Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: Thriving in Uncertain Times

During spring 2009, California Campus Compact sponsored 5 regional dialogues across the state where participants identified trends in the field as well as many of the challenges they face in doing this work. Participants also devoted time during each dialogue to discussing strategies to address these challenges. The dialogues provided participants with an opportunity to share lessons and insights regarding where the service-learning and civic engagement movement has been, where it is heading and how those involved can continue to advance and strengthen the work in the face of the current economic climate and other challenges.

To view the two-part summary report of the dialogues, please view the PDF link:

After viewing the link, reflect on the questions in the report and consider posting your thoughts on trends in service-learning and civic engagement as comments to the CalServe Network Blog

1.      Emerging: Which trends and practices are picking up momentum and acceptance?

2.      Established: Which trends and practices are mainstream or standard operating procedures?

3.      Cutting Edge: Which new ideas are creeping out and pushing to become accepted trends and practices?

4.      Fading: Which trends and practices are no longer relevant and considered outdated?





$1000 State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants (Deadline: November 9)

Youth Service America is currently accepting applications for State Farm® Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants to support service-learning projects that culminate on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010. School and community educators across the United States and Canada (select provinces) can apply for up to $1,000 in funding for youth-led projects. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy integrating meaningful community service with academic study and reflective practice to enrich learning, build civic engagement, and strengthen communities. State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning grant applicants are encouraged to develop projects that launch on Martin Luther King Day of Service, January 18, 2010, and culminate on the weekend of GYSD, April 23-25, 2010. For the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant application, please visit,


Michael Minks

Director of Outreach

Youth Service America

202.296.2992 x125


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Showcase Student Service-Learning Projects at the National Service-Learning Conference

If your school or organization has outstanding service-learning underway, consider participating in the Service-Learning Showcase. Create a display that illustrates your work, meet attendees, and inspire others! The Showcase will be held Thurs., March 25, from 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. as part of the National Service-Learning Conference at the San Jose Convention Center. We particularly encourage youth participants.

To apply, click here to fill out the application form.


Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, November 23, 2009.
Selected applicants will be notified by December 4, 2009.

Service-Learning ideas for teaching Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle encourages us to eating healthy, environmentally responsible, locally grown foods. The Fremont Unified School District and the Fremont chapter of the American Association of University Women are working together to sponsor community book discussions and student service-learning projects related to the book’s message.  Service-learning ideas and content connections to the book can be found here:


If you’d like to add an idea to the page, please contact Nate Ivy:

Summer of Service Funding Opportunity

Subject to the availability of appropriations for fiscal year 2010, the Corporation for National and Community Service announces the anticipated availability of approximately $1 million for Summer of Service grants to support collaborative efforts to implement community-based service-learning projects during the summer months. Programs will engage middle school students (students who will be enrolled in grades 6 through 9 in the school year following the end of the summer) in community-based service-learning projects that are intensive, structured, supervised, and designed to produce identifiable improvements to the community. This opportunity should provide youth, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, with service-learning experiences that will motivate them to become more civically engaged and aspire to obtain higher education. Program participants must complete at least 100 hours of service within the summer program. For this competition, service activities should address environmental and/or disaster preparedness issues relevant to the community served.

Applications are due on December 10, 2009. For more information and application guidance, go to the Learn and Serve America website:


Cara Patrick

Associate Director for Grants Management

Learn and Serve America

Corporation for National and Community Service

1201 New York Ave NW

Washington, DC  20525


Fax: 202-606-3477



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Monday, October 26, 2009

Friends of Children with Special Needs Fundraiser

Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) is a Bay Area nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, friendship, and life skills training to developmentally disabled individuals and their families.  FCSN has a great track record of working with students of all abilities to design and organize high quality service-learning opportunities.  Please consider supporting FCSN’s ongoing program development by attending their Fundraising Gala- details below. 



Dear Friends and Family,

You are cordially invited to join Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) at the "Spreading Our Dream" Fundraising Gala on November 7, 2009, Saturday, 6:30PM at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

With your help over the past few years, we have seen tremendous growth in our children and adult programs.  We have broadened our service coverage to thousands of special need individuals every year.  At this point, FCSN Fremont Center is operating at its full capacity.  With the excellent programs, we plan to transform the South Bay with another  "Dream Center" by 2010. Our dream of empowering special children/adults and their families, and building the village to provide life-long support is coming closer and closer to reality. 

