The AEI Note: July 8, 2013

Arts and Education News from the Education Policy and Leadership Center  

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In This Issue
State Budget Update
Contact Legislators During Summer Recess
Governor's School Alumni Network
Save the Date for 2013 Symposium
Apply Now for Ed Fellowship Program
U.S. Dept of Ed on Title 1 Funds
Public Ed Supporters Rally at Capitol
Legislation Introduce to Uncap Film Tax Credit
New Core Arts Standards Available for Review
Kennedy Center Accepting VSA Proposals
Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Summer Institutes for Art Educators
Register for AATE Conference
Kennedy Center Art and Special Ed Conference
Call for Papers
Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party"
Travelers Foundation to Offer Grants
Americans for the Arts Convention in Pittsburgh
Advancing Arts Education Through an Expanded School Day
2013 Art of the State Exhibit
Andy Warhol Bridge to be Yarn Bombed
Cultural Data Projects Gains Non-Profit Status
State Museum Free Lunch Hours
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Pennsylvania State Budget Update
State Budget Update  
A $28.375 billion FY 2013-2014 state budget was signed by Governor Corbett late on Sunday, June 30.  It includes an increase of $122.5 million in the basic public education line item, which is an improvement over the $90 million increase proposed by the Governor in February, but still leaves funding to school districts for classroom programs and services nearly $700 million below the level of funding in 2010-2011.

The budget includes level funding to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for grants to the arts for the third year in a row.  This year's $8.179 million is still far below the all time high $15.4 million grants to the arts received in
 FY 2001-2002.  Pennsylvania Council on the Arts administration is level funded again at $886,000.

The new budget includes a new line item for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museums Commission (PHMC) for "cultural and historical support" and funds it at $2 million, but general support for PHMC decreased by $507,000 for a total of $17.293 million.

The line item for the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) includes funding for tourism marketing and zoos which increased by $100,000 for a total of $550,000 in FY 2013-2014.   
Also, two tax credit programs that Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania has been following, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and the Film Production Tax Credit, will be funded at the same levels as last year. 

Legislature in Summer Recess
The Pennsylvania General Assembly is now in recess until September, and this is a great time for you to meet with your state House member and Senate member in their district offices. 


Whether you do it alone, or you organize a group visit for parents, educators, and others, make an appointment and plan to tell your legislators why you support arts education in your local schools and what has happened in recent years in your local district that has enhanced or diminished arts education opportunities for students.  In particular, if there has been any reduction in arts education opportunities and your district has said that a cut in state funding for your district has been the culprit, your legislators need to hear your concerns.


Your meeting with your legislators will also be an opportunity to express you support for the Policy Agenda of the PA Arts Education Network, and also to urge your legislators to join the Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus (or thank them if they are a Caucus member already). can make a big impact on behalf of arts education in your community and statewide, and you can identify yourself to your legislators as an ongoing information resource about arts education.

Pennsylvania Arts Education
Network Updates
Governor's School Alumni Network 

The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network continues to search for Alumni of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts (PGSA). 


If you, or someone you know, taught at or attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, please complete this form and share with others.  We have been contacted by over 600 alumni already, and appreciate all of the help from former students and faculty in spreading this message.


During the next few months, it is important that Governor Corbett and legislators hear from PGSA alumni urging that state officials provide support to re-establish the Governor's School for the Arts during 2014.  We will be providing support for PGSA Alumni Network members to deliver these important messages, but there is nothing so effective as every graduate of PGSA contacting your own legislators to tell them how important the PGSA experience was for you personally, and why other students should have a similar opportunity.  

AEI and EPLC News
Save the Date for 2013 Arts and Education Symposium
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 
The 3rd Annual Arts and Education Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA.  Please share this flier and date with your friends and colleagues so that our conversations on that day are filled with robust and varied voices from across the state!

Agenda and Registration information will be available later this summer.

Apply for the PA Education Policy Fellowship Program 
Applications are available now for the 2013-2014 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)The Education Policy Fellowship Program is sponsored in Pennsylvania by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).  


With nearly 400 graduates in its first fourteen years, this Program is a premier professional development opportunity for educators, state and local policymakers, advocates, and community leaders.


Past participants include state policymakers, district superintendents and principals, school business officers, school board members, education deans/chairs, statewide association leaders, parent leaders, education advocates, and other education and community leaders.  Fellows are typically sponsored by their employer or another organization.


We need one or more arts educators and arts advocates to be a part of the 2013-2014 cohort!


The Fellowship Program begins with a two-day retreat on September 12-13, 2013 and continues to graduation in June 2014.


If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Fellowship Program and its requirements, please contact Mattie Robinson at 717-260-9900 or [email protected], or Ron Cowell at 412-298-4796 or [email protected].

