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Volume 4, Issue 6 - March 28, 2012

Welcome to ArtsEd Digest, AEP's twice-monthly online publication.  ArtsEd Digest allows for easy access to vital and timely information about arts education from our partners and from the field.

*The Digest will not be published on Tuesday, April 10 as AEP staff will be preparing for the AEP Spring 2012 National Forum. The next issue will be published on April 24. See you at the Forum!*

In this issue:

New From the Arts Education Partnership 

Employment Opportunity: AEP Senior Associate for Research and Policy (Washington, DC)

AEP is currently seeking a Senior Associate for Research and Policy. The ideal candidate is an experienced and visionary leader in education and the arts who is a strategic thinker, exceptional project manager, skilled researcher and policy analyst, and a strong communicator.  He or she also should enjoy working as part of a dynamic and highly collaborative team.  The position is based in Washington DC. For the full job description, including requirements, qualifications and application instructions, please visit

Spring 2012 National Forum: Plenary Sessions Announced!

Thursday and Friday, April 12-13 in Washington, DC

The AEP Spring 2012 National Forum: Are We There Yet? Arts Evidence and the Road to Student Success, is just three weeks away on Thursday and Friday, April 12-13 in Washington, DC. You won’t want to miss any of the 16 dynamic breakout sessions presented by your colleagues from around the country, and you’ll want to be present for these power-packed plenary sessions:

Thursday, April 12, 10:00am: Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Using Evidence-based Arts Research to Inform Education Policy and Practice

Recent research is shedding new light on the status and condition of arts education in America's public schools. Meanwhile evidence continues to mount about the educational benefits of learning in and through the arts for all students. What impact has this research had on informing federal, state or local education policy and practice decisions and what are its implications for future decisions?  How can arts education research be better aligned to address some of education's most challenging issues, such as reducing high school drop rates and ensuring that all students leave school ready for college and careers? What are the priority areas to investigate that new research in the arts should address? Hear the perspectives of national leaders from the arts and education sectors and join the discussion that is taking place at the intersection where research meets policy and practice.

  • John Easton, Director, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
  • Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities
  • Cassius Johnson, Associate VP, National Policy, Jobs for the Future
  • Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools
Virginia Edwards, Publisher and Editor, Education Week

Friday, April 13, 10:00am: Shifting Gears: The Accelerating Pace of Education Reform and Implications for the Arts

Speed up or slow down? Many people – including policymakers, administrators, educators, parents and students -- are not quite certain how best to navigate the twists and turns of today’s complex education reform agendas.  But what most people are certain of is that the pace of change is constant and the consequences significant.  What are the major demographic, political, technological and economic forces shaping today’s education environment? Will the current emphasis on innovation in education help close achievement gaps and ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school, life and work?  Will the road lead to a complete and comprehensive education for every child that includes the arts? Listen to a variety of perspectives on the issues and come away better prepared to take the wheel for the journey ahead. 

  • Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Valerie Strauss, Education Reporter, Washington Post
  • Dennis Inhulsen, Principal, Patterson Elementary School, Michigan; President-elect, National Art Education Association
John Merrow, PBS Newshour Education Correspondent; President, Learning Matters, Inc.

Friday, April 13, 3:30pm: All Together Now:  “Energizing the 80” to Support Real Innovation in America’s Schools

Keynote Speaker: John Merrow, PBS Newshour Education Correspondent; President, Learning Matters, Inc.

John Merrow, PBS NewsHour Education Correspondent and president of Learning Matters, Inc., sheds new light on America’s state of education and urges collective action to “energize the 80”—the estimated 80 percent of U.S. households without children in schools whose influential voices and votes have the power, he believes, to alter public education and strengthen arts programs in our nation’s schools.  Drawing from decades of work in classrooms across the country and education policy debates on Capitol Hill, Merrow shares his perspective on what real innovation looks like in America’s schools and the formula for ensuring that all children have a level playing field to truly excel.

You can learn more about John Merrow and Learning Matters here.
View Merrow’s recent PBS report on the “The Harmony Program,” an El Sistema-based music education program in New York City.
AEP will host a closing reception and book signing with John Merrow on Friday, April 13 at Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel to conclude the Spring National Forum. Order your copy of Merrow’s recent book The Influence of Teachers on, or purchase a copy at the Forum. All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit Learning Matters.

Can’t attend all of the Spring National Forum? AEP invites you to join us for the closing keynote presentation with John Merrow on Friday, April 13 at 3:30pm. Tickets to this session are $25 and include admission to the closing reception and book signing at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle hotel.  Click here to purchase a ticket to this session. (Login or register as a “New Visitor” and create an account. Click “Upcoming Events” on the left of the screen and choose the John Merrow session.)

