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Volume 4, Issue 9 - May 22, 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.

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, and 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 will be open until filled and is based in Washington, DC.  For the full job description, including requirements, qualifications and application instructions, please visit

Mark Your Calendars for the Fall 2012 National Forum
Join AEP in Chattanooga, TN, “The Scenic City,” during National Arts in Education Week for a vibrant conversation on the topic of integrative thinking. This Forum will feature unique initiatives among education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic sectors that are thinking and working differently from their traditional roles. Arts and education leaders are looking at these unique collaborations to reimagine a new kind of learning environment – one that uses arts learning to shape a nation of creative, collaborative thinkers.  
For an example of integrative thinking, read how Normal Park Magnet School in Chattanooga partners with museums to build observations skills and engage students in their own learning.

Registration Information
  • Partners-Only Early Registration-$250.00: June 11 – June 24, 2012 (midnight, EST)
  • General Registration-$250.00: June 25 – August 17, 2012 (midnight, EST)
  • Late Registration-$280.00: August 18, 2012 – September 13, 2012
Additional information, including National Forum registration policies, can be found on the AEP website.

Our host hotel is The Chattanoogan Hotel and Conference Center.  Take advantage of the special National Forum rate of $129 per night available now through Friday, August 24th.

Small Group Session Proposals
AEP Partners and the public are invited to submit a Small Group Session proposal now through Friday, June 29 (5:00pm, EST). The RFP and submission information can be found on the AEP Website.

Calling All Student Artists!
Students from school- and community-based arts programs are invited to enter the Young Artist Award competition for the chance to have their artwork appear on the front cover of the National Forum program booklet. Complete details can be found here; entries are due by Friday, June 29 (midnight, EST).

Your One-Stop-Shop for Research, Policy, and Advocacy
is Now Open

Over 4,000 people from over 40 countries have explored, AEP’s new digital resource that is your one-stop shop for arts learning research, policy, and advocacy information. ArtsEdSearch’s user-friendly design helps you easily navigate research on the personal, academic, cognitive, social and civic outcomes of arts learning for all learners from early childhood through adulthood.  Start exploring today, and make ArtsEdSearch a part of your work in ensuring a high quality education that includes the arts for every student.

Research at various grade levels has established connections between arts education and greater teacher enjoyment and satisfaction. Studies find that when teachers integrate the arts, they experiment with their curricula and pedagogical approaches, resulting in increased engagement in their teaching.

Visit AEP's New Website!
New. Fresh. Vibrant! AEP’s website has undergone a spring makeover and we welcome you to take a closer look.  With its user-friendly design, splash of color and evolving rich content, the site was designed with you in mind and we hope you visit often. You’ll want to check out these new highlights and spread the word:
  • Fall 2012 National Forum in Chattanooga, TN
  • Newly Updated State Policy Database providing the latest information on state policies supporting arts learning
  • - AEP’s new clearinghouse for arts education research and policy at your fingertips
  • New National Reports on arts access by the U.S. Department of Education and National Endowment for the Arts
Email and tell us what you think about the new site.  We would love to hear from you!

New From Our Partners 

Video of Arts Education Report Release Event Now Available

Last month, the External Affairs and Outreach team of the U.S. Department of Education held a release event for the new report: “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10.” The event was held at the Myrtilla Miner Elementary School in Washington, DC, and it featured speakers Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education; Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics; and Mary Schmidt Campbell, Vice Chairman, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Video of this event is now available online. You can download the report here from the Department of Education. This event is also featured in the April edition of “School Days,” the DOE Office of Communications and Outreach’s monthly retrospective on the Department’s key activities.

AATE Announces New Executive Director

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) announced this month the appointment of Marcie Granahan as the association’s new Executive Director. She is the third executive director since the organization’s incorporation in 1987 and follows Lynne Kingsley who stepped down last month.

Prior to joining AATE, Granahan was the CEO of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. She has also served as Executive Director of the National Center for Responsible Gaming and Vice President of Member Resources and Strategic Relations at the American Society of Association Executives.

Granahan has been a compelling spokesperson and advocate, presenting at national and regional conferences, authoring numerous articles in industry publications, and testifying before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures. She resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and their three children.  Her youngest, a child with learning differences, has benefitted greatly from the performing and theatre arts.

