The AEI Note: March 1, 2013
Arts and Education News from The Education Policy and Leadership Center
In This Issue
AEI and EPLC News
Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates
- Arts Education Advocacy Day: March 19
- In Search of Governor's School for the Arts Alumni
- Individuals and Organizations to Join Network
- Statewide Network Conference Calls
- Network Communication
- Mark Your Calendars! Third Annual Arts and Education Symposium Scheduled for October 30, 2013
- EPLC a Grassroots Partner of Arts Advocacy Day 2013
- EPLC Now Hosting Education Issues Program on PCN
- Interested in Other Education Policy News?
Public Policy News
- Arts & Culture Caucus First Meeting Held
- Governor Corbett's 2013-2014 Budget Proposed
- Congressional STEAM Caucus Established in D.C.
Opportunities for Arts Education Professionals
Arts and Education News
- Americans for the Arts Convention in Pittsburgh!
- Register for PMEA's Music Education Advocacy Day
- Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
- Register Today for the PA Museums Conference
- Education Week's Art and the Common Core Webinar
- National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute
- PA Art Teachers Receive National Awards
- Poetry Out Loud Showcases Pennsylvania Students
- The Grammy's to Honor Music Educators
- New Website Teaches Keyboard and Music Theory
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Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates
All individuals and organizations are invited and encouraged to join the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network to 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.org. 2013 is an important year for arts education advocacy in Pennsylvania, and we need your help.
Arts Education Advocacy Day: March 19
EPLC and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network want to take advantage of March, the month identified to celebrate arts education in its various forms, as an opportunity to have an advocacy activity in the State Capitol.
With the help of Representative Mark Cohen, we have reserved the Capitol Media Center for 11 a.m. on that day. Legislators from the Arts and Culture Caucus and arts education leaders will speak about the importance of arts education in Pennsylvania. PMEA will have a student group from Gettysburg perform in the Capitol Rotunda at noon and PAEA will display artwork in the Capitol from their Art in Our Schools Month Show at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
This event will be most successful if it is complemented by activity at the local level, and there will be ways in which all of Pennsylvania's arts education supporters will be able to help. We hope that Network members and friends will reach out to their own State Legislators and make appointments to meet with legislators and staffers to promote our soon-to-be-posted Arts Education Policy Agenda and encourage their Senators and Representatives to join the Arts and Culture Caucus, or to thank them if they have already joined. The Network will provide resources that members can share on the website in the upcoming weeks.
Stay posted for up-to-date details about the event and how you can be involved by checking periodically on the Network's website, facebook page and twitter feed and by using #ArtsEdPA.
In Search of Governor's School for the Arts Alumni
For over 35 years, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts was a robust summer program that provided over 10,000 students state-wide with extraordinary opportunities to develop their artistic talents, intellects, self-confidence, and leadership. Unfortunately, for budget reasons, state officials ended the program a few years ago. The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)'s 2012 Arts and Education Policy Report recommended the school be reestablished and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network is now urging that the Governor's School for the Arts be restored.
To support this effort, we would like to create a comprehensive list of alumni who attended the School. This list would be an important voice in supporting the reopening of the Governor's School for the Arts, and arts education in Pennsylvania, generally.
If you, or someone you know taught at, or attended the Pennsylvania's Governor's School for the Arts, please complete this form and share with others.
Individuals and Organizations to Join Network
Statewide Network Conference Calls
To join the live call each month on the third Thursday at 4 p.m., use the following numbers:
EPLC and the PA Arts Education Network will continue to host Harrisburg Briefing Network Conference Calls
on the third Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. These calls typically include updates about the Network, Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and other Network partner organizations. Conference 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 : March 21 and April 18.
Recordings of past conference calls, including the most recent call held February 21, are available here.
The toll-free call in number: 1-866-843-8301
Conference code: 2352393864
Be the first to know what is going on at Network headquarters by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Inquiries about the PA Arts Education Network can be directed to Network Coordinator Erin Gough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AEI and EPLC News
Mark Your Calendars! Third Annual Arts and Education Symposium Scheduled for October 30, 2013
The Third Annual Arts and Education Symposium is scheduled for October 30, 2013. This all-day event will again be hosted at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and will feature arts and education leaders from across the state and the nation to discuss the important topics of the day. The agenda, photos, and recordings from the 2012 Symposium are available if you would like more information about our Arts and Education Symposia.
