The AEI Note: October 2, 2012 

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Arts and Education Symposium is Just 9 Days Away
The full schedule is posted at, programs are printing, goodie bags are stuffed, and speakers from around the country have made arrangements to be at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on October 11, 2012 for this not to be missed, day-long event!

Make sure you register to see
Ayanna Hudson, new Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts, as keynote speaker and Sandra Ruppert, Director of the Arts Education Partnership, offering remarks.  Act 48 credit will be available to educators who attend thanks to support from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit

With EPLC, this year's symposium is co-sponsored by:

Visit the Symposium's web page for session descriptions and registration information. 


Arts and Education Symposium Featured on WITF
Central Pennsylvania's public radio station, WITF, featured the Arts and Education Initiative and the upcoming Symposium in a piece aired  Thursday, September 27, "Champions Needed for PA Arts Education."  EPLC's president, Ron Cowell was interviewed for the piece as well as one of the Symposium session panelists, Christine Massey, Director of Research and Education for the Institute of Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania.   


Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates 

September Statewide Network Conference Call
On September 20, the Network convened a Statewide Conference Call to update partners about Symposium planning, Network development as well as to share information from partners across the state.  The  call also included an update from David Deitz on the activities of the PA Department of Education and comments on the recent Arts Education Partnership National Forum held in Chattanooga, TN.  You can listen to all or part of the forty minute call by completing the following instructions:

Playback via Internet 
1. Paste the URL into your browser (use only Internet Explorer for playback via the Internet [not Firefox]):
2. At the prompt, enter your name and email address.
3. Click "Submit". The playback will begin.

Playback by Phone

1. Dial the phone number shown below according to your locale.

US/Canada - 888-899-7904  
            International/Local - 706-679-5560

2. At the prompt, enter the Playback ID: Playback ID: 128160264, followed by the pound sign (#). 
3. The playback will begin.

Keypad commands are available during the call:

3      Fast forward 30 seconds
7      Rewind 30 seconds
#      Pause/Resume playback
*       Exit playback

Statewide Network Conference Calls will take place on the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. The next call will be held on October 18th at 4 p.m.  


Network Communication
Make sure you are keeping in touch with the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network online at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.  These tools will be used to update everyone about what is happening with the Network and its partners.

Inquiries about the PA Arts Education Network can be directed to Network Coordinator Erin Gough at 

Network Featured at AEP Fall National Forum
The Arts Education Partnership held its Fall National Forum, Arts Learning Without Borders, in Chattanooga, TN, on September 13-14.  EPLC conducted a Lunchtime Roundtable Discussion on Friday about the AEI report, Creating Pennsylvania's Future Through Arts and Education, and the creation of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network.  The work we've been doing here in Pennsylvania was very well received and the feedback we received from colleagues doing advocacy work in other states was valuable, especially regarding arts education access data collection.  The next AEP National Forum will be held in Washington D.C. on April 4-5, 2013.

Arts and Education News

 October is National Arts and Humanities Month 

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America.  It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.  Americans for the Arts have great resources for finding NAHM events near you so that everyone can join in the celebration.  Click here to read President Obama's 2012 National Arts and Humanities Month proclamation.   


National Core Arts Standards Update Session 

Join the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards for a live update on the work of writing the next generation arts standards on Wednesday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m est.  Links to the live stream along with an interactive blog for questions and comments can be found on the NCCAS website homepage. The first tier review of drafts will occur at the end of this year.


Governor's Awards for the Arts Held in Erie  

The Governor's Awards were held Thursday, September 20 in Erie at the historic Warner Theater.  Artists and arts leaders from across the state were in attendance, including Pennsylvania's First Lady and Council on the Arts Chairwoman, Susan Corbett.  The Governor's Awards were just a small part of Erie's week-long arts celebration, WE LOVE ERIE (ART), that highlighted the array of arts opportunities the city on the lake has to offer. 


PCA Receives National Accessibility Leadership Award 

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) received the National Endowment for the Arts and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies' 2012 National Accessibility Leadership Award.  This award recognizes and supports proven, effective programs or promising new initiatives that make the arts accessible to individuals with disabilities and/or older adults.  The PCA received this year's award in recognition for their work with VSA Pennsylvania, an organization that works to help its cultural and educational colleagues to increase accessibility, provide inclusive arts education, and encourage and support careers in the arts for people with disabilities across the State. 


Apply to Highlight Pittsburgh Arts on a National Level 

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) is bringing the 2013 Americans for the Arts' (AFTA) Annual Convention to Pittsburgh on June 13-16.  Convention visitors will be eager to experience Pittsburgh's artistic talent and arts venues firsthand, so AFTA is hosting a series of "ARTventure" tours that give attendees an opportunity to explore Pittsburgh's arts sites.  Nominate your favorite artist, group, venue or yourself by October 22, 2012.  Visit for more info.    


AEC Publishes New Issue of "Translations"  

The Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) published a second issue of their "Translations" series, which provides arts educators with highlights of prominent research pieces in education and ways in which that research can be realized in their classroom, school, district or arts and culture environment in a practical way.  This issue focused on "Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success," providing highlights from Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick's book of the same name.


Citizens for the Arts in PA Releases New Report
In celebration of Arts & Humanities Month, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania will officially release the results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: PA statewide study at a press conference in the Capitol Building on October 16, at 11 AM.  They are encouraging all interested in the economic impact the arts make in our communities to share this report with their legislators.  Contact Jenny Hershour for more information on this report and the activities surrounding its release.


Study Reveals Cost of Music Ed: Less Than Imagined

A new study funded by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation's Sounds of Learning research initiative reports that it's fairly economical to keep music education in schools if funding and cutting is balanced.  The study was completed at the Center for Education Policy Analysis in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and claims that it is reasonable to expect that each student receives a comprehensive music education.     


PA Museums Calling for Session Proposals

PA Museums is hosting their Annual Statewide Museum Conference in Doylestown on April 2-3, 2013.  They are currently accepting proposals for sessions that share best practices in advocacy, economic and community development, education, and cultural tourism.  Applications are due by November 1, 2012.  


Nominations Accepted for PA Museum Awards  

Nominations are open for PA Museums' Special Achievement Awards.  Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania.  Please submit a nomination for a project, process, or individual that should be celebrated.  Nominations are accepted through November 15, 2012.


Contribute to the PA State Historical Marker Program 

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites individuals, public agencies and private organizations to nominate historic properties, people or events possessing statewide or national significance for PHMC's State Historical Marker Program.  The State Historical Marker Program helps communities throughout Pennsylvania recognize, preserve and promote their history.  The postmark deadline for nominations is December 1, 2012.   

American Association of Museums Re-branded   

After more than 100 years as the American Association of Museums, the organization is adapting and evolving to play a more central role in advancing the cause of museums.  As the American Alliance of Museums, they are working to unite the country's museums from A to Z, art museums to zoos and everything in between, to make a broader impact.  Visit to learn more about these changes and check out their sharp new logo.