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We urge you to nominate worthy arts educators and other advocates for the various Arts|Learning "Champions of Arts Education" advocacy award categories, which this year will be given on May 24th at the MA Statehouse in Boston.  To access nomination materials, please click here.  The deadline for receiving nominations has been extended to April 10, 2012.


The award categories include the following:

  1. Distinguished Arts Educator Advocate (up to one each in art, music, dance, theatre)
  1. Schools of Distinction in Arts Education
  1. Excellence in School Administration Arts Advocate
  1. Massachusetts School Committee Arts Advocate
  1. Outstanding Parent Advocate
  1. Outstanding Arts Collaborative (up to one each in art, music, dance, theatre)
  1. Corporate/Business Support of Arts Education
  1. Outstanding Student Advocate (middle school, high school, undergraduate college)
  1. Good Neighbor Award

We hope you will take some time and nominate worthy people and organizations for these awards.  Please note, past award recipients are not eligible to receive the same award again.  Click here to check out recent past recipients, and also click here  for awardees from 2006 and earlier.

Harvard Educational Review Opportunity
Harvard Review

The Harvard Educational Review is pleased to announce a call for submissions for stories from children, youth, and adult arts learners for the upcoming Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review entitled Expanding Our Vision of the Arts in EducationSpecifically, the HER is seeking both print and digital media narratives that respond to the prompt: "How have the arts expanded your vision?"


The Review encourages you to spread this call for proposals broadly. More information about the Harvard Educational Review, this Special Issue, and our author guidelines can be found at


The Harvard Educational Review is a scholarly journal of opinion and research in education. Its mission is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussion and debate about education's most vital issues for a generalist audience. Our contributors and subscribers represent fields as diverse as educational administration, teaching, psychology, history, philosophy, sociology, economics, government, and public policy. For more information about HER, please visit their website:

Two Important Reports Released!

With the recent release of two seminal reports this past week, NEA's The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth, and NCES' Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, arts school leaders are buzzing about findings and implications. This is a very exciting time in arts education history!  Read on for more details. 


NEA at-risk study

A new study from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) shows that at-risk students can excel academically with intensive arts education. According to the new NEA report Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies, "At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied. These findings suggest that in-school or extracurricular programs offering deep arts involvement may help to narrow the gap in achievement levels among youth."

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Report

This Statistical Analysis Report presents selected findingsNCES study

from seven congressionally mandated arts-in-education surveys. These surveys were designed to provide national estimates of the characteristics of arts education in public K-12 schools for the 2009-10 school year and to allow comparison to selected estimates from an earlier study done in 1999-2000. This report provides national data about arts education for public elementary and secondary schools, elementary classroom teachers, and elementary and secondary music and visual arts specialists.

View full report.