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Arts: The Creative Core

MA State House, Boston 

Scott ShulerThis is the ONE day-long symposium you don't Rebecca Fay Squirewant to miss!  Join Scott Shuler (pictured at left),
Arts Education specialist in the Connecticut State Department of Education and President of MENC: The National Association of Music Education, and Rebecca Fay Squire (right), music teacher at the Saugatuck Elementary School, Westport, CT.  The presenters will share information about their ground-breaking Connecticut optional statewide arts assessments for grades 2, 5, and 8 that have been developed over the past three years.Paul Reville

This will be followed by a Panel Discussion with Paul Reville (right), MA Secretary of Education, Anita Walker (left), Executive Director of the Anita Walker2Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Martha McKenna (lower right), Provost of Lesley University, and others.  The panel will discuss the implications of the pioneering arts assessment work in Connecticut from the previous session. Martha McKenna


The afternoon will feature a participatory session, Creating the Roadmap:  The Arts and Common Core Learning Standards, 21st-Century Skills, MassCore, CT Arts Assessments, and the Creative Challenge Index with Lurline Muñoz-Bennett, Arts Education and Equity Coordinator, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Arts|Learning Team Members.  Come help suggest arts education policy recommendations to the MA Legislature, the MA Cultural Council, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education!


Included in the day will be a delicious catered lunch, student performances, and 17 Champions of Arts Education award presentations throughout the day!  Plus the chance to visit legislators in the state House and Senate!


For more information and a complete schedule of the day, check out our website.   

Please click here to register for the conference

Arts|Learning and Boston Public Schools Awarded Major Grant to Plan
Two Innovation Schools!


Arts|Learning is pleased that an innovation school prospectus to convert the Haynes Early Education Center and the Higgison-Lewis K-8 School (Roxbury section of Boston) into a new type of school in Massachusetts received initial approval in January from Dr. Carole Johnson, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, the Boston School Committee, and Richard Stutman, President of the Boston Teachers Union. Following this first step, Arts|Learning along with its partners (see below) then applied for two Innovation School Planning grants from the MA Executive Office of Education.  We are thrilled to report that we have received the two planning grants for the schools.  A news release about these grants may be seen here.


This culminates more than a year of work on the part of Cleopatra Knight-Wilkins, Senior Program Director of the Arts of the Boston Public Schools with the help of Arts|Learning personnel Jonathan Rappaport, Joseph Cronin, and Charles Combs; Valerie Gumes, principal of the Haynes EEC; Joy Salesman-Oliver, principal of the Higginson-Lewis School; Torri Canada and several members of the Marjorie Eloise Parks Music School planning group; Mary Epstein from the Kodály Music Institute of the New England Conservatory; and Corey Evans from the Boston Arts Academy.


Please read our prospectus summary for more information about the Arts Pathway these two schools will create.  Currently we are hoping to thoroughly plan the two schools and have them ready for re-opening as Innovation Schools by September, 2012.  Please click here to learn more about Innovation Schools compared with other types of autonomous or semi-autonomous schools in Massachusetts.

MetLife Foundation and National Guild Announce Grants and Training Support for Arts Education Partnerships   
Download Grant Guidelines and Application

Application Deadline:

Friday, May 20, 2011*


MetLife Foundation and the National Guild for Community Arts Education are pleased to announce the  renewal of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The national initiative, now in its seventh year, aims to improve teaching and learning in the arts by supporting and promoting sustainable partnerships between community arts education organizations and public schools. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support arts education partnerships during the 2011-2012 school year. 

Grants are available in 32 cities and metropolitan areas, as listed in the guidelines. MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Grants are designed to support partnerships that:

  1. Exemplify best practices in creating and sustaining effective partnership;
  2. Demonstrate joint creation of programming and curricula;
  3. Provide high quality arts education experiences;
  4. Prioritize student learning and achievement in the arts;
  5. Serve large numbers of public school students during the school day or extended day; and 
  6. Address national, state, and/or local arts education standards.  

*Only organizations that are Full Members in good standing of the National Guild for Community Arts Education may apply. Click here for membership information or contact Heather Ikemire at (212) 268-3337 ext. 10.