Blog Posts for Arts & Business

Arts Education: Make Congress Sing and Act!

Posted by Merryl Goldberg, Feb 23, 2010 2 comments

This month is proving to be one heck of a roller coaster ride for arts education advocates. On the up side, a U.S. Department of Education “stakeholders” meeting on the reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was ground breaking in that it was the first time that the national arts education community had been invited to specifically address the reauthorization policy efforts. On the other hand, on the heels of that meeting, the White House unveiled an education budget that eliminated the 40 million that was allocated specifically to arts education.

While it will be argued that arts education is not eliminated from the budget, just reassigned under other programs, we cannot let this pass by without pause. Reassigning arts education to broader categories and taking the words “arts education” off the budget pages, effectively is a signal of importance–or rather lack of importance in the minds of the officials who have oversight of the budget. This is a terrible move, and one which cannot no go unaddressed. Arts education is core to NCLB, and thus must remain core to the budget and how the budget is outlined in print. But beyond rhetoric, arts education is truly core to how we are as a people in society and how our children will learn to be engaged citizens. 

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HUB-BUB artists-in-residence

Posted by Alix Refshauge, Feb 19, 2010 1 comment

I'm crawling out from a mountain of artists-in-residence applications to post my very first Green Paper blog entry and further introduce myself and HUB-BUB.  If you've read my bio, you know that I've spent the last 3 blissful years running the AiR Program at HUB-BUB.  Blissful because each year I really get to know 4 of the most interesting and talented emerging artists/writers in the country who are in residence at HUB-BUB.  During their time here, it's my job to accommodate their needs, get them connected in our community, learn from them, be their friend, and help them make the most of this awesome experience.  Blissful because my colleagues in the HUB-BUB office are not only the most passionate and talented people I've ever known, but they are good friends who are open to ideas and make working 50-60 hour work weeks fun.  Our volunteers and board members are a huge part of the happy HUB-BUB family that makes my world go round.  Blissful because Spartanburg is a town that encourages citizen involvement - it is possible to have a tremendous impact here.  And blissful because the field of artists-in-residence programs is full of good, capable, passionate people who make a difference everyday in the lives of the artists who they work with and the communities that they work in.  The residency field is fortunate to have the Alliance of Artists Communities and their dedicated staff and board who help connect us, educate us, and keep us happy.  Is what I am trying to say is - life is good.

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