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Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, 6.1 January 2017 - Special Issue: Call of Submissions: CURATING AS A CONDITION OF ART EDUCATION. Guest Editor, Donal O’Donoghue. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016. This special issue of Visual Inquiry will investigate the unique potential of contemporary curatorial practice for enlarging and extending the philosophical, theoretical and practical orientations of K-12 art education. Despite the growing significance of the figure of the curator in the contemporary art world and the renewed interest in the exhibition as a “constructed situation’, an autonomous life form, a mode of conversation, and a site for knowledge production, little attention is given to curatorial practice and curatorial thought in the field of art education at the K-12 level. 

#ThinkOutside Student Design Challenge. The Student Design Challenge invites high school students across the US to “think outside” and submit designs for an outdoor chair inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s world-renowned collection. The winning design will be manufactured by Target for exclusive use in Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. Submissions are accepted now through February 21, 2016.

K-12 teachers are invited to apply for the upcoming year of the ART21 Educators program. ART21 Educators is a year-long professional learning community that brings together teachers from all subject areas interested in using contemporary art and ART21 films as resources for innovative teaching and learning across subject areas. Teachers are invited to apply from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The 2016-2017 program combines a six-day summer institute in New York City (July 6-11, 2016) with participation in a virtual community and distance learning sessions (July 2016-May 2017). Visit the ART21 website for additional information about the program, including FAQs, and a link to the online application. Applications must be received by March 20, 2016. Attend a Q&A Session: To speak with ART21 staff and alumni about the program, all are invited to attend an online Q&A session on Monday, February 22, 2016 8:30-9:30 p.m. EST. Visit the ART21 website to register for a session.

Landmarks of American History and Culture - Summer Workshops for Teachers. Th?is? NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop will allow an interdisciplinary group of teachers to enrich their knowledge of the Civil War by learning about ways that collective memories develop and circulate. Workshop participants will study the monuments and significant collections of objects and artifacts housed at cultural institutions throughout the Richmond, Virginia region. Through the lectures, site visits, discussions, and interacting with primary source materials, teachers will come to understand the complexities of the collective memories of the Civil War, focusing on how collective memory tends to over simplify and present narrow versions of history. We will focus on how collective memories circulate and are represented through historic and artistic means. The workshops will be the weeks of: June 26-July 1 and July 10-July 16?. Participants must apply by March 1, 2016. All participants who complete the entire workshop will receive a stipend of $1,200 that ?is intended to help cover the costs of lodging, travel, meals, etc. Full-time and part-time K-12 teachers are invited to apply.

Science without Borders® ChallengeKhaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Science without Borders® Challenge is an international art competition that engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The Science without Borders® Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. The theme for the 2016 Science without Borders® Challenge is “Fishing Under the Radar.”This theme was chosen to coincide with a new film the Foundation is producing about fishing. The SWB Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries. The deadline for entry into this year’s Science without Borders® Challenge is Monday, April 25, 2016.

VIDEO: Mosaics at Heritage Middle School in Hilliard. The art department at Hilliard Heritage Middle School in Columbus, Ohio received a grant which was used to create mosaic murals that are now installed in our school's courtyard. Many students, parents, staff and members of the Hilliard community were involved in the creation of these murals. They are a great example of how art education is changing the lives of students, teachers and the community in which we serve. The producer at WOSU-PBS heard about the project that we were doing and decided to do a segment on it. This segment is featured on the Emmy award winning PBS show "Broad and High". 

Utah. Erin Hanson's Painted Parks Collection || Now Showing at the St. George Art Museum. January 16th marked the kick-off of Erin Hanson's Painted Parks at the St. George Art Museum. We are excited to share images and information about this exciting new museum exhibition, which features works inspired by our National Parks in honor of the National Park Service's centennial through 2016. 

From No Child Left Behind to Every Student Succeeds Act: Where Do We Go From Here? What lessons were learned from efforts at school improvement under NCLB? How can districts and state education agencies incorporate those lessons into the new Every Student Succeeds Act? (School Turnaround Learning Community)

INSIDE THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT. The year-end passage and signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act represents more than just a rare bipartisan agreement on the part of the nation’s chronically polarized policymakers. For the first time in more than a decade—and a half-century after enactment of the country’s main K-12 law—Congress has redefined the federal role in elementary and secondary education. And it’s done so in a way that aims to enhance the authority of states and school districts that had long chafed at the strictures of ESSA’s predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week)


Simmons Graduate Internship Program, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan. The Henry Ford’s Simmons Internship Program is designed for current graduate students pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, conservation labs, or related fields. This internship provides participants with a great opportunity to gain in-depth work experience in a major American history museum. Stipend and Terms of Internship: Simmons interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable. The Simmons Internship Program is funded by the Vera W. and Walter E. Simmons Endowment Fund. Applications should include: A letter of application, stating how your graduate studies, work and/or volunteer experience and personal interests qualify you for the specific project; A résumé; Two letters of recommendation regarding your qualifications for the internship, submitted directly by the authors. The deadline for application is Friday, February 26 (postmarked or emailed by 11:59 PM EST).

The Foundation of Art in Embassies Brings High Art and Innovation to U.S. Schools. If you haven't heard of The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), you will be properly impressed by their great ingenuity. According to their website they provide "permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide, contributing to the U.S. Department of State's mission of cultural diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding within the diplomatic community and the international public. All artworks commissioned or placed by FAPE are gifts, representing the generosity of some of the United States' greatest artists and philanthropists. As of 2015, FAPE's donations include permanent works by more than 200 preeminent American artists placed in more than 140 countries. (The Huffington Post)

Vans Opens Registration for Seventh Annual Vans Custom Culture Design Competition for U.S. High Schools. Vans kicks off the seventh annual Vans Custom Culture competition, a national contest designed to give high school students a platform to embrace creative expression while joining a movement to support arts education. Starting today, high school art teachers can register their school to compete against thousands of other students, creating custom designs using blank Vans shoes as their canvas. The winning submission will receive a $50,000 donation from Vans to help foster the school's #RightToArt movement, along with the potential that the school will see one of its designs produced for sale at select Vans retail locations and From January 5 through February 12 at 5 p.m. PT, high school art teachers can register their students for the 2016 competition at the Vans Custom Culture website: Students will be provided four pairs of blank Vans shoes and will be challenged to create designs that represent the four themes of the Vans "Off The Wall" lifestyle: action sports, arts, music and local flavor.

Under ESSA, States, Districts to Share More Power. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the latest version of the nation's main K-12 law, aims to scale back the hands-on federal role in elementary and secondary education. Read more. (Education Week) 


2015: what a year for the arts! 2015 was a huge year for the arts! From increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to a monumental education reform bill, arts and arts education policy have progressed immensely this past year. Take a look at everything advocates like you have achieved this year: Arts education policy enacted, dedicated funding for arts education secured, new funding for the NEA, key charitable giving tax provisions made permanent, new opportunities for STEAM education approved, arts eligibility in Title I funding retained, and after school programs preserved. 

How to Teach Multiplication by Teaching Art. Teacher Amanda Koonlaba offers a lesson plan for showing how art and math can work together, giving students a chance to create something while learning. (Education Week/Teacher)

Arts Help Development of Social, Emotional Skills in Early Childhood. A new review of research on arts and early childhood from the National Endowment for the Arts finds that arts programs help children develop social and emotional skills in early childhood — but that there's still a need for more research on different artistic disciplines and on how arts can affect different groups of students. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Machine learning for artists. This spring I will be teaching a course at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) called “Machine Learning for Artists.” Since the subject is fairly uncommon outside of the realm of scientific research, I thought it would be helpful to outline my motivations for offering this class. (medium)

Wash, D.C. These are the most exciting museum happenings in 2016. Farewell to the year of the National Building Museum's ball pit, the National Museum of American History's fancy new wing and the Renwick Gallery's highly anticipated comeback. 2016 promises a flurry of activity when it comes to museum happenings, with even a reincarnation of "The Beach's" plastic balls in the works. Here are some of the most exciting museum openings projected for next year. (WP)

How Creativity Makes Us Feel Alive. Adapted from Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. Our selves are constantly evolving as we learn more about the world and our own identities and seek meaning in our experiences. According to Michael Piechowski, the process of inner transformation is itself a creative process, for through the process of advanced inner development, you are literally creating a new self. Similarly, Rosa Aurora Chávez-Eakle and colleagues note that “the creative process allows self-reorganizations that makes [it] possible to experience states that seem to be pathological. . . . A highly creative individual is in constant self-actualization. . . . Creativity makes life worth living, and involves a strong sense of being alive.” Or as Nietzsche put it, those who actively create and re-create themselves are truly “free spirits”?—?artistic creators of their own lives. (medium)

ESSA UPDATE. On December 18, the Department took the first steps toward implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed into law just a week earlier to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replace the more onerous requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

First, the Department issued a Dear Colleague letter to states to offer some initial guidance about a few of the most immediate and pressing questions as states, school districts, and schools transition to the ESSA.  Over the coming months, the agency will provide ongoing guidance on the transition; the letter begins that process.  In particular, the letter addresses: Title I assessment peer review; annual measurable objectives (AMOs) and annual measureable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for school years 2014-15 and 2015-16; conditions and other related requirements under ESEA flexibility; priority and focus school lists; and educator evaluation and support systems under ESEA flexibility.

Second, the Department launched the rulemaking process by previewing a Request for Information (RFI) to be published in the Federal Register seeking advice and recommendations for Title I regulations under the ESSA.  The RFI is a part of the agency’s effort to solicit input from states, teachers, educator organizations, business leaders, civil rights advocates, parents, students, and others about the implementation of the law.  The filing specifically notes that the agency is considering conducting negotiated rulemaking on academic assessments and the requirement that Title I, Part A funds be used to supplement not supplant state and local funds and invites comments on those issues.  It also requests feedback on other areas which the Department should regulate.  The public comment period will be open for 30 days.

The Department will hold two public hearings in January to collect feedback on transition to the new law:

Monday, January 11, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time at the University of California-Los Angeles’ Carnesale Commons.

To present comments during these meetings, please RSVP to no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on January 4, 2016, for the Washington, D.C., hearing and 5:00 p.m. ET on January 12, 2016, for the Los Angeles hearing.  Also, the Washington, D.C., hearing will be live streamed (the RFI has details). A reminder that this information is posted on the Department’s ESEA web page, and questions may be directed to

Live Mas Scholarship Opportunity. Taco Bell Foundation is awarding $1 million in scholarships to young adults (16-24). They are looking for innovators, creators, and dreamers who have the passion to pursue their unique dreams. If chosen, they’ll help pay for your post-high school educational pursuit. The Live Más Scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. No essays, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. They’re looking for the next generation of innovators, creators, and dreamers – whose post-high school education we will help fund. The Taco Bell Foundation will be awarding 220 scholarships to deserving recipients, ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 each. View Commercial



NAHS Sponsors: National Leadership Opportunity: Apply Now! The National Council of the National Art Honor Society is accepting applications for the Secondary Level Member At Large. Term: National Council members serve 2-year terms. The next term will begin immediately following the 2016 NAEA National Convention and conclude in March 2018. Qualifications: Secondary Level Members At Large must be active members of NAEA with a registered chapter of NAHS for the 2015-2016 school year. APPLY: Download and complete the standardized vita and consent to serve form at Submit completed application materials to: (preferred method). 

STEAM REPORT & CASE STUDIES. Throughout 2015, the Ovation Foundation, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Americans for the Arts identified, awarded grants, and profiled effective practices in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) education through the innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards Program. The final report has been released as a resource to the field of educators and program administrators that are interested in STEAM education.  

6 STEAM tinkering tools for the holidays. The year that (almost) was brought with it a renewed, and much welcome, interest in science and technology, as STEAM, makerspaces, 3D printing, and coding all became hot topics. Each year, as parents look to celebrate the various holidays with our kids, many of us rack our brains trying to find gifts that are both fun and educational. This year is no different and fortunately, the latest STEAM push has made many of the learning tools very desirable as holiday gifts. These six ed-tech tools that will undoubtedly spark the creative and innovative side of kids of all ages (parents and teachers included). These tools are dynamic, engaging, and fun for everyone. Best of all, they’ll help students focus on higher-order thinking skills as they make, design, create, and code their way into 2016. (eSchool News)

(Digital) Art vs Design: A Functional Definition. In 2014 I gave a talk at the Eyeo Festival titled “Field Reports From The Trenches Of Art & Technology”. It explored some of the paradoxes and inconveniences inherent in art practices that inhabit the same cultural space as technology-driven design and startup culture. Sharing (and inventing) tools, tropes and terminology with a rapidly shifting field dominated by corporate interests and“disruptive” (and often somewhat accidental) drivers of social change makes for a bumpy, if interesting, ride. To lay audiences and the conservative observer, digital art may appear indistinguishable from the latest interactive “brand experience”. The subtleties of how art practices operating in this space differ from other agendas is easily lost in the noise of hype bubbles and novelty-driven viral content. (medium)

NYC Releases Annual Arts in Schools Report 2014-15. Among several positive developments noted in this year’s report, the following gains were particularly encouraging: 1. Funding for school-based arts education increased by almost $32 million last year over the previous year. This reflects not only the annual $23 million financial investment, but also principals committing to increase arts programming in their schools. 2. There was a citywide increase of 175 arts teachers working in public schools last year. This represents a 7 percent increase over the previous year and the highest level in over a decade; and 3. The percentage of schools that have at least one arts and cultural partnership increased from 84% in 2013-2014 to 87% in 2014-2015. (Americans for the Arts)

Md. Call for Artwork for Second Annual Art Teachers Show, Teacher as Artist: Symbols of the Creative Classroom. Pyramid Atlantic is a vibrant, people-loving arts center located in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The gallery show will take place February 5 - February 27, 2016. They will provide you with a month long gallery show, opening reception night, press release to all contacts including printed postcards, info will be sent out in weekly newsletter, on our blog, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts. Requirements: To apply you must be a K-12 art teacher currently employed (part time or full time) in a school. Original artwork must have been created in 2014 to present. Entry Fee: There is a $35 nonrefundable application fee. 

SAVE THE DATE! Arts Advocacy Day, March 7-8, 2016 | Washington, DC. Join arts advocates from across the country on March 7-8, 2016 in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day and make your voice heard! Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

Ed. Dept. Sketches Out Transition to ESSA From NCLB, Previews Regulation. The U.S. Department of Education wasted no time in giving states initial guidance on transition from the No Child Left Behind Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Read more. (Education Week)

ESSA and Other Fed Ed Policy Updates. The U.S. Department of Education is seeking public advice and feedback on issues that will be the subject of regulations to help implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed into law on December 10. State and local education administrators, educators, members of local boards of education, and parents are encouraged to submit their input and recommendations. The Department also recently issued initial guidance (PDF) to help schools and districts begin transitioning to the new ESSA policies and programs—No Child Left Behind waivers will end August 1, 2016, and ESSA is to be fully implemented by the 2017–18 school year. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate education committee, has planned at least three hearings in 2016 to provide oversight on the regulations process, indicating that Congress will maintain a watchful eye on how the Department proceeds. Written comments are due on January 21, 2016. 

What We’re Learning from Investing in Innovation. Last month, the Department announced the latest Investing in Innovation (i3) Highest-Rated Applications. We’re proud to share that these 13 organizations have secured private-sector matching funds and officially become grantees. These grantees will build on a $1.2 billion federal investment in innovative and evidence-based projects working across the K-12 education sector. (medium)

State Legislative Session 2015—Arts Education Policy and Funding Advancing at the State Level. As leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in the nation, Americans for the Arts' Federal Affairs team keeps its finger on the legislative pulse line of Capitol Hill and champions arts and arts education friendly legislation such as the newly passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)* (ARTSBLOG) 


NAHS Sponsors: National Leadership Opportunity: Apply Now! The National Council of the National Art Honor Society is accepting applications for the Secondary Level Member At Large. National Council members serve 2-year terms. The next term will begin immediately following the 2016 NAEA National Convention and conclude in March 2018. Qualifications: Secondary Level Members At Large must be active members of NAEA with a registered chapter of NAHS for the 2015-2016 school year. Download and complete the standardized vita and consent to serve form. Submit completed application materials to:

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Offers New Funding Opportunity, Creativity Connects. The NEA has posted application guidelines for the Art Works and Challenge America categories for art projects anticipated to take place in 2017. New in this fiscal year is a pilot grant opportunity that is part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative, Creativity Connects. The Creativity Connects pilot grant opportunity supports partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors. 

21st Century Learning Exemplar Program. What does 21st century learning look like? Where is it happening? If your school is making 21st century learning a reality, apply to be recognized through P21’s 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program. Join a powerful network of schools and districts around the country that make engaging, hands on learning a reality for all students. Apply by January 15 and share your story of what's working in education.

VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. The deadline to submit a presentation proposal for the 2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference has been extended to January 7. This conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. The 2016 conference will take place August 1-2 in Pittsburgh.

National Endowment for the Arts Releases Study of Arts and Early Childhood Research. In their first years, children experience rapid and important emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. What role do the arts play in early childhood development? A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at research on how the arts affect young children from birth to age eight. The news is good, but several research questions remain, according to this literature review. The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation: A Literature Review and Gap-Analysis (2000-2015) synthesized findings from 18 recent reports in psychology and education research journals. These studies focused on the social and emotional outcomes of young children who participated in art forms such as music, dance, theater, drawing, and painting. These quantitative studies looked at typically developing populations, as well as children with autism spectrum disorder. For more information go to

Expanding Arts Education In Your Child’s School from the Center for Arts Education. Now, more than ever, the arts need effective advocates in education—and no one can be more effective than parents. When parents come together as a community to mobilize, educate, and inspire, they can move arts instruction to a central position in the school day where it belongs. If you, too, believe that arts education is an essential component of a quality education, then this toolkit is for you.

English Language Literacy Through the Arts. Today, improving English language skills through the arts is a priority at CAE. Our teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to develop lessons in visual arts, music, movement, and theater that are conceived to improve vocabulary, speaking, listening, and writing skills. In addition, students create their own related works in the visual and performing arts. At reflection sessions with our teaching artists, stories of students who grew from being quiet to engaged and articulate are common.The value of arts to language learning can be measured in more than anecdotal terms. A study from arts research firm WolfBrown found that K-8 English Language Learners who participated in Portland's Right Brain Initiative, an arts integration program, demonstrated a ten-fold improvement in reading and math scores. ArtsEdge, The Kennedy Center’s online arts education resource, has similar good ideas for using arts to teach English. 

N.Y. Calling All Teaching Artists! The Center for Arts Education (CAE) seeks Teaching Artists in Music, Dance, Visual Art and Digital Media. All applicants must be familiar with the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and the Common Core Learning Standards. Teaching artists proficient in multiple languages are especially encouraged to apply. For a list of qualification requirements and application instructions, please visit our online job posting. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, January 8.

Upcoming Events from FableVision Studios
FETC: When: January 12-15, 2016 Where: Orlando, FL
Be sure to catch the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity's session Make to Learn: Create a Classroom MakerSpace on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 12 p.m., featuring Fab@School Maker Studio. Paul Reynolds and Dr. Peggy Healy Stearns will show how to create a compelling maker space in the classroom using easy CAD software designed specifically for grades 3-8. The session features the collaborative work of partners, including the University of Virginia, the Smithsonian, and Princeton, and was funded by NSF, US DOE, Cisco Foundation, MacArthur, Noyce Foundation, and others.
Kidscreen Summit When: February 8-11, 2016 Where: Miami, FL
We’re beyond honored to join TERC and Zoombinis as a finalist on the short list for a Kidscreen Award for Best Learning App – Tablet category. Watch for FableVision’s Tone Thyne and Gary Goldberger zooming the Summit venues with exciting news of original content development. See you at the Summit! 
SXSWedu When: March 7-10, 2016 Where: Austin, TX
FableVision’s Paul Reynolds will be on the panel Creating the World’s First Early Childhood Fab Lab. Learn how the Bay Area Discovery Museum, TIES, and Reynolds Center/FableVision are launching the world’s first Fab Lab maker space for very young learners. This session addresses the design principles of these spaces and more. 

