The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education supports and advances quality arts education programs.
Our mission is to increase awareness, recognition and support of policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure quality sequential arts education programs.
To help keep our members better informed of the activities of IAAE, all members will receive monthly updates of important developments in arts education.
*Governor signs Senate File #2323 On Friday, May 27, Governor Branstad signed Senate File #2323 which includes a line item of $25,000 (to be matched by IAAE) to help fund the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education “Model of Excellence” mentoring program for beginning fine arts teachers in Iowa. This is a big win for arts education in our state! This line item was the only new addition to the education appropriation bill this legislative session.
*IAAE receives first Mentor Fund Matching Contribution IAAE has received a pledge of $10,000 from the Area Education Agencies to help fund the IAAE mentoring program for the 2016-2017 school year.
*Fall Symposium Date for 2016 The Fall Symposium for Beginning Fine Arts teachers in Iowa will take place on Saturday, November 12 at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge
*IAAE hosts Arts Education Summit On June 22 & 23, IAAE hosted an Arts Education Summit which gathered over 50 arts education leaders from across the state to look at issues facing arts education in Iowa. In addition to the great networking that took place, the information gathered from this meeting will help IAAE and its member organizations in their strategic planning process.
*Exemplary Service Awards Presented At the Arts Education Summit on June 22, two Iowa legislators were awarded Exemplary Service Awards to Education by IAAE. The 2016 recipients of these awards were Senator Herman Quirmbach (D-Ames) and Representative Greg Forristall (R- Macedonia). Both legislators have been great supporters of IAAE and arts legislation in the Iowa House and Senate.
*IAAE Presentation Iowa Core/State Standards to the State Board of Education On May 12, IAAE did a presentation to the State Board of Education on the addition of Fine Arts to Iowa Core and the adoption of state standards for Fine Arts education in the state of Iowa. The presentation was coordinated by IAAE Executive Director, Leon Kuehner and included comments from the chairs of the writing teams for the Iowa Core Fine Arts Companion Documents. These chairs included: Gretta Berghammer (drama), Maggie Parks (visual arts), Liz Fritz (instrumental music), Roger Henderson (vocal music) and Linda Murphy (general music).