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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