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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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Arts Education Provides ‘Survival Skills’ Businesses Need

In Tony Wagner’s book The Global Achievement Gap, he writes that “the Global Achievement Gap is the gap between what our best schools are teaching and testing versus the skills that all students will need for careers, college, and citizenship in the 21st century.” Wagner based this book on extensive interviews not with educators, but with […]

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Supporting Arts Education is Good Business

What is the role of business in ensuring that our educational system provides the workforce that they need? Businesses have been addressing this concern in a number of ways including forming partnerships with arts organizations and creating signature arts education programs to prepare students from elementary school through college to be successful in careers in […]

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Helping Students Find Their Own Voices in the Arts

As advocates for arts education, we try to stay flexible and timely in our rationale and arguments. We want to be current and relevant about the latest studies and trends. If “21st century skills” are in vogue, we can show the relevance of arts learning. If the talk is about the primacy of science, technology, […]

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Arts Education Skills Vital for a Successful Economy

When I chose creative writing focusing on poetry as my college major, my parents slipped into a mild depression. On the other hand, they were buoyed up by the fact that I chose to stay in school rather than devote myself full-time to my rock and roll band. It all worked out, and both skills, […]

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Careers in the Arts – A Plug for Enlightenment

I have this sneaking suspicion that if you ask a typical high school student to tell you what career choices exist in the arts, they would give “artist,” and “art teacher” as their two, and possibly only two, examples. Unfortunately, I think that too many young people are unaware of the myriad career options that […]

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What Arts Graduates Tell Us About Their Lives and Careers

At the end of September, over 300,000 arts graduates across the U.S. and Canada will be eligible to complete the 2011 SNAAP survey. SNAAP is the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project – an annual survey and data collection project that investigates both the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates. The project–the biggest of […]

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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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Happy National Arts in Education Week!

To celebrate our second annual National Arts in Education Week, Americans for the Arts is hosting its biannual arts education blog salon. We’ve chosen the topic: “Career Development for Students and the Role of Arts Education.” I asked our contributing authors to interpret this broadly: careers in the arts, post-high school options, 21st century skills, […]

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