NEA Announces New Director of Arts Education

by Laurie Baskin

in Education

Three new stories from the world of Arts Education:

NEA Announces New Director of Arts Education

Beginning on July 2, the Arts Education Program at the NEA will be guided by Ayanna Hudson. Hudson joins the NEA from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she led the commission’s lauded Arts for All regional collaborative designed to return arts to the core curriculum.

Please visit the NEA newsroom for the full press release.

Contemporary American Theater Festival – YOUTH! New Play Prize

CATF’s Hostel YOUTH! seeks full-length, unproduced plays featuring key characters aged 14 and up. Submitted works should be contemporary, challenging, provocative, and address issues relevant and important to the teen (ages 14-18) audience demographic.

Action: The deadline for submission is May 11, 2012. For more information visit  or call 304-876-5151. Learn more about the Contemporary American Theater Festival at

President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities and White House Team Up on Arts Education

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities has launched a new arts education initiative to help turn around failing schools and close the achievement gap. Developed with the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Department of Education, this program is the first federal effort to focus specifically on the role arts education can play in helping turn around low-performing schools in high-poverty areas, where kids are 50% less likely to have arts or music classes. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and other artists, including Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard, Edward Norton, Forest Whitaker and Yo-Yo Ma, will each adopt a school and work closely with them over the two-year program. Follow @pcah_gov #TurnAroundArts, or visit

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