Growing Arts Education Leaders Project:

Building on the multi-year commitment to nurturing an Administrative Cadre of arts advocates in Alaska the AAEC has already submitted a proposal for the 2010 Principals Conference scheduled for October. And “back by popular demand” another Arts Retreat is calendared for January 2011, in Juneau, the state’s Capital. At this time participants will visit legislators and Department of Education and Early Development staff in addition to deepening knowledge and experience with the arts. In July a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of Education will not only feature the impact of this year’s Arts Retreat but will also provided the chance to seek greater support at the state level. The Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, who attended the Retreat, shared some of the Retreat comments with Council members at their annual retreat. Meetings with directors of the Association of Alaska School Boards and the Alaska Council of School Administrators in June were held to de-brief Retreat evaluation data and enlist their on-going support for further administrative training. They are poised and ready to participate.

The picture of arts education in this state now includes an array of administrators, no longer on the sidelines or far in the background. They are colorful and articulate and ready to be action figures.

Art Education Leaders at the Homer Retreat, March 2010