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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: 3/24/2021 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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  • HCOA Call to all South Kenai Peninsula preK-12 artists! 

    Deadline for submissions: March 29, 2021 

    Homer Council on the Arts is accepting submissions of art in all mediums created by Homer area students in grades preK through 12 for our annual Jubliee exhibit.  

    Please bring your finished artwork to HCOA Monday through Friday from 1-5pm. You can fill out the form below or attach a piece of paper with your name, the title and medium of your work, your grade, and your school printed clearly (preferably typed).  

    The exhibit be on display in our gallery from Friday, April 2 through Friday, April 30 

    After completing the submission form you will be redirected to a Dropbox folder where you can add photos of visual artwork, videos, and other digital media less than 1GB. For files larger than 1GB please contact us at hcoa@homerart.org. 

    For online submission form and complete information, visit the website at https://www.homerart.org/calendar/2021/3/2/call-for-youth-art  

  • March is Alaska Arts Education Month! Visit the Alaska Arts Education Consortium website for Celebrations! 

    Alaska’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Michael Johnson has named March as a month to celebrates the arts in our schools! The Alaska Arts Education Consortium is sharing a statewide celebration where students can make art by drawing, singing, dancing, acting, and share it with the rest of us. Each Sunday, we will release a new prompt to spark creativity, along with some educator resources for the week’s theme to bring the arts into your classroom! Don’t forget to tag #ArtsEdMonthAK + @akartsed to share student & teacher creations across the arts. 

    Visit the AAEC website at https://akartsed.org/news/march-is-alaska-arts-education-month/ to see the proclamation, themes and resources for making art, and student art work from participants in Alaska Arts Education Month!   

  • ABLE Assembly 2021: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education 

    Register by: April 5, 2021 

    The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is delighted to announce the 2021 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone conference, which will take place online April 10 and 11, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. 

    We are partnering with Creative Generation to offer the conference, which will include: 

    • live, synchronous keynote presentations; 
    • recorded breakout sessions; 
    • performances by artists with disabilities; and 
    • live panel discussions.  

    In addition, all 2021 conference registrants will receive admission to the BIAESN Digital Learning Series, which comprises 12 monthly webinars and workshops with hands-on teaching strategies. The 2021–2022 Digital Learning Series will take place monthly from May 2021 to April 2022. 

    Access to the conference website, which includes the full schedule and presenter profiles, is available for viewing at the ABLE Assembly 2021 Conference website.  

    This conference is open to the public. For complete information and registration, visit the website at https://emamo.com/event/able-assembly-arts-better-the-lives-of-everyone-2021  

  • Amplifying Youth Voices Alaska Workshop Registration available for Alaska Youth aged 10-25 

    Calling all young Alaskan residents 10-25 years old! Join us, in making messages of hope, encouragement, and innovations to keep everyone safe. Through the 2021 school year, we will share themes of resilience, host local artist led workshops, and call upon YOUTH to submit their art to our interactive online platform. 

    To register for an Amplifying Youth Voices Alaska online workshop or to view and learn from previous workshops in a variety of art forms, visit the website and click “Register for a Workshop” or “Previous Workshops.” Workshops are free to participants, and new workshop resources to inspire your artwork and creativity will continue to be added to the site through the spring 

    Youth can begin participating today by: 

    • Visiting the website to learn more about the project and see submitted artwork. 
    • Creating their own submissions, which can include paintings, sculptures, architecture, poetry, music, fashion, film, fiber or digital arts, culture craft, and more. 
    • Submitting audio or visuals of their creations to dhss-PIT@alaska.gov. (Note: If a submission is over 20 MB, please email dhss-PIT@alaska.gov and request a link to upload the submission. Submissions containing any illegal activity, nudity, hate speech, and/or profanity are strictly prohibited and will not be posted online. Submissions may be used, shared, or replicated through social media posts, newsletters, websites, and digital/print media by the State of Alaska, DHSS and DEED, or the supporting nonprofit partners of this project.) 
    • Sharing their art and telling their friends on social media using the hashtags #AYVA, #AlaskanYouthResilient and #AKYouthCombatCOVID. 
  • 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 

  • Alaska Arts Education Association offers “ART BYTES” Online Art Lessons for and by Alaskan Teachers February’s Art Byte from AAEC will feature Juneau music educator, Lorrie Heagy, stay tuned to the Art Bytes page at https://akartsed.org/art-bytes/ for more information! While you are there, check out “Using Music to Teach (Iñupiaq + Cultural Responsiveness)” with Suzzuk Huntington and all the past Art Bytes. Teachers, students, and families are all welcome! 
  • 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

  • Carnegie Hall’s, Weill Institute offers online resources for students, families and educators! Visit the Education page at https://www.carnegiehall.org/Education to explore live streams, activities, videos, lesson plans, and resources for young musicians.  Learn with Carnegie Hall: Watch episodes from this weekly series of live streams—drawn from programs spearheaded by WMI and Ensemble Connect—that showcases the power of music to enrich, inspire, and connect. Resources for Families: Explore activities and videos for children of all ages that encourage musical learning, discovery, and play. Resources for Music Educators: Expand your lesson plans, experience education in action with workshop videos, and develop your teaching skills with tips from top educators. Resources for Young Musicians: Create original music across genres, hear insights from professional musicians, collaborate with peers, learn how to conquer stage fright, and more. 
  • The Arts Education Partnership of the Education Commission of the States has published three new resources for arts education Engaging the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System is a Special Report exploring research and programs that employ the arts along the juvenile justice continuum: in prevention, intervention, transition and healing. The report is available at https://www.ecs.org/engaging-the-arts-across-the-juvenile-justice-system/ Expanding the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System captures the discussion, insights and policy considerations that came out of a Thinkers Meeting with 11 experts in the arts education and juvenile justice fields. The Policy Brief is available at https://www.ecs.org/expanding-the-arts-across-the-juvenile-justice-system/ Dance Counts: How Dance Education Helps Students Learn, Grow and Connect with Community Dance education provides powerful opportunities for students to create, perform and understand movement as a means of artistic communication. Dance education impacts students’ short- and long-term learning experiences and can play a significant role in their personal and academic growth. Read the Special Report at  https://www.aep-arts.org/dance-counts/  
  • Lincoln Center at Home – Lincoln Center’s portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center. http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home 
  • 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