Sept. 25, 2012
Vol. 4, No. 16

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Thanks for a successful Fall 2012 National Forum!

Thank you for attending the AEP Fall 2012 National Forum: Arts Learning Without Borders in Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga is proof positive of what happens when we join forces across the public and private sectors to find arts-centered solutions to help our communities and schools thrive. We hope that this Forum left you inspired and informed so as to keep the arts an essential focus of education reform. 

To help us make our National Forums even better, we want to hear from you! Please take our quick post-Forum survey to share your thoughts and to tell us about your experiences.

Forum Resources Now Available Online

If you missed the National Forum or want to revisit the plenary sessions, visit the AEP website for archived videos, documents, and presentation materials:
Check out some of the great media coverage that AEP and the National Forum received while in Chattanooga:

Did you miss the news segment on WRCB TV featuring NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman? Watch the clip here:

Continue to check back at the AEP website for more updates!
Save the date for the AEP 2013 National Forum: Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, in Washington, DC at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel.

New Features Available on!

Since its launch in April, has been growing and improving, and we’re happy to announce some new features that will make it an even more valuable resource to the field:
  • Social Sharing: Email content to a friend, “like” a specific page on Facebook, or tweet findings and content through Twitter.            
  • Bookmarks: Sign in to ArtsEdSearch using your LinkedIn account. When signed in, you can bookmark interesting ArtsEdSearch content to be stored for future visits under the new “My Bookmarks” tab.
  • Discussions: We’ve added a “Discussions” forum section to ArtsEdSearch where users can discuss ArtsEdSearch content. Use your LinkedIn account to sign in to the forum, read discussion threads, reply to posts, and start new conversations. You can also click on other users’ names and connect to one another directly through LinkedIn.
Try these new features today and discover new ways to incorporate ArtsEdSearch into your work in arts education research, policy, or advocacy.

Research suggests a positive relationship between participation in music, visual art, and drama programs and changes in behavior for students from early learning through high school. For example, Middle school students who participated in drama and visual arts based programs had fewer emotional and behavioral problems than comparison students and were found to be less likely to engage in risky, delinquent, and/or violent behavior (Wright et al., 2006Respress & Lufti, 2006).

ArtsEdSearch Nominated for Arts Schools Network Research Award

AEP’s—the nation’s first online clearinghouse of research and policy information on the benefits of arts learning for students and teachers—has been nominated for the Arts Schools Networks (ASN) 2012-2013 Research Initiative: Institution Award. This award recognizes and honors an organization for its commitment to ongoing research and to dissemination of knowledge in research in arts education that further the goals of the ASN and art education. The winner will be announced at the ASN national conference, Urban Arts Education Landscapes, on October 18, 2012 in Chicago, IL.

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

New from Our Partners

Nominate an Artist for an NEA Lifetime Honor
-Submitted by the NEA Office of Public Affairs-
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is accepting nominations for both its 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowships and 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships. Nominations can be submitted until October 1, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
The NEA annually awards National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists in recognition of their lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.

Nominees must have a record of continuing artistic accomplishment and be actively participating in their art form. Nominate an artist here:
The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows upon a jazz musician for exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. The NEA will also award one A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy to an individual who has made major contributions to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of American jazz. Nominate an artist here:

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.

Celebrate Lights On Afterschool
-Submitted by the Afterschool Alliance-
On October 18, more than 7,500 communities and 1 million Americans will be celebrating the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool. Coordinated by the Afterschool Alliance, this nationwide event underscores the importance of afterschool programs that provide arts enrichment and many other services to our nation’s youth.

Too many children—15.1 million—are missing out on afterschool opportunities. Participate in Lights On Afterschool and help call attention to the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. 

Visit to learn more about Lights On Afterschool, register for an event, access event planning tools, or find out what’s going on in your area. Register by Sept. 26 for a chance to win free boxed meals from E S Foods to serve at your Lights On event! You may also email for more information on how you can order these convenient afterschool meals on a daily basis.

Second Annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium
-Submitted by the Education Policy and Leadership Center-
The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) will host the second annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA. This daylong event will feature presentations and workshops led by state and national leaders in arts and education, including a keynote address by Ayanna Hudson, Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts, and remarks from Sandra Ruppert, Director of the Arts Education Partnership. 
The Symposium will bring together arts educators, artists, arts advocates, school and community leaders, and state and local policymakers to share information about state and local advocacy, the development of new teacher evaluations and national core arts standards, and the role of arts education in preparing a Pennsylvania workforce with 21st century skills.
For more information and to register, please visit

Kennedy Center Receives $6.6 million DoE Grant for Arts Education Programs
-Submitted by the USDoE Office of Innovation and Improvement-

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a grant of $6,640,000 to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to implement and expand its efforts in arts education and arts integration at the national level. Beginning in the first year of a three-year program, this grant will expand student access to the life-changing benefits of an arts education.

