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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...

Family-Friendly Festival Exposes Kids to the Arts

Sherrie Nachman | Posted 09.07.2013 | New York
Sherrie Nachman

For the last several weeks, New Haven has celebrated its 18th annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The Festival brings together an impressive range of performers who this year included edgy acrobats, Spike Lee and the Kronos Quartet.

New Routes To Shakespeare

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

I'm unable to see a Shakespeare play without thinking of my late mother. "How sweet," you think, "He and his mother must have shared many great ev...

Thank You, Kresge Arts in Detroit, and Thank You, Robert Frost!

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 08.27.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

. I am full of admiration for friends Shaun and Wes Nethercott, founders of Detroit's Matrix Theatre, who this week embarked on an inspiring six-month cross-country bicycle adventure.

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

Arts and Community Development: Connections Matter to Funders

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

In these times of questioning the entitlement and roles of our arts institutions, we need to break through the community-facing silos of marketing, development and education and close the loop in social service engagement.

The Liberal Arts Are Alive and Well in Washington State

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Working with educators across the state of Washington, I've helped to create an organization that many might consider an anachronism, a relic from a f...

Dance Recitals: Icing on the Cake

Nora Younkin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Nora Younkin

Dance recital season is in full swing, and the amount of tulle and glitter floating in the ether is enough to suffocate dancers, teachers and parents alike to the point of frenzy.

Leonard Bernstein's Arts-Based Education Revolution

Alexander Bernstein | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Alexander Bernstein

Most people know my father, Leonard Bernstein, as an iconic American composer and conductor. However, he was also a dedicated teacher. He sought to use music, fine arts, and performing arts to instill a lifelong love of learning in students.

Turn STEM to STEAM: Why Science Needs the Arts

Stephen Beal | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
Stephen Beal

I'm sure many people in the audience were wondering why CCA, a school of the arts, chose a scientist for this honor. What could a world-renowned physicist say that would resonate with a group of artists, architects, designers, curators, and writers?

Remaking America Through the Arts

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 08.10.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The arts can serve as both a model and catalyst for change for a number of the pressing societal challenges which face our nation. But it will require new ways of thinking and engaging with the opportunities and challenges of a more diverse, technologically-driven and entrepreneurial world.

Hartford Performs: Measuring Student Achievement Through Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Brace yourself...this is a big one. Arts education enrichment programs are starting to demonstrate concrete, measurable improvement in student achievement and engagement.

Homeward Bound, Saving the Arts: Guiney and Grimes in Dracut

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.04.2013 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

It's common knowledge that "you can't go home again," but actor Scott Grimes is a master of the impossible -- especially when it's for a good cause.

Cultivating Leaders Through Dance

Luna Dance Institute | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Luna Dance Institute

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgAs with all the creative arts, dance allows people to feel connected to friends, family and community.

A Letter From Your Dance Teacher

Keesha Beckford | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
Keesha Beckford

When you are asked to work at something because that is simply what one does, many of you ask "Why should I? So-and-so made this thing and it went mad viral." A few people are genuine overnight sensations -- results of our spectacle-hungry, media-addicted culture.

GET VERSED With the Youth of InsideOut

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.21.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Shakespeare? Jazz? Poetry? Radio broadcasting? Vocal music? Video production? Yes, yes, and more yesses. All of these are coming soon, summer into fall, to Detroit teens through the Detroit School of Arts.

I Love Music

Tracy Morgan | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Tracy Morgan

Growing up in the hood surrounded by a lot of poverty, music was one of the only things that made people feel good. That's why we need music and arts. We've got to put instruments in young people's hands because that's the kind of thing that really touches the soul.

Crash Chorus: Griffin House

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment
Nicholas Ferroni

To show the power of music and its ability to transcend all cultures and ages, I bring you "Crash Chorus," a series where, along with a famous musician or artist, we crash a random location, and allow strangers to rewrite the lyrics of one of their most popular songs.

A Maryland Teacher Changes Lives By Creating Opera in the Classroom

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.02.2013 | DC
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Mary Ruth McGinn's class at Stedwick Elementary School in suburban Maryland has an intriguing second name and unique purpose: they've have formed an in-house troupe called the Fire Starters Kids Opera Company.

Reflecting on Creativity: Getting It "Right"

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.30.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Just one block away on Trumbull stands an all too typical boarded up, burned out example of Detroit's abandonment and decay. But walk a few more steps and you'll find a building of the same vintage, transformed into a beautiful, living testimony to the arts.

The Hidden Gems That Exist in Our Favorite City

Julia Wasson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

As third grade teachers, for many years we have taken our students to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in a wooded setting at the top of Topanga Canyon. Luckily, everyone in Los Angeles can experience what we have witnessed year after year.

NYC Students Get Insider's Look At Broadway, Courtesy Of 'Annie'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.12.2013 | New York

Some 2,500 New York City students from 25 public schools were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway, courtesy of the "Annie" cast and crew....

Hitting the Right Note in Education Reform

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 06.09.2013 | New York
Katherine Damkohler

In inner-city schools, much of the arts curriculum has been stripped out over the years. In many cases, the curriculum has become too basic, especially in the poorest communities.