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Arts Education

For the Holidays: The Gift of Artistic Expression

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 02.19.2014 | Arts
Mary Crescenzo

As an multidisciplinary artist and teaching artist, the unique gift I can give myself and others is the opportunity to create something through artistic expression. But, we all, as humans, have the power in us to do the same. Why?

Westchester Mom Creates a REAL Neighborhood Arts Center

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.16.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Westchester mother of two and working artist Kathleen Marinaccio saw a need in her community for a place where adults, children, and families can exp...

Defining Outcomes in Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

Arts skills are for everyone, not just the future actors and directors and stage carpenters of America. For many children, the only opportunity for this experience is in school.

We Are All the Same: Teaching Empathy Through the Arts

Lysa Heslov | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
Lysa Heslov

The CMH Global Arts after school programs utilize arts education to enhance our students' understanding of the world by pairing an art modality with an international country of focus.

Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters

Jason Chuong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Chuong

When music is taught in school, it offers a crucial link to the outside world -- to one of the most prominent facets of our culture. It acts as a bridge from the classroom to the community.

The Global Search for Education: The Master - Renée Fleming

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"I love face-to-face interaction with students. Having grappled with the same issues that they face, if I can alert them to areas that might need more work, either on their own in the practice room, through online research, or with a teacher, I feel I have helped."

Spawning Activism Through Art

Julien Robson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Julien Robson

Institutional detention, however, does not solve the fundamental problems causing delinquency, and no matter how hard we try to provide care for youth in detention, we will not change their lives until we provide early support for them in their communities.

Tools for the Stage: Digital Technology in Theatres Engages Audiences in New Ways

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Access to arts education resources is one of the most problematic aspects of our school system, with wealthier schools invariably being better served than poor ones. Technology promises to help bridge that gap, as well as that of distance.

Can Theater Help Solve California's Prison Overcrowding Crisis?

Tim Robbins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tim Robbins

Any successful system of rehabilitation requires multiple components, ranging from mental health and drug treatment to education and skills training. One aspect that may not be initially obvious, however, is the power of art and theater.

A Plea to Board Members

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Especially for those arts organizations that are reducing staff, board members must be willing to prioritize their requests, be willing to forego the occasional set or committee minutes or pitch in and write and send a board meeting agenda themselves.

How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability

Carol J. Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school. Employers, however, often cite communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, ingenuity, innovation, and risk-taking as the most sought after skills in new hires.

Music, Creativity, And Unlocking Our Full Potential

Andrew Littlefield | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Andrew Littlefield

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSadly, for many of these students and adults, our automatic tendency is to view them by their limitations. As a music therapist, I have the privilege to bring music and creative activities to individuals who don't typically get to experience them.

How Technology Can Help Kids Around The World Find Their Inner Artist

Artavazd Mehrabyan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Artavazd Mehrabyan

As the report found, kids are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to explore their artistic creativity and luckily there are a number of technology options readily available to match this interest. Unfortunately, most of this technology comes at a hefty price and is not available to all children across the globe, making art education even more difficult to come by.

Elementary School Children Need More Time to Learn

Arthur Camins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arthur Camins

In too many urban schools science, social studies and the arts have become expendable electives.

What's on Your Back to School List?

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 11.09.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Everyone -- parents, principals, elected officials, certified teachers, teaching artists, etc. -- needs to do their part to ensure that our nation's children have access to a quality arts education. But how do we know what defines a "quality" education in the arts?

Good Criticism and Bad Advice

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

One of the enduring fixtures of an arts education is the "critique," a group evaluation of students' work. Traditionally some posturing, passive-aggression and even unkindness can be expected during a critique, even from a teacher, and the experience can be confusing and discouraging.

Seeing The FLAG Art Foundation Through The Trees

Hilary Harkness | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Hilary Harkness

With its friendly and unintimidating vibe, FLAG is a great space to look at contemporary art. Its director and assistant directors aren't sealed away in back offices, but rather installed in public spaces that you can't help but stroll through.

The Private Sector's Secret Weapon

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

I know that the arts industry can feel very foreign to the business community. But as companies seek new ways to build their competitive advantage, they are increasingly finding that the arts are the key to driving true innovation.

High-Stakes 2.0: Letting Kids Run the Show

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Kate Quarfordt

If we made it a priority to help every classroom in America feel less like a test-prep bootcamp and more like an NTSA rehearsal, I'm willing to bet that our graduates would be far better prepared for college, career and citizenship.

Theatre Arts Education Programs Create Innovative Thinkers and Workers

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

We have been around a long time and the field is very competitive. Years of advocacy can create a kind of fatigue around the issue. Schools and families, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods, are more challenged than ever to engage.

Russell Simmons' Art for Life

Zondra Hughes | Posted 10.05.2013 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

What if more of us would open our eyes to the importance of quality art programs in our public schools? I know I have, and therein lies the genius of philanthropist Russell Simmons' aptly named charity.

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The promise of a great public education for all children is under pressure not only from out-of-touch legislators, but from economic and societal factors outside school that make it much more difficult to achieve success within the classroom.

In the Belly of the (Congressional Budgeting) Beast

Robin Bronk | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Robin Bronk

Some politicians have been open about their intention to "starve the beast." Well, this week in Washington, we've seen the clearest indication yet of this "starve the beast" approach in action. It turns out, though, that the "beast" we're starving is our own children and our investments in their future.

What an Arts Education Meant to Me

Anna Musky-Goldwyn | Posted 09.22.2013 | Arts
Anna Musky-Goldwyn

Even though I respected the roles of my classmates and teachers, as much as any four-year-old can comprehend that idea of that, I felt that this play was mine and it has thus stuck in my mind almost twenty years later. So what did I want to be when I grew up? I wanted to be that same kid I was at age four.

Why Was Drama Eliminated At Everett High?

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

Follow this with me, will you? "The plays bothered a lot of us," says a school superintendent, referring to works presented by a high school drama gr...