Formally launched in August 2014 at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit, Americans for the Arts’ State Policy Pilot Program, also known as SP3, includes ten state teams seeking to strengthen arts education by advancing state policy. Wyoming is excited to be part of this new endeavor.
Americans for the Arts will support each state team with customized coaching, technical assistance throughout the three year pilot, via web-based tools and site visits and provide grants of at least $30,000 to each state effort, making this the largest arts education advocacy grant program in the country. Through the three year engagement, each state team will work towards specific objectives, resources and outcomes that they seek to impact. With issues ranging from teacher effectiveness and high school graduation requirements to Title I funding and equitable implementation of state policies, the ten states are tackling complicated education policy topics. Participating states vary greatly in size, political landscape, geography, population size, demographics, and arts education conditions. The ten state teams will convene twice per year at national meetings for arts education partners, such as National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Arts Education Partnership and State Arts Action Networks, and others.
Arizona Lynn Tuttle Arizona Department of Education
Arkansas Bill Mitchell MitchellWorks
California Joe Landon California Alliance for Arts Education
Massachusetts Jonathan Rappaport Arts Learning, Inc.
Michigan Sarah Triplett ArtServe Michigan
Minnesota Pam Paulson Perpich Center for Arts Education
New Jersey Bob Morrison New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
North Carolina Vicki Vitiello North Carolina Arts Council
Oklahoma Amber Sharples Oklahoma Arts Council
Wyoming Katie Christensen Wyoming Arts Council
Our state team includes representatives from the Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Arts Alliance and the Wyoming Department of Education. Through combining our resources, from grassroots tools to technology and gatherings, we hope to assess the current state of arts education in Wyoming through data collection, gain a better understanding of current policy implementation, and create a plan for the future that helps ensure all students in Wyoming have equal access to a quality education in and through the arts.
Wyoming Arts Council, ph: 307-777-7742
Karmen Rossi, Wyoming Arts Alliance, ph: 307-221-0318 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Reeves, Wyoming Department of Education, ph: 307-777-8595, email@example.com