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How Khaled Hosseini finds hope in telling refugees' stories

How Khaled Hosseini finds hope in telling refugees' stories | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The author’s new story Sea Prayer is being staged in virtual reality for the Guardian. He explains how his work for the UN – and wish to make a difference – inspired it
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Soft skills benefit from arts education

Soft skills benefit from arts education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The rise in focus on STEM skills has also seen many employers argue for equal — and perhaps even more — focus on "soft skills" around critical and creative thinking, teamwork, flexibility and empathy. These are all skills that contribute to stronger leadership ability over time and are frequently at the center of arts ed, further driving home the value for a well-rounded education over one that focuses too stringently on a set of fast-changing hard skills that are in demand today but could shift with economic needs in the future.
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Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning

Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, students put their multiplication tables to song, while eighth graders use the musical “Hamilton” to study debate. The public charter school’s curriculum is a product of a federal effort to use arts education to boost achievement in the nation’s lowest performing schools. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs

Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often,” Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) famously quipped in a 1992 conversation about work ethic and the creative process. 

For this and other animated interviews, visit http://blankonblank.org/

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Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.
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David Byrne & Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain the Importance of an Arts Education (and How It Strengthens Science & Civilization)

David Byrne & Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain the Importance of an Arts Education (and How It Strengthens Science & Civilization) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
STEAM argues for the necessity of the arts, which in primary and secondary education have waxed and waned depending on prevailing theory and, perhaps more importantly, political will.
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11 Artists Capture What It Is Like to Live in a Megacity: Exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

11 Artists Capture What It Is Like to Live in a Megacity: Exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“Almost everything in this exhibition encourages some kind of physical interaction,” noted Miner. Visitors can climb inside Song’s house, for example, and walk through Shanghai-based Hu Xiangcheng’s Doors Away from Home—Doors Back Home (2016), which combines scavenged architectural elements and video projection. “That interactivity reflects the pace and texture of city life,” Miner said. Of course, some of the best spots in a city are quiet corners where one can pause and take everything in. So in Chaosmos Mandala, visitors are invited to relax in a cream and gold armchair at the room’s center. (The museum accepts the inevitability of selfies.)
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Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves. Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website will find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL's GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds. All subsequently digitized public domain collections will be made available in the same way, joining a growing repository of open materials.
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The Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection Online – Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

The Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection Online – Smithsonian Libraries Unbound | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announce the new webpage of the Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection!

The Artists’ Books Collection includes hundreds of works of art in book form across numerous branches at the Smithsonian Libraries, spanning the 20th century through today, including works by artists such as Georges Adéagbo, Ida Applebroog, Julie Chen, Laura Davidson, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Luan Nel, Yoko Ono, Ed Ruscha, and Claire Van Vliet. While some books in the collection are fairly common or are multiples, many are limited editions or unique and cannot be seen anywhere else but at the Smithsonian Libraries. The site serves as the portal to search or browse the entirety of the collection across the branches, to provide information about collection access, and to highlight book arts related happenings, projects and acquisitions at the Smithsonian Libraries.
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Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites

Rome to Rococo: 7 Art History Apps and Sites | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Gone are the days of dusty slides, dimmed lights, and the sound of a shuffling projector. The digital shift has drastically changed how we study art history. Slides are now high-resolution images. Museum visits are bolstered with virtual tours. Thirty-pound textbooks are reborn as online databases. Naturally, these changes have generated tons of new resources -- not just vast databases, but also curricular resources to build lessons and engage students."

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Smithsonian Libraries offer artists' books collection online » MobyLives

Smithsonian Libraries offer artists' books collection online » MobyLives | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Artists’ books are works of art, like paintings or sculptures, but in book form… Some are experimental and done by artists better known as painters or sculptors, as a way to extend their artistic practice. Many artists use the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult issues, with ideas that cannot be conveyed as clearly on a canvas or other medium. Some artist-made books illustrate the words of others, integrating art and literature. And some artists’ books do not have words at all. As a work created by an artist, the nature, appearance and purpose, of an artist’s book can be fundamentally different from what one might find on the shelves of the library.
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13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing

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"These publications are the real deal — online and print periodicals that showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five. Many are run by a staff that is partly or completely made up of students. Each one is beautifully designed and features high-quality work. Some even pay. If you know a student who aspires to become a serious writer or artist, encourage them to take the next step and start working toward publication."

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iPads and Arts Education: Rewriting Cultural Narratives with The 524 Project

iPads and Arts Education: Rewriting Cultural Narratives with The 524 Project | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school students from DC and Detroit get acquainted via digital media, sharing their own worlds and learning to appreciate each other's world.
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Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review

Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours and a wealth of multimedia content related to art and museum and historic locations around the world. Carli Spina reviews the learning potential.
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John F. Kennedy Explains Why Artists & Poets Are Indispensable to American Democracy (October 26th, 1963)

John F. Kennedy Explains Why Artists & Poets Are Indispensable to American Democracy (October 26th, 1963) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“Our national strength matters,” he began, “but the spirit which informs and controls our strength matters just as much.” That animating spirit for Kennedy was not religion, civil or supernatural, but art.
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A vast and growing resource for students, historians and photography lovers

Searchable resource contains 110,000 photographers and others involved in photographic production.
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How Arts Education Teaches Kids to Learn From Failure

Schools that focus on rigorous arts instruction are discovering that the arts teach some core skills that lead to success in school and life.
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Boston brings the music back by boosting arts education

Boston brings the music back by boosting arts education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At a time when schools across the country are cutting arts education, this city is aiming to make it universal. Myran Parker-Brass, a classically trained mezzo-soprano who sang for the Boston Symphony, is working to provide weekly arts education to all middle and elementary Boston public school students. And she’s not stopping there. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.
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Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities

Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Databases are shedding light on the ancient rulers as well as the Europeans and Americans who dug at historic sites.
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Visual Thinking Strategies
Using Art to Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines

Visual Thinking Strategies<br/>Using Art to Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As I see it, the Common Core anchor standards—the overarching goals for K–12 education (not the often unreasonable, yearly, grade-level, subject standards)—set goals that enable students to become the people we need to fix our ailing world: people with habits of thinking deeply and reasoning with evidence.
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Four Questions for New Teachers

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Wherever you are tonight-- aspiring educator, in the field teaching, studying the field as researcher or teacher educator--it's really easy to push big philosophical questions away. There are hundreds of other things to worry about. But-- if you don't get in the habit of keeping Big Questions like these bubbling on the back burners of your mind, the magic and moral purpose of teaching will fade or even be lost. Here are four questions for you to consider.
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Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Discover Art Whenever You Open a New Chrome Tab

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The library, illuminated anew, in bold Mass MoCA show - The Boston Globe

The library, illuminated anew, in bold Mass MoCA show - The Boston Globe | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“Bibliotecaphilia,” on view at Mass MoCA, explores ideas of the library as a space that’s physical and philosophical, public and private, a storehouse for books, knowledge, and personal experiences.
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The push for standards is seeping into arts education - Education By The Numbers

The push for standards is seeping into arts education - Education By The Numbers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Advocates for arts education are in the midst of a counter offensive. Arguing that post-recession budget cuts and Bush-era testing policies have prompted schools to cut art (in order to spend more time prepping kids for math and reading tests), they’ve come up with an idea: convince states to adopt new art standards."

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