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  • A Pretty Good Primer on Arts Education Advocacy

    GothamSchools is a sort of Artsjournal for education issues. Historically, it has been focused on New York City, but has expanded its coverage in the past couple of years. GS published a through report on yesterday’s press conference, protest, and report release concerning proposed budget cuts that will lead to a reduction in certified arts […]

  • Arts Education in New York City Schools: Doing More with Much Less????

    From today’s City Room, by Anna Phillips: Even Before Layoffs, Schools Lost 135 Arts Teachers And, before that, there was successive years of steep declines in funding for arts supplies and cultural partnerships. New York City spends $2 per student on arts supplies. I know suburban districts on Long Island and Westchester that spend about […]

  • Worth The Price of Admission: Today’s Google Home Page

    Click on this, snap!:  And then don’t forget to strum the string, really!!

  • Hot Off The Press: Getting the Best High School Arts Education

    It’s the last in a series of Arts Education Guides for Parents, making the set complete. With this new edition for high school, we now have guides for: Pre-K through Second Grade; Third through Fifth Grade; Six through Eighth Grade; and now Ninth through Twelfth Grade. In English and Spanish, and for the earlier grade, […]

  • The Things You Hear about Arts Education: When Up is Down and Down is Up

    There’s not one on this list that isn’t true. And of course, the best part (or worst, depending on your view of things), is that many of the startlingly contradictory statements come from the same person. It’s an update on a older post, let’s call it version 2.0._______________________________________________________________________________ What’s it like to support a well-rounded […]

  • Arts Education and School Reform: An Unlikely Duo

    I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people from the arts education field say that arts ed needs to become part of school reform. And, this is not a new chorus, but a rather old one, going back at least 15 years. Granted, 15 years ago, when people spoke of school reform, […]

  • Real Funding for Advocacy: What Is Sorely Needed

    The simple fact is that funding for arts education advocacy has been fractional. The state alliances have historically been funded on a marginal basis and local advocacy has for the most part been nascent. Underdeveloped advocacy efforts and little funding to support anything better. That’s arts education in 2011. Think good ideas for an engine, […]

  • A Living Mural At McKinley Middle School: Sustaining the Arts Across Years

    Classes Come and Go, But the Mural Grows and Grows, by Fernanda Santos, The New York Times, May 18th, 2011 The mural occupies the walls and steel doors along two floors of a middle school in Brooklyn. If turned into pavement, it would extend more than two city blocks. It’s a terrific story about a […]

  • Guest Blogger, Jane Remer: The Law of Unintended Consequences: How “Reform” Became the Language of Defeat in 1983

    Jane Remer’s CliffNotes: Recently to my chagrin and discomfort, many scholars and practitioners in favor of improving public education through democratic means refer to current events and efforts in harsh terms. What we used to call “positive school change, development or improvement” has been cast aside as “soft and wimpy” and replaced with a lexicon […]

  • An Arts Education Toolkit, by Parents, for Parents

    The Center for Arts Education, where I work, has had a toolkit for the past five or so years that was created by the parents, teachers, school leadership, and cultural partners, of PS 203 Queens, together with CAE as part of the program Parents as Arts Partners. Involving Parents and Schools in Arts Education is […]