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Early Bird Special Registration Fee
Please see below for the exciting details of our upcoming Symposium and Awards Ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Wednesday, May 25.  Please note that there is a special early-bird registration fee of only $40 for those who register by May 15, after which the registration fee increases.  There are partial-day rates available as well.

Also there is a special $50 combination rate that includes our regular $30 Arts|Learning membership fee plus the complete symposium registration--a savings of $25!

The fees include a catered lunch and all sessions.  We hope to see you on May 25!  You can register here for the conference! 
AL Logo  Scott Shuler, Paul
  Reville, Anita Walker,
  Martha McKenna,
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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 Muņoz-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

10 Top Reasons to Support the Arts!


Read Randy Cohen on ARTSblog who was recently asked by a major business leader for "10 reasons to support the arts."


Randy stated that he needed the points to help him pull an 8-figure investment for a new arts center... "Make it compelling to government and business leaders," he asked.


Also to "Keep it to one page, please."


So to see how Randy responded, click here for his blog.  Plus you will get to see numerous postings and comments following this list.  Great reading and useful for advocacy! 

MA House Partially Restores Cultural Funding
MCC logoThanks to an amendment authored by state Rep. Sarah Peake of Provincetown, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, the MA House voted to restore $1 million to arts and cultural funding through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) in its proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

The budget as proposed would still represent a cumulative 33 percent reduction of MCC's budget over three years. MA residents are urged to contact their state Senators and urge level funding for MCC in fiscal 2012 when they take on the budget debate later this month.  If MA residents are unsure about their state senator, click here