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Advocacy Update: September 11, 2018

By Katie Ferchen posted 09-11-2018 10:31


EdTA Advocacy Update

September 11, 2018

The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.



Craig Zadan Memorial: Educational Theatre Foundation to Host Celebration, Launch Fund in His Honor

A memorial celebration of the life of producer Craig Zadan will be held November 11 and organized by the Educational Theatre Foundation, a group dedicated to supporting theater arts in schools. (Deadline Hollywood)

EdTA Awards 2018 National Conference Grants

The Educational Theatre Association has awarded four members with the EdTA National Conference Grant for Theatre Educators in support of professional development.

Calling All Thespians: Sing for Your Chance to See The Prom

The Educational Theatre Foundation is partnering with the upcoming Broadway musical to give one lucky recipient a trip to New York to see the show. (Playbill)



Thalia Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Applied Development Psychology at George Mason University, is conducting research on the positive impact of theatre education on individual growth. The work is an effort to build knowledge and practice, not just theory and assumption. Researchers are searching for theatre educators at all levels and from any background to complete the survey. If you’re interested in volunteering to take the survey, please follow this link.

The opportunity is open to all theatre teachers from rookies to veterans. Thank you for your help with this important work!



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California: Vista Schools Launch Arts Initiative (San Diego Union Tribune)

Teen Mural Project Adds Color to the Springs (Sonoma News)

Apply: Center Theatre Group Now Accepting Applications for Disney Musicals in Schools Program (Broadway World)

Connecticut: Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. and Playhouse on Park Announce the Formation of Playhouse Theatre Academy (Broadway World)

Florida: A4L Southwest Florida and Atlanta-Based ArtsNow Launch Partnership to Expand Arts-Integrated Learning Opportunities for Collier County Students (Young Audiences)

Georgia: Alliance, Jumpstart Theatre Bringing Thespians to Atlanta Middle Schools (Northside Neighbor)

Idaho: Boise City Department of Arts & History Announces FY 2019 Grant Recipients (Idaho Press)

Kentucky: 100,000 Little Artists: Fund for the Arts Gets $1 Million for Arts Education (Courier Journal)

Big Kids Have Art Goals, Too: Older Students Share Thoughts and Insights Regarding Their Education (Advocate-Messenger)

Maryland: Bloomberg Philanthropies Awarded Grants to 14 Baltimore Arts Orgs ( Baltimore)

New Hampshire: It’s Show Time! MoCo Arts Opens Long-Anticipated Facility (Sentinel Source)

New Jersey: Union County Teacher of the Year Inspires Kids to Dance (Clark Patch)

North Carolina: Drama Center Celebrates 50 Years with $50 Theater Courses (Greensboro News)

Ohio: Welcome to the Ohio Arts Education Data Project (Ohio Alliance for Arts Education)

Oklahoma: New Art Installation Seeks to Highlight Education Needs (Norman Transcript)

Rhode Island: The Art of Education (Providence Monthly)

South Dakota: South Dakota School Moves Forward with Arts Center Proposal (Daily Republic)

Texas: Video: Promotion Access to Arts Education (Fox 7 Austin)

Vanessa Williams Will Headline Theatre Under the Stars’ Education Celebration (Broadway World

Virginia: Grant Would Promote Art, History, Storytelling, Trails in Pound (Coalfield Progress)

Western Albermarle High School Receives Money to Help Fund the Arts (NBC 29 Charlottesville)



Jamaica: Support of the Arts: Corporate Entities Step Up (Jamaica Gleaner)

England: Labour and Prince Charles Vow to Support Creativity in Schools (Guardian UK)

Prince Harry Cameos as King George at ‘Hamilton’ Performance in London (Daily Beast)

India: Theatre Fest to Create Awareness on Child Rights (Deccan Herald)



Sing Out! The Value of Music Education

Simply put, the arts help make us better human beings. And the intrinsic joy of making and listening to music? Priceless. (The Olympian)

Arts Connection: Personalized Education Paths Must Still Build on Strong Foundations

As we look into the future of education, if we can transfer the training style of arts study to other fields, I believe we can achieve the goal of personalized education and empowerment that everyone is seeking. (Times Record)

The New Normal in Education Includes Art, Science

It was C.P. Snow, author and scientist, who realized there were two groups of people: artists and scientists. And he argued we should/can be both; not one versus the other. (San Diego Tribune)

Advancing Diversity by Empowering the Arts in Our Nation's Education Decision-making

As we celebrate the congressionally designated National Arts in Education Week, we also need to always take stock of where we are as a field, celebrate our accomplishments, and remember that there is more work to do—so, let’s get to work. (Americans For The Arts)