California Handmade: State of the Arts - Catalog Now Available! Craft in America is excited to announce a new catalog published in conjunction with "California Handmade: State of the Arts," an exhibition of innovative sculpture, furniture, textiles, jewelry, and decorative arts by 84 visionary California artists. The exhibition is co-presented by Craft in America and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, and exhibited at the Maloof's Jacobs Education Center Gallery from June 7, 2015 - January 2, 2016. There are only a few weeks left to see this show of groundbreaking craft from across the Golden State! 


More Victories for the Arts in Congress. In a much needed burst of legislative activity before the New Year, Congress unveiled a bipartisan omnibus appropriations and tax plan that will have a direct and positive impact on nonprofit arts organizations and arts education programs.

* $147,949,000 for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – an increase of $1,929,000. This is despite the fact that earlier this year both the House and Senate proposed to keep funding flat for the NEA. Congress specifically supported the NEA’s expanded work with military servicemembers and the arts. I’m also glad to report that the popular “Our Town” grants, at risk of being entirely eliminated, are retained in the present bill

* $27 million for the Arts In Education program – an increase of $2 million. In recent years this program was actually proposed for termination, so an increase in funding is especially welcomed. 

The House and Senate will likely pass this bipartisan bill this week.(Arts Action Fund)

Literacy and Arts Programs See Boost Under Federal Budget Deal. Congress released a budget deal that would give several literacy programs an increase in funding, and keep funding for STEM partnerships and Advanced Placement steady. Read more. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

ESSA and the Arts

Full Legislative Analysis of All Key Music and Arts Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, National Association for Music Education

More About ESSA

INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need to Know about the Every Student Succeeds Act

U.S. Department of Education summary

LISTEN: School Arts Advocates Cheer New Education Measure. NPR's "Morning Edition" program spotlighted the implications for arts education in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). AEP Director Sandra Ruppert was a featured guest. 

ESSA: Digging Through the Details. President Obama’s recent signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks a monumental day for educators and students. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is fading into a thing of the past, and educators are gearing up for fresh starts under ESSA. NCLB waivers expire on August 1, 2016, and ESSA will be implemented as the law of the land beginning in the 2017–18 school year. But during the next year and a half of transition time, all hands are needed on deck to truly realize the full potential of this new law, which transfers a substantial amount of authority to state and local leaders. Educator voice in shaping successful implementation of ESSA will be crucial moving forward. How does ESSA differ from NCLB? ASCD will continue to examine ESSA’s key provisions and provide the resources you need to best understand the new law—such as this newly updated chart (PDF) that compares ESSA to NCLB on issues including standards, assessments, and federal education funding. (ASCD Capitol Connection)

Ed. Dept. Sketches Out Transition to ESSA From NCLB, Previews Regulation. The U.S. Department of Education wasted no time in giving states initial guidance on transition from the No Child Left Behind Act to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Read more. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


It's time to liberate arts education. By excluding people who can’t pay the fees, university art courses are undermining culture and democracy. For most, an arts degree will provide little money or financial stability, but providing the lecturers are strong and curriculum diverse enough, it will offer exposure to life-changing engagements with culture and politics. Some consider this to be the point of an arts degree – to offer an experience of critical thinking as it relates to artistic work (and let’s not forget that it is a form of work). But could there be a better way? (The Guardian)

Save the Date! Peer2Peer Google Hangout: Get Ready for the 2016 NAEA Museum Education Preconference, Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 1 PM in EST

Calif. Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking. The students in Molly James’s kindergarten classroom were tasked with creating a mathematical art gallery. They had each drawn a number and then searched for two types objects they could use to compose a visual number sentence — such as two rulers plus three scissors to equal five objects. Read more. (MindShift)

N.Y. The Bronx: Where Art Is Changing the World. The DreamYard Project, the largest arts organization in the Bronx, is a community-based nonprofit founded 21 years ago that provides free arts training and classes to K-12 public school students. Ian Frazier offers an intimate narrative of the organization and the students whose lives it has changed—and continues to change. Read more. (The New Yorker)

Calif. Beverly Hills magazine publisher looks to Buffalo for arts education initiativeJeff Marinelli, founder/CEO and publisher of Art and Living Media, came to Buffalo last month and met with educators from throughout the region to outline his concept. He’ll be back in February for focus sessions with teachers and other eduation leaders, who he hopes will help refine the Arts Connect idea and guide foundation staffers. The basic idea is to take art and present it in video format in such a way that it will meet state standards and common core requirements for math, science and other subject areas. (Buffalo Business First)

N.Y. Teachers: Saugerties students need more art education. A discussion of the newly approved elementary art curriculum at the December Board of Education meeting raised concerns about the amount of time allotted for art education. Art teacher Elisa Tucci, who presented the curriculum, the first approved since 1968, explained that since the letter-day cycle was implemented in the elementary schools, students only have art once every six-day cycle, and then only for 40 minutes. This means students have a total of 20 hours of art per year. (Saugerties Times)

Ga. RACA membership drive key to keeping art programs alive. In the last year, RACA granted over $30,000 to support arts programming and education in the local community. RACA funds visual and performing arts camps offered through various after school programs and monetary support to arts groups throughout Rome. The organization also provides opportunities for local artists and students to develop their talent in such initiatives as the Rome Community HeART Project, Firefly Fling art contest, Ellen Axson Wilson downtown art walk and various sponsorships and grants. (Northwest Georgia News)

Va. Fast Track Grant application now available online. Fast Track Grants are non-matching grants to Fairfax County arts organizations to fund one-time events or activities that fall outside the regular cycle or scope of Arts Council grants. Fast Track Grants can be used for the following expenses: Unexpected project costs that could threaten an organization’s ability to successfully carryout a project; Equipment lease, purchase or repair that was not anticipated maintenance; Unexpected artistic opportunity not part of regular season or artistic calendar; and Emergency situation as defined by the organization. Organizations with an operating budget of less than $400,000 are eligible to apply for up to $1,000. Fairfax County arts organizations may receive Fast Track Grants only once per 12-month period. Application Deadline: Rolling

NAHS Community Engagement

Mass. Arts come alive in Medfield at first holiday stroll

Az. Creating a holiday home: Two local exhibits bond a community in paint, prints and pottery 

Md. Thumbs up for Spring Garden recycling, garden clubs, Festival of Wreaths, more 


People’s State of the Union. Once a year, the president delivers the State of the Union address to highlight important national issues from the past year and suggest priorities for the year to come. It's a broadcast from one to many. But what if, once a year, we could all speak and listen to each other? The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture* invites you to play a role in creating the People's State of the Union. From January 23–31, 2016, people across the country will come together in Story Circles to reflect on and take part in shaping the current state of our union. Stories will be shared back online, inspiring commentary from the USDAC National Cabinet, and the creation of the Poetic Address to the Nation by a diverse group of poets. This address will be delivered as a poem, livestreamed and shared online via text and video. How to participate: Sign up to host a story circle in your community! A free online training and a step-by-step toolkit make it easy to host.   

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In ESSA, Arts Are Part of 'Well-Rounded Education'. Arts education advocates breathed a sigh of relief last Thursday when the Every Student Succeeds Act, which includes language that cements states' obligation to support arts education programs in public schools, became the new federal education law of the land. Several proposals for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act floated earlier this year did not specifically call for funding the creative disciplines. But the Every Student Succeeds Act includes the arts alongside math and language arts in its definition of a "well-rounded education." (Education Week)


“Waiving” Goodbye to No Child Left Behind from Americans for the Arts ARTSBLOG. Over the last few years, Americans for the Arts has been covering each attempt by Congress to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act, most recently recognized as No Child Left Behind. This is the final in a series of blog posts capturing the legislative efforts over the past few years (2011, 2013 and then the 2015 actions in January, February, July, and September) that led to the final bill signed into legislation. (ARTSBLOG)

Arts Based Learning of STEM Works Says NSF Funded Research Firm. Over the last three years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the Art of Science Learning to hold a number of conferences to better understand the links between art and science. Since they are the federal agency responsible for administrating STEM programs, they learned more about the possible role of the arts, and decided to explore art-based learning of STEM. Indeed, they saw this as a likely new model for education. Specifically, they stated: An "innovation incubator" modeled on business "incubators" designed with the help of "learning methodologies such as innovative methods to generate creative ideas, ideas for transforming one STEM idea to others, drawing on visual and graphical ideas, improvisation, narrative writing and the process of using innovative visual displays of information for creating visual roadmaps." (The Huffington Post)

Tenn. Exceptional educator: Reduce, reuse, recycle Art teacher's goal ‘to stay away from the trash can'. Wrapping up an art lesson, Sequoyah Elementary School art teacher Chelsie Nunn gets her fourth graders' attention. "Give me your laser eyeballs please," she said, opening her eyes wide. The children turn toward her. "Put your supplies in your baggies, and if you have tiny scraps of yarn, please put them in the recycle bucket." Reusing and recycling are central to Nunn's classes. (

Check out all the wonderful activities National Art Honor Society students are participating in in their communities this holiday season...
Holiday ornaments from Western National Arts Honor Society decorate AWARE shelter
Shenendehowa art honor students make holiday cards with local children
Syosset Students Use Art to Help Charity. School's National Art Honor Society has participated in UCP's Festival of Trees fundraiser for 14 years.
Art students showcase talents at Via Colori street painting festival
Lobo art brightens special Ethiopian children’s home

Va. $500K Robins Community Innovation Grant goes to ART 180 to fight 'school-to-prison pipeline'. ART 180 has won a $500,000 grant to start a program that combines art and advocacy to give youths in jail more of a voice and to help break the cycle of criminality and poverty. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Wash. Bringing art education to kindergarten. Children are all natural artists. They’re creative, curious, willing to take risks and ready to use their imagination to describe the new world around them. A new program set to begin in kindergarten classes throughout the Wenatchee School District gets art training started when school children are at their most creative and before they lose that risk-taking nature. The Wenatchee Arts Education Consortium is still raising funds to bring local artists into local schools early next year. (Wenatchee World)

N.Y. Harlem School of the Arts celebrates 50 years of progress and transformation. Recently, the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) hosted its 50th Year Anniversary Gala Kickoff in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The star-studded evening recognized artists, community leaders and activists that represent outstanding achievement in arts advocacy, philanthropy and community leadership while raising funds essential to helping HSA in its mission of empowering young people from under-served communities in Harlem and throughout the city to find and develop the artist and citizen within themselves. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Idaho. Our children deserve the best (art) we have. Last month I attended the Eastern Idaho Assembly for the Arts. At this gathering of arts advocates, we were asked to review a list of arguments for why the arts matter and to choose among the most persuasive. At the top of everyone’s list was how arts education benefits children. Much research-based evidence was quoted about how children who enroll in art classes do better in all their other subjects, have higher levels of retention and a lower drop out rate. We discussed how arts education is vital to learning problem-solving, analysis and innovation, how it provides young people with a unique form of expression and access to understanding other cultures. (Teton Valley News)

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning & Implementation Grants Available. This National Endowment for the Humanities grant program supports projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Planning grants are used to refine the content, format, and interpretive approach of a humanities project; develop the project’s preliminary design; test project components; and conduct audience evaluation. Implementation grants are for projects in the final stages of preparation to “go live” before the public. Planning Awards: $40,000 to $75,000 over up to 1 year; approximately 6 available. Implementation Awards: Maximum of $400,000 over up to 3 years; and in rare circumstances, Chairman’s Special Awards of up to $1,000,000; approximately 9 available. Deadline: January 13, 2016.

The USSEA Award for Excellence in PK-12 Art Education. This USSEA award is presented to a Pk-12 art educator who has demonstrated leadership in and commitment to multicultural, cross-cultural educational strategies in their school/s and communities. This art educator actively implements an approach that builds respect for human dignity and diversity through art. The teacher must be a member of NAEA and USSEA to be recognized for their contributions. Their work must be confluent with the mission of USSEA, which is to foster “teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of art and visual culture in education.”
USSEA Award for Outstanding Masters Thesis. The USSEA Graduate Thesis award is presented to a Masters graduate whose thesis or creative component reflects the mission of USSEA: to foster teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the arts and visual culture in education. The topic investigated in the masters work promotes pluralistic perspectives, deepens human and cultural understanding, and/or builds respect for diverse learners. 
Submit applications for both awards by mail or e-mail to: Angela La Porte, Department of Art, 306 Fine Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701, E-Mail Nomination materials (nomination form, vitae, letter of nomination, and one letter of support) are due by January 15, 2016. Recipients will be recognized at the annual NAEA conference.


EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT. Yesterday, in a South Court ceremony, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The signing capped a remarkable week of Congressional activity, with the House (359-64) and Senate (85-12) overwhelmingly approving the bipartisan legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the previous version of the ESEA that has been up for reauthorization since 2007.

There is much to be figured out as the nation moves to implement the new law, but the White House and the Department have released a number of materials to help educate the public about the ESSA, including:
• a White House fact sheet on ESSA;
• a White House report on progress made in elementary and secondary education and how ESSA will cement that progress;
• Secretary Duncan’s blog post, “Finally a Fix to No Child Left Behind;”
• Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz’s blog post, “What You Need to Know About the Fix to No Child Left Behind” (with a side-by-side comparison of NCLB, ESEA flexibility, and ESSA);
excerpts from the Secretary’s prepared remarks at the Learning Forward conference; and
• a Dear Colleague letter from both Secretary Duncan and incoming Acting Secretary King on ESSA.

Many of these materials are posted on the Department’s ESEA web page and additional materials will be posted as they become available. In the meantime, questions may be directed to

Statement from Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts, on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Today, at the White House, I had the privilege of attending the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act by President Obama. I joined other education leaders in applauding the end of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era and welcoming a new path for the American educational policy landscape. This new law holds great promise for restoring arts education as central to the school day and in the lives of students and our nation’s future workforce. For 14 years, from 2002 to 2016, NCLB policies resulted in many unintended consequences to schools, teachers, and students across the country. It demanded accountability steps that resulted in a hyper-focus on testing in a few subjects, leaving other core academic subjects—like the arts—to be reduced, or in some places, abandoned. The bill signed today removes this onerous element of NCLB and provides support for a well-rounded education, with all the arts disciplines represented, to be realized throughout the country. Today is a result of countless advocacy efforts. Americans for the Arts and more than 100 arts and arts education organizations have spent a decade prioritizing arts education legislative objectives. Among these organizations weighing in are discipline-specific groups representing dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts, as well as groups representing community-based and out-of-school time programs. The work of this coalition has advanced our objectives as seen by the inclusion of some of our key arts education priorities, including: Dedicated funding for arts education through the “Assistance for Arts Education” grant program; Inclusion of the arts in the “Well-Rounded Education” definition with over a dozen references in the bill ensuring, among other things, that the arts continue to be eligible for Title I funds—the largest federal funding source to local educational agencies and schools.; Integration of the arts in STEM programs – recognized in the field as “STEM to STEAM”

So what does this all mean for arts education moving forward? For a few years we have anticipated more local control and state level accountability in education. For the arts, this law means that states must invest in new arts education learning standards and resourcing of arts education to encourage creativity in our nation’s classrooms. For education providers, we must seek to provide all students with an education that is shared and coordinated between classroom teachers, arts specialists, and community partners. Because of the national networks fostered at Americans for the Arts—including local arts agencies, arts service organizations, and more—communities are well positioned to take on this shared delivery approach. In recognition of the leadership shift from the federal level to the states, Americans for the Arts launched in 2014 our State Policy Pilot Program to advance state level arts education policy and ensure equitable access to arts education for all students across a state. We're working nationally to increase the number of states that are using the arts as a tool to achieve various goals of education reform, such as increasing student performance, improving school climate. Additionally, we're supporting teams of education leaders from 10 states who are working in a collective impact model to address policy issues like high school graduation requirements and teacher evaluation. While much work lies ahead in implementing the new federal education policy, today is a day to mark and to celebrate, as we begin the next chapter of education in America. I know that the arts can be a critical component in ensuring that every student will succeed in school, work, and life. I call on all of the artists, educators, philanthropy partners, state and local arts agencies and arts advocates involved with Americans for the Arts to stand ready to move education forward together. 

Advocates Gather at Iowa Arts Advocacy Caucus. Every four years, extraordinary national media and political attention is placed on the first two presidential early primary/caucus states in the country: New Hampshire and Iowa. Presidential candidates spend substantial time in these states in an effort to court voters and learn more about the policy issues that the residents in these states care about most. As a result, an opportunity is created for arts advocates living in these two influential states to have  meaningful  discussions about the state of the arts today, the needs for the future, and the economic opportunities for growth. VIEW/DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program AwardsThe President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with other federal agencies, is seeking applications from after-school and out-of-school programs for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.  Twelve applicants will receive $10,000.  The deadline for applications is February 2, 2016.

What is museum learning? Involving ourselves with our rich and diverse heritage in enriching and transformational experiences provides distinctive opportunities for learning. Museum learning can transform our lives and should be accessible, relevant and enjoyable to everyone. (Museums + Heritage Advisor)

Americans for the Arts presents the 29th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy an evening with John MaedaAmerican designer, technologist and catalyst behind the national movement to transform STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) to STEAM. Monday, March 7, 2016. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, DC. Reserve Your Free Ticket Now! 

Can Kids As Young As Three Learn to Design and Create In Fab Labs? The Discovery Museum is open to families and partners with schools to bring schoolchildren to the museum in coordination with a multi-part visiting structure to help bring hands-on, creative learning back into the classroom. In contrast to a makerspace, which is a more free-form experience of making, the Fab Lab that museum educators are designing is explicitly connected to the ideas of design and engineering and connects to the Next Generation Science Standards.


Today's a big day for American education. Today, President Obama will sign into law the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill to revise and replace No Child Left Behind. This new law delivers a desperately needed fix to our schools. It reduces dependence on standardized tests and the one-size-fits all mandates on our schools, ensures that our education system will prepare every child to graduate from high school ready for college and careers, and provides more children access to high-quality state preschool programs. At 5:45pm ET today, the White House and the Department of Education will take your questions about ESSA on FacebookTune in to watch President Obama sign the bill into law. (

President Signs ESSA, Marking the End of NCLB. ESSA, the revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, puts states and districts back at the wheel on teacher evaluation, standards, school turnarounds, and accountability.(Education Week/Politics K-12)


ESEA Rewrite Passes Senate, Heads to President's Desk. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved the rewrite of the withering No Child Left Behind Act—the current version of the ESEA—by a huge bipartisan margin, 85 to 12, mirroring the vote of 359 to 64 in the U.S. House of Representatives just days earlier. President Barack Obama is expected to sign... (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Goodbye NCLB, Hello ESSA! Just minutes ago, the Senate approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a vote of 85-12. With the House having passed the same bill by a vote of 359-64 last week, the legislation that will replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) will now be sent to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it into law within the week! Educators have waited nearly 10 years for Congress to update NCLB. In a statement applauding the bill’s passage, ASCD Executive Director and CEO Deb S. Delisle said, “We appreciate the leadership of Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and Representatives John Kline and Bobby Scott in crafting a compromise that achieves an appropriate balance between federal and state authority for education.” (ASCD)

Students Shine in New Ways with Arts Integration. When you integrate arts into educa­tion, the students will surprise you.” That’s what Aitina Fareed Cooke discovered as a teaching artist in two very different places. Waterfront Elementary School, where Aitina worked with third and fourth graders, is in Buffalo, the second-largest city in the state of New York. The Harold O. Brumsted Elementary School, where she worked with first graders, is in Holland, a rural and residential community. (Young Audiences Arts for Learning)

Ford Foundation’s new inequality-focused agenda will include the arts. In June we reported on Ford’s announcement that the foundation will shift its entire focus to fighting inequality. Three months later, president Darren Walker has revealed more detail on the specifics of the new strategy, which will involve consolidating 35 program areas into 15. While detailed arts funding guidelines have yet to be announced, Ford’s website lists a reframed creativity and free expression program encompassing “social justice storytelling” and “21st century arts infrastructure.”  (Createquity)

Arts Attack Curriculum. Arts Attack is a totally innovative program that brings an entire Art Curriculum to the K-8 classroom. We offer an award-winning, cloud-based curriculum (already in over 6,000 schools) that is fully validated and specifically designed to meet the needs of every teacher. Arts Attack is great for preschoolers, elementary, primary, and middle schools. Arts Attack Elementary Art Curriculum Lesson Plans are validated and widely adopted by experts as undergone rigorous review by various State Departments of Education and by the California After-School Resource Center (CASRC), resulting in statewide adoptions of the curriculum.

