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NEA and arts education

"An arts-rich school does not only teach kids in deep ways about an art form, but it also uses some of the arts-based instructional strategies in other places that are not about teaching the art form at all." --- Brent Hasty, MindPOP What happens when having art teachers in schools isn...
"When I was a teenager, I felt stuck on the reservation. It felt like I was ten years behind the whole world. I had no idea what to do with my life and I wanted to quit school. I could feel this whole void opening on top of me." ---Michael Begay, composer As we learn in "Composing...
"Our mission is to build a compassionate community of creative thinkers, leaders, and lifelong learners who are prepared for success in all future pursuits.... If we're going to train our kids to just be somebody else's employee, that's fine. We can teach them the basics. But to...
Sophie (left) and Joanna at the 2012 A Better World by Design Conference. Photo courtesy of conference staff Introduced via song by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) student Andreas Nicholas---a prelude fit for a former Broadway producer---NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman took the stage last weekend...
Here I am with Ann Coulter of A.Coulter Consulting who moderated our great community conversation in Chattanooga. Photo by Samuel E. Burns Last week I visited Chattanooga, Tennessee, for a short but pretty great trip. We began on Wednesday afternoon with a reception with all of the partners...
New Urban Arts artist mentor Abel Hernandez works on a logo design with a student. Photo by Jesse Banks III On February 14 the NEA hosted a meeting titled Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable. More than a dozen experts in...
NACAP student composers from Chinle High School work out their compositions with composer-in-resident Raven Chacon. Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Music Fest Today at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama presented a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to the Grand Canyon Music...
Jon Hinojosa with students from Say Si. Photo courtesy of Say Si Jon Hinojosa with students from Say Si. Photo courtesy of Say Si “We believe that each student that joins our program is there not only to gain wisdom but to impart wisdom.” – Jon Hinojosa Jon Hinojosa is the...
"From K-12th grade, we're a wasted cause. We 'learn,' we do poorly on tests, we get expelled from school for fighting. Truth is, though, despite this stereotype displayed in the media, we care. We recognize that the failures and anger of city students is a product of our poor...
How do we build a better future for Americans? By asking for advice from those ordinary Americans who are already doing extraordinary things. Each week the White House invites these Champions of Change---those people who work in their communities every day to "out-innovate, out-educate, and...

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