Why Art Matters

Fact of the Week #17: Researchers are learning more about the precise ways paintings and other works of art help patients and families in the healing process. www.online.wsj.com

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Fact of the Week #16: Americans value Arts Education-"85% percent of surveyed business executives indicated that they are currently having difficulty recruiting individuals who..." www.artsforla.org

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Fact of the Week #15:"Kids Like Adding their Own Culture Into Their Art: When teaching art, popular culture and media should be incorporated rather than ignored.Children..."     www.education.com

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Fact of the Week #14: "Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation's healthcare institutions...." www.blog.artsusa.org

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Fact of the Week #13 : "Arts participation - In school or in the workplace - strengthens creativity," www.standforthearts.com 

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Art In The News

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

Member News

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

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National Arts Advocacy Day brought more than 500 grassroots advocates to Washington DC.

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Binders Art Supplies and Frames in Atlanta is generously donating art supplies for community art-making activity.

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