9 Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Creativity. Creativity is like a muscle. It must be stretched, challenged, and occasionally pushed past its comfort zone. (medium)

Announcing the 2016 California Coastal Art and Poetry Contest. California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the Coastal Commission's annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Entries must be postmarked by January 30, 2016. For rules and entry form, the contest flyer, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit the website or email

Experiment-design contest closes January 15, 2016. The deadline for the Dana Foundation's "Design a Brain Experiment" competition is in less than a month. This season's "thought experiment" challenge for US high school students closes January 15, 2016.


The Lowdown on Assessment in the NCLB Rewrite. Some provisions in the bill give states more power over assessment, but others protect federal influence in key ways. Read more. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Let’s Talk About Art — Did You Know? A question came up recently about art, “Is art necessary”? The idea that art functions and is useful or necessary in the conduct of human affairs, is novel and perhaps, at best, is greeted with skepticism. We have been conditioned to regard art as a nonessential, as the product of man or people’s surplus energy and wealth.  Moreover, we think of the fine arts, as being uniquely useless, impractical and an unnecessary fundamental requirement of organized living. (Santa Clarita Magazine)

Children Are the Future of Museums. When I learned that all five of the Illinois State Museum facilities were recently closed amid the state's budget crisis, I thought of the many schoolchildren who may now never have the opportunity -- possibly a life-changing opportunity -- to experience these museums. Children deserve a chance to visit museums, and they depend on parents and educators to provide them that chance. When we limit access to elevated environments, we run the risk of denying children important academic gains and learning skills. (The Huffington Post)

Ga. Visual Arts earns national accreditation. The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Department of Visual Arts has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), joining only 345 other schools, colleges and universities across the nation that hold the designation. (UNG)

Ind. Survey shows first-generation artists less satisfied with education. A recent survey suggests first-generation artists — nearly four-fifths of undergraduate-level arts alumni in the United States — are less satisfied with their education than other artists, according to a data release by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. (Indiana Daily Student)

Wash. Richland schools receive grants for art installations. Four Richland elementary schools will receive at total of more than $200,000 to install public art on their grounds. Grants for the art installations were provided by the Washington State Arts Commission.  (Tri-City Herald)

Fla. Boys & Girls Club receives grant to fund art programs. The grant will be used to fund the club’s arts enrichment programs, and fills a need for arts instruction for St. Johns county at-risk students. Studies have shown that arts enrichment programs are extremely beneficial for all youth and often improve academic performance and behaviors in youth who come from lower income families. This funding will help provide new canvasses, brushes paper and other art materials for the more than 150 children who come to the club after school every day to access educational and enrichment activities.

Wash. Holiday market aims to support elementary school art programs. Local, handmade items sold to help raise money for art programs and other activities at South Whidbey Elementary School will be plentiful at the upcoming third annual Parent Teacher Association Handmade Holiday Market on Dec. 5. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school cafeteria. (South Whidbey Record)

Wis. Students enrich Empty Bowls event. Over the past year, students have filled empty chairs and empty tables in art classrooms to prepare for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Empty Bowls, an event to raise money for local food pantries, will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Retlaw Plaza Hotel, 1 N. Main St. Community members are invited to pick out a ceramic bowl made by area students and enjoy soup, bread and dessert while remembering those in the community who have empty bowls at meal time on a regular basis. While the main focus of the event is to raise money for food pantries, the event also hopes to raise an awareness of the arts and how art impacts social responsibility. (FDL Recorder)

Ind. Indianapolis designers support art education 1 button at a time. Buttons are becoming more popular than ever. INCH x INCH, an Indianapolis-based monthly button club, decided to jump on the trend in October 2014. The club sends 1-inch buttons to subscribers in 42 states and nine countries. Each month INCH x INCH subscribers receive a small yellow envelope filled with buttons designed by graphic designers, photographers and other artists. Each month features a new artist and three new buttons. INCH x INCH gives 65 percent of its profits to two charities — 826Chi and Art with a Heart. 

India. KBF to Co-host Summit on Art Education. Addressing a growing concern over the state of art schools in the country, the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) will organise the first south zone conference on art education. The three-day conference, titled ‘State of Art Schools: Reality and Prospects’ organised in association with the Foundation for Indian Art Education (FIAE) at Casino Hotel, Willingdon Island, will begin on Thursday. It will feature talks by artists, art critics, art educators and other stakeholders and bring together the 15 young curators who have begun work on the next edition of Student’s Biennale. 

Ky. UK College of Fine Arts: Shining a Spotlight on Creative Education, Performance and Research. Though the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts is the second youngest college on campus, the arts took the stage at the university not long after it was founded in 1865 with the formation of the College of Science, Literature, and Art (now the College of Arts and Sciences). Embracing the concept that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community, the UK College of Fine Arts expresses this today through a dedication to teaching, scholarly research, artistic experimentation, performance, and exhibition.

N.Y. The Freelance Educators Who Teach Children to Love Museums. Museum education as a formalized set of practices is a post–World War II development. Previous to the onset of what some museum scholars have called an “educational museology,” public and private art museums were primarily concerned with their collections, their chief patrons, and their artists. The first book outlining appropriate methods to be used by museum education officers, Museum School Services, was published in 1967 in London. It took more than a decade for the largest museum advocacy group in the country, the American Association of Museums (now the American Alliance of Museums), to announce its unequivocal support for the idea that a museum’s primary task should be education. (Hyperallergic)

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for Teachers: The Dutch Republic and Britain. A five week NEH Summer Seminar For School Teachers--The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a World Economy and Modern Society--will be offered by Gerard M. Koot, Professor of History, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from 26 June to July 29, 2016. NEH will provide a $3,900 stipend for expenses. The application deadline is March 1, 2016. For more information, visit website or write Part of this seminar will cover the role the history of art and artists in Dutch society.

2016 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest. Middle and high school students from around the world are invited to participate in the 2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest. The theme is Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution, and it challenges you to research, explore, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans. Making Meaning is rooted in our belief that when you are asked to create something yourself, rather than just memorize facts and spit them back out, not only does learning become fun but it also becomes permanent. Focus on ONE type of ocean pollution and “make meaning” of it through art, poetry, prose, or film. You are encouraged to connect it with your own life, local community, or something else that is personally meaningful to you, but what’s most important is to pick a topic that inspires and motivates you. This is an interdisciplinary contest that weaves together ocean awareness, creativity, and advocacy. Use your creativity to make art, poetry, prose, or films that inspire and empower a new generation of ocean stewardship! Contest entries are due by Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

The Carol Bates Fellowship 2015 - 2016. The Walters Art Museum (WAM) is accepting applicants for the Carol Bates Fellowship. The Fellow will report jointly to the Education Department and Marketing and Communications Department. The primary purpose of the position is to evaluate programs and visitor engagement experiences to ensure they are accessible, relevant, and impactful. Working closely with an evaluation consultant from Audience Focus, the Bate Fellow will support several key, institution-wide evaluation efforts designed to better understand visitor (and non-visitor) experience and then use those findings to influence positive, strategic change at the Walters. The Bates Fellow will contribute to these efforts by helping to design, conduct, interpret, and disseminate results of these studies to key WAM stakeholders and possibly the field at large. The position is critical to assessing the impact and value of the visitor experience at the Walters both onsite and offsite. Seeking applications from undergraduate or graduate students in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Arts Administration, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Marketing, or Psychology, and who are interested in pursuing a museum career. Special preference will be given to candidates who have experience in creating and conducting evaluations. Ideally, candidates should have the ability to record information accurately and have confidence in their ability to talk with museum visitors and facilitate conversations without leading responses. Excellent customer relations and communication skills are essential. This fellowship is a 10 month, 25-hour per week position at $17 per hour.  Some weekend and night work may be required. This fellowship is privately funded and provides a stipend plus health benefits. For consideration, send your letter of interest and curriculum vitae to  Application end date is January 8, 2016.

Arts Education In MOOCs. This article continues to examine this trend while looking specifically at the state of arts education in MOOCs. MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are a mechanism of online education that is emerging around the globe. MOOCs first appeared as a mode of online education in 2008. They are usually open-ended courses, with no limits of participation and are typically free via the web. MOOCs break through the geographical limits of traditional education to let students in remote areas get access to popular courses taught in top universities. 

CELEBRATION Episode PBS Premiere Friday, Dec 11. Discover the role craft plays in our winter holiday traditions, rituals, and festivities. CELEBRATION features lion dancers and float builders in San Francisco's Chinese New Year parade, ceramic artists in Michigan at Pewabic (Detroit) and Motawi Tileworks (Ann Arbor), Kwanzaa celebrations with artists in Chicago and Oakland, and Christmas card making in Tacoma, Washington with woodblock print artist Yoshiko Yamamoto.


Senate to Vote on NCLB Replacement. It’s actually happening! The U.S. House has passed the House-Senate compromise bill to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). By a vote of 359–64, the House approved the replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Senate is expected to vote on ESSA next week, and it is crucial that senators hear that we are ready to end the days of NCLB. (ASCD Capitol Connection)

Finally a fix to No Child Left Behind. Although well-intended, the No Child Left Behind Act -- the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- has long been broken. We can no longer afford that law’s one-size-fits-all approach, uneven standards, and low expectations for our educational system. That’s why, early on, President Obama and I joined educators and families calling on Congress to fix its flaws in this outdated law. When Congress didn’t act, we did -- providing relief from the most onerous elements of the law for states and school districts willing to embrace reform. But yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives finally answered the overdue notice and took action to revise and replace No Child Left Behind. This bipartisan plan -- the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) -- is good news for our nation’s schools. It is a compromise that builds on the work already underway in states to raise expectations for students and to help them graduate college and career-ready. The bill reflects many of the priorities we’ve put forward over the last six and a half years. (

New Education Commission of the States (ECS). The National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education have selected the Education Commission of the States (ECS) to serve as the new host organization for the Arts Education Partnership. Please read the letter from representatives of the federal agencies for more details. ECS is the only national education policy organization to work with the full range of education leaders including governors, state legislators, chief state school officers, state board members, higher education officials, business leaders, school administrators, and teachers. The Education Writers Association recently identified ECS as the best source of objective information on education laws and cited its "exhaustive database of education policies across the states, as well as a team of subject-matter experts." Learn more about ECS and its unique history here.

Google Hangout Invitation-Peer2Peer Hangout On Air: How Do I Get Published in Museum Education? Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 1 PM EST / 12 noon CST / 11 AM Mountain / 10 AM PST. Join the conversation about the role of publishing in museum education presented by the NAEA Museum Education Division.

Arts Education Parent Advocacy Toolkit. The Center for Arts Education recently released the Arts Education Parent Advocacy Toolkit with plenty of great tips and strategies for parents, educators, and community members, to help expand arts education opportunities at public schools across the nation. The toolkit provides tips on fundraising, engaging school leaders and elected officials, supporting the arts at home, and more. 

California Report Focuses on Equity in Arts Education. A recent report from the California Alliance for Arts Education identifies three strategies for improving equity of access to arts education for all California students. Building on earlier work with the California Department of Education to help California districts utilize Title I funds for arts education, the report adds using funding from the state-mandated Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF) for arts education purposes and integrating the arts into other subjects as potential strategies. 

Calif. Are Local Schools’ Arts Programs Making the Grade? Although California has one of the healthiest arts education policies in the country, the Times’ analysis revealed many schools are falling far short of state requirements. (Los Feliz Ledger)

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is now accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00 PM PST. 

Pa. VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. The deadline to submit a presentation proposal for the 2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference has been extended to January 7. This conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. The 2016 conference will take place August 1-2 in Pittsburgh.


ESEA Update: On Wednesday, December 2, the House almost as overwhelmingly approved the Every Student Succeeds Act, 359 to 64. Senate action expected soon.

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on House Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. "It is good news for our nation's schools that the House has passed a serious bipartisan plan to fix the No Child Left Behind law. No Child Left Behind is the latest, now outmoded version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is, at its core, a civil rights law. Educators and leaders throughout this country have been clear in the need for an updated law, and we have joined them in that call for half a decade. (

ESEA Reauthorization Coasts Through House; Next Stop: U.S. Senate. The House on Wednesday voted to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act, which would scale back the federal role in education for the first time since the early 1980s. (Education Week)

Fact Sheet: Congress Acts to Fix No Child Left Behind. We are a place that believes every child, no matter where they come from, can grow up to be anything they want… And I’m confident that if we fix No Child Left Behind, if we continue to reform American education, continue to invest in our children’s future, that’s the America we will always be.” —Remarks by the President on the No Child Left Behind Act, March 14, 2011 Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, Virginia. (

House approves NCLB rewrite bill. The US House of Representatives voted 359 to 64 to pass a bill to revise the No Child Left Behind Act. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the measure will allow innovation in local schools, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the measure for reducing "overtesting and one-size-fits-all federal mandates." The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week. (The New York Times)

A New ESEA: A Cheat Sheet on What the Deal Means for Teachers. Details on the bill that will replace the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week)


How One Teenager's Simple Idea Became a Successful Nonprofit. Virginia Newsome (National Honoree, 2013) shares the story of how her simple idea turned into “heARTS,” a nonprofit that donates visual and performing arts supplies to schools that can’t afford them. (YouTube)

NAEA AET awards. AET's annual awards deadline is December 15th this year. We encourage you to nominate someone who contribute to teaching, research, or the community in the area of art education technology. The award recipients will be recognized at the NAEA National Convention in Chicago.The nomination process has been simplified this year, making it easier for you to nominate. In addition, there is still time to win a free NAEA Convention registration by tagging your social media post with #ArtEdTech. The AET social media challenge deadline is December 31, 2015. The details of the challenge is here

News & Opportunities from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

  • The Clock is Ticking! Don't wait until it is too late to submit your work to the 2016 Scholastic Awards. Deadlines vary by region--check your local guidelines to make sure you don't miss out! Find the deadlines for your region.
  • Focus on Iowa. The Belin-Blank Center brings the Scholastic Awards to students in Iowa and the Midwest. Through residential summer programs, dedicated gallery space, and a new blog, they're working hard to create meaningful opportunities for their talented students. Learn more about their programs.
  • New Awards in 2016. Scholastic Art & Writing partnered with Neiman Marcus and Royal Bank of Canada to present new awards in 2016! Learn more about the new scholarships.
  • New Opportunity for Scholastic Awards Alumni!. The new program supports creative projects by Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards through monetary grants. Find out how to apply for an Alumni Microgrant.

Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage. Ever wonder what it might be like to play alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra? Thanks to the Google Cultural Institute and participating arts organizations, experiences like these are available to a broad audience through 360-degree videos that place you right in the midst of stunning performing and visual arts.

Calif. South Lake Tahoe elementary students benefit from art nonprofit. A chalk-covered Khloe Strauss, a Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School kindergartner, threw her hands up gleefully on Friday, Nov. 13, after completing a group poster. “It’s so colorful,” she shouted. Strauss’ experience was shared by dozens of other students on Friday as they participated in the Bringing Art To Schools (BATS) “Artists in Action” project. BATS, which started in 2001, exposes elementary school students in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District to art. (Tahoe Daly Tribune)

Students & Local Artist Collaborate On Murals At Teachers' Conference. A statewide conference of art teachers in Rochester is getting an up close and personal view of how art studies can benefit students in a number of ways. There’s a mural project going on Friday and Saturday inside the Hyatt Hotel downtown. Four students from Rochester's School of the Arts are collaborating with local artist Nate Hodge on two 6X10 foot canvasses, painting the murals right outside the conference rooms where the New York State Art Teachers Association is holding its annual meeting. (WXXI)

Vt. Art & Design Portfolio-Building Course - Graphic Design Portfolio Preparation, July 9 - 24, 2016, Champlain College – Burlington, Vermont. The Pre-College Art & Design Summer Program is a 16-day intensive summer learning program that provides current high school students with an opportunity to create new works or refine their personal portfolios, get a taste of college life and earn three transferable college credits.  Using the state-of-the-art facilities, students work closely with nationally-recognized, industry-experienced professors and staff and connect with other highly-motivated students through a common interest in art and graphic design. When not attending class or doing creative work, students enjoy recreational activities as well as cultural and social events that highlight the unique advantages of summer in Vermont.

D.C. National Gallery of Art Teacher Workshops 2015–2016. Workshops are designed to help teachers find meaning and pleasure in the visual arts. These programs introduce art in the Gallery's collection and special exhibitions, explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections, and model methods for teaching with art. All programs include teaching resource materials. Teachers of all subjects (pre-kindergarten through grade 12), homeschoolers, and pre-service educators are welcome. Space is limited, so please register early.


Every Student Succeeds Act shifts more power to states. While a "new and improved" version of the hotly-debated No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) would still require reading and math testing in grades 3-8 and once in high school, states would have much more leeway when it comes to defining teaching and learning. (eSchool News)

ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained. The ESSA is in many ways a U-turn from the current, much-maligned version of the ESEA law, the No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

House poised to vote today on rewrite of NCLB Congress. The US House of Representatives is prepared to vote today on a bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind. "I think that we will have a strong majority of the majority, and we'll have a strong majority of the minority," said Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., leader of the House-Senate conference committee about the legislation. The Associated Pressj

NCLB Conference Committee: Key Issues to Consider. The U.S. House and Senate have each passed bills to update and replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the nationís foremost Kñ12 education law. As the next step in the legislative process, a House-Senate conference committee must now reconcile the differences between the two bills to present one final package to the president for his signature. This Policy Points highlights some of the more contentious issues that conference committee negotiations must resolve. Learn more.

Days Could Be Numbered for No Child Left Behind. After more than a decade, Congress appears to be on the verge of leaving the almost universally unpopular No Child Left Behind Act ... well, behind. Lawmakers have spent months behind the scenes crafting a deal that would scale back the federal role under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—the 14-year-old NCLB law is the latest iteration—for the first time since the early 1980s. (Education Week)



Apply Now to Present at the Curriculum Slam! at NAEA Chicago 2016: Leading Contemporary Creative Research through Art, Media & Design Curriculum, Ballroom, Saturday, March 19, 11 am - 12:50 pm. Fast, fun format promotes teachers sharing innovative curriculum. Applications are due by Sunday, December 19, 12 am midnight.

Art21 News - November 25, 2015. In this issue of ART21 News: New Videos Featuring Louise Despont, Graciela Iturbide, and Kimsooja; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide.

Report: More schools expected to adopt 3D-printing technology. Shipments of 3D printers are expected to reach more than 5.6 million by 2019, with much of the growth in the market driven by K-12 schools, according to a report from technology research company Gartner. Lan Neugent, interim executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, says much of the demand comes from career and technical education programs as well as science, technology, engineering and math. (District Administration)

ARTS ARE EXCEPTIONAL: Adapting the Arts for Students with Disabilities (Fairbanks), July 30—August 5, 2016. This five day AAEC Special Topics Institute is an opportunity for educators, teaching artists, and para- professionals from all regions of Alaska to learn how to increase participation in the arts for students with disabilities through multi-media presentations, readings and discussions, and hands-on arts activities. Two-three teacher leaders will lead daily experiences in visual, performing, media and/or cultural arts, modeling how they can be shared directly with students. Participants will also hear from experienced educators, artists and presenters who work with students with disabilities. Lesson plans showing how they will apply what they have learned will be created. Participants earn 3 graduate credits. $300 per day plus travel and housing (dorm).

