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Art Education Builds 21st Century Skills

This video is the second in a series of two videos highlighting several testimonials for art education's inclusion in the public school curriculum. I created another video titled "Every Child Deserves An Art Education":  http://youtu.be/CXPiO1MqpZM

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The triumphs and challenges currently facing the field of art education in public schools.
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Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life

Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
The art therapy secret is out—doodling is good for you.
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"Doodling is not just a way to “think differently;” it’s a way to “feel differently,” too. From emerging studies we are learning that art expression may actually help individuals reconnect thinking and feeling, thus bridging explicit (narrative) and implicit (sensory) memory. The wonderful thing about doodling is that it is a whole brain activity—spontaneous, at times unconscious, self-soothing, satisfying, exploratory, memory-enhancing, and mindful. In essence, doodling (and drawing and painting and making things in general) can be a self-regulating experience as well as a pleasurable road map of thoughts and ideas."

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Carla Markell: Arts integral to quality education - The News Journal

Carla Markell: Arts integral to quality education - The News Journal | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Carla Markell: Arts integral to quality education
The News Journal
Under the guidance of dedicated teachers, students are working hard to master subject matter, hone their skills, and prepare for the future.
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"We don’t teach science or math to every student, expecting that each will become a scientist or a mathematician. We do so because we believe that the skills gained in those subjects will help students better understand their world and contribute to it. Teaching the arts is no different. Not every student will become a professional artist or musician, though I hope some will. Even so, the arts teach life skills that carry across the curriculum and into every walk of life."

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For Pasadena school, arts plus math is really adding up

For Pasadena school, arts plus math is really adding up | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
A Pasadena elementary school uses art to teach third graders addition, subtraction and long division. An advocacy group wants to expand the program across the state.
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"Even my more challenged students -- and I have about five of them -- the engagement is like 180 degrees. It’s like a different child," said third-grade teacher Beverly Grotts.

The program, called "Artful Connections with Math," was developed by the Pasadena Unified School District and the Armory Center for the Arts. Funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, it pairs classroom teachers like Grotts with "teaching artists"  who show them how to use hands-on, visual art projects to teach math concepts."

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Erin Scoville's curator insight, December 7, 2013 12:43 PM

Using art and real life design to teach children subtraction and other math skills. Using handson learning toold to reform the way students think about math. 

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Art program transforms failing school - Video on NBCNews.com

Art program transforms failing school - Video on NBCNews.com | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Orchard Gardens, a school in Roxbury, Mass., had been plagued by bad test scores and violence -- but one principal’s idea to fire the security guards and hire art teachers is helping turn it around.
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A Massachusetts school experiences a resounding turnaround through the arts.

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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Student achievement was down. Teachers were demoralized. Until a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- helped students embrace their learning and retain their knowledge.
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"If we agree that the arts can provide all kinds of benefits for kids, from intellectual to creative to social-emotional, then shouldn't all kids have the opportunity to learn about and experience them?"

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Student Voices Campaign

Student Voices Campaign | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
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"The California Alliance for Arts Education invites students to join the campaign to keep the arts in our schools. Make a video that demonstrates your creative power and passion for the arts and share it with your elected officials."

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Why we must defend creative education / Arts / Culture / Home - Morning Star

Why we must defend creative education / Arts / Culture / Home - Morning Star | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Why we must defend creative education / Arts / Culture / Home - Morning Star
Hilary Frambes's insight:

"Universal access to creative freedoms and educational opportunity is a barometer for the health of any democracy and the well-being of civil society. Yet curriculum controls, accountability measures and standardisations, borne from policy over a number of years, have weakened the value and practical delivery of creativity across all subjects."

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Students ‘step forward in art education’ : Grand Valley Lanthorn

Students ‘step forward in art education’ : Grand Valley Lanthorn | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Their original plan was to show people that art education wasn’t all about “boring lesson plans,” Haapala said, but they wanted people realize how much work actually goes into the degree. Students need at least 120 credits to graduate from GVSU, Horvat and Haapala will each have around 170.

