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Arts Action Fund April News

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ArtsVote2016 Candidate Interactions; Arts Funding Wins in a Landslide Vote in Cleveland; 2016 Primaries and Caucuses; Federal Update; State and Local Update; Year-End Giving Update

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STEM to STEAM : Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici

A GIFT TO ALL US STUDENTS! Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici, Turns STEM to STEAM!

As you may know, congressional education leaders began a series of face-to-face meetings two weeks ago to hammer out remaining differences between House and Senate bills to reform K-12 education. The committee completed their work this afternoon.

In a conference committee meeting on November 19, arts education had a breakthrough moment. U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts.

Today, Rep. Bonamici’s amendment to integrate the arts into STEM and promote a well-rounded education was approved unanimously by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee!

This is of particular significance because her amendment was unanimously adopted by voice vote by the

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STEM to STEAM: Finding a Seat at the ‘Cool Kids’ Table

STEM is like the most popular kid in school these days. Everyone wants to sit at the same lunch table and share Doritos. Fortunately for the arts community, we have a powerful resource as the national conversation transforms from STEM to STEAM: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) announced the formation of […]

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Arts Education Needs Your Love…and a Little Celebration

Last week we celebrated Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. Two weeks ago, the Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts met in Mesa, AZ to determine how we can best serve local arts agencies that are providing arts education programs. How are these seemingly disparate events related you might ask? Let me tell you! […]

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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

These days, integration in any area, be it STEM or the arts, seems to be the buzzword to curriculum designers everywhere. There are so many resources floating around out there with the claim of integrating content areas. Yet, true integration is often difficult to find. Indeed, integration is a rare yet seemingly “magical” approach that […]

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STEM Promotes Science Instruction at the Expense of Humanities

We need more engineers and scientists. That has become the mantra of promoters of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in education. There is nothing wrong with such a rallying cry, except that investment in STEM education usually comes at the expense of HAS (humanities, arts, and social sciences). There is no arguing that inadequate […]

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The STEAM Camps Are Coming

It’s early in the new year but educators across the country are already making plans for the summer and they are thinking STEAM…with the arts playing a critical role. As demand for a new workforce to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, few things could be as important in this […]

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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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