Why Art Matters

Fact of the Week #24: Art Helps Students Understand Symbols - Craft activites often use templates that do not allow children to freely create...www.education.com

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Fact of the Week #23: Aesthetic learning is its own reward - The arts teach young people about beauty, proportion , and grace. Students can examine....www.ascd.org

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Fact of the Week #22: "It is generally agreed that training in the Arts offers the best approach to developing the right brain." www.artsattack.com

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Fact of the Week #21: "The arts are recognized as a core academic subject under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act..." www.issuu.com

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Fact of the Week #20: "Art criticism helps students develop obervation, analysis, interpretation..." www.incredibleart.org

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Art In The News

Ben Folds Joins NCCAS in Launching National Core Arts Standards - Arts education activist and singer-songwriter Ben Folds joined the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) for the formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards this morning.  NCCAS-ten national arts and education service organizations- banded together to create the 2014 Core Arts Standards.  The previous version of the national arts standards were published in 1994. www.educationworld.com

Education: Operation Art helps hospital- Lisa van den Dolder says her role as the Operation Art Project Officer for The Arts Unit, Department of Education and Communities, lets her combine a love for teaching with a passion for Visual Arts, and a strong belief...www.smh.com.au

U.S Department of Education Awards $13.4 Million to 34 Orgranizations to Enhance Teaching and Learning Through Arts Education - 

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $13.4 million to 34 organizations to help arts educators grow and improve arts instruction, and share effective models of arts in education that support student achievement in the arts and other areas.

"The arts are an essential part of a well-rounded educational experience, and all students deserve access to high-quality arts instruction," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Great arts educators can help students grow and succeed inside and outside of the classroom."  www.ed.gov 

Review blasts patronising, vague arts curriculum - The national arts curriculum is banal, bloated and demonstrates a distrubing ignorance about the Asian and indigenous cultures it is supposed to promote, experts say. www.smh.com.au

Member News

Opus Art Supplies inspires creativity with new video. "The inner critic is something every creative person struggles with and yet so many feel like they are the only one. We wanted people to know they weren't alone.

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The effort is called Round Up for the Visual Arts! and it is launched in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. The fundraiser coincides with October as National Arts and Humanities month.

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Marking the accomplishments of their “100 Days of Tombow” campaign to promote arts education nationwide, Tombow recently donated $10,000 

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