The AEI Note: April 20, 2012

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Happy spring!  After celebrating the release of our new AEI Policy Report, Creating Pennsylvania's Future through the Arts and Education, this month has been busy with important arts advocacy events and arts and museum gatherings.

From the PA Federation of Museums (now called PA Museums!) conference in Carlisle, to the national Arts Education Partnership's Spring Forum last week in DC, these have truly been prime weeks for standing up on behalf of the arts and arts education.  This past Tuesday at Americans for the Arts' 2012 Advocacy Day in DC, Pennsylvania had a strong showing of advocates, and we especially thank delegations of students from Drexel University and Carnegie Mellon University, who showed up and demonstrated great support for the arts and arts education in our state.  The PA Music Educators Association conference takes place this week in Lancaster, election day is upon us, and then we communicate the value of the arts to our legislators here in Pennsylvania on April 30 during our own Advocacy Day organized by Citizens for the Arts in PA--so please be sure to make plans to see your legislators at home or here in Harrisburg!

There is no shortage of opportunities for engagement with policymakers and other arts and education leaders in the coming months--particularly during this critical election year!  Please be sure to read the new AEI Report and reach out with it as a supporting tool to decision-makers in your communities.

Stay tuned to for ongoing updates and information about the Arts and Education Initiative (AEI).


Warm regards,

Jordan Crosby Signature                    

Jordan Crosby

Director, Arts and Education Initiative



AEI and EPLC News
Upcoming Regional Community Forums 
AEI will be in Pittsburgh on the evening of Wednesday, April 25 to share updates about the new policy report and make plans for ongoing arts and arts education advocacy work across the state.  Join us at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside (6300 Fifth Avenue; Marshall Building; Simmons Hall).  Refreshments and networking start at 6:00 p.m., and the program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Attendance in free, but please email to reserve a seat.  Upcoming dates of Community Forums will be listed on the AEI website.   We are making plans for a Forum in Philadelphia and a number of other spots across the Commonwealth.

New Statewide Arts Education Advocacy Collaborative
In the weeks since the release of the AEI Report, EPLC has been building a framework for a new coalition of organizations and individuals across Pennsylvania to advocate for the basic right of every Pennsylvania learner to receive a high-quality arts education.  The current focus of this work is to convene major arts and education organizations in the state, but more information about how all interested advocates can be involved will be available on the AEI website and at AEI Regional Community Forums in the weeks ahead.

EPLC's 2012 Arts and Education Symposium:
Save the Date, Thursday, October 11

Please mark your calendars and plan on joining EPLC, our partners, and guests on October 11 in Harrisburg for a full day of events.  Stay tuned to for information about our 2nd Arts and Education Symposium.  Scholarships and Act 48 Credit will be available.  Outstanding speakers and panelists from Pennsylvania and beyond will once again come together to address key topics in the arts and arts education and related public policy advocacy initiatives.  This is a networking and learning opportunity not to be missed! 


 Policy News 


Arts & Culture Legislative Visit Day in Harrisburg: April 30, 2012

Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania has organized an Arts & Culture Legislative Visit Day in Harrisburg on Monday, April 30, 2012.  Arts, arts education and cultural advocates of all kinds are encouraged to schedule appointments with their legislators at the Capitol, or to visit their district offices.  For more information, and for assistance setting up appointments, visit Citizens for the Arts.


Pennsylvania Primary Election Day:

April 24, 2012

Remember to VOTE for the candidates that will represent your political party in the General Election in November.  Find your local polling place and related information online. It is important to note that a new Voter Identification Law was passed by the State Legislature and will be effective for the general election this November.  You can read more about the new requirements by visiting this link.


Congratulations, PA Congressman Todd Platts

On April 17 in DC, U.S. Representative Todd Platts (R-PA) received the 2012 National Award for Congressional Arts Leadership, which recognizes distinguished public service on behalf of the arts.  The award, granted at the Congressional Arts Kick-off during Arts Advocacy Day on the Hill, was presented jointly by Americans for the Arts (AFTA)and the US Conference of Mayors.  Since 2009, Representative Platts has co-chaired the Congressional Arts Caucus with Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY).  Read more about Platts and his work in support of the arts in a press release issued by AFTA on April 12.  Platts will retire from his position as U.S. Congressman and his service will end with the close of the 112th session of U.S. Congress this year.

