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National Endowment for the Arts Awards $40,000 to the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education

On December 8th, 2015, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $40,000 to the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) to help fund an intensive professional development in arts assessment during 2016.   The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.   

 NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from SEADAE offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts). SEADAE members are constantly seeking the best assessment models to fairly and accurately measure student arts learning so as to provide schools and districts with credible assessment resources for use in state and local assessment systems. Advances in technology, state initiatives in arts assessments, and research based identification processes for arts learning have all impacted further development in arts assessment methods. Assessment and data-driven decision-making are key drivers in education. Staying current with assessment advances is critical to members of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) in their roles supporting a comprehensive arts education in their respective states and across the nation. 

“SEADAE continues to seek a stronger alignment of instruction, assessment, and resources that our arts educators can use to enhance the arts education opportunities of our students,” said SEADAE President, Dr. Julie Palkowski, Wisconsin Department of Education. “The Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts offers support for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education to continue this review and to help fund the development and dissemination of in-depth arts assessment professional development during 2016.”