June 11, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 10

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

AEP Website Spotlight

Common Core and the Arts. Click here for resources.

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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 post the free download on your website with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) credited as the source. Tweet about it using the hashtag #ArtsFosterSuccess. Visit AEP’s new online publications store.

Studying music can support student development in many ways. In addition to validating previous studies finding a positive, albeit indirect, association between arts instruction and IQ, one study found music instruction to be positively related to measures of executive functioning, particularly attention and inhibition. These results hold even when accounting for important family background characteristics such as parental education and income level (Degé, F., Kubicek, C., & Schwarzer, G. 2011).

New from Our Partners


U.S. Department of Education Offers Guidance on Title I & Arts Education

Dr. Monique Chism, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, addresses the role of arts education within the Title I, Part A program in this letter sent to Title I State Coordinators. Expanding on previous indications from the Department of Education, the letter clarifies the specific requirements for using Title I funding to support arts education.

Dr. Chism joined leaders at the 2013 AEP National Forum in a presentation about California and Arizona’s efforts in their states to clarify the use of Title I funds related to arts education.

The National Center on Time and Learning Releases New Report
The National Center on Time and Learning and The Wallace Foundation released a new report Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day: Lessons from Five Schools, which highlights schools that are finding ways to build a robust curriculum that integrates the arts without sacrificing the time necessary for other subjects, including literacy, mathematics, and science. By expanding learning time, these schools are able to design an educational program that sets high expectations for academic learning, including high-quality arts education. 

Through a series of case studies, the report explores how schools are utilizing longer student and teacher days to prioritize time for arts education as they work to improve overall academic instruction and focus on individual student achievement.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces $1 Million in Grants for The Big Read

The National Endowment for the Arts is giving one million dollars in grants to 77 nonprofit organizations to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

The organizations receiving a Big Read grant include arts and humanities councils, libraries, museums, theater companies, and universities. Among these 77 organizations, 24 are first-time Big Read grantees. Please see the complete listing of grants.

For more information about The Big Read, please visit

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipients

The 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows all share a passion for perpetuating and imparting to others the traditional art forms to which they have devoted their lives and careers. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America's culture for future generations. The fellowships include an award of $25,000. Profiles of the artists are available in the Lifetime Honors section of the NEA's website, along with photos, audio, and video samples of their work.

The 2013 National Heritage Fellows will come to Washington, DC for an awards presentation and free concert in September. Both events are open to the public. Concert tickets will be available later this summer.

The NEA is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 class of NEA National Heritage Fellowships. The deadline is July 15, 2013. Visit the NEA's website for more information and to submit a nomination.

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education Joins the Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Network  

Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is proud to announce that the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) will be joining the YA National network as its 30th affiliate. Last year, the YA network reached 5 million children in over 8,000 schools and community centers with 88,000 programs, such as arts-integrated workshops and residencies and professional learning opportunities for educators and artists.

“We are thrilled to welcome CAPE to our network; their exceptional work in arts-in-education is a perfect fit with our network’s mission,” states the Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Executive Director, David A. Dik.

Hands-On Learning in DC Art Museums: NAEA Summer Vision DC 2013
-Submitted by NAEA-
Summer Vision DC, a professional learning community for art and non-art educators offered by the National Art Education Association, is partnering with DC art museums to showcase best practices in critical response to art while enhancing creativity through visual journaling. Spend July 9-12, 2013 in Washington, DC exploring permanent collections, current exhibitions, and the museum itself as a work of art! Develop new leadership, pedagogical, and artistic skills for the classroom and beyond through this outstanding professional development opportunity.

Registration is limited to 25 participants and is filling up fast. Secure your place now. Register and find details at

NAEA Delegation to Myanmar
-Submitted by NAEA-
This past November, President Obama visited Myanmar (Burma) for the purpose of expanding the tie between the United States and the people of Myanmar. In an effort to build upon the groundwork established by this historic visit, his Excellency U Than Swe, Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, invites The National Art Education Association to be a part of the U.S. Education Initiative to Myanmar in November 2013.

This delegation will convene in Yangon, Myanmar on November 4, 2013 (depart the U.S. on November 2), and will return on November 9, 2013. We highly recommend bringing a guest to join you on this exciting adventure. Find out how you can join this delegation.

New From the Field

The Ensemble Book Club Discusses El Sistema and Music Education

The Ensemble Book Club is currently reading and responding to Eric Booth’s essay The Generous Laboratory: El Sistema-inspired Programs as a Part of the Music Education Ecosystem. Dalouge Smith of San Diego Youth Symphony, Monika Vischer of El Sistema Colorado, and Dan Trahey of OrchKids kicked off the discussion with a remarkable recorded conversation about the relationship between El Sistema-inspired programs and the larger ecosystem of music education and schools.
The Ensemble Book Club was formed in January 2013 as a Sistema Global subgroup. Click here to join The Ensemble Book Club and enter the conversation.

Dancing Drum Summer Teacher Training Intensive
On June 28-29, New Orleans-based Dancing Drum will hold a Summer Teacher Training Intensive on the campus of the ReNEW Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans, a Turnaround Arts school. The purpose of this training is to build percussion ensemble leadership skills among music teachers while sharing best practices and activities for K-8 music classrooms.  

View the press release for more information and to register.

Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum
-Submitted by Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education-
Mary Margaret White, folk arts coordinator of the Mississippi Arts Commission, announces publication of a new online interdisciplinary guide that explores Mississippi history through the blues. Tied to arts education standards as well as social studies and Common Core standards, the lessons offer deep connections to the arts. Esteemed historians, folklorists, and educators contributed to this project supported by the Mississippi Blues Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Designed for 4th-grade, the materials are easily adaptable up to grade 12. Download the curriculum at


Job Opportunities


Director of Development, Classical Theatre of Harlem (New York, NY)

New York’s critically acclaimed Classical Theatre of Harlem seeks an entrepreneurial and energetic development professional to be its next Director of Development. Candidates will have the ability to develop comprehensive individual and institutional strategies that build the institution’s capacities to raise $1M in contributed income annually. The successful candidate will have superb interpersonal and communication skills, major gifts and special events experience, and the willingness to partner closely with the Board and Managing Director in building strategies to increase the fundraising revenues of the organization. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

Field Education and Leadership Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

The Field Education Manager is a member of the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Local Arts Advancement Department and is responsible for planning and executing a suite of programs and resources centered around field education and leadership advancement. This position requires knowledge of the local arts development field; creative multi-platform engagement; and adult education, variable learning styles, and training methodologies. Click here for the full job description and application instructions.

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 June 25 issue is Friday, June 21.

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