The AEI Note: December 21, 2012 

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In This Issue 

AEI and EPLC News
  • AEI Manager to Join National Arts Education Council
Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates
  • Support the Network with a Tax-Deductible Donation 
  • Network Steering Committee Members 
  • Individuals and Organizations to Join Network
  • November Statewide Network Conference Call
    • Next Network Conference Call, December 20, 2012
  • Network Communication 
Policy News
  • Arts & Culture Caucus in PA General Assembly
  • Museum Funding Report Released
  • Museums Receive General Operating Support Grants

Arts and Education News 

  • Arts Education Collaborative Publishes Brief
  • NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman to Retire
  • Report on Collaboration in Arts Education Published 
  • National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award


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AEI and EPLC News
AEI Manager to Join National Arts Education Council
AEI Manager and Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Coordinator, Erin Gough, will be supporting arts education advocates in Pennsylvania and across America on the Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts.  She will be joining 15 arts education leaders from across the country to provide guidance on the development and execution of programs and services that meet the needs of the Arts Education Network, a segment of professional members of Americans for the Arts that works to improve access to and impact of arts education across America.
Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates
Support the Network with a Tax-Deductible Donation
Please consider a 2012 tax deductible donation to support the work the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, hosted by the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)You may donate by check or online.  Please click here to see how you can contribute.

Whether you contribute by check or online, you may select the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network the EPLC as the activity to which you want to designate your support.  Thank you for helping us continue to strengthen pubic and policymaker support for arts education in Pennsylvania.  
Network Steering Committee Member List Announced
We appreciate the special commitment to the Network that has been made by those individuals and organizations who have agreed to serve on the Network's Steering CommitteeThe Steering Committee will be responsible for approving public policy positions to be supported by the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, approving all public policy statements and related communications to state policymakers on behalf of the Network, and advising EPLC concerning the organization and management of other Network activities. 

There are still a few organizations that have not yet formally accepted a position on the Steering Committee, but here is the list of organizations who have already committed to serve on the Committee:

Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators
Pennsylvania Art Education Association
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
Arts Education Collaborative
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education
Jump Street, Inc.
PA Museums
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Pennsylvania State Education Association - Fine Arts Caucus
Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Representatives from these thirteen organizations are joined on the Steering Committee by three former PA Department of Education Arts Advisors:
Jamie Kasper

Beth Cornell
Clyde McGeary

Individuals and Organizations To Join Network
All organizations and individuals are invited and encouraged to join the Network and become a member of a growing coalition of Pennsylvania advocates for arts education. 
Individuals and organizations can join the Network at no cost by visiting ArtsEducationPA.org2013 will be an important year for arts education advocacy in Pennsylvania, and we need your help!

November Statewide Network Conference Call

EPLC and the PA Arts Education Network will continue to host a statewide Network Conference Call on the third Thursday of every month at 4 p.m.  Calls are open to all Network members and friends.

Future monthly Network Conference Calls are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on these third Thursdays : January 17, February 21, and March 21.

Recordings of past conference calls, including the most recent call held December 20, are available

To join the live call each month, use the following numbers: 
The toll-free call in number: 1-866-843-8301
Conference code: 2352393864

Network Communication
Be sure you keep in touch with the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network online at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.  We've recently included tools on the website to help Network members find and add local, statewide, and national arts and education events, and learn who is representing them and their organizations in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The Network's website and social media presence will continue to be used to update everyone about what is happening with the Network and its partners.

Inquiries about the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network can be directed to Network Coordinator, Erin Gough, at [email protected]

Policy News

Arts & Culture Caucus in PA General Assembly

A bipartisan, bicameral Arts and Culture Caucus has been created in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  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 Pennsylvania.  The purpose of the caucus is 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.  Four legislators, representing both chambers and parties have agreed to serve as Chairs of the Caucus.  We should all thank Senator Jay Costa (D. Allegheny County), Senator Patrick Browne (R. Northampton/Lehigh Counties), Representative Stan Saylor (R. York County), and Representative Tim Briggs (D. Montgomery County) for their leadership in forming the Caucus.   


Museum Funding Report Released 

The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) recently released a report, "Museum Funding in Pennsylvania," pursuant to Senate Resolution 268 of 2012 which directed the LBFC "to conduct a study of the museums in this Commonwealth and research and evaluate how funding and resources are allocated for this Commonwealth's museums."  PA Museums supported this resolution in earlier advocacy efforts and worked to supply the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee with relevant data and a better understanding of this field.    


Among the key LBFC findings:  

  • The economic impact of museums on the overall economy of the state and in the communities in which they are located is significant.
  • State funding for museums has occurred primarily through three agencies. Museums have received funds through the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the PA Council on the Arts (PCA), the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and through specific non-preferred line item appropriations.  While this rather disjointed "system" is not unusual among states, it has been criticized as lacking coordination.
  • Funding has been dramatically reduced for both state-owned and non state-owned museums.
  • Museums cite consistency of funding as the most important factor in any new grant program.     

The full report and a one-page list of highlights from this study are available.  It includes in its appendix the PHMC's response to the findings.  You can view the report here.  Please click on Presentations in the left column and scroll down to find the relevant report.


Museums Receive General Operating Support Grants   

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) announced on November 20 that it has awarded $1,053,880 in general operating support grants for qualifying museums with annual operating budgets of more than $500,000.  This one-year program uses funds placed in PHMC's operating budget by the state legislature during the 2012-13 budget.  This is a one-time allocation and is not affiliated with the PHMC's Museum Assistance Grant program.  Working in concert with legislative leadership to determine the best way to distribute these limited funds, it was decided to make awards of $3,000 to $50,000 to museums with budgets of more than $500,000.

Arts and Education News

Arts Education Collaborative Publishes Brief 

The Arts Education Collaborative, based in Western Pennsylvania, recently released their first Arts Ed Brief on the new Common Core State Standards and what they mean for the arts.  Pennsylvania is one of 45 states that has adopted the Common Core and expects to have them fully implemented in the state by July 1, 2013.  Read the brief here for a better understanding of these new standards.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman to Retire

On November 20, Rocco Landesman confirmed his plans to step down as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts at the end of the calendar year.  NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa will serve as the acting head of the agency until a permanent successor is confirmed.


Report on Collaboration in Arts Education Published 

More Than the Sum of its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education, was written by two seasoned practitioners-Thomas Wolf and Gigi Antoni with the support of WolfBrown, The National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Big Thought. This new book is a primer on how organizations that offer arts education and creative learning programs can initiate, enter into, and support long-lasting partnerships.  Vibrantly illustrated and presented in an easy-to-read format, it describes the theory and practice underlying various levels of collaboration-from organizational partnerships to mergers to community-wide systems. The book also offers inspiring, real-life examples of thriving arts education partnerships from communities large and small throughout the United States.


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has invited applications for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.  The twelve award-winning programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.  


After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to consider submitting an application.  Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award's Eligibility Criteria.  Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, February 4, 2013, 5:00 p.m. PST.  Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: