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White House Committee Launches Arts Initiative
to Help Turn Around Low-Performing Schools

Presidentially-appointed artists Chuck Close, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, Damian Woetzel and Alfre Woodard to work
with schools in eight states as part of the program.

Recently the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced the launch of a newarts education initiative to help turn around low-performing schools, developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic
Policy Council. The Turnaround Arts initiative is a new public-private partnership designed to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts. Turnaround Arts will work in eight “turnaround schools” across the country—public schools in the lowest-achieving five percent of their state that are receiving School Improvement Grants through the U.S. Department of Education. Participating schools were competitively selected from nominations by state and municipal authorities.More information about the TAI and profiles of selected schools can be found HERE:
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Teachers, Save the Date
Shakespeare Set Free Institute

Scholarship, Performance & Pedagogy is a program offererd by The English-Speaking Union and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library on June 11 & 12, 2012, at Pompano Beach High School in Fort Lauderdale.

Students will have the opporturnity to set Shakespeare free in the classroom with smart, easily adapted methods and materials for performance-based teaching of the Bard’s works! The workshop will consist of Lectures and eminars with Shakespeare Scholars; Curriculum sessions with a Folger Master Teacher; Performance classes with Professional Teaching Artist; Folger’s Shakespeare Set Free Toolkit and DVDs, books, flash drive and classroom handouts. At the end of the two day course, students will receive a certificate to use towards professional development credit.

The Fee for the workshop is $175 (until May); $200 (after May) and includes tuition and teacher toolkit.

For more information contact Julia Perlowski.

Arts Education Committee

This advisory committee of the Broward Cultural Council identifies community needs related to arts education. There are representatives from the School Board of Broward County, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Children's Services Council of Broward County, Florida, Nova Southeastern University, educators, arts and cultural professionals and organizations. New members sign up in January.

Broward Cultural Council
Amy Ostrau
Arts Education Chair

Jody Jeffreys Tanner
Vice Chair
Arts Education Vice Chair
Dorothene Kelly-Hoilett

Michael Bassichis

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Kelly Armstead

Sharon Brooks

School Board of Broward County, Florida
Nora Rupert
School Board Member
Marla Armstrong
Joe Luechauer

Children's Services Council of Broward County
Piper Weber-Roth

Nova Southeastern University
Wilma Robles-Melendez, Ph.D.

David Spangler, Ph.D.

Museum of Art │Fort Lauderdale,
Nova Southeastern University
Holly Giuliano

Arts Professionals & Advocates
Melanie Camp
Pam Dearden, Gold Coast Jazz
Fran Mulcahy

Young At Art Museum
Adrienne Chadwick

Charter Schools USA
Hilary Fine

Power of Performance
Darby Hayes

Consultant, Educator, Designer
Richard White, M.Ed, MFA

Arts Education Directory


Broward Cultural Division Receives
NEA “Art Works” Grant to Support
Professional Development in the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman recently announced that Broward County Cultural Division is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Broward County was one of 16 recipients given in the State of Florida.

Broward Cultural Division is recommended for a $40,000 grant that will provide creative incentives and customized resources to local artists for projects that engage artistically underserved communities and provide lifelong learning activities for youth and adults, through the Creative Artist Advancement Program (CAAP).

CAAP targets individual artists, and adults and youth who frequent community parks, libraries, human service or community centers in community revitalization areas and low income neighborhoods. The goals are to increase the number of creative artist-led projects and to provide artists with specialized professional development that focuses on tools and techniques for working in community-based settings. Project activities will include:Community Arts Education; Public Art Projects, and Education and Professional Development Seminars.

The Florida Dance Education Organization

Click HERE to see the website



Dillard's Double
Band Wins Ellington Competition
Twice in a Row

May 06, 2012
By Robert Nolin and Ariel Barkhurst, Sun Sentinel

The Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble is quickly becoming a melodious force to be reckoned with in the competitive world of high school jazz. The band won the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival, which has been called the "Super Bowl" of high school jazz, making it two wins in a row for the 26-member band. The band is made up of high school students from across Broward County at a competition that is closely-watched by scouts from top-tier music schools such as the venerable Juilliard School.

