2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application Now Open!!!

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National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Applications Now Open!

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, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs this year will each 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 apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00 PM PST is the application deadline.

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Artist eNews from MAC November 25, 2015

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ConferencesGeneral Interest

AZ CREATIVE AGING TEACHING ARTIST INSTITUTE

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is seeking up to 10 professional teaching artists throughout Maricopa County who have a serious, committed interest in working with older adults in community and care settings for the inaugural, five-month AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute.

Deadline: December 1, 2015

Click here for more information.

2016 NATIONAL ARTS & HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

he 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, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs this year will each 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.

Deadline: February 2, 2016

Click here for more information.

U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts. Rep. Bonamici’s amendment to integrate the arts into STEM and promote a well-rounded education was approved unanimously. Read more >>

2016 ARTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS

Fractured Atlas is thrilled to honor the innovators and risk-takers who embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and bring the same extraordinary creativity to the office as they do to the studio. Five winners will be chosen who can serve as models and inspiration for artists everywhere. They’re looking for nominees who have developed new approaches to age-old challenges in the arts by experimenting and challenging conventional wisdom

Deadline: December 21, 2015

Click here for more information.

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program is an opportunity for Canadian and American artists to be inspired by the natural beauty and the human history of the Chilkoot Trail. In its sixth consecutive year, this program is a unique wilderness backpacking trip, across an international border, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). The program is a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

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SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAMS FOR ARTISTS

SURDNA FOUNDATION: ARTISTS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents.

Click here for more information.

MILL HILL VISITING SOCIAL PRACTICE ARTIST RESIDENCY

Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village is a creative placemaking initiative of the Macon Arts Alliance in partnership with the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority, the residents of East Macon’s Fort Hawkins Neighborhood, and many local stakeholders. The Mill Hill Visiting Social Practice Artist Residency is a three-to-nine-month residency that brings together social practice artists from around the US to work in partnership with residents and local artists as part of an asset mapping and neighborhood cultural planning process.

Click here for more information.

Deadline: December 31, 2015

Montana’s Cultural Treasures invites you to participate in the 2016 issue!

Connect with tourists inserted in the arts and sign up today.

Click here for more information.

Deadline: December 4, 2015

On October 23, Governor Steve Bullock appointed Michael Earl Craig as Montana’s next Poet Laureate. The Montana Poet Laureate is a two-year honorary position created by the state legislature in 2005 and administered by the Montana Arts Council. Craig takes over from outgoing Poet Laureate Tami Haaland. He will serve through August 1, 2017.

Click here for the announcement.

Metalsmith David Bacharach and jeweler Valerie Hector are compiling a book, "Craftspeople In Their Own Words." This book will be all about you-the community of artists working in craft disciplines who make their living working in their studios and selling their work at craft shows. Bacharach and Hector are generously giving any money generated from book sales back to the community as a donation to CERF+.

Click here for more information.

CREATIVE CAPITAL

Supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. For more information, click here.

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EMAIL IS THE BEST WAY TO REACH MILLENNIALS

With $200 billion in annual buying power by 2017, Millennials have become every brand’s coveted customer. But what’s the best way to reach them? The answer is email. Read more >>

THE NEW STARTUP MUST HAVE: AN ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Tech companies are bringing visual artists to work alongside technologists and seeing significant benefits. Read more >>

USE INBOUND MARKETING TO INCREASE YOUR SOCIAL REACH

Most artists will agree that customers are necessary for them to continue their practice. But where do they come from? These days, building a social following online can greatly contribute to lead generation. Read more >>

INCREASE YOUR ART SALES BY MAKING AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION

Sell more of your work by talking about what matters most to your customer. Read more >>

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WebinarsWebinars and Workshops

Web Best Practices & Review with Matthew Deleget

Matthew Deleget shares best practices for websites, email communications, and social media presence. Topics covered include search engine optimization, design, work samples, email and social media integration.

December 8, 6:15-9:15 | Sign up

Social Media – How to be Everywhere All the Time with Bard Stephenson

Led by Brad Stephenson, this 90-minute webinar covers all aspects of using social media to communicate about your work and ideas; expand your audience, peer and professional network; and create a deeper connection with the general public.

