Three Calls for Words on Arts Education

by Laurie Baskin

in Education

In addition to last week’s announcement of the NEA Roundtable, I wanted to share three newsworthy items concerning arts education:

1) NYU Forum on Theatre for Young Audiences, Future Directions in Theatre for Young Audiences, April 27-29, 2012
First up, NYU is holding a forum on theatre for young audiences and has issued a call for proposals. They are inviting proposals from artists, educators, administrators, and students with an interest in TYA. The governing question behind this forum is: In what ways is TYA changing under the impact of massive global forces? And how is this becoming manifest artistically? For more information about the Forum, click here.

2) Call For Papers – Teaching Artists
Daniel A. Kelin, II, Education Director, Honolulu Theatre for Youth/Teaching Artist, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Kathryn Dawson, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Drama for Schools, University of Texas at Austin are in the midst of writing a book to be published by Intellect, Ltd. called The Reflective Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field. As a part of that book, they are calling for teaching artists to submit case studies of specific programs/production work that will offer insight into their process as a teaching artist. All of the background and instructions can be found here.

3) World Theatre Day 2012 Essay Competition: Generation Without Borders — Submission Deadline: February 29, 2012
A contest. A community. A call to action.

For 50 years, World Theatre Day has been celebrating the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders. What began with UNESCO and the six founding centers of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) has grown into an international network of over 100 countries and thousands of artists. For World Theatre Day 2012, Theatre Communications Group, home to the US Center of ITI, wants to hear from the generation of theatre-makers that will bring this legacy forward into the next 50 years.

This is a generation that finds itself at a hinge point in history: never before has communication across borders been so easy. The local is increasingly global, with the consequences of political, environmental and economic actions reverberating across state lines. The essential human impulse of creative expression is finding new means of support and connection in the face of old systems of repression and control.

Finding ourselves at this hinge point, we ask: could this next generation of theatre-makers be a Generation Without Borders? What role can theatre play in replacing old divisions with a vibrant interdependence?

To explore these questions, we’re holding an essay contest for this Generation Without Borders. Theatre-makers younger than 30 or currently enrolled in an educational institution or training program are invited to submit an essay less than 500 words. An international panel of artistic and cultural leaders will review the essays and select several that best resonate with TCG’s core value of Global Citizenship and the themes of Generation Without Borders. Those selected will be shared on TCG’s website, and some will be published in American Theatre magazine.  Learn more about the project here, and then download submission and contest instructions by clicking here.


Laurie Baskin is TCG’s  Director of Government and Education Programs.