Wednesday, June 27, 2012

National PTA Arts Enhancement Grants Available

The National PTA will be accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants. These grants will provide local PTAs with up to $1,000 in matching funds for "student-centered programs geared toward sustaining and enhancing creativity and artistic values for large groups of at-risk students."

Local PTA's are encouraged to apply for funding to create or enhance an already existing arts program in one or more arts areas: visual arts, photography, music, dance, literature, and theater. "Priority is being placed on projects that represent research-based best practices in arts education. Specifically, PTA will fund arts programs that are of a sustained nature (rather than a one time event) and reach large numbers of at-risk students."

Applications are due Friday, July 13, 2012 at 4pm. For more information and to submit your application please click here for the PTA's website.

Information pulled from Arts Education Partnership's ArtsEd Digest:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ordway's Summer Dance is BACK!

Join us each Thursday starting at 5:30p.m. in Landmark Plaza for Summer Dance. At 6pm, we kick off the dancing with basic lessons by professional dance companies. After the lesson, you are invited to put those moves to practice during open dancing the rest of the evening with a live, local band starting at 7:15p.m. This entire event is FREE and open to the public.

In case of rain, Summer Dance will be held inside at the Ordway on June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26 and August 2; at Landmark Center on June 14 and August 9.

June 21 – 50’s & 60’s Rock n Roll
50’s & 60’s Rock n Roll Dance Instruction: Arthur Murray
Band: The Whitesidewalls®

June 28 – Cuban Son
Cuban Dance Instruction: Rene Thompson
Band: Malamanya

July 5
No Summer Dance Event due to July 4 holiday

July 12 – Funk
Funk Dance Instruction: Leah Nelson
Band: Dr Mambo’s Combo

July 19 – Ballroom
Ballroom Dance Instruction: Cinema Ballroom
Band: Jerry O’Hagan and his Orchestra

July 26 – Salsa
Salsa Dance Instruction: Manuel & Carmen Rubio
Band: Salsa del Soul

August 2 – Tango/Waltz
Tango/Waltz Dance Instruction: Cinema Ballroom
Band: Café Accordion Orchestra

August 9 – Swing
Swing Dance Instruction: Arthur Murray
Band: Riverside Swing Band