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Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update: September 27, 2017

By Shea Haney posted 09-27-2017 10:34


Welcome to the EdTA Advocacy Update

September 27, 2017
The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.


EdTA Gives Playbill Standing Ovation Award

New York City-based Playbill has received the Standing Ovation Award which recognizes a corporation or organization that makes significant contributions to theatre education on the national level through philanthropic efforts or its programs and activities.

EdTA Members Elect Two Board Members

Members of the Educational Theatre Association elected two board members in results announced at the annual meeting held Friday, September 15 at the EdTA National Conference.



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California: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Launches Official Ukulele Residency (Broadway World San Francisco)

Supervisor Scott Donates to ‘Arts in School’ Program (Lake County News)

Colorado: Five Music Teachers Funded through Artist Year Program (Aspen Daily News)

Georgia: AT&T Gives Grant to Georgia Ballet’s Arts in Education Program (Marietta Daily Journal)

Illinois: Austin’s Leland Elementary Seeks Community Support in Face of 10 Percent Funding Cut (Austin Talks)

Michigan: More than $10 Million in Arts Grants Awarded throughout State (Michigan Peninsula News)

North Carolina: Actor Puts Students in Historical Roles (The Stanly News & Press)

New Jersey: Mentor Program Helps Expand Access to Music Education in Atlantic City (Press of Atlantic City)

Newark Public Schools Welcomes New Music Education Initiative (

Nearly All New Jersey Students Have Access to Arts Education, Study Shows (Press of Atlantic City)

New York: Trump Threat to Arts Resonates Loudly in Dutchess (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Open Hand Theater’s Larger-than-Life Puppets, Art Education Programs Find New Home in Mall (The Daily Orange)

Ohio: The Next 100 Years Await a Newly Invigorated Karamu House (Cleveland Scene) 

Oklahoma: Bash Brings Educators, Artists Together (The Norman Transcript)

Oregon: Portland Arts Tax is Legal, Oregon Supreme Court Rules (Oregon Live)

Pennsylvania: Kennedy Center to Invest in Bethlehem’s Arts Education (The Morning Call)

South Carolina: Saluda River Principal Tonya Fryer Named 2017 Arts Administrator of the Year (Cola Daily)

South Carolina Theatre Association Receives Grant from S.C. Arts Commission (Broadway World)

Tennessee: Jackson Arts Council: 31 Days of Art (The Jackson Sun)

Rose Center to Help Students Seize the Day (Citizen Tribune)

Texas: National Arts Expert to Lead Houston Alliance (Houston Chronicle)

Utah: Advocates Fight to Bring Back Health, P.E. and Art Requirements for Middle-School Students (Fox 13 Now)

Virginia: Smyth County Educator Chosen as Region’s Teacher of the Year (SWVA Today)

Wisconsin: UPAF Beats the Drum with Fall Arts Awareness Campaign (Shepherd Express)




United Kingdom: Art School Announces New Series on How to Improve and Protect Arts Education (Broadway World)

Canada: Resilience, Respect, Reconciliation Focus of New Art Program (CTV News Saskatoon)



Bay Student Donates Tips, Raises $1,000 for Arts in Schools

Through her tips from Sharky’s, birthday money and a $250 donation from the Ira Lindsey Sr. Lodge No. 365, Ruby Tilghman raised $1,000 for the Bay Education Foundation. (Panama City News Herald)

Teacher and Musician Jecorey Arthur on Why Arts Education Matters

Not only did my teachers help me find my passion, but they helped me find myself. Because of arts education, I became a better student, thinker and human. (Leo Weekly)

Through the Artist’s Lens: A Conversation with a Young Actor, Writer, and Illustrator

Arts education means so much to so many people, it seems counterintuitive that its continuation in school communities and beyond is constantly under threat. (Americans for the Arts)