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Advocacy Update: September 25, 2018

By Katie Ferchen posted 09-25-2018 09:47


EdTA Advocacy Update

September 25, 2018


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



National Disaster Script Bank Will Benefit High Schools Nationwide

Samuel French, the theatrical publishing and licensing company, is collaborating with the Educational Theatre Association to launch a Natural Disaster Script Bank for high schools nationwide. The Bank, which began its collection in September 2017, will donate scripts to schools whose libraries are lost to natural disasters. (Playbill)

EdTA Members Elect Three Board Members

Members of the Educational Theatre Association elected three board members in results announced at the annual meeting held Friday, September 14 at the EdTA National Conference.

Founders’ Award Presented to Ball State University Professor

Michael Daehn of Ball State University has been honored with the Educational Theatre Association’s Founders’ Award which is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research, and practice.

Founders of Broadway Junior Program, Gershon and Dunn, Honored by Educational Theatre Foundation

The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) is pleased to announce a major gift from Jeffrey Seller, in support of its JumpStart Theatre program that builds sustainable musical theatre programs in middle schools that previously had none. (Broadway World)



New Report on Arts Attendance Shows Gains

New survey findings from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) show gains in arts attendance totals, rates, and demographic groups plus sizeable growth in poetry-reading. (National Endowment for the Arts)

Congressional Arts Report Card 2018

This Report Card is your one-stop guide to learn if members of your Congressional delegation support (or do not support) the arts and arts education prior to casting your vote. (Americans for the Arts)



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Alabama: Arts Education Expanding in Huntsville (Rocket City Now)

Arizona: Chandler Organizations Get Boost to Expand Arts (SanTan Sun News)

Only 65 Percent of Arizona Students Have Access to Music and Art Classes (KTAR News)

California: Ramona Library Launches Rural Arts Project (San Diego Union Tribune)

Nonprofit Pillar City Hearts Puts a Fresh Focus on Youth Arts Education (LA Weekly)

Colorado: From Music to Dance to Education, Vail Valley Foundation Always ‘On the Forefront of What’s Next’ (Vail Daily)

Georgia: ArtsBridge Announced 2018-19 Arts Education Programs for Everyone at Cobb Energy Centre (Marietta Daily Journal)

Hawaii: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts & Honolulu Theatre for Youth Announces 2018-19 Poetry Out Loud (Broadway World)

Illinois: Chicago Mom Wants to Make Early Childhood Arts Education More Accessible (Chicago Parent)

New Bloomington High Fine Arts Addition a ‘Legacy for the Kids’ (The Pantagraph)

Indiana: Arts in Education Projects Always Exciting (Herald-Tribune)

Kentucky: Schools Celebrate the Arts (Lexington Dispatch)

Maine: Registration Available for RSU 13 After-School Art Programs (Penbay Pilot)

Michigan: $728,101 in State Arts Grants Awarded to Upper Michigan Organizations (Upper Michigan Source)

Minnesota: Local High School Students Learn from Hamilton Cast (Kare 11)

Missouri: Regional Arts Commission Report Calls for More Collaborating, Using Arts to Improve Communities (St. Louis Public Radio)

Nevada: For Teachers, a STEAM Workshop Where Arts are Key (Ed Surge)

North Carolina: A Memorable Alliance Leads Children’s Theatre of Charlotte to Perform in China (Charlotte Observer)

Arts-Specific Resources to Use in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence (NC Arts Council)

Pennsylvania: Video: Hummelstown Art Fest Benefits Teen Art Education (ABC Harrisburg)

Tennessee: TPAC Gala Rocks Out for Arts Education (Tennessean)

Wisconsin: 8 Over 80: Lubars Continue to Build Arts, Education Programs in Milwaukee (Milwaukee Business Journal)



England: How to Fund the Arts in Your Schools (Tes)

Ed Sheeran Slams Music Funding Cuts (Tucson Entertainment)



Broadway Cares Offers 5 Tips for School Students Making Audience Appeals

Through the Education Outreach program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, thousands of high school and collegiate theatre artists are coming together to help create change nationwide and within their communities, red buckets in hand. (Playbill)

Inside the American Theatre Wing’s Education Pipeline

The American Theatre Wing celebrates not just the best of Broadway, but also the potential and promise of a younger generation through a variety of educational programming. Here are just some of the programs and initiatives the American Theatre Wing spearheads, catering to students a various ages and degrees of exposure to theatre. (Playbill)

Video: Nia Franklin on How She Plans to Change Image of Miss America

"There's a 20 percent higher graduation rate at schools where music and the arts are part of the curriculum," Franklin said. "So I plan in March on going to D.C. and lobbying with the groups that support arts education in this country." (ABC 7)