2017 Arizona State Champion Kellen Vu talks about his Poetry Out Loud experience

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Registration is now open for 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register their schools for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge.

Alexandra Nelson Promoted to Deputy Director

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce that Alexandra Nelson has been promoted to the position of Deputy Director. The position was most recently held by Jaime Dempsey, who was promoted to Executive Director in August following the retirement of Robert C. Booker.

Operations and Human Resources Associate

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, seeks a highly-motivated and industrious Operations and Human Resources Associate, an integral member of the Arts Commission team who manages agency operations and human resources processes, coordinates logistics related to the agency’s gubernatorially-appointed commission, and provides administrative support to agency leadership.

Arts Learning Manager

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, seeks a creative and collaborative Arts Learning Manager, responsible for providing thought leadership, conceptual and managerial oversight related to the Arts Commission’s comprehensive slate of Arts Learning programs and services, grantmaking, partnerships, and strategic initiatives.

Creative Aging Workshop for Teaching Artists

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Join us for a day-long workshop on teaching artistry in the field of Creative Aging. Through panel discussions, interactive learning sessions, and dynamic presentations, facilitators will address a holistic approach to thinking about the fundamentals of Creative Aging, community health and the aging process.

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Organizations | Individuals

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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.

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants and Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants

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To ensure that our grantmaking in the area of Arts Learning continues to serve the sector’s evolving needs, reach applicants where they are, and direct essential funding support to the most diverse range of programs and projects, the Arts Learning Grant program has been substantially renovated for Fiscal Year 2017.

Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

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The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production. Launched by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a three-city pilot program in 2016, the Songwriting Challenge offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians.

Arts in Education Week: Conducted Stories Improv

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This week, we’re joining the nationwide celebration of Arts in Education by looking at innovative arts-based programs that enrich and enhance education. Today, we look at a new program that uses improvisational theatre techniques to help teens on the autism spectrum develop social and communication skills. 

Arts in Education Week: Poetry Out Loud

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This week we’re celebrating National Arts in Education Week. Yesterday we talked about some of our arts learning programs and today, we take a closer look at one of our favorites: Poetry Out Loud. Recently we spoke with Eleanor Billingsly, Program Manager at the NEA, about the program and its benefits to the students who participate and their communities.