Are you working to build community in your town, your school, your studio? How can your art form help you? Join us Tuesday, December 10, 4:30-6pm as we discuss how dance can support connection and community in both small and big ways with artist educator Daisy Valdivia! Email PL@lunadanceinstitute.org to join in via video conferencing and discover more about this event here.
Curious how our political leaders and candidates think about the arts? How might they support arts education when in office? Ben Folds leads ArtsVote 2020, a podcast series interviewing the 2020 presidential candidates. Listen to stay informed and consider who you want to support in upcoming elections.
The National Arts Action Summit is a multi-day event, March 30-31, 2020 in Washington, D.C., giving you the opportunity to receive crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice on Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with over 85 national arts organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington, DC to meet with their Members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Why should I attend the National Arts Action Summit?
- Networking with your fellow arts advocates from across the country and go on congressional visits led by State Captains.
- Learning the latest research facts and figures on the arts to help make your case.
- Strategizing with experienced advocates during an interactive role play session on how to make the case for the arts and arts education to your Members of Congress.
Registration for winter/spring Studio Lab is now open!
Register for our Early Childhood classes (3 yrs, 4 & 5 yrs), Creative Dance Improvisation (5-7 yrs), Improvisation + Dance Fundamentals (8-11 yrs), or our tween/teen Improvisation + Comp classes today!
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If you are interested in making a donation of goods for our March 7th Moon Dance: A Marvelous Night… event, or in providing event sponsorship, we gratefully accept. Please contact Aiano (firstname.lastname@example.org). As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, your donation is considered a charitable gift and may be tax-deductible. Luna’s EIN is 56-2467645.
In celebration of Luna’s 28th birthday, we’re holding another one of our fabulous & fun fundraising events on March 7, 2020. We’re returning to the Clif Bar Theater in Emeryville and hope you will join us for dancing and socializing with our community of artists, educators, parents, staff, board, and activists. We’ll be posting up-to-date information as we learn more… meanwhile, please mark your calendars!
by Mary Beth Barber, reposted from Create CA
Professional education writers worked diligently with a team of 20 arts education advisors for months from January to August this year. The draft Arts Framework is available for a first round of public review until December 1. Here are excerpts from the five reasons why you should read the draft Arts Framework and comment before the deadline. To read the whole article, go here.
- The Arts Framework will likely be in place past 2030. . The Arts Framework will be the leading guide for dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts in California public schools… CDE published the last arts framework in 2004. This one will likely be in place for at least a decade, likely more. This is the time to have input.
- How schools teach the arts shifts with the new Arts Standards. The previous Visual and Performing Arts standards had a focus on content. The newly adopted Arts Standards are grounded in arts processes with anchor standards based on these processes. This represents a significant shift…
- Media Arts now stands alone. Media arts was not considered its own VAPA discipline previously…. That has changed…
- Prevent unintended consequences. While instructional frameworks are advisory, most schools abide by frameworks to the letter, and the language in a framework can have far-reaching consequences….
- Advocate for more arts education. The Arts Framework is not just for those who teach the arts in the classroom…The document directly addresses how to implement robust arts education in schools to further educational goals and positive school climate.
Patricia is now an official doctoral candidate! This means that she starts her research now and will complete her dissertation in the spring with hopes to add to the scant amount of published research in dance education. She needs help collecting data from California elementary classroom teachers or specialists, including Physical Education. If you are willing to participate or know classroom teachers who care about children’s creativity and would be willing to complete a 15-minute questionnaire, please sign the consent form here.
Heather is accepting electronic or mailed consents and will send out links to each person’s individualized electronic instrument beginning the week of October 7th to those who have given consent. Questionnaires are due back no later than November 30th. Thanks in advance for supporting dance education research!
See the formal letter from Patricia about this research here.
It can be challenging to talk about race. One way in is by listening to others – their perspectives, the questions they ask. Created by journalists of color, Code Switch is a weekly podcast that shares the voices of real people and the stories of how racial and inequity issues affect their lives. Several episodes explore race & equity in education, and this episode includes a conversation about our role as dance educators – check it out & keep the conversations going!