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Archives for October 2011

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

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)

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?

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

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

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

Help Wanted: Coalition Seeks Writers for New Arts Standards By Erik Robelen<> 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?

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...]

Steve Jobs, Rest in Peace

I am writing this entry on an absolutely beautiful month or so old Macbook Air. The first computer I ever used was a Mac. There were two: a Powerbook 145B and a Centris 610. I think it was System 6. When I finally went to work at a shop that used PCs, I was stunned at how bad they were. Today, on my desk at Mannes The New School for Music, is a Macbook Pro. My days of using PCs are over. From making access to digital media and arts more widely available and easier to use than we could have ever imagined, to making machines that were both … [Read more...]

Federal K-12 Arts Ed Funding on the Chopping Block Again

In case you missed  it, on September 29th, in Ed Week's Curriculum Matters blog was this article: STEM Ed. Among Cuts Sought in Draft House Budget Plan. The House is at it again, proposing the zeroing out of K-12 arts education at the USDOE, as well as a host of other vital programs, including the Mathematics and Science Partnerships, and the Teaching American History grants. At the same time: The House plan does propose increases in at least a few areas. For example, it would raise spending on the Title I program for disadvantaged … [Read more...]

Guest Blog, Nick Rabkin: The Three Horsemen of Arts Education

It makes me happy to welcome back my good pal Nick Rabkin to Dewey21c.  --RK The Three Horsemen of Arts Education by Nick Rabkin       I’ve done research on teaching artists for the last three years—from Boston to San Diego—at NORC at the University of Chicago.  (My report is available for download at NORC’s website.)  The creativity, commitment, and accomplishment of many, many TAs has impressed me, and I’ve been encouraged by growing efforts in many communities to develop arts education more … [Read more...]

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