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Transforming Neglect Into Art

Posted on: Apr 25, 2010

Vacant buildings with plywood over the windows and doors has long been a basic part of life in some neighborhoods in downtown Cincinnati, OH but Future Blooms is changing that. With creativity and a few coats of paint, volunteers and staff for this Keep Cincinnati Beautiful project transform signs of neglect into possibilities for the future.

A Natural Part of a City

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010

To Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston, SC art is a natural part of a city – a part to be preserved and encouraged. It was this vision of the natural fit of the arts in city planning and the role mayors can play in transforming their cities that Mayor Riley shared as the 23rd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecturer.

New Washington State Arts Education Study Spurs Advocacy

Posted on: Apr 21, 2010

The results of a new arts education study by the Washington State Arts Commission were disappointing to both Susan Coliton, Vice President of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Patricia Wasley, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington. While neither woman is directly involved in arts education they view the arts as essential to educating creative thinkers and building a strong economy.

Art in Your Inbox Builds Community

Posted on: Apr 19, 2010

Whether it’s in a bird’s morning song or the architecture of a skyscraper, most of us are able to recognize art in our everyday lives—but one place where art may be hard to find is in our e-mail inboxes filled with hundreds of unread messages, meeting pop ups, and flagged items.

Arts Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Posted on: Apr 16, 2010

Over 500 arts advocates took to Capitol Hill Tuesday for Arts Advocacy Day. Starting the with a “pep rally for the arts” attendees of the Congressional Arts Kickoff heard remarks from guest artists Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Daniels as well as various Members of Congress.

Knitters Attempt to Beautify Cities One Stop Sign at a Time

Posted on: Apr 15, 2010

Trees wearing sweaters, bike racks turned into pieces of art, stop sign posts growing flowers – it’s all part of yarnbombers attempts to make the world a prettier, more fun place. These rogue knitters are making headlines as they cover up harsh steel and add whimsy to utilitarian fixtures in cities across the US.

Secretary of Education Provides Support for Arts Education

Posted on: Apr 12, 2010

“In America, we do not reserve arts education for privileged students or the elite. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds, students who are English language learners, and students with disabilities often do not get the enrichment experiences of affluent students anywhere except at school,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated while speaking at the Arts Education Partnership Forum in Washington, DC on Friday.

Fighting Arts Education Budget Cuts in Florida School District

Posted on: Mar 24, 2010

With school districts around the country facing major budget shortfalls, many are cutting back on already depleted art and music programs to close the gaps. Teachers, students, and parents in the Broward County area, however, joined together recently to show their support for arts programs and help prevent further cuts to their budgets.

Detroit Faces Lack of Art and Music Teachers

Posted on: Mar 24, 2010

The city that brought the world Motown no longer guarantees their students will even learn about this movement, much less create their own. Only 55 percent of Detroit’s public high schools have a music teacher today and teachers and parents alike are concerned about the effect that a lack of arts education will have on this struggling school district.

Violins, not Violence for Colombian Neighborhood

Posted on: Mar 24, 2010

For years, the neighborhoods that sprawl over the mountains in northern Medellin, known locally as “Las Comunas,” have been consumed by poverty, unemployment, and gang warfare. For young people, the lure of crime can be overwhelming. Pressure to join armed gangs for protection and to earn a livelihood is constant, and with a lack of other viable options, the young people from these communities are often drawn into the world of violence and crime.

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