Registration Information
  • You can now register at the rate of $280 per person until Wednesday, April 11.
  • Single-day registration is not available for the Spring National Forum.
  • Cancellation Policy:  General registration has ended and AEP is unable to provide refunds for cancellations.  

 Save these dates for AEP!
  • Fall 2012 National Forum—Chattanooga, TN: September 13-14
  • Spring 2013 National Forum—Washington, DC: April 4-5
  • Fall 2013 National Forum—Pittsburgh, PA: October 17-18

Welcome to our New and Renewing AEP Partner Organizations!
Please join us in welcoming the newest Partner Organizations:
  • ArtsEd Washington; Seattle, WA
  • Cleveland Arts Education Consortium; Cleveland, OH
  • District of Columbia Public Schools; Washington, DC
  • National Dance Institute New Mexico; Santa Fe, NM
We’re proud to announce these organizations that have renewed their Partnership:
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans; Bradenton, FL
  • Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Washington, DC
We look forward to working with you on our shared goal of ensuring a high quality arts education for every student in America.

New From Our Partners 

U.S. Department of Education to Release New Report on Status of Arts Education

The External Affairs and Outreach team of the U.S. Department of Education invites you to the release of a new report: “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10.” The event will take place Monday, April 2, 2012 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE, Washington, D.C.

Speakers will include:
  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Mary Schmidt Campbell, Vice Chairman, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
  • LaVonne Taliaferro-Bunch, Principal, Myrtilla Miner Elementary School
To attend, please RSVP with name and affiliation to by Wednesday, March 28.

John Easton's Keynote Address from the NAEA 2012 National Conference Now Available Online

John Easton, the Director of the Institute of Education Scienes at the U.S. Department of Education, delivered a keynote address at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2012 National Conference in New York City where he shared his thoughts on the arts role in education and a research agenda to aid education leaders in decision making. Click here to read the full speech on March 3:

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Invites Applications for Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research Grant Program

IES has established the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research grant program with the goal of seeking funding partnerships composed of research institutions and state or local education agencies. For the FY 2013 competition, these partnerships will identify an education issue with important implications for improving student achievement that is of high priority for the education agency, carry out initial data analyses regarding the education issue, and develop a plan for further research on the issue culminating in an application to one of the Institute’s research grant programs. For more information on application guidelines, see the IES funding opportunities page:

Arts Schools Network releases Season Two of Life in the Arts Video Series
The Arts Schools Network (ASN) proudly announces the second season of Life in the Arts, a video series produced by students from network member schools. The season premiered on March 21, 2012. Life in the Arts exposes arts students to real-life arts careers, and offers a great production experience for their portfolios. Each 30-minute episode presents a compelling feature, ranging from master classes and interviews with ASN successful alumni to tours of facilities and professional arts venues. This season, the series will include its first "foreign film" from an arts school in Milan, Italy.
The Spring Season features ASN members: Oakland School for the Arts (Oakland, CA); Howard W. Blake School of the Arts (Tampa, FL); Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, (Jacksonville, FL); The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Houston, TX); and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (Milan, Italy). Visit for the program schedule and to watch videos from season one.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2012 National Medal of Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) encourages the American public to nominate artists and arts patrons for the 2012 National Medal of Arts.
The National Medal of Arts is presented by the President and is the highest award given to artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the United States in honor of their creativity, inspiration, and hard work. These exceptional individuals have significantly enriched the cultural life of our nation. Past awardees have included Ralph Ellison, Georgia O’Keeffe, Al Pacino, Jessye Norman, Suzanne Farrell, as well as architects, designers, arts educators, directors, and composers.  Arts organizations as well as arts patrons have also received recognition.
Visit the NEA website and the Lifetime Honors tab to submit a nomination for a 2012 National Medal of Arts. The deadline is March 31, 2012. The nomination process is managed by the NEA.

Call for Workshop Proposals for the 2012 EdTA Annual Conference

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) invites workshops proposals for its 2012 Annual Conference on September 20-23 in San Diego, California. This is a four-day professional development opportunity for middle and high school theatre educators with workshops on September 21 and 22. 

This year’s theme is Developing the Innovative Mind. EdTA seeks workshops addressing the following statement:

The four Cs of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication are the cornerstone 21st century skills that every college- and career-ready student needs to possess. As a professional theatre educator, it’s your job to cultivate and model these lifelong traits. To do so, you must be innovative—in the classroom and on the stage. Together we’ll explore the broad challenges that today’s theatre educator must meet to succeed in our ever-changing world.   

Click here for more information and to download the Workshop Proposal Form. Proposals will be accepted until April 1, 2012 or until all spots are filled.

Community Arts Education Leadership Institute July 17-21

Apply today for the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s 2012 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) sponsored by the American Express Foundation.

