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Guest Blog, Jane Remer: The Metropolitan Opera to the Arts Ed Rescue?????

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Jane Remer’s Cliff Notes: Problem: The Arts Are Dwindling in Our Schools. Especially opera. Solution: The Metropolitan Opera to the Rescue???  “Here I go again I hear those trumpets blow again All aglow again Taking a chance on love” ---Ethel Waters singing in the great movie, Cabin in the Sky I am a passionate opera/music theater fan. I go to hear and see all varieties of the art form. I have worked with and for the New York City Opera, the Met Opera Guild for years, spent much of the 80’s at the National Endowment for the … [Read more...]

The Nation’s Report Card for Reading and Math: Will Dismal Results Bring More of the Same (higher stakes testing)?

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As Igor Stravinsky once said, good composers borrow; great composers steal. So, instead of writing my own setting of the stage, let me steal from my fine colleague and friend at Common Core, Lynne Munson: I challenge anyone to think of a nation that works as hard as we do to find silver linings in its educational failures. On Tuesday morning NAEP reported that, in the course of two years, our nation’s 4th and 8th graders improved a single point (on a 500-point scale) in three of four reading and math assessments, and flatlined on the fourth.  … [Read more...]

Arts Education: Too Much and Not Enough

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One of the things I have been thinking quite a lot about lately, besides having no power at home for the third time since July (four straight days this time), currently resulting from Saturday's somewhat bizarre snow storm, is the quite odd dichotomy between my work in K-12 and my work today in higher education. In K-12 it was so often an issue of shoehorning arts education into the school day, extended or traditional. So much of the work evoked questions of how to get a seat at the table, strategies to incentivize the embrace of arts … [Read more...]

People You Should Know: Laurie Lock–Music and Arts Education Advocate

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A tribute is in order, I strongly believe, because I know few people who have been such fierce, honest, and strategic advocates for music and arts education as is Laurie Lock. You see, Laurie, after 11 years of directing programs and policy at VH1 Save The Music Foundation, is stepping down to care for her daughter full-time. Of course, Laurie has had great colleagues at VH1 Save The Music who have partnered with her on all of her great work. But if you haven't had the chance to work with her directly, you will have missed the opportunity … [Read more...]

GIA Conference D3: Final Thoughts (Arts Education IS Social Justice)

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GIA Conference D3/Wrap Up While this will be my final post as one of the three official conference bloggers, I have no doubt that so very much of what I encountered idea-wise will infiltrate not only my blogging on Dewey21C, but also my work for quite some time. That statement should tell you a lot about how I experienced the three days. My posts have been quite linear So, in keeping with that practice, here’s a thought. It was interesting and affirming, that a fair number of presenters made a stump speech for the importance of arts … [Read more...]

GIA Conference D2: Is Darwin in the House?

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GIA Conference D2: 4:30 am Pacific Time. Considering the unfortunate length of my Day One entry yesterday, I thought it might be a good idea to post something today a bit more concise. So, let’s focus on two sessions. Enabling Engagement: Launching Irvine’s New Arts Strategy. Organized by Josephine Ramirez, program director, arts, The James Irvine Foundation.Contributions by Alan Brown, principal, WolfBrown; Sandra L. Gibson, independent consultant; Maria Rosario Jackson, senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and … [Read more...]

GIA Conference D1: The Times They Are A-Changin’, The Times They Are A-Changed

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So, how does one take a dozen pages of hastily typed notes covering approximately seven hours of a conference day, including plenary, panel presentations, and forum-type sessions? Hell if I know. Let's call it a blog in process. I have to give everyone credit for how things kicked off. Right from the start, Janet Brown set a tone that was both welcoming and fun. And Janet went straight to GIA’s past president Vicky Benson who delivering a Coen Brothers inspired welcome message via video that kindly reminded everyone that this particular … [Read more...]

Blogging on the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, Part One

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It's Columbus Day morning in San Francisco. A great city to visit is what I always think upon arrival and when departing for home. So, it's 5:00 in the morning, and since I am on eastern time, I thought, what the heck, I might as well post something, perhaps some preliminary thoughts on the 2011 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference. This year's conference theme is "Embracing The Velocity of Change." To be honest, I've never paid a ton of attention to any conference theme.  Every conference has one these days, but how much one thinks about the … [Read more...]

Looking For A Few Good Standards Authors: The New Arts Education National Standards

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Help Wanted: Coalition Seeks Writers for New Arts Standards By Erik Robelen<http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/> Ever looked at a set of standards and thought to yourself: Why on Earth did they include that? Or, I can't believe they left out XYZ! Well, enough of the Monday morning quarterbacking. A national coalition is looking for a few good men and women to help write a set of "next generation" standards for arts education. Actually, to be more precise, it's trying to recruit 40 content experts, 10 each in dance, music, … [Read more...]

Guest Blog, Bruce Taylor: What is the Future Role for Arts In Public Education?

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What is the Future Role for the Arts In Public Education? by Bruce Taylor  The increasingly contentious debate about school reform juxtaposes two contrasting realities about the arts:  one, that their place in our schools has been steadily and seriously eroded; the other, that the skills inherent in artistic practice are rapidly becoming essential to a healthy 21st century economy/society. Most articles concerning this disconnect focus their analysis outside the field emphasizing the combination of challenges that have resulted in the … [Read more...]

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