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STEM to STEAM: Finding a Seat at the ‘Cool Kids’ Table

STEM is like the most popular kid in school these days. Everyone wants to sit at the same lunch table and share Doritos. Fortunately for the arts community, we have a powerful resource as the national conversation transforms from STEM to STEAM: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) announced the formation of […]

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Local Arts Index: How Many Artists are Working in Your County?

This post is one in a series highlighting the Local Arts Index (LAI) by Americans for the Arts. The LAI provides a set of measures to help understand the breadth, depth, and character of the cultural life of a community. It provides county-level data about arts participation, funding, fiscal health, competitiveness, and more. Check out […]

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Local Arts Index: How Many Artists are Working in Your County?

This post is one in a series highlighting the Local Arts Index (LAI) by Americans for the Arts. The LAI provides a set of measures to help understand the breadth, depth, and character of the cultural life of a community. It provides county-level data about arts participation, funding, fiscal health, competitiveness, and more. Check out […]

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Investing in Arts Education to Ensure a Strong Future Workforce

During the “Heating Up STEM to STEAM” session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention this past summer, I engaged Massachusetts Senate President Pro Tem Stan Rosenberg in a tête-à-tête about workforce development. Below is the first half of a conversation we had on the panel (You can access the full session via Convention […]

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The Intersection of Local Businesses, School Districts, & Arts Education

I’m a consultant in San Diego who specializes in capacity building for nonprofit arts organizations and the people who run them. I also do a fair amount of work in the realm of arts education, including currently serving as chair of the Arts Education Council at Americans for the Arts and the co-founder and chair […]

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I.Q. Scores Rising, Creativity Scores Falling

While research studies show that Intelligence Quotient (IQ) continues to increase with each new generation, creativity scores are decreasing. This fact should alarm everyone. In fact, it has already gotten the attention of American business that desperately wants to – needs to – hire the brightest and the best to generate the next innovative ideas […]

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Partnerships: Envisioning our Interdependence

As Director of Educational Programming at Pentacle in New York City, I am constantly seeking opportunities to partner with organizations that share our mission of educating students on career opportunities in the performing arts through our “Behind the Scenes” program. Last year, we welcomed a new relationship with Exploring the Arts, Tony Bennett and Susan […]

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Well, I Do Declare: Studying Arts Not A Major Mistake

I have the great privilege of attending this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention as a student representative of San Diego State University. As a student, I was excited to attend the Higher Education Peer Group. During the session, the conversation gravitated toward the difficult decision college students face as they declare their major. […]

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