Arts Education News | May 2014
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Upcoming Deadlines

Written Appeals
May 13, 2014

29th Annual
Arts Teacher
of the Year Application
July 28, 2014

CAEP Appeals
June 5, 2014

Arts Education
Period 2
July 21, 2014

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Are you the next Arts Teacher of the Year?

I sincerely thank Broward Cultural Division for helping me reach a stage where I can proudly hold up the Arts Teacher of the Year Award as a
mark of achievement; thank you so very much for supporting, recognizing, and celebrating the arts in Broward County.
—Toranika Washington,
2013 Arts Teacher of the Year, Dance Category

To succeed today and in the future, America's children will need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education.
—Arne Duncan,
U.S. Secretary of Education

Arts Teacher of the Year brings the importance of arts education to the forefront of the community by calling attention to phenomenal arts teachers, teaching artists and arts students from Broward’s public, charter and private schools

For 29 Years, the Arts Teacher of the Year Program has celebrated the excellence of students and faculty through a year-round promotional campaign and an annual reception and stage production. Arts teachers from almost 1,000 thousand schools and teaching artists from throughout Broward County are invited to compete for the distinction of being considered one of the best arts educators in dance, music, theatre, visual art, or teaching artistry. Artistically talented students who have received prestigious recognition, honors and scholarships are invited to present their talent as part of the stage production that serves to recognize all of the finalists and to announce the winners of the Arts Teacher of the Year Awards.

Application deadline is Monday, July 28th, 2014 • 11:59 p.m.

2014 Arts Teacher of the Year Finalists to be announced September 2014

Hosted by
Broward Cultural Division
Business for the Arts of Broward
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Reception & Awards Presentation
Thursday, November 6, 2014 • 5:30–8 p.m.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Dillard Center for the Arts

Exterior of Dillard Center for the ArtsEmerging Artist Professional Development
Reaching out to the Community…

Through a series of workshops and exhibitions, collaborators of this Emerging Artist Professional Development Project, an offshoot of CAAP, will engage an art’s student community with the students at Dillard Center for the Arts. In a visual arts enterprise, this program will introduce the students to Call to Artists, artwork submissions, serving on artwork selection panels, exhibiting their artwork and public art as they become one of the focus groups for The Butterfly Community Project, a grant project awarded through Broward Cultural Division’s Creative Artist Enhancement Project (CAAP).

The project will culminate in September with some of their artwork being accepted as cover artwork for Natural Awakenings Magazine.

Partners and collaborators in this project are: Dillard Center for the Arts; Israel Charles, Artistic Director; Celestin Joseph, AP Instructor, AP Studio Art Reader; Barbara Mazur, AP Art Instructor, AP Art History Ready; Stacy Jenkins, Digital Arts and Susan Wood, Publisher & Editor, Natural Awakenings Magazine.

Hollywood to exhibit student artwork at the Art and Culture Center

Exterior of Art and Cultural Center of HollywoodHOLLYWOOD, Fla. – From Thursday, May 1 through Thursday, May 15, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is showcasing the yearbook art of Hollywood Hills Elementary School students in the Center’s upstairs Student Gallery space, located at 1650 Harrison St.

Under the direction of Amy Brown, Martha Cohen and Kelly Medrano of the Hollywood Hills Elementary School PTA, the exhibition “Technology” contains drawings from students in grades K-5 who entered the school’s Yearbook Design Contest. The contest’s goal was to make students aware of how technology assists in making things happen and how technology influenced human life as soon as people began using tools. A panel of Center judges selected the winners. There was one finalist per grade, and the Yearbook Cover Winner was chosen from among the finalists. Finalists’ artwork was published on the back cover.

All public and private school teachers in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are invited to exhibit student artwork during the school year using the Center’s state-of-the-art display system. Applications are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis and exhibition slots are limited. 

To reserve a month during the coming 2014-15 school year and for more information, please call Manager Charmain Yobbi at 954-921-3274 ext. 235 or visit

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2014 Regional Arts Education Convenings

Arts Education Convening word cloud

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at ArtServe the Division will be hosting two (2) Regional Convenings, one from 2-5 p.m. on Arts Education Policy, Equity and Action; the other, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Cultivating South Florida’s Dance Community.

“Convening” has been a critical tool for the Rockefeller Foundation's century of successful philanthropy. Collective intelligence trumps individual smarts when it comes to solving shared problems. Convenings bring together diverse stakeholders, often from different organizations and sectors, who represent a range of perspectives on a topic. They are designed to generate insight and action beyond what is possible for a single actor to achieve on their own.