“People don’t take us seriously sometimes, and I don’t know if people fully know the extent of what we fully do,” Haapala said. “That’s what started it.”

But after some thought, they’re real focus came into view. The gallery not only showcases their printmaking works, but also art created by 10 special education students, who Horvat worked with at a camp over the summer."

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Billy Bragg: 'education reforms risk stifling creativity'

Billy Bragg: 'education reforms risk stifling creativity' | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
"And it's not just the creatively talented kids who will suffer. Evidence shows that pupils from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to go on to higher education.

"Young people do better in English and maths subjects if they study the arts. They are more easily employable, more likely to vote, to volunteer and to get a degree. You might add to that they will be more likely to get into the charts, too."

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How the Arts Can Be Integrated into Every Subject

How the Arts Can Be Integrated into Every Subject | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"In this powerful video by Edutopia, we learn how a public school in Annapolis, Maryland has found a way to integrate the arts into every aspect of school life. Using the lens of art to ask critical thinking questions, students from all backgrounds have blossomed as a result."

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Arts have value in education

"Indeed, research demonstrates that students exposed to the arts develop better academic and social/ emotional skills. Accordingly, some Baltimore-area schools have implemented "Arts Integration," which counters the "Cut the arts and teach to the tests" model that proliferated following No Child Left Behind.

Initiated by its former principal, Judy Walker, Robert Moton Elementary, one-third special education (housing the county's only program for students with very intensive emotional needs) and now a "Total Title One" site (for its high percentage of disadvantaged learners), recently became Carroll County's first Arts Integration school."

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Starting off young: Teachers agree arts education must begin in elementary school

Starting off young: Teachers agree arts education must begin in elementary school | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"A strong visual and performing arts education is proven to improve students’ academic performance in other classes. Providing arts instruction as early as possible is vital, north Okaloosa County educators say. It’s in elementary school that teachers recognize which students have latent artistic talent and can start to develop it."

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Art Advocado: Art Education Advocacy Blog: Art Advocado's Second Annual Back-to-School Art Teacher News Roundup!

Art Advocado: Art Education Advocacy Blog: Art Advocado's Second Annual Back-to-School Art Teacher News Roundup! | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

Art Advocado's Second Annual Back to School Art Teacher News Roundup.

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Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People)

Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People) | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new study supports our hunch that kids who are exposed to the arts gain benefits beyond just being more creative.
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“The changes were measurable and significant,” says Jay P. Greene, professor of education reform and a researcher on the study. In particular, a single museum tour was found to make “a definite impression on students." According to Greene, students on this tour remembered what they'd learned "even without an external reason for doing so--like a grade or a test.”

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Letter: No shortage of reasons to keep art education in elementary schools - The Flint Journal - MLive.com

Letter: No shortage of reasons to keep art education in elementary schools - The Flint Journal - MLive.com | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Letter: No shortage of reasons to keep art education in elementary schools
The Flint Journal - MLive.com
Reason 19: When I volunteered at an elementary school, the board of education cut the art program.
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"Humans obviously have an innate need for art. It is in our DNA. Art separates humans from all other animals. Proof is the threat of being shot to death to see a play, give up playtime and paint walls in darkness in order to quench our cultural thirst."

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In Defence of a Fine Arts Education | The Mark News

In Defence of a Fine Arts Education | The Mark News | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Education should be about critical thinking, challenging the status quo, and developing individual talents and abilities, not merely the rote acquisition of knowledge.
Hilary Frambes's insight:

"Artists are also an inherently interdisciplinary bunch, learning—out of desire and necessity—to research and understand time periods, characters, conflicts, and methodologies, in order to complete their work. In a sense, they are part-time sociologists, psychologists, philosophers and historians. Ultimately, they are students of the human condition, and realize that learning is lifelong and does not stop at graduation day. Artistic examination of a subject is hardly arid, but meant to provoke, inspire, generate catharsis."

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Opinion: The link between art and innovation - Chris “Kiff” Gallagher Jr.

