Gem Magazine Long Island

The Beauty, The Business & Learning About Art

Me? Collect Art? WHY?

Art is not just for collectors. Everyone, young and old, can have an appreciation for creative expression visible through paintings, sculptures, photography and the like.

According to ArtpriceTM, the world leader in art market information, $11.57 billion dollars was generated globally from the sale of art in 2011.This represents an increase of $2 billion dollars from the previous year.While there are many collectors who have a strong appreciation for art, they also consider it an investment. Read more…

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Arts cutbacks hurt state, but only rural areas cry foul

It’s like a Sherlock Holmes mystery that was solved because of the dog that did not bark.  In this case, it’s the Johnson County arts groups that have not barked, not even growled.Where is the outrage over Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto last year of $700,000 in state aid to the Kansas Arts Commission? Why have we not heard of arts programs being shut down, with the KAC going out of business? Why the eerie quiet? Read more…

Without the Arts, It’s Not Education

WE know there’s a drama, art, music, dance, classroom teacher who changed your life.  Every educator knows that within EACH and EVERY child lies an artistic soul waiting to be sparked.  SEND ME YOUR TESTIMONIAL:  How your third grade teacher taught you to write your first play, fingerprinting your fears away on an oily white sheet of paper, dance to the beat of your own drum, strum, blow, sing the lyrics that express your point of view.

Earlier this spring Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote that “dance, music, theater, and visual arts” are essential to preparing our nation’s young people for a global economy fueled by innovation and creativity.” That may be the case, but thanks to education funding cuts, the arts are being systematically stripped from our schools. According to creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson, what’s left can hardly be called an education.

“We may be providing something else, but it’s not what we want to think of as education,” Robinson told attendees at the recent Action Children’s Art Conference in the U.K. Instead, says Robinson, our children are growing up in a fast-paced world “that’s becoming more standardized,” which means kids “live within education cultures that are more prone to testing, to conformity, and to compliance than ever before.” Read more

Frances McGarry – Interviewed by Cognac

 
 

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First Online with Fran Series Trailer


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. First on Line with Fran will offer opportunities for other artists to join me in discussions on how ordinary people are doing extraordinary things in The Arts to make our world a richer, deeper, better place to live.

First On-Line With Fran” was shot and edited by Brandon York Productions

Learn more about Fran at http://www.FrancesMcGary.com

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