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Mar 28, 2012
Report: Creating Pennsylvania's Future Through the Arts and Education
This report, released by the Arts and Education Initiative of the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), includes nearly 40 recommendations for state policymakers and other audiences and seeks to improve support for the arts and arts education in Pennsylvania. Learn more.
Study: Watching Films With Magical Content Facilitates Creativity In Children
This study from a psychological research team at Lancaster University in England demonstrates through conclusive experiments that children exposed to magical stories, from the tooth fairy to Harry Potter, are more able to "view the world and act upon it from multiple perspectives" and demonstrate an increase in "imagination and divergent thinking..." Read more (PDF).
Americans for the Arts Resource: Animating Democracy
The new and expanded site hosts a wealth of resources generated by Animating Democracy's Arts and Social Change Mapping Initiative, Arts & Civic Engagement Initiative, and all the highly regarded publications, tools, and resources from Animating Democracy's first decade of contributions to the field as a program of Americans for the Arts. Learn more.
Arts in Education Online Community: Continuing the Conversation
Continuing the Conversation (CtC) provides opportunity and inspiration for substantive dialogue on the issues facing the arts in education community. An initiative with roots in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, CtC brings together professionals and supporters of the field from all over the world. Learn more.
BLOG POSTS & ARTICLES
Wall Street Journal: How To Be Creative
"...creativity is not magic, and there's no such thing as a creative type. Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It's a skill." Read more.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Hull House Collapse Is a Cautionary Tale
"Last month’s abrupt closure of Hull House, a venerable organization that provided an array of social services to thousands of low-income Chicago residents, is a pointed reminder that many nonprofits operate with precarious finances. The organization’s collapse also provides a sobering lesson for nonprofit boards and chief executives." Read more.
New York Times: When Office Technology Overwhelms, Get Organized
"...our attraction to a world of infinite possibility, information and complexity is here to stay. The challenge is how to participate productively in this new and turbulent world, and not be paralyzed by it." Read more.
Huffington Post UK: Drumskool: The Music Lessons Reducing Crime in Manchester
"Teachers have hailed a drum school a 'resounding success' after reducing crime in some areas by nearly a third...The lessons are now being taught as part of the national curriculum in Tameside schools. The initiative originally hails from the US and was introduced there to combat gang culture." Read more.
Education Week: Making Room for Science, History, Art in the Common Core Era
"Several education experts recently made the case for the importance of ensuring topics such as history, science, and the arts get adequate classroom time and attention as states and districts begin to implement the Common Core State Standards." Read more.
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