EPLC a Grassroots Partner of Arts Advocacy Day 2013
EPLC has joined several cultural, civic, and education organizations to help sponsor the training of arts advocates at the 2013 National Arts Advocacy Day on April 8 and 9. The 2012 election has made a dramatic impact on Congress with more than 80 new members of Congress taking office in early January. As the new Congress begins its work, it is imperative that arts advocates work together to craft a policy agenda that supports our nonprofit arts sector and arts education. Register today to participate.
EPLC Now Hosting Education Issues Program on PCN
EPLC and PA Cable Network (PCN) have partnered for a new program focusing on education issues in Pennsylvania. The February 13 premiere focused on school violence and safety issues in the first half-hour, and then panelists in the second half-hour discussed whether school staff should have the right to carry guns. Click this link to access the February 13 show.
The March edition of "Focus on Pennsylvania Education" will look at the issue of Student Testing. The monthly show produced by EPLC and PCN will be broadcast on PCN at 9:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, now through June, and then again this fall in September through December. PCN typically repeats the broadcast several times each month. To learn more, click here. Information about sponsorships available for the show can be obtained by contacting Ron Cowell at 717-260-9900 or at email@example.com.
Interested in Other Education Policy News?
As an arts community, it is important to be aware of broader education issues, including the advocacy and legislation that ultimately affects teachers, students, artists, and community members. To keep your finger on the pulse of the General Assembly, State Board of Education, and Department of Education, and receive information about new education reports, announcements, and important events, sign-up to receive EPLC's free online publications here
. Current and past editions of the EPLC Education Notebook
are also available by visiting the EPLC website.
Public Policy News
Arts & Culture Caucus First Meeting Held
The bipartisan, bicameral Arts and Culture Caucus in the Pennsylvania General Assembly held their first working meeting on February 13, 2013.
Senator Jay Costa (D. Allegheny County) opened the meeting by presenting a list of members and establishing the purpose of the Caucus which was stated as follows:
After introductions of the members and guests in attendance, Mitch Swain, of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and President of Citizens for the Arts in PA, and Jenny Hershour, Managing Director of Citizens for the Arts in PA, presented materials on "Public Support for Pennsylvania's Cultural Assets: Past, Present, and Future," and briefed the Caucus members on the highlights of the most recent Arts and Economic Prosperity report.
- To provide access to caucus members on the latest research, education, and policy developments on arts and culture;
- To support caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts and culture in the Commonwealth;
- To provide analysis on pending legislation;
- To provide caucus members and their staffs with periodic briefings on pertinent issues;
- To develop issue specific talking points and press materials for caucus members to use in public and with the media.
Future caucus meetings will be held every 6 to 8 weeks. Topics for these meetings will include the recently published museum funding study, cultural districts, the importance of the arts in rural communities, and arts education.
It was clear that arts education is a major priority for the members of the Caucus and they look forward to working using the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network as a resource and working with the Network on Arts Education Advocacy Day on March 19 and in the future.
Governor Corbett's 2013-2014 Budget Proposed
On February 5, Governor Tom Corbett delivered his state budget address to a joint session of the State Legislature. Below is a brief summary of items in the Governor's proposed budget related to the arts and arts education.
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
PCA's administrative budget would receive a 3.7% increase from $866,000 to $919,000. Grants to the Arts would be held level at $8,179,000.
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Funding to PHMC would be increased by 3.8%, going from $17,800,000 to $18,474,000.
Library funding would be held level. This means $53,507,000 for the public library subsidy, $2,567,000 for library services for the visually impaired and disabled, $2,821,000 towards library access, and $1,946,000 for the state library line item.
PK-12 Public Education
The Governor has proposed a Basic Education Subsidy of $5.493 billion, an increase of $90 million or approximately 1.7%. The increase, while a step forward, does not restore much of the nearly $900 million cut to school districts during the past two years.
Special education would be funded at the same level as each of the past five years - $1.026 billion.
The Accountability Block Grant would be funded at the same level as the current year - $100 million.
The Governor did discuss a new Passport for Learning Block Grant that would be funded by selling the state's liquor stores and potentially make available $1 billion over a four year period, beginning in 2014-2015.
The Governor's proposed appropriation for the state payment to the School Employees Retirement System is thought to be at least $100 million less than required under current law and is linked to proposals the Governor made concerning changes to the pension system for both future and current employees.
The fourteen universities of PASSHE, the four state-related universities, and the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) would all be funded at the same levels as during the current 2012-2013 fiscal year. This is $200 million below the funding level of three years ago.
For an in-depth assessment of what the Governor's proposal means for public education in Pennsylvania, visit EPLC's website.
