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Never Less Theatre, But Perhaps Fewer Buildings

Never Less Theatre, But Perhaps Fewer Buildings

Commented Feb 4, 2011 at 08:23:12 in Arts

“I'm on board with the majority of Gunderson's response to Landesman's #SupplyDemand post, but she seems to have overlooked something crucial to his argument. Landesman stated, above all else, that increased arts education is an avenue to increased attendance/participation at arts presenting organizations. This is controversial because I don't think all arts educators would say the primary purpose of meaningful arts teaching and learning is to fill seats in an our sector's empty theatres. But nonetheless, it seems dismissive of Gunderson to quickly mention "arts classes" briefly in her penultimate sentence. Why doesn't arts education feature more prominently in her discussion?”
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The President's Address and the National Endowment for the Arts

Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 15:31:22 in Arts

“I think you’re all off the mark on this one. Obama’s speech called for an investment in three things: innovation, education, and infrastructure. Sticking with the first two, why aren’t the arts advocates amongst us making a case for arts education as an avenue to innovation? In a time of “belt-tightening” across the government, Learsy has no business making noise about the broader NEA, and the rest of us are clearly missing an opportunity to advocate for arts teaching and learning. What folks should remember is that the last time there was so much Space Race/Cold War language being used, there was likewise an emphasis on STEM subjects (Obama called for preparing 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math teachers) and arts education became ignored. Rather than whine about being ignored, snubbed, or overlooked, arts advocates (especially those in arts education) need to take responsibility for the lack of success of their industry. Complaining about your own marginality won’t change the public’s opinion about arts education. Making arts teaching and learning more applicable to our increasingly more plugged-in, globalized, and media saturated world will.”