Monday, November 16, 2009
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Artists-In-Education Residency Handbook
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) is using a new Artists-in-Education (AIE) Residency Handbook. Funded by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the handbook contains information, tools and resources for sponsor sites and artists in residence to consult throughout the residency process. It expands on the components present in the Artists-in-Education Residency Guidelines and offers best practices applicable to any residency. The handbook was developed by the AIE Consortium—NJSCA working in partnership with Arts Horizons and Young Audiences New Jersey, two of the state's most well-recognized arts education providers. The AIE Consortium sponsors the Artist-in-Education Program, the cornerstone of the overall NJSCA Arts Education Program. Through AIE, professional teaching artists are placed in long-term (20- to 100-day) in-school residencies statewide. It is the intent of the AIE Consortium that teachers, school and arts administrators, site coordinators and artists will use the AIE Residency Guidelines and the handbook in tandem when developing their residency proposals and then as instructional support throughout the residency process. To find out more, contact NJSCA Senior Program Officer in Arts Education Robin Middleman.
Oklahoma New and Emerging Arts Leaders (ONEAL)
In November 2008, the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) launched ONEAL, Oklahoma's New and Emerging Arts Leaders. ONEAL is a free, independent, statewide network that is actively recruiting new members and has a strong focus on ensuring that all regions of the state are represented in the process. ONEAL is geared toward Oklahoma's arts leaders age 35 and under who have fewer than five years of experience in arts administration or the business of the arts. Key issues the group is looking to address include how to identify mentors, how to advocate for support of the arts, and how to actively connect with other arts leaders who are making things happen across the state. Longer-term goals of ONEAL consist of creating a blog, working with communities in the state to host ONEAL events, and compiling and distributing a directory of ONEAL members. A small task force of ONEAL members has been appointed, and members are working together to advance the entire network, ensuring that ONEAL is represented in small and large communities across Oklahoma. The group maintains a Facebook page touting more than 200 members that serves as an on-line forum for discussion, job announcements and other resources. For more information, contact OAC Arts Learning in Communities Director Molly O'Connor.
Ensuring the Safety of Arts Patrons
Automatic External Defibrillator Equipment Program
The Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) received funding from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for a grant program that will provide automatic external defibrillator (AED) equipment in Maricopa County to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The goal of the funding and grant program is to create a safer environment for arts patrons across Arizona. The $55,000 in funding will allow the ACA to work with the Arizona State Health Department to purchase and provide more than 36 eligible arts organizations with a complete AED package that includes employee training, AED equipment, installation, registration and a maintenance contract. The ACA will select qualified nonprofit, government or educational arts organizations that are open to the public and that agree to maintain equipment and uphold employee training. The ACA will seek additional funding partners in the future to expand the reach of this pilot program statewide. To learn more about the program, contact ACA Communications and Executive Director Bob Booker.
Folk and Traditional Arts Fieldwork
Survey of Latino Folklife
The Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA) released a report that documents the results of a Survey of Latino Folklife for the state. The report cites historical and statistical demographic information of Latinos in Idaho, presents information collected at nine site visits across the state, and concludes with recommendations and a statement about trends, challenges and opportunities. The goals of the survey included establishing contact with the Latino community in each site; gathering information on traditional cultural expressions, specifically folk arts practiced in the community; and informing communities about the ICA and its programs. To obtain additional information about the report, contact ICA Folk and Traditional Arts Director Maria Carmen Gambliel.
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NASAA works continuously to keep you abreast of the latest trends in the state arts agency field and let you know about innovative state arts agency programs. The State to State column provides a sampling of state programs, products and services for you to browse for information and inspiration. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this column.