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The Threshold of Revelation

Christian Clarke | Posted 02.15.2013 | Education
Christian Clarke

This year there are moments when I'm lost and miserable and struggling with what it means to be an inner-city teacher. For the first time I'd started to wonder if I can go on teaching in the school I love but which is struggling against immense forces it can't control. Had I lost my calling?

Start Off As A Builder Of Fires

Kate Gale | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Gale

When my son was in the fourth grade, his class did a short version of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know why that play was decided on for the fourth grade, but I believe his teacher was a romantic and liked the idea of little kids acting out this play of love and glory.

Society Is Killing Schools' Ability To Encourage Creativity

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Brian Rosenberg

It's easy and tempting to blame teachers or unions or professors for the problems in education, but the reality is that here -- as in the political institutions about which we so passionately complain -- we get what we deserve, or rather, we get the natural result of the choices we make.

Art Making In The Age Of Mouse Clicking

John Seed | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
John Seed

There is a reason that every graphic software has "brush" tools: it is because technology is trying very, very hard to emulate the subtlety of expression that only a physical brush applied a human hand to actual materials can truly offer.

Teaching Artists and the Future of the Arts

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
Nick Rabkin

The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.

Why Music, Part 5: Music and Education

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.02.2013 | Education
Frank Fitzpatrick

I can't help but wonder how many children are denied music education in America, either because it is unavailable, unaffordable or they are determined unworthy. It is both an injustice to our children and a threat to our future.

With a Pen in My Hand, I Can

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 01.20.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I've seen what happens when you put a pen in a child's hand. It's like a match to the imagination. The beauty and bravery that come forth in poems is simply breathtaking.

What Is the Value of Liberal Education?

Richard Morrill | Posted 01.06.2013 | College
Richard Morrill

Only when we see and hear people who are now in medicine, finance, film making, technology, and public service, who continue to find lasting significance in their liberal arts education, will we come to understand where true value lies.

'Art for the Public Good' Theme of Fine Art Deans Annual Conference

John M. Eger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Fine arts deans know that merging art and science, having more interdisciplinary and project-based learning, ushering in a whole new curriculum and a having truly creative community are essential to America's future.

Mitt Romney, Big Bird and American Creativity

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.30.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Mitt Romney's comment in the first presidential debate about defunding Big Bird was the fodder for lots of jokes, but it has more serious implications, not just for public funding for the arts, but for the future of America's global competitiveness.

As War Horse Closes on Broadway, Its Lessons Live On

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 12.28.2012 | Education
Kate Quarfordt

When a mutually supportive balance is struck between experiential learning driven by students' passions and direct instruction grounded in the skills they need, kids become equally hungry for both.

Another "First" in Artistic Achievement: Director Peter Ramsey

Pamela Mays McDonald | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Pamela Mays McDonald

If any young black artist shares the same dream, they can look to Peter Ramsey's example and know that yes, it is possible to achieve.

The Victimization of Big Bird and What It Means for Artists

Nora Younkin | Posted 12.16.2012 | Chicago
Nora Younkin

I don't believe the arts can, or should, stand on their own. Even more worrisome than Romney's statements themselves is the ideology from which they spring up. The arts are not nonpartisan.

My Visit to Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Imagine if the opportunity for creativity and self-expression were open to all. Imagine if every young person could learn to channel their energy through the discipline of an art form.

'A' Is for App

Charyn Harris | Posted 11.06.2012 | Los Angeles
Charyn Harris

The AutoRap app has the capacity to take anything that can be spoken and create patterns that are stretched into a rhtyhmic grid. Could the integration of AutoRap revolutionize basic learning, audio and cognitive skills as well as increase GPAs across the board?

The Great Communicator: Leonard Bernstein and His Legacy

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 10.26.2012 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Leonard Bernstein's legacy is more vital than ever in a time when the arts face a threat greater than a lack of public funding: a lack of public interest.

A Chicago Public School That Doubles As An Art Gallery

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.16.2012 | Arts

There’s something special about Arthur Dixon Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side. Over two-hundred works of art fill the building and spill ...

A Defense of History

Anthony Kayruz | Posted 10.15.2012 | Teen
Anthony Kayruz

In American schools, there is a push for the maths and sciences. Educational funding goes towards these subjects, while fine arts and the humanities are given the short end of the stick.

Remembering Martin E. Segal, New York's "Titan of the Arts"

Henry Miller | Posted 10.13.2012 | New York
Henry Miller

Martin E. Segal, a legendary advocate of the arts in New York City, died on August 5th at the age of 96. What demonstrated his commitment to the arts perhaps more than anything else was his founding of the New York International Festival of the Arts.

Eavesdropping In an Airport

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Perhaps instead of making speeches about the value of the arts we simply need to get more fathers dancing.

Living On The Wall

Charyn Harris | Posted 09.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Charyn Harris

"Stand for something or you will fall for anything," is one of my favorite quotes. What are the alternatives for the youth who are on the same path because we are not paying attention or caring enough to reach them?

Penn State Could Benefit From Sack

Eddie Rosenstein | Posted 09.23.2012 | College
Eddie Rosenstein

The NCAA has sacked Penn State's football program, throwing it for a serious loss. I think it might be the best thing to happen to the school in years.

Stunning Music Video Drawn By 100 High School Students

Posted 08.06.2012 | Teen

What happens when you give 100 teenagers art supplies, a general frame-by-frame outline for a story, and strict instructions to express their own pers...

The Art of Innovation

Walter E. Massey, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
Walter E. Massey, Ph.D.

Whether the issue is sustainability, public education, or social justice, artists and designers engage, adapt, reimagine, and continue to move the definition of innovation forward.

Improvisation: U.S. State Department Sponsors Innovative MIMA Programs Abroad

Christoph A. Geiseler | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education
Christoph A. Geiseler

Following in the footsteps of the original jazz ambassadors Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and David Brubeck, dozens of American musicians travel abroad each year on behalf of the U.S. Department of State as "Arts Envoys."