Blog Posts for Arts Education

What Arts Education Leadership Sounds Like

Posted by John Abodeely, Oct 15, 2008 0 comments

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?

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Summary of 2008 Presidential Candidates Arts Positions

Posted by Natalie Shoop, Oct 06, 2008 1 comment

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.

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Creating Change in Education

Posted by John Abodeely, Sep 29, 2008 3 comments

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.

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Task & You Shall Receive: Wisconsin's Forces for 21st Century Arts Education

Posted by John Abodeely, Sep 16, 2008 0 comments

New, critical support for arts education is mounting from business, government, and education. Wisconsin leaders are capitalizing on these opportunities in unparalleled ways.

By Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator, Madison Arts Commission, City of Madison, Wisconsin

On a cool Wisconsin evening in early September, dozens upon dozens of people gathered at the Promega Corporation’s world headquarters in Fitchburg, WI, to honor a distinguished guest on the occasion of his 91st birthday. Promega Corporation has offices in 12 countries and is a worldwide leader in innovative biochemistry and molecular biology technology. Though their special visitor was someone who was carefully selected to be an inspiration to employees, he was not a famous scientist or leader in biotech sales. In fact, his success did rely on a finely tuned understanding of chemistry and a knack for business, but that is not why he was invited.

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