Job Notice:

Kids Dance
North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts (one of our Arts Achieve! Model Schools) is hiring a dance instructor. The position is full-time for K-8 at the Academy. Candidates should apply through the Personnel Department of the Lee County District School System.

In addition to providing their application via the Lee County system, applicants can also email Douglas Santini, Principal of the North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, at or call 239-997-2131. The main office is closed for a few weeks in July, at which time email may be the only way to contact Principal Santini.

Both Arts Integration series are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Dept. of State, Div. of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Programming is funded in part by:

Kick-off of the 2014-2015 Florida Alliance for Arts Education Arts Integration Webinar Series
Offer in collaboration with the Arts Schools Network

stART Osceola: a spring board for creative minds

Hosted by Dr. Mary Palmer, Founder of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and Member of the Arts Schools Network Board and Broadcast from St. Cloud High School in Kissimmee, Florida

In this Webinar, you’ll be inspired by stART Osceola, a free summer arts camp for Osceola County (Florida) public school students. The program, started in 2010 by Horizon Middle School student Evan Todd and his Drama teacher Nina Cochran, is led by eleven Juilliard trained teaching artists from the Juilliard School in New York City. Hundreds of Osceola public school students been immersed in rigorous and creative arts training that they never dreamed of having. In this webinar, you’ll hear the voices of Osceola students and their parents, school administrators, and Juilliard students turned teaching artists. Heart-warming stories of how the program is changing lives will be shared. You’ll learn how a community has come together to provide funding and other support for this amazing program.

CLICK HERE to view archived webinar.


Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts In Florida
by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy for Americans for the Arts and Keynote Speaker at the 2014 FAAE Leadership Summit

Randy Cohen
Those who were fortunate enough to attend this year's FAAE Leadership Conference just a two weeks ago were inspired and energized by Randy Cohen's keynote speech on why it's so important to invest in the arts and arts education.

If you missed Mr. Cohen's address at the conference, take the time to check out his Top Ten list of reasons for why we should all celebrate and support the arts.

  1. Arts promote true prosperity.The arts are fundamental to our humanity. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age.

  2. Arts improve academic performance. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates—benefits reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status.

  3. Arts strengthen the economy. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector represents 3.25 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than tourism and agriculture.

Click here to download the full list.

Full STEAM Ahead
by Allison Alsup, Intern for the College of Fine Arts, University of Florida, Public Relations Major, graduating Spring 2014

Just as a strong foundation is necessary to build a sturdy house, a high quality education is the necessary foundation for building a successful economy. Recently, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields were thought to be the solution for economic change. However, by infusing the arts with the STEM fields, educators are prepared to go full STEAM ahead to develop the high quality education students need to create economic change.  According to Americans for the Arts, STEAM integrates the Arts as an essential component in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, thereby developing students’ creativity and critical thinking skills and encouraging an innovative and creative workforce.

“You can’t have a vibrant innovation community without a vibrant artistic community,” said, University of Florida President Bernard Machen. “It just doesn’t work.”

Click here to read full story.