The AEI Note: November 8, 2012 

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Arts & Education Regional Community Forums

The next two opportunities to join arts and arts education stakeholders and supporters in your region for a community discussion about significant public policy issues and public policy advocacy are coming soon.    


EPLC's Arts and Education Regional Community Forums are a unique opportunity to help develop a public policy agenda and advocacy plans to strengthen public and policymaker support for the arts and arts education in Pennsylvania.     

Join us on:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 
Erie Art Museum 
Custom's House Entrance 
411 State Street 
Erie, PA 16501
Co-Sponsored by ArtsErie and the Erie Art Museum


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
Parkland High School 
2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. 
Allentown, PA 18104 
Co-Sponsored by the Allentown Art Museum

For Both Events:

6:00 p.m. - Registration and light refreshments

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Program



Regional Community Forums are free and open to the public,

but all must RSVP to reserve a seat by emailing

Erin Gough at 


What will be covered at November's Regional Community Forums: 
  • Receive an update about the findings and recommendations included in the March 2012 report from EPLC, Creating Pennsylvania's Future Through the Arts and Education.
  • Learn about the new Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to support arts education in all schools and communities.
  • Share your experiences and suggestions for policies and partnerships that will support the arts in schools and communities and the learning opportunities they afford to people of all ages.
  • Help to develop recommendations for an arts education policy agenda for Pennsylvania.
  • Discuss what you can do to take action to support the arts and arts education in Pennsylvania.

If you are unable to make it to Erie or Allentown, future  

Arts and Education Regional Community Forums will be planned in  

at least two additional regions to be determined.     


Regional Community Forums were held earlier this year in Lancaster,  

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and State College.   



Recordings from Arts and Education Symposium Available Online 

Videos and Audio Recordings of the sessions listed below are now available for viewing on the Symposium's web page.   

  • Keynote Presentation by Ayanna Hudson, Director of Arts Education for the National Endowment for the Arts (video)
  • Remarks by Sandra Ruppert, Director of the Arts Education Partnership (video)
  • Plenary session on the development of the new Pennsylvania Arts Education Network  (video)
  • How Students and Parents Can Support Arts Education (audio)
  • Teacher Evaluation in the Arts (audio)  
  • A 21st Century Education: Building a Workforce for the Future (audio)

Thank you again to this year's Symposium co-sponsors:

Help Us Improve Future Arts and Education Symposia 

We want to be sure our events, including future Arts and Education Symposia, are as accessible to as many Pennsylvania arts education supporters as possible.  Please take a minute or two to complete the following survey so that we can be sure we plan future events at the best time and place for arts education supporters across the state!



Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates 

Individuals and Organizations To Join Network
Pennsylvanian individuals and organizations can join the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network by visiting  There is no cost to join, and we need you to join a growing coalition of Pennsylvania advocates for arts education.

October Statewide Network Conference Call

Statewide Network Conference Calls will take place on the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m and are open to all Network members and friends. The next call will be held on November 15th at 4 p.m. 

The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-843-8301.

The pass code (conference number) is 5920751287.

On October 18, the Network convened a Statewide Conference Call to update partners about the Symposium, Network development, and information from partners across the state.   
October's call featured:
  • Staff from EPLC provided an update about the 2012 Arts and Education Symposium, held in Harrisburg on October 11.
  • Jenny Hershour, Managing Director of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania  discussed the recently released Arts & Economic Prosperity IV report and the formation of the Arts and Culture Caucus in the Pennsylvania's General Assembly. 
  • O. David Deitz, consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, reported on current projects at PDE, including the current state of new Teacher Evaluation methods based on Student Learning Objectives, the student art show on display at PDE and the development of the Keystone State Summer School of the Arts in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
  • Staff from EPLC discussed the current status of the formation of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network.    

To listen to the call recording, please follow the instructions below:

Playback via Internet 
1. Paste the URL into your browser (use only Internet Explorer for playback via the Internet [not Firefox]):
2. At the prompt, enter your name and email address.
3. Click "Submit". The playback will begin.

Playback by Phone

1. Dial the phone number shown below according to your locale.

US/Canada - 888-899-7904  
            International/Local - 706-679-5560

2. At the prompt, enter the Playback ID: Playback ID:129512292, followed by the pound sign (#). 
3. The playback will begin.

Keypad commands are available during the call:

3      Fast forward 30 seconds
7      Rewind 30 seconds
#      Pause/Resume playback
*       Exit playback


Network Communication
Be sure you keep in touch with the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network online at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.  These tools will be used to update everyone about what is happening with the Network and its partners.

Inquiries about the PA Arts Education Network can be directed to Network Coordinator Erin Gough at 

Arts and Education News

Organizations Support Hurricane Sandy Victims 

EPLC's thoughts are with all of those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Grantmakers for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and ArtsReady have compiled lists of resources for nonprofits and arts organizations to help with recovery and prepare for future planning.  


PA Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Report Released

Pennsylvania's nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $2.55 billion in economic activity and supports over 81,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $360 million in state and local government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.  The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.  The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV  study was supported by Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania.  The full text of the statewide study is available here.   


Arts & Culture Caucus in the PA General Assembly 

On October 16 at a press conference promoting the findings of the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV report, State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced that he is helping to form a bipartisan, bicameral Arts and Culture Caucus in the General Assembly along with State Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-Lehigh).  This coalition was suggested in AEI's March 2012 policy report and has been actively supported by leadership at the Citizens for the Arts in PennsylvaniaThe purpose of the caucus will be to provide research, education, policy development, and draft and pass legislation that advances the arts and culture in the Commonwealth, as well as  support the arts throughout the budget process.   


Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Accepting Nominations for Outstanding School Boards 

Since 1989, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have provided an annual award to a school board(s) that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district. This national award recognizes districts that have included all four major artistic disciplines - visual arts, music, theater and dance - in their programs.  The award program involves one school board per state that comprises the maximum national pool of nominees. Final selection is made by a national panel of arts educators and arts administrators including representatives of the KCAAEN and NSBA. The national award is presented every year at the annual national conference of the NSBA.  Nominations are due by December 3, 2012.  


Webinar : Understanding Parents' Role in Education  

Americans for the Arts is hosting a seven part webinar series as part of The Arts Education Field Guide toolkit that will illuminate ways to navigate the complex web of citizens, policy-makers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education from the school house to the White House, and from the living room to the board room.  On November 15 at 3 p.m. Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy at The Center for Arts Education will present a session on how parents can support arts education as local advocates by levying expectations onto school boards, principals, and teachers to create a better environment for arts education.  Register here to join the webinar. 


Support Newly Elected or Re-Elected Public Officials  

Votes have been cast and counted and a new season of policy making is rapidly approaching.  Americans for the Arts' State Arts Action Network's Jay Dick offers a great timeline in this post for making sure you get your organization and  priorities on your elected officials' radars early in the new term.  He suggests that by making use of the time between Election Day and when the new legislative session starts, new elected officials can become familiar (and supportive) of you, your organization and your issues.  


Nominations Accepted for PA Museum Awards  

Nominations are open for PA Museums' Special Achievement Awards.  Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania.  Please submit a nomination for a project, process, or individual that should be celebrated.  Nominations are accepted through November 15, 2012.


Contribute to the PA State Historical Marker Program 

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites individuals, public agencies and private organizations to nominate historic properties, people or events possessing statewide or national significance for PHMC's State Historical Marker Program.  The State Historical Marker Program helps communities throughout Pennsylvania recognize, preserve and promote their history.  The postmark deadline for nominations is December 1, 2012.