Why Art Matters

Fact of the Week #98: The arts create a welcoming sense of place and a desirable quality of life. The arts also..nasaa-arts.org

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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

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Fact of the Week #96: The arts engage all students in education, from those who are already considered successful and are in need of greater challenges,... incredibleart.org

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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

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Fact of the Week #94: Experience in dance/theatre, music, and visual arts helps to create...kennedy-center.org

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Art In U.S. News

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. New research suggests...www.psmag.com

Art in Canada News

When a Contemporary Ruin Becomes an Art Festival- I have two distinct memories of Ontario Place. The first ranges back to the late-1970s, when, as an eight- or nine-year-old...www.canadianart.ca

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Curators Demand Changes to Culturally Diverse Grant- Toronto-based curator Su-Ying Lee is known for unconventional approaches to art. www.canadianart.ca

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Why Creativity Is Key To Boosting NB’s Economy - 

There are a lot of skills you need to have to thrive into today’s growing knowledge and tech-based economy.

You need to be diverse, flexible and of course have the education crucial for the jobs that will need to be filled today and for years to come.

Yet, with all the talk about how we need to teach kids to code and build robots in Grade 2, one important skill is getting left behind in the conversation: creativity. huddletoday.com

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The state of the arts in CanadaWere 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

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