NYSATA Works for Art Education
Although paid membership hovers at around 1200, NYSATA is the voice of over 6,000 art educators across New York State. We consult with and provide content area expertise for the State Education Department; collaborate on arts based initiatives; represent NY at the national level; monitor art education trends statewide and nationally; and provide a host of programs and opportunities to highlight student achievement in the visual arts.
NYSATA advocacy efforts are most often aimed at the state level, monitoring and influencing arts legislation and policies that impact programs in the schools. It is also important that all art educators become advocates in their own school, district and community. Make sure your parents, administrators, community members and legislators are aware of the work you are doing in your classroom and the success your students are achieving.
IMPORTANT ARTICLE: Seismic Shifts in the Education Landscape: What Do They Mean for Arts Education and Arts Education Policy?
Author F. Robert Sabol addresses each area that shapes the field of art education today including: advocacy, creativity, licensure, teacher evals, assessment, technology. I think that he provides enough depth on each topic without being overwhelming or too academic.
Click here to see the entire article from Arts Education Policy Review.
Student-Produced Video Supports Keeping Arts in Schools
A group of students produced a video supporting arts in their school. View this video by going to http://www.youtube.com/user/thewistube#p/u/9/uC9DbDqO974 .
Survey of CEOs Finds Creativity as the Most Important Leadership Value
A survey conducted by IBM's Institute for Business Value finds that CEOs identify "creativity" as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future. To read the full article, go to
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Hear Ken Robinson's thoughts at the TED conference. To view the video, go to http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
Arts Meeting on Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
On January 20, 2010, the United States Department of Education (ED) held a meeting for arts stakeholders to hear comments and suggestions regarding arts education and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The meeting was hosted by Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Innovation and Improvement, Carmel Martin, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, and other senior ED staff. Over 60 individuals representing various local, state and national arts organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, were in attendance. See a Summary of the Meeting.
What Does "Quality" look like in Arts Education?
In The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education, Harvard researchers at Project Zero explore what first-rate arts education entails and offer tools to help educators and others make smart choices about arts education in schools and communities. To read the report, go to http://cts.vresp.com/c/?TheWallaceFoundation/91a99db961/03f955ba05/bd6bb69351.
JFK Center for the Performing Arts' Any Given Child Initiative
The Any Given Child initiative, created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is a program designed to bring Kennedy Center staff and consultants to work with community leaders and school administrators to develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for the school district. For more information visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/anygivenchild/.
Arts for Academic Achievement (AAA)
AAA is a successful school reform model that creates collaborations between classroom teachers, artists and arts organizations. For more information, visit http://aaa.mpls.k12.mn.us/.
U.S. Secretary of Education Affirms Value of Arts Education
This letter offers strong encouragement to education decision makers to find time and funds in the school day to offer a comprehensive, sequential and standards-based arts education. The full text can be accessed at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/090826.html.
Updated Arts Education Data for Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts
The NYSED Arts Education Data in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts has been updated with information from the 2008-09 school year. The Arts Education Data charts contain statewide totals for public school student enrollments and teacher assignments in selected arts courses. The data is from the Basic Education Data System (BEDS) annually reported by teachers and administrators across New York State. Arts Education personnel in the State Education Department have received the yearly reports and compiled these charts to show trends in enrollments and teaching assignments across the years. To view the charts visit http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/arts/data.
Be an Arts Advocate!
You are just the person to give arts education a voice! Here are some tools, tips, and resources you may need to be a successful arts activist! Find organizations that are advancing the arts, resources to help you strengthen your advocacy efforts, and tips to get you started!
Americans for the Arts: Arts Action Center
here.URGENT! Regents Arts Agenda Alert
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Advocacy
Arts Education Partnership Advocacy
Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge Advocacy Essentials
American Association of Museums Advocacy
NYSATA welcomes Blick
as our 2010 Platinum Conference Sponsor
There are two proposals under discussion by the Board of Regents this week that you should know about:
URGENT! Regents Arts Agenda Alert