WI Arts & Creativity Newsletter

Vol I, Issue 2 - January 2023

Happy New Year!

Did you set a New Year's resolution? I did, but did you know...

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman involving 3,000 people found that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail?

Even after reading this data point, I still set some goals. I believe that failing is a necessary part of learning. In fact, I take comfort in the words of Michelangelo when he stated,

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."

So, aim high and fail! Fail again and then fail better. Learn from your mistakes and keep making small changes that will ultimately lead to success. Allow 2023 to be the fresh start you need to not only improve your teaching but also your life.

THANK YOU for taking a bit of time to read this newsletter. Let me know if there is anything I can do anything to help you and the important work that you are doing.

Here's to a great 2023!



2023 Wisconsin Aviation Art Contest (deadline Friday Jan. 20th)

    Calling all art and/or aviation enthusiasts! The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) invites K-12 students to participate in the International Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Air Sports and the Environment.”

      The contest is open to Wisconsin students in multiple age groups, and the top three entries in each age group will be displayed in the Wisconsin State Capitol and will advance to the national competition. In addition, they will be awarded: 1st Place: $100 gift card for art or aviation supplies OR an airplane ride for the winner and a guest; 2nd Place: $75 gift card for art or aviation supplies; 3rd Place: $50 gift card for art or aviation supplies

      For more information, visit the WisDOT Art Contest webpage: http://wisconsindot.gov/artcontest

      Fall Arts & Creativity Consultant Tour Survey Results

      As you know, this past fall I traveled over 1,600 miles throughout Wisconsin visiting visual art, media art, music, and theatre classrooms. I surveyed those I visited (and few unexpected, but welcomed additions) and these are the results. If you have time, take a look. The data is rich with context and certainly mirrors the challenges faced in classrooms today. I will continue asking these questions on future visits and would always welcome your input.

      YoungArts Competition Results

      In 1979, President Carter expanded the United States Presidential Scholars Program to honor up to 20 students who demonstrate excellence in the visual, creative and performing arts through an artistic competition. For two years, the Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS in Princeton, NJ) for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

      In 1981, the ARTS competition is formally transferred from ETS to the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA), a non-profit organization founded by Ted and Lin Arison. Today known as YoungArts, they have served more than 20,0000 artists across the country.

      Every year thousands of performing, visual and literary artists age 15-18 apply to YoungArts through our national competition. Finalists attend National YoungArts Week to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Finalists in their senior year are further eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

      All award winners—including Finalist, Merit and Honorable Mention award levels—receive mentorship and financial awards; gain access to a lifetime of creative, professional development and funding opportunities; and become part of an uplifting, inter-generational community that helps artists connect, create and collaborate.

      CONGRATULATIONS to the following Wisconsin students who were selected in the following areas:

      Honorable Mention

      Sophie Tosh - Kettle Moraine High School (Dance)

      Ashley Olszewski - Pius Xi High School, Milwaukee (Photography)

      Charley Vander Molen - Milwaukee School of the Arts (Voice)


      Angel Rivera - Pius Xi High School, Milwaukee (Theatre)

      Lily Marquardt - Pius Xi High School, Milwaukee (Visual Arts)

      Wisconsin is very proud of you! The 2024 YoungArts application opens June 2023.

      Apply To Be A Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence (Due March 3)

      As stated by the CMA "Over the last decade, the CMA Foundation has been committed to investing in quality music education throughout the country. As our work has progressed and we’ve learned more about the overwhelming challenges that face music education – and its educators, we felt motivated to go beyond simply supporting the education system but to also champion the incredible human beings who go well above and beyond their role and responsibilities in the classroom and who are vital to their students and communities."

      Teachers can learn more and apply here: https://cmafoundation.org/music-teachers-of-excellence/


      Combined Bands From Northern Wisconsin March in Tournament of Roses Parade

      For the eight area high schools marching in the 134th Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2023, it has been a season of firsts.

      Nearly 400 students form the Wisconsin Northwoods Marching Band. It was the first time any band from Northern Wisconsin has been in the parade. Not only was the combined ensemble the largest band to march in 2023, but it also will make the record books as the second largest marching band in Rose Parade history.

