Every child in every school has the right to a well-rounded education, of which the arts are an essential ingredient. Beyond having great value in and of itself, the arts promote the health and well-being of children, including academic and personal growth, critical thinking and analytical skills, the motivation to stay in school and excel and movement skills to help combat childhood obesity. Quality arts education is central to a complete education. Experience with the arts gives children the opportunity to achieve their full potential and become artists, audiences, informed citizens, and professionals who are prepared for success in the 21st century economy.
Alaska’s artists and arts organizations are a rich resource that can help schools and communities become creative places where young people flourish and give voice to their personal creativity. The arts can transform the classroom environment, making learning a lively, invigorating experience. With their emphasis on creative discovery and their ability to stimulate a variety of learning styles, the arts engender the 21st century work skills that students can bring to any future employment. The arts also teach discipline, the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence, and the concrete rewards of hard work.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is part of the Department of Education and Early Development. Accomplishing access to arts education by every child in every school will be done by:
- Increasing arts education experiences for K-12 students;
- Developing opportunities for lifelong learning through the arts;
- Supporting professional development for artists, arts educators and classroom teachers; and,
- Strengthening the Council’s relationship with state and federal agencies that affect education policy
Arts Education Links
- On Thin Ice report on Arts Education in Alaska's Schools (2009): Download On Thin Ice Report - pdf
- New Visions progress report on new models in three Alaska School Districts (2012): Download Report - pdf
2011 Airport Heights AIS residency with Teaching Artist Stephen Blanchett
The Artists in Schools program is supported by the State of Alaska and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional funding from the Rasmuson Foundation. Artists in Schools (AIS) residencies should provide arts experiences and training for students, teachers, and the greater community. Successful applicants will demonstrate how a residency will augment the arts curriculum and the Alaska State Content Standards for Art, connect to other core curricula, include a professional development opportunity for teachers in integrating the residency discipline into future teaching, and create engagement between the school and community.
An AIS School Guide is available on the Artist in Schools page of this website at education.alaska.gov/aksca/pdf/AIS_School_Guide.pdf to help with planning the residency and applying for the AIS grant.
Successful applicants serve as chief sponsor, designer and coordinator of the program. Technical assistance in the form of artist contract templates and procedure guidelines are available from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. If your district/school has not applied for an AIS grant in the past you MUST contact the program director, Laura Forbes, at email@example.com; (907) 269-6682 or toll free in Alaska at 1-888-278-7424.
Deadlines for submission are April 15 (for the following school year) and November 1 (for the current school year). Applications and guidelines are available online at https://alaska.cgweb.org/. Please read all the guidelines and information carefully. If you have questions, please call or email the AIS program director.
Rock Band morning club at Glacier Valley School, Juneau 2010-2011
These grants are made possible by the Rasmuson Foundation. Project Grants provide funds to support nonprofit organizations and schools in partnership projects that occur outside the normal school day/year. Access Grants, bringing arts to kids, provide funds to support arts activities of less than two weeks during the school year/day. Excursion Grants, bringing kids to arts, fund travel assistance and admission costs for students to experience arts and cultural activities outside their schools.
The guidelines, instructions and applications are available by clicking the link on the right. Please read the guidelines and instructions carefully. An organization may receive only ONE Cultural Collaboration grant during the state fiscal year (July 1-June 30). If you have any questions please call or email the Arts in Education staff: firstname.lastname@example.org; 907-269-6682 or toll free in Alaska 1-888-278-7424.
Alaska Statewide Teaching Artist Roster (STAR)
The Alaska Statewide Teaching Artist Roster (STAR) is meant to assist schools and their partners with selecting artists for Artists in Schools (AIS) residencies. AIS is a grant program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) that promotes arts education as an integral part of the development of our state’s youth, and a critical component of a rigorous education. AIS grants provide Alaska’s students with opportunities for culturally responsive, and creative educational experiences. The residency activities supported by the AIS program are made possible through a partnership between the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of Education and Early Development; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and the Rasmuson Foundation.
Artists included on this roster have a wide variety of experience in designing and implementing arts learning experiences across a broad range of educational environments and formats. Teaching Artists provide classroom art experiences for students, and can help teachers develop and implement arts integration activities. STAR artists also provide community workshops, create opportunities for students to observe a professional artist at work, and may provide professional development workshops for local artists and educators.
Artists included in the STAR have been vetted through an application process by a panel of arts professionals. To be included in the roster, artists must demonstrate a high level of artistic accomplishment, experience with and understanding of a variety of educational settings—including the classroom—and the flexibility and willingness to practice as a teaching artist in Alaska.
Increasingly, ASCA is utilizing the STAR as a resource for helping schools and community organizations identify artists to work with outside of the AIS program. As the roster has grown, so has the need for teaching artist professional development. The Teaching Artist Academies—developed in communities throughout the state—have filled that need, and we look forward to the possibility of continuing education for teaching artists. The STAR provides a built-in network for teaching artists.
Artists may apply at any time for the Roster. Applications will be reviewed twice a year. The first deadline for the STAR in any fiscal year is April 1, and the second deadline is November 1.
Questions on the AIS Program should be emailed to email@example.com or by phone to: (907) 269-6682 or 1-888-278-7424 (toll free in Alaska).
SAVE THE DATE!
Registration Deadline for 2012-2013 Alaska Poetry Out Loud: OCTOBER 15, 2012
Visit the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council website at jahc.org/arts-education/poetry-out-loud/ to complete the registration form, opening August 15, 2012.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. POL has grown every year with over 365,000 students competing in 2010-2011.
Contest Structure and Awards
Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Awards are made in the form of lump sum cash payouts, reportable to the IRS. Tax liabilities are the sole responsibility of the winners and their families.
Program Materials and Schedule
Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include the print and online poetry anthologies, a comprehensive teacher's guide, an audio CD featuring distinguished actors and writers, a DVD of National Finals performances, and promotional and media guides. Hard copies of all materials are free for teachers participating in the official program.
While teachers, students, and poetry lovers everywhere can use this website and its free materials to organize their own contests, the official contest is limited to the programs run by each state's arts agency. If you are interested in participating in the official program, please contact your state arts agency.
Materials are sent to high schools beginning in August, and the program is run through early winter. (Poetry Out Loud does not require full class periods and can be completed in 2-3 weeks.) States hold their competitions by mid-March. Following the state finals, the National Finals will be held in Washington, D.C., April 29-30, 2013.
Aryeh Lax from Anchorage's Steller Secondary School, recites his final poem, "The End of Science Fiction" by Lisel Mueller, as Former Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Charlotte Fox listens Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Photo by Seanna O'Sullivan Photography
Check out the National Poetry Out Loud website for previous year's information on organizing a contest, teachers' materials and Poetry Out Loud on youtube at www.poetryoutloud.org/.
Alaska Arts Education Consortium: akartsed.org
Alaska State Arts Curriculum Standards: education.alaska.gov/tls/Frameworks/arts/2table.htm
Art is Elementary: www.jsd.k12.ak.us/~heagyl/ArtIsElementary/Arts_Literacy_Projects.html
Project Articulate: www.projectarticulate.org/ resource site for visual arts integration
Department of Education & Early Development: education.alaska.gov
Association of Alaska School Boards: aasb.org
Perpich Center for Arts Education: www.mcae.k12.mn.us
Kennedy Center in Washington DC: www.kennedy-center.org/education
Arts Education Collaborative: www.artsedcollaborative.org
Arts Education Partnerships: www.aep-arts.org
Association of Teaching Artists: www.teachingartists.com