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New England Theatre Conference
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Recognizes Arts|Learning
and Walnut Hill School

Arts|Learning is thrilled to have been a recipient on November 19th of the New England Theatre Conference's
"Regional Award."  We are equally excited that the Walnut Hill School for the Arts was also a regional awardee.  Walnut Hill is an extraordinary school, and provides office space for Arts|Learning.

The New England Theatre Conference
is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing its members with professional services, career development, and recognition awards in the live theater arts. Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NETC proudly supports quality theatre and promotes excellence in all divisions of theatre. A recognized voice for practitioners in youth, secondary, university, community and professional theatre, NETC continues to expand its support of New England theatre in addition to nurturing and promoting new theatre activity.


Founded in 1952 by the legendary Boston drama critic Elliot Norton who believed that theatre activists had much to offer one another, NETC was established as the place to learn and share that knowledge. From this simple premise NETC has grown into a dynamic force in New England theater

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  Assessments Training

Arts|Learning happily reports that we have had an overwhelming response to our December 5th (Northampton) and December 6 (Malden) all-day professional development sessions on implementing the CT Common Arts Assessments.  Within a few days of our last email, both dates had filled to capacity, and we now have waitlists for 20+ people!  We hope we can schedule a third day of training soon to accommodate those of you who wish to obtain this training.  For more info about the Common Arts Assessment project, visit the Arts|Learning website here.
Our thanks to our partners in this project: the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the MA Cultural Council, and the CT State Department of Education; with special thanks to Hunt Alternatives Fund for the grant to support this work!
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to be Launched

Over the past   

20 months, a

representative group from the field has conducted research, convened stakeholders, surveyed the field and crafted a finely-tuned arts and culture advocacy organization for the 21st century. With support from the Boston Foundation this team has created a strong institutional framework for MassCreative comprised of three key elements:


  • An Action Network - a coalition of advocates representing 12 regions spread across Massachusetts that will serve as grassroots organizers.
  • An Advisory Board that will guide the organization through its startup stage as it sets an agenda, build membership, and widen a base of support.
  • Staff, led by an executive director, to serve as MassCreative's chief executive officer.

This structure reflects a powerful foundation and vision for MassCreative and ensures a sustainable advocacy organization that will build upon our sector's strengths and values.


Through the creation of an Action Network, the goal is to work side-by-side with the MA Cultural Council and other stakeholders to build and maintain a vital statewide network of arts and cultural organizations as well as businesses and creative entrepreneurs, while building strategic alliances across sectors; and working with public agencies at local, state, and federal levels to increase and expand public and private resources.


Later this week MassCreative will publicly launch a search for the executive director. Additional information will be released on the roll out of this initiative.  Stay tuned for the public announcement, and please contact F. Javier Torres with any questions in the meantime.


Mass Creative Implementation Team Members: 

Irene Buck, Susan Halter, Veronique LeMelle, Greg Liakos, Charlie McDermott, LZ Nunn, Catherine Peterson,  Jonathan Rappaport, Troy Siebels, Zakiya Thomas, F. Javier Torres, Jason Weeks, Anita Walker, Megan Whilden, Erin Williams

National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute

Arts|Learning is pleased to partner once again with the MA Music Educators Association to identify outstanding orchestral student musicians for nomination to participate in the 2012 Summer Music Institute in Washington DC.

This program is open to students ages 16 through 20. NEW this season - All applicants will submit their applications online via (including solo and excerpts recordings) through ArtsApp is an independent company and is not affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There is a charge of $10 to use the ArtsApp site, which is a registration fee for the site itself and is collected through PayPal. Please contact Carole Wysocki, NSO Director of Education, for further information if you are unable to complete the online application process for any reason.

Deadline for Application: January 27, 2012.