Due to the pending weather, the board has made the decision to postpone the AEI winter meeting until January 25th.
The Film Lounge: Student ChallengeRead Now
Students can submit 1- to 5-minute films in any genre, including documentaries, animations and music videos. Selected young filmmakers will receive statewide recognition and an invitation to join The Film Lounge Academy, complete with a red-carpet screening plus a filmmaking workshop with industry pros and job-shadowing opportunities at IPTV. And by all means, please spread the word. Help us discover the next big star right here in Iowa.
Entries are due Jan. 15. Find all the details at thefilmlounge.org.
ARTS ADVOCACY DAY AT STATE CAPITOLRead Now
The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education is sponsoring the sixth annual Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. They are currently recruiting advocates to attend this event.
Advocates will have the opportunity to speak directly to legislators on the importance of arts education in our state and advance the arts education legislative agenda.
Advocacy Day will begin with a training session at 8:00 a.m., followed by the opening of Iowa House/Senate where the current Miss Iowa Emily Tinsman (former IAAE advocate) will sing the national anthem. The rest of the morning will be spent with visits to your assigned legislators. IAAE will provide lunch at noon with entertainment. In the afternoon, there will be IAAE presentations to the House and Senate Education Committees featuring the Johnson STEAM Academy from Cedar Rapids, participants in the IAAE mentoring program and Emily Tinsman.
If you would be willing to be an arts advocate, you can register on the IAAE website or by clicking the link below.
YAM FLAG DESIGN CONTEST
Submit up to 3 entries from students K-12 for a design to represent Iowa on a flag displayed at the Youth Art Month exhibit at the National Convention.
Entries due by Dec 1st, open to all AEI/NAEA member teachers.
To enter, make a copy of the Slides file, which is your official entry form, and enter your student information.
Send the file to firstname.lastname@example.org for official submission to the selection committee.
THE HEXAGON PROJECTRead Now
Participate in the Hexagon Project Arts Program
The Hexagon Project Arts Program [or “Hexagon Arts”] aims to use art, in the shape of a hexagon, as a vehicle to bring social change, promote social justice and transform individuals and societies. The program invites young people (aged 4 to 18+ years) and communities all over the world to creatively visualize, illustrate and address issues of social and global themes and express views and beliefs that inspire social action in the community by changing attitudes, promoting justice, empathy, cooperation and interdependence. These artworks are then shared by local and global audiences through annual exhibitions in galleries, museums and social media platforms.
Hexagon 2020 Theme: Diversity
Fall-Winter is an ideal time to launch because the deadline for the Project is June 30.We have a virtual gallery and all entries will be a part of it.
Do you know any talented teens? Are you one yourself? The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is now accepting submissions from students ages 13+ in grades 7–12!
Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program. The Awards feature a distinguished list of alumni including Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, and Tschabalala Self. In the 2019 program year, nearly 340,000 works were submitted, with over 2,700 students receiving national recognition.
Students are invited to submit original work in 29 art and writing categories, such as architecture, painting, poetry, and video game design. Deadlines for submission vary by region, so check here to learn more about important dates in your hometown. The Award recipients will be announced in March 2020, followed by a week of celebration in New York City in June, including a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
FOLK ARTS IN THE CLASSROOMRead Now
IOWA ARTS COUNCIL OFFERS PD OPPORTUNITY
In a new professional development opportunity for Iowa's arts and social studies teachers, Folk Arts in the Classroom offers a two-day, immersive learning program that encourages teachers to incorporate folk arts in K-12 arts and social studies curriculums. Participating teachers will learn about folk arts and resources from Iowa cultural institutions and workshop their own integrated lesson plans.
Potential applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Jennie Knoebel at 515-242-6194 or email@example.com with questions well in advance of the application deadline.
This is part of the Department of Education’s Equity and Future Ready initiative. Spread the word about the Clearinghouse (a work-based learning that includes projects, internships, and apprenticeships that are embedded into classwork) to your networks. Check out the fine arts projects and consider using one in your classroom. We are looking for arts educators to submit some "Take and Bake Project Ideas" to the Clearinghouse. We need to have more rigorous and authentic fine arts projects up there in general, and music, theater, and dance projects in particular. If you have thoughts or suggestions, please contact our Fine Arts Consultant, Angela Matsuoka at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arts Education Data Project is coming to Iowa! The Department of Education has signed on to funding this project and we are in the early phases of mining data. Goal: What is the status of arts education in our schools? The data will be a means to an end to strengthen and extend student engagement, access and participation in the arts. The Arts Education Data Project will take existing data acquired by the Department of Education and make it usable in our field. This data project is already active in 10 states with New Jersey being the first state to include data on their state/school report card. Mid-Spring is the estimated dashboard release date for Iowa art educators to view.
Art Educators of Iowa