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So Many Resources, So Little Time

Jessica Wilt

As an arts administrator, I’m constantly bombarded with information coming from all directions every minute of every day.

With endless emails, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds, I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed.

Having the ”let’s get organized!” attitude that a New Year brings, I thought it might be nice to highlight some of the good work our colleagues are doing in the field with a condensed resource guide.

Which makes me wonder: Has anyone designed an app for this yet?

Arts Education Listservs: Two of my favorites are Kristen Engrebretson’s Arts Education Roundup from Americans for the Arts (an exclusive benefit of membership – join here or ask to be added to the arts education listserv if you are a member), and Arts Education Partnership’s ArtsEd Digest. The Center for Arts Education, Education Week, and Public Education Network’s weekly NewsBlast are also great sources of information.

Blogs:  It seems everyone is writing a blog these days! Who should we be reading? Americans for the Arts’ ARTSBlog and are terrific resources. Richard Kessler’s Dewey21C and Art Education 2.0 are good ones too.

Websites: The buzz this year will continue to be about Common Core Standards. I recently attended a two-day professional development training about “Mapping to the Core” with curriculum expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs and her organization’s website, Curriculum 21, is a fantastic resource for education and technology including a free upcoming “Mapping to the Core” webinar series.

Others of note: The Association of Teaching Artists, TED Talks, The J. F. Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge, and Quadrant Arts Education Research.

I also recently came across two “best of” articles that relate to the arts. Chris Unitt’s blog post and Hannah Rudman’s article highlight some of the great ways artists are using technology.

Anyone interested in a free eBook about arts assessment? Visual art teacher Jessica Balsley offers The Pocket Guide to Simple Art Assessments with a fully downloadable, 65-page version for $9. 

People: Here are some great resources in the form of arts education superheroes and their work–Eric Booth’s Everyday Arts, Russell Granet’s Arts Education Resource, Sir Ken Robinson (and his inspiring TED Talk), and Diane Ravitch’s book: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.

Finally, I present must-attend events for the new year.

2012 Conferences/Events:

NYC Arts In Education Roundtable’s Face to Face Conference, February 22-23

AEP National Forum, April 12-13

National Arts Advocacy Day, Washington DC, April 16-17

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX, June 8-10

National Guild For Community Arts Education, Dallas, TX, Nov 14-17

Feel free to add your own favorite resources in the comments below!

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