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Please read these exciting developments below!
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Issues Letter of Support for the Arts! 
Arne DuncanYesterday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a letter to school officials and community leaders reminding them of the important role of arts education in a student's life. The letter may be accessed here.
This letter offers strong encouragement to education decision makers to find time and funds in the school day to offer a comprehensive, sequential and standards-based arts education.

Please distribute the letter broadly to anyone in your community who might benefit from reading it, including community leaders, school officials, school boards, arts and cultural organizations, and political leaders.  This letter presents a powerful argument for the inclusion and maintenance of strong, sequential arts programs in schools.
Secretary of Education Duncan to participate in Arts National Conference Call, August 18.

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Arne Duncan has agreed to join a national conference call hosted by the NAMM Foundation and the Support Music Coalition on Tuesday, August 18th at 1 pm Eastern to discuss the importance of arts education in K-12 education.
Mary Luehrsen, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, will moderate a live conversation with Secretary Duncan concerning his letter about the importance of arts education in our nation's schools. Join the call to hear what the US Secretary of Education has to say about arts education. We encourage you to forward this invitation to your local school and community leaders and urge their participation in the call.
Registration for the conference call is now available.  Use the following URL to register for the event; please register now and up to 15 minutes prior to the event at
Congratulations and thanks go to Support Music ( and the NAMM Foundation ( for this wonderful accomplishment.
Target Announces Field Trip Grants Program

Target LogoThe Target Corporation has announced that it will award 5,000 field trip grants of up to $800 each for the coming K-12 school year.

Managed by Scholarship America, the program is open to education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the United States that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Grant funds may be used for visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civics projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may also be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, resource materials, and supplies.

Grants will be awarded in February 2010. Applications can be completed online anytime between August 5 and November 3, 2009. Complete program information is available at the Target Web site.
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