"It's well and good that arts -- and performing arts especially -- are part of our society, but they're not the vital part of our society." ~Board President Daniel Gomes Do you think performing arts are vital to society? By Theresa Harrington email@example.com This is an excerpt of On Assignment, education writer Theresa Harrington's blog on Contra Costa County schools. Read more and post comments at IBABuzz.com/onassignment. Follow her at Twitter.com/tunedtotheresa or Facebook.com/TheresaHarringtonBANG. Jan. 16: Just a little over a week after newly-sworn in Contra Costa County Superintendent Karen Sakata proudly performed with a Taiko drum group at her inauguration ceremony, the president of the county board of education has questioned the value of performing arts in society. Board President Daniel Gomes angered a crowd of arts advocates at a board meeting earlier this week by suggesting that pursuing the idea of a countywide performing arts charter school might be "wasting money and wasting time -- and we might be wasting lives by supporting this." This prompted Rob Seitelman, a local teacher and professional actor, to yell back: "That's how I want to waste my life -- by supporting the arts!" In a long and rambling monologue, Gomes said it would be better to pursue a countywide charter focused on robotics or environmental science than performing arts. "These are programs that are vital to our survival as a society," he said. … [Read More...]
“Arts education isn’t something we add on after we’ve achieved other priorities, like raising test scores and getting kids into college,” said the First Lady. “It’s actually critical for achieving those priorities in the first place.” Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. Become a fan Author of The Call to Teach and editor of The Edvocate, http://www.theedadvocate.orgPresident Obama […]
Written by Casting Frontier, November 30th, 2014 Geena Davis, among others, proved that female characters with heart and soul can deliver and ultimately succeed at the all-important global box office. Is it your turn to take the baton and run with it like your life depended on it? And if you’re a writer or producer, […]
Americans for the Arts Narric Rome, Vice President of Government and Arts Education Affairs for Americans for the Arts, introduces the exciting new State Policy Pilot Program which will help advance Arts Education in our nation’s schools.
First Online With Fran is committed to featuring those ordinary people doing extraordinary things in The Arts. It never ceases to amaze me how the passion for our work continues to impact our world in so many positive and transformative ways. The interview with Chandra Thomas in 2012 only proves to illustrate her tenacious dedication to her […]
Robert L. Lynch Become a fanPresident and CEO, Americans for the ArtsPosted: 10/26/2014 10:59 pm EDT Updated: 10/27/2014 8:59 am EDT 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 […]
The First 100 Stories Campaign
First Online With Fran: The First 100 Stories Campaign National Arts in Education Week, September 8 -14. In July 2010, Congress designated the second week of September as National Arts In Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. To that end, First Online with Fran is launching The First 100 Stories Campaign. The Arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation. Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent the decline of arts inclusion, the budgetary solution remains to be that the arts are perceived as extra-curricular and disposable. In Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee, the central character decided to right a wrong by collecting stories: “One story makes you weak. But as soon as we have one-hundred stories, you will be strong.” Similarly, we can do the same for the Arts. Here’s how: Let’s hear it from you: Teachers! Students! Graduates! Parents! … Submit Your Testimonial...
How are the arts re-igniting your community and sparking innovation and creativity in your local schools? When I was just a kid, like second grade, my teacher assigned me the role of Sue the Eskimo. I had to rub noses with the male lead. I tell you, to this day, I’m shy. Even though every […]
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