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By Eliminating the Arts We Are Undermining Our Founders Vision of America

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.22.2012 | Arts
Nicholas Ferroni

By eliminating the arts, we are eliminating the most unique and successful characteristic that has separated Americans from the rest of the world since our founding.

Heather Watts on the Power of Arts Education

Adria Rolnik | Posted 08.21.2012 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Since retiring in 1995 as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Heather Watts has given so much back to the dance community. Heather is chairperson of Celebrate the Beat, a not-for-profit which teaches music and dance classes to children.

Growing Up and Living in a Creative Economy

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.20.2012 | Education
Soren Petersen

Change begins by changing the perceived paradigms of art as being risky or wasteful to art as "goal directed play with the objective of creating and sharing meaning."

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High School Mariachi Changes Students' Lives | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home

Eloy Martinez didn't fall into Zapata High School's mariachi band as much as he was completely bowled over by it. Six years ago, he was a fifth grader...

The Hard Stretching of Oneself

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Brian D. Cohen

In recognizing the achievements of individual students by awarding prizes and honors, do we encourage our students to seek our recognition as an end in itself?

An Order of Magic, With a Croissant on the Side

John Maeda | Posted 08.05.2012 | Arts
John Maeda

Arts + Tech month is the global embodiment of the STEAM theme that I've been talking about for the past year or so. Great ideas today add Art to turn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into STEAM to create innovations that taste delicious.

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You*

Freddie Gershon | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Freddie Gershon

Through theater, all of these things take place as well as learning history, reading skills and building core confidence in themselves and most of all, realizing that it's okay to dream and everyone has a time when they can "shine."

Me, Myself and Music (VIDEO)

Tallia Storm | Posted 08.04.2012 | Teen
Tallia Storm

Ever since I can remember, I have been singing. My mum used to shout at me for not asking a question, but singing a question.

Art Through the Ages: Intergenerational Programming Improves Community Life

Kristen Paglia | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact
Kristen Paglia

The arts provide a line of communication that transcends generational divides, providing common ground for young and old alike on which to explore modern solutions to age-old human dilemmas.

Children Mending Hearts Honors Bethany Hamilton, Carson Meyer at 4th Annual Spring Benefit

Lysa Heslov | Posted 05.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Lysa Heslov

The sold-out event was bustling and lively and reminded everyone that the everyday, small differences we can make in another's life creates a hero in someone's eyes.

Kindergarteners Will Actually Like Opera, If You Let Them

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts

Most educational programs, even those with solid art programs, portray art as a reprieve from homework and arithmetic. Frivolous and fun, art is a way...

The Audience and the Educator: A Study in Blue

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

The education system can certainly expose students to classical music and jazz (hopefully enriching their lives by doing so), but it cannot make them love the music.

Million Hoodie March, Victor Hugo Edition: Les Miserábles in the South Bronx

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education
Kate Quarfordt

In all my years making theater in the Bronx, I've never seen kids give this much of a damn about a show before. Ironically enough, I think it's because we've never done a show that connects so directly to their lives.

Schools Find Time For Art Amid Test Prep, Education Reform

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 06.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Arts leaders who fear that testing is squeezing out creative learning may find some hope ...

Arts Education: Why Is It Important?

Café McMullen | Posted 06.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Café McMullen

As the arts are continually cut in schools and communities, the private sector needs to respond and find ways to fund these important programs. The arts serve as a way to both bond and celebrate communities.

Betsy Franco Directs Ensemble of Teen Monologues Inspired by 'In the Time of the Butterflies'

Nicole Hammersla | Posted 06.09.2012 | San Francisco
Nicole Hammersla

Written and performed by the students of Henry M. Gunn High School, Faceoff seeks to explore the intersection of tyranny and resistance. I caught up with Betsy Franco, who coached Gunn's teen writers and actors through the process.

School Districts Sound Sour Note to Cut Costs

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

A report this week by the U.S. Department of Education paints a dreary picture of arts education in the nation.

Arts Education On The Decline At Schools Nationwide

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- Elementary schools without drama classes. High schools with large numbers of poor students that do not offer music. Those are two of the ble...

The Opening of the Smith Center

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

What is especially exciting is that the rationale for the Center has little to do with the millions of people who travel to Las Vegas every year to enjoy the hotels, gambling and shows for which Las Vegas has become famous.

Dear Los Angeles: Build an Arts High School!

Gabriel Frankel | Posted 05.26.2012 | Teen
Gabriel Frankel

A top-level arts education for the children of Los Angeles is necessary and would benefit the entire community, not just a select few.

Cuts to Arts Education Would Shortchange Our Children

Robin Bronk | Posted 05.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Robin Bronk

That leaders are seriously considering devastating cuts to elementary arts education programs in L.A., arguably the American city where the positive economic impact of the arts is most apparent, ought to be a wake-up call to all of us.

Music Unites: Empowering, Inspiring and Uniting NYC High School Students Through the Power of Music

Michelle Edgar | Posted 05.13.2012 | Impact
Michelle Edgar

The arts and music education is always the first to go during budget cuts. As cutbacks continue, there is a greater need for music non-profit organizations like Music Unites.

Any Given Child: A Progress Report

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.12.2012 | Education
Michael Kaiser

One challenge that is universally experienced is the shrinking pool of public funding for arts education. No one who works in arts education can ignore this reality.

The Artist and Disruptive Technology in Art and Education

Karen Lawrence | Posted 05.05.2012 | College
Karen Lawrence

As The Artist suggests, art can help us understand the dilemmas presented by technological change, just as technology can help unleash the creative possibilities of art.

STEM to STEAM: An Interview With RISD's President, John Maeda

Darby Roach | Posted 04.23.2012 | Arts
Darby Roach

2012-02-22-pullquote1.jpgJohn Maeda is a world-renowned artist and graphic designer; he's also a computer scientist and an electrical engineer.