US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Issues Letter of Support for the Arts!
Yesterday, 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.
Secretary of Education
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
Target Announces Field Trip Grants Program
The 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.