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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...


Re-envisioning No Child Left Behind, and What It Means for Arts Education

Re-envisioning No Child Left Behind, and What It Means for Arts Education By Jennifer Kessler | Published: March 25th, 2011 http://createquity.com/ From the Obama-Biden Transition Project via Flickr In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama spent almost 10 of his...


Help raise $2,000 in the next 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds

Can you lend a hand today? A generous donor recently struck a deal with us: If you make a donation in the next 24 hours, she’ll match every dollar we receive up to $1,000. Can you help us meet our $1,000 goal with a gift of $5, $15, $25, or more? Public schools and community...


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...


Car Spotting - Critical Thinking for the Automobile

On a relaxing Saturday mid-afternoon, people walking on the streets of San Francisco might not notice this car as anything special. Sure, it’s older than other models that surround it, but at the end of the day it’s just another car. To a car spotter, however, a process...


Action!

Workshop Teaching Artist, Michael Wiggins, shares an Arts Integrated Lesson Plan he prepared for the San Francisco 2011 SUMMER LEARNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY, put on by the San Francisco Summer Learning Network. Content Standards Addressed by this plan: •Math Content...


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...


Final Reflections and Thank You

It’s hard to believe that it has been eleven and a half years since the Workshop’s Founder, Gloria Unti and Artistic Director, Gary Draper first interviewed me for an afterschool Program Coordinator position.  I still remember our conversation about the role of the arts in...


Can art in HD still speak to you?

When the first movie theaters opened, audiences raced to the exit when they found themselves face-to-face with a train choo choo-ing towards them with zero intention of braking.  Fast forward to 2011, people now flood movie theaters sporting 3-D glasses in order to be on Pandora...


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...


California Legislature Budget Update

This is posted courtesy of Kathy Lynch of Lynch & Associates. THE 2011-12 LEGISLATURE CONVENES TO HISTORIC BUDGET DEFICIT IN THE BLUEST OF STATES The 2011-12 Legislature convened Monday, December 6th to begin a new legislative two-year cycle. The 120-member Legislature...