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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Are We Actually Underestimating the True Value of the Arts?

Mr. Swanson is trained to look at such studies with a healthy skepticism, and to point out problems in the methodology. But rather than overstating our case, this leading regional economist is saying that, if anything, we are underestimating the true value of the arts to the community and to area economic vitality. Whoa! That’s criticism we can all live with. $135 billion in economic expenditures nationwide is only a glimpse of what art adds to our nation as a whole. I knew that we were unable to get information from a large percentage of eligible organizations, and I also was well aware that the for-profit sector—private art galleries, production companies, professional artists—were not part of this study, both of which would add to the final report on economic impact. But I did not expect a top-level economist to make an argument that sounded like one we might make, essentially preaching to the choir.

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War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele

November 10, 2011 Text by Paulette Beete Paintings and drawing by Ben Steele, courtesy of Montana Museum of Art and Culture War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele is on view at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture through November 19. Photo courtesy of the museum “I kind of felt an obligation to the […]

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