Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GRANT ALERT: College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

Introducing the College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts  
Celebrating achievements in arts education.
The College Board is now accepting applications for the Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This new award will recognize and celebrate the achievements of six K–12 member schools that have implemented arts programs to promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

One school from each of the College Board's six regions will be recognized as a finalist and awarded a grant of $3,000 to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Of the six finalists, one school will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $1,000. Regional winners will be honored at their respective 2011 College Board Regional Forums;* the national winner will also be honored at College Board Forum 2011.

To learn more and apply today, visit or e-mail

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15, 2010.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Are you using arts integrated lessons and or strategies in your classroom?

Share with other educators how you have incorporated arts integration strategies in your teaching, or other arts integration resources you have used in the comments field below!

One great resource to check out is ARTSEDGE, a website developed by National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Department of Education, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

ARTSEDGE aims to connect people to people, to connect people to resources, and to build a new base of knowledge in the area of arts education. ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.

ARTSEDGE is broken down into three sections:
Teach: Transform you teaching with arts integrated resources for the k-12 classroom.  This section includes lessons by subject areas and grade levels, information on standards, web link’s and how to’s.

Connect: Access ideas, tools and people the support the role of arts in education. This section includes articles and reports, contacts and advocacy essentials.

Explore: Discover the world of the arts through interactive media- rich activities.  This section includes “Look, Listen, Learn” activities, important days in the Arts, meet the artist and arts quotes


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Only Two Weeks Left!

Hurry! The deadline is fast approaching to receive Target Field Trip Grants!

Target will be awarding 5,000 grants of $700 each to schools throughout the nation for the 2010-2011 school year. Educators may use grant funds for field trips to connect their in-school curriculum to out-of-school experiences!

The deadline for grant applications is September 30, 2010.

Visit for field trip ideas, application information, rules & eligibility requirements, and FAQs.

Have you received a Target Field Trip Grant in the past? Share your story with us!

First Annual National Arts In Education Week!

Did you know that this week is National Arts in Education Week?

Congress designated National Arts in Education Week as the second week of September to promote and showcase the essential role that arts education plays in creating a successful, well-rounded and engaged student!

The resolution states: Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

Did you know that Ordway Education programs engaged more than 50,000 students and educators last year through performances, study guides, workshops and residencies?

Check out these great resources to learn more and become an advocate:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


School Grant Applications now available for Arts Course for Educators (ACE) Dance Program!

ACE~Dance provides professional development in dance education for teams of educators in Minnesota K-12 public schools.  Participating teams attend workshops at the Perpich Center and receive on-site coaching in dance curriculum and arts integration at their schools.  Participating school also receive a grant to cover expenses associated with the program.

The deadline for school grant applications is September 24, 2010.  ACE~Dance is a program offered by the Perpich Center for Arts Education. 

Applications Maybe downloaded from the Perpich Center website at or by contacting Janice Schroer at 763-591-4705.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Welcome, Allison!

Please join us in welcoming Allison Wells as the new Education Assistant at the Ordway!

Allison graduated from the University of WisconsinEau Claire in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. She has had internships with the Minnesota Opera (2008) and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (2009). Allison will be working closely with schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the 2010-2011 Performing Arts Classrooms series, assisting with ticketing, bus reimbursements, special events, and study guides. Welcome back to the Ordway, Allison!