Opinion: The link between art and innovation - Chris “Kiff” Gallagher Jr. | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Tuesday is Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. With so many complex challenges facing America — in education, public health and the economy — should Americans care? The answer is yes.
Hilary Frambes's insight:

"A 2010 IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide revealed that creativity — more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision — is the most essential leadership skill in an increasingly complex and interconnected world."

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Want to Transform

Want to Transform | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations working towards individual and collective progress.
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"...Three years later the campus, which serves a student population that's 90 percent low income has higher attendance, fewer behavior issues, and academic achievement has soared."

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WP Magazine, the Education Issue: After years of crouching, arts ed is raising its hand again

WP Magazine, the Education Issue: After years of crouching, arts ed is raising its hand again | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"This is based on a new belief — after years of emphasis on standardized testing — in the power of the arts. Today, more and more policymakers think it is the arts, after all, that can motivate kids, engage them and help them develop 21st-century skills such as teamwork and innovative thinking — in sum, be the key to their salvation."

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Tracey Emin warns of 'rioting in the streets' over marginalisation of art in education

Tracey Emin warns of 'rioting in the streets' over marginalisation of art in education | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Controversial artist Tracey Emin once said the Conservatives were the only hope for the arts in Britain but has warned of rioting in the streets if the subject is not a core part of the Government’s overhaul of GCSEs.
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"Emin said the effects of giving inner-city children no creative outlet at schools could be devastating, and could transform into violence.  “If anyone thought the riots in 2011 were bad, take the arts out of the curriculum and it will be worse than it was before.”

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STEM to STEAM: Art Is Key to Building a Strong Economy

STEM to STEAM: Art Is Key to Building a Strong Economy | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Just looking around the room at WWW, when an artist like Yo Yo Ma or Will.i.am speaks or performs, you instantly recognize the attention the Arts commands. There's a level of storytelling and pure emotion that only they can convey that makes people sit up and take note. It's artists and designers who tell stories to move, to inspire, to entertain, to persuade. This same creative thinking that will be required to solve the gnarly challenges the 21st century presents to us."

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Elizabeth Frisbie's curator insight, July 23, 1:33 PM

Someday! I love this.

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'Thinking is an art': A case for arts education

'Thinking is an art': A case for arts education | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"This is a defining moment for arts education in Chicago, our opportunity to transform the kind of education our public school students receive, and to give them the foundation for success in school and throughout their lives. Through a comprehensive study of the arts, CPS students will get the opportunity to develop into innovative thinkers capable of expressing themselves and contributing to the city's culture and economy. Thinking is an art."

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Art ed evaluated | Grand Haven Tribune

Art ed evaluated | Grand Haven Tribune | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"While local schools might paint a pretty picture, other Michigan schools are falling short in their art education offerings.

Grand Haven and Spring Lake schools are among the 93 percent of high schools, 94 percent of elementary schools and 92 percent of middle schools in the state that provide at least one art course, based on the Michigan Arts Education Survey that was released Thursday."

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Schools Focusing on Test Prep at Expense of Arts is a Dumb Move

Schools Focusing on Test Prep at Expense of Arts is a Dumb Move | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Although kids who are involved in the arts do tend to test better, there’s no direct cause-and-effect evidence that participation actually helps raise scores.
This sounds like awful news and justification to slash school arts programs even further, right? But “dismissing the arts if they don’t directly boost scores is a big mistake,” says Richard Kessler, executive director of the Center for Arts Education in New York City. “In fact, plenty of research shows that children who spend time in school doing visual art, performing music or dance, or even acting in a play gain a whole set of creative and analytical skills that are quickly disappearing from the rest of the curriculum.”

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Nicety or necessity? Local educators champion school arts programs

Nicety or necessity?  Local educators champion school arts programs | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

“We have to do what Thomas Jefferson said when he founded the University of Virginia: There has to be a renaissance education provided,” state Sen. Don Gaetz said. “A student has to be broadly educated....The relationship of the brain between the arts and what some people might call more practical applications is well documented.”

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