      For the band members, staff, proud families and supporters, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They marched with 20 other bands from all across the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and Panama, and perform for 700,000 viewers along the 5.5 mile parade route in Pasadena, California.

      “That’s enough people to fill Lambeau Field 10 times!” exclaimed Lakeland Union High School Band Director Bill Richter. “It’s just mind-blowing!” Millions more watched on television and online.

      Marching in the Rose Parade has been years in the making, and countless hours of practice, fundraising and logistical preparations.

      Congratulations to music educators Forrest Mann (Northland Pines), Tyler Schuster (Mosinee), Robert Perkins (Wausau East), Bethany Puffer (Three Lakes), Austin Kappel (Antigo), Elli Wilk (Merrill), Bill Richter (Lakeland Union), Joe Finnegan (D.C. Everest).

      Read More About It Here

      Watch Them Perform In The Parade Here (start at 36:45)

      Source Material: Kathy Cutforth, NorthwoodsNews.com

      Cedarburg HS Art Student Draws Attention To Climate Change

      A Cedarburg High School senior aims to make a statement through art, and she's combining two of her passions. As an Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art student, Janssen-Hayes is creating an entire portfolio all about climate change. Watch Video Here (great story!!)

      Source Material: CBS 58 - Milwaukee

      Inauguration Ceremony Featured Wisconsin Ensembles

      The inauguration ceremony was held in the State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, January 3 and featured performances by the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, the Waukesha South Marching Band, and the 132nd Army Band of the Wisconsin National Guard. Congratulations to everyone involved!

      Watch the ceremony and performances here

      Holmen Elementary School Students' Art Hung At Downtown LaCrosse Gallery

      Elementary school students from Holmen have their art displayed at a downtown art gallery. The art of roughly 100 students is on the second floor of the Pump House Regional Arts Center in downtown La Crosse. Click Here To Watch The Story

      Source Material: Channel 8000 – La Crosse

      Wenzlaff visits West Bend High To Thank Band For Saving His Life

      Tom Wenzlaff nearly died from cardiac arrest on Sept. 23 while leaving the press box at West Bend High School after the West Bend East football game. On Wednesday, he stopped by West Bend High School to thank the band students who alerted school staff that he needed medical attention, which saved his life, and let them know he is doing well. Read Full Story Here

      Source Material: GMToday

      Former Mazomanie Student Slated For Movie "Wicked"

      Marissa Bode, a former student from Mazomanie, will make her feature film debut as Nessarose, Elphaba’s sister in Jon M. Chu’s upcoming “Wicked” film. Bode, like her character, uses a wheelchair, and she has been acting since she was 8 years old. Read more about her amazing story here and here.

      Source Material: Madison Magazine & Variety

      White House Decorations Include Teacher and Student Art

      There are 77 Christmas trees in the White House. And hanging on some of the branches are the self-portraits of more than 400 students—and a few of their teachers including Wisconsin's 2022 Teacher of the Year, Kabby Hong (Verona HS).

      The office of first lady Jill Biden—herself a teacher at a community college in northern Virginia—asked the state teachers of the year to have their students draw a self-portrait that would then be turned into an ornament and hung on Christmas trees in the White House. About half of the state teachers of the year participated, and on Sunday, 22 of them gathered in the White House to see their students’ artwork in person. Read More About It Here.

      Source Material: Education Week

      Artist in residence Charlie Maguire spent a week helping the students craft original songs focused on their school and community.

      Students at Four Corners Elementary School in Superior, WI spent a week creating musical odes to things that matter to them — snowmen, the Burstrom trail, Pattison Park, kindness and more — with the help of musician Charlie Maguire. They wrapped it up with a concert in the gymnasium Friday, Dec. 2, a pre-Christmas gift that will be opened via video during their holiday concert. Read More Here.

      Source Material: Superior Telegram

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      Wisconsin Humanities Grant Opportunity - Dec 15, Feb 1

      Humanities programs should be reflective experiences that engage the public. Programs can take many forms including exhibitions, performances, community discussions, guest speakers, workshops, oral history projects, panels, town halls, films, and more.

      Deadline: December 15 | Major Grant applications
      Deadline: February 1 | Mini Grant applications


      WEDC Fab Lab Grant Program - Jan 15

      The grant program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases for instructional and educational purposes in fab labs. Fab labs are high-tech workshops with the latest equipment, including computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers and computer numerical control routers.

