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Arts Education

Kids Review Famous Paintings, Prove The Best Art Critics Are 5 Years Old

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

How important is it to introduce kids to art? According to British artist Jake Chapman, not very important at all. In an interview with The Independen...

'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

Adria Rolnik | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

I had the privilege recently to attend a dance festival a bit different from the norm -- not one produced by an established organization, or part of a regional effort, or one of the well known dance festivals found in nearby New York City

Learning Los Angeles: Lula Washington, Building Cultural Identity Through Dance

Cathy Weiss | Posted 09.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

Lula Washington, the co-founder of this modern dance company, is a serious woman. She has a commitment to her community and has fought to create this place to dance. She expects the highest level of integrity and hard work, and she gets it from her students.

Why You Need Painting to Say That Painting Is Dead

Marc Trujillo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be able to even make the statement.

From Cubicle to Classroom: Corporate Volunteerism in a Purpose Economy

Michele Kotler | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Michele Kotler

Companies that give their employees time to volunteer and bring greater meaning to their careers are doing it with purpose.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

My Crew

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The men and women who run the shows, move the sets, carry the props, light the lights, manage the sound, dress the performers and on and on are among my favorite colleagues in every arts job I have held and the Kennedy Center is no exception.

Juilliard's 109th Commencement Speech

Joyce DiDonato | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Joyce DiDonato

Chairman Kovner, President Polisi, most distinguished honorees, dedicated family, friends, faculty, and to EACH of the talented, ambitious, courageous...

Here to Change the World: Emerging Artists Turn Downtown Dreams Real at University Settlement and The Door

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.30.2014 | New York
Jaime Lubin

The emerging artists from US and The Door have certainly made an indelible impression on how I think about the world -- here's hoping they continue to do so for a lifetime.

What We Lose When We Cut Fine Arts Education

Peter Greene | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

A few nights ago I attended our high school choir concert. It was particularly bittersweet because our young choir director has had quite a year.

Who's That Girl?

Steve Schonberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

What's her name again? You know who I mean. She starred in several Broadway shows. I think "Wicked" and "9 to 5". Don't know? Shoot, it's on the ti...

How to Save Our Schools: The Arts and Music are No Fairytale

Kerry Washington | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Kerry Washington

The arts are not the whole solution for education in the 21st century. We need strong leadership, effective teachers and hard work on many fronts. But arts education gives our schools effective tools to reach and teach students.

The Arts and Humanities Are Alive and Well -- Just Watch the Millennials

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

Let's stop talking about the death or decline of the arts and humanities. Let's explicitly engage with its rebirth.

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The arts have always had a secondary place in K-12 learning. If you doubt that statement, think of the first programs to go whenever budget cuts are i...

Reflections of Canceled Kindergarten Music Programs

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

When America stares into the mirror of education, we see our societal self staring right back. So I was particularly disturbed by a story about a kindergarten show in New York that was canceled so that the students could continue to work towards becoming "college and career ready."

Look for the Helpers: Fostering Activism in Our Youth Is Simpler Than You Think

Lysa Heslov | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Lysa Heslov

How are we supposed to effect change? It is very easy to be overwhelmed, but it is also easier than you think to just jump in and give it a go.

Partners in Education Week

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

These are people who are fighting on the front lines of arts education: teachers, administrators, arts managers who are united in the belief that a solid arts education is a crucial component of a comprehensive curriculum.

The Best Way to Arm and Engage Kids Is With Arts

Steph Thompson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Steph Thompson

He was a fighter, this one, I could see it in his eyes. Bored easily, passionate when lit. When I see them, this kind of human, I know I need to s...

Why Students Shouldn't Have To Choose Between Arts And Science

Montita Sowapark | Posted 06.08.2014 | Teen
Montita Sowapark

Now, I love science; science and I have always had a loving, healthy relationship. I get excited just thinking about angiogenesis and cell signaling pathways. However, despite my love for science, I am a zealous advocate for the place of arts and humanities in education.

Give Arts, Not Tests: Metrics Make Failures Out of Fabulous Kids

Steph Thompson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Steph Thompson

We need to harness the talent of this great borough and the great city beyond it, and we need to start using it to help bring inspiration to schools that have become mired in metrics that turn fabulous creative little beings into failures.

Writing Our Future

Michele Kotler | Posted 05.28.2014 | New York
Michele Kotler

In the ongoing dialogue regarding education reform and the quality of New York City's public schools, one voice is almost completely silent: the voice of the students.

Arts Brings Joy to Learning

Steph Thompson | Posted 05.25.2014 | Education
Steph Thompson

The city's great artists can engage kids to learn any lessons they need to learn so long as they capture the wondrous imagination and promise the great payoff of pleasure.

Arts and Education

Agnes Gund | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Agnes Gund

At PS 46 in Harlem, the corridors, the classrooms and the courtyard are full of collages and prints and drawings, posters and paintings, murals and sc...

If You Let Them Color, They Will Come: The FLAG Art Foundation Baby Art History Program

Hilary Harkness | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Hilary Harkness

As they settled in, enthusiastic toddlers colored with crayons on large swaths of white paper covering the gallery floors with a show of Roy Lichtenstein's nudes and interiors as their backdrop while their parents looked on -- in some cases, coloring along with their children.

Man of Conviction: John Steppling -- Playwright, Screenwriter and Teacher

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Joanna Perry-Folino

Given the current trend towards increasing government surveillance of our most personal and public selves, it's not a surprise that any serious artist, one who challenges the status quo or is politically controversial, would find greater success in another country than he might in 21st century America.