AFTA Announces Arts Education Sessions at 2012 Annual Convention

The 2012 Annual Convention of Americans for the Arts will feature sessions focusing on how arts education organizations can have an impact on school and community-wide issues such as changing demographics, economic hardship, and workforce development. Participants will learn to “Be the Solution” and learn to craft effective advocacy messages with a brand new publication, “The Arts Education Field Guide.” The convention will feature a special innovator session featuring Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth discussing El Sistema. Tricia will be signing her new book Changing Lives before her session in the Center Stage area. For a full list of arts education sessions, click here.

To register for the 2012 Annual Convention June 8-10 in San Antonio, TX, visit For more information, please contact Kristen Engebretsen, Arts Education Program Coordinator, at

New From The Field

Alliance for Excellent Education Briefing on Digital Learning

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) invites you to a briefing: “Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered By Digital Learning,” to be held Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 9:30-11:30am at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Meeting twenty-first-century learning demands requires a shift in the education system to a learner-centered instructional model driven by high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology. Teachers must be empowered to take on new professional roles required through job-embedded and meaningful professional learning opportunities. All4Ed’s new policy brief on this subject explores the characteristics of a learner-centered approach to education and the support educators and schools require in implementing it successfully.

Click here to read the full event description which includes featured speakers. RSVP by Friday, May 25, 2012 with subject line “RSVP: May 31 Teacher Culture Shift Event” to or contact Shawnice Hood at 202.828.0828. Hosts Online Arts Integration Conference

You're invited to participate in Connectivity: An Arts Integration Virtual Conference on July 31, 2012 which will explore arts integration strategies, research, and implementation methods from nationally-renowned arts integration experts.  Presenters include Susan Riley, author of Shake the Sketch: An Arts Integration Workbook; Rosalind Flynn, educational drama consultant with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Touring Workshops for Teachers; Ali Oliver-Krueger, Arts Education Specialist with InterAct Story Theater; Jessica Balsley, founder of, and many more. 

Registration is $75 and includes a complimentary copy of Shake the Sketch, access to all of the day's presentations online, and a members-only online community where you can download the presentations and materials, and interact with all of the presenters and conference participants before, during, and after the conference.  To register and to find out more information, please go to:

Interlochen Symposium on the Future of the Arts

Interlochen Center for the Arts invites you to Information, Space, and Time: The Arts, Creativity and Learning in the 21st Century, a four-day symposium exploring the future of arts education. The event will take place October 10-13, 2012, at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI.

Amazing developments in technology and media, changing generational demographics, and more have ushered in new roles for teachers, performers and consumers; emerging challenges for leadership; new demands on schools, organizations and artists; and a new balance between craft, history and tradition. At this symposium, participants will explore these changes and look ahead to the future of the arts. Speakers include Tony Kushner, Liz Lerman, Billy Childs, Carolyn Forche, and more. Attendees will participate in workshops, discussion groups, and creative sessions designed to help participants understand that the future lies in blending and bending disciplines, while taking traditions in new directions. For more information on the symposium including registration instructions, visit

Summer Intensive from Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's Center for Flamenco Arts

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s Center for Flamenco Arts announces a new three-day professional development Summer Intensive for Educators July 16-18, 2012.  The intensive will include daily introductory Flamenco technique classes taught by guest artist Antonio Hilgado, and curriculum workshops with Flamenco Vivo’s Director of Arts Education, Jessica Wilt. The workshops are aligned with the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, the Common Core national standards, and technology integration using SmartBoard. A special master lecture with Artistic Director Carlota Santana, a guided field trip to the Hispanic Society, and a Flamenco Vivo company performance at Rutgers University will be included. (Transportation and housing accommodations and fees are the responsibility of the attendee.)

Only a few spots are available, so register today!
For more information or to register, please visit or contact Jessica Wilt, the Director of Arts Education at or 212.736.4499.

Community-Word Project’s 2012 Summer Institute for Advanced Teaching Artists

The deadline for Community-Word Project’s 2012 Summer Institute for Advanced Teaching Artists is fast approaching! June 1 is the deadline for applications to the three-day, intensive workshop being held in NYC on July 20th, 23rd, and 24th, 2012.
The Summer Institute focuses on innovation, multi-disciplinary arts integration, curriculum development, evaluation/assessment, critical thinking skills, and classroom management.

Where: Community Resource Exchange, 42 Broadway, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10004
When: Friday, July 20, Monday, July 23, and Tuesday, July 24
Who: Writers, Visual Artists, Musicians, Dancers, and Theater Artists with 2+ years experience teaching in a public school setting.
The Summer Institute’s training curriculum is based on Community Word Project’s creative process exploration methods, teaching practices, and philosophy developed over 12 years in the NYC public school system.
For further details and to download the application:, or contact Program Director Khalil Murrell at

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