Grantee News

AZPM “Not Broken”

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and AZPM has scheduled Not Broken for May 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm on PBS 6, and on June 1 at 1:00 pm
on PLUS .

USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Stacy L. Smith, Founder and Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC Annenberg, has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s first-ever list of Agents of Change; the only academic included on the list. Click here to view the article.

Arts for All Receives Governor’s Award

Arts for All received the 2019 Arts in Education (Organization) award at the 38th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards. This award recognizes a nonprofit arts organization or a school that has demonstrated significant support for or participation in activities fostering excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts education in the State of Arizona. Click here for the announcement.

CommunityShare Featured at HundrED Innovation Summit

Tucson-based CommunityShare has been selected by global education nonprofit HundrED, as one of the 100 most inspiring K-12 education innovations across the world. CommunityShare was chosen for its pioneering status and ability to create a scalable impact.

CommunityShare connects teachers and students to the real-world expertise of people and organizations throughout the community. The initiative uses an online platform to match teachers and classrooms with community partners – artists, scientists, businesses, entrepreneurs, academics, parents, retirees, nonprofits – who serve as project collaborators, mentors, and guest speakers. CommunityShare founder Josh Schachter describes the platform as a “human library of local wisdom for our schools and teachers to tap into.” The ultimate goal is to build a learning ecosystem that empowers teachers, engages students, and connects the larger community directly in the work of strengthening our schools.

Schachter presented at HundrED’s Innovation Summit, which took place November 7-9, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. He facilitated a Master Workshop on “Transforming Communities into Equitable Learning Ecosystems” at Helsinki Education Week and presented CommunityShare at the Innovation Summit to over 500 education innovators around the globe.

“We’re truly honored to have been selected as one of HundrED’s 100 global innovations this year. It is amazing to have the opportunity to learn from other innovators and share CommunityShare’s work beyond Arizona and the US using HundrED’s network. We connected with many inspiring organizations, and there is now interest in expanding CommunityShare to Australia, Belgium, France, and New Zealand,” shared Schachter.

Out of this year’s collection, Frederika Warren, Researcher at HundrED, predicts that US-based CommunityShare “has the potential to have a big impact” as it’s “simple and has a great concept.”

Saku Tuominen, CEO of HundrED, said: “Spreading innovations such as CommunityShare across borders can be a gamechanger for education, worldwide. We will continue to encourage as many stakeholders as possible including schools, educators, administrators, students and organizations to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future.”

Click here to learn about grantee partner CommunityShare.

Click here for information on the Information Summit.

Act One Celebrates National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15, 2018

Act One and Arizona’s arts community celebrate National Arts in Education Week to bring awareness to the importance the arts play in student success. The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school or community. Students of all ages — from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs — benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking and creativity. When we celebrate National Arts in Education Week together, we recognize the transformative power of the arts and demonstrate our collective support for the priority of arts in education.

Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is intended to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. National Arts in Education Week is led nationwide by Americans for the Arts and celebrated locally by Act One and Arizona’s arts community.

Act One’s primary reason for celebrating National Arts in Education Week is to lead a movement in support of the arts in education. Through the celebration, Act One seeks to mobilize people who believe in the value of the arts in education to make their voices heard. The desired outcome is increased public and private funding devoted to an arts-rich education that includes educational arts field trips for all Arizona students.

For more information, click here.