April 1, 2015 – Begin to take down Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska Exhibit – As our number of entries keep increasing, we would like to encourage as many teachers as possible to take care of dismantling the exhibit by taking down their work and packing it up after April 1st. With over 1,000 works of art, it is very time consuming for our staff and volunteers to get it done quickly and efficiently. You are also invited to help take down all the work and re-pack for teachers to pick up. If you absolutely need work before the end of the exhibit, you must make arrangements to take down and pack the work yourself. Please call Angie Fischer before removing any work from the exhibit, 402-557-2535.
April 1, 2015 – National Medalists artwork due to the Alliance in NY. Affiliate submission fees due.
April 27, 2015 – non-National Gold Artwork available to pick up from OPS TAC Building, unless other arrangements have been made.
Beginning April 27, 2015 – Affiliate will ship back work not picked up (only outside the Omaha metro area) after this date.
June 10 – 12, 2015 – National Awards: Registration and Ceremony (June 11) at Carnegie Hall
June 10 - 11, 2015 – National Affiliate Leadership Conference
Please go to www.artandwriting.org for further information or email Angie Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from other sources...
The Arts Mean...Advocacy is voicing your support for an issue or a cause, such as telling decisionmakers and your friends about the importance of the arts and arts education. Sometimes it is helpful to have a few talking points to reinforce your message. NFTA has a one-page flyer with 7 facts on how the Arts create better skills, better schools, and better communities. For example:
- 349,000: The number of adult Nebraskans, nearly 1 in 4, that went to see an art exhibit or art performance in 2012 - the highest participation rate in the U.S.
- 4%: the dropout rate of students with high arts participation and low socioeconomic status - five times lower than their socioeconomic peers.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is seeking educators interested in serving on a team that will benchmark student work generated by the 2015 Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project. The Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are rich performance-based assessments designed in conjunction with the newly released National Core Arts Standards.
In the first phase of the 2014-15 project, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than 200 piloting teachers applied the tasks suggested in the assessments with their students. The second phase will occur this summer when a benchmarking committee of 25 teachers in the disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts will review the student assessment products gathered by the piloting teachers to determine if they meet the standards embedded in the individual MCAs. Those student samples that benchmarking committee members agree upon as "meeting standard" will be posted on the National Core Arts Standards website to illustrate the classroom application of the standards.
The benchmarking committee will consist of 5 teachers from each arts discipline. Interested dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts educators are encouraged to apply. Applications, including a résumé or CV, (three page limit) highlighting experience in arts assessment will be accepted through Friday, April 24, 2015, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WGJWS3D. Members of the National Core Arts Standards or MCA writing team members are not eligible to apply.
Participating educators will undergo required training in benchmarking procedures and in the use of an online scoring tool. Online scoring will occur between May 15 and June 28. Benchmarking committee members must also attend an in-person meeting in Reston, Virginia, July 7-9, to work with their discipline specific groups on the final selection of benchmark work samples. The total estimated commitment time for benchmarking committee member will be 75 to100 hours, May through July. NCCAS will complete the selection of team members by May 4, 2015.
Questions should be addressed to: Lynn.Tuttle@azed.gov, a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership Team.
Would you like to judge artwork at the county fair in Syracuse this summer?
Open Class Judging, July 26-31, 2015
Contact Mary Alice Corman, email@example.com