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The triumphs and challenges currently facing the field of art education in public schools.
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How Should Art Be Assessed?

How Should Art Be Assessed? | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

Diane Ravitch's response to Sara Mead's Education Week piece, which touts multiple-choice standardized tests in the arts.  
"If we want our students to have important cultural knowledge as part of their cultural literacy, we should expose them to the experience that this knowledge represents. We should encourage them to see, feel, hear, and engage with the art or music of other times and places. To the extent that they experience arts as a part of life–their own as well as its creator–they will remember it and have it as part of their own experience."

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The Benefits of an Arts Education

The Benefits of an Arts Education | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

A mother discovers first hand the benefits of art education...."Though the boys were quiet at the studio, they opened up once seated. My 6 year-old shared his artwork with us. Although to the untrained eye, his drawing resembled a bunch of colorful, haphazardly spewed scribbles, he said to me, “Mom, this piece is about perspective…if you look over here (pointing), you can see a cruising ship.”

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Creative network wants to put art back into local education - Portland Tribune

Creative network wants to put art back into local education - Portland Tribune | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
KATUCreative network wants to put art back into local educationPortland TribuneA Portland nonprofit group called the Creative Advocacy Network wants to reverse the trend by asking voters to support a tax levy that would restore arts education to...
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2012 EVE Awards: Cindy Edelman uses art to reach across boundaries

2012 EVE Awards: Cindy Edelman uses art to reach across boundaries | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"In her quiet below-the-radar fashion, Cindy Edelman is affecting the education of tens of thousands of people. And she's doing it strictly as a volunteer.

Edelman is an advanced placement art history teacher at The Bolles School in San Jose.
But she's given countless hours to help rally the Jacksonville community to improve its public schools."

 

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The Blanton Blog: Making Art a Central Part of a Child's Education

The Blanton Blog: Making Art a Central Part of a Child's Education | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
The Blanton's signature K-12 program is Art Central, a multiple-visit school program for fourth and fifth graders from typically under-served communities. Students learn about artistic media, messages in art, museum careers, and are introduced to the exhibition process over the course of four visits to the museum. In the spring semester, each class creates a miniature museum that allows them to apply all they have learned during the year.

In this post, two art teachers Nancy Schilhab and Kelly Schafer reflect on their students’ experiences in the program.

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Arts group lobbying for arts-integrated education - The Independent Weekly

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is teaming up with LSU and Oklahoma A+ Schools to offer info sessions on the viability of bringing a grassroots, art-based learning initiative to Louisiana’s public schools.
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Cutbacks in Arts Education Are a Reality

Cutbacks in Arts Education Are a Reality | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

Dr. Laura Chapman disputes a prior news report from April 18, 2012: "No Obituary Needed for Arts Education, Data Suggest." 

"Cutbacks in arts education are not a fiction. In the 2011 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, 23 percent of teachers reported reductions or eliminations of art or music programs during the past 12 months. These cuts were deeper in schools with enrollments that were more than two-thirds minority students than otherwise, 30 percent vs. 19 percent."

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Resurrecting Howard Gardner | Grantmakers in the Arts

Resurrecting Howard Gardner | Grantmakers in the Arts | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"In our arts education advocacy efforts, this is an argument that needs to be front and center once again. The perception with most decision-makers is that the arts are just another area of study like civics, foreign language and math. Instead, we need to help superintendents, principals and school board members and other elected officials understand that that arts engage chidlren in learning in ways that can be used by other disciplines as well as giving students a self-expressive voice. And they can be used by other curriculum areas because the arts are actually a means by which people learn."

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DPS, arts groups collaborate to transform Detroit School of Arts

DPS, arts groups collaborate to transform Detroit School of Arts | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Detroit — It's envisioned as Detroit's own Julliard School, a high-caliber educational experience for students studying music, art and dance.
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ARTSblog » Blog Archive » Saving Arts Education: “It builds a sense of community. I think it just makes well-rounded students”

ARTSblog » Blog Archive » Saving Arts Education: “It builds a sense of community. I think it just makes well-rounded students” | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Upon hearing that the York City School District School Board in Pennsylvania was considering eliminating art, music, guidance counselors, and some sports to help balance the budget, arts education supporters rallied for the cause.

They even had band members play outside of the meeting deciding their fate.

This is exactly the type of simple advocacy that draws the attention of local media and the members of the school board."

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D. 65 Arts and P.E. Teachers: Cuts Are 'Unreasonable'

D. 65 Arts and P.E. Teachers: Cuts Are 'Unreasonable' | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Patch columnist Christine Wolf talks to three D. 65 teachers whose workloads would be increased by the proposed reductions in arts and P.E. staff.

 

"This is not what we want--we LOVE doing what we do and having the time to give our students the best experiential education opportunities! We are not complaining about the time we spend-- we do it because we LOVE doing it... we want to continue and not be marginalized. ART, MUSIC and PE will not be the same if the proposed schedule changes occur."

