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  • Arts: The Mother of Invention (from The pARTnership Movement)
    Every morning, I turn on the treadmill, tune into the Today Show and run until I bank 150 calories to earn a glass of Chardonnay at the end of the day. Matt Lauer and the NBC crew are usually just eye candy and background chatter, but [April 25] they hit a nerve talking about college […]
  • ‘Beertown’ — Making a Show That Builds Community
    In September 2010, dog & pony dc (d&pdc) began developing a new show starting with nothing but two books and a question. Our goal was to create an original work as a collective from start to finish; the only thing we knew about the end product was that it would be fully produced 14 months […]
  • The Arts, Culture, & Social Well-Being
    As part of its collaboration with The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy (OACCE), Penn’s Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) is leading an effort to develop an index of livability/social inclusion for the city. Our goal is to create a series of maps that […]
  • Our Approach to Evaluation Should Be Just as Provocative as Our Practice
    One of my first “real” jobs was as an art specialist at a start-up charter elementary school. We did a lot of grading. The school was developing a comprehensive academic scope and sequence. Report cards reflected maybe 100-some skills and standards by subject. Teachers spent hours assessing each student. As an idealistic young educator, the […]
  • Public Art & Storytelling in the Social Media Age
    “How [can we] merge our ‘evaluation’ with life’s activities?” This is an especially provocative question posed by Marc Maxson earlier in the Blog Salon.  He suggests, “If you want quantitative data about people and social change, it’s probably more practical to transform our evaluation tools into a regular part of daily life—like Facebook or Google—so […]
  • Connecting Art to the Needs of the Community
    In reading people’s Blog Salon posts I am glad to see innovative approaches to assessing the impact of public art, how inviting people to tell stories can be used as an assessment tool, and how one can look at arts impact on well-being and social cohesion. I am even more convinced that it is important […]
  • What Substantive Value Do the Arts Bring?
    That art, in and of itself, may be a good thing is, well, not much of a concern either way these days. Moving past the notion of intrinsic value, professionals are pursuing a different question: What substantive value do the arts bring? From an evaluation standpoint, this one is easy. All that is required is […]
  • Educating for Entrepreneurial Arts Education Leadership
    I recently spent a semester at Harvard as a visiting practitioner in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While working directly with the Arts in Education Program, I was also able to audit classes at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and attend special lectures and programs sponsored by […]
  • A Brief Conversation on Evaluation, Privilege, & Making Trouble
    Going into high school, you’re still trying to figure out who you are. It became apparent to me why people had existential crises. It’s hard to find out who you are when no one knows your name. When I started high school, I was no longer Carolina Jimenez or CJ.I became my student number (8259745).                        […]

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