Poetry Out Loud Lesson Plans

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2019 Poetry Out Loud is now in full swing in language arts classrooms across the country. To help teachers incorporate the program into their curriculum, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have created a number of optional writing activities and lesson plans for teachers.

JAEC 2018: Creative Youth Development

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This year’s JAEC explores the principles, practices, and potential of creative youth development (CYD), a recent term for a longstanding theory of practice that integrates creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills.

Meet the Young People Planning JAEC 2018

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Composed entirely of young people from throughout the state, ages 15-18, the JAEC Youth Advisory Board is guiding Arts Commission and Department of Education staff in a collaborative effort to provide Arizona educators, administrators, and teaching artists an opportunity to explore the potential of student-centered learning and develop culturally responsive curriculum.

New Survey Reports Arizonans’ Strong Opinions about Value of Arts

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According to Arizonans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, a new report on a recent national poll, Arizonans exceed the national average in how positively they view the value of arts and arts education, as well as the contributions the arts make to the workplace, tourism, and livability of their communities.

SMU DataArts Workshops for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

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SMU DataArts will be in Arizona in November 2018 offering workshops on how nonprofit arts organizations can use data to support their missions, communicate their value, and ensure their financial health. Workshops will be offered in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson.

Meet the JAEC 2018 Keynote Speakers

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We are pleased to announce that Nicole Amri and Jon Hinojosa of San Antonio’s award-winning youth program SAY Sí, will provide the keynote addresses at JAEC 2018. Attendees will also hear from Thameenah “Ty” Muhammad, a Phoenix-based performer, teaching artist, and member of the JAEC 2018 Youth Advisory Board.

Information Session: R&D Grants for Artists

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As the application and review process for R&D Grants have changed significantly this year, the Arts Commission invites artists of all experience levels and disciplines to participate in a statewide interactive conversation with Arts Commission staff and past grantees on crafting a successful R&D Grant application!