Due to today's poor economic climate and the tremendous funding cuts from the State, FCSN is in great need of your support to keep "Spreading Our Dream" and give hope to the special needs community.


This gala is the only fundraiser of the year and it promises to be a great evening of  children's performances, fine food and entertainment, and wonderful company and friendship. There will also be a featured live-cooking demonstration from the acclaimed celebrity chef Martin Yan of "Yan Can Cook". 

There are many ways you can support us.  Join us at the gala and invite your friends, sponsor us, buy raffle tickets, or make a donation.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Please help us again during this very difficult year for all of the non-profits. Thanks in advance.

FCSN's Fundraising Gala: Spreading Our Dream
Date/Time: Saturday, November 7, 2009; 6:30pm-10pm
Place: Santa Clara Convention Center, Hall A; 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

Ticket: $80  (FREE Childcare available, must RSVP to register the children)
(Please see details on our website at

Most Sincerely,
Anna Wang


"Together, let's build a community of love, hope, respect, and support for our special children."


Service Grants & Awards

2010 Do Something Awards (Deadline: December 15)

Since 1996, Do Something has honored the nation's best young world-changers. Do Something Award Winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue and are rewarded with a huge project grant, participation in a special award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something. In 2010, four winners will receive $10,000 and one Grand Prize winner will receive $100,000 towards their organization or cause. The awards ceremony will take place in spring 2010. Learn more at:

Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grants (Deadline: December 15)
Grants, up to $2,500, are now available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. who are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.  Grants are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase or tools or materials.



Coalition of Essential Schools Highlights Service-Learning at National Conference

The Coalition of Essential Schools announced that they will offer a strong service-learning strand at their Fall Forum in New Orleans November 5-7.  (Note that Oakland’s ARISE High School will offer a workshop on the school’s social action project.)


How does effective service-learning impact the lives of young people and their communities?

The Service-Learning strand at Fall Forum will encourage the engagement of students and practitioners in meaningful service to the community connected to classroom curriculum and learning goals. The approach will be both experiential and didactic: exploring both the principles and practices of effective service-learning and providing hands-on service learning experiences and a context for discussing and learning how to integrate service learning into classroom curriculum that enable students to gain 21st century academic skills in real-world environments while strengthening their commitment to their communities.

Here are some of the selected sessions that will be offered:

Authors of Change: Our 10th Grade Culminating Service Project
Facilitators: Rob Feigal-Stickles, Jessica Torvik Lee; Nathan Hale High School
Friday: 8:00am - 9:45am
Is it possible for a culminating project to do it all? Demonstrate mastery of skills and content? Integrate English, history, and biology coursework? Be appropriately differentiated so that students with diverse skills, interests, and supports can succeed? Provide a stepping-stone to the 12th grade capstone project? And, finally, to involve students in real service-learning? Teachers from Nathan Hale High School’s Integrated Studies Program will present a sample project and facilitate an interest group discussion.

The Forgotten Faces of Katrina: Lessons From New Orleans’ 7th Ward
Facilitators: Sam Frumkin, Lehman Alternative Community School
Friday: 8:00am - 9:45am
This workshop will focus on the role of leadership in generating compassion, concern, and service for the forgotten individuals of New Orleans as well as the underserved in our own communities. The facilitator will share his own experiences working in New Orleans’ deluged 7th ward over the last two years. Participants will engage in a discussion centered around strategies for cultivating leadership and inspiring participation in providing service to our neighbors.

Learning as a Political Act: Social Action in the Middle School
Facilitators: Freja Joslin, Matthew King; Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
Friday: 10:15am- 12:00pm
Do you believe that middle schoolers are ready to take on changing the world? Would you like to hear success stories and learn tools from teachers who have engaged students in social change work? Teachers from PVPA will present a unit conducted as a culminating project with their 8th graders. This interactive workshop will feature a sample unit plan, examples of student work, and a lesson for students on how to take social action. Participants will consider ways to implement this type of project in their classrooms and schools.