CAELI provides a transformative experience for current and aspiring leaders to advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally-renowned community arts education practitioners. Designed and facilitated by Partners in Performance, the eight-month program begins in May 2012 with a 360-degree feedback process and advance assignments, at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA (July 17-21), and follow-up coaching sessions from August through December. The Institute is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions.

The application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2012. Application instructions, registration fees, and program details are available online. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee.

The Kennedy Center’s Arts Integration Conference

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents its second annual Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teaching on June 25-28, 2012. The Conference explores the “how” of arts integration, rooted in the Kennedy Center’s 30 years of experience in professional learning for teachers, and provides many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to teaching.

You will have the opportunity to:
  • Examine the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration.
  • Engage in a variety of participatory workshops focused on arts integration practices led by Kennedy Center national teaching artists.
  • Hear the results of research studies that have evaluated the impact of arts integration on teachers’ instructional practice, student learning, and school culture.
  • Hear from Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, about the Reinvesting in Arts Education report.
…and much more.

For more information and registration instructions, visit

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts Annual Arts & Education Forum

The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts fifth national Arts & Education Forum, Walking the Talk: Pathways to Quality Integration, will take place at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on May 18-19, 2012.

This meeting will explore pathways to quality arts integration, the way in which various arts integration programs have followed these paths, and the impact of quality arts integration on their programs.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Bennett Lentczner, president of RealVisions, and Drs. Linda Whitesitt and Elda Franklin, authors of The ARTS Book: Designing Quality Arts Integration with Alignment, Rigor, Teamwork and Sustainability.

More information, including the schedule, registration and panel proposals can be found here: Registration is $195 which includes two breakfasts, two luncheons, and a copy of The ARTS Book. The deadline to take advantage of a special conference rate of $94 at the Sheraton Read House Hotel is May 3.

For more information contact Kim Wheetley at 423-425-5205 or

New From The Field

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Arts Education Policy Review

The Arts Education Policy Review is accepting manuscripts for a special issue addressing teacher evaluation and arts education. Articles should address or relate to any of the following topics:
  • State-level teacher evaluation policies and their effects on P-16 arts education
  • Local and district-level teacher evaluation policies and their effects on P-12 arts education
  • Teacher evaluation policies in higher education and their effects on pre-service arts teacher education
  • Descriptions of innovative approaches to P-16 teacher evaluation in the arts
  • Reports of initiatives taken by P-16 schools and/or arts organizations to advocate for arts-specific teacher evaluation processes
The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2012. Submissions and questions can be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Colleen M. Conway, at:

For more information about Arts Education Policy Review including complete submission guidelines, please visit the journal's webpage:

Arts Education Edition of the CQ Researcher

The March 16 issue of the CQ Researcher explores the ability of arts education to improve students’ social and academic skills. It acknowledges the growing body of research that suggests that the arts offer students a unique, valuable way to grow intellectually and emotionally, and that the arts can reduce tardiness and truancy and also help improve test scores. The publication takes a look at the following issues:
  • Does arts education improve academic performance?
  • Does the No Child Left Behind Act harm arts education?
  • Should the arts be integrated into science and math education?
You can download the full report here on the CQ Researcher website. (Please note that you must purchase the report to download it.)

AT&T Accepting Proposals for its Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative

The 2012 AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative is accepting proposals from currently operating high school retention programs consisting of elements aligned to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Dropout Prevention Practice Guide. AT&T is looking to support organizations that are delivering results that reduce the dropout rate in their communities, and are ready to expand their services or strengthen successful programs.

Under the initiative, payments ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 for twenty-four months are available for local programs that emphasize:
  • providing service to high school students at risk of dropping out of school;
  • supporting ninth graders or students in transition from eighth to ninth grade;
  • intervening quickly with targeted services to help these students reengage;
  • increasing students’ chances of earning a high school diploma;
  • preparing students for college and/or a career; and
  • providing substantial data to demonstrate positive outcomes.
The RFP deadline is April 27, 2012. Visit for more information.

New Arts Management Degree Program at Lasell College
The Department of Art and Graphic Design at Lasell College in Newton, MA is offering a new degree program in Arts Management for both the artist interested in the business aspects of the arts or business-minded individuals who are drawn to the arts. The degree features an innovative curriculum plan that includes a combination of studio arts, business management, communications and public relations and other associated courses related to leadership roles in the arts.
The Lasell College arts administration and management program aims to prepare student artists for careers in museum, gallery, theater and community arts program management. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management. For more information, contact

South Arts Introduces the Gerri Combs Scholarship Fund

In honor of its outgoing leader, South Arts has established the Gerri Combs Scholarship Fund to help individuals serving arts and culture organizations to improve their expertise and skills.

