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Arts Education Needs Your Love…and a Little Celebration

Last week we celebrated Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. Two weeks ago, the Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts met in Mesa, AZ to determine how we can best serve local arts agencies that are providing arts education programs. How are these seemingly disparate events related you might ask? Let me tell you! […]

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Taking Note: Skills + Knowledge = 21st-Century Competencies

August 3, 2012 By Sunil Iyengar, NEA Director of Research & Analysis Day 6: Left Front of My Classroom via flickr user bonnie-brown It’s a commonplace of most research reports that they conclude in much the same way, by stipulating that “more research must be conducted.” But the statement rings especially true when the study […]

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10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 (from Arts Watch)

Almost one year ago, I posted The Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts in response to a business leader who wanted to make a compelling case for government and corporate contributions to the arts. Being a busy guy, he didn’t want a lot to read: “Keep it to one page, please.” With the arts […]

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Poetry and Promise: Education Reform & the Arts

I judged a poetry slam this weekend—Louder Than A Bomb–Tulsa! It’s amazing to hear young people sharing about their lives and ideas through poetry. This was the second year for the event. The excitement and enthusiasm expressed by these students was palpable: Listening to their poetry really made me start thinking anew about just how […]

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Former President Clinton Supports Arkansas Arts Education Program

Over the weekend, former President Bill Clinton made headlines in his home state of Arkansas discussing education. His message was one that many of us already know: the dropout rate is increasing and students are leaving school unprepared for 21st century jobs. However, the uniqueness of the President’s message was in his proposed solution—the arts. […]

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The Intrinsic Benefits of Arts Education

I recently authored a post titled The Top 10 Ways to Support Arts Education, but I’m finding that I get more requests from people asking for reasons why arts education should be supported, not how. So as a companion piece to the how of supporting arts education, here I offer reasons why arts education should […]

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Update: Revising the National Arts Standards

Since Tim Mikulski’s post on June 13 about the national arts standards, a lot has been happening! On August 30, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) convened a meeting to bring stakeholders up to speed with the revision process of the 1994 National Arts Standards. The meeting, held at National Association for Music […]

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Arts Education Provides Another ‘Pathway to Prosperity’

One of the most compelling ideas related to workforce development is the report issued in February 2011 called Pathways to Prosperity by Robert Schwartz and Ron Ferguson of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The report points out that every year, one million students leave school before earning a high school degree. Many of these […]

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Uniting the Arts & Career and Technical Education

I recently attended a meeting of national arts education advocates and leaders from the career and technical education (CTE) community. It was a meeting designed to explore the policy efforts of both communities and to see if there was mutual interest in launching an initiative together. It was clear from the 90 minutes we met […]

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Arts Education Provides ‘Survival Skills’ Businesses Need

In Tony Wagner’s book The Global Achievement Gap, he writes that “the Global Achievement Gap is the gap between what our best schools are teaching and testing versus the skills that all students will need for careers, college, and citizenship in the 21st century.” Wagner based this book on extensive interviews not with educators, but with […]

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