WI Arts & Creativity Newsletter

Vol I, Issue 4 - March 2023

Celebrating Arts Month - Educators, Your Voice Is Powerful

I'll never forget attending a workshop that focused on helping teachers to craft and deliver their stories from the classroom in an effort to impact decision makers. If you were like me, you might think, "My voice? Who will listen to me?"

The reality is that YOUR voice IS powerful. Consider this - who knows better the challenges your students face on a day-to-day basis? Who knows better your student's growth and accomplishments? Who knows how the 'system of education' both helps and hinders your efforts?, etc. Please consider this an invitation to share both your successes and struggles. This form of 'data' is not only important, it is necessary.

Let's use this month of March to fully realize our collective potential to share out the amazing things taking place in our classrooms, to advocate for the arts in all its forms, and to communicate improvements that need to be made for the betterment of our children.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to benefit our children through the arts.


Arts Month Proclamation

State Superindentent, Dr. Jill Underly made this proclamation honoring all Arts Disciplines in Wisconsin during the month of March. Consider sharing this with your school board, administration, caregivers, students, and local press.
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Governor Evers Proposes Historic $100 Million Investment in the Arts

The Wisconsin Arts Board is excited to celebrate Governor Evers' inclusion of the arts and the Arts Board in the Additional Key Priorities Section of his 2023 – 2025 Executive Biennial Budget – to the tune of a one-time $100 million dollar investment!​​

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Open National Media Arts Committee Meeting - March 9

Interested in participating in the new national Media Arts Committee (MAC)? Join us for an open meeting - Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6:30pm ET (MAC Meetings will regularly be the 2nd Thursday of each month). RSVP at https://www.mediaartsedu.org/connect/rsvp-open-meeting. OPEN means that anyone is invited to attend!

Heart Spirit Opportunity

Compared to all other races, violence against American Indian/Alaska Native Women, they are 2.5 more times as likely to experience violent crimes and 2 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes.

RSVP with Jennifer Dahl today to join Canadian artist Cheryl Ring and create a Heart Spirit to represent one of the 97 missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives in 2022

There are open spots

Tuesday, March 14 @ 2:00-3:00

Wednesday, March 15 @ 8:30-9:30

Wednesday March 15 @ 10:30-11:30

Wednesday March 15 @ 2:00-3:00

Jennifer Dahl

Black River Falls High School Art Teacher

Wisconsin Art Education Association

Youth Art Month Chair



Visioneer Design Challenge - Register by March 17

The Visioneer Design Challenge is a unique, one-of-a kind, statewide learning program and competition for middle school and high school students interested in design arts and connecting with professional designers. Challenges have been developed by professional designers who currently work and have careers in design fields. These challenges cover design in everyday things, design of spaces and places, design for communication and information and design for human interaction. This program may connect directly to your school district’s goal of preparing students for post-secondary readiness. Some examples of design areas since the program’s launch have included: Architecture, Animation, Digital Photography, Exhibit Design, Fashion Marketing, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Point-of-Purchase Design, Product Design, Urban Planning, Video Production and Web Design.


Wisconsin Music Educators Association Capitol Concerts

Each year, WMEA sponsors school music group concerts in the State Capitol Rotunda during March. The concerts kick off as a celebration of NAfME’s Music In Our Schools Month and offer groups an opportunity to perform in this beautiful Wisconsin landmark. All concerts begin at Noon and are open to the public!

Click HERE For The Schedule

“Did you notice? Not even the spectacle of “the big game” could happen without the arts?” – George Tzougros

2023 Wisconsin Congressional Art Competitions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Derrick Van Orden (WI-03) announced the opening of entries for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. The winning artwork from the Third District’s competition will be displayed alongside artwork from across the nation for one year in the U.S. Capitol, as well as on House.gov’s Congressional Art Competition page.

“I’m excited to invite young artists from across Wisconsin’s Third District to participate in the 2023 Congressional Art Competition,” said Van Orden. “The students of Western Wisconsin are among the most talented in the nation, and I look forward to seeing their work proudly displayed in the U.S. Capitol.”

