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NEA News: 2018 Second Round Grants Announced, House Subcommittee Proposes FY 2019 Increase

On May 9, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of its second round of 2018 grants. We are excited to see many of our partners and choral organizations represented on the list of awarded grants in arts education, presenting and multidisciplinary works, and music, shown at the end of this announcement.

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What Does Arts Advocacy Look Like in Washington?

Chorus America communications manager Mike Rowan represented our organization and the choral field at Arts Advocacy Day 2018, and came back with some insider tips on how the process works in our nation’s capital.

The Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

What practical changes can music educators expect to see?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) could be the law that puts music back in all classrooms. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In terms of emphasis on requirements, it might not be that different than No Child Left Behind, but as for philosophy on reform, it is radically different, according to Lynn M. Tuttle, Director of Content and Policy at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Big Things Can Happen in Small Places

In 2014, the Chorus of Westerly won more than $1 million in Rhode Island state funds to support the renovation of its historic performance hall. Here’s how they did it.  

With Access and Accommodation for All

Many choral organizations have embraced accessibility for those with disabilities as an important value, even making it part of their policies. When choruses accommodate singers with disabilities, everybody wins.

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Stemming Our Cultural Decline

A Message from Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

Arts education is a civic investment with a tangible return. Dana Gioia emphasizes the need for arts education in all schools and for all children, and cautions against trading off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment.

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