Blog Posts for Arts Education

Out-of-Basement Through the Arts / How Arts Kept Me out of My Parents’ Basement

Posted by Yong Zhao, Yechen Zhao, Sep 15, 2016 0 comments

How to get the kids out of the basement and live independently is a big concern for many parents. A Chinese father and son reflect on how studying and pursuing the arts was a positive and successful path to breaking barriers and breaking out of the family home.

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Upside Down in Paris: The Education of an Un-athletic Artist

Posted by Mary Birnbaum, Sep 15, 2016 0 comments

To me, an education in the arts is about the freedom to fail and the recognition that we are all human, with human limitations and vulnerable hearts. Through this vulnerability lies connection. I continue to take larger risks in my own work—ever trying to trust that the floor will still be there after I turn myself upside-down.

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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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