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Arts Advocacy Day

Summary of Events

NYSDEA Board Member, Daniel Reichert, shares his experience from the capitol on Arts Advoacy Day this year:

"Americans for the Arts Arts Advocacy Day was a huge success. NYSDEA sent three representatives to make sure that dance education in New York is being considered by lawmakers and recognized by other arts organizations across the nation. Over 500 people showed up to lobby for the arts, including more than 70 national partners. Members of NYSDEA were seen in over 15 congressional offices and the senate, where we advocated on behalf of dance education and arts funding in general. The specific points asked for included re-branding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM, the new A standing for Art!

We also asked for increased funding to the NEA, reauthorizing the Every Student Succeeds Act to replace No Child Left Behind and support for charitable deductions, which are a great source of revenue for arts organizations. Members also had opportunities to share stories of how dance and dance education made a positive impact on their lives and communities.

NYSDEA was invited to the White House for a press briefing on the state of the Arts in the US. The first thing at the conference was a showing of this clip marking dance as important to this administration. The general trend had been decreased funding to arts and education, though through lobbying and a better understanding of the importance of art to our culture, the administration is interested in changing that trend. While arts education in general and dance specifically are still in need of greater recognition for the benefits we provide, some serious steps were made at Advocacy Day."

Vision Document for Dance 2050

The Future of Dance in Higher Education

This completed Vision Document was presented to DANCE 2050 participants at the 2014 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) National Conference in Chicago, IL. Those attending, along with those contributing electronically, reviewed the document and voted to accept it as a shared vision of those participating in the blind reviewed DANCE 2050 project.

You can find the whole document here:

Vision Document Dance 2050 Vision Document Dance 2050

The Essential Skills The Arts Teach: RESEARCH BULLETIN

The Arts Education Partnership’s latest research bulletin, , Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP's, the nation's first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities. Order hard copies online or download the PDF for free! Tweet about it using the hashtag #ArtsFosterSuccess.

NCCAS Releases Arts Learning Guiding Framework

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) released a narrative framework document detailing the rationale, goals, and strategy of the new National Standards for Arts Education currently being written by five arts discipline teams in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning was formally released during the January 18-20 meeting of the coalition’s leadership and writing teams at the New York City headquarters of The College Board. Follow the link above to find the full document. The video of the release presentation is archivedhereon the NCCAS website.

The Arts and Academic Achievement

A significant body of research shows that students from low socio-economic backgrounds, English language learners, and students with special needs—often underserved in public schools—show the greatest relative improvement in academic achievement when participating in the arts. Research also finds that English language learners are significantly more likely to pursue a college degree if they attend an arts-rich high school (Catterall, 2009).

Common Core Standards and the Arts

Department of Education Webinar on Common Core and the Arts

In December 2012, the Department of Education hosted a panel discussion on the intersection of the arts and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The panel was moderated by Scott Jones, the Arts Education Partnership’s Senior Associate for Research and Policy and featured Scott Norton, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Standards, Assessments, and Accountability, Council of Chief State School Officers; Scott Shuler, Arts Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education; and Denise Brandenburg, Arts Education Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts. The webinar discussed the development and implementation of the CCSS, their overlap with the artistic disciplines, and other topics. Click here for a recording of the webinar.

Common Core Standards and the Arts


Advocay To work with national and state organizations in carrying out the national mission of promoting and strengthening dance as an art form and as an effective tool for education.

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