The scholarship covers registration fees for the Performing Arts Exchange or Folklorists in the South plus a stipend to help defray the expenses of travel and accommodations. To reach underserved constituents, scholarships will be offered to arts professionals living in the south who have never attended these events in the past, providing an opportunity to those who would not otherwise have been able to attend.

Information about applying for the scholarship will be available in Summer 2012. Stay tuned to for more information.

Summer Professional Development at the Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado

Register today for the Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado (AEIC), an intensive summer professional development training in arts integration presented by Think 360 Arts and Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. 

AEIC is designed for school administrators and K-12 teachers in all content areas to discover teaching techniques that equip students with 21st century skills. AEIC will be held at Denver School of the Arts on June 25-29.

For teachers: “Arts Integrated Approaches to Education”
  • Participate in hands-on workshops with master teaching artists to integrate arts-based practices into teaching and collaborate with arts integration specialists to integrate practices into standards-based curriculum.
For administrators: “Leadership for the 21st Century: Using Creativity to Build Effective Schools”
  • Participate in hands-on workshops with master teaching artists to help connect research-based practices to standardized assessment goals and learn to build educational environments that foster student engagement and 21st century skills.
For more information, and to register online, visit

New Online Conversation Space for Arts in Education

A new online community discussion site, Continuing the Conversation (CtC), provides opportunity and inspiration for substantive dialogue on the issues facing the arts in education community. An initiative with roots in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, CtC brings together professionals and supporters of the field from all over the world. The mission of Continuing the Conversation is to promote and advance dialogue in order to identify and work on urgent issues in the Arts in Education sector and to inspire those involved to lead and create change in this sector and beyond through expanding the place of the arts in education and in society. Follow the link above to join or start a conversation.

Job Opportunities

Executive Director, South Arts (Atlanta, GA)
South Arts, the regional arts organization serving state arts agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, is seeking a new executive director.
South Arts is one of the six non-profit Regional Arts Organizations created to encourage development of the arts and to support arts programs on a regional basis. Other RAOs include Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western States Arts Federation. Each provides technical assistance to their member state arts agencies, supports and promotes artists and arts organizations, and develops and manages arts initiatives on local, regional, national, and international levels. RAOs are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses, and individuals.
The timeline for the search and position description can be found at:

Marketing & Communications Director, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, DC)

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) is the largest national service and advocacy organization for the performing arts and is committed to increasing community participation, promoting global cultural exchange and fostering an environment for performing arts to thrive.  

The Marketing & Communications Director is responsible for the execution of marketing, communications, and membership sales initiatives that effectively position the APAP brand, and support the achievement of revenue and other goals.  The Director works closely with programming, membership, conference and other departments to develop/execute achievable and measurable goals.  

Ideal candidate has a successful professional background and five years of managerial-level experience in marketing/communications.  Experience in performing arts and/or service organizations strongly preferred. Candidate must be effective communicator with outstanding management, business, writing, and creative skills. Candidate must manage multiple priorities and take projects from conception to execution.  For a detailed job description and application instructions, visit the APAP Job Bank.

Membership and Conference Associate, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, DC)

APAP currently seeks a candidate for the position of Membership and Conference Associate. The Membership and Conference Associate is responsible for providing administrative support to the member recruitment, retention and service efforts of the organization. The Associate is responsible for supporting the Conference team on planning, logistics, and production of the annual January APAP|NYC Conference.  This position requires excellent computer and communications skills and the ability to work in a deadline-oriented environment. Work experience in the creative industries, including the performing arts and in a national nonprofit organization preferred. Experience with Microsoft CRM and MS Office a plus. For more information on APAP, visit Interested applicants should email a cover letter outlining qualifications, resume and references for confidential consideration to Please include“Membership and Conference Associate” in the subject line.  No phone calls please. Principals only.

Operations Manager, American Alliance for Theatre & Education (Bethesda, MD)

The American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) seeks an Operations Manager, an integral staff position in the AATE National Office. The Operations Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and manages daily administration of the organization. Duties will fall into these areas:
  • Office Administration
  • Membership
  • Communications
  • Programming & National Conference
Desired skills and credentials include:
  • Knowledge of Google Apps, Association Management Software (ASM), eTapestry, and Adobe suite
  • Passion for arts education and/or theatre for, with, and by young people
  • Knowledge of non-profit management
  • Four-year college degree required
  • 2-3 years’ experience in a non-profit organization or arts organization
AATE offers full-time salary, a benefits package including 401K and Flex Spending Account, generous vacation leave and the opportunity to work with prominent theatre leaders throughout the country. Click here for the full job description and application instructions. The closing date is March 30.

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