Along with Rep. Van Orden, these congressional districts are also hosting competitions:

1st Congressional District Art Competition

Office of Congressman Bryan Steil
Deadline: April 20

2nd Congressional District Art Competition
Office of Congressman Mark Pocan
Deadline: April 16

3rd Congressional District Art Competition
Office of Congressman Derrick Van Orden
Deadline: April 8

4th Congressional District Art Competition
Office of Congressman Gwen Moore
Deadline: April 11

5th Congressional District Art Competition
Office of Congressman Scott Fitzgerald
Deadline: May 1

6th Congressional District Art Competition
Office of Congressman Glenn Grothman
Deadline: April 13

7th Congressional District Art Competition
Office of Congressman Tom Tiffany
Deadline: April 7

8th Congressional District Art Competition
Office of Congressman Mike Gallagher
Deadline: April 20

9th Annual Latino Art Fair - Madison, March 3

The 9th Annual Latino Art Fair, hosted by Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development (LOUD), will take place Friday, March 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison.

The Overture Center for the Arts and Dane Arts will also host the 9th Annual Latino Art Fair which will honor the country of Cuba and the partnership with the Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association.

Photo: Madison365 Staff

Read More Here: https://madison365.com/9th-annual-latino-art-fair/

World Premiere Wisconsin To Host Inaugural Festival Celebrating New Plays And Musicals, March 1- June 30


Four years in the making, after extensive planning and collaboration amongst a team of noted Wisconsin theater professionals, World Premiere Wisconsin has announced its inaugural festival comes to Wisconsin this spring. The theater festival will run March 1 - June 30, 2023 throughout the state - from the tip of Door County to the state line and across 20 distinct zip codes.

SEL DAY 2023

The fourth annual SEL Day will take place on March 10th. SEL4US and The Urban Assembly invite schools and communities around the globe to celebrate the importance of social emotional learning (SEL). The theme this year is Uplifting Hearts, Connecting Minds. Learn more about how to participate in #SELday at selday.org/.


G-E-T Band Selected To Represent State At Pearl Harbor Parade In Hawaii

When Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School band teacher Tony Kading first opened a letter telling him that his students had been selected to perform in the annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, he thought he was being scammed.

He couldn’t let that go to chance, so he dialed the number on the invite. The result of that call will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for his students later this year.

Read More Here: Trempealeau County Times

Photo: (Times photographs by Benjamin Pierce)

Platteville music teacher tuning up for trip to Colombia through Fulbright program

Amelia Armstrong hopes an international trip she will take this summer will help her teach the students of Platteville High School about the music of different cultures and the value of global education. Armstrong teaches vocal music, guitar and digital audio classes at Platteville High School. She is participating in a yearlong Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, which will culminate in a field experience teaching in Colombia in July.

Photo: Stephen Gassman

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Appleton celebrates Black History Month with unique event

The event was open to the entire community at Appleton East High School - which provided a chance to learn about the contributions of black individuals in areas of music, poetry and theatre.

Read More & Watch Video Here

Madison All-City Honor Band returns after COVID hiatus

The first note from the Madison All-City Honor Band in nearly three years was a B-flat. It rang out from a mix of trumpets, trombones, flutes and other instruments at a Feb. 14 rehearsal, which brought about 30 Madison middle schoolers from five middle schools together in the Hamilton band room.

Photo: Ruthie Hauge

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Student musicians learn through live performance at Sun Prairie JazzFest

The festival — which was started in 1993 and went online in 2021 before resuming an in-person format last year — was in full force as usual recently at Sun Prairie West High School. Students took part in a performance critiqued by jazz professionals, and then in a follow-up clinic received additional feedback and input and worked on those areas.

Photo: Pamela Cotant

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Bands from two area schools to take part in national jazz band festival, competition

Bands from Beloit Memorial High School and Sun Prairie West High School are among the 15 finalists for this year's Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Band Festival. The top 15 schools were chosen from a list of 100 hopefuls.

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TIME TO AUDITION: Kids From Wisconsin Enters 55th Year

Each year since 1969, the Kids From Wisconsin has auditioned and selected some of the state’s most talented young adults to tour across Wisconsin and hone their performance skills. This year will be Kids From Wisconsin’s 55th year of auditions and they’ll be in Eau Claire on March 3.

Thirty-six talented singers/dancers and instrumentalists ages 15-20 will be selected from the auditions – this year’s upcoming auditions are on March 2 in Manitowoc; March 3 in Eau Claire; March 4 in Milwaukee – and will spend the upcoming summer experiencing professional rehearsal and tour life, performing to over 120,000 people and more than 30 communities.