Four Pillars of Service Learning: An Integrated Approach
Facilitators: JoAnn Groh, Paulo Freire Freedom School
Friday: 1:30pm- 3:15pm
The Paulo Freire Freedom School is a middle school with a curricular focus on social justice and environmental sustainability. Our commitment to service learning occurs in four ways. It is: 1) woven throughout our curriculum; 2) a component of our advisory program; 3) part of our Intersession/Expedition programs and 4) the work of individual students in their learning lab and graduation portfolio. Participants will hear about specific successful examples and help presenters think through challenges.

How Do We Create Change and Movement? A Historical Research Project in which Students are Agents of Change
Facilitators: Eileen Barrera, Laura Flaxman, Jasmine Herrera, Devin Carberry; ARISE High School
Friday: 1:30pm- 3:15pm
Juniors at ARISE High School in Oakland, CA, pioneered the school's first "proficiencies"—a series of five projects and presentations by students in the school's "Senior Institute." These students conducted a research and social action project related to the essential question of their humanities class: "How do we create change and movement?" Teachers and students from the class will share their experiences and lessons. This workshop will help you connect academic work with students' own interests and meaningful service learning. Participants will leave with their own ideas for how to engage students in real-world projects that also meet high academic standards.

Paint the Change
Facilitators: D. Banfield, Crescent City Art Project
Saturday: 10:15am- 12:00pm and 1:30pm- 3:15pm
Help to transform the Fall Forum exhibit hall into an environment of color, art, and education. The Crescent City Art Project works to aesthetically enhance communities throughout New Orleans through artistic expression that embraces culture, individuality, and pride for one’s community. To date, D. Banfield, Creative Director and co-founder of Crescent City Art Project, has produced over 2000 images that have been installed at many New Orleans schools, churches, buildings, and streets. Join D. in co-creating unique and original works of art that encapsulate the spirit and energy of Fall Forum, CES’ 25th Anniversary, and a legacy of changing schools and changing lives.

Seniors Taking Action: Implementing Social Action Projects
Facilitators: Joseph Corsetti, Amber Jones, Danielle Palmieri, Lesek Ward; New Haven Academy
Saturday: 1:30pm- 3:15pm
Each senior at New Haven Academy, as an outgrowth of the four-year "Facing History and Ourselves" program, designs, implements, and presents their own Social Action Project. In the context of senior Humanities Classes, each student identifies a local, national, or international issue that he or she will explore, writes a formal proposal, and works with a mentor to implement the project. This workshop will explore this process and how it enables students to implement change in their own community.

Again, to browse through the entire conference program, please access the Online Program Guide.


Thank you for your interest in the CES Fall Forum. 




Nate Ivy


Service-Learning Lead CalServe Region 4 |

Service-Learning Waste Reduction Project |


Alameda County Office of Education

313 W. Winton Ave., Room 220

Hayward, CA 94544-1198

Ph: 510.670.4283

Fax: 510.670.4578


Friday, October 23, 2009

National Service-Learning Conference Early-Bird Rates Good Through Oct. 30, 2009

Be part of an event that celebrates service-learning as a force that spans cultural and national boundaries, builds communities, and strengthens young people. The National Service-Learning Conference will be held March 24-27, 2010 in San Jose, Calif. This year’s conference offers numerous opportunities for participation:

Register to Attend

The early bird deadline for the National Service-Learning Conference is quickly approaching. Register by October 30, 2009 to take advantage of full conference registration rates at the lowest prices!

Nominate Your Service-Learning Heroes for an Award

Don't miss this chance to shine a spotlight on exemplary leaders from across the service-learning movement and nurture the leaders of the future. Submit a nomination for the State Farm® Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award or Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award. The nomination deadline is November 2, 2009.

Be a Conference Exhibitor

The Exhibit Hall is the epicenter of educational innovations and activities and provides an interactive center for resources and materials. Conference participants are interested in the latest education, communications, and consulting tools and techniques to enhance educational programming. The application deadline is December 4, 2009.

Be a Conference Affiliate

Affiliates are a crucial link between the conference and attendees, helping the conference reach diverse audiences. As an affiliate, you get exposure to an international audience of educators, state and federal officials, youth leaders, program coordinators, policy-makers, and representatives from community-based organizations involved in the service-learning movement. The application deadline is December 4, 2009.

Highlight Your Service-Learning Project or Higher Ed Institution

On Thursday, March 25, the Conference will feature two special events: a Service-Learning Showcase and College Fair. Please consider participating!

