Arts Advocacy Day 2013: Why is it important?


Each year, Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with grassroots advocates, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

Lindsay Shield’s Classroom

My students need your help! We just got a sewing machine donated to our drama program, but we don’t have any thread or notions! Give back to NYC education. For the next TWO DAYS, any tax-deductible donation to our project http://www.donorschoose.org/lindsay.m.shields gets matched dollar for dollar! Help the next generation of theater professionals!

My students are 11th and 12th graders at a New York inner-city high school of over 3,000 students. They are brave and bold, with 90% receiving free or reduced lunch. This class is comprised of seven different cultural backgrounds. The students have learned to work together as a theatrical ensemble to address social issues. They recently finished film projects on child soldiers, police brutality, and poverty in the U.S. Despite their own personal and financial hardships, they work toward the greater good, illuminating world problems for their peers through drama and film.

National Arts Advocacy Day

National Arts Advocacy Day is on Tuesday, April 9. Americans for the Arts Action Fund is in the final stages of preparing to welcome more than 500 arts advocates to Capitol Hill. Now here’s where we need your help.

Even though you cannot attend in person, you can help your state arts advocacy delegation members who are coming to DC. We need you to write to your Members of Congress by this Friday, April 5th at noon. We are going to tally all of these letters so that your state arts advocacy captain can walk in each Congressional office and say, “Today is Arts Advocacy Day and I want to add my voice to the number of other constituents who have already e-mailed you about the importance of the arts and arts education in our state.”

Take two minutes to send a pre-written, customizable Arts Advocacy Day letter to your members of Congress.

What is the Difference between Knowing and Understanding?

timthumb[7]Rosie Kerr, MEd
Blogger – The Artistic Edge

I recently read a discussion on LinkedIn about this question and it reminded me of why the arts are so important to preparing children for their future.

Knowing in its traditional North American definition, means being familiar with something. Having the facts in your mind. You know how to drive a car, but do you understand how the car works? You know your husband, but do you understand him?

Understanding involves connecting the facts with a context and grasping how, when and why something exists or occurs. I think most of us know more than we understand. There are also, of course, things we will never fully understand.

One of Einstein’s jewels of wisdom was that, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” 
Knowing is just the beginning, and understanding is the end goal. Read More…

March is Save Our Schools Month

“I had incredible teachers. As I look at my life today, the things I value most about myself — my imagination, my love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity — all come from how I was parented and taught.” Read more…