Current Opportunities

March 2018

Professional Learning Opportunities, Events, and Conferences


Registration is open for PASCD’s Whole Child Academy. Teachers and administrators can earn 30 Act 45/48 hours by attending the event at MCIU 23 in Norristown. Spring and summer dates are April 4May 3, and June 14. Registration is $400 for PASCD members and $465 for non-members.

The NAEA School for Art Leaders is accepting applications for the Art Leaders Class of 2018. This year’s School for Art Leaders will be held at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Each class of 25 educators or fewer will participate in a five-day session from July 9-13 followed by virtual learing modules in the fall. Applications are due April 9.

Rivers of Steel Arts (RoSA) will host a meet and greet in partnership with Monmade on April 11 from 7-9pm at Voodoo Brewing in Homestead. Artists and creatives who live and/or work in Mon Valley towns are specifically invited to gather and discuss how this regionally-focused initiative can support your work and the surrounding communities.

Registration is still open for the 2018 Kennedy Center Arts Summit, The Future States of America: Using the Arts to Take Us Where We Want to Go, which takes place on April 16 in Washington, DC. The summit will feature panels, interactive art activities, and curated discussions that concentrate on major themes of identity, representation, creativity, culture, and technology.

Registration is now open for Summer Forum 2018: Professional Development for Artists and Educators at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Summer Forum offers 17 immersive labs across three intensive tracks for arts educators. Register by April 16 to get an early bird discount.

PDE will host a Media Arts Standards Professional Development Day put on by the Media Arts Ad Hoc Committee of PA and NJ media arts educators on April 23. The PD Day will be specifically designed to serve educators who teach a curriculum of media arts. There is no charge for registration or attendance.

PAEA is accepting nominations for Outstanding Art Educators. PAEA/NAEA members can nominate deserving art educators for the following awards: New Professional, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, Higher Ed., Special Needs, Supervisor/Administrator, Museum, Emeritus, Friend to Art Ed, and NAHS Advisor. Nominations must be submitted by April 27.

Registration is open for the Google for Education Boot Camp, which will take place at Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7 in Greensburg on June 19-20. The boot camp concerns all things Google including Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Chrome, and the GSuite for Education. Registration is $299 for PASCD members and $349 for non-members.

Registration is now open for the Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit. This year’s summit will feature teacher and bestselling author  Simon T. Bailey as well as 2016 Pennsylvania Principal of the Year Dr. Bill Ziegler. Participants can receive 40 Act 45 hours for participating. Registration is limited to the first 400 applicants. The Summit will take place in State College from July 29-31.

AEP is accepting recommendations and submissions for ArtsEdSearch Review Panel members. Contact for more information.

Pittsburgh Glass Center offers Act 48 credit for classes and workshops! Call Ashley at 412-365-2145 x210 for more details on Act 48 and Traveling Tours. Pittsburgh Glass Center Act 48 Credit (ongoing).

Student Opportunities


The 2018 NAHS/NJAHS Juried Exhibition is accepting submissions of student artwork. Showcasing the artwork of talented student artists who are members of the NAHS/NJAHS programs, this competitive exhibit provides a backdrop to a variety of national and local events held at the NAEA Studio & Gallery in Alexandria, VA. Up to 60 works of art created by NAHS/NJAHS students will be selected by jurors for inclusion in the exhibit. The deadline for submissions is April 19.

NAfME is accepting applications for the Student Composers Competition, Electronic Music Composition Competition, and more. Deadlines for the Composers and Electronic Music Composition Competitions are March 30; other deadlines fall in May.

NAfME is also accepting applications for the All-National Honors Ensemble (ANHE). The ANHE will meet this year at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. All-state 9-11th graders whose directors are NAfME members are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is May 4.

Funding Opportunities


Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) is accepting applications for Lift Grants. Lift Grants fund art projects that represent a new expression of a creative vision.  That vision can be the vision of an artist, an artistic collaboration /collective or an organization. The projects should be exciting and not the typical project for the artist/organization – the goal of the Lift Grant is to help further the work, career, and skills of the people involved. Grants between $5,000 and $20,000 are awarded twice a year. Applications are due by April 23.

GPAC is also accepting applications for Artist Opportunity Grants (AOG). Awards range between $250 and $2500. The purpose of these grants is to remove financial barriers between artists and game-changing experiences to advance your artistic career. The next round of applications is due May 21.

Miscellaneous Opportunities


Looking for More Arts in Education Resources? Check Out the Arts Education Partnership’s Publications Page!

Assemble, a community space for arts and technology, has new space that is available for rent. A great opportunity for staff retreats, field trips, or personal events.

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