Photo: Branden Nall

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In photos: Kids create wildlife paintings in art class at Racine museum

Children use their imaginations to create winter woodland animal scenes on canvas during a painting class inside Racine's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts.

Photo: Scott Williams

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La Crosse Community Theatre offers all-inclusive theater program

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -- Empowering children with specific needs and disabilities through theater. The La Crosse Community Theatre is launching it's 'Penguin Project' for 2023 with this year's musical being 'Honk Jr.'

According to LCT, the 'Penguin Project' is for anyone, including but not limited to, children and young adults ages 8 to 21 with specific needs and disabilities who are blind, visually impaired, speech impaired, deaf, hard-of-hearing, and use wheelchairs. Also included are children and young adults with mental, learning, congenital, and psychiatric disabilities. Additionally, participants who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome.

Photo: Carly Swisher, WXOW

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Onalaska hosts free 300-person band concert

The Onalaska school district hosted its' first all-district band concert on Sunday, Feb. 5. Audience members were able to enjoy performances by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band, and performances by the high school's concert and wind ensembles. For the grand finale performance, all musicians grades 6-12 played the same piece, giving a 300-person concert band experience. The school raised money through concessions, which will go towards purchasing instruments for middle schoolers who cannot afford to rent or buy one.

Photo: Anna Fischer

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Pulaski Band and Choir begin fundraising for the 2024 Rose Parade

The annual Rose Parade in Pasadena is 11 months away, but the Pulaski Music Program is preparing now. It held its biggest fundraiser today, with proceeds going to help send the band and choir to the big event in California. For the first time ever, the Pulaski Choir will tag along with the band to attend the 2024 Rose Parade.

“They just reached out to choir and were like, 'hey we’ve seen all the work that you guys do too, we’d love to bring you along as well.' Choir has never gotten to go to Pasadena before so this is a first for us," says Pulaski High School Choir President, Audryn Just.

Photo: Lydia Andersen

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'It's not something you'll see anywhere else': Stoughton Norwegian Dancers prepare for Norse Afternoon of Fun

At the Norse Afternoon of Fun, 20 students from Stoughton elementary schools will also be dressed in Bunads and accompany the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers for select dances.

"Norse Afternoon of Fun is our largest fundraiser celebration leading up to Syttende Mai weekend," said dancer Grace Greenwald. "It's a really cool you get to see and it's not something you'll see anywhere else unless you're in Norway so it's a really awesome opportunity."

Photo Sara Maslar-Donar

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Black Oxygen: Art as a manifestation of culture with Chris Walker

Chris Walker is the Director of the Division of Arts, a Professor of Dance and is the Founding Artistic Director of the First Wave Program at UW-Madison. His Wisconsin journey is the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea – and starts in Jamaica. In this episode of Black Oxygen Chris discusses his Wisconsin journey, creating a culture of belonging at UW-Madison, and art as a healing mechanism. He says, “the arts allow deep empathy and space and grace for us to confront difficult subject matter.”

Listen Here: https://madison365.com/black-oxygen-art-as-a-manifestation-of-culture-with-chris-walker/

Call for Artwork

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is once again looking for art proposals from local artists. Art Criteria and Instructions for Submitting Proposals

Artists from NWTC's district are encouraged to submit proposals each month for "ready to hang" artwork priced under $1000. Proposals may be withdrawn by the artists if pieces are sold elsewhere before receiving a reply from the NWTC Art Committee.

The goal is to select indoor and outdoor art that is welcoming, inclusive, inspirational, and appealing to our student population. The NWTC community is multicultural, therefore, we desire art depicting diverse experiences.

The College is particularly interested in art that represents the activities happening in our spaces, the subjects taught in our buildings, or the inclusivity of the diverse culture of our local community.

Visit our Flickr page to see the art in our permanent collection (including the pieces we have purchased in the last few years.)

Direct any questions and submit the complete proposals to art@nwtc.edu.

DNR now taking entries for wildlife stamp design - deadline July 15

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting artwork entries for the Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. The winning designs will appear on the 2024 collection of stamps.

Each year, local artists from around Wisconsin compete for an opportunity to have their artwork commemorated in a historic way on the wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamps.

Sales of these three stamps bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for species management throughout the state, including habitat management, restoration, education and research projects. Hunters are required to purchase stamps to harvest these game birds.

