Blog Posts for Illinois

The Case for an “Arts Bureaucrat” in the City Government

Posted by Ms. Jennifer A. Lasik, Aug 29, 2016 0 comments

When people ask what I do, I frequently describe myself as an “arts bureaucrat.” My boss hates that moniker and reminds me that there is plenty of visioning, policy-making, leading and communications in my role. He’s right, of course. But “arts bureaucracy,” boring though it sounds, is one of my most important roles.

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Here, Once Again, the Best Ten Businesses Supporting the Arts in America!

Posted by Christopher Zheng, Aug 11, 2016 0 comments

From exhilarating live performances to extensive corporate art collections to engaging community outreach programs, businesses all around the United States enrich the lives of their employees and people in their communities by partnering with the arts. But each year, ten companies go above and beyond—the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America. 

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Double Standard

Posted by Jonathan VanderBrug, Apr 12, 2016 1 comment

Arts learning standards represent a double standard, and that’s good news.

They do not hold different groups unfairly to a different set of rules–that would hardly qualify as good. Instead, they constitute a double standard in a more nuanced sense: the word “standard” has a double meaning, and both meanings apply to updating your state’s arts learning standards.

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Great Data Can Help Create Better Access in Arts Education

Posted by Tom Bunting, Steven Shewfelt, Apr 07, 2016 0 comments

At a recent training session on Chicago’s South Side, I discussed the challenges and opportunities of providing arts education in CPS with a small group of arts instructors. One spoke of overcoming the violence and acting out that are a part of everyday life in her elementary school. Another shared the triumphs of their school’s out-of-school-time dance club. Access to the club, especially given the difficult circumstances these young people face, is making a difference in their lives.

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3 Steps to Success for Equity and Access

Posted by Jeanette McCune, Apr 04, 2016 0 comments

As a nation, we all agree that it is beneficial for every child to receive a comprehensive education, inclusive of the arts. How to operationalize this has been more elusive and challenging. Collective Impact, as shared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review article written by John Kania and Mark Kramer, outlines the conditions for broad, systemic change in social issues, and has been successfully implemented in a variety of communities across the country, including initiatives to support arts education.   

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Quality Arts Education for Every American Student

Posted by Ms. Amysue Mertens, Mar 22, 2016 0 comments

The arts are on an upward trajectory in many places across the United States. This positive path includes states’ adoption of new arts education standards influenced by the National Core Arts Standards model released in 2014 and the flourishing STEAM movement which has STEM proponents and funders acknowledging the natural—dare we say essential—place the arts have in fostering the skills today’s students need to become tomorrow’s innovators. And, federal funding for the arts is more secure than in recent years.

These were some of the takeaways from the recent State Policy Symposium, States of Change which was produced through a partnership with the Arts Education Partnership, Americans for the Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Education Commission of the States.

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