• Corporate Giving is an Investment in the Community (from The pARTnership Movement)
    The new pARTnership Movement has really resonated with the Cultural Alliance of York County (PA). Though we solicit individuals now, we started, and mostly still are, a corporate campaign for the arts. Annually we raise $1.2 million dollars. More than 300 companies make that happen by contributing to a campaign for arts, history, and culture. […]
  • Stop Selling Dreams (Part Four)
    All week, we will be sharing (numbered) points from Seth Godin’s new education manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams (what is school for?). You can download a free copy of the full 100-page manifesto at  17. Reinventing school If the new goal of school is to create something different from what we have now, and if […]
  • Growing Stronger Together: Arts Partnerships in Philadelphia
    As some of you may know, after seven years of working in New York City in arts education, I have recently moved to Philadelphia and am excited to join the creative workforce there! Just after moving to Philly, I was encouraged by fellow arts ed colleagues to reach out to Varissa McMickens, director of ArtsRising, […]
  • The Creative Process Ensures Quality Instruction
    As a practitioner, I have often taken quality, engagement and partnership for granted: they are a given. How could you live without any of them? In fact, none of these factors exist without the other. Think about it. Think about how life would be… I know that I am expanding the definitions in my head. […]
  • It’s About Freedom of Thought: Why Arts Education is a Civil Rights Issue
    Access to arts education is one of the civil rights issues of our time. I’d like to use brain science to explain why. Our brains operate using two types of behavior: automated and mediated. Automated behavior puts a premium on reliability and efficiency. The brain achieves this by pruning: It streamlines the neural circuitry required […]
  • When is It a Partnership & When is It Something Else?
    I’m often confused about the difference between collaboration and partnership. We seem to use the terms interchangeably when in fact they are different. This Blog Salon is, in part, about partnerships and engagement. But are we all talking about the same thing? I once had it explained to me that there is a continuum of […]
  • Observing Where We Are, How We Got Here, & What is Next
    Bringing people together to partner on a hot-button issue such as quality is tricky. And that, my friends, is an understatement, wouldn’t you agree? When navigating these waters it’s important to chart where you’ve been and how you arrived where you are. Over the past two years Big Thought, with the support of The Wallace […]
  • DREAM & TELL!: Arts Integration Models at Work (Part One)
    In considering quality, engagement, and partnerships, I’m really thrilled to be writing about DREAM and TELL! Developing Reading Education through Arts Methods (DREAM) is a four-year arts integration program funded through the United States Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement: Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program. Theater for English Language […]
  • The #newbeans Road Show: Chicago & Minneapolis Grapple with the Rise of the Non-Subscriber
    For the next few weeks, I have the good fortune to be traveling with researcher Alan Brown to eight cities across the country as we present the findings from Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art, the two year study and resulting book just published by my organization, Theatre Bay Area. This […]

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