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News from the Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center Expansion
On December 4, in honor of the
50th anniversary of its original
groundbreaking in 1964, the
Kennedy Center broke ground
on the first major expansion in
its history. This project will
offer a place where the
community can engage and
interact with artists across the
full spectrum of the creative process while providing much-needed
rehearsal, education, and indoor and outdoor spaces.
A Note from the
Kennedy Center Team
Pictured left to right: Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, Vice President Joe Biden, Kennedy
If you have not seen it yet,
the December/January issue
of Our Children, the
National PTA Magazine, is
worth picking up. There are
several articles on arts
education including the new
arts standards. The PTA has
been in the business of
supporting arts education for
many decades, and is
perhaps best known for its
Reflections program which
has been around since 1969.
This program asks students
to reflect on a theme through
music, dance, film, creative
writing, photography or
visual art in a national
recognition program.
A View into a Decade of Arts Integration
All this is to say your local
and state PTA affiliates can
be powerful allies in your
advocacy efforts around the
place of the arts in schools.
The National PTA has
argued for and continues to
Center Chairman David Rubenstein, Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, architect Steven Holl.
Amy Duma, Director of Teacher and School Programs, and Lynne
Silverstein, Senior Program Consultant, have published an article about
research findings for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through
the Arts (CETA) program regarding the program’s design, impact on
students, impact on teachers, and impact on schools. (more…)
New ARTSEDGE Resources Available Online
Constructivism: Actively Building
Arts Education
Learn about constructivism and how
arts educators can utilize it
Do Tell: Giving Feedback to Your
Find out seven ways to give
feedback about students' artwork
and performances.
News from Partners in Education
support the arts as an equal
in the STEM movement.
At the end of this newsletter
in the Resources section you
will find a URL for the
January/February issue of
Our Children. In it you will
find examples of strong PTA
work around the arts, along
with a great article on “46
Ways to Support Student
Learning in the
Arts.” Happy reading!
Partners in Education 2015
Annual Meeting
The Partners in Education
Annual Meeting is fast
approaching! There will be
keynotes from urban education
expert Christopher Emdin,
artist Phil Hansen, and National
Dance Education Organization
Executive Director Susan McGreevy-Nichols, as well as sessions about art
and the common core, research on arts integration, and more.
Partnership Team Directory Updates
Upcoming Dates of
CA (Modesto) 2014 – Cheri Lloyd, Project Coordinator for VAPA & Early
Literary Instructional Support, joins this team as a new representative from
the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Her contact information is
(209) 238-1337 and [email protected]
Any Given Child Exchange
February 3-4
Partners in Education
Annual Meeting
February 4-7
National Seminar for
Teaching Artists
August 10-13
Teaching Artist Retreat
September 16-18
Any GIven Child Exchange
February 16-17
Partners in Education
Annual Meeting
February 17-20
Any Given Child Exchange
January 30-31
GA 2001 – Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Coordinator, rejoins this team as a new
representative from Atlanta Public Schools. Her contact information is
(404) 802-2968 and jlb[email protected]
MI 2014 – Mary Lou Greene, Director of the Institute for Arts Infused
Education, joins this team as a new representative from Marygrove
College. Her contact information is (313) 927-1853 and
[email protected]
News from the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts
Education Network
California Arts Council
Invests in Student Voices
On December 2, it was
announced that the California
Arts Council will support the
expansion of the Student
Voices Campaign, which was
launched in 2012 by the
California Alliance for Arts
Education. This campaign provides a platform for students to share their
creativity and passion for the arts with their elected officials. The new
funding will support the development of resources for classroom
engagement, student leadership training, and a digital empowerment forum
and screening. (more…)
Partners in Education
Annual Meeting
January 31-February 3
News from Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child
National Partnerships
NEA Grant to Help Expand
Any Given Child
Barbara Shepherd
The National Endowment for
the Arts has developed a new
subset of grants within the Art Works category known as Collective Impact,
which focuses on arts education programs that encompass entire schools,
Kelsey Mesa
Assistant Manager
Cecily Hart
Program Coordinator
school districts, and/or states. The Kennedy Center received one such grant
for Any Given Child. This two-year, $100,000 NEA grant will help the
Kennedy Center add three new communities in the 2015-2016 school year
and three more the following year. (more...)
Erin Cutler
Program Assistant
Christine Chew
Part-time Assistant
Alena Beasley
(202) 416-8843
The Kennedy Center
David M. Rubenstein
Deborah F. Rutter
Darrell M. Ayers
Vice President, Education
National Partnerships, part of
the Rubenstein Arts Access
Program, is generously
funded by David and Alice
Additional support is provided
by the U.S. Department of
Education and related artistic
programs are made possible
through the generosity of the
National Committee for the
Performing Arts and the
STEM + Art: A Brilliant
John Ceschini, a former CETA
principal and former director of
the Arts Education in Maryland
Schools Alliance
(KCAAEN), writes about how
arts integration was
implemented in the elementary
school where he was principal;
the research that confirms the impact of the arts on learning; and what he
has taken away from his experiences working in an arts integrated school.
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Arts and
Humanities Youth Program Awards. Twelve award-winning programs 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. The deadline for application submissions is
5:00pm PST on February 2, 2015. (more…)
Crayola’s Creative Leadership Grants 2015
Applications are now being accepted for the Champion Creatively Alive
Children grant, which provides grants for innovative, creative leadership
team building within elementary schools. The application deadline is June
22, 2015. (more…)
2015 Winter Connectivity STEAM Conference
Registration is now available for the 2015 Winter Connectivity STEAM
conference, an online conference focused on arts integration. This biannual
conference features innovators and arts-focused educators who are working
to change education. (more…)
President's Advisory Committee
on the Arts.
The contents of this document do not
necessarily represent the policy of
the U.S. Department of Education,
and you should not assume
endorsement by the Federal
© The John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW,
Washington, D.C. 20566
Best Communities for Music Education Survey
Schools and districts across the country are invited to participate in the
NAMM Foundation’s 2015 Best Communities for Music Education
(BCME). This program honors community efforts to provide high-quality
music education for all students. Teachers, parents, school administrators,
and board members interested in completing the survey should do so by
Friday, January 30, 2015. (more…)
Smart List: 10 Music & Art Resources
The website Getting Smart, in its second annual Smart List, acknowledges
organizations with innovative resources that are making a difference. This
edition recognizes music and art apps and tools. (more…)
Ten Pathways for Transforming Learning
Katherine Prince, Senior Director of Strategic Foresight, discusses
Sources for this issue of
UPDATE include:
California Alliance for Arts
Crayola, Education Closet,
Education Week,
eScholarship, Getting Smart,
KnowledgeWorks, NAMM
Foundation, Our Children,
President's Committee on
the Arts and Humanities,
Washington Post
Past editions of
UPDATE are available
KnowledgeWorks’ forecast on the future of learning and highlights the
move from the industrial-era education system to an increasingly diverse
learning ecosystem. There is an innovation pathways framework that
identifies ten key levels of transformation that promise to create a learning
ecosystem that is vibrant for all learners. (more…)
December-January Issue of Our Children
The December-January Issue of Our Children features articles regarding the
role of PTAs and parents in closing the achievement gap, ways to support
student learning in the arts, how common core literary standards help
students, and more. (more…)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Progress Report
Ingenuity’s State of the Arts progress report found that CPS schools have
increased arts instruction, staffing, partnerships, and funding during the
second year of implementing the CPS Arts Education Plan. District and
external funds committed to arts education in CPS increased 11 percent.
Look for the next issue
of UPDATE in March!
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