Americans for the Arts Launches New State Arts Education Initiative

Americans for the Arts announced on August 20, 2014 a new three-year pilot program called the State Policy Pilot Project, to strengthen arts education state policies in ten states:  Arizona, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.  Each state will form a statewide leadership team and develop specific objectives that address implementation of federal mandates or programs at the state level; expand state support of arts education in policy and appropriations; and impact local access to arts programs and instruction for students.

The State Policy Pilot Project will implement three main strategies to support its work:  state-based data collection; working with states through the ten pilot states and campaigns in 50 states; and networking through the State Arts Action Network meetings and the Annual State Policy Symposium. Americans for the Arts will support each state team with technical assistance, web-based tools, site visits, and grants of at least $30,000.

See http://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/SP3%20summary_GD%20%282%29.pdf

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About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, The John F. Kennedy Center, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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