Advocacy

Today, most public schools believe they can't afford arts education. Today, lawmakers, education officials, and the general public are debating the role of arts in our schools. We need to do better—today. The arts build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and engage...

The 2011 Annual Report: Reigniting Creativity in the Classroom

It has arrived: the 2011 Annual Report.   But you won't receive a copy in the mail. This year, we built a website. When you surf the site, you'll come across: an infographic. What better way to show the 3 W's (why, what, and will) for creativity in education? a long scroll...


Artist vs. Athlete – Why Education Should Unite vs. Divide

When my sister was a junior in high school, her basketball coach told her she would never play varsity unless she stopped doing drama. She quit the next day. Now she works for Second City on a Cruise ship making mad cash and living her life to the fullest. Why does this story...


Honoring Dr. King's Legacy: 5 Reasons Why I Volunteer

This is a guest post from Cyrus Wadia, Vice President of Performing Arts Workshop's Board of Directors.  The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a national “Day of Service” designed to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social...


It’s “Déjà Vu All Over Again” for Arts Integration - from ED.gov

As Arts in Education Week – September 11-17 – was being observed, arts integration was a hot topic nationally.  Consider these two statements about arts integration:  (1) “Creative teachers have integrated the arts with other subjects for years. During the past decade,...


10 Salient Studies on the Arts in Education - from www.onlinecolleges.net

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2011/09/06/10-salient-studies-on-the-arts-in-education/ A fine arts education — including music, theater, drawing, painting, or sculpture — whether in practice or theory, has been a part of any well-rounded curriculum for decades — but that may...


Looking At Education: Authentic Assessment, Special Needs Education & the Workshop

Carol Kocivar visits Performing Arts Workshop to discuss the ARISE project and PACT 21. In both these rigorous studies, the Workshop looks at how the performing arts help students prepare for school work and life in the 21 century. The ARISE project found that students who...


Arts Education Blog Forum Continues

http://blog.westaf.org/2011/07/arts-education-blog-forum-continues_26.ht Introduction to the Arts Education Blog Forum For the next four weeks, Julie Fry, Program Officer  in the Performing Arts Program for The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and I will host an ongoing...


White House Champions of Change - Week 15: Arts Education

http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions President Obama believes that the arts and humanities should be part of the education of every child in America. The power of the arts and humanities to foster creativity in developing minds, to engage and motivate students in school and to...


No art? No social change. No innovation economy.

Arts and Culture as Elemental Contributors to Social Capital Eric Friedenwald-Fishman Creative Director/President, Metropolitan Group The article that follows was published by Stanford Social Innovation Review.To read the full article it was based upon and learn about six...


Victory? Victory!

We are unaccustomed to victories in arts education, particularly at this time of economic uncertainty, and particularly at this time of the year. It's spring: pinkslip time for many teachers in California. Advocates in local school districts are fighting fiercely to provide all...


National Arts Index Drops to Lowest Point in Twelve Years, but Signals that Arts Creation and Volunteerism is Up

Americans for the Arts released its second annual National Arts Index scores this week and the findings demonstrate well that the arts follow the nation’s business cycle: the 2009 Index score of 97.7 is the lowest Index score in the twelve years measured by the Index. The 2009...