Arts Education

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When Kwayera Archer Cunningham, a trained dancer, returned to Flatbush, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York she was struck by the dearth of high-quality arts opportunities for residents. She was also convinced that for the community's young people to succeed in life, they needed to develop a...
Last Friday, the White House hosted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards , which honored 12 organizations across the country for their outstanding work with children. One of the honorees was Project AIM , which uses the arts to engage with pediatric oncology patients receiving...
As you may have seen, we recently had some big news in Big Read-land : the novels The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka will be joining our roster of Big Read titles for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. The Beautiful Things That Heaven...
“It's important to teach your children to be lovers of silence. Art forces us to be quiet, observant, and reflective.” –Kristen Nelson Kristen Nelson aka Art History Mom, lives in Atlanta with her husband, Christian, and their three little masterpieces. A freelance graphic designer and art history...
When Kenn Nesbitt found out he would be the new Children’s Poet Laureate , he said he was “floored.” We’re not sure why. After all, the poet has published over a dozen books and collections of poetry and has endeared himself to kids across the country with his instinctual ability to make them laugh...
"The thread that unifies all great artists is their passion. It’s contagious. Just be near them for a moment and you’ll see that you’ll get swept up in their vision." --- Lin Arison Given that Lin Arison's passion for the arts ignited during a grade-school trip to an art museum, it's no wonder that...
"If you give children an escape from their regimentation, if you give them an escape from maybe the ignorance they are raised in at home, and you give them an oasis to come to everyday where not only do they learn important things---math, science and all of that, computers---but they also learn to...
If a picture's worth a thousand words, then the cover image of the new issue of NEA Arts --- Engaged and Empowered: The Power of Arts Education ---is priceless! The issue's cover is by Inocente, a young artist who came to national attention as the subject of the eponymous short documentary by Sean...
"The arts are part of our everyday life, whether we realize it or not." --- Ted Rausch, Portsmouth High School Band Director Band director Ted Rausch has his own philosophy when it comes to his high school marching band: no competition. Not only does Rhode Island's Portsmouth High School band...
On April 30, 2013, after approximately nine months of competition and more than 375,000 competitors, Langston Ward of Spokane, Washington's Meade High School took top honors as the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion . This year, Ward, who was also Washington's 2012 state champ, wowed the judges...

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