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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.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Folds Joins NCCAS in Launching National Core Arts Standards

Ben Folds Joins NCCAS in Launching National Core Arts Standards - Arts education activist and singer-songwriter Ben Folds joined the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) for the formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards this morning.  NCCAS-ten national arts and education service organizations- banded together to create the 2014 Core Arts Standards.  The previous version of the national arts standards were published in 1994.

Education: Operation art helps hospital

Education: Operation Art helps hospital- Lisa van den Dolder says her role as the Operation Art Project Officer for The Arts Unit, Department of Education and Communities, lets her combine a love for teaching with a passion for Visual Arts, and a strong

U.S Dept of Education Awards $13.4 Million in Arts Education Grants

U.S Department of Education Awards $13.4 Million to 34 Orgranizations to Enhance Teaching and Learning Through Arts Education - 

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $13.4 million to 34 organizations to help arts educators grow and improve arts instruction, and share effective models of arts in education that support student achievement in the arts and other areas.

"The arts are an essential part of a well-rounded educational experience, and all students deserve access to high-quality arts instruction," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Great arts educators can help students grow and succeed inside and outside of the classroom." 

Review blasts patronising, vague arts curriculum

Review blasts patronising, vague arts curriculum - The national arts curriculum is banal, bloated and demonstrates a distrubing ignorance about the Asian and indigenous cultures it is supposed to promote, experts say.

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