The grant will be funded under the Arts in Education National Program, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It will serve pre-K-12 children and youth, with a special emphasis on children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Activities funded by the grant include: professional development for arts educators; development and dissemination of instructional materials; arts-based educational programming; and community and national outreach activities to expand partnerships among schools, school districts, and communities throughout the country.

Click here to read the full press release on the Department of Education’s website.

New USDoE Blog Post: “It’s Arts in Education Week: Let’s Celebrate and Get to Work!”
-Submitted by the USDoE Office of Innovation and Improvement-
“As Arts in Education Week concludes, it is a time to recognize the importance of the arts in a well-rounded education for all students. Through dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, young children explore the world through sight and sound, creative movement, and drama. Through the arts, young persons acquire invaluable cognitive abilities and social skills—problem solving and perseverance, to name only two—that prepare them for the rigors of college, careers, and life in the 21st century. We also know through research that arts-rich schools make for quality learning environments, heightening student engagement and correlating with increases in attendance and decreases in behavior problems, as well as short and long-term academic achievement, including pursuing higher education and college completion…”

Click here to read the full blog post.

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. 

Wallace Foundation Webinar Series: Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities

The final installment of The Wallace Foundation’s free webinar series Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities: New Insights, New Tools will be on Thursday, October 11 from 1-2pm. The webinar topic is Improving Quality Systemwide. It will feature the Forum for Youth Investment’s new how-to guide for out of school time (OST) systems-builders that identifies the key stages and steps in building quality improvement systems (QIS) for after-school.

Register online today to attend this session. The first webinar in this series, All About Intermediaries, is archived here on The Wallace Foundation’s website.

Ovation’s Arts Ed Toolkit Presents Art in Progress, Profiling Leading Contemporary Artists
-Submitted by Ovation-
Ovation—the only multi-platform network celebrating art, artists, and all forms of artistic story-telling—presents a new Educator’s Toolkit for its Art in Progress program series. Art in Progress offers an unprecedented look at the world’s leading contemporary artists as they actively engage in the creative process. Programs feature British artists Anthony Caro (sculptor), Conrad Shawcross (sculptor), and Sheila Girling (abstract artist), and American artist Donald Sultan. The Educator’s Toolkit features streaming program clips and National Standards-based curriculum for visual and language arts developed with Ovation’s education partner, The J. Paul Getty Museum. Educators can log onto to access these and other free resources for grades 9-12.

NEA and NIH Co-host Webinar on New Culture and Health Funding Opportunity 
You are invited to a live, free webinar on Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:00–4:00 pm, EST to learn about a new funding opportunity on the arts and social sciences from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
How does culture affect health-related beliefs and practices? Artists and arts organizations may help answer this question. This Request for Applications (RFA) will support research projects that bring together social and behavioral researchers and arts and cultural experts to gain new insights into the relationships between culture and health. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is co-hosting this webinar with the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.
Guests and speakers
  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA
  • Bill Elwood, Coordinator, NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network
  • Eva Caldera, Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives, National Endowment for the Humanities
Join the webinar here: An archive of the webinar will be available on Monday, October 8, 2012 at

New from the Field

Education Leaders Attend Education Summit
Teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and leaders in the field of education met this week for the third annual Education Nation in New York City. Hosted by NBC News in the New York Public Library, attendees participated in panel discussions on a wide variety of topics including the Common Core and ensuring that students graduate college and career ready, STEM schools, the importance of and approaches to early childhood learning, and the impact of education on national security, among others. The summit is a part of Education Nation Week in NYC. To learn more about the summit and Education Nation Week, visit the Education Nation site here.

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Now Accepting Submissions for Annual Awards
-Submitted by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation-
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting submissions for its annual awards program which honors the outstanding, creative work of individuals in preserving and promulgating the Marine Corps’ history, traditions, and culture. Marines and civilians alike may submit their own entries or the distinguished work of others for award consideration. Awards will be presented at the Foundation’s annual ceremony on April 20, 2013. The submissions deadline is January 9, 2013.
The Foundation recognizes superior achievement in literature, art, photography, videography, and museum exhibits. Award categories include historical scholarship, journalism, and letters and arts. The awards submissions will be reviewed by a distinguished and diverse panel of editors from major regional and national media outlets, as well Marines, authors, and noted photographers.
For a detailed list of the award categories and submission requirements, please visit:

Education Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently
-Submitted by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation-
The application deadline is approaching for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation’s Education Grants for projects that integrate the arts into educational programming. The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. The foundation’s Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs.

Educators may apply for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving project. Visit the grant webpage ( to learn about last year’s grant recipients and funded projects and for information on applying for 2012 grants. The application deadline is September 30, 2012.

Job Opportunities

Executive Director, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (Baltimore, MD)
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 October 9 issue is Friday, October 5.
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