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Epic School Battle- Adopt the Arts PSA

Turns out they are stealing art from America's children. No more art or music classes in schools. Go to http://www.adoptthearts.org if you want to help get i...
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In District 75, Using the Arts in Everyday Academics – SchoolBook

In District 75, Using the Arts in Everyday Academics – SchoolBook | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
With help from a federal grant, special education teachers in New York City are learning how to better incorporate the arts into academics.
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Are Standardized Tests for the Arts Even Possible?

Are Standardized Tests for the Arts Even Possible? | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Assessments like these are controversial. Many parents don’t like the idea of their already over-tested children taking even more exams, particularly in subjects like art and gym, which are usually thought of as relaxing breaks in an otherwise stressful school day. Bob Schaeffer of FairTest, a watchdog group, calls state standardized assessment in the arts “fundamentally ludicrous. Testing knowledge of terms used in artistic disciplines, as some have suggested, is not assessing the arts, but rather how well students memorize and regurgitate specialized language.”

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Letters: Arts programs are educational

Letters: Arts programs are educational | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"I find disingenuous the Los Angeles Unified School District's excuse that core content classes such as English, math and social studies "must take priority [over arts instruction] when budgets are cut."

In fact, the federal No Child Left Behind Act identifies arts instruction as a "core academic subject," along with English, math and science. Here in the Golden State, the California Education Code mandates that the "adopted course of study" shall include "visual and performing arts, including dance, music, theater and visual arts."

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Pitts: You've got to have arts in education

Pitts: You've got to have arts in education | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"A bipartisan group of state legislators want to add an art credit as a requirement for high school graduation.

This seems like a simple thing. But such a move sends the message that art matters and that an education in our state is literally incomplete if it does not include at least some artistic study."

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Save the Arts- Diane Ravitch's Blog

Save the Arts- Diane Ravitch's Blog | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
When the budget cuts start, the first victim is usually the arts. The people who make the financial decisions think that the arts don’t matter. How wrong they are. Why do they prioritize the ...
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Photo Release -- Art Road Mobile Art Classroom Brings Art Class Back to Detroit's Spain Elementary & Middle School

Photo Release -- Art Road Mobile Art Classroom Brings Art Class Back to Detroit's Spain Elementary & Middle School | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Attendance is up on Wednesdays at Charles Wright," said the principal at Charles Wright because the Art Road art program is at their school. "I like all the art projects because they are very creative. They even made me use my mind," said one of the art students in the Art Road art program. "I want to live in the art room," said one young artist."

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Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence," sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has said. Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems."

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"When you think about the purposes of education, there are three," Horne says. "We're preparing kids for jobs. We're preparing them to be citizens. And we're teaching them to be human beings who can enjoy the deeper forms of beauty. The third is as important as the other two."

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State education chief gets an earful about FCAT and testing scores - Tampabay.com

State education chief gets an earful about FCAT and testing scores - Tampabay.com | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"I'm sick of the FCAT for many reasons and I urge you to get rid of it," said Sarah Robinson, mother of an eighth-grader in Pinellas County.

She said art, music, physical education and field trips had all been "sacrificed on the altar of the FCAT."

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Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap

Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts.
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Watch Neil Gaiman's inspiring commencement speech about succeeding in the arts

Watch Neil Gaiman's inspiring commencement speech about succeeding in the arts | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
For all the art students about to enter the working world without a roadmap, author Neil Gaiman offers his advice on making great art, honing your skills, and keeping in mind that friendliness and punctuality can be as important to your career as...
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Joseph Polisi tells arts grads never to compromise artistic integrity | BrandeisNOW

Joseph Polisi tells arts grads never to compromise artistic integrity | BrandeisNOW | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

Juilliard president reminds Creative Arts grads their work can display beauty of human spirit

 

"Today I want you to think about the unintended consequences you’ll encounter after you leave this campus: situations that should be viewed as opportunities rather than liabilities. I deeply believe that those engaged in the fine and performing arts in the twenty-first century will be asked to be multi-talented as performers, designers, teachers, administrators, and advocates for the arts. The old paradigm that you will be absorbed into the profession through sheer talent and diligence is an exceedingly rare occurrence if it ever existed in today’s world."

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Too Big to Fail: Artists, Creative Workers & Arts Education | Lisa Miles Violin

"But the farce extends far beyond this debacle. Artists and creative workers, nationally, get slapped in the face continually by the self-proclaimed “for the Arts” nonprofits. The Pittsburgh Opera, Pgh. Cultural Trust, Greater Pgh. Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, et al to most national organizations– you name it as a supposed cultural advocacy organization and it can be exposed that these entities “couldn’t be more out of touch and insulting to those of us who actually”…create (and thus usually educate as well)."

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ARTSblog » Blog Archive » A Brief Conversation on Evaluation, Privilege, & Making Trouble

ARTSblog » Blog Archive » A Brief Conversation on Evaluation, Privilege, & Making Trouble | Art Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

"It’s really important to give all kids a voice, not just privileged kids. My entire life, I’ve lived in really small apartments where we didn’t have lots of space. I couldn’t write on the walls because we didn’t own our own home, I could never make a lot of noise because I couldn’t wake up my neighbors. New Urban Arts was the place I could do that."

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