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It’s March Madness … in the Arts in Education!

Date: 28 February 2018

Throughout March, in addition to brackets and basketballs, the Arts Education Partnership and AEP partner organizations will celebrate the arts in a big way and you are invited!

AEP is pleased to participate in the upcoming opportunities that keep the momentum of the implementation of the 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education going. Check out these March activities that support your ongoing work to make high-quality arts education accessible to all students in the United States.

Understand and share your state’s policies:
On March 6, AEP will release the 2018 ArtScan at a Glance summary and updates to the ArtScan database. These two resources will provide a descriptive look at how all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, support education in and through the arts, including in standards, assessments and graduation requirements, among others. You can share this resource with your state networks as you work to expand arts in education in your state. #ArtScan

View the current education policy landscape:
On March 10, AEP, with generous support from Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host the 2018 AEP State Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss your chance to attend and explore key policy topics impacting the arts in education, including an in-depth look at opportunities for the arts under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Register today! #AEPSPS18

Learn more about the impact of arts in education:
AEP continues to highlight the positive academic, cognitive, personal, social and professional outcomes of an arts education with the addition of new research study summaries published on ArtsEdSearch. This one-of-a kind online research clearinghouse, with more than 250 research summaries, provides arts in education stakeholders with reliable, up-to-date information on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school. #ArtsEdSearch

Participate in national celebrations:

National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week: YA Week starts on March 25 and raises awareness of the YA network — consisting of 28 affiliates serving students in 22 states — and the arts in education initiatives they support through public programming, special events and residencies. Learn more here. #YAWeek

March is the official month of Music in Our Schools and Theatre in Our Schools. Learn more about how AEP partner organizations are raising awareness of the importance of student participation in music and theater education:

  • Music in Our Schools Month: The National Association for Music Education’s MIOSM, with a 2018 theme of Music Connects Us, raises awareness of the importance of music education for all children, and provides music teachers with the opportunity to share the impact that music education has on students. Learn more here. ‪#‎MIOSM #MusicConnectsUs
  • Theater in Our Schools Month: Sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association, the International Thespian Society and the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, TIOS month raises awareness of theater education’s impact through community- and school-based events and nationwide celebrations. Learn more here. #TIOS18 #TheatreInOurSchools

With so many reasons to celebrate the arts ahead, AEP looks forward to a month full of arts-inspired conversations, engaging events and new resources helping to promote the importance of equitable access to the arts in education for every child.

Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits