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ESEA Reauthorization – The Senate Takes Action! Although the timing of congressional votes keep getting kicked around, it remains a crucial time in Washington for arts education. Anything’s possible*, but what’s most likely is a U.S. Senate floor vote and amendment consideration this week—as well as a long-delayed House floor vote—on the Elementary and Secondary […]

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Makers’ Fever Spreads Throughout the District *achoo*A couple weeks after the festivities, this humble intern is still recovering from Makers’ fever. I caught it while attending two of the Maker Faires held in the District the week of June 12th.Last year, President Obama caught the fever when the White House hosted its first Maker Faire […]

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Offline at AFTACON The annual Americans for the Arts Annual Convention (AFTACON) regularly draws thousands of members of the arts world to one location for a whirlwind four days of workshops, recognition, plenaries, and arts excursions in some of the most incredible and dynamic cities in the country. There is never enough time to attend […]

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Business Leaders in Dallas Choose the Arts On Their Own Time The North Texas Business Council for the Arts (NTBCA) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1988, by iconic business leader and philanthropist Raymond D. Nasher. NTBCA is dedicated to creating business and arts partnerships in the 16-county region that is anchored by Dallas and […]

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Follow up on Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention The 2015 Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention was also my first visit to Chicago. Having arrived early, I heard that the Chicago Architecture Foundation offered outstanding tours. I arranged to join the “Must See Chicago,” tour and was not disappointed. My inner geek enjoyed learning […]

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Working Smarter – not Harder – when Advocating for the Arts It is an interesting time in arts education. Two distinct, relatively recent developments–the National Core Arts Standards and New Models of Teacher Evaluation for non-tested subject areas–have greatly contributed to arts education and will continue to have a positive impact on the field for […]

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Chicagoland’s Arts and Culture Brings the Vibrancy — and Money, Too! This article has been co-written with Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and originally published by The Huffington Post on June 12, 2o15. Deplaning at Chicago’s O’Hare, it’s easy to daydream of the world-famous art that […]

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Short and Sweet: the Truth about Money and the Arts There is never money and there’s always money. I have never met a mayor, a city manager, or a school superintendent who ever had any money, but I have never seen one who quit spending it. A lack of money is not the key problem. […]

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Using public funding to incent private sector contributions I live in a community that clearly values the arts and creativity – arts participation in Portland and in Oregon is among the highest in the country according to the NEA. Even so, private philanthropy lags significantly behind the national average. How can we convince more Oregonians […]

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What’s Going on Internationally in Arts Education? As we celebrated International Arts Education Week 2015 last week, I have a renewed interest in exploring what is happening around the world in the fields of arts and education; specifically where they come together. The first International Arts education Week was held in 2012 at the UNESCO […]

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