Blog Posts for Arts Education Network

Three Things Music Education Did For Me #BecauseOfArtsEd

Posted by Bailey Perkins, Sep 14, 2016 3 comments

The power of music cannot nor should not be underestimated. It helped my ancestors communicate through the Underground Railroad for freedom; it is a healing agent to the body, mind, and soul. The beauty of art is that it speaks to different people in different ways. Art—more specifically, music—intertwines with every part of my life.

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Not Just Fluff: Blue Dog and Arts as Catalyst for School Improvement

Posted by Jacques Rodrigue, Sep 14, 2016 0 comments

In 2009, my family formed the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and as Executive Director I was tasked with trying to make sure the arts were kept in schools in a meaningful way. We believe that the arts are not just fluff, but that they are critical for student development in the 21st century.

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Posted by Mark T. Bedell, Sep 14, 2016 1 comment

There is artistry in everything from performing with the Kansas City Youth Symphony to rebuilding a competition robot. Our school district believes the creative process will serve students well as they work to make their mark on the world, and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

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“Fairy Tales Can Come True…”

Posted by Phil LaDuca, Sep 14, 2016 0 comments

Who would have thought that a kid from the south side of Chicago, who taught himself to sing listening to the soundtrack of “West Side Story”, (and Frank Sinatra records), would someday become known internationally as “the Shoemaker to the Stars”?

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#BecauseofArtsEd: My Life at the Intersections

Posted by Ashraf Hasham, Sep 13, 2016 0 comments

Here’s what I know for sure: if it hadn’t been for my access to excellent arts educational opportunities through Seattle Public Schools & TeenTix, my interest in business might have led me down a very different path. Instead, I chose to pursue an arts administration degree that allowed me to study at the intersection of business, public administration, and artistic practice.

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He was “Born to Boogie”: Aspiring Broadway star shares his story of his time in “Billy Elliot”

Posted by Tanner Pflueger, Sep 13, 2016 0 comments

One important lesson I have learned during my college career is to “learn how to learn.” To be competitive in the industry, you must take the initiative and continue to learn throughout your life. I believe arts education in school is important because in addition to teaching essential skills needed in every day life, it is the keystone in a well-rounded education.

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