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale
Each convening is free of charge

The Convenings target South Florida regional arts and cultural stakeholders, from individual artists to school and community-based educators, advocates and supporters.

They have been made possible through national, state and local collaborators including the American Dance Legacy Initiative at Brown University; VSA Florida; Florida Dance Education Organization; Arts for Learning Miami; the School Board of Broward County; Broward County Board of County Commissioners; Broward Cultural Council; ArtServe; Children’s Services Council of Broward County; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Power of Performance, Inc.; Bak Middle School of the Arts; Body and Soul Dance Theatre; and Brazz Dance.

Read more for details on each convening...

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Survey shows arts education reality doesn't match CPS promises

Screenshot of Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel - photo from NBC Chicago 
Arts Education: Sixty five percent
of elementary schools do not offer
minimum of two hours per week

Read original story at NBC Chicago

By Mark W. Anderson
Friday, Feb 21, 2014
Updated 7:02 PM CST

Take a listen to the public pronouncements of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School officials, and you could be forgiven for believing one thing: every student in every grade and every school across CPS is getting an education in the arts.

Unfortunately, the reality looks to be far different.

A new survey of 170 Chicago public elementary schools by Raise Your Hand Illinois found that 65 percent do not offer the expected minimum of two hours of arts education per week, as stated by both Mayor Emanuel and CPS officials.

The web-based survey of 444 respondents, conducted in January and February, includes information from parents and teachers representing nearly one-third of CPS schools. The survey found:

  • 14 percent have no arts instruction
  • 51 percent have less than two hours of arts instruction per week
  • 26 percent have two hours of art instruction
  • 9 percent have more than two hours of arts instruction
  • 31 percent saw a decline in arts instruction this year


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Government extends culture, arts education for all

Korea’s Orchestra of Dreams performing with the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra of Caracas

By Yoon Sojung, Staff Writer
Feb 28, 2014

KOREA – The government of South Korea has announced plans to expand the range of culture and arts education across all age groups, from toddlers to the elderly. More opportunities to access the arts will also be offered to groups which have less access to culture and art experiences, including people with disabilities, multicultural families, North Korean defectors and active military personnel. Finally, the government will also increase the number of centers where Korea’s Orchestra of Dreams performs, increasing them to 50 by 2017. The Orchestra of Dreams is similar to Venezuela’s El Sistema; it’s a musical movement to help at-risk youth.

Read more…

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Reflections on building an advocacy effort

Portrait of Danielle Brazell, executive director of Arts for LA By Danielle Brazell
Executive Director, Arts for LA
March 14, 2014

When I began working at Arts for LA I had a very basic understanding of advocacy or cultural policy, for that matter. I was an artist and a community organizer who believed in the power of the arts to empower, educate and inspire social change. But I had very limited expertise in how to actually move a policy from inception to implementation. In the eight years since, I have learned a great deal about how to build an effective advocacy effort for arts, culture and arts education.

“A guide for our actions” is the most straightforward definition of policy I have found. A guide is important because it provides a structure that ensures communities or groups do not fall to the whim of any one individual’s power or preference. The guidelines should be aligned with a core set of values and/or principles that speak to the issue and/or goal, which the actions seek to address. This structure provides the transparency needed for public officials and the communities they represent to function.

If you’ve made it this far in the article, you too are someone who deeply cares about getting more arts and culture in your community. You may also believe in the power of the arts to catalyze social change. You may be an artist, an arts manager, curator, board member, public official, audience member, business owner or all the above. The common denominator of all of these roles, is that you want arts, culture and arts education to thrive in your community. And you will need each other to move an agenda forward that will achieve your mutual and long-term goal. With that said, it’s also important to note that this is not about you. It’s about the future vitality of your community.

Read more for my list of the essential components to building a successful advocacy effort...

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Pineda, Ulises
Flutes & Melodies of the Andes 

Scene from Flutes and Melodies of the Andes, person playing the flute

An interactive musical performance designed to showcase the most representative flutes, melodies and rhythms of the Andean cultures of South America, students of Ulises Pineda will be introduced to the music and instruments of the Incas and Aymaras, who inhabited different regions of the Andes mountain range. This area is now shared by the countries of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Argentina.

With this program Pineda aims to create awareness of Andean music and its main flute instruments as an essential part of the large and diversified Latin community. Students will be exposed to different flute sounds and melodies, learning the instrument names, how they are played, and their geographic origins. During the performance, Pineda invites student volunteers to participate in some of the musical numbers by playing along with traditional percussion instruments.

His program has been performed for more than 15 years in school districts throughout Southern California, and has always received very positive feedback from both students and teachers.