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Never Less Theatre, But Perhaps Fewer Buildings

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Abundant but concentrated theatrical events would focus and share audiences, while focusing and sharing resources for artists.

State of the Arts: Why Culture Matters for Obamanomics

Lee Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lee Rosenbaum

At a time of alarming uncivil discourse, the role of art as a force for civilization and civility should make funding for the humanities more worthy of public funding than ever before.

Conservative Republicans Propose Eliminating Arts And Culture Funding

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

It happened first in schools and is now proposed on a national scale - the continued cutting down of arts and culture funding. A group of conservat...

The Artist in the Community

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Artists often spend hours creating by themselves, and yet the connection with others is important in their work. Yes, artists may work alone, but they can never be far from their community.

Economists Take Aim At Bonuses For Teachers With Master's Degrees

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master's degrees, even though the idea that a high...

Are You Man Enough to Teach?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

In terms of men in education, we need more guys to man up rather than man down. Statistical realities have demonstrated the critical absence of men in the classroom with no signs of change.

Shame Upon Shame: The National Portrait Gallery is Pummeled by Protest

Cat Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cat Weaver

James T. Bartlett has resigned as National Portrait Gallery commissioner, in protest of the Smithsonian's removal of David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly from the "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibition.

Exhaust the Limits: New Book Speaks to One Man's Successful Mission to Help Humanity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Although our lives have turned out different, I learned in my friend Charles "Chic" Dambach's exciting new book, Exhaust the Limits, that we have much...

From D.C.'s Kennedy Center to East of Angel Town: Conversations with Branford Marsalis and Peter Cincotti

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis has been accumulating a series of honors, with the upcoming NEA's Jazz Masters Award being one of the most prestigious yet.

You Don't Have to Deny the Arts To Succeed: MS223 in The South Bronx, a 2010 Intel School of Distinction

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Richard Kessler

Ramon Gonzalez and his faculty at MS223 have managed to take time from test prep for reading and math to build in exchange for a quality arts program,...

Amanda Terkel

Teachers Unions Pile On Jim DeMint

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joining several LGBT and women's rights organizations, the nation's two major teachers unions are now coming out and criticizing Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-...

Obama Calls For Longer School Year

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Barely into the new school year, President Barack Obama issued a tough-love message to students and teachers on Monday: Their year ...

Educators To Crowdsource Solutions To Classroom Problems

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Don Tapscott

For years I've argued that every institution needs to move from a "plan and push" mentality to a stance of "engage and co-create." The new web enables...

Waiting for "Waiting for Superman" (VIDEO)

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jack Hidary

A new film -- Waiting for Superman -- will send shockwaves through the political debate on education and will force the issue for the November elections.

Waiting for Superman

Jimmy Demers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jimmy Demers

I recently saw a screening of a film that contained a lot of knowledge and information, a documentary called Waiting for Superman. It stirred within me a sense of "What if?"

Netroots-Labor Solidarity: A Work in Progress

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

there is substantially more discussion in the blogosphere about cultural issues (whatever stupid thing Sarah Palin said today) important to urban professionals on the East and West Coast than trade issues important to steelworkers in the Midwest.

Colorado Is Ground Zero

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Over the next 10 days or so, Colorado will sit dead center in the debate over how to improve public education in this country.

Let the N.E.A. Lead Them

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dr. Susan Corso

We in the theatre have known for a long, long time that the show must go on. I'd venture to say that there's only one man in Washington who knows this in his bones -- National Endowment for the Arts chair, Rocco Landesman.

Gut-Check Time

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

By tomorrow, we will know whether Colorado lawmakers, particularly Democrats, mustered the will and courage to pass one of the most significant pieces of education legislation in years.

Why Do Republicans Love to Bash Teachers?

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Many charter schools are great but they are nowhere near a comprehensive solution for the mass-scale crisis of equity and opportunity in America's schools.

Is Art Important?

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek


Instead of talking about reducing funds for the arts, we should make sure that as part of the country's recovery efforts, programs like the New Deal's Work Progress Administration, are resurrected.

NEA: Attendance Drops For Concerts, Movies, Theater, Museums

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — If you haven't gone to a movie, jazz concert or an art exhibit in recent years, you are in steadily growing company. A new study fro...

What I Am Giving Thanks For This Year

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

At the beginning of this year, there were predictions that as many as 10,000 American not-for-profit arts organizations would go bankrupt as a result of this recession.

Bienvenido Gustavo!: Dudamel Begins at the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2009-10-02-dudapull.jpg He is a beacon, someone who inspires, who can cut through borders.

Jon Stewart Defends NEA, School Children From Republicans, Fox News (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

America is under attack, people. Not from Iran, not from suitcase bombers or North Korea, but from Barack Obama and those that like him. Jon Stewart e...