Arts and Education News


Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Convenes U.S. Leaders to Examine Arts Education in American Schools

On April 12-13, the Arts Education Partnership held its Spring 2012 National Forum, "Are We There Yet?  Arts Evidence and the Road to Student Success," in Washington, D.C. The Forum launched ArtsEdSearch, the nation's first digital clearinghouse of arts education research.  Attendees also examined and discussed two major reports--recently released and addressed here, below--that help sharpen our ability to see a clear picture of arts education in America's schools and communities.  Attendees heard from a variety of top-notch speakers and panelists, including PBS NewHour's education correspondent John Merrow, longtime EdWeek editor Virginia Edwards, and Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, among others. 


National Center for Education Statistics Releases Arts Education Survey Findings

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has issued findings from the first nationwide arts education survey it has conducted in a decade:  "Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-2010."  The survey documents the state of arts education in U.S. schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan remarks that a "high-quality arts education is critical to providing all students with a world-class education," but goes on to note that there is an increasing "arts opportunity gap" that is disproportionately affecting high-poverty schools.  For more information, visit the report website.


NEA Releases Research Report on Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth 

The National Endowment for the Arts recently released The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth, which incorporates four longitudinal studies, including three conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, that tracked children, teenagers, and young adults who had experienced different levels of arts coursework, arts extracurricular activities, and out-of-school arts experiences. The study was prepared by James S. Catterall of the University of California Los Angeles, with Susay A. Dumais of Louisiana State University, and Gillen Hampden-Thompson of the University of York, U.K.


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Adds Media Arts Standards

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has announced that it will be adding national, voluntary media arts standards to the Next Generation Arts Standards Project.  NCCAS cites the increasingly important role that the media arts are playing in public education and plans to create a set of standards that are of equivalent rigor, breadth, and depth as the existing standards for dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.  Be sure to read the NCCAS press release about the creation of the media arts standards. 


ArtsFest 2012 at Penn State University: July 12-15 Workshop Opportunity

The Pennsylvania State University will be hosting its annual ArtsFest week at University Park from July 12-15, 2012.  As part of the arts festival, Penn State will be offering an Arts Workshop opportunity for arts educators. The workshop will give educators an opportunity to tour the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, and to learn how to incorporate contemporary art into the classroom via a presentation by Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education at the museum, and Dotty Ford, museum docent and retired art teacher.  Act 48 credit is available.  Interested?  Download a registration brochure at: ArtsFest Workshop.  Space is limited to 50 participants.


Philadelphia Museum of Art Hosts Art Futures Reception and Award Ceremony: April 30, 2012

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting a reception and award ceremony for students in the Art Futures program on April 30, 2012.  The accompanying Art Futures exhibition will feature works by area high school students and be on view at the museum from April 18 to May 13 in the Museum Education Corridor on the ground level, which can be accessed free of charge during normal museum hours.


Registration Open for the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts national Arts & Education Forum

The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in will be holding its fifth annual national Arts and Education Forum on May 18-19, 2012.  A key subject of discussion will be arts integration, with presentations about examples of arts integration programs, the impact of arts integration on programs, and what constitutes quality arts integration.  More information about the Forum and Registration can be found online.  The Registration deadline for the special hotel rate is May 3, 2012.  


Lehigh Valley Arts Council Hosts Annual "Growing Up Artfully" Arts Education Forum: May 10, 2012

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council will be hosting its annual Growing UP Artfully Arts-in-Education Forum on May 10, 2012, at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus.  The Forum will address the phenomenon of rising test scores in arts-centered schools, project-based learning, and arts integration.  Traci Buckner, a principal in the Akron school system, and Julienne Hogarth, visual art learning coach of the National Inventors Hall of Fame School Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Learning in Akron, Ohio, will be giving a presentation about their experiences with best practices in creative project-based learning.  They will also discuss how these practices have had a positive impact on test scores and attendance.  Eric Booth, an internationally known teaching artist and speaker, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Forum. To learn more about the Forum and to register, visit the Council's website.


Arts Education Collaborative's Leadership Academy

Arts educators from across Pennsylvania (in schools or cultural organizations) are encouraged to apply to become a member of the 2012-2013 class of the AEC's Leadership Academy.  Participants attend a five-day workshop in July, in Pittsburgh, and they participate in five Leadership Seminars over the course of a year that expand their leadership in their respective organizations.  For more information, and to apply, call Mia Fuqua at 412-201-7405.