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Birthday Traditions ~ September 3, 2013

When I made this journal, I wanted to challenge myself. I was feeling like I’d become kind of ‘cookie-cutter’ with my journal page designs in my ole’ big Canson 10 x 14 inch journal. I chose to make the shape and size different as well as mix in un-pre…

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Design Thinking Needed in Collaborative Workplace (from The pARTnership Movement)

Fostering and managing innovation is a continuous challenge for businesses. To meet this challenge it is critical to build a workplace culture that supports failure as an inevitability on the path to innovation. Artists and designers are taught that their best work is a result of these failures and progress can be made by revisiting […]

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Steal This Blog: 5 Ramblings on Arts and the Common Core Standards

1. For those looking for the obligatory introductory substantiations for the arts in education, search Google and insert your own here: ___________. At the same time, you might want to search on research by Ellen Winner. 2. For those who need to read that the arts are a core subject, you just did. 3. For […]

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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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Arts-Based Learning: Not an Either/Or, But a Both/And

At the end of August, when the staff at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) in St. Louis, MO, is typically enjoying a rare moment to breathe — between the end of a busy summer of arts camps and before the dance, theatre. and visual arts students return for fall classes — we were in high […]

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More Than Cash – A Corporation Boldly Support the Arts

As the former Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Adobe, employees often shared with me their passion for giving back. More than just helping at the food bank once in awhile, they sought to spend time in the nonprofit sector, to make a difference. Recently, I’ve had an opportunity to do exactly that and I’d […]

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It’s Time for More “Outside the Box Surrounding the Box” Thinking

We spend a lot of time in the arts talking about “thinking outside the box.” It’s what we do, and it’s our catchphrase, more so than in any other profession. When businessmen and politicians talk about this type of thinking, we tend to scoff at them – after all, we are the real creative thinkers, […]

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A Word from the Executive Director of the Arts Action Fund

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“We must recognize the contributions of the arts and humanities not only by supporting the artists of today, but also by giving opportunities to the creative thinkers of tomorrow. Educators across our country are opening young minds, fostering innovation, and developing imaginations through arts education.”

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A Future Without Jobs

      uch has been written, tweeted, Facebooked, and spoken about the passing of Apple genius, Steve Jobs. I remember Apple computers in school. And I remember my first Macintosh computer that my parents bought me. The computer housing was gray, and the display was gray-scale. But every time I booted it up, there […]

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