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Turning Schools Around Through Art

June 5, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Students creating art at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Savoy Elementary School Throughout the years, there has been no shortage of proposals designed to improve troubled schools. Longer school days. Block scheduling. Charter schools. Standardized tests. Increased teacher accountability. But one new program is using […]

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Postcard from the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

November 8, 2011 By Rocco Landesman Michelle Obama poses with Judith Anderson and Salvador Flores-Martinez, representatives from ArtLab, based in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Steve Purcell Last week, I was at the White House—which is always a treat—for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. It’s a big event with the First Lady, who […]

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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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A Whole New World: Arts Education Advocacy As A Parent

My husband and I are now expecting our first child. With both of us being arts educators, we feel like we’re in a good position to help our child experience the arts. In fact, the little one has already been to see shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. (During the production of Pirates of Penzance […]

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Arts Education Policy: Without Clout, There Will Be No Change

At Americans for the Arts, we see an opportunity to advance national arts education policy by working in a very specific way. We focus on forging strategic alliances with key leaders in the public and private sectors and on working alongside these allies to educate the decision-makers who have leverage in the national policy arena. […]

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The Trickle-Down Effect of Federal Arts Education Policy

Not long into my tenure at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton administration, I came to understand the limits of what the federal government can do for K-12 education. At the time, the department boosted funding to support the hiring of 100,000 new teachers and the launch of a new national afterschool initiative […]

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Investing in Arts Education = Investing in Innovation

During our recent Arts Education Council meeting in San Diego, the council members suggested posting some blogs about the federal grant Investing in Innovation (i3) in preparation of the deadline for the next round of applications. So, for the next couple of days, Americans for the Arts will be encouraging a spotlight on the i3 […]

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The Artist and Social Transformation

As we witness the tumultuous change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, it is easy to overlook the role of art and artists in these movements. Yet one needs only to think about the recent imprisonment of Ai Wei Wei in China to be reminded that artists are often on the forefront of social agitation and transformation.

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White House Blogs on Arts Education

What do you think the “next steps” should be for the Department of Education and PCAH as it relates to their report recommendations?

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Now Showing in DC: Film Forward!

May 12, 2011 Washington, DC by Paulette Beete The Film Forward filmmakers: (l to r) Debra Granik, Vikramaditya Motwane, Jennifer Arnold, Peter Bratt, Stanley Nelson, Cherien Dabis, Lixin Fan, Taika Waititi, and Mohamed Al-Daradji. (Not pictured: Havana Marking) Photo by Victoria Hutter “To say you’re like another person in a different time and place allows […]

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