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National Arts in Education Week

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week that follows the second Sunday of September as National Arts in Education Week. The celebration is intended to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all learners.

Tancer “Arts in Education” Award

Arizona’s Arts in Education Celebration and the Tancer Arts in Education Award, which is an inaugural award in memory of philanthropist, and past Act One member, Bob Tancer.

Robert “Bob” Tancer was an active member of the Act One board, believing in the mission of the organization and working on the committee to expand the educational depth of the field trip experience. Bob passed away as Covid-19 entered the country, with arts groups halting all live performances and, obviously, student field trips. He fervidly believed that the classroom teacher had the opportunity and responsibility to build on the field trip experience both before and after the field trip, tying it to current life, talking about what was happening at the time of the performance, and why the message of the performance was important and relevant to today’s world. Bob saw the tremendous role the teacher played in making the experience rich and educationally rewarding.

Any full-time, certified Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade Arizona general education, special education, or arts educator is eligible to be nominated. The award will be presented at the Heard Museum on Friday, September 17, 2021. This event will celebrate the arts, Act One’s accomplishments and honor an Arizona educator for their excellence in arts education. You may self-nominate or nominate someone else.


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