Art In U.S. News

Below is a list of news articles that we've found highlight the advancement of art and the use of art to build business and help the community.


Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2015 - With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, the following is my updated “10 Reasons to Support the Arts.” Changes this year include updating #3 with the BEA’s new Arts in the GDP research, #8 to include a statement about the benefits of the arts in the military, and #10 includes the new Creative Industries data (now current as of January 2015). www.http://blog.artsusa.org/

Funding the arts is good for the nation- On the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), it is time to correct a long-standing misconception that has infected the political debate on funding for the arts: www.thehill.com

Research shows cutting arts education a loss to all - Teaching of the arts is sometimes viewed as an optional extra, but some of the most successful educational systems see it as essential. www.theage.com.au

Teachable Moments from a Conference on Art and Education - Last month, ART21 hosted an intricately interdisciplinary affair: Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art + Education, a conference designed to probe the intersections of art and education. Jessica Hamlin, ART21’s director of educational initiatives, and Joe Fusaro, the organization’s senior education advisor, outlined some of the questions the event sought to tackle in an article for ART21 Magazine: hyperallergic.com

Creativity and the arts being 'squeezed out' of schools, report claims - Creativity and the arts are being “squeezed out” of schools, with pupils from low-income families being hardest hit, according to a major report.

A commission led by the University of Warwick to examine the value of culture in British society warns that the most deprived students are missing out on opportunities in the creative industries.

The report, drawn up by academics and cultural leaders, calls for evidence of “excellent cultural and creative education” to be a prerequisite for schools to be graded outstanding by Ofsted, as well as a dedicated arts and culture pupil premium similar to the £450 million physical education premium currently on offer. www.news.tes.co.uk

Artists Liven Up a Children's Hospital with Vibrant Murals, Thus Making Our Day - As you're probably well aware, hospitals tend not to be the most visually enticing of spaces, especially for kids. www.huffingtonpost.com

More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM - the "Learning and the Brain" conference in San Francisco last week, neuroscientists and researchers explored the basic idea that "Brain Science (could be used) to Boost Memory, Thinking and Learning." Many of the speakers seemed to be saying that there are a number of ways to engage young people and enhance learning: www.huffingtonpost.com

Study indicates arts work for challenged schools - Injecting more arts into the school day has resulted in better attendance and behavior, and slightly better math and reading scores for eight struggling schools around the country, www.ctpost.com

 

In the UAE's year of innovation, don't forget the arts - This year has been officially declared the Year of Innovation in the UAE.  Near the end of 2014, the Government launched the National Innovation Strategy that aims to make the country one of the world's most innovative nations within seven years... www.thenational.ae

Why Fallings Arts Attendance Has Major Implications for the US Economy - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a set of three studies of unprecendented scope into arts engagement and its economic impact in the United States. www.news.artnet.com

100 Schools to Pilot Core Curriculum for the Arts- Time and again, studies have shown the importance of integrating arts into the curriculums of grade schools. www.nonprofitquarterly.org

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive - Art has long been recognized as an important part of a well-rounded education — but when it comes down to setting budget priorities, the arts rarely rise to the top. Many public schools saw their visual, performing and musical arts programs cut completely during the last recession, despite the many studies showing that exposure to the arts can help with academics too. A few schools are taking the research to heart, weaving the arts into everything they do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride. blogs.kqed.org

Federal Anaylsis: Arts, Culture Add $700B to US Economy- Creative industries including Hollywood and broadcasting contribute more to the U.S. economy then previously thought, www.nytime.com

Groups Want Core Standards for Teaching Art in Schools- Advocates for arts education are in the midst of a counter offensive. www.usnews.com

'But I'm not artistic': how teachers shape kids' creative development: Many adults believe they are not artistic and feel nervous about visual arts.  www.theconversation.com

9 Art Therapy Techniques To Help You De-Stress In 2015- Welcome to the New Year! Whether you're already hard at work making your fresh batch of New Year's Resolutions a reality, www.huffingtonpost.com

Gates Foundation Uses Art to Encourage Vaccination- Artists, it's fair to say, usually don't know much about bacteria. Vik Muniz is an exception. www.nytimes.com

Teacher to talk about blending art with STEM education - While education leaders have focused laser-like attention on bettering student performances in science, technology, engineering and math -- better known as STEM courses -- some are now pushing to add another discipline to the mix. www.heraldtribune.com

First 12-Step Programs for Seniors Enhances Cognition: Art in Portland Creative Aging & Cognitive Arts Research Institute (CACARI) has announced the first Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and..www.prurgent.com

6th Grader at Buffalo City Honors Creates Art Supply Drive- A 6th grader at Buffalo City Honors has organized an art supplies drive called "Krayons for Kids".  www.buffalotwcnews.com

Mini-grant program supports arts in schools - a local education advocacy group is sponsoring a grant program to revive art programs in city public schools where they were dropped after budget cuts. www.phillytrib.com

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

Arts attract people, bring money to Lima - It may be fun to go to the symphony or see Alice Cooper at the Civic Center. Many Lima residents don't realize how much their night out can affect the community. www.limaohio.com

Are State Arts Education Policies Working? - Just because a state has a law requiring arts instruction doesn't mean students are actually getting it, according to education experts at Education Writers Associaiton webinar today. www.blogs.edweek.org

After Draconian Cuts to Arts Education, Is a Creativity Renaissance Coming to America's Classrooms? - No Child Left Behind caused budgets to be slashed, but now that the legislation's on the way out, will the Common Core bring art back? www.takepart.com

After-School Arts 'Light a Fire' in Students, Says First Lady - A Shakespeare company for Chicago high school students, a professional level ballet school for children and teenagers in Memphis and a job-skills-training center focused on creative arts for 'tweens in a low-income, high-crime suburb of Denver, were among the12 out-of-school art programs honored at the White House Monday, by  first lady Michelle Obama.  www.edweek.org

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'Direct and significant' impact of visual arts provides advantages for regional economy, study shows - A new report finds that the visual arts - including artists, photographers, graphic designers and jewelry makers and the people who hire them - has a direct and significant economic impact on the regional economy.  www.crainscleveland.com

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