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Arts Education

Empathy: Most Important When It Is Most Difficult

Lysa Heslov | Posted 01.31.2017 | Home
Lysa Heslov

As the founder of Children Mending Hearts, an organization devoted to teaching empathy to at-risk children, I rarely speak out about politics. That's ...

Goals Worth Fighting For

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
Robert L. Lynch

At a time when many of us are wondering what the future holds for the arts, it brings me great pleasure to stop and recognize elected leaders who alre...

The Global Search for Education: I Have a Voice

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home
C. M. Rubin

"It is time to for us to awaken to our true selves, to listen to what makes our hearts sing - to find our element." -- Sacha Abercorn, Her Grace the...

Non-profit MYTHIC BRIDGE Celebrates National Coming Out Day 2016

Mythic Bridge | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Mythic Bridge

Imagine having a major realization about who you are and feeling like you can't share it with anyone, not even your best friend. Imagine having this r...

The Global Search for Education: Top Global Teacher Bloggers - Learning With The Arts

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
C. M. Rubin

Have you ever noticed how integrating the Arts with traditional subjects can really make learning fun? Findings from a recent American Institutes for ...

The Future of Arts Education is a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy at the Podium

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home
Robert L. Lynch

As teachers and students around the country head back to school, I can't help but think about my own years of starting school in the fall. I was alway...

Art is essential, not extra

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.22.2016 | Home
Randi Weingarten

The arts are vital for everyone. Art can soothe us. And it can stretch us -- by exposing us to concepts we've never imagined before, or by leading us to wrestle with ambiguity, multiple interpretations or artistic expression that we find jarring.

Band Of Brothers--Veterans Seek Solace In Shakespeare

Farrah Alexander | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Farrah Alexander

The founder of Shakespeare with Veterans, Fred Johnson, has said that no one in the English language speaks more directly to the Veteran experience and the warrior's heart than William Shakespeare.

Ben Vereen On His Decision To Promote Arts Education At The DNC

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.26.2016 | Home

“Life, itself, is an art form,” according to actor Ben Vereen. This belief is why the legendary entertainer wants to help preserve the country’s...

STEM has become the Beyoncè of the curriculum

Patte Barth | Posted 07.11.2016 | Home
Patte Barth

STEM is steadily earning a place as the dazzling star in the high school curriculum and for good reason. The benefit of high-level science and math co...

Opera At 8500 Feet

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Susanne Mentzer

I write from the swing on the small front porch of my quaint house with a white picket fence. The view is of an old mining town. My dog, Charlie, lies...

100,000 Students Across The U.S. Will Probably See 'Hamilton' Before You Do

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home

Thousands of public school students across the country are about to realize exactly how lucky they are to be alive right now. History is happening. An...

Public Pianos, Vandalism & the Metrics of Hope (or, How to Win 99% of Bets)

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.18.2016 | Home
Camille Zamora

There is much discussion in nonprofit-land these days about how we measure impact. To that end, how do we leverage the success metric of Sing for Hope Pianos placed in "at-risk" neighborhoods? Over 99% of these beautiful artist-designed pianos emerge not only un-vandalized, but having uplifted spirits on a broad scale.

"En Pointe" Isn't For Everybody

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 06.06.2016 | Home
Vanessa Alamo

Recently this summer, the internet went insane with a viral video of girls from the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center practicing a new style of danc...

This Crayon Recycling Program Is Enhancing Arts Programs In Schools

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.03.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Sheila Michail Morovati, the founder and president of Crayon Collection, saw an opportunity to enhance arts education in public elementary and prescho...

A Response for My Dance Teacher's Letter

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Vanessa Alamo

You have raised me to become a strong and confident individual. An upbringing I couldn't imagine possible had I tried another sport or activity.

The Arts Add Powerful Voice and Vibrancy to Corporate America

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 04.29.2016 | Home
Robert L. Lynch

Fifty years ago, David Rockefeller, Chairman and CEO of the Chase Manhattan Corporation, gave an address to the National Industrial Conference Board (...

A Nonprofit In Harlem Wants To Bring Dance To Every Public School

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.29.2016 | Home

Nestled in the heart of Harlem, not too far from Jackie Robinson Park, sits National Dance Institute. There, in its modest studio spaces most Saturday...

Arts Literacy: Why We Must Change The Tune

Lydia Kontos | Posted 04.18.2016 | Home
Lydia Kontos

While we have the rare opportunity to make arts education shine brighter than ever, we have a long road ahead of us. The arts have been whittled away at in public schools for over two generations, especially in urban areas deeply affected by budget cuts. As a result, we've created an entire generation that is artistically illiterate.

The Global Search for Education: More Materials for the Arts

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Home
C. M. Rubin

"Every day is Earth Day." --  Harriet Taub   Materials for the Arts is one of those organizations you look at and say to yourself - it's so obvi...

Now is the Time for Disabled Artists to Flourish

Lane Harwell | Posted 04.12.2016 | Home
Lane Harwell

Stevie Wonder, Marlee Matlin, Peter Dinklage, and Chuck Close are names many are familiar with. They are exceptional artists, and they are exceptions ...

The Power of Art to Build Strong Youth and Heal Trauma

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Home
Alex M. Johnson

Recently, I joined hundreds of arts advocates at Los Angeles City Hall as a guest speaker for ArtsDay, part of an annual celebration of Arts Week 2016...

The Arts: Doing vs Viewing -- Reflections on the DCMS Culture White Paper

Sarah Palferman | Posted 04.04.2016 | Home
Sarah Palferman

On March 23rd, following more than five decades of silence on national arts policy, the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published the second ever White Paper on culture and the arts: 'Our Culture'.

The Passion of Arts Advocates Driving Change: Kennedy, U.S. Lawmakers, and You

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 03.30.2016 | Home
Robert L. Lynch

Earlier this month I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a lecture on arts and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Policy. ...

Are the Arts and Humanities Worth Your Investment? Making the Case for Our Shared Health and Wealth

Christine Henseler | Posted 03.25.2016 | Home
Christine Henseler

Our shared belief in the benefits of the Arts and Humanities can be found in the practices of our institutions of higher learning, in our communities, our businesses, and our next generation of young people.