ARTS E-NEWSLETTER

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Type

From

Description

Due date

1

District Information

HPS

Full -day district PD (attachment)

February 16

2a

District Information

HPS

CAS Elementary Arts Banquet (2 attachments)

February 22

2b

District Information

HPS

Wadsworth Residency for Secondary Schools (attachment)

February 26

2

District Information

Visual Arts

HPS

Submission deadline for HYAR (attachment)

March 14-18

3

District Information

Visual Arts

HPS

High School Portfolio Contest as part of HYAR

March 14-18

4

District Information

Music

HPS

Field trip form and permission slip for Link Up concert (2 attachments)

May 3

5

District Information

Music

Concora-To-Go

Interactive, multicultural program for grades K-6 (2 attachments)

None provided

5a

District Information

Visual Arts

HPS

Retired potter ready to donate hard clay and used wheel

ASAP

6

External Opportunity-

Dance

Sonia Plumb Dance Company

Dance classes for students on the Autism Spectrum (flier)

February 16

7

External Opportunity

Visual Arts

CAEA

Deadline for CAEA Outstanding Art Educator Award Nominations (link)

February 22

8

External Opportunity

Music

CMEA

PD Day for Teachers of General Music in Urban Schools (link)

February 27

8a

External Opportunity

CREC

Center for Creative Youth: Summer Residency in the Arts (flier)

March 1

9

External Opportunity

Visual Arts

Connecticut Fair Housing Center

2016 Fair Housing Poster Contest

March 4

10

External Opportunity

Vocal Music

CT Songwriters Association

Deadline for CT Songwriters Association (link)

March 15

 

1. Full Day District PD on February 16. Tomorrow is the last day to pre-enroll in ProTraxx!
Thanks to all, who have registered. If you have not already done so, enroll now for both a morning and afternoon session. Attached is a menu of options. Those teachers involved with Link Up and Developing Arts Standards Maps are pre-enrolled. If teachers are involved with both activities, Link Up will take precedent. Teachers registered for Migration Story are also pre-enrolled. All arts teachers are expected to attend district PD. Confirmation emails with instructions for parking will be sent through Protraxx at the end of the day on Friday! (See Attachment in Arts E-Newsletter e-mail)
2a. CAS Elementary Arts Banquet. Thank you to everyone who is attending the CAS Elementary Arts Banquet. Please continue to remind participating families about details for the event as the District is responsible for payment of tickets based on your reservations. Attached please find a flier you can use as an invitation for parents. Directions for families taking the bus are also attached. (See 2 ATTACHMENTS in Arts E-Newsletter e-mail)
Please note: the snow date for this event is February 29.
2b. FREE Wadsworth In-School Residency with Vanessa German. Vanessa German, an actress, playwright, sculptor, performer, and educator, lives in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh,and uses art to heal and inspireacommunity ravaged by crime, drugs, and gun violence. In her Artist Residency with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Ms. German will live, work, and teach in Hartford in connection to her MATRIX 174 exhibition at the museum. Ms. German’s residency will bring her into Hartford Public Schools to work closely with classes of students and encourage their creativity through dynamic workshops. The Wadsworth will work with your school to tailor design the residency. If your school might be interested in this special opportunity, see the attached flier for more information. 
2. Hartford Youth Art Renaissance. The Hartford Youth Art Renaissance will be held solely at the Wadsworth Atheneum this year. We are looking for 100% participation from our schools with visual arts programming. To support this effort, arts education intern, Melissa Shongut, will be reaching out both to teachers at schools that did not participate last year and teachers new to our district this year. She will be able to answer questions you might have. Attached please find the teacher packet with information. Note: For your convenience, this year we are offering both extended hours and extended days for drop-off.  (See ATTACHMENT in the Arts E-Newsletter e-mail)
3. High School Portfolio Contest. The HYAR packet includes submission guidelines (item #3) for the Hartford Art School-Wadsworth Atheneum High School Portfolio Contest. Winners receive a four-week scholarship to the Summer Portfolio Program at the Hartford Art School. The scholarship includes tuition, art supplies, a stipend, and monthly bus pass. Past participants have reported this experience to be life-changing. High School Visual Arts Teachers: Take advantage of this truly amazing opportunity for our students! (See HYAR ATTACHMENT in the Arts E-Newsletter e-mail)
4. Link Up Concert May 3. Attached please find both the field trip form and permission slip for this year’s program on May 3. Common fields have been filled. For this trip only, use the 10:1 student-faculty ratio. It is the responsibility of the teacher to complete the remaining fields and follow the usual process for field trips. (See 2 ATTACHMENTS in the Arts E-Newsletter e-mail)
5. Concora-To-Go program. In 1999, CONCORA established a program of educational outreach, which included the formation of CONCORA-to-Go. This quartet of singers presents an interactive, multicultural program, “Around the World in Music,” that they perform in area elementary schools and public libraries. The mission of CONCORA-to-Go is to introduce children in grades K-6 to the glorious sounds of world choral music – sounds they may never have heard on the radio or on television. Please see attached flier (See 2 ATTACHMENTS in the Arts E-Newsletter e-mail )
5a. Hard clay / used wheel donation available. If you are an art teacher interested in a donation of hard clay and used wheel, contact Tracy Kane: kanet001@hartfordschools.org. Be advised: the wheel was in ‘working condition’ when last used five years ago, and you’ll need to reclaim the clay.
6 Sonia Plumb Dance Company classes. From February 16- April 2 the company will be offering classes for children ages 7-9 on the Autism Spectrum. Classes will be held at University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. For more information contact admin@soniaplumbdance.org or view flier. (See ATTACHMENT in the Arts E-Newsletter e-mail)
7. CAEA Outstanding Art Educator Award. February 22 is the due date to nominate an outstanding Art Educator. Link to nomination packet:
http://files.ctctcdn.com/d7a3299a001/8b3d8cba-1e4b-462b-8838-8233eebcf3d1.pdf
8. CMEA Professional Development Day Especially for Teachers of General Music in Urban Schools. No need to be a member of CMEA: Come be a part of a network of successful urban music educators with much to share. The day will be rich in proven resources, materials, and strategies you can use in the vibrant world of urban music education. Topics include: classroom management and relationship building; using popular music in middle school; multicultural repertoire for elementary school; creating realistic learning objectives and goals. http://cmea.nafme.org/urban-education-pd/
8a. CREC Center for Creative Youth. Four-week, pre-college program of intensive study in the arts at Wesleyan University. Please encourage your talented students to apply regardless of ability to pay. (See ATTACHMENT in the Arts E-Newsletter e-mail)
9. 2016 Fair Housing Poster Contest. March 4 is the due date for participating in the 2016 Fair Housing Poster Contest. This year’s theme is: “Equality vs Equity: Because not everyone gets the same start in housing.” For more information please see attached flier. (See ATTACHMENT in the Arts E-Newsletter e-mail).
Entry can be made either by mail or online. The 2016 entry deadline is March 15 for early decision and April 15 for the final deadline. The entry form and program information is available at:http://www.lunchensemble.com/Voices_For_Hope.htm
10. CT Songwriters Association Voices for Hope Scholarship. The 9th Annual Voices for Hope Vocal Scholarship for New England students between the ages of 11-19 is now accepting applicants for 2016. Entry can be made either by mail or online. The 2016 entry deadline is March 15 for early decision and April 15 for the final deadline. The entry form and program information is available at:http://www.lunchensemble.com/Voices_For_Hope.htm