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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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What Would Business Investment in Arts Education Look Like?

This blog continues my conversation with Harvey White that took place during the “Heating Up STEM to STEAM” session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention earlier this summer. Read Mr. White’s initial comments here. Sen. Stan Rosenberg: “No, it’s not dumb, but I also want to do a little counterpoint here to see […]

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Investing in Arts Education to Ensure a Strong Future Workforce

During the “Heating Up STEM to STEAM” session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention this past summer, I engaged Massachusetts Senate President Pro Tem Stan Rosenberg in a tête-à-tête about workforce development. Below is the first half of a conversation we had on the panel (You can access the full session via Convention […]

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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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We All Agree, But Are We Effective?

We, the arts community, agree that arts learning improves academic performance, increases lifelong learning skills and often helps students at risk of failure engage in school. We can point to the children. We can point to classrooms and to certain districts. We see their success. In our arsenal of facts and arguments, we have key […]

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Connecting Creativity, Innovation, & the Education System

Running short on money for long-term big picture projects? Is “Community Outreach” a part of your mission statement or goal? Is working with the school district a maze (um, maybe talk to so and so, oh he’s no longer there, leave a message, come on in – but not today…), a closed door (we can’t […]

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Growing Future Artists (& Vegetables): Lessons from a Community Garden Project

The goal of the 53rd Street Community Garden was to create a sustainable community garden with colorful artistic components and outdoor classrooms. Students would utilize this outdoor space to discover scientific exploration of plants, insects, and animals, while fostering a respect for the neighborhood. Although this project is still pretty fresh and constantly evolving, we […]

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The Relationship Between Innovation and Impact

I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego. One of the most engaging ideas that I took home with me was the relationship between innovation and impact. We talked about how these two ideas are often assumed to go hand-in-hand and although many innovative ideas do […]

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