This year, Dillard performed three pieces, Sepia Panorama, Oop Bop Sh'Bam and A Night in Tunisia, bringing the house to its feet with a rousing standing ovation at no less a storied venue than New York's Lincoln Center. Jazz ensemble director Christopher Dorsey huddled with his students like a coach before a championship game and told them, "Win or lose, as long as you can leave that stage and say I enjoyed myself, what more could you want?"

AArts Education Directory Spotlight
Q & A with Jane Kelly - The Actor's Workshop

Excerpt from Boca Raton Magazine
On Thursday nights in Jane Kelly’s ongoing acting workshop, approximately 30 aspiring actors of all ages gather in a remote warehouse in Deerfield Beach. The dimly lit performance room has just one sign on its walls: “Respect the Craft of Acting. Respect Your Fellow Actor.”

Over the next couple of hours, many of the actors will laugh. Some will cry. Others will grow frustrated. But all of them will learn something from their accomplished teacher.

Kelly, a London-born thespian who started the Actor’s Workshop of South Florida (theactorsworkshop.org) in 2002, sits in the front row, watching her protégés with an eagle eye. Kelly can be exacting and critical but also nurturing, whispering support into an actress’ ear as she’s tearing up during an emotional scene. Kelly recently was named one of the four top acting teachers in Florida by Lori Wyman, one of the most prominent casting directors in the southeast; Wyman comes from Miami Vice notorierity. Her students have had speaking parts in “Marley & Me,” “Burn Notice” and others shows, as well as numerous community and professional theater roles.
Q & A
Your website touts that the Actor’s Workshop is “not just another acting school.” What makes it unique?
Some say it’s like a family, and others say it’s life changing. When I hear those descriptions, they don’t come out of my head. The students say it repetitively. What I believe sets us apart is that I’m one of the few working professional actors down here who’s teaching. Everything I teach is from the foundation of what I know I needed out there [as an actor].

What brought you to teaching?
I had been working nonstop as an actor since I was 9, and when I moved down here I decided for the first time in my life to see what nonacting would be like. What would it be like to be one of those so-called “normal people?” But I wanted to give back in the community, and due to some personal circumstances, things happened and I suddenly realized I was going to try teaching.

What are some of the mistakes or misconceptions that your first-time students have?
First off is thinking they know more than they do, and second is not realizing that there really is more work to it than they expect. Sometimes they come in and think that because they play Charades really well in their living room that they’re going to show the class what they’re about. But our dynamic doesn’t leave a lot of room for ego.

What are the ancillary benefits of the workshops?
The foundation of acting is how to relax, how to use your voice, how to connect, how to access your emotion, all these things that on a daily basis we need to be aware of that either shut down or we aren’t connected with. Shy people want to come to class even though they never imagined they would have anything to do with acting.

Is there something innate that good actors have—something they’re born with, that can’t necessarily be taught?
I believe there is, but I do not believe that that’s it. I knew since the moment I could breathe that I could act, but there are some that might come to it later, and, through the work and the process, discover that internal something that allows them to access it. Deep down, we all have a passion in some form or another.

David Spangler
David Spangler
Arts Education Committee
Member Profile
DAVID SPANGLER , Ph.D.

David Spangler is currently Program Administrator and Artistic Director of Nova Southeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Arts Master’s Program and also Director of Education at the Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Spangler graduated with a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and did post-graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D. from Union Institute & University. He has worked professionally in theatre, film, and television as a director, writer, composer, and performer. His Broadway credits include The Magic Show, Seesaw,and Elizabeth I. He has also written and produced 35 songs for the Emmy Award winning Romper Room & Friends.

Dr. Spangler is the founder and artistic director of Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts. As an inter-disciplinary artist, consultant, and expert on creative process, he has published articles, presented at numerous national and international conferences, served in various capacities with the Miami City Ballet, Walt Disney World Entertainment, the Theatre League of South Florida, the Arts Advisory Committee for the Broward Public Schools, and was appointed by the Florida Secretary of State to serve as a grant panelist and evaluator for the State Division of Cultural Affairs. Dr. Spangler recently received the Joseph Leavitt Award for dedication to the arts in the community.