Policy News
U.S. Department of Ed Issues Letter to State Officials on the use of Title 1 Funds to Support the Arts  

The U.S. Department of Education again has notified state coordinators of Title I (the $13 billion formula grant program designed to support disadvantaged students) of the specific eligibility of arts education to be funded by Title I.  A letter from Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs Director Dr. Monique Chism stated, "I believe this is an appropriate time to note that activities that support the arts, in conjunction with other activities can form an important part of a [local education agencies] Title I program."  


Generating this kind of guidance from a senior official at the Department to clarify for states and localities the opportunity to use Title I for arts education has been a key objective for Americans for the Arts for a number of years.  Dr. Chism participated in a key session on Title I at the Arts Education Partnership Forum in April where she emphasized this same message.


Please forward this letter to your school administrators and board members, as well as your state legislators, to remind them to urge the Pennsylvania Department of Education to approve Title 1 funds for use in the arts, as suggested in the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network's Policy Agenda and supported by the letter from Dr. Chism. 

Public Education Supporters Rally for State Support 

Thanks to everyone who contacted their state legislators to urge more adequate state financial support for public schools during this year's state budget debate.  


On Tuesday, June 25, public education supporters from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, coordinated by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Public Citizens for Children and Youth, gathered in Harrisburg to remind state legislators and the Governor that public education funding should be a priority for the students and communities of Pennsylvania.  Petitions and legislative requests were delivered to lawmakers and thousands of supporters stood on the Capitol steps to express their concern about the faculty and staff layoffs in the Philadelphia School District and many other districts across the state.  To read more about the events of June 25 and the efforts through the final days of budget deliberations, read this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Protesters hold pictures of "Missing" faculty and staff laid off due to budget constraints in Philadelphia
Legislation Introduced to Uncap Film Tax Credit in PA

State Senator Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester/Delaware) introduced legislation to upcap the film production tax credit program.  The bill, SB 1035, broadens the availability of tax credits for film production occurring in Pennsylvania. The bill has bi-partisan sponsorship.  Uncapping the film production tax credit is a position that is encouraged the Citizens for the Arts in PA's FY 2013-2014 Policy Agenda

Recently a report from the Independent Fiscal Office concluded that uncapping the credit would have significant positive impact on Pennsylvania's economy with a minimal cost to the Commonwealth.
Opportunities for
Arts Education Professionals
New Core Arts Standards Now Available for Public Review
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) launched a public review of the PreK-8 draft arts standards on June 30 and will continue to accept reviews until midnight, July 15, 2013.

NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives that are developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards.  The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century 
needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. 

Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate in the public review of one or more of the discipline grade-band drafts in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.  Please visit the NCCAS website for detailed instructions.
Kennedy Center Now Accepting Proposals for VSA Programs
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from contractors to perform seven different VSA programs. 


Eligible and qualified arts organizations are encouraged to submit contract proposals per the Requests for Contract Proposals (RFPs). The Kennedy Center will accept one contract proposal per organization for each RFP.  To submit, please follow the instructions outlined in each RFP.  The deadline for proposals is July 31. 

Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 
 VSA Pennsylvania has been awarded a contract for $50,000 from the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and its thirteen Arts in Education (AIE) partners across the State to provide sixteen professional development workshops.  The workshops focus on including students on the autism spectrum in arts classrooms, workshops and residencies.  Learn more here.  Click here for future workshop dates and locations.
Summer Institutes for Art Educators at Kutztown 
Kutztown University's Summer Institutes for Art Educators are held in the summer months that correspond to public school summer vacation schedules.  The Institutes provide intensive one to two week instruction in art education and its related fields of study.  Art Education and Visual Studies classes meet for one week, all studio courses run for two weeks.  The Institutes connect students with community resources and visiting artist/scholars.  The Institutes are designed to provide in-depth experiences that are unavailable through regular coursework.  Act 48 credit is available.
Registration Now Open for 2013 AATE Conference
The American Alliance for Theatre Education's (AATE) 2013 national conference: ACT NOW! Empowerment Through Artistry and Advocacy, will take place in Washington, DC from July 24-28.  The conference will feature networking opportunities, sessions, and keynote speakers, and kicks off on July 24 with an opening night celebration highlighting advocacy for and through the arts.  The event will feature an exciting student performance and an interactive panel discussion exploring how arts educators can advocate at the federal, state, city, and local level for their classrooms and communities.  Visit the conference website for complete program details and registration information. 
Kennedy Center Art and Special Education Conference
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility, is hosting a national conference "Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference," on August 7-8.  The conference will provide attendees with innovative and thought provoking sessions addressing an array of topics and emerging issues relevant to providing students with disabilities access to and engagement in arts educational programming.  Leading professionals will present sessions at the forefront of practice, policy, and research at the intersection of arts education and special education.  Over 50 high quality sessions will be presented in a variety of formats that will encourage and create opportunities for knowledge transfer and networking.  Visit the event page on the Kennedy Center website for more information and to register. 
Call for Papers: Technology, Policy, & Arts Education
Creating Pathways with the Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" at Kutztown University
Kutztown University invites educators and administrators to be part of a major curriculum initiative to learn how to teach about cultural context, social issues, and women's achievements, through the rich history and content of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party."  From July 7-12, participants will study and research "The Dinner Party," highlighting 1,038 women in history
through hands-on investigation, and have an opportunity to meet 
the artist and see the work in person during a trip to the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.  For more information, visit the website, here.
Travelers Foundation offers Education Grants
Travelers Insurance is committed to contributing to safe and livable communities that provide pathways to opportunity.  Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, Travelers focuses its giving on three key areas: education, community development and arts & culture.  With the primary focus of educating underrepresented students to lead tomorrow's workforce, Travelers also contributes to organizations that aid in developing communities through small businesses and neighborhood revitalization, and enriching lives and learning through arts & culture.  The deadline for grant applicants is July 12, 2013.  For more information and requirements, visit here
Arts and Education News
Americans for the Arts Convention in Pittsburgh

