Dec. 12, 2012
Vol. 4, No. 21

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

AEP Website Spotlight

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Happy Holidays and All the Best in the New Year!
AEP wishes you a very merry holiday season and a happy, healthy new year. We believe that 2013 will be a significant year for arts education so stay tuned to the ArtsEdDigest to learn about the many exciting ventures we have in store for the coming year.
In observance of the holidays, AEP staff will be out of the office from December 24-January 2, and there will be no AEP Digest issued on Tuesday, December 25 (of course!).

Mark Your Calendars for the AEP 2013 National Forum

On Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, 2013, AEP will convene its 2013 National Forum: Arts, Education, and the Next America, in the Nation’s Capital at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel.

National Forum registration begins January 2013:

  • Early Registration for AEP Partner Organizations: $250; Jan. 21-Jan. 31 (midnight EST)
  • General Registration: $250; Feb. 1-March 16 (midnight EST)
  • Late Registration: $280; March 17-April 4 (midnight EST)
About AEP Forums:
With the goal of strengthening our nation’s public education system, AEP’s National Forums convene the country’s foremost leaders in education, arts, business, culture, government, and philanthropy to discuss what works in arts education and to advance best practices that help ensure a complete education for every child in America.
Why Attend?
AEP National Forums provide a platform for sharing emerging research and shaping policy recommendations that improve schools and help students succeed. The National Forums have featured speakers such as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman, PBS Education Correspondent John Merrow, and many other prominent figures.
AEP will hold only one National Forum in 2013; you won't want to miss this important conversation in American education. Stay tuned to and the ArtsEdDigest for concurrent session RFPs, program details, and more.

RISD President John Maeda to Deliver a Keynote Address at AEP National Forum

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is proud to announce that John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), will deliver a keynote address at the AEP 2013 National Forum April 4-5 in Washington, DC.

John Maeda is a leader who integrates technology, design, and business into a 21st century synthesis of creativity and innovation. His work as an artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, and educator earned him the distinction of being named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire.

More on Maeda:

  • Read his official biography on the RISD website
  • June 2012 TED Talk: How Art, Technology, and Design Inform Creative Leaders
  • In his book Redesigning Leadership (2011), Maeda shares what he learned about leadership during his transformation from tenured professor to RISD president. Maeda, writing as an artist and designer, a technologist, and a professor, discusses intuition and risk-taking, "transparency," and other leadership lessons learned. Book signing to follow keynote address at the National Forum, April 5.

Grammy-nominated Foster The People Supports AEP with New Book, Quiet Art

Foster The Future, the charity initiative of the Grammy-nominated band Foster The People, partnered with Irv's Storytime this summer to create a collaborative book using illustrations from fans across the US.

The finished book, Quiet Art is the story of a little girl, Wilda, and her persistent efforts to use art to communicate with the noisy, impatient world around her.  Everyone is telling her to be "quiet!" and she must learn, with support from her Grandma Gert, to express herself and use the power of her own imagination to rebuild trust, faith and family.
This book is a product of Irv's Storytime, an organization that brings people together to share, illustrate and produce collaborative stories. For Quiet Art, 70% of the book's profits will benefit the Arts Education Partnership (AEP).

AEP Post-Election Brown Bag Lunch
AEP hosted an informal yet informational post-election brown bag lunch last week for our Partner organizations in the DC area. The group reviewed federal, state, and local election results with an eye towards implications for education in general and the arts in particular. The group plans to reconvene quarterly to continue the conversation.

Please visit the AEP website for slides from the lunch.

Spring Communications Internship

AEP seeks a Communications Intern for a part-time (20 hours/week), 12-week internship beginning in January 2013.

The Communications Intern is a member of a small staff that relies on active and effective teamwork. The position is based in Washington, DC and does not require travel outside of the District of Columbia. The intern will participate in various internal and external communications projects with responsibilities that include:
  • Drafting and editing copy for media releases, fact sheets, e-blasts, etc.;
  • Assisting in the creation of an internal document to capture AEP institutional memory and organizational policies;
  • Researching individual, corporate, and foundation prospects;
  • Assisting with writing proposals and letters of inquiry;
  • Assisting with managing and maintaining AEP’s association management system;
  • Participating in the planning and execution of the AEP 2013 National Forum in Washington, DC on April 4-5 and other special meetings or webinars.
The full internship description and application instructions can be found here on the AEP website. The application deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 13, 2012.

A significant body of research demonstrates a positive relationship between arts education and young children’s literacy and language development. For example, dramatic play provides pre-readers and writers an active context for learning about literacy, using literacy skills, and exploring new and abstract concepts. Other research demonstrates a positive relationship between arts integration programs and standard measures of emergent literacy, cognitive, and language functions.

New from Our Partners

NEA Now Accepting Applications for The Big Read
-Submitted by the National Endowment for the Arts-
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Eligible organizations are invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000 for community programs such as author readings, art exhibits, lectures, music or dance events, and other events.

Grantees receive access to online training resources and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. For more information on how to apply, visit Applications are due Wednesday, February 5, 2013.

