Arts News for Teachers

In the News

National Gallery of Art Program for Kentucky Teachers

Actor's Theatre of Louisville Presents 2009 Student Matinee Program (Louisville)

UK Art Museum Offers Support Program for Educators (Lexington)

Books as Bridges Project

Arts Toolkit News
Second Edition Dance Toolkit Now Available
On the Web
Some Cool Sites
Arts and Academics: Recent Studies

In the News

National Gallery of Art Program for Kentucky Teachers

The National Gallery of Art invites Kentucky teachers (K-12) to apply for a six-day seminar that explores American art and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Individual sessions integrate art, social history, language arts, and learning theory through an examination of the collections of the National Gallery of Art.

Each Kentucky educator accepted will receive a stipend of $2,000 for participating in the Teacher Institute. Payment will be made upon submission of the completed fellowship report.

For information and an application, visit the education section of the Gallery's Web site at

Applications are due on or before March 15, 2010 . These special funds have been reserved specifically to encourage participation by Kentucky educators.

Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Presents 2009 Student Matinee Program

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2009-2010 Student Matinee program creates entertaining and educational experiences for teachers and students that celebrate, challenge, and explore the dramatic arts.

Actors Theatre members lead classroom workshops before and after Student Matinee productions and help students better understand all the elements of a dramatic performance. The group creates extensive teaching guides infused with Core Content connections aimed at sparking curiosity and discussion.

For more information about the Student Matinee program, including a schedule and registration information, as well as other workshops, tours, and outreach programs, visit ATL’s Web site.

UK Art Museum Offers Support Program for Educators

As part of its Museum Support to Educators (MUSE) series, the University of Kentucky Art Museum offers professional development events during the 2009-2010 school year.

The final event, a tea time introduction to the Bluegrass Collects: The New English Arts Club exhibition, will take place on Wednesday, March 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

All MUSE events have a registration fee of $10 to $20. For more information, contact the UK Art Museum at 859-257-1926 or visit the UK Art Museum's Web site.

Books as Bridges Project Connects Classrooms Worldwide

The Lexington-based International Book Project has been distributing books to those in need, both within the United States and abroad, since 1966. Now the IBP is offering the Books as Bridges Project to connect Kentucky classrooms to other cultures through Peace Corps volunteers or classrooms in other countries.

Each participant in the project is given contact information for a Peace Corps volunteer or teacher, a disposable camera to take pictures of the participating class, information about the country where the contact is located, and $25 to offset expenses.

If you are interested in participating, e-mail Lynda Jeffries at, or visit the International Book Project Web site for more information.

Arts Toolkit News

Second Edition Dance Toolkit Now Available

The new second edition of the Dance Arts Toolkit from KET includes greatly expanded video resources. The toolkit includes five DVDs with new video of dances from India, China, South America, and Native American cultures. The toolkit also includes a binder with lesson plans, glossaries, and other informational materials; and a set of Idea Cards. All materials address Kentucky’s Program of Studies and Core Content for grades K-12.

The cost of the Dance Toolkit is $99, with quantity discounts available.

To order any of the Arts Toolkits, call KET Duplication Services at (800) 945-9167, or fax or mail the online order form.

On the Web

Some Cool Web Sites

Arts Research/National News: The Americans for the Arts site includes everything from arts news from around the country to events, opportunities and resources, and research and information.

Visual Arts: NGA Kids from the National Gallery of Art provides fun activities for children and resources for teachers.

Visual Arts: The Artist’s Toolkit enables students to explore the tools artists use to create works of art. The Web site is a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dance: American Ballet Theatre has a wonderful interactive Ballet Dictionary featuring dancers illustrating key terms.

Multi-Arts: PBS Teachers provides access to the amazing resources that accompany such signature cultural series as Great Performances, American Masters, and Masterpiece Theatre. You can also sign up for a weekly e-newsletter.

Arts and Academics: Recent Studies

National Endowment for the Arts Releases Study on the Arts and Civic Engagement—A large-population survey from the NEA has found links between arts participation and community health. People who participate in the arts are people who help make communities thrive, according to “The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life.” It reveals that people who participate in the arts also engage in positive civic and individual activities—such as volunteering, going to sporting events, and participating in outdoor activities—at significantly higher rates than non-arts participants. The report shatters the stereotype that art is an escapist or passive activity, showing instead that it is associated with a range of positive behaviors. The study also reveals that young adults (18-34) show a declining rate of both arts participation and civic activities. Visit the NEA online newsroom for the full press release.

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement—This new advocacy brochure describes in non-technical terms what the research says about how study in the arts contributes to academic achievement and student success. This eloquent case for the arts can be ordered in bulk from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies for distribution to school boards, school-based councils, administrators, and other decision makers. The information is based on Critical Links—Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, a study released in 2002 by the Arts Education Partnership and funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Project SMARTArt—A Case Study in Elementary School Media Literacy and Arts Education—The Center for Media Literacy, the Music Center Education Division, AnimAction Inc., and the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Leo Politi Elementary School recently designed and implemented Project SMARTArt (Students using Media, Art, Reading, and Technology) through a federal grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts. The aims of the project are to achieve a new understanding of media literacy and to develop new guiding principles for integrated programs involving the arts, media literacy, and other academic content areas.

Reading at Risk—The National Endowment for the Arts has released Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a research report presenting the results from the literature segment of the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.