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.
Big Dreams of the Art Factory- Mass MoCA Prepares to Expand - North Adams, Mass. - The word that Joseph C. Thompson had been waiting for finally arrived on Aug 8: Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts had signed a $1.4 billion capital facility bond bill. www.nytimes.com
Arts + Prison: Transforming Lives Behind Bars Through The Arts - The California Arts Council received quite the Valentines' Day surprise from one of its fellow state agencies last Friday. The head of rehabilitation programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called with a proposal: www.huffingtonpost.com
Artists' Work Rises From the Destruction of the Israel-Gaza Conflict - The images of so many houses destroyed, so many bomb blasts, even so many bodies wrapped in burial shrouds can begin to blur together, indistinguishable. But Belal Khaled, a young photojournalist and painter in this southern Gaza town, saw symbols and stories in the smoke all around him. www.nytimes.com
Can Kickstarter save arts education? Nearly one in 10 U.S. secondary schools has no music program. Eleven percent don’t teach art. More than half have cut theater. Nine in 10 have cut dance.
Despite overwhelming evidence that arts education correlates with higher graduation rates, better college performance and future success in the workplace, shrinking school budgets and strict curriculum standards keep restricting the time that teenage students spend exploring their creative sides. www.washingtonpost.com