The legislation below is on CFAE's radar. We will continue to keep you updated via email communication and on the website about important legislative updates. In addition, we are in the process of updating our advocacy materials. Please spread the word about the importance of arts education as part of a well-rounded education and promote the importance of equity, access, inclusion, and diversity in arts education for all students. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org specific questions.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):The implementation of ESSA will be something that we will want to observe and act as necessary for arts education. The key here is that the arts are part of a well-rounded education that is so explicitly listed in the Act.
Florida Legislature:As a reminder, the Florida 2018 Legislative Session will be January 9 - March 9. FMEA's and FAEA's Advocacy Committees will continue to provide updates on relevant bills that are proposed by Florida’s legislators, such as the following.
Financial Literacy (SB 88/HB 323)
NextGeneration Sunshine State Standards (SB 23)
Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program (SB 654)
As HB 7069 passed and signed by the Governor is currently being reviewed for implementation by the Florida Department of Education, we will keep you informed with updates.
FLORIDA MUSIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Hurricane Irma Help: Was your program impacted by Hurricane Irma? FMEA is developing a clearinghouse of immediate needs of Florida's music programs affected by this disaster. Submit a help request, and your needs will be posted on our website and shared with our Corporate and Academic Partners, Advertisers, Exhibitors, and other friends of music education across the country. Please visit FloridaMusicEducation.org/Helpto either submit your help request or to browse for programs that need your help.
2018 Professional Development Conference: Pre-Registration for the 2018 FMEA Professional Development Conference is Now Open! The conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the U.S. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to 22 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top music students. It is attended by more than 10,000 people, including music educators and supervisors, college students, college music teachers, K-12 students performing in the All-State ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents of performing students. Register here. The hotel list is here.
Music Performance Assessments: FSMA provides opportunities for realistic and constructive program evaluation through the sponsorship of solo-ensemble and large group Music Performance Assessment (MPA) events organized by the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Vocal Association, and the Florida Music Education Association. Most MPA events are open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend. View the event calendar here.
FLORIDA ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Ocala RetreatRecap: FAEA held its Summer Retreat in Ocala, July 21-23. Members attended a welcome dinner, visited the Appleton Museum of Art, and participated in hands-on workshops, glass bottom boat tours, and horseback riding.
FAEA Conference Recap: FAEA held its 65th AnnualProfessional Development Conference, October 19-22, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. More than 500 Florida art educators participated in more than 140 hands-on, lecture, and professional development sessions. Review the conference sessions and upcoming programs at FAEA.org.
Member Virtual Exhibition: FAEA has announced the ten winners of its 2017 Member Virtual Exhibition. Each year, FAEA looks forward to receiving artwork from the talented educators who teach Florida’s amazing students. Please click here to see the winners.
Awards: The FAEA Awards Committee and Board of Directors invite all FAEA members to join in congratulating the 2017 Award winners, who were recently honored at the annual professional development conference in St. Petersburg. Please see the list of winners here.
Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition: Get involved in Youth Art Month (YAM) by submitting a student design for Florida’s Youth Art Month Flag competition. The theme for 2017-2018 is “Building Community Through Art.” Flag designs should communicate an aspect of Florida’s culture, history and/or geography. One flag design per student can be electronically submitted to FAEA’s website. Submissions will open on November 1, 2017 and be accepted through January 17, 2018. Resources, as well as the YAM logo, can be found on the Youth Art Month page.