      WEDC will provide grants of up to $25,000 to public school districts, or up to $50,000 to consortiums of two or more districts, for the creation and/or expansion of fab labs.


      National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read Grants - Jan 18

      Washington, DC—Applications are now open for grants to support NEA Big Read projects between September 2023 and June 2024. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read supports community reading programs each designed around a single NEA Big Read book selection with the goal of inspiring meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. Matching grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 each. The Intent to Apply deadline is Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Visit Arts Midwest’s website for complete grant guidelines and to apply.

      National Education Association Foundation (NEAF) Envision Equity Grants - Feb 1

      Envision Equity Grants support project-based learning and help educators to advance students’ cultural understanding and appreciation, anti-racism commitments, and understanding of civic engagement and democracy. Envision Equity grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.


      National Education Association Foundation (NEAF) Learning & Leadership Grants - Feb 1

      Learning and Leadership grants are intended to provide resources for educators hoping to engage in professional learning that can be implemented in their classrooms. Learning & Leadership grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.


      National Education Association Foundation (NEAF) Student Success Grants - Feb 1

      The NEA Foundation wants to support educators engaging students in project-based and deeper learning to support the development of skills and dispositions contributing to success and fulfillment in a changing world.

      Grants between $1,500 and $5,000 are available. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. https://www.neafoundation.org/educator-grants-and-fellowships/student-success-grants/


      Explore The Arts and Culture Of Ukraine

      Arts & Culture: Ukraine is Here
      Explore the arts and culture of Ukraine, from architecture to traditional crafts and food. Discover music, art, design, heritage and nature conservation through stories, videos, virtual tours, and 3D models to understand the history and creativity of the Ukranian people.


      What We Know About the Status of Arts Education

      In May 2021, AEP (Arts Education Partnership) published a post titled What We Know – and Don’t Know – About the Status of Arts Education. That post attempted to capture a baseline status of K-12 arts education in the United States, including data that were collected at the state level. This post in November 2022 updates the original information a year and a half later.

      Picture Of Health.

      The healing power of the arts and humanities holds out hope for today’s young doctors-in-training from John Hopkins Medicine.

      "...the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a monograph, The Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education (FRAHME), last December. It calls on academic medical centers to better equip students and trainees with “emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills” through deeper “integrative experiences” with the arts and humanities." Read More Here

      Source Material: Hopkins Medicine Magazine

      What The NAEP Results Mean for Arts Education

      "In light of the results for reading and math, state leaders are grappling with how to improve outcomes for students in these two content areas. Time and time again, research has demonstrated that arts education benefits literacy and math skills, while also teaching students to be creative and empathetic problem solvers. AEP’s Arts Matter series demonstrates these outcomes in music, visual arts, dance and theatre." Read More HERE

      Source Material: ArtsEd Amplified - Mary Dell'Erba

      Dance Program Benefits Those With Parkinsons

      Dance for PD offers people with Parkinson's the benefits of research-backed dance through in-person and online classes and videos. Watch this incredible video to learn more!

      Dance for PD: You belong here


      Theatre Safety Course (3 hours Online)

      Theatre provides a setting outside of the classroom for participants to showcase their theatrical skills, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. In order for these objectives to be met, it is important to provide a safe environment for all participants in theatre. That is why the NFHS, in partnership with the Educational Theatre Association, has created the course Theater Safety. This course will help guide administrators, directors and all those involved in theatre, with the best practices for risk minimization. So take the course Theater Safety, available for free on the NFHS Learning Center. https://nfhslearn.com/courses/theater-safety

      Crowd Manager Training (2 hours Online)

      Crowd manager training is required by all national fire code standards in public assemblies such as nightclubs, auditoriums, ballrooms and arenas. Learn what to do before an emergency occurs! https://crowdmanagers.com/


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      Chris Gleason

      Arts & Creativity Education Consultant

      Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

      This publication and previous issues are available from: Division of Academic Excellence> Teaching and Learning Team> Arts and Creativity. https://dpi.wi.gov/fine-arts/newsletter

      The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status or parental status, sexual orientation, or ability.