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--a consortium of 35 state alliances across the United States dedicated to arts advocacy and quality arts education for the nation's children.
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Please SAVE THE DATE for an exceptional Symposium and Awards event at Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 8:30 AM to 7 PM.  Join Arts|Learning for a day of expanding knowledge and sharing successful advocacy of student learning in and through the arts!  More information will be coming soon in our next newsletter!
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Creative Minds 

Come help celebrate as we unleash--and document--the creative genius of Massachusetts youth by celebrating their artistic accomplishments through an innovative e-Showcase!  The Massachusetts Cultural Council and ArtslLearning are pleased to present "Creative Minds Unleashed!"--the annual e-Showcase of high-quality youth arts from across Massachusetts.  The e-Showcase consists of links to student work through this ArtslLearning website during March to celebrate national "Youth Arts Month" in Massachusetts.  Application and guidelines are available here.
Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards
Barbour artwork  

The Arts|Learning's Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards

honor individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to arts education advocacy and continue to make strides toward the goal of high quality arts education for every student in Massachusetts. 


From 1984 through to the present, the Champion of Arts Education Awards have recognized over 225 teachers and arts advocates in our schools and communities for their accomplishments educating students and for supporting arts education.  Arts|Learning continues this tradition of recognizing excellence in arts education programs and advocacy. Nominations may be submitted by any Massachusetts resident and current A|L members.  Self-nominations are encouraged.  


Nominations are now open for 2013 Awards.  Please note most awards have a deadline of March 15, 2013.  All nominations must be submitted digitally according to the directions in the Arts Education Nominations Packet.

(Pictured above is one of four original artwork prints by Massachusetts artist, Connie Barbour, which will be received by 2013 Awardees) 

National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute
The National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute (SMI) is a full scholarship summer orchestral training program for young musicians under the tutelage of National Symphony Orchestra musicians at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  Musicians, ages 15-20, may apply for this amazing musical month in our nation's capital. Prospective candidates should apply for SMI online.  Application deadline for the 2013 program (July 1-29) is February 8th.  Please spread the word about this program to talented musicians ages 15-20.  All application materials are available at the Kennedy Center website.
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Arts|Learning, Young Audiences of MA, and the MA Cultural Council are partnering to strengthen and network arts parent support groups in Massachusetts through a generous grant from Hunt Alternatives Fund.  If you know of a parent support group for any of the arts (dance, drama, music, visual art) in your Massachusetts school or school district, kindly email us at with the name and contact information of your organization. We offer free advocacy training and support to all groups. Additionally, if you are interested in receiving help in establishing a new arts parent support group in your community, please contact us.