The Service-Learning Showcase will feature high-quality service-learning projects from across the country and around the world. Showcase participants will talk with conference attendees about service-learning project implementation, connection to curriculum goals, and impact. Youth participation is strongly encouraged in this exciting event! The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. CST, November 23, 2009.

The College Fair event is your chance to meet approximately 1,000 young leaders and highlight your university and its service-learning opportunities. The application deadline is December 4, 2009.

Sell Materials at the Conference Bookstore

Sell service-learning materials at the conference bookstore! Located in the Exhibit Hall, the bookstore puts your products in front of attendees from around the world. The application deadline is February 29, 2010.

For information about all of the conference opportunities describe above, please visit our website at

Don’t miss your chance to be involved in the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in the service-learning movement.

See you in San Jose!

Questions? Reach us at (800) 366-6952.


Amy Meuers
Conference and Events Director



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Free Online Service-Learning Training

The National Youth Leadership Council and the National Service-Learning Partnership invite you to participate in a series of webinars;


1) An Introduction to Service-Learning: The National Standards for High Quality Service-Learning  

2)  Understanding the Service-Learning Cycle

3)  The Value of Self- Assessment for Quality and Sustainable Service-Learning


This series is intended to provide an in depth look at how organizations might begin or possibly improve upon existing service-learning programming.  Throughout all three of these webinars we will explore how a new and exciting online professional development network known as the Generator School Network (GSN)  for educators working in service-learning that can help educators on their journey to improve the quality of their learning practices.  While each webinar is intended to build upon the previous, feel free to join any one or all sessions.

1)  To join these webinars visit  on the following dates and times:


Oct. 28th at 11:00 am CST                  Intro to Service-Learning


Nov. 12th at 11:00 am CST                  The Service-Learning Cycle


Dec. 3rd at 11:00 am CST                    Self-Assessment and the GSN Resources


Join us by logging onto and typing “8991249” as the access code under “Join a Meeting.”  You will be asked to provide your name and e-mail address to register.  The audio portion is done through a conference call line; join the audio by dialing 866-740-1260 and using the same participant passcode: 8991249.


We look forward to talking with you further on Wednesday!  For any questions or concerns, contact Michael VanKeulen,  Director at the National Youth Leadership Council at  or 651-999-7378.


Hope you will be able to join us!



Christina Kwon
Director of Member Engagement

National Service-Learning Partnership

Academy for Educational Development
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202.884.8982 (phone)
202.884.8422 (fax)

Service-Learning Grants

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants (Deadline: November 9)
Youth Service America is currently accepting applications for State Farm® Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants to support service-learning projects that culminate on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010. School and community educators across the United States and Canada (select provinces) can apply for up to $1,000 in funding for youth-led projects. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy integrating meaningful community service with academic study and reflective practice to enrich learning, build civic engagement, and strengthen communities. State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning grant applicants are encouraged to develop projects that launch on Martin Luther King Day of Service, January 18, 2010, and culminate on the weekend of GYSD, April 23-25, 2010. For the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant application, please visit,

NEA Youth Leaders for Literacy Grants
(Deadline: October 30)

Youth Service America is partnering with the National Education Association to once again offer Youth Leaders for Literacy grants to children and youth, ages 5-25, who offer innovative ways to increase literacy skills and appreciation for reading among their peers. Youth can submit their applications through October 30, 2009. Youth Leaders for Literacy will award 30 young people from across the U.S. each with $500 grants and $500 in books from the Pearson Foundation. Successful projects will be youth-led and address an established literacy need in the applicant's school or community. The projects will follow the framework of YSA's Semester of Service initiative, launching on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January and culminating on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25. An activity should also occur during the NEA's Read Across America Day on March 2. Access the application at:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Marine Debris Resources for Service-Learning

Jennifer Stock, the Education and Outreach director for the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary provides a wealth of resources for teaching students about the sources and impacts of marine debris on ocean wildlife.  Ms. Stock’s materials and links include lesson plans, ready to use powerpoint presentations (caution- LARGE FILES) with speaker’s notes, video clips and tools for implementing service-learning projects to help address the problem.  Students can participate in campus and community clean-up projects, then use the provided excel charting tool to compare campus litter with shoreline clean-up data.  Students can also participate in the Pellet Watch project to collect plastic pellets for contribution to an international study of persistent organic pollutants in the ocean.  Additional materials provided by Save the Bay show how students and community members can get involved in addressing the San Francisco Bay Area’s Trash Hot Spots where runoff water carries litter into the bay.


