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PNCA at National Arts Education Symposium

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Tom Manley named one of six Oregon delegates to the Education Leaders Institute.

PNCA President Tom Manley was named one of six Oregon delegates selected to travel to Chicago this July for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Education Leaders Institute (ELI), a symposium convened by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The NEA-ELI Symposium helps develop public education strategies driven by the arts.

Since 2007, the NEA Education Leaders Institute has invited policymakers, educators, advocates, and artists to develop arts education plans for their respective states. Oregon’s team includes a diverse group of representatives from Oregon House District 5, Oregon State Board of Education, Pacific Northwest College of Art, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and Western Oregon University. The group will address the challenge of increasing the arts-based preparedness of classroom teachers.

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Deb Brzoska facilitates regional planning conversations at the 2010 Arts Education Congress. Photo Andie Petkus.

With the increasing emphasis on core school subjects such as reading and math, art teachers and art programs are struggling to maintain a place in the regular school schedule. The NEA Education Leaders Institute is a new program that will help increase the commitment of school leaders, state legislators, and policy makers to enhance the quality and quantity of arts education. The NEA Education Leaders Institute will gather teams of school leaders, legislators, policymakers, educators, professional artists, consultants and scholars from up to five states, Oregon included, at a three-day conference, to discuss a shared arts education challenge, and engage in strategic planning to advance arts education in their respective states.

“This institute will provide a forum for pioneers of education design to reflect on the role of the arts plays in a nation made healthy by broadly educated citizens,” said NEA Director of Arts Education Dr. Sarah B. Cunningham. “In addition to serving the arts, arts educators and educators, we look forward to inviting experts from beyond education to contemplate and design ideal education opportunities that draw on, build from and expand arts learning for American children.”

From the Oregon Arts Commission press release:

“We need to imagine schools where arts go hand-in-hand with other subjects and where all the disciplines reinforce each other,” said Duncan Wyse, Chair of the Oregon State Board of Education and member of Oregon’s ELI team. “I look forward to helping teachers in Oregon both envision such schools and make them a reality in every corner of our state.”

The Education Leaders Institute brings together policymakers, educators, advocates, and artists to design arts education plans for their respective states. In addition to Oregon’s team, initiated by the Oregon Arts Commission, the 2010 institute will include teams organized by the Washington State Arts Commission, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Arts Alliance Illinois, and Ohio Arts Council.

Read the full press releases from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Mudeye Puppet Company provided a warm welcome at the 2010 Arts Education Congress. Photo Andie Petkus.

UPDATE:

In November 2008, the Oregon Arts Commission hosted the Third Oregon Arts Education Congress to present findings from the NEA Education Leaders Institute and to support the “sustainable improvement to Oregon’s K-12 systems so that the arts play a key role in the education of every child.” You can watch a video report blow on the ELI Conference from Tom Manley and the other Oregon delegates, as well as other videos of breakout sessions, a presentation on the importance of failure by Barbara Shepherd, Director of National Partnerships at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and read the resulting statement of commitments.

— Posted on 04/12 at 06:11 PM

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