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  • Alaska Poetry Out Loud Registration Open for Schools and Individuals for 2021!Deadline for Registration: January 29, 2021

    2020 is the 15th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud, and we hope you will join us! Rather than being a simple exercise in memorization, learning to recite poetry encompasses college and career-ready skills, including structural analysis, interpretation of meaning, point of view, close-reading and the use of higher order thinking skills.

    In 2020-2021 Alaska Regional and State Poetry Out Loud (AK POL) Competitions will be video-adjudicated competitions, as will the National Poetry Out Loud Competition in May. Each participant at the Regional level of competition will be required to submit videos for two poem recitations; each participant at the State level of competition will be required to submit videos for three poem recitations.

    At the school level, each school including grades 9-12 coordinates its own competition. School winners participate in a region-wide competition, with regions to be determined by the AK POL planning committee following the registration period. Participating, registered Schools may identify between 1-4 students to send forward to the region-wide competition: the deadline for submitting videos to the Regional level of competition is February 10, 2021.

    For the 2020-2021 school cycle, the Alaska Poetry Out Loud program will also accept at-large registrations by individual students, to compete directly in the Regional level of competition providing the following guidelines are met:

    An at-large, individual student participant must identify an AK POL school teacher/liaison/coach, who has agreed to be a point of contact with the AK POL planning committee, and

    If the student’s school is registered for AK POL, the student must participate in the school competition; if more than four at-large, individual student participants register from any school entity, the school must determine the four students who will proceed forward to the Regional level of competition, from their school.

    For complete timeline and program information, and to register for Alaska Poetry Out Loud, visit the website at

  • Alaska Arts Education Consortium open to Nominations for Champions of Arts in Education Deadline to Nominate: February 1, 2021 

    The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) Champions of Arts in Education Award formally recognizes and honors Alaskan individuals or organizations who “champion” the arts in education. These Champions carry the torch for arts education through high-caliber instruction, arts support, and ongoing arts promotion. 

    This award is a celebratory action, aimed at highlighting the positive impact of the arts on the lives of our children and youth. The efforts of these champions in teaching and supporting arts across the curriculum reflects the mission of AAEC, which is “to ensure that all of Alaska’s students learn in and through the arts.”  

    For Complete information and to nominate a Champion of Arts in Education, visit the website at  

  • Creative Generation Seeking Nominations of Young Creative Change-Makers In our work, we support young creatives and their adult allies in making change in their own communities. We strive to amplify voices, lower barriers, and understand how creative change can be most effective. 

    The Campaign for a Creative Generation has shared hundreds of stories about young creative change-makers and their impact in communities around the globe – Do you know a young creative change-maker whose work should be amplified? 

    If so, please tell us about them and connect us. We are looking for inspiring stories to share starting in January 2021. We look forward to hearing from you! To nominate a Young Creative Changemaker, send an email with your nomination to, include “Nominate a Young Creative Change-maker” in the email subject line 

  • Kennedy Center—Office of VSA and Accessibility is accepting 2021 VSA Playwright Discovery Applications Application Deadline: March 10, 2021 Young writers with disabilities are invited to submit a ‘ten-minute script’ of any genre. Scripts may be for theater scripts, musicals, multimedia, video, film, or TV scripts, non-linear scripts, or other writing for performance. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students that includes at least one student with a disability. For complete information and application visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts website 2021 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition page at
  • 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  

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.   
  • 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. 
  • 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! 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 

Nationally Developed Resources

  • Carnegie Hall’s, Weill Institute offers online resources for students, families and educators! Visit the Education page at 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 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 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  
  • Lincoln Center at Home – Lincoln Center’s portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.