To access these materials, visit:



Thursday, October 15, 2009

Winter Solstice Planting Days ~ Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (Hayward/Union City)

Restoration Project with Save the Bay
Friday, December 18
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game

Take a break from holiday shopping madness for a breath of fresh Bay air! We’re chipping away at our goal of 20,000 native plants and we need your help to keep digging along. We will be planting native seedlings like alkali heath and sea lavender that will make way for a healthy Bay. Other activities include helping with shoreline cleanup and site monitoring.

Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. Please complete this online registration form for yourself or a group, and note that we will contact you with other potential project dates if we can't fit your group on the project date that you have requested.

If you need more information about this program or if you would like to schedule a private restoration program for your community group or employee team please contact Natalie LaVan at (510) 452-9261 x109 or email If you are interested in scheduling a school restoration program, visit:


Service Learning Article in Middle School Magazine

Dear Colleagues,


Please check out this link for the National Middle School Association Middle Ground Magazine article on Service Learning from their October 2009 issue.


Please send any comments directly to


Hope this is helpful -- and do share with others! NMSA is having a huge emphasis on Service Learning at their national conference in November to be held in Indianapolis. Many workshops led by some outstanding folks -- so if you can, join us!


All the best,

Cathryn Berger Kaye


Volunteering Coming to Your TV Set Next Week!

Are you ready for Desperate Housewives, Ghost Whisperers, Mentalists, and Heroes to call your office looking for a way to volunteer? Those shows are just some of the more than 90 primetime programs that will be highlighting volunteering next week as part of iParticipate, a national initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation to shine the spotlight on the ways that everyday Americans help their neighbors.

Television shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and several cable channels are incorporating themes of service and volunteering into their scripts and story lines that will reach hundreds of millions of viewers during the week of October 19-25. All this primetime focus is expected to generate renewed interest in volunteering in local communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service has teamed up with EIF on this unprecedented effort, and we encourage you to use this opportunity to recruit volunteers and highlight the work your organization is doing.

Are you and your organization ready? Here are a few tips and links from the Resource Center on ways to welcome, invite, incorporate, support, and celebrate the volunteers who walk through your doors.




  • Make the pitch...
    • Across the country, the local affiliates of the four broadcast networks will be looking for volunteer stories to highlight on their newscasts.
    • This is a great time to reach out to your local affiliates with stories and statistics about your volunteering and service program — talk shows, morning shows, and evening news. Print media may also be more receptive.
    • Collect stories about what volunteers have done for your organization.
    • For a media toolkit with tips and sample materials, visit:










For more information on iParticipate, visit or For additional information and resources visit the Corporation's websites,, and and the websites of state service commissions. You received this e-alert because you are subscribed to one of the e-mail discussion lists hosted by ETR Associates, which manages the Resource Center.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

FW: Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

The California Coastal Commission invites California students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Up to eight winners will be selected to win $100 gift certificates to an art supply or book store, and each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $40 gift certificate for educational supplies. All winners and honorable mentions will receive tickets for their families to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, courtesy of the Aquarium. Students may have their work featured on Commission web pages and materials, and winning entries will be exhibited throughout the state, including at the Ford House Museum in Mendocino and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Entries must be postmarked by January 30, 2010 to be eligible for the upcoming contest. For rules and entry form (and helpful links for teachers and students), visit (or follow the links from, email, or call (800) Coast-4U. Contest flyers (PDF or hard copy) are available upon request.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Target Field Trip Grants Due Nov 3rd

Apply Now for 2009-2010 Target Field Trip Grants


Ready to get inspired? Target will award 5,000 grants of up to $800 each for the upcoming school year. So put on your thinking caps and complete an application online anytime between now and Nov. 3, 2009. Only one submission per applicant, please.


Apply Now


5th grade; Arbor Day Poster Contest - Due March 1st

“Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise!” National Poster Contest


“Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise!”, the theme for the 2010 Arbor Day National Poster Contest, highlights for fifth grade students the benefits of trees in their own communities.  This year’s contest is expected to reach over 63,000 fifth grade classrooms and for the second time will feature an online voting component.  Learn more by watching our National Poster Contest video or download teacher materials at  


For more information about the contest recognition and awards provided to California school winner entries, contact or 916-653-7958.


