NCDPI Arts Education Newsletter - March 17, 2021

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March 17, 2021

NC Arts Education


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In this Newsletter:

  • March 4 Update - NC DHHS Requirements and Recommendations for Recess, Specials, and General Activities
  • American Dance Festival (ADF) Dance Professional Educator Workshops and Scholarships
  • NC Symphony Educator Award Nominations
  • NCMEA Celebrates Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)
  • NCDPI Arts In Our Schools Month Virtual Student Showcase 
  • EdNC Arts Ed Survey

March 4 Update - NC DHHS Requirements and Recommendations for Recess, Specials, and General ActivitiesClick to edit this heading.

Strong Schools NC

This document brings together the best guidance available for NC’s schools, building out recommendations based on CDC guidelines, youth and gym requirements, and nationwide best practices. This guidance outlines specifically what is required and recommended for schools conducting recess, specials and general activities.


Read the updated guidelines (Including indoor rehearsal/performance guidelines)


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American Dance Festival  Dance Professional Educator  Workshops and Scholarships


We are excited to share with you ADF’s 2021 Online Dance Professional Workshops. This summer, we’ll celebrate dancing by utilizing the unique opportunity provided by learning in community, remotely.


Scholarships: We have both tuition and matching scholarship opportunities available for all programs, with a submission deadline of April 1We also have a limited number of full tuition scholarships available for North Carolina Pre K-12 public/private school educators for this workshop. All are encouraged to apply!


NCDEO/NDEO Discount: We are continuing to honor our 20% tuition discount offered to members of NCDEO/NDEO that enroll in our Dance Professional Workshop.


Attached is a flyer with details and deadlines, formatted to enable you to share with NC educators via social media (png) or email (pdf).


If you have any questions please reach out to

American Dance Festival Bulletin

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Educator Award Nominations

NC Symphony Educator Awards

As we continue to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month, the North Carolina Symphony is proud to recognize outstanding music teachers across the state through our annual Music Educator Awards. Throughout the year, we work hand-in-hand with music educators statewide who help carry out our education programs in their schools, and work every day to build their students’ musical skills and appreciation. Now more than ever, we want to shine a spotlight on these teachers through our 2020/21 Educator Awards.


I invite you to nominate a music teacher in your district that would be appreciative of this distinctive honor. The nomination form can be found here: Nominations are due April 1, 2021.


Nominated teachers will be contacted separately to provide supporting recommendations from students, colleagues and/or members of the community. Honorees will be selected and announced in June, and will receive a monetary award and public recognition at a future NC Symphony concert.


If you have any questions about the NC Symphony’s Music Educator Awards, please let me (Jason Spencer, Education Director) know. Thank you for your continued commitment to music education and the arts across our state!

NCMEA Celebrates Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)

Music: The Sound of My Heart

North Carolina Celebrates with We Rise

One hundred music students from across North Carolina have been invited to submit videos for the virtual choir project, We Rise. The song is about how the community of musicians has come together to support each other during the pandemic. The premier of the virtual choir performance will be announced mid-March.

In addition, permissions are granted for NC Music Educators to use We Rise for their Music In Our Schools Month 2021 Celebration. Digital performances of We Rise may be posted or shared within your school community and on social media.


Please tag  @adamusicman,  #NCMEA,  #MIOSM and 



This link gives teachers access to the vocal score and track of “Sing From Your Heart”. This is the upbeat piece that teachers are allowed to record and post/share.


Permissions are also hereby granted to post performances to YouTube. If you have any questions specific to copyright, please contact the composer at

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March is Arts In Our Schools Month! NCDPI is continuing our beloved tradition where school groups share their favorite music, dance, theatre, spoken word, and art with NCDPI staff, friends, and family. This year, we are showcasing the best and brightest of our student artists online by asking school groups to provide *recorded* performances and art galleries that we have scheduled to livestream throughout the month at 11am on the NCDPI Facebook page. We encourage you to watch and celebrate our amazing artists.


Northwood High School Theatre Department: "All That I Want" (Original Student Composition)

Valley Springs Middle School 8th Grade Band: "Happy"

Lakewood Elementary School Visual Artists

Northwood High School Pantomime Project ft. Sally Dillon

North Stanly Middle School Art Students

Voyager Academy's Vocal Affinity: "I See Stars"

Stay Tuned For:

March 18 – Longleaf School of the Arts, Raleigh North Carolina: Visual Gallery

March 22 - Creedmoor Elementary School of the Arts, Granville County Schools:  Visual Gallery

March 23 – West Alexander Middle, Alexander County Schools: Visual Gallery

March 24 – TC Roberson High, Buncombe County Schools:  Orchestra

March 25 – Brentwood Elementary, Cumberland County Schools:  Creating Hands – Visual Gallery

March 26 – Arapahoe Charter School, Arapahoe, North Carolina: Visual Gallery

March 29 - West Forsyth High School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Dance

March 31 – Ahoskie Elementary School – Visual Gallery


Thank you for all of the interest in NCDPI's Arts In Our Schools Month Performances: The Heart of Education! We have reached the maximum amount of submissions we can process this month, but we love celebrating you and your students. If you choose to self-publish as part of this celebration, please tag @NCPublicSchools and use the hashtags #NCPublicSchools and #ArtsInOurSchoolsMonth. If you have student work that you would like to highlight, we WANT to see it! Please reach out to Brandon Roeder at or Sayward Grindley at to find out how NCDPI can celebrate your students' hard work!

Arts and education: What do you want to know?

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EducationNC is beginning to take a deep dive into arts and education, and we want your help.

What stories remain untold in the North Carolina arts world? What do you want to read about? What is happening in your district that you believe would benefit others?

Please take this brief survey below, and contact Caroline Parker at with any questions or additional thoughts.


Take the Survery Here

We're Here for you!

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Regional Partners

Not in the Raleigh Area? Not a problem! Visit the Regional Arts Partners Google sheet to search for arts education organizations which serve students in your region, city, and educational district! If you have more organizations to add to the list, please contact Brandon Roeder.




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North Carolina's Vision for Comprehensive Arts Education

In today's globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity are essential for all school children. High quality, standards-based instruction in the arts develops these skills and effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students for graduation and success in an entrepreneurial economy. Dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, taught by licensed arts educators and integrated throughout the curriculum, are critical to North Carolina's 21st century education. (Senate Bill 66: Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force, 2010)




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Contact Us!

Sayward Grindley: K-12 Dance and Visual Arts Consultant

Brandon Roeder: K-12 Music and Theatre Arts Consultant