Congressional STEAM Caucus Established in D.C.
A bipartisan team of members of Congress launched the Congressional STEAM Caucus on January 28, 2013. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and the caucus "aims to change the vocabulary of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences and how these intersections will benefit our country's future generations." Caucus members will work to increase awareness of the importance of STEAM education and explore new strategies to advocate for STEAM programs. For more information about the caucus and how it will be supported by Americans for the Arts, visit here.
Arts Education Professionals
Americans for the Arts Convention in Pittsburgh!
Register for PMEA's Music Education Advocacy Day
Registration for the 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is now open. The 2013 Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Annual Convention and three pre-conferences will bring 1,000+ arts leaders from around the country to the David Lawrence Convention Center and arts and cultural venues throughout Pittsburgh to discuss issues affecting artists, arts-based community development, arts organizations, and creative industries. This is an incredible opportunity for the Pennsylvania arts community - read details on how you can be involved, here.
on March 13th for their "Music Education Advocacy Day" at the Capitol in Harrisburg! On this page you will find information needed to attend. It is critical that music education supporters gather to educate elected officials about why we need to spread the gift of music to all children in Pennsylvania.
Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
The Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI), hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners. It is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions. The seven-month program includes a five-day seminar at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), advanced assignments, a 360-degree feedback process, and follow-up coaching. The deadline to apply is April 11, 2013. For more information, visit the National Guild for Community Arts Education website.
Register Today for the PA Museums Conference
Pennsylvania's museum community will join together for PA Museum's 2013 Annual Statewide Museum Conference, April 7-9, 2013 in Doylestown, PA. Sessions and programs will be held in a campus environment at The Michener Museum of Art and The Mercer Museum. Visit the PA Museum's website for a full schedule and to register today!
Education Week's Art and the Common Core Webinar
As educators work to help students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, many arts education advocates are making the case that the arts can be a valuable partner. For example, some teachers are seizing on works of art as "text" to be the subject of a close reading, much like a novel or essay, as called for in the new English standards. This Education Week webinar features the discussion of the potential of arts integration with the common core and provides practical examples of how to put the concept into practice. The recording of the webinar is available, here.
National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute
The National Gallery of Art invites teachers of kindergarten through grade twelve to apply for a six-day seminar that explores impressionist and post-impressionist French art. Individual sessions will integrate art, social history, language arts, and teaching strategies through examination of the collections of the National Gallery. For information and an online application, visit the National Gallery's website. The application deadline is March 15, 2013.
PA Art Teachers Receive National Awards
Several Pennsylvanian art teachers will be recognized at the National Art Education Association conference March 7 in Fort Worth, Texas for their work in the field:
- Carrie Y. Nordlund - Eastern Region High Ed Art Educator
- Jackie G. Thomas - Retired Art Educator of the Year
- Heather Leah Ryerson Fountain - NAEA, The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), VSA Peter J. Geisser Special Needs Art Educator
- Christine Marme Thompson - Distinguished Service Within the Profession.
Carlisle High School boasts the state's art educator of the 2012 in its ranks. Melissa Gallagher, who has taught in the high school 19 years and chaired the art department, will be recognized as Pennsylvania 2012 Art Educator of the Year.
Poetry Out Loud Showcases Pennsylvania Students
Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about, memorize, and recite great poetry. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and state arts agencies such as the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). The State Finals for Pennsylvania will be held March 11. National Finals will be held in April, during National Poetry Month. For competition information, teaching resources including lesson plans, and advice on organizing a contest and promotional ideas, visit poetryoutloud.org.
To participate in a regional event next year, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for information about official Poetry Out Loud contest requirements.
The Grammy's to Honor Music Educators
The first-ever Music Educator Award will be presented next year at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Music teachers, school administrators, students, parents, or anyone who was heavily impacted by an exceptional music teacher can nominate their favorite teacher from now until April 15, 2013. The first annual Music Educator Award winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, and will attend the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014. The winner will also receive a $10,000 honorarium provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the organization that supports the Grammy in the Schools program. This award is also supported by the NAMM Foundation and the National Association for Music Education.
New Website Teaches Keyboard and Music Theory
Legendary music producer and composer Quincy Jones has taken to the Web to advance the cause of music education. He's an investor and co-creator of the Playground Sessions website, which just exited its beta test period. Playground aims to be the "Rosetta Stone" of music education. A monthly subscription to Playground Sessions gives online access to lessons on music theory and video instructions for playing songs on the keyboard. For more information and to download the program, visit PlaygroundSessions.com.