The deadline for the 2010 contest is March 1st -postmarked.


Send entries to:  Arbor Day Poster Contest, CAL FIRE, Post Office Box 944246, Sacramento, CA  94244-2460.


Poster Contest Guide 2010


Kay Antunez

California Project Learning Tree Coordinator


California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

P O Box 944246

Sacramento, CA 94244-2460


(916)206-6517 (cell)

(916)653-8957 (FAX)


To see a schedule of PLT workshops - go to  and check the "calendar of events".


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Art IS Education Service-Learning Opportunities

The Alameda County Office of Education’s Art IS Education initiative regularly shares opportunities of interest to teachers that use arts in the curriculum.  A number of the opportunities in their recent listserv posting highlight connections between arts integration and service-learning.



Dance Access Day for Elementary School Students presented by Axis Dance Company

Get ready for Axis Dance Company's Unique Annual Event:  A day of Dance, Disability Education, Performance & Fun!

Axis Dance Company, one of the country's most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, will present this exciting Dance Access Day present by Target.  Axis' groundbreaking work inspires audiences and broadens perceptions of dance and disability.  It's a thrilling experience not to be missed!

Where:  Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland, CA  94612
When:  October 28, 2009 | 1:00pm
Cost:  Free of charge
Registration  Register your class by October 21, 2009 | Call Annika at 510.625.0110 | Mail:
For more information please visit

8th Call for Art & Billboard Contest presented by Health Through Art
Each winning artist will receive a $500 gift certificate
Deadline:  Friday, October 30, 2009

Welcome to Health Through Art's 8th Call for Art!  Every two years for the last 20 years we have conducted a call for Art, asking Bay Area community members to send us original artwork with a healthy, positive theme.  Send us your vibrant images and short, clear slogans in support of healthy and hopeful life choices.

Contest Details:  From all art submitted, a panel of community members will select  5 - 10 pieces as Winning Designs.  These will be converted into billboards and other outdoor media posters over the course of the 2 year period.  Each winning artist will receive a $500 gift certificate to the store of his/her choice, which will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in January of 2010.  All submitted art will be exhibited in our Roving Art Show, unless otherwise specified.

To Enter:  Send only original artwork.  Attach entry form to the back of each piece use this link!_files/8th%20Call%20For%20Art%20brochure.pdf to download form.  Package artwork carefully (keep flat)Deliver between 10am and 4pm Monday - Friday or send to Health Through Art 2288 Fulton Street, Suite # 103, Berkeley, CA  94704.

Materials:  Use paper of medium to heavy weight, illustration board or foam core (no newsprint).  Use colored materials such as markers, ink, opaque paint, colored pencils, collage or photography (no transparent watercolors or ink washes).  The winning designs will be selected for their impact:  effective designs are ideally four lively and bright solid colors.  If other than solid colors are used, color may be modified for production purposes.  

Size:  Billboards:  horizontal format 17.5" x 10" or 35" x 20".  Posters:  horizontal or vertical format 18" x 24" or 14" x 10.5".

For more information please contact 510. 549. 5990 or email

Target Field Trip Grants Program presented by Target Corporation

The Target Corporation has announced that it will award 5,000 field trip grants of up to $800 each for the coming K-12 school year.  Managed by Scholarship America, the program is open to education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status.  Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Grant funds may be used for visits to art, science and cultural museums; community service or civics projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility.  Funds may also be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, resource materials and supplies.

Grants will be awarded in February 2010.  Applications can be completed online anytime until November 3, 2009.  Complete program information is available at the Target website.

For more information please visit

K-12 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest presented by California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission invites California students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.  Up to eight winners will be selected to win $100 gift certificates to an art supply or book store and each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $40 gift certificate for educational supplies.  All winners and honorable mentions will receive tickets for their families to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, courtesy of the Aquarium.  Students may have their work featured on Commission web pages and materials and winning entries will be exhibited throughout the state.

Entries must be postmarked by January 30, 2010 to be eligible for the upcoming contest.  For rules and entry form (and helpful links for teachers and students) visit

For more information please contact or (800) Coast-4U.


Louise Music
Director, Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership

The work of Alameda County Office of Education's Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership is made possible through generous support from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, San Francisco Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, California Arts Council, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association and California Department of Education.


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