December 14, 7:00-8:30 | Sign up

Values-Based Goal Setting with Susan Koblin Schear

Artists of all disciplines have long struggled with obstacles of business. There are many reasons that these challenges may exist within your practice including, lack of goal setting, planning and implementation; absence of purpose, values and vision; feeble marketing and messaging; frequent isolation and limited networking; inadequate budgeting, recordkeeping and fiscal responsibility; and more.

January 4, 7:00-8:30 | Sign up

Career Coaching for Artists

Creative Capital is thrilled to announce their individual coaching program for artists! Artists of all disciplines and career stages now have the opportunity to get personal attention from Creative Capital Professional Development Program Leaders.

Click here for more information.

The 406 Writers’ Workshop

Fall 2015 schedule of six-week workshops including Advanced Memoir, Beginning Memoir and Promptly: Generative Writing From Evocative Prompts.

Grant Station: Live Webinars

CREATIVE CAPITAL WEBINARS are $25 each. All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions. Interested but can’t attend? All registered participants will receive access to a recording of that webinar. Webinars available here.

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ResourcesResources

TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON PAINTS:

  • Golden Paints and their newsletter published by Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

ART CALLS:

  • Arizona Arts Commission for Digital Media Arts, Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and General Opportunities

LITERARY MAGAZINES AND RESOURCES:

THE NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM at

ART DAILY at www.artdaily.org.

BORED PANDA at www.panda.com is full of the most unusual artistic ideas.

Art Opportunities Monthly

Montana Nonprofit Association

Poets & Writers

Will Kemp Art School

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JobOpportunitiesJob Opportunities

Job position open for President and CEO of the National Performance Network, including the Visual Arts Network (NPN/VAN)

Click here for more information.

Missoula Art Museum Director of Development

As a member of the Missoula Art Museum’s (MAM) Strategic Management Team, the Development Director is responsible for the conception, coordination, implementation, and management of a comprehensive development program that supports the Museum’s strategic directions.

Position open until filled.

Click here for more information.

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS: Job Bank Americans for the Arts.

Musical America’s Worldwide Career Center

Find jobs in arts administration, performing and visual arts, and more. Post an anonymous resume, or create an alert to be notified of new vacancies.

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CHAOS: NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION 2016

Categories: sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. A juror’s award of $250 will be presented to each of the three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme of Chaos.

Deadline: February 21, 2015

Click here for more information.

BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM BIENNIAL 2016: METALMORPHOSIS

Bellevue Arts Museum is seeking artists, craftsmen, and makers in the Northwest (AK, BC, ID, MT, OR & WA) working in the medium of metal to apply to the BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis (September 2, 2016 – late January, 2017).

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Click here for more information.

LATINO/A AMERICANS 500 YEARS

The Idaho State University Department of Art seeks artists interested in exploring the construction of the contemporary Latino voice in the United States. Artists working with all mediums are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: December 1, 2015

Click here for more information.

SFAI WATER RIGHTS

he Sante Fe Arts Institute announces search for new artist residents for the 2016 season. Applicants are asked to focus on ways to address inherent inequalities relating to water rights.

Deadline: December 18, 2015

Click here for more information.

DAVE BOWN PROJECTS

11th Semiannual Competition

Click here for more information.

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL: BIG SKY PITCH!

The Big Sky Pitch is on! Come pitch your documentary work-in-progress to some of the top commissioning editors and funders for documentary film in North America.

Deadline: January 8, 2016

Click here for more information.

INTERMOUNTAIN OPERA BOZEMAN 4TH ANNUAL POSTER CONTEST

Intermountain Opera Bozeman is now accepting entries for our 4th Annual Poster Contest, presented in conjunction with the upcoming spring production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Deadline: January 22, 2016
Click here for more information.

ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE

The Italian Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), in collaboration with Arte Laguna Studio, organizes the 10th Edition of the International Arte Laguna Prize, aimed at promoting and enhancing Contemporary Art.

Deadline: December 12, 2015

Click here for more information.

