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National Arts in Education Week: Sept. 13-19
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Next week is National Arts in Education Week! September 13-19, 2015. Don’t miss out on joining in the national celebration with friends and colleagues across the country. Celebrate, advocate and participate during the week and tell others to do so as well. Check out to get all of the information and resources you will need!


Stay up to date with the latest information on National Arts in Education Week through this website containing downloadable resources that have been made available for those interested in celebrating, advocating and participating in National Arts In Education Week. Containing action-oriented materials, the site asks supporters to take three actions:


·         Celebrate: Host or attend an event in your community to celebrate the week (and be sure to include it on ArtsMeet National Event Calendar). Download the logo (above) to be used on any materials, fliers or public awareness campaigns.

·         Advocate: Use the latest tools to bring attention to the cause of arts education in your community or state. Download resolutions for your school, city or state elected officials to voice their own support of arts education.

·         Participate: Get online and use the hashtag #ArtsEdWeek. Show a picture of student artwork or a performance with #EncourageCreativity or tell a story about an arts educator who made a difference with #TeachTheArts. Also, use the new Encourage Creativity. Teach the Arts. video campaign to bring awareness to the cause.


"Arts Education: What You Need to Know" Webinar Series


Do you know everything you should about the latest trends in arts education? Next week, during National Arts in Education Week, Americans for the Arts will release a series of webinars covering the hottest topics in arts education with the leading thinkers in the field. Learn about arts integration, creative youth development, STEAM, arts education standards and creative aging. Register and learn more here:

Every year there are new buzzwords which affect our work. Each day during the week of September 14–18, we will gather thought leaders to unpack these terms, where they came from, and their impact on our day to day work in arts education. These daily webinars will be held at 3:00 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 20 minutes. To continue the conversation, join Jeff Poulin (@JeffMPoulin) and special guests for a Twitter chat from 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (EST) by following the specified hashtag. You can either view them live or throughout the week. The topics include:


  • Monday, September 14, 3:00pm ET: Arts Integration

Including presentations from Amy Duma (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Janet Starke, (Richmond Center Stage) and Lauren Hess (Cincinnati Public Schools). Register here. Follow the conversation at #ArtsIntegration

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 3:00pm ET: Creative Youth Development

Including presentations from Heather Ikemire (National Guild for Community Arts Education), Traci Slater-Rigaud (President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities), Erik Holmgren (Massachusetts Cultural Council) and Denise Montgomery (CultureThrive). Register here.  Follow the conversation at #CYD

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 3:00pm ET: STEAM

Including presentations from Kate McClanahan (Americans for the Arts), Lucinda Presley (The Innovation Collaborative) and Andrew Watson (Alexandria City Public Schools). Register here. Follow the conversation at #STEAM

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015, 3:00pm ET: Arts Education Standards

Including presentations from Pam Paulson (Perpich Center for Arts Education), David Dik (Young Audiences Arts For Learning) and Jim Palmarini (Educational Theatre Association).  Register here. Follow the conversation at #Standards

  • Friday, September 18, 2015, 3:00pm ET: Creative Aging

Including presentations from Gay Hanna and Evan Sanderson (National Center for Creative Aging) and Robert Schultz (City of Mesa, AZ Arts and Culture).  Register here. Follow the conversation at #CreativeAging


Be sure to register for the webinars to receive the direct link, pre-reading materials, and details for the follow up Twitter chat!

The Arts Education Navigator


Check out the latest tool from Americans for the Arts: the Arts Education Navigator.  Follow six steps to craft your perfect advocacy campaign for arts education in your community! You’ll be provided with the best resources and tools to make your case to the decision makers affecting you. Try it out at


This newest tool from Americans for the Arts launching on 9/14/15! Do you believe in the transformative power of arts education? The Arts Education Navigator will help you turn your passion into action.  Follow this six step process to better understand your role in the arts education ecosystem, the policies which affect your state, the current trends in the field and how to best take action. With over 300 contributors and 75 partner organizations, find the tools and tips you need to take action immediately! (Note: this link goes live on 9/14/15)


Blog Salon September 14–18: Reauthorizing ESEA


For the first time in almost ten years, Congress is acting on education! But what is the impact on the arts? From September 14-18, join with 25 experts on the topic of education reform to discuss the implications for all members of the arts education sector from teaching artists, to community organizations and state funding models. All will be posted on ARTSblog at

Read from 20 of the top experts from the field on the impacts of the current reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate go into Conference Committee, this is your chance to understand the inner workings on this law and its impact on arts education. Learn more on ARTSblog.


Join the National #ArtsEdChat on Twitter


Next week Americans for the Arts will be celebrating National Arts in Education Week with a series of chats each evening Mon-Thurs from 8-9pm ET. Chat on Twitter with the field’s best thinkers and most innovative programs on the topics of Arts Integration, Creative Youth Development, STEAM, and Arts Education Standards. Hosted by Jeff Poulin, you can follow his handle @JeffMPoulin or the hashtag #ArtsEdChat to keep up with the conversation!


Join Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Program Coordinator, Jeff M. Poulin (@JeffMPoulin) and special guests for a Twitter chat from 8:00–9:00pm ET by following the specified hashtag. The Schedule is as follows:


  • Monday, September 14, 8:00-9:00pm ET: Arts Integration (#ArtsIntegration)
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8:00-9:00pm ET: Creative Youth Development (#CYD)
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 8:00-9:00pm ET: STEAM (#STEAM)
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015, 8:00-9:00pm ET: Arts Education Standards (#Standards)


Follow @Americans4Arts and #ArtsEdWeek for more updates.


National Arts in Education Week Happy Hour in Washington, D.C.         


DC area friends! Check out Americans for the Arts’ National Arts in Education Week Happy Hour next week! For only $5 you can extend your happy hour at one of the best bars in DC, Vinoteca, and donate to a great cause! We work to make sure every child has access to a quality arts education. RSVP here:


Are you in the DC area? Join us for drink specials and bocce ball at Vinoteca for National Arts in Education Week on Wednesday, September 16! For a donation of $5 or more, guests will receive a wristband at Vinoteca, which will give them access to extended happy hour pricing. Proceeds will support Americans for the Arts' mission to advance the arts and arts education nationwide. We look forward to seeing you there! For any questions or additional information, please contact Individual Giving Coordinator Megan Bell at


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