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Americans for the Arts Blog

March 11, 2018

Jeff Poulin – repost

The Americans for the Arts Education Program Manager Jeff Poulin provided a blog post called Shooting Survivors Turn to the Arts in Wake of Tragedy on February 27. Below is the opening of the post.

On February 14, 2018, seventeen people, including students and adults, were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since this tragedy, the voices of young people from the community have been lifted through their dynamic advocacy to call for reform to national, state, and local gun- and mental health-related policies. Many of the strong skills that they are using for their advocacy came from their immersion and studies in arts education.

Jeff Poulin

The movement that the young people have started—Never Again—utilizes myriad skills that the students have honed from their artistic learning experiences. As reporting from the New Yorker noted, “…it’s not a coincidence that a disproportionate number of the Never Again leaders are dedicated members of the drama club.” Some members of the group were in rehearsal at the time of the shooting, while others referenced their participation in arts courses during town hall meetings. One of the group’s leaders, Emma González (who was in the school’s auditorium at the time of the shooting), has received much praise from numerous artists for her impassioned speech at Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale a few days following the incident.



AFTA Awards

March 9, 2018

Americans for the Arts nominations deadline: March 12

At the Americans for the Arts annual convention each year several awards are presented. The following may be applicable to the arts education field.

  • The Arts Education Leadership Award
  • The Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award
  • The Robert E. Gard Awarrd

Information on these awards are located on the Awards webpages. Thanks to Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts Education Program Manager for summarizing the three awards below.

The Arts Education Leadership Award is given annually to honor transformational leadership in arts education. The award brings visibility and national recognition to our field’s highest caliber leaders and the organizations and communities they serve.

Presented each year in conjunction with Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award honors an individual at the state level whose arts advocacy efforts have dramatically affected the political landscape.

The Gard Award aims to raise up projects completed in the last year led by individuals or organizations working to cross the arts into other aspects of community life in meaningful, measurable ways. In previous years, after a public voting process, Americans for the Arts awarded the ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellowship, an innovative program connecting the arts and civic activation in Memphis, TN, and the Red Can Graffiti Jam, an annual celebration of traditional Lakota arts and culture melded with a hip hop festival and graffiti jam in Eagle Butte, SD.

The nominations are open for two more weeks (closing March 12, 2018 at midnight Eastern time).  Consider nominating someone.

Please note: to nominate a person or project, you must be a member of Americans for the Arts – when you click the above link, if you see a notice that says, “You do not have permission to view this form,” please click the “Login” link toward the top right of the page, login, and revisit the link and the nomination form should appear. You do not have to be a member of Americans for the Arts to be nominated, only to nominate.


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 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!

MALI Summer Institute: Day 2

August 4, 2017


Kate Cook Whitt

Day 2 kicked off with an amazing STEAM presentation from Kate Cook-Whitt. The opening was titled This is your Brain on Art: Neuroscience and the Arts  – “Examining the World Through Different Lenses: Art and Science”. Kate is an Assistant Professor of Education at the Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) at Thomas College. Participants agreed that Kate’s presentation was outstanding!

Teacher Leaders participated in several great mini-sessions, some led by teacher leaders and teaching artists leaders themselves including:

  • Nancy Frolich, Social Justice mini-lesson

    Social Justice and the Power of the Arts with Nancy Frohlich from Leaps of Imagination

  • 7 Strategies of Assessment with Jeff Beaudry from USM and visual art teacher leaders Holly Leighton and Samantha Armstrong

  • National Board Certification with visual art teacher leader Danette Kerrigan

  • Connecting the STUDIO HABITS of MIND to the NATIONAL STANDARDS in the Visual Arts classroom with visual art teacher leader Jane Snider

  • Things Into Poetry session with Brian Evans-Jones

    Things Into Poetry with poet teaching artist leader Brian Evans-Jones

In addition Bronwyn Sale and John Morris provided a session called Teaching for Creativity. The afternoon brought all three strands together (teaching artist leaders, new PK-12 teacher leaders and returning PK-12 teacher leaders) for a session with teaching artist leader and potter Tim Christensen. We engaged with a small medallion of clay using the process Tim is so in tune with: sgraffito.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on leadership, advocacy, and putting it into action on the follow up plans for the next year. Strand 1, the Teaching Artist Leaders met with Jeff Poulin, electronically, from the Americans for the Arts.

Day turned into night and educators gathered around the Thomas College fire pit for drumming and a chance for Tim to fire the clay pieces created earlier in the day in the propane fire pit. This provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the state. What a great way to end an outstanding day!

Strand 1 with Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Kate Smith, Design Team member, holds the computer during the question and answer period

Jennie Driscoll, Elise Bothel visual art teacher leaders

Jen Etter, music teacher leader

New teacher leaders David Coffey – music and Amy Donovan-Nucci – visual art

Tim Christensen firing the clay pieces

Fun around the fire pit!


WERU – Arts Alive

September 7, 2015

Listen to the archive


Susan Potters, Jen Nash, Michael Donahue

I mentioned last week that the WERU Arts Alive program invited a group to discuss arts education and advocacy week, September 14-18. The program has been archived so you can access it and listen to your colleague, music educator from Sebasticook Middle School and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Jen Nash. Also participating in the program were Susan Potters, Executive Director of the Maine Alliance for Arts Education, Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Director from the Americans for the Arts, and me, Argy Nestor. Michael Donahue is the host of WERU, Maine Arts Alive and did a wonderful job.

To access the program on WERU Community Radio, MaineArtsAlive, please go to the site, click on Public Affairs Archives in the lower right, scroll down to MAINEARTSALIVE and click on title; or

go directly to and click on “Program Information” and click on “recent programs” drop down.  This is the direct link:

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