The International – Local & Global -  Interdependence Hexagon Project 2016: a visual arts and social justice art opportunity for school students ages 3 to 18,  and communities, ages birth to 90+  worldwide. This international project asks young people and communities to create art within the infinitely inter-locking shape of a hexagon – a metaphor for our interconnectedness. The art is exhibited each year in home schools and communities and then shipped to Scranton, Pennsylvania for the International Exhibition. To date about 7,000 hexagons have been created and exhibited. Each year, recognition is given to outstanding exemplars of interdependent thought and action. 2015 sponsors were Blick, NASCO, Sakura, and Hexablox. 10th Year Special Theme 2016:  WE DO – ACTING Interdependently: We ask schools and communities to respond to this optional theme by making hexagons that demonstrate how the consciousness of being connected  - realizing ones rights and responsibilities – has been played out in one’s personal and community and global life on this planet – OR , using the hexagons, mapping out a plan of action. Deadline for the 2016 Project:  June 30, 2016 (with some exceptions for Community groups in other countries)

39th Annual Historical Administration Symposium: Call for Proposals. The Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration Program Association is now accepting session, workshop, panel, and roundtable proposals on the theme “Museum Authenticity in the Age of Participation.” Proposals should be submitted by Friday, January 8, 2016. 

Va. Opportunities in the Arts from the Arts Council of Fairfax CountyReCreative Spaces — Art Installations in Alexandria - Deadline December 11, 2015; Seeking Artists for Maker Faire - Deadline: January 23, 2016; Torpedo Factory Artist Association: Visiting Artist Program 2016 - Deadline January 29, 2016; GRACE and MPA Exhibition Proposals - No Deadline; and 2016 Art Works for Virginia Conference - January 27, 2016.

Va. Arlington Arts Center - Call for Artists - Apply now for Short and Long Term ResidenciesLong-term studio residency - Deadline: December 21. Available April 1 - 216 sq ft private studio offering 365/24/7 access and exhibition opportunities in the Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery. Rent is $390 per month (includes utilities). Short-term studio residency - Deadline: Rolling. 600 sq ft private studio for short-term and large-scale projects. Rates start at $600/month. The duration of residency is flexible to fit the needs of each artist and ranges from two to four months. 


NCLB Conference Committee: Key Issues to Consider. The U.S. House and Senate have each passed bills to update and replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the nationís foremost Kñ12 education law. As the next step in the legislative process, a House-Senate conference committee must now reconcile the differences between the two bills to present one final package to the president for his signature. This Policy Points highlights some of the more contentious issues that conference committee negotiations must resolve.

ESEA Reauthorization: A Look at a Draft of the Bill. View a late-stage draft of the legislation that could become the newest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


UPDATE: NCLB Replacement Nears Finish Line. It’s finally happening: a House-Senate conference committee has reached a compromise, moving forward to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Educators across the country have stepped up, repeatedly urging Congress to update the nation’s main education law, and their efforts are paying off as new provisions near the finish line. The conference committee’s framework eliminates NCLB’s most onerous requirements, transfers significant decision-making authority back to states, and strictly limits the authority of future education secretaries.

Lawmakers and their staff have spent months developing this bipartisan agreement, a compromise between previously passed House and Senate bills. Members representing both chambers admitted that this compromise is not exactly the NCLB replacement of their dreams. Senate ed committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) wanted the framework to include Title I portability (which it doesn’t), and other lawmakers hoped to cut the federal investment rather than increase it. Additionally, some lawmakers—and the Obama Administration—expressed concern that the accountability changes in the framework still do not do enough to ensure low-income and minority students are not falling behind. Ultimately, however, the conference committee pushed forward with a compromise to end the reign of NCLB and provide schools with long-awaited policy updates.

The bipartisan, bicameral compromise—newly minted the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—was recently adopted amid much congeniality on a 39–1 vote. Kentucky Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul (R) was the only dissenting vote. The framework is now being prepared for floor action, expected in the House the first week of December and the Senate soon after. Both chambers need to pass ESSA before it can be sent to President Obama for his signature.

So where did the agreement land on these key issues (PDF)? ESSA would:
• Maintain NCLB’s annual testing requirements in reading, math, and science.
• Allow states to limit testing and determine their own opt-out policies.
• Require states to include both academic and other state-selected factors, such as parent and teacher engagement, school climate, and student safety when determining a school’s accountability rating.
• Require states to intervene in schools that are failing student subgroups, although it leaves the specifics (how to take action) up to the states.
• Consolidate nearly 50 programs into a block grant, which states and districts can allocate to student health and safety, well-rounded education, and other programs based on need.
• End federally mandated educator evaluations (imposed by NCLB waivers) and support educator effectiveness with more options for professional development. (ASCD Capitol Connection, 11/23) 


How to Build Creative Confidence in Kids. Kids are creative, every moment of the day… in the way they draw, the way they experiment with language, the way they interact with objects, the way they imagine new worlds. At IDEO we believe that creative confidence?—?believing in your ability to create change and having the courage to act on it?—?is something all of us are born with. (medium)

NY state report says effort to boost art education pays off. A state comptroller’s reporter obtained by the Daily News of New York shows the city’s efforts to boost art education in public schools are paying off and 95 percent of high school graduates completed mandatory art lessons. That was up from about half of students who completed lessons in an audit done in 2011. (The Washington Times)

Calif. Athena Currey Talks The Posters and Art Education. Athena Currey has always believed in the healing power of art. Working in hospitals as an artist in residence, the former model saw the effect it had on cancer patients. “Someone might come in really afraid and angry, and then once we started working together, it really took their focus and energy….They could get lost in [making art],” she says. With that role, though, she could only help one person at a time — and she wanted to do more. “How can we bring more art into people’s lives?” she landed on the idea of posters. (WWD)

Wyoming Receives Grant to Help Improve Arts Education. A national arts education organization has selected Wyoming to be part of a three-year program to strengthen the arts in schools. Americans for the Arts has awarded grants to ten states for pilot programs to improve arts education policies. (Wyoming Public Radio)

Canada. Arts education: Development of the whole child. It has been an exciting year for the Esplanade with the recent celebration of its 10th anniversary and anticipation of upcoming programs for the winter season. With the arrival of fall and new back-to-school routines, it is a busy time for children, parents and teachers. Staff at the Esplanade have had the opportunity over the years to work with teachers and collaborate on art programs aimed at enriching the educational curriculum. Recently, we have noticed a more progressive focus on the whole child in arts education; the cognitive, mental, physical, and emotional facets of learning and well being. (Medicine Hat News)

US awards $113M in grants through Investing in Innovation program. The US Department of Education has selected 13 organizations to share $113 million in grants through the Investing in Innovation program, which supports innovation in education. "Through i3, educators are dramatically improving outcomes for students, and we are committed to providing teachers and school leaders with the resources they need to continue this important work," said senior adviser John King. (T.H.E. Journal)

Congress reports progress on rewrite of NCLB. Members of a bipartisan Congressional conference committee say they're making progress reconciling two bills to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law. Under the agreement, the federal government would still mandate annual testing for grades 3-8, but states would control assessments, regulation of low-performing schools and decisions on which academic standards to adopt. (The Associated Press)

NCLB Conference Committee: Key Issues to Consider. The U.S. House and Senate have each passed bills to update and replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the nation’s foremost K–12 education law. As the next step in the legislative process, a House-Senate conference committee must now reconcile the differences between the two bills to present one final package to the president for his signature. This Policy Points highlights some of the more contentious issues that conference committee negotiations must resolve. (ASCD)

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Colorado. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Colorado has received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The state is implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (


Huge Arts Education Win in Congress Today. For arts education proponents, Thanksgiving came early this year. In the midst of the biggest shakeup of federal education law in over a decade, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) successfully added an amendment today to the rewrite of the nation’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation that will integrate the arts into STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math).

This is of particular significance because her amendment was unanimously adopted by voice vote by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee during today’s mark-up of the final ESEA bill. The bill next goes to the House and Senate for final (and likely) passage in early December before landing on the President’s desk.

The amendment specifically citing the arts states: “integrating other academic subjects, including the arts, into STEM programs to increase participation in STEM, improve attainment of STEM-related skills, and promote well-rounded education;”

After many years of anticipation, this bipartisan legislation will set new K-12 education policies impacting the nation’s 100,000 schools across the country. (Arts Action Fund)


[VIDEO] How to Organize a Party for 4,000 Art Teachers Want to learn more about the 2016 NAEA National Convention in Chicago, IL? Watch Bob Reeker, 2016 NAEA Program Coordinator, being interviewed by Tim Bogatz and Andrew McCormick from Art of Education (AOE).

Most NYC Students Take Arts Classes Before Graduation. A report from the New York State Controller indicates that 95 percent of New York City's graduating class of 2014 met the state's requirement for arts classes — a significant increase from 2011, when an audit showed closer to 50 percent of the district's students meeting state requirements. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Diversity in Arts Participation: Current Overview and Efforts for Progress. Diversity is more than a buzzword.  It’s more than a vague goal of corporate mission statements or topic for entertainment news pieces.  Discussing diversity, inclusion, and equity is an important step in recognizing biases based on a variety of factors: age, religion, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Despite the challenges of discussing diversity in the workplace and truly defining what it means, it remains a consistently relevant topic, particularly in the arts and arts education. (iamurbangateways)

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA RECOGNIZES COUNTRY'S TOP ARTS AND HUMANITIES PROGRAMS. ArtMix's Urban Artisans program was honored at the White House yesterday! Selected from over 285 nominations, our Urban Artisans program was one of twelve awardees for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards . Staff member Linda Wisler and intern artist Meghan McNeal traveled to the Washington, D.C. to share the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama.

13 Bloom’s Taxonomy apps for showing true thinking skills. Bloom's Taxonomy apps to enhance thinking skills, like analsyis and evaluation, in creative new ways. Mobile devices have long held promise in that they allow students to tackle problems in almost as many ways as there are apps — that is to say a nearly infinite number. But whereas that flexibility is a boon to students, it can make it hard for educators tasked with the best apps to students to help them realize that potential. (eSchool News)

8 free iPad apps to encourage creativity in young learners young-learners. Enhance creativity in young learners with these educator-selected apps. Encouraging expression and creativity has never been easier, in an age where mobile devices let us combine music, art, and learning with the touch (or is that a tap?) of a button. (eSchool News)

[CONTEST] Doodle4Google: WHAT MAKES ME…ME. THIS YEAR'S CONTEST IS NOW OPEN. From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Now, with the Google homepage as their canvas, we’re asking students to do the same. Young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner’s artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day. Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from October 19, 2015 to December 7, 2015.

Mass. Art educators descend on North Adams for annual conference. An estimated 300 arts educators — college professors, elementary school art teachers, museum educators and the like — gathered in and explored northern Berkshire County over the weekend for the annual conference of the Massachusetts Art Education Association, which put a focused lens on arts achievement in the region. (Berkshire Eagle)

Okla. Durant Arts Educator Journeys to Quartz Mountain. Juliet Snyder, a Washington Irving Elementary School educator, journeyed to Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center this fall to participate in the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute (OFAI), a series of intensive weekend workshops taught by nationally renowned artists in the literary, visual, and performing arts. (Durant Democrat)

I’ll Turn My Students into Makers, No Matter What. “I am a regular teacher that cares too much about my craft to simply admit defeat.” project-based learning (PBL) was a powerful way to engage students with the real world, to get them to think both creatively and critically. Instead of studying flat texts, PBL forces students to take ownership of their education. (medium)


NCLB and Other Education Policy Updates. Congress has taken one step closer to replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), as House and Senate education leaders have reportedly reached an agreement on the framework for a final bill. Although details have not been officially released, word is that the bill will maintain annual testing, with states determining how test results are used for accountability purposes. It will also likely eliminate many individual programs (including those that support a well-rounded education), instead providing a block grant that states and districts can allocate according to their schools’ and communities’ needs. Reportedly, it does not include Title I portability and curtails secretarial authority, leaving decision making on issues like school improvement and achievement gap closure to the states.

With the ESEA Conference Set to Kick Off, Is the End Near for NCLB? After eight years and at least three serious attempts, Congress is finally moving forward on bipartisan, bicameral legislation to rewrite the almost-universally-despised No Child Left Behind Act. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

States may gain more power over education with ESEA rewrite. A bipartisan framework in Congress for rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would return power to state leaders to create accountability systems for testing results and interventions for low-performing schools. However, the federal government still would require states to administer standardized tests in math and reading. (The Hechinger Report)


Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure. A design college in the United States has just started a new exhibition about creativity, which will run till January. It is called "Permission to Fail". The curator asked a group of 50 prestigious designers and illustrators to send in their mess-ups, rough drafts and preliminary sketches so that they could be put on display. (BBC)

The Making Of An Icon: How The "Peace For Paris" Sign Spread Around The World. Following the terrorist attacks on Paris Friday, one graphic designer's raw reaction becomes a global symbol of peace and solidarity. It's simple, haunting, and has served as a tool for people across the globe to express solidarity. It has been shared across social media, displayed at vigils, and even scrawled on concrete in public spaces. (FastCoDesign)

8 Living Artists Every Educator Should Know. By staying aware of artists who are working today, educators can invigorate their lives and their classrooms with new and expansive ways of looking at contemporary life and the world. Here are a few artists to get started, along with suggested connections that can be made to subjects and themes that you might be addressing with your students. (Edutopia)

Do You Know Your State Policies for Arts Education? Did you know that: Only one state hasn't adopted standards for the arts? 27 states include the arts in their definition of “core academic subject”? 35 states require arts coursework for certification of non-arts teachers? You can learn more about these policies and much more through AEP's ArtScan. ArtScan is a searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 11/12/15)

Grading the Arts in LAUSD
. A Los Angeles Times analysis used data from L.A. Unified School District to assign letter grades to school arts programs and published its findings in an interactive database. Only 35 out of more than 700 schools earned an "A" for arts education. Read about how non-profit arts programs are stepping in to help. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 11/12/15)

Ohio Voters Approve Tax to Support the Arts. Citizens of Cuyahoga County, Ohio voted to keep a 30-cents-a-pack tax on cigarettes to provide a regular source of funding for artists and arts organizations. The tax was originally approved in 2006, and since then, over $125 million has been collected and redistributed to the local arts community. (AEP ArtsEd Digest, 11/12/15)

Ala. Sumiton students explore their creativity through art. The availability of arts education is notoriously lower for students in low income areas who receive free or reduced lunch, adding that 64 percent of students in Walker County qualify for nutrition assistance. In addition, Alabama ranks 49th in nationwide spending per student. “Which is why we have no money for art, but everybody wants it so badly, even the industry leaders are saying that the students that are coming to them have no imagination and can’t use critical thinking skills, and they don’t communicate effectively...They can’t put words to thoughts, and that’s why art is so important, because we talk about the art, which gives them a bigger vocabulary, and it helps them to think visually and spatially.” (Mountain Eagle)

Wash. The art of teaching art: Honoring two of the state’s finest art teachers. Teaching art, the easy path is to play this sort of pass-the-time role. “Here’s some materials,” you can say, before giving everyone a broad sort of assignment. “Have fun, don’t be disruptive. I’ll check in with you guys later.” But to go the extra mile, to invest in the kids who have that spark of interest and encourage them to develop, is a seriously worthwhile endeavor. Because being a good art teacher demands you do more than is necessary, the same as being a good teacher of anything. It takes patience, positivity, and a genuine interest in others. Those who do it well can be the reason a kid gains a greater sense of worth, finds something that they love, and leads a fuller life. (Crosscut)

Mich. Grand Rapids Art Museum to offer teacher workshops through partnership. The Grand Rapids Art Museum is partnering with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to offer free workshops for teachers throughout the school year. Christopher Bruce, the museum's school programs senior coordinator, will teach three all day professional development workshops focused on art and education. Teachers will learn new ways to teach art, music and core subject areas during the first workshop, "Art + Music + Literacy," on Thursday, Nov. 12. (mlive)

How the maker movement inspires every student to love learning. No matter the subject, making and collaborating engages students in inspiring ways How the maker movement inspires every student to love learning. Earlier this year, for the National Week of Making, President Obama issued a call to action to educators, designers, and makers of all stripes. “During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers,” he said. “As the maker movement grows, I continue to call on all Americans to help unlock the potential of our Nation and ensure these opportunities reach all our young people, regardless of who they are or where they come from." It’s a great vision but what does it actually mean for the teachers in the classroom? (eSchool News)

College exhibit spotlights work of local art teachers. Lone Star College-Montgomery is providing an outlet for art educators like Lucas to show their work. Lucas is one of 10 educators in Montgomery County featured at the college's Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery in an exhibit dedicated to area high school art teachers. "It's always exciting for art teachers to get an opportunity like that. We don't often," Lucas said. "For a practicing artists, it's almost a second job to promote your career. So as a teacher and practicing artist, to take on that extra step of trying to promote is almost impossible." (Chron)

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts bets on art education. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is redefining what an art museum can and should be. At an event that attracted everyone from the premier of Quebec to experts in mental health, homelessness, eating disorders and even cardiac-health researchers, MMFA director Nathalie Bondil announced plans to completely reshape the direction of the Montreal institution. The museum has been able to devote more space and attention to art therapy and education as the result of the donation. (CBCNews)

Kutztown University Holding 77th Annual Conference on Art Education. Kutztown University will hold its 77th Annual Art Education Conference, “Exploring Time-Based Media: Strategies for Developing Narratives,” on Friday, Nov. 20, from 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The conference will showcase speakers and workshops from all academic levels including K-12 art teachers, university professors and other professional artists. The conference is open to the public.  Registration is $75 for adults, $35 for students not attending KU and is free for current Kutztown University students.

Ky. Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 12–13. Join the Kentucky Arts Council for the second annual Creative Industry Summit at the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro, Ky. The summit will feature national, state and local experts discussing the creative industry and related topics that will benefit individuals and communities interested in growing and supporting Kentucky’s creative industry. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and share what they are learning across a broad spectrum of creative projects and initiatives taking place in the Commonwealth. This year, the arts council will present a day of pre-summit workshops with two learning tracks: one for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs and one for those interested in community development through the arts.

Judy Chicago Art Education Award invites applicants. In honor of artist, author and educator Judy Chicago and her many varied accomplishments, including "The Dinner Party," Through the Flower — working with the Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to "The Dinner Party" K-12 Curriculum or other materials in the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection. This award — which consists of a check for $1,000 and a certificate — is given annually and administered by the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Texas. Two high school students chosen to showcase artwork in street painting festival. Via Apprendista gives budding artists from local schools a chance to showcase their work alongside 200 artists from across the United States and Mexico, allowing the community to appreciate and cultivate young talent. (Cypress Creek Mirror)

Texas. Cypress Lakes art students featured in Día de los Muertos exhibits. Artwork from students at Cypress Lakes High School will be on display at two separate Houston Día de los Muertos exhibits through early November. Cypress Lakes National Art Honor Society students will make sugar skulls and help with children’s activities at the Lawndale Art Center Family Day Fiesta, a concluding event for the 28th annual Día de los Muertos celebration.

U.K. Art teacher is top of the class in TV advert. Louise Hill, head of art at Hastings High School, is one of a select few chosen to appear in adverts aimed at boosting numbers entering the teaching profession in this year’s ‘your future their future’ campaign launched by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. (The Hinkley Times)

Art therapy ‘best way’ to fight intellectual disability. Zaki Alloaim, a professor of art education in Al-Ahsa, has contributed in the treatment of special needs students by exploring their abilities and talents, and then implementing them through several types of activities and art works. “There is no problem in the failure of such students to do certain type of work. I do not care about the product quality as much as I care about the involvement of the students to prove their abilities, regardless of perfection or quality; this is the therapeutic and psychological side for the student,” he said. (Arab News)

ART+BIO Collaborative. The ART+BIO Collaborative, a Cambridge, MA non-profit, is offering ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, January 7-13, 2016. The program is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and all people interested in nature, art, and biology. ISLAND LIFE is a hands-on, immersive, and project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico's diverse wildlife through artmaking and field biology.  We travel to rainforests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments. The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology.