VENDORS WANTED

Sweet Grass Arts and Crafts Spring Fling

Saturday, April 30th 9:00-3:00 at the Big Timber Civic Center

Contact becky or call 930-1880

48TH ANNUAL SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST

The winning poster will be used to promote the Festival, and be used in marketing materials including the Summer Arts Festival website, festival materials, collateral, press releases and signage. This gives an artist incredible exposure!

Deadline: February 6, 2016

Click here for more information.

12TH ANNUAL: SNAP TO GRID

Show your work in our un-juried exhibit featuring digital art and photography at the twelfth anniversary exhibit of this very popular program. All entries will be printed (8.5"x11" on heavyweight paper) and shown in our gallery arranged in a grid.

Deadline: November 30, 2015

Click here for more information.

SPRING 2016 FIGURATIVE PAINTING ARTIST RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION

Dacia Gallery invites artists to participate in an exciting figure painting Artist Residency program in New York City. Dacia’s Artist Residency provides an academic program to inspire, refine and redefine the creative direction of artists in a painting intensive two-week program.

Residency Dates: February 28 – March 12, 2016

Click here for more information.

LET THE DOODLING BEGIN

Students can create a doodle that tells the world "What makes me…me." Kids have all kinds of things that make them unique, so they can use all kinds of materials to create their doodles, from crayons, to clay, to graphic design, even food and video games.

Deadline: December 7, 2015

Click here for more information.

19TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art invites artists to submit their art work for consideration in our 19th annual Art Auction to be held on the evening of Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Deadline: February 5, 2016

Click here for more information.

Art Projects Addressing Contemporary Issues Funded

The Puffin Foundation seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to art organizations and artists throughout the country who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their genre or social philosophy.

Deadline: December 4, 2015

Click here for more information.

BLUE MARBLE: NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION

Blue Marble refers to the spectacular color image of planet Earth taken with NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. The theme for this exhibition welcomes artists who delve into subjects, themes, and motifs that have to do with our planet.

Deadline: March 19, 2016

Click here for more information.

Embracing Our Differences is accepting submissions for its 13th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion to be displayed spring 2016 in Sarasota, FL USA.

Deadline: January 4, 2016

Click here for more information.

ART DEADLINES LIST

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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: PERFORMING ARTS OF LATIN AMERICA PRESENTER FUNDING

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, is pleased to announce thatSouthern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America will continue providing fee subsidies of up to 40% of eligible expenses to nonprofit presenters nationwide who book Latin American artists from the curated Southern Exposure roster.

Click here for more information.

USArtists International supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces worldwide. The program supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.

Deadline: December 4, 2015

Click here for more information.

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Fund for National Projects, an initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, or theatre fields. In addition, the Fund works to improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in the targeted fields.

Deadline: February 26, 2016

Click here for more information.

International Workshop & Conference

For Choreographers, Movement Directors & Directors of Physical Theatre

The training is designed as a multidisciplinary intensive lab with participation and practice together with performers from different techniques and countries.

December 13-21, 2015

Click here for more information.

10 Tips for Performance Artists Working With Museums

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WriterCallsCalls for Writers

NOWHERE MAGAZINE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given for a short story or essay that "possesses a powerful sense of place." Submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words.

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Click here for more information.

LETTERPRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

A prize of $500, a weeklong residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and letterpress publication by the Center for Book Arts is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 21 pages.

Deadline: December 16, 2015

Click here for more information.

LASCAUX REVIEW PRIZE IN SHORT FICTION

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review is given annually for a short story of up to 10,000 words.

Deadline: December 31, 2015

Click here for more information.

BEFORE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS

Awards are given annually for books published in the United States during the previous year that contribute to American multicultural literature. Submit two copies of a book or galley published in 2015 by December 31.

Click here for more information.

MANY VOICES PRESS: POEMS ACROSS THE BIG SKY (2)

Poems will be selected by a panel of judges. All subject matter and types of poetry will be considered. We are looking for originality and mastery.

