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A Work Based Learning Program at Vital Theatre

“What I learned is I can’t go through my life silent. Everybody has something in them.”
Caitlin Perkins, Grade 11
Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School

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An Introduction to the State Policy Pilot Program

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.   … [Read More...]

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chandra Thomas: Complete Sentences

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 […]

Arts Education Transforms Societies

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 […]

Frances McDormand will star in “Olive Kitteridge,” a four-part mini-series, based on Elizabeth Strout’s book, that will air November on HBO. Credit Alison Cohen Rosa for The New York Times

Actor Frances McDormand: A Star Who Has No Time for Vanity

  On an interview with The New York Times in which she said “I have not mutated myself in any way,” and that her husband, director Joel Coen, “literally has to stop me physically from saying something to people — to friends who’ve had [plastic surgery]. I’m so full of fear and rage about what […]

National Core Arts Standards

  The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist, Ben Folds to host a formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square. The one-hour event will feature remarks […]

Jonathan Katz. Photo courtesy of NASAA

Ten Things I’ve Learned from Poetry

October 7, 2014By Jonathan Katz, CEO, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies   As a young faculty member in the English department of Wichita State University, I worked occasionally as a poet-in-the-schools for the Kansas Arts Commission. For this program (funded in part by the NEA, I am proud to say), I traveled to small […]

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Testimonial #43: Julie Angelos, Staff Writer at Jbulie’s blog/an Online Journal

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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