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Youth Development through Art

Positive youth development occurs from an intentional process that promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, relationships and support to fully participate. Youth development takes place in families, peer groups, schools, neighborhoods and...


Education Week Article: Going From STEM to STEAM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) - the new buzzword in education acronyms, has become a leading force in the current effort to reform K-12 education. Fueled by the Obama Administration's focus on education through Race to the Top and I3 -Invest in...


What is the difference between a teaching artist profession of independent contractors and one of employees?

Teaching artistry is a relatively new, unformed profession. Teaching artists employed by organizations like the Workshop often vacillate between classifications as independent contractors or temporary part-time employees. In a February 18 article in the New York Times, Steven...


Arts at Risk as SFUSD Grapples with Draconian Budget Cuts

On Tuesday, January 26th the full San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education met to discuss the draconian budget cuts the District is facing over the next two years.  In total, the District is facing a $113 million shortfall (over two years) out of a total annual...


This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of the Arts

by Brian Wiedenmeier As we approach the end of the year with all of its attendant hustle and bustle, please take a moment to consider giving a gift to Performing Arts Workshop. A gift of just $60 provides one hour of quality arts education to a class of thirty young people in...


The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 3 – Publicly Champion the Importance of Arts Education

What this boils down to is arts education advocacy, also a new initiative at Performing Arts Workshop. For decades we have touted the importance of arts education in the classroom, but the impact seemed limited to our region. Recently we chose to broaden the focus of our work...


Zac Efron for Arts Ed!

Americans for the Arts reported that Zac Efron and Claire Daines along with other advocates, visited the White House on November 12th to speak about the importance of arts education. While President Obama was not in attendance, Senator Barbara Boxer and Kalpen Modi, Associate...


The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 2 - Create An Artist Corps

This idea could be a great way to engage young artists in valuable paid work, something Performing Arts Workshop knows from experience is hard to find as a teaching artist. Most work part-time for a number of different organizations in order to pay their rent, eat, and pursue...


Community Arts Education Conference

Reflect and Revise: Evaluative Thinking for Program Success. On November 12, 2009, Tom DeCaigny and Leah Goldstein Moses presented this workshop at the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Community Arts Education Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The topics of the...


Performing Arts Workshop and SFUSD Present at National Forum

Performing Arts Workshop Executive Director Tom DeCaigny and I recently presented in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District at the Arts Education Partnership's forum in Cambridge, MA. The forum was titled: "Charting a Course for the Arts and 21st Century...


The beginning

After reading my earlier blog post about my "beginning" in arts education, my mom wanted to set things straight. Turns out that from a very early age, I was predisposed to connect with the Workshop's process-based method of teaching critical thinking through art-making! I'd like...


The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 1 - Public/Private Partnerships

“Part of what arts education does is that it teaches people to see each other through each others’ eyes. It teaches us to respect and understand people who are not like us and that makes us better citizens and it makes our democracy work better. That’s something that I...