Photo Sam Timm

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Classics for Kids Foundation invites applications from K-12 music programs Deadline: March 31, 2023

The Classics for Kids Foundation believes that playing a stringed instrument can transform a child and give them experiences and skills that can help make them more successful.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its matching grant program, which will award grants to schools or nonprofit organizations in support of incorporating string instruments in K-12 music education programs. All instruments in the string family are supported (including guitars and ukuleles).

Applicants must have nonprofit status and be based in the United States.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Classics for Kids Foundation.

Link to complete RFP

Creative Capital invites applications for radical visual arts and film/moving image projects- Deadline March 31

The Creative Capital aims to fund artists in the creation of groundbreaking new work, amplify the impact of their work, and foster sustainable artistic careers.

To that end, Creative Capital invites applications for its Wild Futures Visual Arts & Film 2024 Open Call. The organization will support conceptually and formally interesting, challenging, risk-taking, never-before-seen projects. While selecting projects that are interesting, genre-stretching, and adventurous is at the core of the Creative Capital mission, multidisciplinary projects and projects that push boundaries within a single genre are invited.

Deadline: March 31, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. ET (Letters of Inquiry)


NEA Grant Opportunities

Grant guidelines and application materials are now available for Research Grants, Challenge America, and Grants for Arts Projects (GAP). These grants to organizations support specific projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions.

Creative Writing Fellowships in Prose enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The NEA will continue to hold webinars and question-and-answer sessions in March for prospective applicants. See the list below in the Upcoming Deadlines and Events section of this newsletter for the current webinars and sessions, and check at arts.gov/news/events for updates.

[NOTE: the archived webinars are linked to from their respective grant guideline Applicant Resources pages. We now have GAP and Research Awards archived.]




The NEA National Heritage Fellowships is the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Each year since 1982, the program recognizes recipients' artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.

Roots of American Culture: A Cross-Country Visit with Living Treasures of the Folk and Traditional Arts celebrates the 2022 NEA National Heritage Fellowship honorees.

Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)

Haudenosaunee Raised Beadworker

2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow
Stevens Point, Wisconsin


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Control Alt Achieve from Eric Curts

Google Chrome Can Do That?!

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. Chances are you use it, or have used it.

But are you getting the most out of it?

Chrome is loaded with lots of helpful features and tools that make your work easier, help you be more productive, and extend your abilities way beyond just browsing the web.

A while back a did a series of blog posts and videos on Google Chrome, where we explored lesser known features, tips, tricks, and helpful ideas for getting the most out of Chrome.

To make it simpler to access all of that content I have pulled everything together in one place. For each topic below you will find a short tutorial video, a basic overview, and a link to the original blog posts with even more details.

Over time I will continue to add new content here as Google Chrome continues to add features and improvements. Also, be sure to let me know your suggestions for tips that I should add. I would love to learn from you!


2021 Educator Preparation Program and Workforce Analysis Report

Schools are experiencing a shortage of teachers in Wisconsin. While this is not a problem unique to Wisconsin, this report examines why this is the case when there are more educator preparation program completers than retirements overall in the state. Initial data, which merits further study, demonstrates that the state is steadily losing teachers in their first five years of employment and that certain areas of licensure are particularly hard to fill for employers. This report is based on data available to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and covers data on enrollment, completion, tests and, new this year, data covering retention rates, salary, demographics and retirements. Some data points from this year’s report include:

  • Teacher retention rates are 67 percent after their first five years.
  • Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) passage rates are 54 percent for firsttime test takers and the FORT is a particular barrier to teachers of color when compared to white test takers.
  • Out of a possible 5,391 new public school teachers who completed a program, the state only added 3,618 teachers.
  • The teaching workforce continues to be overwhelmingly white and female.
  • Enrollment in educator preparation programs is still below 2008-09 levels.
  • Wisconsin is producing more teachers overall than there are retirements.
  • Median salaries and wages for educators have been dropping over the last decade.


How a School District Used Music Teaching to Keep Students Connected

The pandemic quite literally took some of the air out of many school music and band programs. But it has also provided new routes to engage students in music and school.

That’s one implication from a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. It looks at how secondary students have experienced music instruction via both traditional and virtual programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Researchers analyzed students who participated in Los Angeles’s virtual middle school music program, or other in- and out-of-school music instruction in a descriptive analysis for an ongoing research series.

Read More Here: Education Week

Photo: Ben Fogletto/The Press of Atlantic City via AP

Who Takes Music With Them When They Transition to High School?