ESEA rewrite could pass before 2016
. US lawmakers announced Friday that they plan to move forward on rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A conference committee is expected to meet in the next few days to plan the overhaul of the legislation, with the goal of passing a revised bill by year's end. (The Washington Post)

Lawmakers Announce Preliminary Agreement on ESEA Rewrite. Congressional negotiators announced they have a way forward to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with a conference committee to start working on a compromise soon. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Congressional process for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act"It is good news for our nation's schools that Congress is taking the next step forward toward a serious bipartisan plan to revamp the outdated No Child Left Behind law. America's students deserve a bill that increases educational opportunity for all and lives up to the civil rights legacy of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We are encouraged that Congressional negotiators appear to be moving toward a framework that accomplishes those goals. We urge members on both sides of the aisle to continue working together to produce and pass a good piece of legislation." (

U.S. Department of Education Announces Highest-Rated Applications for the 2015 Investing in Innovation Competition. The U.S. Department of Education announced today the 13 highest-rated applications for its $113 million Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 competition. These 13 organizationsselected from more than 400 applicationswill secure private sector matching funds by December 2015, and formalize their awards as i3 grantees. (

Thirteen Groups Win i3 Awards, High School a Key Focus Area
Sources: House and Senate Have Reached Preliminary ESEA Deal. After weeks of long and hard negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers have reached preliminary agreement on a bill to reauthorize the very long-stalled No Child Left Behind Act, multiple sources say. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference, August 1 & 2, Pittsburgh, PA. Call for Presentation Proposals Open until December 3. A professional development opportunity for those of you that work at the overlap of arts education and special education/disability studies. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts holds the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference annually. VSA Intersections provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. This year's call for presentation proposals is open until December 3.

Open Call: Breakout Session RFPs for the 2016 National Arts-in-Education Conference in Miami. YA is now accepting breakout session proposals for the National Arts-in-Education Conference, Growing up with the Arts. The conference will be held on April 14-16 at the Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach in Miami, FL. YA seeks to provide our conference attendees with engaging sessions led by passionate members of the arts and education communities in order to highlight best practices and cutting edge arts-in education ideas from organizations around the country.

Philadelphia Public Art Encourages Voting. Philadelphia has turned to art as a strategy to help increase voter turnout with Next Stop: Democracy!, a public art project to improve the voting experience in Philadelphia. Since polling sites are frequently in out-of-the-way places with sparse signage, 50 local artists were commissioned to create large signs that say "Vote Here" in both English and Spanish. Local musicians and performers were hired to dance, sing, and drum at selected polling places. Public art can increase civic engagement.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management: An Exposé and Guide. Elena Muslar of HowlRound created and conducted an independent study focused on racial and ethnic diversity in leadership positions within nonprofit performing arts organizations as part of her culminating project at the CalArts Theater MFA. Through her conversations with more than 25 arts leaders, administrators, educators, and artists of various ages, races, and ethnicities, she was able to identify four areas of concern directly affecting the lack of diversity in arts leadership, and suggestions for moving through them.

Cultural Organizing for Community Change Workshop on November 22 in Brooklyn. Join Arts & Democracy, along with fellow organizers, artists, media makers, and policymakers to learn effective ways to deepen your work and engage your creativity in organizing for community change in this one-day workshop that will include: a cultural organizing framework; hands-on skill building workshops including theater, visual arts, media, organizing, policy, and more; case studies from across NYC and beyond; problem-solving with peers; shifting the narrative roundtable; networking; and resources.

Artist as Activist: Two-Year Fellowship from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2016 grant cycle who are interested in creating and further developing interactive works surrounding racial justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Each fellow will participate in a three-week residency and receive funds up to $100,000 to aid in the implementation of each critically engaged piece. Deadline: December 7, 2015.

5 critical 21st century skills that go way beyond the 4 Cs. Educators have been tackling a new mindset for student learning for nearly two decades. In the early 2000s, when as a nation as we sat at the dawn of the 21st century, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (formerly The Partnership for 21st Century Skills) introduced the education community to a Framework for 21st Century Learning, which highlighted 18 different skills. Over time leaders from a broad spectrum of business and education communities narrowed the focus to concentrate on a set of skills that came to be known as the 4Cs—communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. (eSchool News)

Mindfulness in the Classroom: A How-To Guide. Focus. Awareness. Resilience. Curiosity. Reflection. All are elements of thriving classrooms and students. All are trainable skills that can be intentionally taught and cultivated to strengthen student opportunities for success. I’ve come to realize that the extent to which I purposefully incorporate them into my curriculum makes just as much of an impact as how I teach academic skills. (Education Week)

8 characteristics of good online video. Instructor-led video is a must in online learning, but not all videos are successes. Here are eight tips to help educators create effective online videos for their courses. (eCampus News)

Invitation to attend the 25th Annual International Symposium on Childhood Education - CALL FOR PAPERS: Submission/Abstracts due by December 15, 2015. The Round Table will hold our 25th Annual International Conference on Childhood Education during the dates of March 13 – March 16, 2016 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. You are invited to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however, your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent thereon. Those not presenting papers will be placed on a discussion panel. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum, a journal of the Round Table. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.


ARTS ACTION ALERT from Americans for the Arts Action Fund

This month, Congress is heading into final negotiations over the education reform bill and we need your help to make sure Congress knows the importance of retaining arts education provisions and ensuring that all students have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. This week, we are putting out a last call. We've developed a national petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the bill. By Sunday, November 15th, we hope you will join over 15,000 arts advocates in signing the petition!

Money Matters in ESEA Reauthorization. As negotiations over reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act grind on, don't forget about the cash. Possible shifts in accountability, including how testing requirements might change, have gotten a tremendous amount of attention. But there are plenty of changes to K-12 funding in both the House and Senate bills that could be especially tricky for staffers and lawmakers as they put the finishing touches on a deal. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Unleashing America's Energy for Better Education: The Legacy of Race to the Top. In a speech at Burke High School in Boston, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussed the progress states and districts have seen in the last six years in partnership with the Department's signature programs and policies, including Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants and Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility. (

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Louisiana. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Louisiana has received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The state is implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (


Maker Education Is About More Than 3-D Printers. Makers—in the broadest sense, those who make things—and the maker movement have gone mainstream. Featured in articles from the Smithsonian to The Atlantic to The New York Times, today's makers are just as likely to be armed with traditional tools like hammers, anvils, and yarn, as they are with conductive paint, 3-D printers, and computers. They are participating in a movement marked by community norms of sharing, collaboration, and experimentation. They are gathering in libraries, garages, summer camps, and makerspaces. (Education Week)

Vast Majority of Los Angeles School Arts Programs Lacking. Less than 1 percent of Los Angeles schools earned an A on a scorecard created by the Los Angeles Times to evaluate that school district's arts education programs. The newspaper ranked schools on factors such as teacher availability, numbers of arts courses, and teachers' training. Just 35 of the district's 700 schools earned top marks. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

The art of thinking about art: Why is art so hard to talk about, anyway? Here’s a humorous understatement from the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy: “It is difficult to say what is meant by art.” He goes on: “And especially what is good art, useful art, art for the sake of which we might condone such sacrifices as are being offered at its shrine.”' It is “difficult” to say, no doubt. But at the same time, Tolstoy’s proclamation makes a certain presupposition with its very underlying question. To ask “what is art?” suggests art has a categorical definition. It suggests, in other words, that art is something. (The Portland Phoenix)

Judy Chicago Art Education Award invites applicants. In honor of artist, author and educator Judy Chicago and her many varied accomplishments, including "The Dinner Party," Through the Flower — working with the Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to "The Dinner Party" K-12 Curriculum or other materials in the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection. This award — which consists of a check for $1,000 and a certificate — is given annually and administered by the Penn State School of Visual Arts. It is open to all teachers with preference given to those projects that most embody feminist goals. Submissions can be uploaded digitally by Feb. 1.

Fundraiser: Mixing Art and Science, $2,505 raised · $5,000 goal. This is for an independent, non-commercial project to create a 30 minute educational video that follows public school arts teacher Stacy Lord on her journey through NASA's 2015 mission known as Stratospheric Observation for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).


Nebraska Hits the Brakes on NCLB Waiver Request. Will we see a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act soon? Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska's education commissioner, thinks its a real possiblity, according to published reports. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Key Education Policy Updates
. The use of student achievement measures in educator evaluations became a particularly controversial issue when the Obama administration required its Race to the Top program and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers to tie student performance to educator evaluations. Currently, 43 states require teacher evaluations to include student achievement, but it remains to be seen whether states will maintain these policies after Congress replaces NCLB or President Obama leaves office. This new report concludes that most states will likely continue incorporating student performance in evaluations. (ASCD Capitol Connection, 11/9/15)


We cannot afford to lose art education. Art is beyond powerful. Art, in any form, has the potential to reflect contemporary social reality and to promote social revolutions. On an individual basis, artists have the unique ability to step within their creative works, and therefore exit out of their individual lives for a while. Depending on one’s circumstance, escapism can be advantageous. (Smile Politely)

K-12 schools add the arts to STEM. More schools -- including some in North Carolina, Michigan and Florida -- are integrating the arts into science, technology, engineering and math lessons to help foster creativity, problem-solving and innovation. "The A -- the arts -- makes everything else make sense," said Greg Little, superintendent of Mt. Airy City Schools in North Carolina. "If we ignore the arts side, the creative side, we lose the soul of what we're doing and the why of what we're doing." (District Administration)

Smithsonian will study digital learning practices digital-learning. The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access was awarded a $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund a two-year research project on digital learning. Findings from the study will be used to enhance the Smithsonian Learning Lab, which is launching in public beta this fall, and to advance digital learning and teaching strategies throughout the education field. (eSchool News)

6 departments ripe for 3D learning. As institutions make room in the classroom (and within 2016 budgets) to add more technology to learning programs, 3D printing tools are at the top of the must-have list, especially for specific departments on campus. According to colleges and universities, this technology is on the 2016 must-have list because 3D printing not only brings educational concepts to life for students, but supports next-level learning by developing more agile and creative thinkers. (eCampus News)

N.H. Leading the way through art. How can we make New Hampshire a great place for everyone to experience the transformative power of arts learning? This is the question that will be addressed by arts professionals from across the state Nov. 6 in Portsmouth. The Art & Spirit of Leadership, the New Hampshire Arts Education Partnership conference, will host teaching artists, art educators, artists, arts administrators, friends of the arts, arts advocates, and all those with arts interests, to address this question. (

Harvard joins growing trend of arts education in medical schools. Aspiring doctors may not think they have time to gaze at paintings or play the viola while they’re cramming for anatomy tests. But Harvard Medical School thinks students should be doing more of that — and the school is not alone. This fall, Harvard launched a new initiative to use more drama, dance, and literature to help medical students become empathetic and reflective doctors. In doing so, Harvard joins a growing number of schools making more overt efforts to weave arts and humanities into medical education. (The Boston Globe)

Calif. Only 35 L.A. public schools get an A in supporting the arts. Normandie Avenue Elementary Principal Gustavo Ortiz worries that he can't provide arts classes for most of the 900 students at his South Los Angeles school. Not a single art or music class was offered until this year at Curtiss Middle School in Carson. (Los Angeles Times)

Ariz. Arts education is making a comeback in Valley schools. Cartwright School District, one of the Valley districts hit hardest by the Great Recession, isn’t letting budget cuts imperil its ability to offer students a vibrant arts education. “We have art in every single school,” said Kate Cross, Atkinson Middle School seventh and eighth grade art teacher. “Every single child in our district has the opportunity to take art from kindergarten through eighth grade.” Cross said Cartwright District’s art programs and curriculum reflect the national and state standards. Simply put, Cross said, “Our kids love art, and our whole district supports art.” (The Arizona Republic)

Ill. Plainfield students help those with disabilities create art projects. As students paired up last week with a partner in an art class at Plainfield East High School, Niko Witt sat by himself waiting to paint a tiny white pumpkin. “Niko, do you have a buddy?” said Michele Rickerson, a special education teacher. Watt is a senior student who is part of the Secondary Community Occupational Real-Life Education – or SCORE – program at Plainfield East. The program focuses on functional skills for students in special education. (The Herald-News)

Conn. Meriden middle school uses student art to promote parent interaction. With the help of one of the new Apple computers in the art department, Martin created the outline of Jim Carrey’s face in Adobe Photoshop and then painted it with his own color creations. Martin’s artwork, along with the artwork about of 45 other students, will be on display at Lincoln Middle School for the art department’s “Expresso Yourself Café” event and art gallery. This will be the third time art teachers at Lincoln have put together a student show as part of an initiative to draw parents into the schools, get them involved, and “gather in a more intimate setting” with teachers. (MyRecordJournal)

Mass. Teachers who shaped BCC arts program to be featured in exhibit. The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery is showcasing the work for four artist-teachers who were instrumental in shaping the arts program at Bristol Community College as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration. (The Herald News)
N.J. POP GOES THE BOOK: Bordentown City gallery owner, teachers team to introduce kids to art. The power of art to escort children into new and mysterious worlds comes alive in the pages of “If Picasso Went to the Zoo,’’ a collection of illustrations and poetry conceived and authored by artist, publisher and teacher Eric Gibbons. Gibbons, who owns the Firehouse Gallery and Publishing Company on Walnut Street, recruited local art teachers and searched the world, via the Internet, to find others interested in collaborating on a project that combines science and history with an appreciation of art and then adds the charm of poetry and alliteration. (Burlington County Times)

Ga. Different strokes: Artists debate the costs, benefits of formal education. Pablo Picasso once said, “I’ve spent my whole life learning how to paint as a child again.” Aside from flexing his eccentricity, Picasso was illuminating one of the essential questions facing formal art education — whether or not studying art enables an artist to execute his or her vision, or whether formal education places the artist in a box, pacifying the creative itch that originally brought them to the craft. In Athens, many artists grapple with this question every day, as several talented individuals — both formally educated and not — have found success in the Classic City. (The Red & Black)

N.J. Montclair Art Museum Launches Vance Wall Art Education Center. With a recent gift totaling $5 million from Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, the Montclair Art Museum is proud to announce the creation of the Vance Wall Art Education Center at MAM, establishing the footing for enhanced educational outreach and accessible programs for people of all ages. The Center encompasses all the Museum’s educational efforts, from the established Yard School of Art to the new mobile MAM Art Truck, and marks the public phase of the Museum’s endowment campaign, MAM Centennial Campaign: Arts and Learning. (TAPintoMorristown)

Calif. BCS wins Crayola grant. Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals recently selected Bullis Charter School as one of 20 elementary and middle schools to receive a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant. The organizations also recognized Wanny Hersey, superintendent and founding principal of Bullis Charter School, for fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills at the school. Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are aimed at helping schools build creative capacity, nurture children’s creativity and inspire other schools to do the same. Bullis received a $2,500 grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products to assist with the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. (Los Altos Town Crier)

N.Y.  Tenney encourages art educators to submit student's work. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney R, C—New Hartford, is encouraging art educators throughout the 101st Assembly District to submit their student’s art work to the 26th Annual Legislative Student Exhibit. The exhibit is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and the deadline for submission is Jan. 14, 2016. The exhibit will begin on Feb. 29, and run through March 3, 2016.

Calif. Celebrate maker education at STEAM Carnival, November 6-8, Pier 48, AT&T Park, San Francisco. Come play with FableVision Learning and the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity! The team will do hands-on demonstrations of My Awesome Publishing Company and Fab@School Maker Studio. The STEAM Carnival features high-tech games, interactive installations, dynamic build zones, round the clock stage shows, lab demos, aerialists, artists, food, and more. Use code REYNOLDS to save $5 on tickets.

Mass. Team FableVision #Games4Good with Extra Life, November 7, all day! Everywhere! The FableVision team is gearing up our annual fundraising efforts for our local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, through Extra Life. Extra Life is a 24-hour game-a-thon fundraiser, and Team FableVision will be gaming for good in the Studio.
ESEA rewrite bill eliminates "maintenance of effort". The bill to write the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act approved by the House of Representatives earlier this year would eliminate the "maintenance of effort" provision that has been in place since 1965. The provision mandates that school districts spend at least 90% of the state and district funds that they spent the previous year in order to qualify for certain federal funds. (Education Week)


Arts Education Takes a Hit in the Accountability Movement. Considered a frill in the accountability movement, arts education is the victim of budget cuts that have reduced their presence in schools across the country ("Deterioration of public schools arts programs has been particularly jarring in L.A.," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 2).  Nowhere is this more apparent than in California. (Walt Gardner's Reality Check)

Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People) A new study supports our hunch that kids who are exposed to the arts gain benefits beyond just being "more creative." Those who would consider themselves part of the creative class would probably agree that art is an important part of primary school education. Since school boards concerned about the bottom line don't necessarily agree, a team of social scientists at the University of Arkansas is trying to scientifically prove the benefits of exposure to art. What they found, in a recent study published in the journals Education Next and Educational Researcher, is that students who are exposed to cultural institutions, like museums and performing arts centers, not only have higher levels of engagement with the arts but display greater tolerance, historical empathy, as well as better educational memory and critical thinking skills. (Fast Company)

Calif. Only 35 L.A. public schools get an A in supporting the arts. Arts Education Becomes “Luxury” in California: Budget cuts plus a focus on standardized testing have drastically reduced the number of art programs across the United States, but in Los Angeles, the situation appears especially dire: Only 35 out of more than 700 schools earned an “A” in a recent study conducted by the Los Angeles Times. According to this research, the uneven arts commitment reflects the divide between low-income and more affluent students — the latter can count on foundations and members of the community to back arts instruction as district funds diminish. (Los Angeles Times)

Brewing up New Partnerships in California. Business owner Samuel Gilbert has set the arts brewing in North Oakland, California. This summer, while awaiting pending permits before opening the New Normal Brewing company, Gilbert forged a connection with the community by inviting the arts in. Instead of choosing to let the building stand vacant before officially opening for business, Gilbert invited local artists to display their work in his space, noting that both beer and art bring people together.

Wells Fargo Partners with Arts and Education Council. In St. Louis, Wells Fargo (a 2005 BCA 10 company) recently donated $50,000 in scholarship assistance to a new Arts and Education fund, managed by the local Arts and Education Council. This contribution is part of a larger $100,000 gift that will serve programs aiming to improve access to creative expression and arts opportunities for youth in underserved areas throughout the region. Learn more.

FREE Magazine: DREAM BIG #4 July 2015. Published on 28 June 2015 in “Art, Education”, language — English. 168 pages. Issue description: A magazine that celebrates innovation, collaboration and community through STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math). Magazine description: A magazine that celebrates innovation & collaboration through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math).

#CreativeGeneration – Win $500 USD of Art Supplies! Design a creative project for kids and upload the results to a Creatubbles gallery to enter. Have you got an great idea for a creative project? Can you get lots of children involved? Then you’re in with a chance of winning the #CreativeGeneration challenge!

D.C. National Gallery of Art: 2016 Summer Internships. Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions. Eligibility varies according to internship. Summer interns will be in residence at the Gallery from June 6 to August 5, 2016. Interns receive a stipend of approximately $4,500. See website for application timeline and procedures.

2015 WC iArt Online Exhibit. How are you using mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, or Androids to create images and photographs and/or to conduct visual research? What apps are you using? With the wide number of apps available for creating digital photos, drawings, and paintings, this online exhibit is devoted to iArt and the possibilities of combining art+design+culture+social issues+autobiography+technology. Submitted works will be posted on the Women’s Caucus blog ( Images must address the theme and minimum image resolution (72 dpi) for online posting. Entry: This is a non-juried exhibit open to any current WC member. Ongoing exhibit: No submission deadline.


