Current Opportunities

January 2018

Employment Opportunities

AEC is searching for a new Executive Director

Professional Learning Opportunities, Events, and Conferences

The Mid-Western PA Future of Learning Meetup will take place at Slippery Rock Middle School on February 22 from 12-1:30pm.

Project Zero is hosting their first conference, Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom, on Saturday February 17, from 9:00 – 3:30 at Quaker Valley Middle School. We would love to see your school/organization represented for an amazing day of learning together with Harvard’s Project Zero. Registration is first come, first served.  Note: a special session with Edward Clapp will be offered for educational leaders.

The Arts Education Partnership, with generous support from Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host the 2018 AEP State Policy Symposium, taking place March 10 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. This annual event convenes leaders from across the arts and education sectors for a day-long discussion exploring key policy topics impacting the arts in education. Space is limited.

CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture – The 52nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will take place in Pittsburgh from March 14 – 17, 2018. There is also a Regional Juried K-12 exhibit, more information is below in the student opportunities section.

Save the date for Remake Learning Days: May 17-25, 2018.

Teaching Tolerance is hosting a two-day workshop on teaching social justice from June 1-2 in Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh Glass Center offers Act 48 credit for classes and workshops! Call Ashley at 412-365-2145 x210 for more details on Act 48 and Traveling Tours.Pittsburgh Glass Center Act 48 Credit (ongoing).

Student Opportunities

Heathery Breeze

In-school, educational performances of Western Pennsylvania’s heritage of traditional Scottish and Irish Bagpipe music and dance. DVDs and study guides are available to accompany this unique in-school experience.

Performances include introductions and stories by Piper George Balderose (Executive Director, Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming), piping by students of The Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming, and dancing by students of The Conroy-Burke School of Irish Dance and The Erskine School of Scottish Dance.

For more information or to book, contact George Balderose at or 412-323-2707.

Prime Stage Theatre will once again offer its popular Student Matinee Series of performances during the 2017-2018 school year.

All performances will be held at The New Hazlett Theater Center for Performing Arts on Pittsburgh’s North Side (6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, 15212).  Seats are $10 each, with one complimentary teacher/chaperone seat provided for every 20 student tickets purchased.

Performances run approximately two hours,15 minutes.  Groups are encouraged (but not required) to stay for a short chat session after each performance.  Student matinee performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – March 13, 14, and 15, 2018
The Diary of Anne Frank – May 8, 9, and 10, 2018

Please do not mail in your order form until you have checked with Mary Windstein, Education Box Office Manager, regarding the availability of seats.  Reservations will be taken in the order received.  Please be sure to include both your students and your chaperons in your count!

Funding Opportunities

Steelcase Education is accepting grant applications for schools to change their physical class space into an active learning center to advance learning in new and important ways. (Deadline February 2, 2018)

The Educational Theatre Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association, is launching in partnership with the upcoming NBC-TV show RISE. The R.I.S.E America Project  is a $500,000 grant opportunity for high school theatre programs nationwide. Deadline: February 6, 2018

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) accepts applications annually to the Research Grants Program. This program is designed to encourage and support scholarship and publication by individuals in the field of sound recordings or audio preservation. Deadline: February 28, 2018.

The Great Remake Micro-Grants: Remake Learning offers microgrants of $2,500 and $7,500 to support learning practices, projects, and environments that advance engaging, relevant, and equitable learning opportunities that help young people thrive in a time of remarkable change. Deadline: March 23, 2018.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh announces a call for artists for its annual Tough Art Artist Residency. The residency program invites artist to work in the museum to develop and create works that will be exhibited fall/winter 2018. This residency offers a $5,500 honorarium, $3,000 materials budget, access to fabrication facilities, marketing and documentation services, and an opening reception. Out-of-town artists are provided with housing and transit to/from Pittsburgh.

The goal of this residency is to produce fine art that is tough enough to withstand children’s interaction. Artists work with museum staff to build prototypes, test ideas on the museum floor, and fabricate and install a finished work. The residency runs June through August; artists are expected to be in Pittsburgh for the duration of the residency.

We encourage submissions from artists who represent the broad spectrum of the greater artist community, including emerging artists with demonstrated capabilities. We want diversity in age, gender, ethnicity and gender expression as well as diversity in medium. Deadline: March 30, 2018.

The McCarthey-Dressman Foundation is accepting applications for a grant that supports small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

Varied and Miscellaneous Opportunities

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts nomination deadline has been extended until February 12, 2018.

Looking for More Arts in Education Resources? Check Out the Arts Education Partnership’s Publications Page!

Assemble, a community space for arts and technology, has new space that is available for rent. A great opportunity for staff retreats, field trips, or personal events.

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