NEA Awards $23.3 M in Grants through Art Works Program
-Submitted by the National Endowment for the Arts-
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the NEA will award 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through its Art Works program, the NEA’s largest funding category. The supported projects span 13 artistic disciplines and fields and focus primarily on the creation of work and the presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. In addition, the NEA will award Creative Writing Fellowships to 40 outstanding poets for a total of $1 million. This grant announcement is the first of several for fiscal year 2013. These grants emerged from applications submitted to the March 2012 deadline.

You can learn about the grantees and their programs here on the NEA website.

Deadline Approaching for NEA Our Town Grants
-Submitted by the National Endowment for the Arts-

The deadline is soon approaching for the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) primary creative placemaking grants program, Our Town. Applications are due Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:59pm. Guidelines and application materials for Our Town, are currently available on the NEA website. Grants may range from $25,000 to $200,000. 

Our Town grants support creative placemaking projects that incorporate excellent artistic practice or the production of artwork.

Call for Proposals for Southeast Center for Education in the Arts Forum
-Submitted by the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts-
The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) seeks proposals for its 2013 Arts and Education Forum entitled “Create, Perform, Log-on.” The SCEA forum will be held May 15-17, 2013 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
This meeting will examine how professional development can adapt to innovations in technology, art making, and teaching practice.
SCEA welcomes proposals for challenge sessions, demonstration/experience sessions, and open roundtable discussions within three “Forum Strands": Teaching and Learning, Artistry, and Collaboration. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, February 1. Click here for more information, including instructions for submitting a proposal and registration details.

EdTA Releases 2012 Survey of High School Theatre
-Submitted by the Educational Theatre Association-

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has released a new national survey of the state of high school theatre in the United States. The 2012 Survey of Theatre in United States High Schools, created in partnership with Utah State University, was published in a special edition of EdTA’s quarterly journal, Teaching Theatre (available both electronically and in print).
The new survey is the first comprehensive study of the field since 1991. The survey results include findings on participation in drama programs, employment and qualifications of theatre teachers and teaching artists, the theatre curriculum and assessment, perceptions of the value of theatre programs, budgets and finances, facilities, and technology and new media.

2013 VSA Young Soloists Competition

The Kennedy Center invites entries from musicians ages 14 to 25 with a disability for the 2013 International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to international and domestic applicants, individuals, ensembles of two to five members, and musicians of all genres.

Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians who have a disability. The Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and the international arena, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Competition guidelines, the application, and more information can be found at:

Folk Arts + Arts Integration
-Submitted by Local Learning-
Local Learning announces publication of a handbook for incorporating folk arts and artists into arts integration approaches (available online here). The guide includes how-to's, key definitions, and worksheets. Based on Local Learning in Lafayette—an NEA-funded pilot program to develop folk arts integrated residencies in Lafayette, Louisiana—the handbook offers strategies for adapting this model in any community. This project and City Lore's folk arts integrated residencies were featured in a recent Local Learning workshop at the 2012 American Folklore Society meeting in New Orleans. Check out the handbook and see City Lore's teaching artists and folk artists in action at

Contact Paddy Bowman to learn more about how to include folk arts in arts-integration projects.

Job Opportunities

Associate Dean for Research, College of Arts & Architecture, Penn State University (State College, PA)
The College of Arts & Architecture at Penn State University seeks a creative and strategic scholar for the role of Associate Dean for Research to lead its research initiatives. The Associate Dean will be a research advocate supporting faculty research agendas, encouraging collaborative interdisciplinary research, and facilitating increased grant activity through federal, foundation, and other funding sources.

For the complete job description, including qualifications and application instructions, visit the “Executive and Administration” section of the Penn State Career Opportunities webpage.

Program Assistant, DC/MD/VA Regional Program, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts (Vienna, VA)
The Wolf Trap Institute seeks a full-time program assistant to provide administrative support and coordination for programs and activities of its DC/MD/VA Regional Program. Responsibilities include:
  • coordination of program services and distribution of program information
  • maintaining databases and generating program reports
  • responding to inquiries and requests, scheduling, and booking travel arrangements
For more information, including application instructions, visit the announcement on the Wolf Trap website.

Executive Director, Newark School of the Arts (Newark, NJ)
-Submitted by Arts Consulting Group-
The mission of the Newark School of the Arts (NSA) is to provide private and group instruction in the performing and visual arts for people of all ages, regardless of their financial need or artistic ability. NSA seeks an Executive Director to provide leadership and managerial direction. Overall responsibilities include:
  • maximizing earned and contributed revenue
  • cultivating community relationships to expand enrollment
  • building NSA’s reputation as a cultural and educational leader in the City and region
 For the full job description and application instructions, visit the NSA website.

Deputy Chariman for Management and Budget, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)
-Submitted by the National Endowment for the Arts-

The NEA is currently seeking a Deputy Chairman for Management and Budget to join the Chairman's senior leadership team. Successful candidates will be enterprising, curious, and have a deep understanding of people. They will also have strategic planning, communications, collaboration, and staff leadership skills, as well as financial and human resources acumen.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and reports to the NEA's Senior Deputy Chairman (SDC). The position oversees the Administrative Services, Budget, Finance, Grants and Contracts, and Human Resources offices. Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals within the Civil Service.

For the full job description and application instructions, see the position announcement on the USA Jobs website.

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 January 8 issue is Friday, January 4.
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