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The Arts Learning Program supports the goal of lifelong learning in the arts by promoting and expanding quality arts education opportunities for all Nevada citizens.  To encourage participation in thecreative process, the program component include grants, statewide initiatives, and professional development opportunities.


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2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion

Christian Schunke, a senior at Yerington High School, was named the 2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the Ninth Annual State Finals on Saturday, March 15 in Reno. He was awarded $1,000 and his school will receive $1,000 for literary programming. Schunke will represent Nevada at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals in Washington D.C. in late April, and compete for $50,000 in awards and school stipends. 

Princess Jackson, a senior at Green Valley High School in Las Vegas, and Mikayla C. Bates, a sophomore at Elko High School, placed second and third. Each received $500, with $500 awarded to their respective schools to support literary programs. Read more.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR NEVADA STUDENTS
scholasticartwritingaward_200x200   Nineteen students from 12 Nevada schools received National Medals in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing competition. More than 255,000 submissions in visual and literary arts were submitted this year; 2,050 works earned a National Medal. "The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards serve as clear validation of young artists' and writers' creative talent, persistence and promise in their respective fields," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the administrator of the Scholastic Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will webcast the National Awards Ceremony Live from Carnegie Hall on June 6 at 6 p.m. ESTA. 
Nineteen students from 12 Nevada schools received National Medals in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing competition. More than 255,000 submissions in visual and literary arts were submitted this year; 2,050 works earned a National Medal. "The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards serve as clear validation of young artists' and writers' creative talent, persistence and promise in their respective fields," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the administrator of the Scholastic Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will webcast the National Awards Ceremony Live from Carnegie Hall on June 6 at 6 p.m. ESTA. 
 
Initiated in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious national recognition program for creative teens. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories the visual and literary arts for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
 
Nevada’s 2014 National Medalists
 
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Gold Medal, Best in Grade Award and American Visions Medal
•       Kendall Finley-Jacob, Las Vegas - photography
   
Gold Medal
•       Sasha Araujo, Las Vegas - photography
•       Bonnie Blair, Elko - painting
•       Ava Goga, Reno - poetry
•       Courtney Harper, Las Vegas - photography
•       Jeremy Novak, Reno – digital art
•       Lasca Stafford, Las Vegas – flash fiction

Silver Medal and American Visions Medal 
•       Brierley McCubbins, Sparks – photography
 
Silver Medal
•       Natasha Culbreth, Henderson – personal essay/memoir
•       Shelby Eagleton, Las Vegas – painting
•       Aimee Lowenstern, Reno – poetry 
•       Dominique Lucier, Yerington – drawing
•       Briana Nova, Las Vegas – drawing
•       Jill Rovetti, Reno – photography
•       Sabrina Sissom, Sparks - poetry
•       Isabela Vining, Reno – painting
•       Mckenna Whitlock, Sparks – short story
 
America Voices Medal
•       Celeste Barnaby, Reno – persuasive writing
•       Sarah Earl, Las Vegas- persuasive writing
 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

ARTIST RESIDENCY EXPRESS GRANTS

The Artist Residency Express (AREx) Grant is designed for community and educational sponsors to host a short-term artist residency (one to three days) using an artist on one of the NAC artist rosters (Arts Learning,Folk Arts and Tumblewords.) Non-roster artists may be used, but require additional support materials/work sample. The residency design allows the artist to explore his/her discipline with students, teachers andcommunity members through classes, demonstrations, lectures and discussions, rehearsals, performances, or community events. AREx grants are offered on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year whilefunds are available. Read more.

ARTS LEARNING PROJECT GRANT AND ARTS LEARNING COMPONENT GRANT
The Arts Learning Project Grant and Arts Learning Component Grant are annual project grants to support imaginative arts learning projects and artist residencies. The Arts Learning Component Grant isavailable to Development and PIE applicants for substantive arts education programs. Read more.

JACKPOT GRANTS
New in FY13 – Better Education Through the Arts Grants have been incorporated into the Jackpot Grants. Quarterly Jackpot grants provide funding up to $1000 for individuals and organizations whose project involvesthe planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of arts education programs. Read more.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

ARTS LICENSE PLATE 
Drive home your support of the arts with a "Rich in Art" license plate. For each plate issued, $15 of the initial fee and $10 of the renewal fee supports statewide arts education programs of the NevadaArts Council and VSA arts of Nevada. Read more.

POETRY OUT LOUD 
The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation have partnered with State Arts Agencies to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Read more.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

GRANT WORKSHOPS
NAC continues to work with Western States Arts Federation on Grants Online GO™, our new online grant application and management system for fiscal 2013.  GO™ workshops to be announced.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The Arts Education Program offers research, guidance and referrals for the development of arts education projects and plans. AE staff can assist in identifying and applying for alternative sources forfunding that support arts education, and provide material support for arts education advocacy.


NAC STAFF ASSISTANCE 

Arts Learning Program Coordinator  Maryjane Dorofachuk     702.486.3738    
 


RESOURCES

Arts Education Grants Scoring Rubric

A Vision for Arts Education

Bringing the Arts to Life, Bringing Life to the Arts

Evauluation Resource Guide

Poetry Out Loud Programs

The Fine Arts Standards

The Kennedy Art Center ArtsEdge

J. Paul Getty Museum: Resources for the classroom
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS & TEACHERS – REGISTER NOW FOR 2014 NEVADA POETRY OUT LOUD