75th annual Conference for Community Arts Education in Dallas (Nov. 14-17). The National Guild supports and advances lifelong learning opportunities in the arts and its annual conferences provide essential professional development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees, and teaching artists in community arts education.
The conference program features a plenary session on Friday, Nov. 16 titled Catalyzing Change: Creating Equitable Access to Arts Learning which will be moderated by AEP Director Sandra Ruppert. Other speakers and trainers include Gigi Antoni, President & CEO, Big Thought; Shakti Butler, artist and racial equity educator; Ayanna Hudson, Director of Arts Education, National Endowment for the Arts; Merita Irby, Managing Director, Forum for Youth Investment; Jan Masaoka, board development and nonprofit management expert; and many others. Click here for program details and speaker bios.

To learn more and register online, visit The advance registration deadline is October 24.

DeVos Institute Arts Management Internships for International Arts Managers
The DeVos Institute's Summer Fellowship for International Arts Managers at the John F. Kennedy Center offers international arts managers an immersive program of study in arts management strategy. For four weeks each summer, for three consecutive years, Fellows participate in seminars, group projects, individual mentorships, and practical assignments on topics such as strategic planning, board development, and artistic planning led by Institute leadership and Kennedy Center senior staff.
Applicants must have a minimum of five years of experience working in an administrative capacity in an arts organization. They must currently serve as an executive or department head with decision-making authority and have excellent business English, both written and oral. Applicants must be able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (July 1–26, 2013; June 30–July 25, 2014; June 29–July 24, 2015). 
Applications are due December 1, 2012; visit the DeVos Institute website for more information.

NCCAS Releases Media Arts Position Paper and Work Updates

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released a position paper outlining a rationale and strategy for the creation of preK-12 media art standards. NCCAS, a partnership of organizations and states leading the revision of the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education, formally released The Inclusion of Media Arts in Next Generation Arts Standards at a coalition meeting in Reston, Virginia, October 2-3. This document provides guidance for meeting the needs of students using new forms related to media arts as a contemporary form of expression.

NCCAS standards chairs, Project Director Philip Shepherd, and NCCAS leadership have created a revised overarching framework—the guiding document that will serve as the basis for creating a dynamic Web-based version of the new grade-level standards. This framework—based on the work of national writing teams in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts—is expected to be released by early January 2013. For more information on NCCAS and the latest project updates, visit

New from the Field

Arts & the Mind PBS Documentary
Submitted by tpt National Productions

Arts & the Mind
, a recently launched PBS project hosted and narrated by Lisa Kudrow, reveals the crucial impact of the arts on the human brain across our lifetimes, and explores its particularly vital role in human development during youth and older age. This two-part documentary shares stories of how music, dance, painting, poetry, and theater markedly improve well-being at both ends of life, and reveals the cutting-edge science that explains the powerful, positive impact of the arts on our brains.
Check out your local PBS listing to see if it’s running in your market and visit to view the 5 minute clip that speaks to the importance of arts education.

Job Opportunities

Vice President of Development, State Theatre Regional Arts Center (Brunswick, NJ)
Submitted by Arts Consulting Group
The State Theatre Regional Arts Center (State Theatre) seeks a Vice President of Development to lead its Development Department and work closely with its President & CEO and Board of Trustees to raise funds for the organization. State Theatre exists to enrich the lives of people from diverse backgrounds in New Jersey and to contribute to a vital urban environment via presenting the finest performing artists and providing arts education programs.
The Vice President of Development’s responsibilities include:
  • growing the annual fund
  • creating and executing an endowment and capital campaign
  • manage a small staff to achieve fundraising goals and increase support for the Theatre
  • overseeing development and fulfillment of donor benefits
 The Vice President also represents the State Theatre at public events; generates content for State Theatre publications; and plans, maintains, and manages Development income and expense budgets.
Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Executive Director, Hartford Performs (Hartford, CT)
Submitted by Arts Consulting Group
Hartford Performs seeks an Executive Director to provide strategic and operational leadership for the organization. Hartford Performs is a collaborative network of schools, arts providers, community organizations, funders, and other supporters working together to provide access to high quality arts education to all Hartford Public School students.
The Executive Director will be responsible for the organizations’ community engagement activities, advocacy efforts, staff supervision, program oversight and expansion, and the execution of its mission. Additional responsibilities include:
  • External Relations and Advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Governance and Financial Management
Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) plus a minimum of six years of progressively responsible senior management expertise in arts education or a related field. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required with a demonstrated capacity to lead and build consensus among diverse stakeholders.
Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Executive Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (Baltimore, MD)
Submitted by Arts Education in Maryland Schools
The Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance seeks an executive director to lead the organization in its mission to create equitable access to high-quality, systemic arts education so that all Maryland public school students can learn in and achieve through all art forms.
Responsibilities include:
  • Implement Board policies and decisions
  • Execute advocacy, programming, fundraising, and communications priorities according to Board’s three-year strategic plan
  • Serve as liaison with the Maryland State Department of Education
  • Design advocacy strategies at the state and local level
Qualifications include:
  • Solid knowledge of, and/or experience in, arts education in dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts
  • Commitment to create a high-output, financially responsible, mission-driven culture
  • Experience in effectively dealing with governing bodies such as the legislature, school boards, and/or city and county government
  • Understanding arts education policy
For the full job description and application instructions, visit

Executive Director, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (Dallas, TX)
Submitted by Arts Consulting Group
The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) is seeking an Executive Director. The ideal candidate will bring energy and a well-rounded array of competencies to building an effective management team and organizational structure that best serves the CCGD’s mission, vision, goals, and artistic leadership.
Reporting to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Artistic Director, the Executive Director’s responsibilities include maximizing earned and contributed revenue, cultivating audience and community relationships, and overseeing all administrative, operational, and financial goals. The selected individual will have a proven track record and possess exceptional organizational and communication skills. He/she will partner with the Artistic Director to set and maintain a collaborative leadership model that will strengthen the organization by creating a positive relationship between the artistic and administrative sides of the organization.
Click here for a full job description and application instructions.

Multiple Positions Available at the Dumbarton House (Washington, DC)

Dumbarton House, national headquarters and historic house museum of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, has two immediate full-time position openings, plus a year-long part-time position:

Development & Communications Manager (FT):
This position leads, plans, and implements the overall fundraising, museum membership, rental events, marketing, and communications programs to support both short-and long-term institutional needs.

Business Manager (FT):
This position coordinates bookkeeping and budget preparation, oversees office operations, and supports human resource management and other institutional efforts.

Education Assistant (PT):
This position manages the Visitor Center and aspects of the visitor and volunteer experience and also manages all aspects of registration for the Museum’s public and group programming which includes concerts, presentations, Group Tours, exhibition programs, etc.

Click the links for specific announcements and instructions on applying for each position.

To submit your announcement to the ArtsEd Digest, email AEP at with the subject line “ArtsEd Digest Submission.” Submissions must be 150 words or less. The deadline for the November 13 issue is November 9.
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