Why Art Matters

Fact of the Week #32: In today's multimedia society, the arts are the media, and therefore provide powerful and essential means of communication. www.nccas.wikispaces.com

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Fact of the Week #31: "When asked what makes the biggest impression on Legislators about the arts and especially arts organizations, policymakers at the state and national levels tell us the two following factors:" www.scartsalliance.net

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Fact of the Week #30: Visual arts help students with learning disabilities who were reluctant readers begin to enjoy reading.  www.niu.edu

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Fact of the Week #29: Less Time in the Classroom - According to most teachers, schools are narrowing cirriculum, shifting instructional time and resources...www.Americans for the Arts:Navigator Facts & Figures

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Fact of the Week #28: Children of parents who had arts education or who attend art events are....www.niu.edu

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Art In The News

Students deliver wish list to school board. There is one item on it. - Some unusual speakers appeared at the final Pittsburgh school board meeting of the year — students, and they were asking for something. Arts education.  washingtonpost.com

Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Announce $10 Million Investment in Arts Education for 2015- Creative Schools Funds Also Dedicating $1Million to Support Arts Programs In Schools: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President David Vitale and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara byrd-Bennett today announced.... www.enewspf.com

'The Smartest Kids in the World'- Amanda Ripley, author of the best-seller The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, says education in Finland was the best in the world. If you want your kid to be smart, she has said, send them to Finland.  www.huffingtonpost.com

 

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? -  A tug of war is currently looming between proponents of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and advocates for STEAM lessons, which add art to the mix. Whichever side you come down on, here are some ideas for you to mull over. www.edweek.org

Member News

During the month of October, Blick Art Materials and Utrecht Art Supplies supported the Arts Action Fund’s membership drive by enabling easy, free enrollment at its 72 store locations and online at DickBlick.com and Utrecht.com. 

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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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Breaking News

No Cuts to Arts in Federal Omnibus Bill

Thanks to effective advocacy efforts, arts funding will be kept level and stable. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities will each receive $146 million.

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