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The Intersection of Creativity & Commerce Gives Us the Cultural Economy (from Arts Watch)

Culture equals jobs. This was the theme of the 2012 World Cultural Economic Forum hosted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is one of the most enlightened and empowered elected leaders that this nation has ever seen regarding strategically investing in his city’s cultural economy in order to move it forward. As chief counsel […]

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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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Why Continue a Career in the Arts? (Part 2)

In part 1 of my blog post, I started to talk about how the economy is affecting arts administrators. Specifically, how the financial and jobs crisis is weighing heavier on midcareer level individuals. Now, what we can do about it? Here are three things I see happening today, mainly due to the economy: #1 – […]

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Career Clusters and the Arts

In Narric Rome’s earlier post, he summarized a very exciting meeting that spoke to the heart of this blog salon—arts and careers. One of his components mentioned career clusters and as a former career and technical education secondary school director, I wanted to describe this work in more detail for those unfamiliar with it, using […]

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Arts Education Provides Another ‘Pathway to Prosperity’

One of the most compelling ideas related to workforce development is the report issued in February 2011 called Pathways to Prosperity by Robert Schwartz and Ron Ferguson of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The report points out that every year, one million students leave school before earning a high school degree. Many of these […]

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All I Really Need to Know, I Learned from a Chopin Nocturne

I grew up in a small conservative town in Pennsylvania. As a budding piano player, my entire focus was on the great hymns of the faith, playing in church every Sunday. The first time I had ever memorized a piece of classical music was in preparation for my college entrance auditions. With this small bit […]

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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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How Creatively Pragmatic Do You Want to Be?

There’s no doubt about it: when budgets are cut the arts are the first to go. Those of us who’ve been at this for a while have always found ways to adapt, and this time my company’s gotten pragmatic…creatively pragmatic. Creative pragmatism is a timely take on an old topic–using the arts to enhance seemingly […]

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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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