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Please contact ASCA Community Arts Program Director Charlie Sears at charles(dot)sears(at)alaska.gov. Stay well, and we are grateful for all that you do! (lastest update: 10/12/2020 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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Opportunities and Events

  • Alaska Arts Education Consortium offers “Art Bytes”  October 22, 2020 – 4:30-6:00  Let’s Get Crankin’! Storytelling with a Twist with Robin Child online workshop with the Alaska Arts Education Consortium Don’t be cranky, we’re making crankies! What is a crankie, you might ask? crankie is a moving panorama housed in a box with a viewing window. As the “crank” is turned, the story advances. In this workshop, Robin will teach you how to create a basic storyboard, transfer your story onto a scroll, and build a simple crankie box with materials found around the home. Art Bytes are short and sweet online arts professional development sessions for Alaska’s K-12 educators. Teachers from AAEC Member Districts are free! Visit https://akartsed.org/art-bytes/ for more information, to register and to access recordings of past Art Bytes.  Kids are welcome! 
  • Young and Emerging Leaders Forum Creative GenerationWorld Alliance for Arts Education The Young & Emerging Leaders Forum will occur on 27 October 2020 and provide a space for young scholars, emerging leaders, and new colleagues to the field of arts education to share their work, network, and develop a community of learning in order to expand opportunities and broaden the leadership pipeline in the global field of arts and cultural education. To learn more and register go to https://creative-generation.org/opportunities/register-now-for-the-young-and-emerging-leaders-forum Author J. Scott Savage is offering free virtual author visits this year. Savage, author of nineteen novels including the Farworld middle grade fantasy series, The Case File 13 middle grade horror series, the Mysteries of Cove steampunk dragon series, and The Lost Wonderland Diaries, will be hosting virtual assemblies starting in September. Spots fill up fast, so interested parties should contact Jennifer Aspley at events@jscottsavage.com. 
  • Carnegie Hall National Youth Ensembles Did you know? Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles bring together the brightest young American instrumentalists for intensive training and performances on some of the world’s greatest stages. All three programs are free and led by an all-star faculty of professional musicians, giving students the opportunity to hone their talents while working with the world’s finest artists. As national ensembles, these programs include a broad range of musicians from across the country that reflect the exceptional talent and diversity of the United States. Learn more about National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, NYO2, and NYO Jazz by visiting the website at https://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Young-Musicians/National-Youth-Ensembles  

Resources Developed in Alaska 

  • Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska—We invite teachers, students, parents and lifelong learners to explore Alaska Native cultures, museum objects, communities, videos and educational resources shared here. Learn about the peoples of this northern world from elders, culture-bearers, scholars and artists. https://learninglab.si.edu/org/sasc-ak   
  • Project Articulate – This website provides art lesson plans for teachers. All lessons have been developed and time-tested by the specialists at the Art Center in the Fairbanks, Alaska public schools. Although developed for a specific grade, all lessons are easily adaptable to other levels. Please keep in mind that these lesson plans are designed to be taught with an ‘Art Kit’ and may not be easily usable without the visuals in the kit. Developed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium. http://www.projectarticulate.com/ 
  • Baby Raven Reads – Sealaska Heritage sponsors Baby Raven Reads, an award-winning program that promotes early-literacy, language development and school readiness for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5. Baby Raven Reads improves early literacy skills by translating cultural strengths into home literacy practices. Baby Raven Reads provides family literacy events, training for care providers, and professional development for early childhood educators. Included on the Baby Raven Reads page are lesson plans, audio resources, and information about purchasing books in the series! https://sealaskaheritage.org/institute/education/education-programs/baby-raven-reads 
  • Kodiak Arts Council | Arts Integrated Lesson Plans – We believe in the power of arts integration and it’s ability to instill a love of learning in students through core subjects. Our plans have been developed by our teaching artists over the years as well as classroom teachers in our Munartet cohort. Some of them are written for a range of ages while others are for specific grades. All of the plans align with the Alaska state standards and are easily modifiable. Please enjoy our FREE curated list of plans and presentations. https://www.kodiakarts.org/arts-integrated-lesson-plans 
  • My Fishing Dance – This digital dance unit was designed with remote Alaskan students in mind. “My Fishing Dance” is ​a 21st century resource for exploring, learning, creating, and sharing ​culturally-responsive arts-based content. Digital resources and video tutorials provide rich content, tailored to the unique needs, interests, and culture of the region. This unit of study is created by Leslie Kimiko Ward, a movement-based teaching artist with a passion for leveraging her creative skills to bridge resource gaps in education. https://myfishingdance.weebly.com/ 
  • Museum From Home: Alaska museums and cultural centers offer a rich diversity of online learning opportunities, activities, and experiences that you can explore right from your home! Visit Museums Alaska’s website at https://museumsalaska.org/Museum-From-Home 

Nationally Developed Resources

  • Save the Music Foundation | Music Education Resources – Save The Music is committed to sharing high quality educational resources with music teachers and schools. This site includes websites and free online platforms that are especially tailored for long distance education and engagement. https://www.savethemusic.org/grants/teacher-resources/
  • VSA International | Resources – VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. The VSA website includes many helpful resources in support of access to arts education for all, including lesson plans and planning, articles, tips and programs https://vsainternational.wordpress.com/
  • The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is partnering with StoryCorps to launch StoryCorps Connect. The new free platform allows Americans to conduct and record StoryCorps interviews remotely. AASL encourages school librarians to utilize the technology to support learners in connecting with others amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and, in the process, to contribute to the creation of a unique first-person historical record of this unprecedented crisis. http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2020/05/aasl-partners-storycorps-launch-storycorps-connect-and-bring-individuals