Key Education Policy Updates. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been elected Speaker of the House, succeeding Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) who abruptly resigned last month. Ryan’s positions on past education policies may provide a preview on what his new role means for the pending No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) replacement, and his leadership on financial issues gives us an idea of how he might negotiate the federal funding landscape. (ASCD Capitol Connection)

Key Spending Provision in House ESEA Bill's Cross Hairs. A House-approved bill to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would scrap the law's "maintenance of effort" requirement. (Education Week)

Three Testing Issues to Watch in Rewriting of NCLB. Even though both the House and Senate ESEA bills keep annual tests, they go very different ways on a lot of other assessment issues. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


AEP 2020 Action Agenda. The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education serves as the blueprint for the collective work of the Arts Education Partnership for the next five years. The Action Agenda outlines four priority areas by which arts and education leaders can frame their work: Raising Student Achievement and Success; Supporting Effective Educators and School Leaders; Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environments; and Building Leadership Capacity and Knowledge. By addressing these four areas, the Partnership will be moving toward the goal that, by the year 2020, every young person in America, at every grade level, will have equitable access to high quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and out-of-school time.

N.J. STEM and the Next Generation science standards in Warren. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In recent years, there’s also been talk of adding the arts to the equation, making it STEAM. But whether STEM or STEAM, it’s an area of education that has great impact on the daily work of students and teachers. (

Ill. New Arts Standards Coming To Illinois - But Will It Mean Much? Learning standards for the arts are changing in the state. It's been about two decades since the guidelines have been updated. Teachers and administrators around Illinois have been meeting regularly since new federal arts standards were released last year. Those guidelines separate the arts into five categories: music, theater, dance, visual art and media arts. Ideally, all kids in Illinois should get a chance to try out these medium. (NPR)

Mont. New Arts Standards Proposed For Montana's Public Schools. The state of Montana is in the process of updating arts content standards for the state’s public schools. Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Denise Juneau has appointed a 16-member committee to consider recommendations presented to them by educators and artists from across the state. But why do we need new arts standards? (MTPR)

Penn State Shenango collaborates with The Hope Center for Arts and Technology. Penn State Shenango and The Hope Center for Arts and Technology (HopeCAT) are collaborating on a new venture this fall to begin an after-school pilot program with Farrell High School students. Focusing on ceramic art, the program is being taught by world-class ceramist and arts educator Christian Kuharik. (Penn State News)

Artsonia Holiday Fundraising. Important things to remember about fundraising with Artsonia:
• Parents place orders directly on their website. You don't have to distribute forms or collect money!
• Orders ship directly to the parents.
• The more artwork you publish, the more gifts family members can choose from (which earns you more funds).
• You earn 20% of all orders placed by parents in their giftshop!
November 17 Holiday Kickoff - Greeting Cards Sale. Artsonia will kick off the season with a special holiday greeting card sale. Family members can choose the artwork and design they'd like to appear on the front, and a personalized message to appear in the inside. These cards are very popular with our parents and fan club members. We encourage you to publish your holiday- or winter-themed art projects before November 17 so that parents have a good selection of artwork to choose from.
November 24 New Holiday Ornaments. A new set of holiday ornaments will be launched that are sure to make great keepsakes for families down through the years. These sturdy metal ornaments are fashioned into fun holiday-themed shapes such as a presents and sleighs, and feature the student's artwork in the center.
November 30 Coffee Mugs & Snap Jewelry. The holiday season will be in full swing as a special sale will be offered on their two most popular products: coffee mugs and snap jewelry.
December 7 Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas. The last sales of the year offer up some great last-minute gift ideas for stocking stuffers! It features an assortment of our most popular products, just in time to wrap up holiday shopping.
2015 Holiday Shipping Deadlines. December 14 (Monday) Last Day Standard Delivery Service and December 19 (Saturday) Last Day Express Delivery Service (extra charges apply).

Ore. Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy Program. The Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP) sustains and strengthens arts, culture, and heritage in the American West through research, policy, education, and community engagement. Through its main objective to foster civic engagement and cultural resource development, CCACP will support policymakers and cultural sector professionals to: Cultivate public participation in the arts; Foster creative activities; Preserve cultural heritage; and Develop sustainable community cultural development. (University of Oregon)

Ore. Citizen arts commission has vacancies: Three at-large members from Springfield will be chosen
. The Springfield Arts Commission has three at-large vacancies to fill, and the deadline to apply will be 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. The nine-member commission promotes visual and performance arts in Springfield and promotes those activities. Members of the commission should have a strong interest in the arts and time to dedicate to arts advocacy. Commission terms are four years. Application packets are available at the City Manager’s office in City Hall or online at .

Pa. Paintings vie for student votes for Greater Latrobe Senior High School Art Collection. We've had all these other teachers that have followed and not just taught art, but taught creative development, creative thinking. Art education teaches problem-solving skills essential for any career and is important to include in science, technology, engineering and math curricula. (TribLIVE)

Wis. His Unique Way to Teach Art. An art teacher with the Sheboygan Area School District is showing other art teachers projects he uses to teach students. North High School’s Frank Juarez is presenting his 365 Artists 365 Days and Midwest Artist Studios projects to the Wisconsin Art Education Association in Appleton. (WHBL)

Neb. Award illustrates how Nebraska's urban, rural schools excel in arts. At Lincoln High, the arts are one of the ways the school promotes unity, said Principal Mark Larson. It’s the second Nebraska high school to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate degree, which integrates music, theater and visual arts into the curriculum. It’s the first one in the country to offer a letter in slam poetry. It has one of the few student-driven high school theater companies in the country. Larson said the arts also spark important conversations and offer a place for students to belong. (The Journal Star)

Creative Placemaking, Arts Funding Helps N.J. Cities
. When it comes to boosting local economies and driving downtown revitalization, arts districts in New Jersey cities are gaining momentum, thanks to a mix of public and private investing and an uptick in city leaders’ interest in cultural placemaking. (NextCity)

CALL FOR 10th ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE: international art award | free theme | open to all. An international jury will select 120 finalist artists in painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual art, land art, for: 6 cash prizes of € 7.000 each; a major collective exhibition in the Arsenale of Venice; 4 exhibitions in international Art Galleries; 2 collaborations with Companies; 7 Art Residencies; 3 International Festivals; and publication of the catalogue. SEE ALL THE INFORMATION IN THIS VIDEO

Calling Independent Artists: Franchise Opportunity
. A Painting Fiesta is growing family friendly art studio franchise. We are reaching out to local artists the chance to own A Painting Fiesta Studio at $0 franchise fee! What does that mean? You don't actually have to pay any upfront franchise cost which would save you $25,000. Yes you read correctly $25,000. No other franchise out there is doing this. You see A Painting Fiesta is not greedy we are here to educate anyone interested in financial freedom and becoming their own bosses in a profitable, fun, and creative atmosphere.

Policy Watch

NCLB rewrite bill may be stalled in Congress. A coalition of 10 education groups is calling on Congress to pass legislation overhauling No Child Left Behind. Both chambers have signed off on their own bills, but some officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have said that the departure last week of former House Speaker John Boehner could derail efforts to pass legislation this year. U.S. News & World Report (11/2)

Big Ed. Groups to Congress: Finish ESEA Reauthorization
. Teachers, school administrators, principals and state officials have launched a digital ad campaign asking lawmakers to finish work to reauthorize the ESEA. (Education Week/Politics K-12)



7 Leadership Skills Fostered in Arts Education. In my art classes, the students believe that art is a great way to communicate their concerns about the world and their community. My hope is that my school and schools elsewhere recognize this contribution and also how it demonstrates leadership potential. A question to consider is this: As educators, do we look to the arts as a way of developing student leadership? (edutopia)

Co. Art for education’s sake: Pueblo principal says her school is on the rise. Pueblo City Schools (D60) has a regular curriculum of maths, sciences, social studies and language arts, but its anchor is the arts. Dance, music, band, visual, drama and backstage production are among the school’s specialties, subject focuses that are different than at most schools. Study after study show that arts education — often the first classes cut in times of budget despair — help build students and keeps them engaged in education. (The Pueblo Chieftan)

Tech companies are investing in artists to improve creativity. Art and science have been intertwined for centuries, involving the same starting block: the research question. A 2008 study in the Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology showed that compared to other scientists, Nobel Laureates are disproportionately involved in artistic side projects and hobbies. Although this year’s Laureates aren’t exactly disciples of the famous polymath Leonardo da Vinci, creative thinking surely played an important role in their recent achievements. (Quartz)

2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Time is Running Out! Submissions to the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are still open, but final deadlines are coming up soon. Deadlines vary by region--don't wait until it's too late to submit! Create an account and enter your work today! Find your guidelines and deadlines.

Best. Prom. Ever. LED corsages. Sonic prom pictures. Virtual-reality demos. Fashion sketching, visual poetry, web-making apps, music, and an impressive balloon drop. Scholastic Awards Maker Prom was THE best prom of 2015. See the pictures and find out how to attend Maker Prom 2016.

Calif. Innovation and Design Course Prompts Learning by Doing. Students at San Juan High School participate in a Career Pathway program that is designed to teach them real-world skills through interactive coursework. A student sets to work shaving excess plastic from a five-foot-high replica of a soda bottle with a handheld power tool. Nearby, two of her peers stir paint and plot the next steps toward the completion of the recycling bin project. (Government Technology)

Illinois, Montana Arts Standards to Get Tech-Friendly Update. Illinois and Montana will soon have new standards for arts education for the first time in nearly two decades. Both states are planning to expand their definitions of arts education to include media arts, a reflection of the growing role of technology in schools. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

ART21 News - October 29, 2015. In this issue: New Video Featuring Josiah McElheny; Featured Videos from the ART21 Collection; Highlights from the ART21 Magazine; and For Educators: Download the Learning with ART21 Guide

The Getty Leadership Institute Apply Now for 2016: Executive Education for Art Museum Leaders. The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University invites applications for the GLI 2016 and NextGen 2016 executive education programs for art museum leaders. Join a dynamic network of 1,500 alumni worldwide. GLI programs are academically rigorous and address current topics in the museum field. GLI 2016 is an intensive management program for leading CEOs, COOs, directors, and senior-level executives who influence policy and effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their positions. Participants take two weeks of online courses plus two weeks of classroom study and practicum in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from May 9-21; Residency from June 10-25. Apply by January 11, 2016. NextGen 2016 is a blended learning experience for the field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and recognized leadership potential. The program blends one week of online learning and one week of classroom study in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from March 7-12; Residency from March 28-April 2. Apply by January 4, 2016.

Open Call: Breakout Session RFPs for the 2016 National Arts-in-Education Conference in Miami. Growing up with the Arts will be held April 14-16 in Miami, Florida. This year's conference aims to bring people from throughout the arts and education communities together to collectively address the theme of creating and sustaining programs that transform communities and engage youth in the arts. In addition to a variety of break-out workshops, the conference will also include thought-provoking plenary sessions that focus on the latest research and impact of the arts in education. Growing up with the Arts is hosted by Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Proposals are due, Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 5 p.m. (EST).

Arts Educators Are Not Specialists by Jim Palmarini. But those who teach it are not special, at least not to a vast number of school leadership who continue to see arts educators as extras or, ironically, specials or specialists. Arts educators are not specials, electives, extras, enrichments, non-academics, add-ons or encores teachers. They are education essentialists, just as much so as any other recognized core subject area professional teaching a rigorous, well-defined, and assessable body of knowledge and skills that prepares students for college, career, and citizenship. 

Where Would I Be Without My Mentor? by Lauren Hess. As I reflect on my nearly twenty years spent in the arts integration field, I feel blessed to have had a trio of amazing mentors in my life. Without these three women I certainly would not have had the career I have had. As a first year music teacher in Buffalo, NY, without a mentor, I wished that arts organizations could do more to assist schoolteachers in preparing students for field trips, and to help provide deeper experiences for the students. I dabbled in creating an independent study in arts administration to start to understand what the role of arts organizations could be in arts education.

Empower Your Conversations with New Data: What Executives Really Think about the Impact of the Arts on Workforce Skills by Bruce Whitaker. Does business have any skin in the arts education game? And if they do, can we rally business support to help ensure that all students have access to arts education? After all, business has been in the forefront of other social change movements, such as LGBT marriage rights.  Besides business, can we also make a stronger justification for the role of the arts in strengthening our workforce to educators, policy makers, and governments?

Teaching Arts Education Advocates by Jennifer Katona. How many of us have had the conversation around Arts Integration and Arts for Arts sake? Value in both right? We know from countless examples and research studies that the best benefit to a child is to have a arts specialist, arts integration AND a teaching artist to provide the ‘expert’ outside perspective. This is something I know in my core –something I teach my graduate candidates at CCNY.

Arts Education Is Essential to Cultivating the Creative Economy by Sarah Gonzales Triplett. Creative Many is headquartered in TechTown, Detroit’s self-styled “business innovation hub.” Our office in Michigan’s capital city is co-located with The Runway, an incubator helping startup fashion designers produce and market their collections. Both TechTown and The Runway are emblematic of the exploding creative sector in Michigan.

Learning Through Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for Middle School Educators (LTA). Research questions: The MFAH is researching, developing, and testing curriculum and professional development based on middle school teachers’ attitudes towards and perceptions of art-based interdisciplinary curriculum. We are also examining the role of museums in teaching and learning and the importance of understanding teachers as adult learners instead of as conduits for content dissemination.

Ingenuity Launches Be Creative Campaign Raising $38 Million for Chicago's Arts Education Plan. Be Creative: A Campaign for Chicago Arts Education is a $38 million private fundraising initiative, built on the fundamental principle that the arts are essential to education. The fundraising campaign supports the Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Plan – a master plan to bring arts education to every CPS student.

CenturyLink, Inc. is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program opened its application process Oct. 1 for teachers in CenturyLink’s who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement. Full-time PreK-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools in CenturyLink local service areas are eligible to apply. Grant of up to $5,000 are available. The deadline for applications is noon Central, Jan. 12, 2016. Grant winners will be announced between April 1 - May 15, 2016.

Texas. Bastrop Downtown 2016 Sculpture Project: 2016 Call for Entries. The Bastrop Downtown 2016 Sculpture Project (“Sculpture Project”) is an annual program of the Bastrop Art in Public Places Task Force and the City of Bastrop. The 2016 Sculpture Project is the second time the City has produced such an outdoor visual arts exhibition. This highly visible and accessible sculptural exhibition will serve as an art destination for the residents of Bastrop County and Central Texas, as well as, visitors to the area. The winning sculptures will be presented at a ‘Sculpture Stroll’ on March 19, 2016.  An awards ceremony will follow. Submission Deadline: November 15, 2015:      

CERF+ Casts Artists a Safety Net #Floods #Wildfires. CERF+ sent notices to artists, arts organizations, and responders in areas affected by floods from Hurricane Joaquin and by wildfires on the west coast--to make sure any professional artist working in a craft discipline, seriously affected by the disaster, is aware of emergency relief assistance and recovery resources available from CERF+.


Proposed Budget Deal Could Make ESEA Reauthorization Easier (Education Week/Politics K-12)

School Choice Backers Lukewarm on Provision in ESEA Rewrite (Education Week)

Could Washington State Get Its NCLB Waiver Back? (Education Week/Politics K-12)


The Emotions That Make Us More Creative. Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power brings the whole universe at once to order.” (Harvard Business Review)

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?
A tug of war is currently looming between proponents of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and advocates for STEAM lessons, which add art to the mix. Whichever side you come down on, here are some ideas for you to mull over. (Education Week)

Engaging Community: Influencing the Creation & Production of Art (In-Person and Livestream Event!). This event will be an opportunity to hear from a panel of three arts leaders who have collaborated on as well as led initiatives in engaging community for the purpose of influencing art and artists. Panelists will also share how their respective organizations produce art. When: November 3, 2015, 5:30pm EST. Where: Woodruff Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 3rd Floor, 1285, Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Who: This event is FREE and open to all who care about strengthening arts education. Also join via Livestream!

IHEAP New York | Call for Proposals. IHEAP is a post-graduate institute for research and experimentation in art that serves as the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris. The program offers its participants a unique course of study that is no bound to the history of 20th century art but actively encourages the investigation of crucial issues of art in the 21st century, an ongoing history in which our students, known as sessionists, will inevitably help writing. Iheap is addressing all creative practitioners who have an expectation to engage not only within the art world, but also with the world at large. The lecturers, in fact, are coming from a wide range of disciplines, from the art field as well as from philosophy, economics, history, linguistics and so on. Iheap is a fluid school with the classes taking place at different locations, such as art organizations, schools, galleries, museums, cafés, apartments, parks, public spaces, parking lots and so on. The application procedure is online. The deadline for submission is January 25th, 2016.

OJJDP's National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Materials Now Available! In an effort to raise awareness about missing children and keeping all children safe, the U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) coordinates a national poster contest for fifth grade students. The poster contest is designed to increase awareness about child abduction, remember the children that have been abducted, and provide an opportunity for communities to engage in educational discussions on safety and prevention. The theme for the poster contest is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” Participating students are to create a poster that reflects the theme and complete an application describing their poster and the importance of collaboration in bringing missing children home. Each state hosts its own poster competition, and the winning poster from each state is submitted by the state manager (or the organization responsible for overseeing the poster contest in that state) for selection of the national winner. To participate in the contest, verify your state-level deadline with your state manager. Contact your state manager. The national-level poster contest concludes on March 16, 2016. One winning entry from the state manager must be postmarked by the national deadline. OJJDP will invite the winning child, his/her teacher, parents and state clearinghouse manager to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day commemoration in May 2016, at which he or she will receive an award for the winning artwork. For any additional questions, please contact MECP at 1-888-347-5610 or via email at

Watch: One-Minute Mindfulness Strategy. Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson, authors of The Mindful School Leader, demonstrate a strategy for making self-care a part of any educator's busy day. (ASCD)

The ESEA Bill the Administration May Be Wishing For. The Obama administration and some civil rights groups didn't get behind an attempt to renew the NCLB law back in 2011. But that bill was stronger, from their perspective, than anything on the table in Congress right now. (Education Week/Politics K-12)


Call for Proposals: The Penn State Seminar @50: Transdisciplinary Inquiry, Practice, and Possibilities, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, April 1–3, 2016. The 1965 Art Education Seminar held at Penn State is a landmark in the field. Participants and attendees included leaders who shaped the field into the next century. Organized by art education faculty members Ed Mattil (Penn State), David Ecker and Jerome Hausman (Ohio State), and moderated by Harlan Hoffa (Penn State), the seminar was funded by the United States Office of Education and planned in conjunction with leading art educators such as Elliot Eisner (University of Chicago), Kenneth Beittel (Penn State), and Manuel Barkan (Ohio State). Bringing together artists, art historians, critics, art educators, curriculum experts, psychologists, and sociologists, the seminar helped transform the focus of art education from psychologically grounded, developmental approaches to teaching and research to a more self-conscious stance as part of the humanities and interdisciplinary scholarship. Participants at the 1965 Seminar argued that curriculum in visual arts education should draw on contemporary art practice, and introduce art history and criticism to school children. They carried these ideas back to their institutions, exploring them with succeeding generations of graduate students who then implemented new paradigms. The April 2016 conference will revisit visions of art education established a half-century ago, consider emerging issues and directions in the field, and explore international issues. All accepted presentations, posters, panels, and invited talks will be included in the published conference proceedings.

Cooper Hewitt museum launches crowdfunding campaign to bring design to school classrooms. The Cooper Hewitt museum in New York has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for its Design in the Classroom programme, which it hopes to launch across the U.S. The Design in the Classroom programme programme introduces "design thinking" to students from kindergarten through to the 12th grade via hands-on workshops offered in the classroom. (dezeen)

Director Of Arts Education Partnership Sandra Ruppert: Integrating Arts In The Classroom Is Catching On Nationally. While some reports have shown that many districts can't afford comprehensive arts education, other recent studies revealed the importance of the arts in a child's learning. Sandra Ruppert, director of the Arts Education Partnership, explained that these studies have had an impact: integrating arts in the classroom is catching on across the country.

