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After Draconian Cuts to Arts Education, Is a Creativity Renaissance Coming to America's Classrooms?

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

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

'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

Arts Education Transforms Society

Arts Education Transforms Society - Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans' President Kevin Bailey credits the brand's creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken. At her promotion and swearing-in ceremony a few weeks ago, Capt. Moira McGuire, assistant chief of Integrated Health and Wellness at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, credited the arts as central to her practice as a caregiver for our wounded, returning military veterans. These are just a few of today's leaders crediting their success to arts education. www.huffingtonpost.com

Putting Art in STEM

Putting Art in STEM-Engineering and art were not always completely separate disciplines. Take Leonardo da Vinci, who seamlessly combined the two. “Five hundred years ago, you couldn’t really tell the difference between artists and engineers,” said James Michael Leake, director of engineering graphics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. But education has become balkanized and the field of engineering, in particular, more specialized, complex and math- and computer-oriented. Today’s engineering majors have little room for other pursuits.  www.nytimes.com

The Andres W. Mellon Foundation Awards

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards CAA and SAH a Grant to Develop Evaluation Guidelines for Digital Art and Architectural History -  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College Art Association (CAA) a $90,000 grant to partner with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) in the development of guidelines for the evaluation of digital scholarship in art and architectural history for promotion and tenure. www.prweb.com

Arts Education Transforms Societies

Arts Education Transforms Societies - Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans' President Kevin Bailey credits the brand's creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken. www.huffingtonpost.com

The Needs for More Arts Teachers in School

The Need for More Arts Teachers in Schools: Arts in Education Week took place last month, and since then arts education has been on my mind and in the air. A recent blog post by Alan Yaffe - here -- that contended arts education advocacy should be focused more on art-making than art-viewing got me thinking.  www.huffingtonpost.com

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