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Please review these important advocacy and professional development updates and take action!
Congress Proposes Massive 49% Budget Cut to National Endowment for the Arts 

Over 22,000 have signed petitions
protesting this action!

Congress has just returned from recess to resume debates over these budget cuts, and the American for the Arts request that we increase the number of petition signers to have an even bigger impact before the proposed cuts hit the House and Senate floors.

Will you lend your voice to the 22,000 who have already signed?

Did you know that over
18 million kids in every single state benefitted from the ripple effect of the NEA's investment last year alone? These grants create a lasting impact by inspiring kids across the country, regardless of socio-economic status, to think of music and art as relevant to their own lives.
Please sign the petition and ensure all kids have access to arts education!
International "Dot" Day Celebration!
Peter H Reynolds

Hope you'll be "making your mark" on or around September 15th, as you join over 1.2 million students, teachers, librarians, and youth leaders around the globe celebrating International Dot Day - a grassroots creativity & learning movement, which has generated support around the globe.   


Dot Day now enjoys participants from all 50 U.S. states, on all seven continents, in 79 countries, and even on the International Space Station!  Inspired by Boston-area author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds' classic "storybook for all ages" The Dot, International Dot Day encourages young and old to embrace the power of creativity to change the world. Peter was recipient of the Arts|Learning 2012 Champion of Arts Education Advocacy Award. Be sure to register your class, school or library right away: 


Key Information: 

National Arts in Education Week Message from Sandra Ruppert, AEP
In July 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." The resolution states, in part: "[...] Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject." 

Since that time, arts education has been the subject of news stories across the nation featuring both the opportunities and the obstacles to ensuring the arts are an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

AEP recently asked a group of leaders in arts and education to share their thoughts on "What story about the arts in education still needs to be told?" You'll find their candid, insightful, and eloquent responses on AEP's National Arts in Education Week Webpage.

It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story, according to an ancient Native American saying. Let's make our collective voices heard. Add your voice to the stories that still need to be told about the arts in education and post it to our Facebook page
or share it in an email.

Thank you for the extraordinary work that you all do every day on behalf of our nation's young people. We join you in celebrating the power of the arts in education.
Institute for Arts Integration

Enchanted Circle Theater in Holyoke, MA is launching an incredible teacher training program this fall, in association with the Collaborative for Educational Service, called the Institute for Arts Integration



There are still several spaces available.  Our Registration Deadline is September 18th, 2013.   


It takes place on 6 Saturdays, starting September 28 and ending March 1st.


Due to substantial project support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield Public Schools, we are happy to be able to offer a subsidized tuition fee of just $250 - a savings of $1200 per person!  


Additional perks include:

  • 67.5 PDP's or 3 graduate credits
  • 1:1 coaching with an ECT teaching artist
  • A copy of Actively Engaged: Theater Games as a Dynamic Teaching Tool (written by Priscilla Kane Hellweg)
  • Tickets to see ECT's performances of The Skinner Servants' Tour and BETWEEN THE CANALS
  • Breakfast and lunch from area restaurants and caterers at every session
  • Set at the beautiful Gateway City Arts in the Arts and Industry District of Holyoke
For program content information, contact: Liz Woolsey, Enchanted Circle Theater  (413) 534-3789 

For registration information, contact: Jill Robinson, CES Professional Development, (413) 586-4900  x183.  Click here for more information.