The majority of students who had taken music in eighth grade dropped music upon entering high school. Only 24.5 percent, that’s one in four students, persisted in some type of music education in ninth grade after eighth grade.

Overall, only 24.5% of students taking a music elective in eighth grade continued to do so in ninth grade (band = 20.4%, chorus = 21.8%, guitar = 12.3%, orchestra = 20.4%). Initially more academically competent students (higher eighth-grade grade point average and reading and math scores) and students with disabilities were more likely to persist with music from eighth to ninth grade.

1) Once kids are in they are more likely to stay in.

2) Students with diabilities had a 36 percent greater odds of persisting in music than their peers without disabilities.

3) “The experience within each music classroom should first and foremost be catered toward fostering a love and appreciation for music,” this is from the article, “not just, for example, proficiency in one’s major skills,” end quote.

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P-5 STEAM Education as an Engine for Equity

Can including the arts in STEM education provide opportunities to improve access, equity, inclusion and outcomes in learning spaces? Our colleagues at Education Commission of the States published P-5 STEAM Education as an Engine for Equity. This Policy Outline highlights strategies to provide STEAM education to students in pre-K through fifth grade and shares three innovative programs that are supporting equitable outcomes for young learners through STEAM education.

Visual arts as a lever for social justice education: labor studies in the high school art curriculum

Did you know? Results from a 2010 study indicate that by learning about social labor issues through the visual arts, students were eager to connect in-school learning to their own lives as a way of navigating or negotiating their cultural values.

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Why music causes memories to flood back

When Laura Nye Falsone’s first child was born in 1996, the Wallflowers album “Bringing Down the Horse” was a big hit. “All I have to hear are the first notes from ‘One Headlight,’ and I am back to dancing … with my brand-new baby boy in my arms,” she says. “It fills my heart with joy every time”

When Carol Howard’s early-onset Alzheimer’s worsened, often she couldn’t recognize her husband. She once introduced him as her father. But if she heard a 1960s Simon & Garfunkel song playing, Howard, a marine biologist who died in 2019, could sing every word “effortlessly,” her husband says.

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Save The Music, in partnership with Soundtrap for Education, is proud to present a free Soundtrap Workshop led by expert presenter and music educator Serena Dewey. We hope you will join us!

In this virtual and interactive session, participants will be able to immediately get creative in the Soundtrap studio. Participants will experience the joy and excitement of creating and gaining culturally responsive activities usable in the classroom tomorrow. Participants will also gain insights from their peers and share their knowledge and expertise on using Soundtrap.

Soundtrap Workshop
Wednesday, March 15th
7 - 8 PM ET

2023 NEA Jazz Masters Honored at Free Events

Washington, DC—In honor of the 2023 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters—Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett, Louis Hayes, and Sue Mingus—the NEA is collaborating with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on a series of free events March 30-April 1 that will give audiences opportunities to experience the honorees’ music, stories, and knowledge. These events mark the culmination of the 40th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters, which since 1982 has awarded more than 160 fellowships to great figures in jazz. https://www.arts.gov/news/press-releases/2023/2023-nea-jazz-masters-honored-free-events
Celebrate the 2023 NEA Jazz Masters

Student Master Class with 2023 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Garrett

Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 12:30pm ET

2023 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Garrett will conduct a master class with Howard University student musicians at Howard University’s Childers Recital Hall, 2455 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059. The public is invited to observe and no registration is necessary (seating is first-come, first-served).

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Only 60 Seats Remain

Calling All Secondary Educators! Join AFS-USA and educators from one of 5 countries in the Global Up Educator program for 5 weeks this spring. Learn about culture, identity, communication and conflict styles, and teaching for global competence via self-paced online modules and LIVE dialogue sessions via Zoom. You’ll gain tremendous insight and classroom ideas, an international teaching partner, & 20 professional growth hours at no cost to you! Learn more: https://bit.ly/GlobalUpInfoAFSUSA See schedules and sign up today: https://bit.ly/GlobalUpAFSUSA23

Dane Co. conference to hold workshops for independent artists

The Dane Arts Buy Local 2023 Business of Arts Conference II, which will be held March 30 through April 1, will offer workshops for independent working artists and arts administrators.

“Dane County has a unique community or artists who contribute to our local economy, and we are excited to celebrate and support their careers with these upcoming workshops,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

Workshops offered at the conference include learning how to set up a shop, social media and accounting. Organizers say there will also be time to network and get a professional headshot taken.

