July 10, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 12

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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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New From AEP

AEP Director Presents on the Common Core at The Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented its third annual Arts Integration Conference: Exploring an Approach to Teaching on June 24-26, 2013. The Conference explored the “how” of arts integration and provided many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to engaging students in learning. During this conference, AEP Director Sandra Ruppert presented the keynote address on the Common Core State Standards and the arts. Visit the Common Core and the Arts page on AEP's website for resources and information about the Common Core.

Research suggests a positive relationship between visual arts, music, and dance education in out-of-school settings and literacy and language development at the elementary school level. One study, for instance, finds that the amount of music instruction a student receives is related to improvements in their reading fluency, while visual arts participation is related to reading readiness in younger grades (Wandell et al., 2008).

New from Our Partners

NCCAS Arts Standards Draft Now Open for Review

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released PreK-8 draft standards for an online public review ending at midnight on July 15, 2013.

A preliminary invitational review of the draft eighth-grade standards was completed in April. Almost 500 respondents, consisting of groups selected by the NCCAS leadership organizations, as well as state teams of educators, teaching artists, and community arts providers reviewed the work created by discipline writing teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate in the public review. Please visit the NCCAS website for detailed instructions.

American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) National Conference
-Submitted by AATE-

AATE’s 2013 national conference will take place in Washington, DC on July 24-28, 2013. The conference will feature networking opportunities, sessions, and keynote speakers focusing on the theme "ACT NOW! Empowerment Through Artistry and Advocacy". The event kicks off on the evening of July 24 with an opening night celebration that will highlight advocacy for and through the arts and feature a student performance along with a panel discussion exploring how arts educators can advocate at the federal, state, city, and local level for their classrooms and communities. Register for the conference now at

National Medal for Museum and Library Service - Nominations Now Being Accepted

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Museums and libraries that would like to be considered for the National Medal should complete the nomination form by October 15, 2013. For more information and to access the nomination form, please go to

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Webinar About Music Education and Neuroscience
-Submitted by the NEA-

The NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development invites you to a live, public webinar on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 3:30pm (EDT) about music education and neuroscience.

As part of a growing body of research on arts and brain function, music research has many people listening. Neuroscience has helped to demonstrate the work of innovative music-education programs around the country. One such program, Harmony Project, is an award-winning organization that provides research-based music education to at-risk youth in Los Angeles, California. For two decades, neurobiologist Nina Kraus has pioneered multidisciplinary research on how music affects brain function across the lifespan. Dr. Kraus, principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University, will share her latest findings on music learning and brain development as they relate to Harmony Project. 
The webinar is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

Deadline Approaching for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grant

The next deadline for arts education Art Works grant applications is August 8, 2013 for school-based projects. Visit the Art Works: Arts Education guidelines on the NEA's website for more information. To see the full list of recent NEA Art Works grants, go to the Grants Search section of the website.

Very Special Arts (VSA) Program Call for Proposals Now Open

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce VSA’s Program Request for Contract Proposals is now open. Proposals are accepted in seven program areas including arts education programs, workshops, and residencies for children with disabilities in pre-K-12. Awards range from $2,000 to $25,000. Download the Request for Contract Proposals at The deadline to apply is July 31, 2013.

The Kennedy Center to Host “Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference,” August 7-8, 2013
This national conference will provide attendees with innovative and thought provoking sessions addressing an array of topics and emerging issues relevant to providing students with disabilities access to and engagement in arts education. The conference includes more than 56 high quality sessions ranging from current research and exemplary programming to model educational practices across all arts disciplines.

For more information, visit

New From the Field

New Report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, a panel formed by The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has released The Heart of the Matter, a new report on the importance of the humanities and social sciences. The report was commissioned by Representatives Tom Petri (R-Wisc) and David Price (D-NC), and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Mark Warner (D-Va) and identifies three goals and thirteen recommendations for advancing the humanities and social sciences in America.

Visit to download the report.

New Book About the Impact of Arts Integration

The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) released a new book Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education, by Ellen Winner, Thalia R. Goldstein, and Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin. The book examines the state of empirical knowledge about the impact of arts education on outcomes defined as "skills for innovation"; subject-based skills, including in non-arts subjects; skills in thinking and creativity; and behavioral and social skills. The types of arts education examined include arts classes in school, arts-integrated classes, and arts study undertaken outside of school.

Order a hard copy of Art for Art's Sake? The Impact of Arts Education or download a free copy.

U.S. Kids Magazine Cover Contest

U.S. Kids magazine kicks off its 2013-2014 cover contest with the theme “If I Had a Superpower." Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes Jim Davis (cartoonist and creator of Garfield), Shane Sowell (artist for King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and Piggy Nation), and Joyce Raimondo (author of seven children's art books including the Museum of Modern Art's popular Art Safari series). A first-, second-, and third-place winner will be chosen for each magazine. All winners’ schools will receive a donation toward their art programs. To date, U.S. Kids is proud to have awarded more than $100,000 in cash and prizes to help schools sustain their art curricula. More details and entry information are available in the following news release.

The Center for Arts in Education's National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program

The Center for Arts in Education invites arts teachers from public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.

The NATF program provides grants of $5,500 to enable selected arts teachers from all disciplines to rejuvenate their own art-making. A complementary grant of $1,500 is awarded to each Fellow's school to support post-fellowship activities in the classroom.

Applications will be available online by September 27, 2013. For complete program information, visit:


Job Opportunities


Wolf Trap Foundation Fellowship

A 12-month, full-time paid Fellowship position within the Wolf Trap Foundation is available beginning November 2013. Intended for a young professional of color who has recently earned a Master’s degree in the arts or a related discipline, the Fellowship will provide substantive arts management experience in a variety of areas within the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
A $24,000 stipend is provided in addition to a housing and transportation stipend, if needed. Funding for attendance at selected national conferences is also provided. The Fellow will be eligible to receive certain Wolf Trap Foundation benefits, including health insurance and paid time off.  
Fellowship applicants are required to submit an application cover sheet, a statement of purpose, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. For further information, please call 703.937.6304.
Applications are due September 1, 2013.

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 July 23 issue is Friday, July 19.

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