The AEI Note: July 26, 2012 

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AEI Receives Funding for Second Year

The William Penn Foundation has approved funding for Year Two of AEI.  Previously, the Heinz Endowments and the Buhl Foundation approved AEI funding for a second year.  EPLC appreciates the support provided by these three foundations for the work of AEI during 2011-2013.  Their encouragement and financial support has been vital for all of the activities of the Initiative.  

Arts and Education Added to EPLC's Clearinghouse
EPLC maintains an Education Policy Information Clearinghouse of current education policy resources on its website.  Arts and Education has been added to the Education Issues page and will be an important resource to anyone looking for research and policy information about the subject. 

Save the Date: 2012 Arts and Education Symposium
Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us--as well as arts and education leaders from across Pennsylvania and the nation--for the 2012 Arts and Education Symposium, which will take place again at the State Museum in Harrisburg this fall.  Thursday, October 11 will be filled with compelling speakers and panel presentations, as well as unparalleled discussion and networking opportunities for both budding and senior advocates and professionals.  Act 48 credit will be available to teachers who attend thanks to support from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.  Say tuned to in the coming months for updates on Symposium content and registration information.  


Arts Leaders, Apply Now to 2012-2013 Class of EPFP  

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a nationally recognized professional development program for individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education in Pennsylvania.  Participants develop a broadened understanding of education policy issues and the policy-making process, expand their network of professional colleagues, and hone their skills in communications and leadership.  As well as attending dynamic monthly seminars in Harrisburg during the ten-month period, Fellows complete a group policy project, travel to Washington D.C., conduct legislative visits, and participate in an additional, regional leadership forum with Fellows from several other states.  Applicants are full-time professionals from an array of organizations at the local, state, and national levels with at least a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) and a strong commitment to learn.  Find out more about the program and how to apply on EPLC's website.  
Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates 

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Second Statewide Network Conference Call Held
Building on the AEI report released on March 14, EPLC has been working with other organizations and individuals to establish a new coalition supporting effective arts education policies at the state and school district levels.  On July 5, the PA Arts Education Network convened guests from around the state on a conference call to discuss proposed activities of the Network, news from its partners, details on the state budget signed by Governor Corbett on June 30, updates to Charter School legislation, and the Omnibus School Code bill which includes new teacher evaluation measures.  You may listen to any portion of a recording of the one-hour call by dialing 1-888-899-7904, then entering 126315187#.  Beginning in September, the Network will host monthly statewide conference calls for members and supporters. 

New Network Social Media Presence
The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network now has a home on Facebook and Twitter.  We are excited to have these tools to update members about what is happening with the Network and its partners. Our website,, will be live in August.  Inquiries about the PA Arts Education Network can be directed to Coordinator Erin Gough at  


 Policy News 


Historic Preservation Tax Credit    

On July 2, Governor Corbett signed HB 761 which amends the Tax Reform Code and included the addition of a Historic Preservation Tax Credit. This establishes a new tax credit for qualified taxpayers to rehabilitate a qualified historic structure that is approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  The total amount of tax credits issued in any fiscal year may not exceed $3 million or 25% of the qualified expenditures, and $500,000 to a single taxpayer. The new law is effective July 1, 2013.   


Arts and Education News


Pennsylvania Governor's Awards Honorees Announced

 On July 16, First Lady and Council on the Arts Chairwoman, Susan Corbett, announced the 2012 Governor's Awards Honorees.  They are Peter Bohlin, architect; Susan and Tom Hagen, philanthropists; Bruce Katstiff, director and CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum; Jane Golden, head of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; and Susan Hale Kemenyffy, artist of the year.  The Awards are open to the public and will be presented on September 20 at the Warner Theater in Erie.


2012 Our Town Grant Recipients Named 

Our Town, a project of the National Endowment for the Arts that supports creative placemaking, announced on July 12 that $5 million would be granted to 80 recipients across the country, including three in Pennsylvania.  Congratulations to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Borough of Landsdowne, and the City of Reading.  


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

Five core arts standards writing teams representing dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts met in person for the first time in Reston, Virginia, June 19-22, along with the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards leadership, National Association for Music Education, the National Arts Education Association, and the College Board for a series of high-focus writing session in each discipline. New, national voluntary arts education standards should be released Fall, 2012 and will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program. 


New Report on 21st Century Skill Necessities

The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science in Washington released a new report in July.  Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes an important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning and higher order thinking.  Features related to learning these skills are identified, including teacher professional development, curriculum, assessment, after-school and out-of-school programs, and informal learning centers such as exhibits and museums.


NEA Fine Arts Caucus Adopts Advocacy Items 

The National Education Association's Fine Arts Caucus approved two advocacy-related initiatives at their national conference held June 30 through July 2.  Their first resolution was to create partnerships with education arts organizations and create the Arts Advocacy Resource Guide.  The second item supported efforts to integrate arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to create STEAM.  

NAEA Publishes Third Advocacy White Paper 

The National Art Education Association published its third section of Advocacy White Papers for Arts Education in July, What Excellent Visual Arts Teaching Looks like.  This section features three papers by Art and Art Education professors across the country: Renee Sandell of George Mason University, Judith M. Burton of the Teachers College Columbia University, and Lynn Beudert at the University of Arizona.  The White Papers are advocacy reports that can be used to educate various audiences including policy makers, school superintendents, school administrators, teachers, preservice educators, parents, and the general public, about relevant issues in Arts Education.