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Annual Wisconsin Dance Conference

Save the date! The annual dance conference is the place to connect and grow with the dance community - don’t miss out! MyArts Madison, WI October 21st, 2023

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Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference June 1-4, New York City

Conference Theme - The Creative Ecosystem: People, Process, Power

Inspired by the conference location of New York City, one of the most artistically vibrant and culturally diverse multi-tier cities, we are inviting you to embark on an investigation of the creative ecosystem, from an arts-administration perspective.

The dynamic development of the field and the accelerated digitalization caused by the pandemic have impacted teaching, learning, creating, and experiencing, and this has prompted a need to reflect on the key elements and dimensions of the creative ecosystem in different parts of the world and to appraise what the future might look like.

Striking a balance among people, process, and power has become a central challenge for the creative ecosystem. We would like to invite you to interrogate the creative ecosystem through all or any of the three lenses.

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American String Teachers Association National Conference, March 15-18, Orlando, FL

We are thrilled to welcome you to the 2023 national conference themed, Building a More Inclusive Community. Community is at the heart of ASTA, and we hope that you will reconnect with colleagues and make new friends. Expanding our community and increasing access to string instruction is central to our organizational mission and requires commitment from all of us. We hope that you attend concerts and sessions during the conference that inspire you as well as discussions and sessions that stretch your ideas and practices.

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National Art Education Association National Convention, April 13-15, San Antonio, TX

Please join the NAEA community as visual arts, design, and media arts educators come together April 13–15, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas and virtually for the 2023 NAEA National Convention. This unparalleled professional learning event offers hundreds of sessions, workshops, and opportunities designed to inform, inquire, inspire, and create connections.

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Differentiated Instruction In and Through the Arts, March 20-April 14 Online

This online course will offer participants a deep-dive into the instructional framework of Differentiated Instruction and its application in arts learning environments. Differentiated Instruction practices will be applied to standards-aligned arts instruction (“in” the arts), as well as to arts-integrated settings that meet both arts and academic content standards (“through” the arts). Differentiated Instruction In and Through the Arts will require active participation, but has been built to invite that engagement through learner choices that differentiate based on professional settings, readiness for advanced content, and learning styles.



The Wisconsin Arts Integration Symposium is a community for educators, teaching artists, researchers, and administrators.

Participants will:

  • Engage in experiential training with peers
  • Gain tangible strategies for implementation in educational settings
  • Shape the future of arts-integrated learning

When: April 21-22, 2023

Where: MyArts
1055 E Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703


Play, Make, Learn Conference July 20-21, 2023 Madison

The deadline to submit a proposal at the 2023 Play Make Learn Conference (PML) is quickly approaching! PML is a gathering of researchers, game designers, makers, artists, and educators. The conference is a place for collaboration and discovery in the design, research and practice of playful learning, games for learning and positive social impact, making and makerspaces, STEAM education, and arts integration in education.

PML creates an inspirational space for PreK-12 students, educators, designers, developers, innovators, librarians, museum professionals, makers, and researchers to tinker together, share knowledge, and celebrate one another’s work.

Interested in attending, but not presenting? Save the date for registration opening in April!

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship -Due April 1

Through the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, public school educators develop the knowledge and skills to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world. Fellows transform their classrooms to give students a global perspective.

Over the course of a year, NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows immerse themselves in online coursework, webinars, reading and reflection as well as in a two-day professional workshop and an international field study. The field study brings the cohort together to investigate the historical and cultural context of the country they visit and learn about its education system through meetings with policymakers, business and nonprofit leaders as well as visits to schools to meet teachers, students and administrators. The NEA Foundation partners with EF Educational Tours, a global leader in international education, to design transformative field study experiences for the Fellows. The field study country for the 2024 cohort is Costa Rica.

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FREE Educational Equity Online Spring Institute March 23

As a result of participating in this Institute, attendees will:

  • increase racial literacy relevant to the students and families they serve,

  • explore how racism impacts our relationships with each other and with institutions and how societal practices affect our schools and educational system, and

  • engage in learning opportunities that address racial disparities and create belonging in Wisconsin schools.

Register and see the agenda here: https://www.thenetworkwi.com/fy23-spring-institute

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“For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them.” – John Ridley (Milwaukee native)

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