Posts Tagged ‘AFTA’

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Art and Music From Belfast High School

March 26, 2018

Sharing their passion

At Point Lookout in Northport on a beautiful day in February the Maine Arts Commission provided an opportunity to hear about Maine’s most recent arts and cultural economic impact data from two studies. Speaker Randy Cohen, Vice President for Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts (AFTA) shared the national Arts and Economic Prosperity 5(AEP5). Dee Schneidman from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) shared the highlights of The Jobs in New England’s Creative Economy and Why They Matter.

In addition, Arts EngageME was introduced, the nonprofit support and advocacy organization.  The organization is building an environment that engages all sectors, public and private, across Maine to promote the awareness and value of the creative and cultural sectors, and to invest in their sustainability. We envision a state that values the impact of arts and culture on Maine’s livability, vitality, and prosperity.

We were honored to have beautiful center pieces created by students from the Art Honor Society at Belfast High School. Thanks to art teachers Caitlin Algers and Heidi O’Donnell. Music teacher David Coffey brought four musicians from his  Modern Band class. The  students learn to play and sing, perform, improvise and compose using the popular styles that they know (and don’t know) and love (and might come to love) including rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, country and other modern styles. Modern band utilizes guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals, and technology. They were awesome. The students included Jesse Kulbe, guitar and vocals, Macartney Wyatt, keyboard and vocals, Taylor Kinney, bass, and Jesse Perry, drums. All four students are seniors at Belfast High School. Thank you all for your contributions to remind those who attended what the reports are really all about – students and the future!
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Arts Education News

January 14, 2018

Great ‘food for thought’

Thanks to the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) for providing these articles in the news! Join AFTA and receive this kind of arts education information and much more.

 

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VANS Grants

January 7, 2018

Available for high schools

Deadline: February 9, 2018
VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12 or community based nonprofit organizations/governmental agencies serving as a fiscal agent for arts programming at a qualifying school. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality dance, media arts, music, theatre and/or visual arts instruction for students.

Americans for the Arts is pleased to again partner with VANS the Custom Culture Grant program. This program seeks to increase visibility for and resources available to arts educators and schools across the country, in order to sustain the arts as a vital part of education. The grant program is supported by funds from the sales of the winning shoe design in the Custom Culture Art Competition.

To learn more, please download the full guidelines (PDF).

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National Arts in Education Week

September 15, 2017

Celebration continues

Americans for the Arts has been celebrating National Arts in Education Week across the nation. I’ve appreciated the information that they’ve provided all week and I hope you have as well. A great big THANK YOU to Jeff Poulin, Arts Ed Program Manager at the Americans for the Arts, for providing this information. Included below are links and information to help you recognize the importance of arts education.

This week, Americans for the Arts is running a blog salon featuring youth voices on the topic of #BecauseOfArtsEd. You may consider sharing what is posted in the coming days – here are the ones from yesterday:

The following professional development opportunities remain for the week; you may consider sharing with your networks:

  • Friday, September 15: Arts Education for Native American Youth. Register for the webinar #ArtsEdChat

Jeff’ s favorite social media posts shared yesterday 

Please check out the on ArtsMeet national arts event calendar and share events with friends and colleagues in your region (or other regions, too!)

Thank you for being a leader in the field of arts education and for joining the celebration of National Arts in Education Week.

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National Arts in Education Week

September 14, 2017

Celebration continues

Be sure to check out all of the great links below in this email thread from each day of the week – perfect to share with your networks and increase the impact of #ArtsEdweek!

Americans for the Arts is running a blog salon featuring youth voices on the topic of #BecauseOfArtsEd. You may consider sharing what is posted in the coming days – here are the ones from yesterday:

Professional development opportunities remain for the week

  • Thursday, September 14:  Arts Education for LGBT Youth. Register for the webinar #ArtsEdChat!
  • Friday, September 15: Arts Education for Native American Youth. Register for the webinar #ArtsEdChat!

Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Ed Program Manager, AFTA, favorite social media posts shared yesterday 

Please check out the on ArtsMeet national arts event calendar and share events with friends and colleagues in your region (or other regions, too!)

Thank you for being a leader in the field of arts education and for joining the celebration of National Arts in Education Week.

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National Arts in Education Week

September 13, 2017

Celebration continues

Today, Americans for the Arts is promoting the very special and highly anticipated Arts Ed Week PSA. You can share the YouTube video link or share Americans for the Arts’ Facebook video.

Published this week regarding Arts Ed Week

This week’s blog salon featuring youth voices on the topic of #BecauseOfArtsEd. You may consider sharing what is posted in the coming days – yesterday’s

Professional development opportunities remain for the week

  • Wednesday, September 13: Arts Education for English Language Learners. Register for the webinar & #ArtsEdChat!
  • Thursday, September 14:  Arts Education for LGBT Youth. Register for the webinar #ArtsEdChat!
  • Friday, September 15: Arts Education for Native American Youth. Register for the webinar #ArtsEdChat!

Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Ed Program Manager, AFTA, favorite social media posts shared yesterday 

Please check out the on ArtsMeet national arts event calendar and share events with friends and colleagues in your region (or other regions, too!).

Thank you for being a leader in the field of arts education and for joining the celebration of National Arts in Education Week.

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National Arts in Education Week

September 5, 2017

September 10-16, 2017Americans for the Arts believes in the transformative power of the arts in education and is committed to advancing policies which ensure equitable access to arts education for America’s learners in numerous ways.

National Arts in Education Week is supported by Americans for the Arts on behalf of the field of arts education to bring visibility to the cause, unify stakeholders with a shared message, and provide the tools and resources for local leaders to advance arts education in their communities. Those interested in the field-wide celebrations can visit www.NationalArtsInEducationWeek.org for more information.

Americans for the Arts also celebrates with its members through in-person events and online professional development opportunities.

During the week, Americans for the Arts plans to co-host events with members such as 92nd St Y in New York City; the Arts Education Collaborative in Pittsburgh, PA; the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, OR; Arts Huntsville in Huntsville, AL; and Polk Arts Alliance in Lakeland, FL.

Each weekday during National Arts In Education Week, from September 11–15, Americans for the Arts will host its own celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education. Sign up to hear from experts about the research and strategies for specific topics of inclusive arts education. These daily webinars will be held at 3:00 p.m. (ET) and last no more than 30 minutes. To continue the conversation, join Jeff M. Poulin (@JeffMPoulin) and special guests for an #ArtsEdChat from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (ET) by following a specified hashtag each day. Register for the events today. You can either view them live or throughout the week. The topics include:

  • Monday, September 11: Arts Education for Incarcerated Youth. Register now for the webinar and #ArtsEdChat!
  • Tuesday, September 12: Arts Education for Students with Disabilities. Register now for the webinar and #ArtsEdChat!
  • Wednesday, September 13: Arts Education for English Language Learning. Register now for the webinar and #ArtsEdChat!
  • Thursday, September 14:  Arts Education for LGBT Youth. Register now for the webinar and #ArtsEdChat!
  • Friday, September 15: Arts Education for Native American Youth. Register now for the webinar and #ArtsEdChat!
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