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Media Arts Committee

Imagining the National Media Arts Standards
In August of 2011, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards convened a Media Arts Investigation Committee consisting of a diverse group of media arts leaders from the field including a broad spectrum of representatives from gaming, design, theatre, media, media literacy, public education K-12, higher education, film, cinema, animation, digital imagery, photography and State Directors of Arts Education. The committee’s work helped define the task of writing media arts standards.

Choosing A Media Arts Writing Team
The Media Arts Investigation Committee appointed a smaller sub group of five representatives; including the two state level directors of arts education whose states currently have Media Arts standards, to review the 52 applications received from media arts educators during an all call out to the field in September of 2011. The resulting twelve member writing team was chosen after a rigorous selection process using criteria designed by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. The writing team represents both the depth, breadth and scope of the field as well as diverse geographic locations around our country and diverse teaching experiences in media arts at all grade levels, K- Higher Education.

National Representation by Committee
Investigation here has pointed to many fine organizations with an interest in media literacy and technology societies with arts as an area of interest, as well as technology as a working group within the professional organizations for dance, music, theatre and visual arts. These organizations have created important provisions for the inclusion of technology and media arts at many levels of instruction and use. However, no single association has taken on the responsibility for media arts in the areas of arts, aesthetics, and education. To meet the need for a voice for Media Arts during the writing of the standards a Media Arts Committee was formed to serve as a part of the NCCAS governing body. The committee is co-chaired by Richard Burrows, former director of Arts Education for Los Angeles Unified School District and current arts administrator of Newark Public Schools (New Jersey) and Dr. Pamela Paulson, Senior Director of Policy, Perpich Center for Arts Education.

The Inclusion of Media Arts in Next Generation Arts Standards

Media Arts Standards Writing Team
Chair: Dain Olsen, Los Angeles Unified School District, California

Jay Davis, Community Health Advocates School, Los Angeles, California
Scot Hockman, South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia
Jeremy Holien, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, Minnesota
Anne Kornfeld, Newcomers High School, Long Island City, New York
Colleen Macklin, Parsons New School for Design, Brooklyn, New York
Bradley Moss, Maple Mountain High School, Springville, Utah
Michele Nelson, Los Angeles Unified School District
Frank Philip, Arts Assessment Consultant, Annapolis, Maryland
Martin Rayala, Ph.D, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown
James Reinhard, North Allegheny Schools, Wexford, Pennsylvania
Nelle Stokes, Magic Box Productions, Pleasantville, New York
Evan Tobias, Arizona State University, Tempe

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
Media Arts Committee Leadership

Richard W. Burrows, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Media Arts Committee Co-Chair, Newark (New Jersey) Public Schools, Special Assistant/Arts
Dr. Pam Paulson, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Media Arts Committee Co-chair, Perpich Center for Arts Education Minnesota
Dr. Amy Jensen, Department Chair, Theatre and Media Arts Department, Brigham Young University
Marcia McCaffrey, President, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, New Hampshire Department of Education
Dr. Nancy Rubino, Senior Director, Office of Academic Initiatives, The College Board
Ms. Cory Wilkerson, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Project Manager

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
Member Organizations

Americans for the Arts
American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
The College Board
National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC)
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
State Education Agency for Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)
Media Arts Committee of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
Young Audiences