March 2019
Advancing the heART of Iowans
a monthly newsletter about Fine Arts in Iowa
Save the date!

June 20, 2019
 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 FFA Enrichment Center
 Des Moines Area Community College
 1055 S.W. Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny

Registration opens in April.

Interested in learning more about Iowa's new fine arts standards? Are you new to the standards or familiar but needing more resources for alignment? Would you like to network with peers within your fine arts discipline and across all fine arts disciplines to have conversations around curriculum and best practices? Mark your calendars for the inaugural  Iowa Fine Arts Education Summit . Come learn from leading state and national voices about the role the arts play in a 21st-century education and how pre-K-12 arts educators can make the most of their resources. The summit brings together teachers (who can earn a continuing-education credit), teaching artists, administrators, nonprofit arts leaders and others for a day of networking, learning and celebration organized by the  Iowa Arts Council Iowa Department of Education  and  Iowa Alliance for Arts Education .

Need more Information? Contact:
Angela Matsuoka
Fine Arts Consultant
Iowa Department of Education
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 782-7296
Legislative Update
The Senate has fast-tracked Senate Study Bill 1214, which establishes the interim study committee on fine arts education. The resolution establishes the interim committee, and an advisory board comprised of the following members:
- The Art Educators of Iowa;
- The Iowa Bandmasters Association;
- The Iowa Choral Directors Association;
- The Iowa Communication Association;
- The Iowa Music Educators Association;
- Orff and Kodaly Chapters and Educators;
- The Iowa Education Theatre Association;
- The Iowa String Teachers Association;
- The Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association;
- The Department of Education;
- The AEA; and
- Various school districts representing rural, suburban and urban areas.

In discussion with Senator Amy Sinclair, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee and Department of Education representatives, there was discussion about the role the Fine Arts Leadership Team, which was formed to assist with the implementation of the Fine Arts standards for the Iowa Academic Standards along with the coordination of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) from the federal government.

It is expected that the resolution will be passed out of the Senate Education Committee this week. The Heartland team is working with the House Education Committee for passage of a similar resolution.

*Updated March 7 - Larry Murphy reported that the interim study bill on Arts Education passed the Senate Education Committee by a 15-0 vote.
IAAE Mentor Webinar Program
Our webinar topic in April will be on "Iowa Fine Arts Standards"

Sarah Schaefer and Helen Duranleau-Brennan will be our presenters.

You can also find ALL of our webinar recording on our website.

Join us on April 1st, 2019 for our next webinar!

Our "Ask the Mentor" Webinar has been rescheduled to May.
Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
Arts Advocacy Days were held in in Washington D.C. on March 4 and 5, 2019.

Marie Mata, Julie Mata; Iowa Thespian student from South Tama High School, Helen Duranleau-Brennan; IAAE Advisory Board member, and Leon Kuehner; IAAE Executive Director were all in attendance.

According to Leon Kuehner, Julie and her mother Marie, did an outstanding job talking about the importance of arts and arts education and the effects they have had on their lives. "We had a great day on Capitol Hill!," said Keuhner.

Pictured: Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, Marie Mata, Julie Mata, Helen Duranleau-Brennan and Leon Kuehner.

Need more information about the Alliance and our programs?

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