March 2021

Advancing the heART
of Education
A monthly newsletter about Fine Arts Education in Iowa

March is the month to
Help us raise $25,000 by March 31, 2021
To date we have raised over $5,750!

Support the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education's (IAAE) "Model of Excellence"
Mentor Program fundraising campaign and help match the $25,000 appropriation
from the Iowa legislature.

Your donation will ensure that IAAE’s mentoring program continues to support first and second year fine arts teachers in rural and urban communities
across the state of Iowa.

CLICK HERE to donate

Send a check to: 
Iowa Alliance for Arts Education
℅ Martha Kroese, IAAE Treasurer
2102 Minnetonka Dr. 
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-1520
(indicate Mentor Program on the memo line)

Ongoing ways to donate to IAAE:
Amazon Smile Giving - go to - choose “Iowa Alliance for Arts Education” as your charitable organization. (If you have already used "smile" in support of another organization, please remember to change your "Supporting" choice to "Iowa Alliance for Arts Education" right underneath the search bar.")

For more information visit:

Welcome to a new national campaign in support of 
arts education for all students.

The IAAE is asking Iowa school boards and communities throughout the state to support funding for school-based arts education programs in 2021-22.

For more information visit:
The Iowa Scholarship for the Arts provides support to Iowa high school seniors who excel and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an arts-related major at an Iowa college or university. Students can apply online.

Applications are due on Thursday, April 1 by 11:59 PM.
The Iowa Arts Education Data Project showcases Iowa’s arts education data through a user-friendly, interactive dashboard. The dashboard is intended to promote meaningful dialogue around arts education across the state and to encourage equitable and data-driven decisions by schools, districts, educators, community members, and policymakers that support a well- rounded education for
all Iowa students.

The Iowa Arts Education Data Project displays high school course and enrollment data by fine arts discipline – dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and media arts/other – as well as by grade level, gender, and building-majority race/ethnicity and FRL status. Stakeholders can use the data to determine areas of strength as well as areas of need. By providing a variety of demographic lenses as well as various grain sizes by which to view the data – state, AEA region, district, and school – the dashboard provides compelling snapshots of fine arts education access and opportunities across Iowa.

To learn more about the Iowa Arts Education Data Project and view the dashboard and accompanying resources, visit or contact Angela Matsuoka at
The Alliance is supported by the contributions of members like you.
Please join us in our mission to support arts education.
Need more information about the Alliance and our programs?

Contact our Executive Director: Leon Kuehner 641-425-0959

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