For questions, contact ljaeger@fvcc.edu

Deadline: March 15, 2016

CATAPULT LAUNCHES MORE THAN BOOKS

Considering the number of steps it takes for writers to turn their work into a published book, it’s no wonder that the literary world is partitioned into so many components: workshops for writers to hone their craft, literary magazines for emerging writers to share their first pieces, and both indie and mainstream presses for new and established authors to publish their books. Catapult, a new literary venture launched in September and led by a team of industry veterans — with significant financial backing — offers all of the above.

THE BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS

What Poets Are Like: Up and Down With the Writing Life (Sasquatch Books, 2013) by Gary Soto

WHY YOU MUST MARKET YOUR OWN BOOK

Today’s authors, whether self-published or published through a traditional house, must do the bulk of their own marketing and promotion if they want their book to sell. While self-published authors know this all too well, many traditionally published authors are surprised to find that their publishers aren’t going to take care of everything when it comes to marketing their books.

PUBLISHING IS HALF THE JOB: PROMOTE YOUR BOOK!

You may think the most important parts of self-publishing your book are the writing and the actual process of creating a book. But you would only be half right-the part of self-publishing that is vital to the success of your book is still ahead: self-promotion.

Free List of Writing Contests, Writers Conferences, Calls For Submissions, Anthology Listings, and More!

Writers Classifieds are filled with great publishing leads for you.

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Artist eNews from MAC November 25, 2015

The Western Art Academy Seeks Painter/Instructor for One Month Appointment

The Western Art Academy Seeks Painter/Instructor for One Month Appointment.

The Western Art Academy has been an on-going summer scholarship program for apprx 35 years and is financially supported by: Houston & Fort Worth Rodeo Art Cmmittees, Schreiner University, and Susan Kathleen Black Foundation.

Dates: Mid-June to Mid-July 2016 (one full month)

Place: Schreiner University Campus, Kerrville, TX

Number of scholarship teens attending: 52-54 chosen out of apprx 250,000 applicants by the above mentioned Rodeo Art Committees.

Instructor team consists of 2 painters and 2 sculptors – one to have an advanced degree in art.

Teen participants receive 3 college credits at the end of the course.

There is an exhibit, show and sale, and graduation ceremonies to conclude the program.

Qualifications required:

Experienced painter/ instructor with MFA or Ph.D.

Adept at illustrative/representational art (the rodeos want Texas themed work i.e. guidelines will be provided)

Comfortable working with teens

Experience working as part of a team

The artist offered this position will be working with 3 experienced instructors who have taught in this program for several years with a curriculum already in place.

Pay is: $2,200 per week plus travel, shipping supplies, off-campus food expense on weekends. Instructors are considered temporary employees of Schreiner University.

Lodging on campus, Meals during the week provided by Schreiner University on campus.

Interested artists should contact me through this email: ravensable,

Pam Dean Cable

Executive Director/CFO

Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, Inc

The Western Art Academy Seeks Painter/Instructor for One Month Appointment

NEA LAA/Challenge America Job Vacancy Announcement

The Office of the Programs and Partnership, is recruiting to fill the position of Grants Management Specialist (Locals/Challenge America),

GS-1109-11/12. The announcement opens, December 8, 2015 and will close on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Applications will be accepted from qualified United States Citizens.

The link below will provide access to the announcement.

Grants Management Specialist (Locals/Challenge America)

Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding this announcement.

Thanks,

Kathy McDuffie
Assistant Director | Human Resources
National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street SW | Washington DC 20506
mcduffiek | 202-682-5470 (p) | 202-682-5708 (fax)
In celebration of the NEA’s 50th, we’re gathering stories about the impact of art on people’s lives. Click here to share your story!
NEA LAA/Challenge America Job Vacancy Announcement

New NEA research on the arts and early childhood development

Subject: New NEA research on the arts and early childhood development

For Immediate Release Contact: Sally Gifford

December 16, 2015 NEA Public Affairs | 202-682-5606

Arts and early childhood development focus of new NEA research

Washington, DC—In their first years, children experience rapid and important emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. What role do the arts play in early childhood development? A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at research on how the arts affect young children from birth to age eight. The news is good, but several research questions remain, according to this literature review.

