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The Education Department's College Scorecard Unfairly Stigmatizes Arts Institutions

Roger H. Brown | Posted 10.15.2015 | College
Roger H. Brown

The College Scorecard makes the somewhat obvious point that music and arts students earn less across the board than healthcare, biotech, business, and technology, students, though they all share an enterprising mindset vital for success.

Jefferson Part Two: Five Shocking Things About Unmasking Business Success

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bruce E. Whitacre

Does business have any skin in the arts engagement game? And if they do, can we rally more business support for greater access to arts education for all students? In my last blog, I described how an idea to explore the impact of the arts on corporate achievement came out of a Jeffersonian Dinner we held. So here's the outcome.

To Data or Not To Data: Capturing the Humanities in Motion

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Christine Henseler

We have a social responsibility to reshape what really counts among all the counting. I deeply believe that the transformative and perhaps even surprising identity of tomorrow's humanities must be built on the solidity of our century-old foundations.

Meet The Famous Artists And Writers Who Were Teachers First

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts

Monday is World Teacher's Day, a UNESCO-supported holiday that honors the critical role teachers play in maintaining education systems across the glo...

'What Makes You Creative?' Connecting the Dots With Thomas Jefferson

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Have you ever heard anyone say arts education is a bad idea? Then why can't we make sure every child, especially those from poor neighborhoods, has access to it?

First Nighter: Nicole Kidman in "Photograph 51" and Other London Recommendations

David Finkle | Posted 09.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

By now it's well known to theatergoers that Nicole Kidman is back on stage and in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51 after a 17-year lapse. She's returned in a piece noticeably different from her last offering, The Blue Room, where she gained beaucoup publicity for appearing totally undressed.

Please, Can This Be The New Unofficial Hashtag For Arts Education?!

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.17.2015 | Arts

University of Florida offers an online master's program in arts education. For short, they call it UF Art Ed. And for those who are too lazy to deal w...

Heroes Among Us: Dr. Barry Prizant

Elaine Hall | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Elaine Hall

Heroes are among us in the disability community speaking out for those who cannot always speak for themselves. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., speech-language pathologist and author of the new book UNIQUELY HUMAN: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, is one of those heroes.

Big Change Can Come in Small Packages

Cynthia Germanotta | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Cynthia Germanotta

While national, big-name groups can have a tremendous reach, organizations that provide programming and resources on the ground -- no matter how small -- are a vital component of the nonprofit ecosystem.

Inner-City Arts Empowers Underserved Kids In Los Angeles To Discover Purpose Through Expression

Julian Mitchell | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

There is one trailblazing organization committed to not only keeping art as a focal point in schools, but more importantly dedicated to shifting the way society respects, understands and appreciates art as a world-changing tool: Inner-City Arts.

Has America Given up on Arts Education?

Marc Joseph | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Marc Joseph

Arts education matters. People exposed to the arts play a significant role in the continued innovation of the U.S. The arts are an essential part of our heritage and vital in what makes us human. Our lives, and our children's lives, would truly be empty without the arts.

The Global Search for Education: Is This the Age of the Arts?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Arts education is making a difference in improving struggling schools by increasing student engagement and positively changing young lives in countries all over the world.

Mist of the Earth: A Stunning Exhibition of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Region

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

It was during a visit to São Paulo that a budding acquaintance with Denise Milan was spawned. I was drawn to her work and a world of discovery that she presented to me through her stone constructs and the multilayered tableaus that resonated throughout her installations.

Dance Nonprofit Teaches Much More Than Dance

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

As the house lights slowly dim over the audience, the stage begins to glow with an electric pulse. No it is not the thousand watts of spotlights that illuminate the theatre causing the glow, but the smiles of hundreds of children taking the stage at the National Dance Institute performance of "This Land Is Our Land."

Coming Full Circle

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.05.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

June 5, 2015. Later today I will attend one of over two dozen, year-end, in-school galas that are underway in InsideOut schools across Detroit. Each year at this time, iO students' eyes light up as they gather in their school cafeterias or auditoriums or libraries to open their beautiful books and find their words and their names for the first time.

The Arts Are Not Just for Fun

TNTP | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education

In my classroom the walls are painted with bright murals, depicting great composers of the past and present. If you visit us, you'll see high school students -- 90 percent of whom have never touched an instrument before ninth grade -- focused on creating beautiful music as a team.

Actor/Photographer Brad Everett Young Wants You to Dream Loud

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Brad Everett Young is a mixture of excited, tired, and a little overwhelmed. The Los Angeles based photographer has been awake for over 24 hours. Why you ask? Young was invited to photograph the after-party of the musical "Cruel Intentions."

Korean American Artist Nam June Paik Inspires Elementary School Students

Tom Nagorski | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Tom Nagorski

They filed in, one by one, a long line of fourth- and fifth-grade students, quiet and well-behaved until they crossed the threshold of the Asia Society gallery. And then, one by one, they gasped, cried out, and-- in the case of one young boy-- jumped and nearly fell on landing.

Around the World in 30 Days

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In May, I continued my conversations with thought leaders from China to New York who sketched out for me the conflicting overlaps between creativity, innovation, reform and testing, and shared their efforts to create coalescence between them.

Love's Journey

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha Koltunyuk graduates Princeton University this year. Her journey opens up to new vistas. Dasha's story is uniquely American. She is a first generation American. And that is precisely why her path could unfold nowhere else but here.

Curly: The Legacy of Los Angeles' Chouinard Art Institute

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

The Chouinard Art Institute may no longer be with us, but its graduates continue to paint and inspire, while the Chouinard Foundation continues to keep its spirit alive.

The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future.

Our Kids and Communities Need to Make Music to Succeed

Welz Kauffman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Welz Kauffman

Kids' creativity, as measured by the most recent Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking scores, has been sliding since 1990, most noticeably among our younger students. Reduced music and arts education is cited as a key factor.

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

Blossoming Pianos, Reviving Mimì, and Other Signs of Spring

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Camille Zamora

Today -- finally! -- is the day. After a horrific winter featuring the coldest recorded temperatures in the past 81 years combined with a flu vaccine of historic inefficacy, spring has finally shown up.