Americans for the Arts Accepting Session Proposals
Apply now to host a session at the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) 2013 annual convention to be held June 14-17 in Pittsburgh. This is a special opportunity to present in front of the national arts community. Proposals can be submitted on the AFTA website and are due September 19, 2012.
Certified Arts Educators Supported by White Paper
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) is pleased to share a paper outlining the roles and responsibilities certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and providers of supplemental arts instruction play in providing a quality, sequential arts education for America's K-12 students. Several of the authors of this paper will be panelists at the the Arts and Education Symposium in Harrisburg on October 11. "Roles" has been endorsed by NAfME, the NAMM Foundation, and many others.
Join the Community of Learners for Arts Education
The Arts Education Collaborative in Western Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for cohort 2 of the Community of Learners for Arts Education, a professional development program for school and district administrators. The program, highly recommended by alumni, is accepting applications until September 14.
August is Connected Educator Month
The U.S. Department of Education declared August Connected Educator Month, and developed a month-long calendar of activities to help educators become more connected with students, parents, and each other. Several other organizations are involved as well, bringing new and innovative options to the table.
Pittsburgh Survey Reveals Support for Arts Education
An extensive survey of residents of Greater Pittsburgh was completed in 2011 and the report, The Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey, was released earlier this month. This report finds that over three-fourths of Allegheny County's residents attended at least one cultural event in the year prior to the survey (2010) and that a significant majority of residents reported that they think arts education is "very" (44%) or "extremely" (24%) important.
Erie Hosts a Celebration of the Arts in Pennsylvania
Earlier this summer, First Lady and Council on the Arts Chairwoman, Susan Corbett, announced the 2012 Governor's Awards honorees. The Governor's Awards ceremony is free to the public and will be presented on September 20 at the Warner Theater in Erie, followed by Art Aftermath, a ticketed, public reception sponsored by WE LOVE ERIE (ART), a week-long celebration of Arts in Pennsylvania.
PCA Exec Director Appointed to National PTA Board
Philip Horn, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, has been appointed to the National PTA board of directors by its national president. PTA board members serve in an unpaid, volunteer capacity for two-year terms. The national board works in cooperation with the national staff to promote long-term strategies and priorities that benefit children and families enrolled in public education.
NASA Holds Humans in Space Youth Art Competition
Encouraging youth to "Be Inspired, Creative and Heard," NASA is hosting their second annual Humans in Space Youth Art Competition. Students 10-18 years of age are invited to submit visual, literary, musical and video artwork expressing their vision of how humans will use science and technology in the future to explore space. Submissions are due October 21, 2012.