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Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education – Arts Education Awards

Our friends at the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education have officially opened up their call for nominations for the 2012 Arts Education Awards. The full listing of information for award types, the nomination process and how to complete a nomination is available after the jump!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is seeking nominees for the 2012 Arts Education Awards. Awards will be presented at a special Awards Banquet during The Arts Front and Center Gala, Friday, September 14, 2012. (Venue to be determined.) Award recipients will also be recognized in their home communities.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Teachers, administrators and program/institution leaders may nominate themselves or their own programs, or others may nominate them. Each award category requires a completed nomination form, a narrative that answers several questions, and supporting documents. Deadline for receipt of the complete nomination packet is Friday, June 15, 2012. This is not a postmark date; it is a receipt deadline.

Please Note: Award recipients must be present at the September 14, 2012 Arts Education Awards Banquet during the Arts Front and Center Gala to receive the award.

SELECTION PROCESS

An awards panel that includes representatives from across the state will review and evaluate all nominations submitted by the deadline. The recipient will be notified about selection by August 6, 2012. All other nominees will receive written notification once the awards have been publicly announced. Only complete nomination packets will be considered. Requests for the return of nomination materials must be accompanied by a self-addressed return mail package that includes adequate postage.

AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA

Schools of Excellence/School District
Arts Program Award

To recognize and honor individual schools or school districts that make the arts an essential part of education by:

1)teaching the arts as specific disciplines;
2)making strong interdisciplinary connections between the arts and other subjects;
3)promoting imaginative learning environments that include hands-on, creative arts-based instructional practices;
4)providing opportunities for multicultural learning through the arts.

Up to six awards are made annually, providing that a sufficient pool of nominees is available.

 Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator Award

To honor Pre K-12 arts discipline specialist, teacher, curriculum coordinator or project director who integrate the arts for:

1)superior teaching, including evidence of strong interdisciplinary planning;
2)professional involvement and leadership beyond the classroom;
3)ability to communicate effectively about arts education.

One award is made annually in dance, music, theatre, visual art and arts integration providing that a sufficient pool of nominees is available in each discipline.

 Outstanding Administrator Award

To honor a superintendent, district coordinator or principal for:

1)demonstrating support for, and commitment to high quality arts education programs;
2)active advocacy for the arts and excellent rapport with students, teachers, parents, and the community;
3)outstanding leadership in motivating teachers, other administrators, school boards, parents and community organizations to provide the best possible education—one that includes the arts—for all students.

One award is made annually, providing that a sufficient pool of nominees is available.

Arts Advocacy Award

To honor individuals, organizations, corporations, etc., who are strong advocates for arts education by.

1) demonstrating support for, and commitment to high quality arts education programs;
2) engaging in professional activity and leadership;
3) offering outstanding leadership in motivating teachers, administrators, school boards, parents and community organizations to provide the best possible education—one that includes the arts—for all students;
4) advocating for the arts and arts-in-education at the school district, community, regional or state levels
5) sharing enthusiasm, creativity, and imagination to support an arts-centric Mississippi

One award is made annually, providing that a sufficient pool of nominees is available.

Excellence in Higher Education Award

To honor individuals, departments and/or institutions in higher education for:

1)superior teaching, including evidence of arts education leadership or research;
2)professional activity and leadership beyond the local campus;
3)evidence of modeling best practices of arts education through teacher education courses and programs.

One award is made annually, providing that a sufficient pool of nominees is available.

 Exemplary Arts Service Award

To honor a MAAE member or organization that demonstrates outstanding achievement, service or contribution to arts education in Mississippi. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be a member of MAAE. In addition, the nominee must have worked in the field of arts education for at least 5 years while demonstrating some of the following:

1)active participation in the development of or support for arts programs, (e.g., artist residencies in the schools, summer arts camps, after school programs);
2)leadership in developing partnerships between schools and the community for use of cultural resources such as visits to cultural institutions, organizations, and events (art museums, concerts, and performances of opera, dance, theatre, etc.);
3)advocacy for the arts and arts-in-education at the school district, community, regional or state levels;
4)financial or in-kind support of arts programs in a school district.

One award is made annually and bestowed only when there is a candidate worthy of recognition. The MAAE Board of Directors upon recommendation by the awards panel will select the award recipient.

 Distinguished Community Arts Agency/
Cultural Institution Program Award

To honor a community arts agency or cultural institution that has been in operation at least five years and has made significant contributions to teachers, students and the community through arts programs and collaborative partnerships that:

1)stimulate community support for the arts and arts education in the schools and community;
2)demonstrate models of partnering with schools, other cultural institutions, and/or the business community to develop arts programs for youth and adults;
3)serve as a resource to schools or community arts organizations and provide services to facilitate the production of arts events performed by students.

One award is made annually, providing that a sufficient pool of nominees is available.

 Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education Award

To honor individuals for:

1) consistently making outstanding contributions to arts education throughout a career
2)advocacy for arts education throughout a career
3)professional activity and leadership in arts education beyond the occupational setting

One award is made annually, providing that a sufficient pool of nominees is available.

 Nomination Form and Supporting Materials

Please read the description of the criteria for each award carefully.

  Required for a complete nomination packet:

1) Nomination form (available below)
2) Current vita/resume (for individual award nominees only)
3) Three letters of recommendation from individuals such as:

current school district Superintendent or Chief Executive Officer;

immediate supervisor (such as dance, music, theatre, visual art, or classroom supervisor, or another administrator familiar with your teaching or work); one person of your choice who is knowledgeable about your teaching or work.

4) Enclose one copy each of: brochures, programs or articles/publicity related to or about teaching or programs; and a head shot of the nominee for the individual awards OR a picture of the group’s board, school arts leaders, etc. This picture (sent as .jpg or .tif) will be in the awards program. five minutes of edited video of your students’ or your own work. This video will be shown DURING the awards dinner as the winners are announced. BE SURE that it showcases all of the reasons the person/school/group DESERVES the award.

Please Note: The complete packet as described above may be submitted by email with attachments, or by U.S. mail. If submitting by email, send the complete packet to mark.brown@jcjc.edu   If submitting by U.S. mail, send the complete packet to:


Mark Brown
Jones County Junior College
900 S. Court St.

Ellisville, MS 39437

When submitting the videos by U.S. Mail, the accepted media are CD or DVD; no cassette or vhs tapes, please.

via Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.