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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 to share her words with you: I read your blog about the beginning of your arts education. Your...

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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 strongly believe in. That’s one of the main reasons we need to promote the arts.” – Barack...

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C’mon, Can’t We All Work Together?

21st Century Learning! 21st Century Skills! Business leaders, educators, and parents are calling for major change in our current education system. The current model – reading, writing, and arithmetic – is the one that is drilled, tested, and evaluated. But this curriculum doesn’t account for creativity or critical thinking – skills that many acknowledge will be...

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Access to the Arts for Special Needs Students

A parent of a pre-k special needs student contacted me last year. She had taken a workshop led by one of our artists and really enjoyed it; she felt it could help her child learn to find her own creative voice, and feel successful at school. Her daughter, Cristina, attended classes at two pre-k centers that hosted visiting artists in the classroom. However, because she was...

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Asking Our Students Questions

I started my art education sitting on the kitchen floor banging on pots and pans. My mom, a storyteller herself, encouraged me to create stories, songs, and dances – and then perform for family members. From the earliest age, creativity was expected of me, not just appreciated. Most of us who choose to work in the arts education field have a story like this – the teacher...

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Rahman Jamaal: Top Rahman Breaks It Down

Workshop Artist Rahman Jamaal is featured in the July 2009 edition of UBO Magazine - Underground Beat Online, a blog which looks at underground and independent music, art, apparel, clubs, literature and more. The article discusses Rahman Jamaal's voyage into music, and how he uses his art to strengthen communities and teach youth critical thinking skills. To read the full...

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Demand Responsible Budget Set Aside Reform for San Francisco

Performing Arts Workshop has been working with the Family Budget Coalition and Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth to ensure that the City is equitably cutting from areas like police, fire, and pet projects, in order to restore funding for a safety net for children, youth, families, and other vulnerable populations. At this time, supervisors are finalizing the budget in...

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The Qualities of Quality

A recent paper published by Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero mentions the Workshop as an arts education innovator and sites our publication Lessons from the Workshop. The full text is posted on the Workshop’s webpage. You can read it by following the link below. Qualities of Quality PDF Qualities of Quality at Project Zero

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Arne Duncan and the Arts

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the following statement on June 15, 2009 regarding results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Arts 2008 assessment of Music and Visual Arts at Grade 8: "These results are important for several reasons. First, they remind us that the arts are a core academic subject and part of a complete education for all...

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Ivy League dreams come true with liquor magnate’s gift

Sidney Frank, a foundation which funds the Artists-in-Schools program at the Workshop, gives $100 million gift to Brown. http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/05/25/brown.graduates.sidney.frank/index.html

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