For Arts Professionals in the Know
The following is a passionate and eloquent call-to-action that summarizes much of the working conditions of arts education advocates. It comes from the conference brochure (pdf, 1.5 MB) of the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education (VAAE). VAAE and its director, Thomas Stevens, is hosting a one-day conference and a town hall meeting on arts education, workforce development, and making change. They call it Leap of Faith: The Future of Arts Education.
We have the dream.
Are the arts in your school considered a luxury, either by your administration or, worse, your school board? Is your morale lowered when you hear rumors of a so-called “half position” being cut, either because it’s your job or a friend’s? How am I, after all, half a position? Or less?Read More
An emerging leader listserv post by John Abodeely tapped into a subject that has been on my mind lately. Namely, how to navigate job decisions as part of a dual-career couple. Abodeely linked to a post on GeekDad about a nonprofit arts couple who made the decision to move to Kansas, only to see the wife’s job fall through, leaving the couple with limited options that could satisfy their mortgage obligations. Small towns are more affordable, but big cities (as Richard Florida points out in his latest book) offer the long-term security of suitable employers for both people in a relationship, even when something doesn’t work out as expected.Read More
Last Friday ArtsVote2008 released a Summary of 2008 Presidential Candidates Arts Positions. Information about Senator Barack Obama’s comprehensive arts policy proposal that he issued in February 2008 has been on the ArtsVote2008 website, along with those from other former candidates like Governor Huckabee, Governor Richardson, and Senators Clinton and Edwards. Last week Senator McCain issued a short statement on his position on arts education which is now also featured at ArtsVote.org. It was initially reported in an article in the Salt Lake Tribune.Read More
Creating change in education is not only a function of affecting classroom practice. To impact education, one must know and then act upon the network of decision-makers that determine what a child experiences each day in the classroom. The first step is to understand the way these decisions are made and revised within the entire network of decision-makers.Read More
We received an update from Jonathon Glus of the Houston Arts Alliance with an overview of the damage that he is aware of from Hurricane Ike. This update is both enlightening and hopeful, though it is obvious that the impact of these storms will not fully be known or understood for some time. If you are among those affected by the recent hurricanes, please share your updates in the comments. Please also join us in sending good thoughts to our arts colleagues in Texas and Louisiana by contributing to the comments below.Read More