The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation: A Literature Review and Gap-Analysis (2000-2015) synthesized findings from 18 recent reports in psychology and education research journals. These studies focused on the social and emotional outcomes of young children who participated in art forms such as music, dance, theater, drawing, and painting. These quantitative studies looked at typically developing populations, as well as children with autism spectrum disorder. Among the findings:

Social skills and the arts – several studies revealed positive associations between arts activities and developing social skills, such as helping, sharing, caring, and empathizing with others.

· Parents who reported singing to their child at least three times a week were more likely to report that their child had strong and sophisticated social skills. Children assigned to an eight-week dance group demonstrated improvements in social skill development and reductions in anxiety and aggression compared to a control group.

Emotional regulation and the arts – studies showed that the arts help children regulate their emotions, a critical skill for well-adjusted children and adults.

· Infants who participated in a six-month active music group with singing and dancing had better emotional regulation behaviors than did infants in a passive music group, where music was played in the background while infants did other activities.

· In another study, children were asked to think of a past negative event. Some of those children then were instructed to draw a house to distract themselves; the other children were instructed either to draw the negative event or to copy another drawing. The children who drew to distract were better able to improve their mood compared to the other children.

The role of demographics and development disorders –how do age, gender, income, and development disorders such as autism affect arts learning outcomes?

· Gender is an important attribute in child development; however, this review did not find gender differences in the link between the arts and social-emotional outcomes.

· Toddlers from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds who were in schools that included an arts integration program had more positive emotional expression and improved emotional regulation over the course of the school year when compared to a control group of low SES toddlers.

· Autism, which is usually diagnosed by age three, is a neurological development disorder that impairs social skills, language, and communications. In one study, autistic children ages three to five had more positive outcomes (such as making and maintaining eye contact) when they participated in music sessions than when they took part in play sessions.

The Next Generation of Arts Research

What remains to be done?The report identifies gaps in our understanding of the effects of arts learning on early childhood and social-emotional outcomes. These research gaps also apply to arts research on other age groups and other domains of human development, such as physiological and cognitive growth, which were not examined in this report. The review challenges the research community to address methodological challenges, and to pursue more experimental studies, more reliable and standardized measurement tools, more detailed measurement of the complex nature of social-emotional development, and more large-scale studies.

NEA Research

As the federal agency of record on arts research, the NEA is leading efforts to investigate the arts as a tool for learning, health, and well-being across the lifespan. The NEA’s Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development convenes federal agencies to share research, resources, and best practices on arts, learning, and health research, producing public webinars, symposia, and reports. NEA research grants investigate the value and impact of the arts, including its effects on learning and health. Final reports are available here. Other NEA research publications in the areas of learning and well-being include The Arts and Aging – Building the Scienceand The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to arts.gov/50th to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.

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Sally Gifford
Public Affairs Specialist | Public Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street SW | Washington DC 20506
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Celebrating the NEA’s 50th Anniversary at arts.gov/50th.
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Arts Education News from the Montana Arts Council 11-25-2015

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Dear Kristin,

Many of you have asked, and it is finally here! The Montana Arts Council is revamping and revising its Artists in Schools and Communities Registry. The new AISC Registry will launch in early 2016 and will provide a resource for schools and community organizations to find professional teaching artists and organizations across Montana that provide arts learning opportunities to PK-12 and adult learners alike. See below for information on how to apply.

Below you will also find links to opportunities, resources, advocacy, research and articles of interest to arts educators and advocates. Click on anything underlined and it will take you to the link.

Don’t forget you can also follow the Big Sky Arts Education blog here and get daily news and information about arts learning from my Twitter feed @BigSkyArtsEd

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RegistryAISC Registry

The Montana Arts Council is now taking applications for its revised Artists in School and Communities Registry. The AISC Registry will launch in early 2016, and will provide a listing of teaching artists, performing groups and organizations that provide arts learning opportunities to Montana schools and community organizations.

Professional teaching artists in all disciplines, including visual and media arts, dance, theatre, music and creative writing, are welcome to submit an application to be listed on the AISC Registry. The deadline for application is December 14, 2016. A second round of applications will be accepted in May, 2016.

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POLLast chance to get involved in Poetry Out Loud!

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All Montana high schools are invited to participate in the 10th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and sponsored by the Montana Arts Council. Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems.

Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. All teachers participating in Poetry Out Loud receive classroom materials and resources.

The program includes classroom, school, regional and state-level competition, with the state finals in Helena in March. The winner of the State Finals competes at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington DC May 2-4, 2016. In addition to the travel costs for the winner and one adult chaperone, the State Champion also receives $200 cash plus $500 for their school for the purchase of poetry books. The State Champion’s teacher will also receive $1000 towards their travel cost to attend the national competition. The National Champion receives a $20,000 college scholarship as well as $500 for their school to purchase poetry books.

Last year’s state champion was Taylor Rogers from Willard Alternative High School in Missoula. 76 schools across Montana participated in Poetry Out Loud. Could the next State Champion be sitting in your classroom?

To get your students enrolled in Poetry Out Loud, contact our State Coordinator, Jonna Schwartz, jschwartz or the MAC arts education office at (406) 444-6522. Deadline is December 1, 2015

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FundingOpportunities

Opportunities

Call for Submissions: Poems Across the Big Sky 2

All poets living in Montana for at least five years are eligible to submit. Native American poets are encouraged to submit. As with the original Poems Across the Big Sky (2007), we hope again to include poems in Native American languages. High school students are also encouraged to submit. Poems will be selected by a panel of judges. All subject matter and types of poetry will be considered. Deadline is March 15, 2016.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Any musician with a disability is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists as well as ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25. All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. Deadline is February 10, 2016.

Art Works: Creativity Connects Grants

The NEA is launching a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. A second opportunity to apply to Art Works, grants awarded through this pilot program are designed to demonstrate the value of the arts when they’re working with non-arts sectors. A nonprofit arts organization must serve as the official applicant and have a specific non-arts partner confirmed at the time of application. Grants generally will range from $20,000 to $100,000. Check arts.gov in mid-December for the guidelines, application deadlines, and date for the webinar on this new pilot grant program.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Applications Now Open

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, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs this year will each 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 apply. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00 PM PST is the application deadline.

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InterestingOf Interest for Arts Educators

Why Drawing Needs to be a Curriculum Essential

Drawing has creative, expressive and educational value; it remains fundamental to translating and analyzing the world.

The New Startup Must Have: An Artist-in-Residence

Tech companies are bringing visual artists to work alongside technologists and seeing significant benefits.

Guardian Monster Engagement

A blog post by Red Lodge-based ceramicist and teaching artist Jill Foote-Hutton, on her recent work with inmates in the Montana Women’s Prison, supported by the Yellowstone Art Museum.

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ResearchResearch and Advocacy

Increasing Community Capacity for Arts Education: The Studio to School Initiative

Creating a holistic and broad ranging educational agenda in an era of sparse allocations of educational programming and school budgets is much on the minds of arts and culture sector workers. Indeed, calls for more science and technology; more basics of math, reading and writing; and more creative problem solving and design are found in the daily news. In the midst of these competing educational demands emerges a highly significant question: how do we create sustainable quality arts education for youth? The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has begun to tackle this question through its Studio to School pilot program.

Arts Integration as a Strategy to Improve Teaching and Learning, Promote Personal Competencies, and Turn Around Low-Performing Schools

This study from the Center on School Turnaround includes the story of an inner-city elementary school that significantly turned around its performance using a schoolwide approach to arts integration. Core to all aspects of the discussion is a focus on students’ engagement in their learning and the role arts integration plays in enhancing students’ capacity and desire to learn.

Unmasking Business Success: Executive Perceptions of Arts Engagement and Workforce Skills

From Theatre Forward, Many executives believe that arts education and engagement throughout life significantly improve workforce skills and have contributed to their own career success. This research – the first that specifically studied the role of arts engagement on workforce skills – shows that executives believe there is a strong connection between one’s arts education and his or her potential for professional success. Therefore, to deprive students access to arts-related skills may also deprive them of workforce skills. When access to arts education is not available to all students, this skills gap becomes an opportunity gap as well.

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EmploymentEmployment Opportunities

Alternative Music Project Educator/Program Director, Zootown Arts

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Arts Education News from the Montana Arts Council 11-25-2015