The Value of the Arts in Education & Life

As a university administrator and associate professor, I frequently interact with parents who visit our campus with respective students. The one question that is always interesting to field is, “What will my child be able to do with a degree in (fill in your respective arts area here)?” From a financial standpoint the question is […]

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Studying the Arts in Higher Education Creates Artists & Alchemists

Arts education in our society sometimes gets a bad rap. When I’m speaking with potential students and their families I’m frequently asked questions such as: What do people actually do with a degree from the College of Fine Arts? What kind of jobs do they get? How much money do they make? These are all […]

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The Marriage of Arts, Economics, & Education

The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and Americans for the Arts will present Paul Vancea with the the 2013 NABE Foundation Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award later today in Washington, DC. The Scholarship Award was established in 2008 to encourage the integration of the arts into […]

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Local Arts Classroom Meets the Graduate School Experience

I enrolled in an arts management graduate program with plans of pursuing a leadership position within a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to enhancing community engagement in contemporary art and craft. Community-based art centers had made a powerful impact on my own artistic and personal development, and I wanted to contribute to that field in a […]

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Bringing Poetry to Prisons

It’s rare, if not completely unheard of, to hear a recent college graduate speak about the social responsibility that compels him to reach the community at-large as well as the individual spirit. And quite possibly, it’s even more unique to hear this from a young poet, one who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from […]

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MFAs Instead of MBAs: Artists in the Business World (from The pARTnership Movement)

So, an artist walks into an office… I know, it sounds like the start of a bad joke. But many artists start their careers or support themselves by taking “day jobs.” Andy Warhol worked in advertising. Modest Mussorgsky was a civil servant. Franz Kafka investigated personal injury cases for an insurance company. But is an […]

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What Do We Really Know About People Who Get Arts Degrees?

As it turns out, quite a bit. Since 2008, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has surveyed graduates of arts training programs…In a few short years, SNAAP has become what is believed to be the largest database ever assembled about the arts and arts education, as well as the most comprehensive alumni survey conducted in any field. Recently, we published our latest findings: A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education and Careers, which has attracted media coverage from [other high profile media outlets and] Forbes, which compares getting an arts degree with getting a law degree—and recommends that prospective law students consider an arts career instead.

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Advocacy is the New Yoga: Just Thirty Minutes a Day Can Make a World of Difference

I love yoga. It’s all the rage—even Nancy Hanks Lecturer Alec Baldwin is a fan. Yoga practice is a great fitness activity that has physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. A thirty minute workout comprised of sun salutation, downward facing dog, and accompanied by a little “om” action provides the energy and balance needed to chug […]

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