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Date: Tue Apr 29 2003 - 12:25:52 PDT


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Hi everyone: A few items for the end of April. Time is winding down so
don't forget to let me know if you want to go inactive over the summer
(especially if your school shuts down their email). Here are the following
1. A job at Curie Metro High School
2. A scholarship for the American for the Arts Convention in Portland Oregon
in June. Hurry on this one - I just got it).
3. Advocacy stories needed - if you have had an arts-in-education grant (or
other grant) from the Illinois Arts Council, you might want to tell your
story - the Illinois Arts Alliance has asked for input to help protect the
IAC budget. Thanks to those of you who have let me know that you have
written or called when the arts have asked for help! How does the saying go
- if we don't hang together.....
4. Study: High school students lack writing skills
While this headline is not a surprise to us - many of us use writing skills
for Standards 25 and 27 - this article is a powerful call for help. If you
use writing in your class, write to me and let me know how you manage to
achieve the results you want.
5. SoCal student gossip site shut down - the site I mentioned the other day
is now gone.
6. Virginia schools go online to solve violence a clearing house for what
works is planned.
7. Budget cuts put schools in a pinch - send me info on how the cuts are
affecting you... if at all.

1. JOB
Curie Metro High School
4959 S. Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
Art with emphasis on theater technology (stagecraft)
Resume to: Anna Espinoza, Ass't Principal

2) Americans for the Arts Offers Annual Convention Scholarships
Deadline: April 30, 2003
Americans for the Arts ( ) is offering three new
scholarship opportunities for arts
leaders interested in attending the 2003 Americans for the Arts Annual
Convention in Portland, Oregon, June 7-9. These scholarships will provide
assistance to arts professionals interested in attending the convention to
network with peers and share strategies for success. To be eligible for any
of the scholarships, applicants must either be a member of Americans for the
Arts or work for an organization that is a current member of Americans for
the Arts.

Scholarship opportunities include:
Emerging Leader Scholarships: Full scholarships are available to five
emerging leaders. These scholarships cover the cost of convention
registration, airfare, and hotel expenses.

Underserved Community Scholarships: Full scholarships are available to five
arts leaders working in underserved communities. The scholarships cover
convention registration, airfare, and hotel expenses.

Convention Reimbursement Scholarships: Fifty scholarships are available in
the form of $500 reimbursement checks that will be issued immediately after
the convention to
awardees. Scholarships can be used to reimburse the registrant themselves or
their organizations for registration, hotel, travel, or any expenses
incurred as a result of attending the convention.

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be selected by
a committee of arts and community leaders. One scholarship per organization
will be awarded.

Scholarship applications can be downloaded at the Americans for the Arts Web
site and may be faxed to the
organization's offices. RFP Link:
For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit:

3. Advocacy stories needed
To continue our advocacy efforts, we need stories from the field by
Thursday, May 1 2003. Please give us 1 paragraph!!
Tell Us Your Story Now
Arts advocates have a challenge before us in Springfield! The Governor and
the General Assembly are preparing a budget for 2004 under the cloud of a $5
billion state budget deficit. Governor Blagojevich has proposed a number of
cuts in a wide range of programs to address the deficit including a 5% cut
to the 2004 budget of the Illinois Arts Council. The General Assembly is
taking up this daunting budget to resolve by close of session scheduled for
May 23.

Each IAC grantee needs to carefully consider the impact cuts to their grants
- from partial to complete - will make on programs and services in light of
reduced funding from other sources. You need to make it clear to your state
senator and representative that cuts will affect your ability to provide
quality programs for their constituents. We will be asking you to prepare
letters from those who value your programs: board members, parents, audience
members in a concerted campaign from May 15 til the end of session. In
those last days and hours of the session, your legislators need to hear from
many, many advocates if we want to protect the IAC budget from damage.

We will update you periodically and remind you of this focused campaign. For
now, please share your very specific stories on the impact of cuts with us.
We will use your stories to make the impact specific and clear to
legislators and media. Please take a moment and e-mail us with descriptions
of particular losses you project would accompany a cut or total elimination
of your grant - be that to your infrastructure, programming, staffing.

Many thanks for sharing your stories with us now and using them in your own
letters to your elected officials.
Alene Valkanas
Executive Director
Alene Valkanas <>

4. Study: High school students lack writing skills
The National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges
concluded that only one-quarter of students are proficient in writing. The
commission outlined steps on how to bolster writing in schools, such as
providing writing training for teachers across all disciplines.

5. SoCal student gossip site shut down, a Web site where California students post rumors and
gossip on their peers, has been shut down. The site was under pressure from
school districts to cease operations.
6. Virginia schools go online to solve violence
Virginia education administrators are teaming up with the state health
department to create a Web site aimed at decreasing school violence. They
envision the site being the " of violence prevention," providing
everything from suicide prevention to steroids use among athletes.
you'll have to register with birthdate and zip code
7. Budget cuts put schools in a pinch
Nearly half of U.S. states are considering deep cuts to public education due
to severe budget shortfalls, according to the National Conference of State
Wealthier districts in Minnesota have turned to private funders to make up
for budget shortfalls.

"The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators."
-- Edward Gibbon

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