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) did a magnificent job showing off the arts and culture of western Pennsylvania as it hosted the 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Pittsburgh June 14-16.  The weekend was full of sessions on arts education, public art, cultural districts, civic engagement, advocacy, and much more.  Below is a video of the June 14 keynote speeches by Manuel Pastor, acclaimed demographer and community empowerment expert, and Jim Messina, the director of President Obama's reelection campaign, on the importance of messaging to your audience in conventional arts programming as well as advocacy. 

2013 Annual Convention: Opening Keynote Speakers
2013 Annual Convention: Opening Keynote Speakers

For a full collection of videos, pictures, ARTSblog posts, and press coverage from the event, visit the 2013 Convention website, here.  

New Report: Advancing Arts Education Through an Expanded School Day

A new report, Advancing Arts Education Through an Expanded School Day, shows that schools are finding ways to build a robust curriculum that integrates the arts without sacrificing the necessary time for literacy and mathematics.  By expanding learning time, some schools, particularly in high-poverty communities, are able to design an educational program that sets high expectations for academic learning that includes the arts, according to a new report from the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) and funded, in part, by The Wallace Foundation.  "Americans for the Arts believes that an expanded school day is one successful model for providing a high-quality education in the arts," said Senior Director of Federal Affairs & Arts Education Narric Rome.  "Through this report, education leaders can clearly see how five different schools have maintained high values for arts education." 

2013 Art of the State Exhibition Now on Display at State Museum 

Opening with an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 22, the 46th Annual Art of the State Exhibition is now on display at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.  Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the exhibition provides an opportunity to Pennsylvania artists for statewide recognition and exposure.  Winners of the annual juried exhibition were announced on June 24 and  Pennsylvania Council on the Arts chair, and First Lady, Susan Corbett, helped select this year's Purchase Award Recipient. 


An "Artists Conversation" will take place on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with Harrisburg's 3rd in the Burg, and on Sunday September 8 as part of the Harrisburg Gallery Walk.  Be sure to visit the exhibition during the museum's regular hours through September 8. 

Art of the State  

Andy Warhol Bridge to be "Yarn Bombed"

On June 18, the Allegheny City Council voted unanimously to allow the group Knit the Bridge, to "yarn bomb" the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh.  Yarn bombing is an art movement that covers anything -- including trees, bikes, military tanks, buses and buildings -- in vibrant knitted yarn.  Until now, no group in the world has attempted to yarn bomb a bridge this large.  This event, if completed, will mark the largest project of its kind ever tackled in the United States. 


Knitters throughout the city have been working diligently to knit and crochet panels for months, including school groups and students from the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.  The project has been supported entirely by individual donations and grants from the Sprout Fund, the Pittsburgh Foundation, colcom foundation, Indiegogo, and others.  The project is expected to be installed from August 10 to September 7.
Cultural Data Project Gains Independent Non-Profit Status

The Cultural Data Project (CDP), an online management system designed to strengthen the arts and cultural sector by developing a national standard that gathers reliable, longitudinal data on arts and cultural organizations, was originally founded as part of The Pew Charitable Trusts in Pennsylvania nine years ago.  On May 31, Beth Tuttle, President and CEO, announced that the CDP had begun operations as an independent 501(c)(3) organization with the support of national funding partners. 


CDP has begun to develop a strategic plan and new business model for the CDP to ensure that the organization is financially sustainable and is responsive to the needs of the constituencies currently being served in 12 states and the District of Columbia, totaling nearly 14,500 individual organizations.  For more information, read Tuttle's letter regarding the transition, here

State Museum of Pennsylvania offers Free Lunch Hours

Starting on Friday, June 21st, The State Museum is hosting "Learn at Lunchtime."  Until August 30, guests can enter the museum on Fridays for free between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Learn at Lunchtime is also offering free tours.  Sounds like the perfect time to see the Art of the State!  For more information, visit the State Museum's website.