Supporting the arts has always been a key objective for NAMTA members but never has Art Advocacy been more crucial than it is today. Study after study has shown that including art-related activities in a child’s education will produce a smarter, more creative and successful student.
Advocating for the arts enhances every community and it makes good business sense, too.
Fact of the Week #97: Provision of arts education is out of sync with student demand : A multi-year trend of decreases in K-12 arts education finally rebounded in 2013. Previously, even with downward trends in the number of high school arts and music classes..artsindexusa.org
Fact of the Week #95: Federal Candidates can feel safe voting to increase support for the arts. All else being equal, Americans who are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election...americasforthearts
Arts Education and Interculturalism - Arts education can help foster attitudes favouring intercultural openness. Arts education can also help to address issues such as ethnocentrism, relativity of tastes, bias, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and racism. My recent exploration into the workings of arts education in promoting peace opened up my understanding to the vista of opportunities around alternative education to interculturalism. huffingtonpost.com
Arts education bill lands on governor's desk- An Assembly bill that will update California's public school arts curriculum and teaching materials for elementary and middle school students awaits Gov. Jerry brown's signature. www.thereporter.com
New Research Reveals National, State , and Regional Facts about Arts Participation- The National Endowment for the Arts is releasing new research that for the first time offers a complete state-by-state perspective on how Americans particpate in the arts. www.arts.gov
Making Art Will Lower Your Stress Level:Turn off cable news and start molding some clay- With tension and fear dominating the nightly news, it's fair to assume that stress levels are high for a lot of people right now. Newresearch suggests...www.psmag.com
The state of the arts in Canada - MONTREAL — Were it not for the two-story-tall picture of a male dancer that hangs on the front of the building, you would never know that the tan-colored structure with a flat roof and sunken basement entrance was the Montreal home of the Grands Ballets Canadiens. It looks more like space zoned for light industry, or perhaps an office for a telemarketing firm. It is that grim.
“We live in a garage,” says Alain Dancyger, the company’s executive director. “And that’s not conducive to attracting and retaining top talent from around the world.” www.washingtonpost.com