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Arts Education

How About Some Country, Rock And Rap For Homework?

Speakeasy, WSJ | John Jurgensen | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education

By John Jurgensen, The Wall Street Journal Nashville bills itself as Music City–now it’s trying to lock in the future of that status. The city ...

Education and the Visual Arts

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 10.31.2011 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Creativity is discovering patterns, relationships, connections, and beauty -- seeing itself is a creative act. The potential for creativity resides everywhere, in every subject, every decision, and every relationship.

Facing the Music

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.21.2011 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Let's face it. With the stock markets yo-yoing and Congress behaving as it is, the arts are a pretty low priority in the short haul. Relying on government funding seems to be a losing proposition and has been for some time.

Annemarie Dooling

Guggenheim BMW & Urban Sustainability | Annemarie Dooling | Posted 10.05.2011 | Arts

A shady street corner park is hardly the place you'd expect to find a lab, but that's what BMW brought to New York City's Houston Street this week. Th...

Curtis M. Wong

Inspiring Youth And Social Change Through Musical Theater | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact

Michael Berkeley wants you to forget all about the glittery top hats, extended jazz hands and hyper-choreographed chorus lines associated with musical...

The Global Search for Education: If Music Be the Food....

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.25.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Let us speak of even greater things with the innovative educator and president of Bard College, Leon Botstein: a man who understands the juxtaposition of art and education better than any.

Curtis M. Wong

PHOTOS: American Mural Project Stresses Arts Education | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.18.2011 | Impact

You really don't need to ask Ellen Griesedieck about the importance of arts education in schools -- she's more than happy to share her thoughts on the...

Playing Games in Haiti

Rainn Wilson | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
Rainn Wilson

We had gone to Haiti, six artists in total, to work with adolescent girls in the tent camp at Bolous. Our goal was to use the arts to inspire, build confidence, and help heal the trauma that these girls had gone through.

Arts Education Makes America Stronger by Making Stronger Americans

Kristen Paglia | Posted 09.11.2011 | Arts
Kristen Paglia

Dr. Jill Biden and the First Lady are spreading the message that all sectors of society can "Join Forces" in honoring and supporting America's service men and women. I reflected on what role artists and educators can personally play in this effort.

Opera Ups Its Presence in Schools

John M. Eger | Posted 09.06.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

There is no doubt that theater and opera help school kids find a love of music, dance, and performance while helping nurture the higher order thinking skills they need in the 21st century workplace.

'Guys and Dolls' in the South Bronx: Learning to See the (Real) Value of Arts Education

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 08.27.2011 | Education
Kate Quarfordt

This year's rehearsal process served up an especially overwhelming array of challenges and behind-the-scenes mayhem, all intensified by the parallel unfolding of my second pregnancy.

How Would We Teach Andy Warhol?

Joe Hall | Posted 08.14.2011 | Arts
Joe Hall

Earlier this year, President Obama visited Facebook headquarters to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), a policy initiative that supports a long-term investment strategy. What STEM lacks is a big C for creativity.

An Apology to Scott Walker

Richard Geldard | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Richard Geldard

I would like to apologize for becoming a professional musician almost 30 years ago when I joined the musicians' union. Little did I know that Wisconsinites would finally see the light about having to fork over fourteen cents per resident to support the arts.

Are Unions to Blame?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is impossible to blame unions for the lack of revenue for arts organizations when so many are doing such a poor job of managing themselves.

Almost Curtain Call: Countdown To 'Guys And Dolls' In South Bronx

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 08.03.2011 | Education
Kate Quarfordt

While our performance of "Guys and Dolls" may not win us any Tony's, it nonetheless confirmed my belief in the transformational power of making art with young people, obstacles be damned.

Music, Liberal Arts Live on in California Elementary School

Ruth Starkman | Posted 07.31.2011 | Education
Ruth Starkman

Most remarkable in this quiet, upper-middle class suburb north of San Francisco is the unapologetic joy of being American, especially in a time when American education has become highly contested.

Blame It All on Globalization 3.0

John M. Eger | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Globalization 3.0, first coined by The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, is here. Outsourcing and offshoring have entered our lexicon of new words.

Countdown to 'Guys and Dolls' in the South Bronx, Part 2

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education
Kate Quarfordt

Thirty percent of our cast members are on the verge of being kicked out, I'm on my way to an expulsion hearing for a 10th grader, and I'm heading into the second trimester of my pregnancy.

Students Sound Off: Sophomore Jonathan Murray Hinely On Why Music Education Is Essential

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Murray Hinely | Posted 07.15.2011 | Education

"Students Sound Off" is an ongoing student blogger contest aimed at providing students a loud and clear voice in the education debate presented by Huf...

'Good Schools Have the Arts' -- Isn't That What We Want for All Kids?

Richard Kessler | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education
Richard Kessler

Change will require the type of leadership that makes it known that schools without the arts cannot be good schools and will no longer be accepted.

Behind The Curtain: A Countdown To 'Guys And Dolls' In The South Bronx

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 07.10.2011 | Education
Kate Quarfordt

Here's Part 1 of a condensed 100-day countdown to our production of Guys and Dolls, in performance at Bronx Prep May 24th-26th.

White House: It's Time To 'Reinvest' In Arts Education

Posted 07.09.2011 | Education

As education budget cuts continue to threaten the quality of education nationwide, a recent government report is encouraging schools to refocus on cur...

Bullies, Bullied, Bystanders, or Bullet Proof -- How the Arts Help Break the Cycle of School Violence

Kristen Paglia | Posted 07.09.2011 | Arts
Kristen Paglia

Arts education, particularly theater education, may be an effective method of teaching young people tolerance, and helping them recognize, and stand up against, injustice.

The Right Brain Initiative

John M. Eger | Posted 07.03.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Our kids need the new thinking skills so in demand in an economy crying out for creativity and innovation. We need teachers and artists to work together to develop arts-integrated learning experiences.

Penguins Can't Fly... But They Can Soar

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.26.2011 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

In my blog "Look Papi... I Did It", I identified P.94 and their experience with disabled children who defied prognostication by breaking through and f...