Do Art Teachers Spend More Out-Of-Pocket On School Supplies Than Other Teachers? It's no secret that teachers spend money out of their own pockets for their students' school supplies, classroom decorations, or extra activities. But do art teachers spend more than other teachers on such expenses? According to ABC News, a recent survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that teachers pay for 77 percent of the school supplies needed in their classrooms. (iSchoolGuide)

Colored Pencils, Watercolors, Brushes: Art Supplies Add Up

N.Y. Albright-Knox study lays groundwork for more arts education in city schools. When it comes to art education in Western New York, urban public school students suffer the most. That’s the upshot of a recent survey of Western New York elementary and secondary school visual arts teachers and administrators, the results of which were released Tuesday by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The survey, conducted by a team of University at Buffalo sociologists and gallery staff, polled 622 visual arts teachers and 649 administrators. It is the first step in the Albright-Knox’s Education Discovery Project, a program launched in April to determine what role the gallery can play to fill widening gaps in art education throughout the region.

Texas. Art education for children paves way to better future. From creative thinking to fine motor skills, and problem-solving to self confidence, the skills built through art education enable children to develop into productive members of society. City ArtWorks, a non-profit visual arts education resource, is raising money to support its art enrichment programs through the eighth Art of Conversation luncheon on Nov. 2 at the Junior League of Houston.

Senior Department Official to Participate in Congressional Briefing on Video Game Innovation. Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will participate in a congressional briefing as part of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Latinos on the Fast Track and the Entertainment Software Association’s Third Annual Video Game Innovation Challenge and Fellowship in Washington, D.C., at 11:30 a.m.

U.K. Art students: make an impression with the perfect portfolio. When applying for an art or design degree, it’s not just the interview you need to think about; impressing your prospective tutor with your portfolio is vital for securing a place. According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), more than 272,000 applications were received for creative arts and design courses last year, so how can you make your work stand out from the crowd?

N.J. New Keene class at teaches students the business of art. Art may be creative and fun, but for it to be financially sustainable, there are also business realities, so Music Lecturer Matthew Leese at Keene State College created a class called "Engagement in the Arts" this past summer to give students a practical understanding of the business of art. The seminar-based Integrative Studies course taught students about the structure and strategies of non-profit arts organizations and had them volunteer with local arts organizations.

Pa. Danville grad Bomboy leads art education conference. Robb Bomboy is serving as a co-chairman this week of the three-day conference of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association in Harrisburg. More than 260 educators from public and private schools, colleges and universities throughout the state are planning and designing what art education will become in the 21st century. During the three-day conference, attendees will hear speakers in more than 100 presentations ask hard questions about how Pennsylvania teachers today relate to 21st century students.

Ohio. Local teachers brush up on Arts in Education skills. Fine arts teachers become students. It felt like a different time and place in the children's studio at the Wayne Center for the Arts, where fine arts teachers -- visual arts and music -- attended a professional day that at times took them back centuries.


Sustaining Teacher Leadership. With strong support from the U.S. Department of Education and organizations such as the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, teacher leadership has emerged as a national trend. Given the need for teachers to guide the direction of their profession, it is prudent to support teacher leadership as a mechanism for teacher voice and meaningful professional growth. A lack of funding, however, will inevitably stifle the important momentum that has been generated over the last few years. (

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces ASCD as New Partner in Teach to Lead. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that ASCD will join the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the U.S. Department of Education as the third partner in Teach to Lead, which focuses on expanding opportunities for teacher leadership in ways that enhance student learning and make it possible for teachers to stay in the classroom while leading in the profession. (

U.S. Department of Education & Medium partner to create an i3 community. We are excited to announce a new partnership with Medium to create a vibrant community for Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees, entrepreneurs, and educators. The i3 program supports evidence-based projects that stimulate and scale effective innovations. In the short time since partnering with Medium, the community has asked important questions about driving innovation in education and sparked critical discussions about the valuable lessons learned through this work. Influential education policy leaders like Jeff Raikes, grantees, and educators are already engaged in thought provoking conversations that you can read right now.

Arne Duncan, John King Talk Graduation Rates, ESEA, and Testing. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a piece of good news to announce on his way out the door: High school graduation rates appear to be on track to rise for the third year in a row. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Which K-12 Programs Will Survive ESEA Reauthorization? (Education Week/Politics K-12)

CONTEST FOR DESIGNERS AND CREATIVE PEOPLE. If your wish is to see your design object or your piece of furniture produced by a big company, the right opportunity is to enter the BUSINESS FOR ART PRIZE - RIVA 1920 realized in the 10th Arte Laguna Prize. Artists and designers can present their creative proposal based on the use of the particular briccola wood from Venice. The project will be selected by Maurizio Riva who is always looking for new ideas which can express the business philosophy and which consider the wood as the essential element. The winner project will be created in the workshops of Riva 1920 and it will be presented at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April 2016. The contest's applications are open until November 18th.


STEM to STEAM: The Role of Arts Education in Preparing Students for the Future. Naturally, schools need to focus on maintaining curricula and improving their STEM-related courses, but students’ success in these courses is affected by other factors as well. One key factor is students’ involvement with the arts. Moving from STEM to STEAM (adding the A for Arts) is attracting attention; House Resolution 319 expresses that “adding art and design into federal programs that target Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, encourages innovation and economic growth in the United States.”

3 Strategies for Building Successful Global STEAM Partnerships. Move over Flat Stanley. Teaching global citizenship has come a long way from the days of mailing a paper cut-out around the world.
(Education Week/Global Learning)

More schools are working to integrate the arts into classroom learning. See how one county expands an initiative to integrate the arts into teaching and learning. Started last year in 15 schools, the growing effort now includes 41 schools in Maryland’s second- largest school system. Those involved say they use art in many forms across the curriculum as a way to make content more meaningful and deepen student learning. The new strategy comes as interest in arts integration is growing nationally, driven in part by increasing research that points to academic, social and personal benefits for students. (The Washington Post)

Why making art is the new meditation. Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do.  Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings. (The Washington Post)

Ill. TERRA Teacher Network. Learn about several American art programs and resources for K–12 audiences during the 2015–16 school year. 
AMERICAN ART AT THE CORE OF LEARNING. This new website with materials for teachers and students launches in November 2015. It will feature American artworks and teaching resources from 12 Chicago-area museums and libraries, and will help teachers use American art to make connections to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Among the resources available on the site are sample questions for leading discussions about art; lesson plans for grades 3–12, co-created by museum educators, classroom teachers, and literacy specialists; more than 25 texts about artworks written for students; graphic organizers; and video demonstrations. Videos about teaching with art.

THE CIVIL WAR IN ART: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections. Civil War in Art provides a window onto the conflict and the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art. The website features 7 thematic essays, more than 120 artworks from Chicago collections, with accompanying texts and questions written for students; a glossary; sample lesson plans; and more. Student-friendly texts about art are available here.

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY. The Newberry's Digital Collections for the Classroom offers a rich array of primary sources from the library's collection, with accompanying contextual essays and discussion questions. The site has two new American art-focused collections, Art of Conflict: Portraying American Indians, 1850–1900 and World War I in U.S. Popular Culture. Both feature activities for the classroom as well.

ONLINE COURSE: AMERICAN ART HISTORY: FROM ELITE TO STREET. Presented by the Blue Foundation and offered through the Illinois Virtual School, this course for 9th–12th graders enables student achievement through project-based lessons and unit assessments, and promotes student-centered discovery of local Chicago art in their own neighborhoods. By studying American artists and their creations, students will learn how art reflects and comments upon our society and historical events, how the role and definition of ‘art’ has changed, and the conditions in which art was and is created. The students will also learn how to see, analyze, talk and write about art. Students taking the course are not required to have studied studio art or art history. This online, semester-long course provides 0.5 Fine Arts credit towards graduation. This course is free for Chicago Public Schools students. Questions? Contact Charissa Armon at or 312-219-2455. Course registration and eBrigade scholarships are available here.

art institute of chicago Teacher and Student Programs. The Art Institute of Chicago offers a number of programs year-round, including docent-led student tours on American Art. View the 2015 Teacher Programs Calendar online.

Frank LLoyd Wright Trust Designing a Better World: Student Programs. Central to Frank Lloyd Wright’s unique vision for American architecture was the idea that architecture and design can shape and improve the way we live. The Designing a Better World initiative includes a dynamic series of design-based in-school programs and learning kits that ignite curiosity and nurture individual vision and design creativity. All programs align with Common Core and STEAM learning standards. Programs cost $150 per class. To schedule an in-school program or for more information, contact the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust education department at 708.725.3828 or email

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO Multiple Visit Program. Now in its third year, the MCA’s Multiple Visit Program brings the Common Core to life by offering students a chance to debate, discuss, and connect to American artworks through multiple visits to the museum. Participating teachers will attend 3 professional development sessions in December 2015, and classrooms will each take 3 free 90-minute field trips to the museum between January and May 2016. Museum admission and bus transportation are included in this free program. Chicago Public Schools teachers of grades 4 through 6 in general education and language arts are invited to apply. Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Finalists will be contacted by November 17.

'Maker' Movement Takes Steps to Build 1-to-1 Environments. Some in the "maker" movement are looking to start a 1-to-1 trend in schools akin to the push to put a digital device in the hands of every student. But questions linger about whether the maker movement— which aims to create places where students can tinker and build hands-on projects—should move to 1-to-1 environments. (Education Week)

ART of the MOOC: Merging Public Art & Experimental Education; Free classes begin October 19, 2015. Join thousands of students and participants from around the world in ART of the MOOC—a Massive Open Online Course that is an educational artwork designed by artist and Duke professor Pedro Lasch and co-taught with Creative Time chief curator Nato Thompson. This free course will be taught with traditional classroom practices, along with new technology and aesthetic experimentation. While learning about socially-engaged practices, students will engage in stimulating discussions, collective art projects, and other creative assignments. Through this hands-on, participatory approach, ART of the MOOC welcomes students as collaborators in an unprecedented expression of public art and education.

Va. Radford launches online design thinking program. Radford University launched its newest certificate program, the Design Thinking Certificate, in fall 2015. Design Thinking is an innovative collaborative process for solving complex problems. Designers have been working within this framework for years – only recently have others found it to be successful across a multitude of non-design disciplines. (eCampus News)

Announcing the 2016 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program. Organized as a vehicle to perpetuate Anthony Quinn’s vision for an art conscious society, the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program raises and distributes funds for arts education. The Scholarship Program focuses on the Visual Arts & Design, Dance, Theatre, Singing, Instrumental, Media Arts, and Literary Arts for young adults in high school. Scholarship recipients can apply Foundation funds to any recognized pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program. The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship cannot be used for secondary school or college tuition. Maximum scholarship award is $2,500. A completed application, personal statement, and work samples must be submitted by Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Ore. Art of the Athlete V Opening Reception, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, October 21 at 6:30pm. Created by Lisa Abia-Smith, AAD Instructor and Director of Education at JSMA, the Art of the Athlete program supports working with children with disabilities played on the Pac-12 Network. The student-athletes who are participating in the program made art with the public at the last Ducks football game and the athletics department reserved a huge corner in the Moshofsky Center for the exhibit preview display and a place for visitors to make art with student-athletes.

Artists in Communities - Building the Movement. Grantmakers in the Arts Executive Director Janet Brown writes a thoughtful and illuminating post about the importance of artists working across sectors and in community settings—showcasing the power of the arts to make impact in health institutions, prisons, science, and environmental sectors, and countless others. Brown then brings up the question of how to best support a movement that places artists in decision-making and influencing roles in community settings and steadily supports them. Read on for her answer—which is at no surprise, also grounded in community.

How a Public Art Festival Made a Real Change in a Detroit Neighborhood. Designers, painters, and graffiti artists traveled from all over the world to convene in Detroit for the first Murals in the Market festival in the Eastern Market neighborhood where all the murals are a celebration of black contemporary culture. Artist Rick Williams reflected, "It's up to us and people who get these opportunities to give back and inspire people who come from our communities, the minority community."

HAUTECOUTURECRAFTS.COM HAS A NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE. has redesigned its website. is a place for professional artists selling high quality artwork and handmade crafts. Also, for buyers and consumers looking for one of a kind products. Artists and buyers are asked to join There are no listing fees and 5% is charged for each item sold. The membership is free.

ESEA Rewrite May Put States in Charge of Turnarounds. Are They Ready? No matter what happens with the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it's almost a sure thing that states and districts are about to get way more running room when it comes to fixing their lowest-performing schools. Both pieces of ESEA reauthorization legislation pending in the House and Senate would put states and districts, as opposed to the feds, in the driver's seat when it comes to turnarounds. (Education Week)

PROMOTING ESEA REAUTHORIZATION. In another event together post-announcement, the Secretary Duncan and Senior Advisor King joined U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in hosting a roundtable discussion with students, educators, and civil rights and community leaders on the need for a strong reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that lives up to its legacy of advancing equity and providing opportunity for every child.  The leaders called for a new law that ensures high expectations for all students and expects that, where schools or students are not making progress, actions will be taken to improve outcomes for those schools and students.  The House and Senate have each passed their version of ESEA reauthorization, and they are working together to approve a final bill that can be signed by the President.


Florida art teachers gather at Naples Grande Beach Resort. The rolling briefcases said “urban business trolls,” but the ethnic earrings, tie-dyed tunics and beribboned, be-medaled bags chirped “creative spirits.” They’re both, and, on occasion, they’re dumpster divers, too. Nearly 550 Florida art teachers descended on the Naples Grande Beach Resort Thursday, filling it and overflowing into a nearby hotel during the annual Florida Art Educators Association conference this weekend. (Facebook)

Louisiana Art Educators meet in Monroe. Ouachita Parish art teacher Leah Reitzell, 2015 Louisiana Art Education Association Conference chairman, along with LAEA Planning Committee, hosted the LAEA Annual Fall Conference in Monroe recently. Joni Noble, director of the art education program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was instrumental in opening ULM’s doors to 62 art teachers from all over Louisiana and beyond. (The News Star)

Colored Pencils, Watercolors, Brushes: Art Supplies Add Up. Sheree Woods is sitting in her car in the parking lot of a mini-mall in a Los Angeles suburb, with the air conditioning blasting. She's here for a huge sale. Woods is a high school art teacher at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, a big magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Every year, like countless other teachers around the country, she digs deep into her own pocket for school supplies. "I would say between $300 and $400 is a pretty average year for me." (NPR)

Space for Learning. This website is for all those who plan, design, fund, manage, resource, programme and develop learning spaces within museums, galleries and built and natural heritage sites. Download Space for Learning: A new handbook for creating inspirational learning spaces

Build The Ultimate Maker Lab With These 9 Tools, Kits, And Gadgets. For every time someone tries to teach your kids to code, someone else shows up at Maker Faire with a 30-foot tall, fire-breathing robot made of airplane parts. Maker culture is alive and well, with the new generation of tinkerers dreaming up ways to apply traditional arts and crafts activities to engineering newfangled electronics, robotics, and, well, just plain crazy stuff. (Fatherly)

OSU to host national conference on emerging field in arts education. Ohio State invites educators, artists and students from across the nation to join in bridging the gap between an education in the arts and a career at this year’s conference on arts entrepreneurship education. (The Lantern)

Mass. Wellesley K-12 art teachers show their stuff. Whenever I need to stop by the high school to drop off a forgotten lunch or show up for a meeting, I always take a minute to admire the student-created artwork that graces the lobby. Putting student art front and center was one of the smartest aesthetic moves that planners made when deciding how to make the rebuilt Wellesley High School feel like home rather than just a shiny new building. Putting student art at the forefront, rather than keeping it tucked away in the art wing, sends a message. It says, “Creativity is important here, linger a moment and gaze upon the work of our talented students.” (The Wellesley Report)

Pa. Greene County summer art project brighten Community Foundation. The Monon Center, a Greensboro-based museum and culture center, has partnered with the county for a fifth year to bring art educators to each camp one day a week to teach the basics of design and technique in a fun setting. A collection of summer artwork created by kids who attended the day camp program are on display. This program has not only served the children, but given emerging arts educators and administrators real-time, hands-on experience working with kids, camp counselors and other organizations. (Observer-Reporter)

Ill. WIU Art Education Program Presents Fall 2015 Community Art Program. Western Illinois University Community Art Program will be presented on Sundays from Oct. 25-Nov. 15 at the West Central Illinois Arts Center and Garwood Hall, on the WIU campus. The free program is for students in first through eighth grades. Classes will be held Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 3-4:30 p.m.

Mo. Arts Academy teachers face bumps to being first charter school in city to unionize. Teacher eager to join a union at the Grand Center Arts Academy have to take slower steps toward their goal due to several procedural steps the school's operator is requiring. If the teachers succeed, the academy would be the first charter school in St. Louis to be unionized. (St. Louis Public Radio)


FREE WEBINARS on Arts and Special Education. Check out these great FREE webinars offered through VSA and The Kennedy Center. Topics include Exploring a Watercolor Lesson through Universal Design for Learning and a Process of Collaborative Inquiry. All Webinars begin at 3:00 PM Eastern time unless otherwise noted.

AET Social Media Challenge. AET is hosting a social media tag challenge. You can win a free registration (worth up to $165 for active members and $105 for student members)* to attend the NAEA National Convention in Chicago. Use the main AET hashtage #artedutech and other AET hashtags** to tag your social media posts related to art education technology. One hashtag posting is one entry. The winner will be drawn from the pool of entries. The more you tag, the greater the chance that you could win. The challenge ends on December 31, 2015. Participants must be a NAEA member.

ARTCORE: WHO IS AN ARTCORE WEAVER? ArtCore is a multi-year model development and research initiative that joins community artists and middle school teachers to develop arts-based teaching and learning customized to meet the needs and goals of five schools across Lane County. At each ArtCore school site is a community artist, an ArtCore weaver. A weaver is a teacher, a dot connector, an idea builder, and a creative thought partner tinkering with new ways to teach and learn. A Weaver is an imagination catalyst.

White House Artists in the School House. What would happen if you enlisted some of the most prominent artists in the country to bring the arts into the classrooms of eight struggling schools? Got the White House, foundations, and leading arts advocates involved? Could you use this intensive injection of the arts to transform these schools into healthy learning communities? The Turnaround Arts initiative was created to road-test that proposition, and the results are encouraging enough to take the idea for another, longer spin. (createquity)

Tenn. As Nashville shines, arts group touts local offerings. As Tennessee’s visual art scene continues to expand, Knoxville-based arts administrators are stepping in to help organize and promote the growth. For the last two years, husband-and-wife team Carri and Brian Jobe have been at work on a new nonprofit organization called LOCATE Arts, a curated website that helps locals and tourists find contemporary visual arts in Tennessee.

Ore. EXPERIMENTS IN VISUAL THINKING AND KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION: Q&A WITH NICK SOUSANIS, Thursday, November 12th | 4:00 PM to 5:20 PM | Straub Hall, Room 145, 1451 Onyx Street, Eugene. Spend part of your afternoon in conversation about experiments in visual thinking and knowledge construction with Nick Sousanis, comic artist and educator. Sousanis published his unconventional scholarly exploration,  Unflattening (2015), in comic form through Harvard Press. Bring your questions about ways of seeing, learning, and construction of narrative and knowledge through graphic storytelling.

Ore. PORTLAND ART SPARK: THE RIGHT BRAIN INITIATIVE, Thursday, October 15th | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Canton Grill, 2610 SE 82nd Ave, Portland. The last Art Spark of 2015 will feature the Right Brain Initiative, focusing on how to integrate art into the classrooms of almost any subject across our region. Artists and art lovers of all genres are welcome to come together to swap stories and connect.

