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Join our AEC Networks community here! AEC Networks is the digital home for our programs. Register today and benefit from the #ArtsEd content we share here and connect with fellow arts educators.


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Black Teaching Artist-In-Residence Program, UniSound

UniSound is expanding the scope of its existing Black Teaching Artist program, which supports the artistic practice and professional development of Black music teaching artists in the Pittsburgh region. In the fall of 2023, UniSound will welcome the inaugural UniSound Black Teaching Artist Fellow, who will be selected through a competitive nationwide search. Due to the current needs of the Pittsburgh ecosystem, for the 2023-2025 session priority will be given to a violin teaching artist. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 3, 2023.

Art Teacher at Propel Montour Middle School, Propel Schools

This Teacher position is accountable to collaborate with administrators and staff in planning for and leading students to learning success. This position will be accountable for developing and teaching curriculum based on the PA and National Core Arts Standards.

Creative Arts Classroom Advisor at Propel Pitcairn, Propel Schools

Propel seeks an experienced CreativeArts Classroom Advisor to join our amazing team at Propel Schools. If you are resilient, hard-working, team-oriented, open to feedback, have grit, and are willing to do whatever it takes to close the achievement gap for children impacted by poverty and race, then we invite you to consider a career with Propel Schools.

Part-time Assemble Teacher, Assemble

Assemble needs a part-time Assemble Teacher. If you need assistance to fully participate in the application or the interview process, or have questions, reach out to

Ramp Up Coordinator and Teacher, Assemble

The Ramp-Up Coordinator is responsible for supporting the case management of all Ramp-Up Fellows. This role is partially funded through TANF fund through Partner4Work. This role is responsible for the success of the program and its continual development. If you need assistance to fully participate in the application or the interview process, or have questions, reach out to

The Alloy School Coordinator, Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is looking for a magnetic, detail-oriented arts administrator who loves cultivating relationships and sharing the joy of artistic expression through recreational learning with students of all ages!

Part-time Community Outreach and Engagement Teaching Artist, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

The Community Outreach and Engagement Teaching Artist is responsible for implementing community engagements for the MCG Youth mobile studio. Works individually and collaboratively to implement learning experiences that engage students through the arts and technology. Develops creative capacities in students that promote artistic abilities, positive pro-social behavior and coping skills leading to successful progression through school to higher education and/or employment.

Maker Educator, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Maker Educators develop and facilitate hands-on creative, authentic, and process-based experiences with youth, teens, families and groups, using the “real stuff” (tools, processes, materials) across the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh campus.

Professional Learning and Networking

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PAEA Conference Registration, Pennsylvania Art Education Association
Registration is open. We hope to see you there!

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association conference is on October 6-8, 2023 in Erie, PA.

The PAEA Education Forum is our premier event, bringing together faculty and staff from PA programs across the world to learn, connect and celebrate the profession. This year’s Education Forum will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 11 to 14. In addition to the in-person conference experience, PAEA will offer select on-demand session recordings for faculty and staff who are unable to attend live or prefer to view content on our conference platform.

2023 Annual Convening, Arts Administrators of Color Network
November 11, 2023 – November 12, 2023

AAC is thrilled to announce the date and location for our 2023 Convening. Returning to a two-day experience, the 2023 Convening will head to Chicago on November 11 + 12, 2023. We are already planning and shaping a convening experience unlike any other and hope you’ll mark your calendars now and join us in Chi-town! Registration is open!

PMEA Composition Program, PMEA
Applications open from September 18, 2023 – December 6, 2023

The purpose of the composition program is to promote and encourage composers of all ages to create music and to explore the way that sounds are put together in an appropriate way. Many future composers are today’s music students and PMEA members, and we are striving to encourage everyone to try their hand at composing.

Save the Date: Conference for Community Arts Education 2024, National Guild for Community Arts Education
April 9, 2024 – April 11, 2024

We are beyond thrilled to share that the next Conference for Community Arts Education will be held in April 2024 in Washington, D.C. We can’t wait to gather with you in person again. Held for over eight decades up until the start of the pandemic, the Conference for Community Arts Education brings together leaders and educators from a range of backgrounds to share knowledge, build relationships, and advance a common vision: a nation where arts education is accessible and embraced as essential for human development and healthy communities.


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The Grable Foundation
Submit Inquiry by January 1; Submit Proposal by February 1

The Grable Foundation endeavors to improve the lives of children and youth in the greater Pittsburgh region, with attention to kids whose opportunities are limited due to economic circumstances. Applications are welcome every four months.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant opportunities

National Endowment for the Arts grants

Guide to Accessing Federal Funds for Arts Ed, PMEA

Guide to Using Title IV Funding to Support Arts Ed, PMEA


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Arts Ed Advocacy Toolkit, Arts ARE Education

This toolkit includes current school year talking points, school board resolution language, a parent/caregiver letter template, and more!

Direct Path Dance Teacher Certification, Pennsylvania Dance Education Organization

After decades of advocacy, problem solving and coalition building, PaDEO is honored to announce that Direct Path Dance Teacher Certification is a reality in Pennsylvania! The certification framework guidelines for colleges and universities to apply for offering dance P-12 licensure programs is up on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.