Broward County has emerged as a cultural leader partly because of the dedication and creativity of these committee members. ~David Spangler


Arts Education Committee News

Arts Teacher of the Year
Five Semi-Finalis have been selected for classroom visits by Arts Education Committee members in the 2012 Arts Teacher of the Year application process. The Recognition Event will be held on October 24, 2012, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The semi-finalists are:
  • Pamela Brown, Visual Art K-5
  • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary
  • Hilary Fine, Visual Art, 6-12
  • Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science
  • Susan Ostheim, Visual Ar,t 9-12
  • South Broward High School
  • Keri Porter, Visual Art, K-5
  • Wingate Oaks Center
  • Nina Zakrzewski, Musical Theatre, Acting, Stagecraft, English Honors, 9-12
  • Nova High School
In other Arts Education Committee news...
A new sub-committee has been formed. The Access to the Arts Sub-Committee is geared toward the mission of expanding student’s access to professional arts and cultural events. The effort is looking at existing models like CultureShock Miami, where students ages 13-22 can buy tickets for only $5 to the best performances and two for $5 for museums in and around Miami-Dade. The first ticket must be used by a student, but the second ticket can be used by a person of any age.

Partial Restoration of Florida's Investment
in its Arts and Culture Resources

Arts for a Complete Education within the Florida Department of Education, through Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) received a grant in he amount of $110,952 when the 2012-2013 Florida budget was signed into law by the Governor last month. The VISION of FAAE “For every child in every school to have a well-rounded education that includes a comprehensive, sequential, high-quality program of arts instruction; and for all Florida communities to have broad-based cultural programs available to support lifelong learning in and through the arts.

The new state budget will provide $8.4 million ($5 million Cultural and Museum Grants and $3.4 million in capital cultural facilities) for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. The budget has been in steady decline from its 2006-2007 appropriation of $34.4 million.

For additional information about the state budget, visit Florida Cultural Alliance.


Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE)
Profile: Susan Burke, Executive Director

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) leverages funding through the Florida Department of Education (DOE) Arts for a Complete Education (ACE) Program to raise public awareness, disseminate policy and information from the DOE to the field. The ACE program directs FAAE to convene the state professional service organizations for dance, music, theatre and visual art on policy and best practices and establish local alliances in each county.

Executive Director, Florida Cultural Alliance Susan Burke played a pivotal role in developing and advancing a strategy to integrate Career, Technical Education and Arts courses in Sarasota County high schools for many years. As director of Education at the Sarasota County Arts Council from 2002 - 2005, she also served on the Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts, an Advisory Committee to the District Superintendent, and on the Arts Education Task Force, a community coalition that supports arts education in Sarasota County.

From 1996 - 2010, Burke has administered Encore! Ensemble Theatre Workshop, a summer program which she created that brings together teens from around the world to study and create theatre. In addition to her work in arts education, Burke, who has an MBA in Integrative Management from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo, has extensive experience in the private sector in project management, information management, new media and marketing, and nuclear power plant licensing.

"FAAE has an interesting role as the implementer of the ACE program. Most of our work takes place behind the scenes -we work with and through our partners. So, while we are often under the radar, we serve as the backbone support that enables us to have a collective impact in Florida."

~Susan Burke

Ayanna Hudson
Ayanna Hudson
National Endowment for the Arts
Welcomes New Director of Arts Education

In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded more than $13 million in funding through its arts education program. Beginning on July 2, that significant level of support will be guided by Ayanna Hudson, the agency's new director of arts education. Hudson joins the NEA from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she led the commission's lauded Arts for All regional collaborative designed to return arts to the core curriculum.

The NEA's arts education program supports projects that provide children and youth with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in the arts both in and outside the classroom. Funding also supports professional development for teachers, teaching artists, and other education providers. Hudson will be responsible for managing all stages of the grantmaking process including convening the panels that review applications, working with national service organizations on policy initiatives, and serving as the spokesperson for arts education at the federal level.

Grant Application Deadline: March 8 and August 9, 2012
The National Endowment for the Arts' primary Arts Education funding opportunities for organizations can be found HERE. An organization may submit only one application through the following FY 2013 Grants for Arts Projects category (see "Application Limits" for the few exceptions to this rule). For most organizations, this category represents the full range of funding options for the entire year.