N.Y. HISTORY OF ART EDUCATION CONFERENCE, Thursday, November 19th - Sunday, November 22nd, 2015. The last History of Art Education conference took place at The Pennsylvania State University in 1995, following two similar-themed conferences held at Penn State in 1985 and 1989. Continuing the tradition of history and historical research in art education, the Art & Art Education Program at Teachers College will host the conference "Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History" in November 2015 in New York City. Early-Bird Registration: April 1st - November 1st
Regular Registration: After November 1st and on site

Va. Opportunities for Artists from the Arts Council of Fairfax County
• Artomatic 2015 - Registration open until filled. In partnership with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Artomatic is presenting a six week long exhibition in Hyattsville featuring all genres of visual, creative, and performing art.
• Visual Arts Fellowships 2016–17. Workshop: October 15, 2015. Deadline: November 6, 2015. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such, has awarded more than $5 million in Fellowships to Virginians.
• 2016 YoungArts Program. Deadline: October 16, 2015. YoungArts identifies young artists ages 15-18 in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts. Winners have access to many opportunities such as scholarships and recognition.
• Strauss Artist Grant Workshop. Deadline: November 18, 2015. The Arts Council will hold a free Strauss Artist Grant workshop for interested applicants on November 18, 2015 at 12 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic.  Each year, three artists are selected for a $5,000 award.
• Focal Point: Fine Art and Creative Photography Exhibition. Deadline: November 19, 2015. The Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists in the U.S to enter its 5th annual Focal Point, an open-juried photography competition.

Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. Each year, the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest invites students, ages 3 - 18, from around the world to submit original artwork based on a space-oriented theme. The 2015 contest theme is "What Space Means To Me..." In previous years Artsonia has hosted this popular art contest on our website. However, beginning this year, teachers will need to submit entries directly at Entry deadline is Friday, November 13th, 2015.

5 Hotels with Insanely Cool Artists-In-Residency Programs. Sometimes, you want a cultural experience on vacation without having to visit the museum. We like these five creative hotels because you can sleep among art—and mingle with those who made it.

Some Key Education Programs Alive in NCLB Rewrite, But Dead in the Budget (Education Week/Politics K-12)


The arts find a role in 21st century education. Arts education has been on the wane for several years as focus shifts to more technical subjects. The rise of computer technology drew on skills traditionally developed in math and science classes, and withering budgets further influenced schools to cut back or eliminate arts classes. (Education Dive)

Art Teachers Include Design to Connect Pupils to Their World. As part of the governor’s education agenda, public schools around Ohio are trying to make their curriculum more career-oriented to guide kids towards what he calls “in-demand jobs.”  The focus is more on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – that are the crux of standardized tests. Ohio's state Board of Education this year eliminated the so-called 5 of 8 Rule that placed importance on art classes. Critics fear classes in the humanities will dwindle. But StateImpact Ohio’s Mark Urycki found some art teachers in Ohio and around the world are trying to keep the arts “relevant.” (ideastream)

Art by teachers scoring high marks at Jersey City Art & Studio Tour. Walls at the Park Foundry residential complex in Downtown are filled with art. But what makes this exhibit -- part of the 25th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour -- special, is that all the pieces were created by Jersey City public school art teachers. (

4 Reasons Why DBAE Isn’t Dead. Many of us remember when DBAE ruled the art ed world, with good reason. It was a movement that gave art education more professionalism and turned the heads of other disciplines. Although DBAE has faded into the background a bit with new initiates that are more authentic, creative, and student-driven, I don’t think the lessons that DBAE taught us should be forgotten. I find many of the principles important and relevant, both yesterday and today! (The Art of Education)

The Arts Education Navigator. Americans for the Arts' new Arts Education Navigator provides a six-step process to better understand your role as a business person in the arts education ecosystem, the policies that affect your state, the current trends in the field, and how to best take action. (Americans for the Arts)

Upcoming: Arts Chat with Mark Golden, Golden Artist Colors CEO. Join us on October 28 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) for an conference call with Mark Golden, the CEO and co-founder of Golden Artist Colors, who will discuss his company's longstanding support of the arts, which led to the company's recognition as a 2012 BCA 10 honoree. Read Mark's thoughts on the arts, which focus on tapping into creativity and innovation in the workplace through the arts. For more information and to register, send an e-mail to Private Sector Initiatives Coordinator Jordan Shue at

Arts Education Is Essential to Cultivating the Creative Economy. Why are creative entrepreneurs essential to the future of Michigan's economy? Learn more from Sarah Triplett, Director of Public Policy for Creative Many Michigan.

Care to Recycle Poster and Essay Contest. Poster and Essay Contest: Invite students in grades 1-3 and their parents and teachers to participate in the Care to Recycle® and Scholastic poster and essay contest on the importance of recycling personal-care products, such as shampoo and lotion bottles, presented by America Recycles Day sponsor Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Share your ideas for a chance to win prizes, including a $500 gift card and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. product prize pack for adults, and a National Parks Pass and bike and helmet for kids. Learn more about the challenge and access lesson plans featuring English, science, and math focused on recycling.

Everyone’s Right to Arts and Culture: A Community Conversation, November 11, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. The National Guild for Community Arts Education and Creative Philadelphia — the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy will host a free, public forum, Everyone's Right to Arts and Culture: A Community Conversation, on Wednesday, November 11, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, at the Philadelphia Clef Club. See below for a detailed event description. RSVP Now! Deadline: November 1

Open Call: Breakout Session RFPs for the 2016 National Arts-in-Education Conference in Miami. YA is now accepting breakout session proposals for the National Arts-in-Education Conference, Growing up with the Arts. The Growing up with the Arts National Conference will be held on April 14-16 at the luxurious Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach in Miami, FL. YA seeks to provide our conference attendees with engaging sessions led by passionate members of the arts and education communities in order to highlight best practices and cutting edge arts-in education ideas from organizations around the country. Learn more about the proposal submission process or download the proposal submission form online.

Teacher Educators Unite to Shape Educational Technology. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) recently hosted an annual technology summit for the leaders of 10 teacher educator associations that formed a coalition in 2000 around educational technology and educator preparation. This two-day event has witnessed or directly led to some amazing developments over the years, ranging from research to tools to entirely new technologies, as coalition members serve as a unique focus group and visionary working network bridging education and industry.

CA Arts Council to invest nearly $9 million in grants in 2016. The Council will invest $8.6 million in a total of ten competitive grant programs that will serve a wide variety of California’s communities through engagement with the arts, creative expression, and cultural experiences. The announcement includes details on two new grant programs: Artists Activating Communities, supporting sustained artistic residencies in community settings and Cultural Pathways, supporting emerging arts programs rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups.


Secretary Duncan Steps Down: NCLB Replacement Effects. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he is resigning from his position as the nation’s top education official at the end of the year. One of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving Cabinet members, Duncan leaves behind a legacy of change. (ASCD Capitol Connection)

More Leadership Chaos in Washington, More ESEA Forecasting. Another week, another congressional leadership scuffle, another round of: "What does this mean for passage of a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act?" After all, this looked like it would finally, finally be the year it happened, what with bills passing the Senate (by a big, bipartisan vote), and the House (just barely, and with only GOP support). (Education Week/Politics K-12)
Duncan, King, Senators: New ESEA Must Be Strong on Accountability. Congressional education leaders are said to be rolling up their sleeves and trying to finish a long, long stalled rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act over the next several weeks, in time to get it to the president's desk by the end of the year. The hardest issue they have to tackle? Finding the sweet spot when it comes to accountability. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

Q&A: Ed. Dept.'s Ted Mitchell Talks ESEA, Turnover, and Education Philanthropy. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's learning forum here Thursday, Ted Mitchell, the U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary, spoke to a ballroom full of education leaders and grantees. Mitchell stood in for John B. King, Jr., who is set to take over as acting education secretary and had been scheduled to talk, but was tied up with transition duties. The session was closed to the press at the department's request, according to Gates spokespeople. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

NCLB Rewrite negotiations focus on student protections. A group of senators and Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week urged Congress to include provisions in the No Child Left Behind rewrite that maintain protections for disadvantaged students. "The law is a result of civil rights activism -- of blood, tears and sweat. And it's insulting to that memory that we have a piece of legislation that pulls back that kind of accountability," Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said. (U.S. News & World Report)


College Bound offers an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors. College Bound courses from GETCreative are an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students will connect with peers with similar interests, while taking courses designed to help them grow, discover themselves, and create something awesome. Courses are currently offered in the fields of Design and Culinary Arts, with Fashion and Media Arts courses coming soon. College Bound courses let students...Get a firsthand look at college life; Test their skills in a classroom setting; and Think about their future after high school. After successfully completing the course, students can participate in a Showcase Event and have a portfolio of work that may support them in receiving proficiency credit* upon enrollment at any Art Institutes location.** College Bound students who apply for admission can also have their application and enrollment fees waived. Courses start on October 3, 2015. Visit to learn more.

7 ways schools can get creative with STEAM. Schools can make science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs successful by building momentum and maintaining an open dialogue, suggests Denise Douglas-Faraci, an associate professor at Kaplan University's college of education. She says schools should build deeper learning and keep schedules flexible. (eSchool News)

Testing Encroaches on Arts Time, New Jersey Educators Report. More New Jersey students take fine arts, music, or drama in school than in the past, according to a new report. But time devoted to the subjects in some schools is on the downswing, according to NJ Spotlight, which published the report Tuesday. And a fifth of schools do not offer both visual arts and music, though they are technically require to do so by the state. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Three Years In, Los Angeles Arts Education Push Has Mixed Results. Three years after the Los Angeles Unified School District named arts as a core subject, students at approximately 100 elementary schools still don't get any arts instruction. Southern California Public Radio reports that the district has made efforts to increase funding, hire more teachers, and launch a series of arts festivals. But universal arts education remains elusive, especially for the district's poorest students. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Watch and Share AEP National Forum Videos. 250 arts and education leaders from around the country representing 32 states and 150 organizations attended the AEP 2015 National Forum: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success on September 1-2 in Arlington, VA! Video recordings of plenary sessions, keynote addresses, and more are now available on YouTube! Also, if you missed the screening of School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired Classroom, it is airing on select PBS stations nationwide now.

The National Endowment for the Arts Celebrates 50 Years of Supporting the Arts. The National Endowment for the Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was on September 29, 1965, one month after signing the Voting Rights Act that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act which gave birth to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The major initiative of the 50th anniversary is Creativity Connects. This initiative will show how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem; investigate the ways in which the support systems for the arts are changing; and explore how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity.

Center on School Turnaround Releases Publication on Arts Integration. The Center on School Turnaround recently released a new publication that connects the dots between arts integration, students' personal competencies, and school turnaround.

Left at altar by Corcoran, University of Maryland has new partner in the arts. After being jilted by the Corcoran Gallery last year, the University of Maryland has found a new partner in the arts — the Phillips Collection. The university will announce Monday that it has come to an agreement with the private D.C. museum to expand the university’s presence in Washington, energize the museum’s educational programs and bring more art to audiences in the District and on campus. (WaPo)

The Phillips Collection and University of Maryland partner to transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. The Phillips Collection’s Director Dorothy Kosinski and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced today a bold partnership between the two institutions with a shared vision to dramatically transform scholarship and innovation in the arts. Layered with rich opportunities to collaborate, the agreement is ambitious, entrepreneurial, and risk-supportive, which are considered essential qualities in today’s competitive arts and academic environments. Together, The Phillips Collection will expand its education programs, reach new and diverse audiences, and pursue key initiatives that align with the museum’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning. At the same time, UMD will grow its established scholarship and academic programs within the arts, provide unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, and expand its footprint in the nation’s capital. (

2 Compelling Reasons for Using the Studio Habits of Mind in Your Art Room. Over a decade ago, researchers with Harvard’s Project Zero identified The Studio Habits of Mind. Through research, Lois Hetland and her team classified and named eight Studio Habits that have been a continuous force in reshaping how progressive art education is organized and administered. FREE Studio Habits of Mind Posters Download! (The Art of Education)

Video Gaining as Key Tool in Teacher-Learning Plans. As platforms evolve, more school districts are using video in professional development to boost teacher collaboration and refine classroom practice. Read more. (Education Week)

The Creative Time Summit: "The Curriculum NYC" at Boys and Girls High School, November 14 & 15, 2015. The Creative Time Summit is the world's largest international conference on art and social change. From within Boys and Girls High School, which has come to symbolize both the democratic ambitions and the pervasive inequalities of public education today, we will explore the relationship between knowledge and geopolitics, pedagogical art practices, omissions in contemporary curricula, and political issues such as the re-segregation of public schools and student debt. Reserve your seat today!

National Gallery Singapore to open region's first art education centre for young visitors. A new immersive learning facility at the National Gallery Singapore will soon open to give young visitors more reasons to cultivate their interest in art. More than 60 children today trialled the Keppel Centre for Art Education’s line-up of innovative programmes designed to make learning art enjoyable and accessible. The activities will form the core of the purpose-built Centre, where families can extend their art journey from the gallery spaces into another seamless world of interactive, hands-on art exploration. The Keppel Centre for Art Education will be the first of its kind in the region to provide young visitors the opportunity to access original artwork, handle art tools, select artworks, write labels and conduct exhibition tours for their peers through experiential learning and role-play in masterclasses led by artists and educators.

How Pin Culture Is Supporting The Indie Art Industry (& Finding A Home On Instagram). Pins seem to be something you either own none of or own way too many of. Their collectible nature lends itself to fanaticism. But you don't have to get on this level to have fun with them; a fashion-centered, Instagram-driven pin culture is emerging for adults, and it's a blast to follow along. They've gone from a childish knick-knack to collectors' items with serious cool factor, and when we talked to four major pin-players — Adam J. Kurtz, Ban.Do's Jen Gotch, Pintrill's Jordan Roschwalb, and Valley Cruise Press' Kelley Feighan — we found out that today's pin culture is about so much more than just a cute something extra you stick on your tees and jackets. (Refinery29)

Arne Duncan's on His Way Out: Does That Help or Hurt ESEA's Chances? US Education Secretary Arne Duncan's announcement Friday that he will step down in December is the third in a series of resignation announcements that could affect reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Some say it could increase urgency for the rewrite. Others say it frustrates an already confusing education policy landscape. (Education Week/The Atlantic online)


How will you celebrate this October - the 30th Anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month? No matter who you are or where you live, there are MANY ways you can celebrate the arts this October! The arts are a part of our lives each and every day, but we take the whole month of October to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts & Humanities Month - the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation.

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.
See the 2015 White House Presidential Proclamation here.


National Endowment for the Arts Focuses on Equity in Education. The National Endowment for the Arts is marking its 50th anniversary this year with a slew of initiatives that highlight the state of the arts in the United States. The NEA has funded arts education programs since its inception. In 2014, NEA released a comprehensive new strategic plan for arts education, which includes new grants for groups trying to impact arts education in large systems like districts and states. (Education Week/Curriculum Matters)

Peer2Peer Museum-School Partnerships - What Does Success Look Like? Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00pm. Museums and schools partner in a variety of ways. Whether it's the classic single visit field trip, a multi-visit program with one classroom, or an in-depth collaboration with an entire district, museum educators and teachers will explore best practices for making the most out of our time together.

National Design Week. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum marks the 10th anniversary of National Design Week, October 10–18, with a range of programs for all audiences celebrating the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life.

ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK: PARTNERING WITH THE KENNEDY CENTER TO SUPPORT AND CELEBRATE ARTS EDUCATORS. When we think of arts education, what comes to mind for many is our students’ eye-opening engagement with the world through music, visual arts, or filmmaking. But as we celebrate Arts in Education Week (September 13-19), it’s important to remember that those rich artistic experiences couldn’t happen without the time, effort, and planning of our nation’s dedicated arts teachers. (

FREE Webinar Explores Reforming Arts Education. Examining one of the most significant restorations of arts education in the nation will be the topic of a free webinar led by NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET. In June 2015, Chula Vista Elementary School District in San Diego, California announced its decision to reinstate in-school visual and performing arts education at every school. With a $15 million commitment over three years, the district has designed a framework for sequential arts instruction for each of the 30,000 K-6 students in the district. Using an El Sistema inspired approach, SDYS assisted the district rebuild its arts education infrastructure as well as manage cultural changes associated with returning arts education to campuses. As a result, access to music and arts education returned to the district after a 15-year absence and more than 70 visual and performing arts teachers have been hired in the last three months. (NEA)

DESIGN DISRUPTORS: A design documentary. Meet the design disruptors—product designers from the most disruptive and significant products of our time—who are leading a design-driven revolution around the world.

2 Compelling Reasons for Using the Studio Habits of Mind in Your Art Room. Over a decade ago, researchers with Harvard’s Project Zero identified The Studio Habits of Mind. Through research, Lois Hetland and her team classified and named eight Studio Habits which include: Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore and Understand Art Worlds. Since then, the eight Habits have been a continuous force in reshaping how progressive art education is organized and administered. (The Art of Ed)

The Power of the Creative Arts in Health and Healing. Facing an illness or health challenge often involves far more than managing physical symptoms. It can affect our whole self, including our identity, confidence, faith, emotions, way of life, ability to do daily activities and relationship with others. Many people find they have strong thoughts or feelings they're not sure how to cope with or express. For some people, it's a period of deep inward reflection, perhaps with a sense of grief or loss. And for some, it's a moment when the desire to be engaged with life grows stronger, and they seek to take in the beauty of the world and be social and creative. (U.S. News & World Report)

The Artist’s Role in Recovery: New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina. When Hurricane Katrina brought the full force of its devastation to New Orleans ten years ago, the city struggled to regain a foothold after the failure of multiple levees, widespread flooding, massive power outages, and great loss of life and property. As the floodwaters receded, artists began returning and a small bright spot emerged. Artists started to rebuild, leading their city to a more hopeful place and, eventually, one with flourishing neighborhoods anchored by artist co-ops, art markets and galleries, and punctuated with public art projects and robust social activism. (cerf+)

DoDEA Artist. The DoDEA Artist Spotlight is a monthly artwork challenge open to current DoDEA students and is held on the DoDEA Facebook fan page. Students are encouraged to submit a work of art, including photographs, digital artwork, 2D artwork, or 3D artwork that relates to DoDEA’s monthly theme. The artwork will be displayed in a Facebook album and Facebook members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite image by selecting the Facebook "Like" button. The image with the most Facebook likes is announced as the favorite at the end of the challenge and showcased on both the DoDEA website and the DoDEA Facebook fan page.

Bobblehead Mascot Design Contest. Announcing a national contest open to K-12 students to design the mascot for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Open to students throughout the U.S. The winners will receive some great prizes including a trip to the grand opening, a $500 scholarship, Memberships, a case of bobbleheads, and more! Entries must be received by December 31, 2015.

Announcing Highly Rated i3 Development Grant Pre-applications. How do we support educators who are discovering innovative new ways to help all students grow and learn? That question is at the core of our Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program. Through i3, we support teachers, school leaders and their partners to identify effective strategies that encourage student success. (

U.S. Department of Education Announces $25 Million for Science and Literacy-Themed Television and Digital Media. The U.S. Department of Education announced today two grant awards totaling $25 million to Twin Cities Public Television and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the development of television and multimedia programs that will engage preschool and young elementary school children and their families in science and literacy-themed learning. (

Investing in Higher Education Innovation. As I have written previously, much is changing in higher education. Student demographics have shifted significantly, as have the demands of a fast-evolving workforce. Technology, powerful insights from brain science, and research on teaching and learning are creating vast new possibilities. In order to build our economy and our democracy, we must invest in the... (

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Texas. Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Texas has received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Texas is implementing comprehensive, state-designed plan to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student. (

Education Groups to Congress: Please Do Your Job and Reauthorize ESEA. The two national teachers' unions and the group representing state schools chiefs are among those saying now's the time to complete an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite. (Education Week/Politics K-12)

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Ask A Fellow is a project of the NAEA Distinguished Fellows intended to bring together researchers who have questions with Distinguished Fellows who have answers and can offer sound advice on research topics and projects. Art educators may submit questions about research or professional topics to the Distinguished Fellows. The question will be distributed to Distinguished Fellows for response. We expect one or two Fellows will find each question within their purview of interests, experience, and expertise. The questions should be clear and direct so they can be answered in a timely fashion. These collaborations are intended to be focused, functional, and temporary. A Distinguished Fellow will address the specific question and then exit from the discussion. "Ask A Fellow" is not intended for extended tenures, such as thesis or dissertation advisors or project collaborations.

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