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2016 Planning & Percolating

In the midst of winter’s gray chill, Jean and I get to fly off to memories of previous Lake Alpine retreats, and in our mind’s eye, begin to concoct the makings of the upcoming 2016 “Alpine Art Retreat: Celebrating Women’s … Continue reading

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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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Enter the Vans Custom Culture Contest to Support Art Education at Your School

As a Vans Custom Culture national charity partner in 2013, Americans for the Arts is proud to work closely with Vans to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools across the country. With the launch of the Vans Custom Culture art competition on January 2, budding artists and designers are racing to have their […]

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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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Vans: Committed to Helping Visual Art in Schools

Generating $50,000 for the winning school’s art program while simultaneously drawing attention to the importance of art as an integral part of a well-rounded education, Vans Custom Culture comes back in its fourth iteration with registration opening on January 2, 2013: The Vans Custom Culture Competition sparks the creativity and teamwork of art students across […]

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Common Core Standards: Let Arts Educators Lead the Way

Though I’m typically standards-adverse (yet dutiful), I’m looking forward to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), specifically to their potential to de-isolate subject areas, including art. I feel the CCSS reflect the work progressive educators have been doing for years and frame that work elegantly. I believe art educators can be important change agents […]

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How Vincent van Gogh Can Help You Teach to the Common Core Standards

Henry Matisse in Kindergarten? Leonardo da Vinci in fifth grade? These names don’t often come to mind while thinking about instruction in English Language Arts (ELA). But they should. In an age when literacy dominates public discourse on education, we must begin to think more broadly about what students read. Sure—the new Common Core State […]

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Ten Years Later: A Puzzling Picture of Arts Education in America

On April 2, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a study glamorously entitled Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 1999-2000 and 2009-10. The surveys that contributed to this report were conducted through the NCES Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), mailed to about 3,400 elementary and secondary school […]

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Stop Stealing Dreams (Part Five)

All week, we will be sharing (numbered) points from Seth Godin’s new education manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams (what is school for?). You can download a free copy of the full 100-page manifesto at Squidoo.com. 109. What great teachers have in common is the ability to transfer emotion Every great teacher I have ever encountered is […]

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Learning by Doing: What We Can Learn from the Arts

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” (Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics). The educational model of learning by doing is nowhere better exemplified than in arts education. Teachers in every discipline increasingly recognize the value of not only what students know, but what they do with […]

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