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"Sell-out" Crowds Attend Arts Assessment Conferences

Over 160 arts educators, higher education faculty, and fine arts coordinators from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania attended two all-day conferences in Northampton and Malden, Massachusetts on December 5 & 6.  The sessions were led by the CT Common Arts Assessment team members Scott Shuler, Gail Edmonds, Richard Wells, and Rosemary Cellini.  Because of the enormous interest in this work resulting in 30 people waitlisted to attend, Arts|Learning will be holding a third training in Boston on January 31 in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools.  Other states, including Indiana, have indicated interest in this work. 

Please watch our next newsletter for details and registration information for these sessions.  This project has been made possible by a grant from Hunt Alternatives Fund, with additional support from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the MA Cultural Council. Our deep appreciation to Scott Shuler, Lurline Munoz-Bennett, and Diane Daily for their extraordinary support.
Paul RevilleMA Education Secretary to Host Community Forums  

Education Secretary Paul Reville has announced that he is hosting two public forums to solicit feedback that will inform the Patrick-Murray Administration's Fiscal Year 2013 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


This is a great opportunity for Arts Educators to urge the Governor to create a line item in the state budget to support arts education and to encourage other policies that will strengthen the role of arts education in a well-rounded education.   


Secretary Reville will present the context for the FY13 state budget and gather valuable comment from members of the public about their priorities for funding. The forums will begin with a short overview presentation by the Secretary, followed by an opportunity for audience members to provide testimony to Secretary Reville and other members of the Patrick-Murray Administration. Feedback received during these forums will help inform the development of the state's FY13 budget. The two meetings will be held:


Tuesday, December 13, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Worcester State University, Student Center, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, Massachusetts


Tuesday, December 20, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Department of Early Education and Care, 51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 


You do not need to RSVP to attend this meeting.  Written testimony will also be accepted and can be mailed to the Executive Office of Education, 1 Ashburton Place, Room 1403, Boston, MA 02108. ATTN: Heather Johnson

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Help Bring More Arts & Culture to Classrooms!


The MA Cultural Council is seeking additional state funds this fiscal year to help bring more arts and culture to classrooms through their STARS Residencies program. If you are:

  • A teacher or principal who wants to expand opportunities for creative arts, science, and history learning for your students.
  • An arts, science or history educator who wants to work with schools, or
  • A nonprofit cultural organization that wants to build or expand relationships with Massachusetts schools:

Please fill out this brief online survey by Dec. 21, 2011.

Your participation will help the MCC make the case to the Governor and the Legislature to bring arts education, and creative learning in the sciences and humanities, to more Massachusetts students this school year!

Grant Opportunity from Muzak

Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, a nonprofit public charity established by Muzak LLC, is accepting applications for its Music Matters Grant Program, which provides grants to public school and independent music programs in the United States.

Highest consideration is given to those programs in need of basic materials such as instruments and sheet music, programs serving economically disadvantaged students, programs involving innovative educational reform, and programs with established partnerships with parent-teacher-student associations and other community groups.


Music education - vocal or instrumental - must be the key component of any music program requesting funds. Applications will be accepted from public school programs (qualifying for Title I federal funding and serving a minimum of 50 percent low-income students) and nonprofit 501(c)(3) programs directly funding music education (serving students regardless of their ability to pay).  Applicant schools and programs must already employ at least one music educator and have an existing music program in place. Grant requests must articulate specific needs for existing and/or planned programs.


Grants will be made in amounts of up to $6,000.  Complete grant guidelines, the application form, and an FAQ are available at the foundation Web site.


Link to Complete RFP 

2012 National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute

National Symphony Orchestra applications due:

The Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra are announcing their summer institute, to be held July 2-30, 2012. This opportunity is for musicians 15-20 years of age and includes master classes and seminars, private lessons and coaching by NSO members. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2012. For more information, please visit