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It’s a Win for the Arts in Washington State!

2011: Congratulations to our friends and partners at 4Culture, whose future became ensured with the passing of SB 5834, a bill that allocates public funding for local arts and heritage communities.  For over twenty years, 4Culture has provided support for the visual and performing arts, public art, heritage programs, cultural development of the region, and […]
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Up For Discussion: the Future of Arts Education

“People see the arts as entertainment or a fringe benefit, but they don’t see them as being critical to our children’s future,” said the moderator of a recent panel discussion held at Art Center Sarasota.  Topics discussed included the value of a solid arts curriculum in programs and schools, as well as various studies that […]
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Survey Says: Arts Graduates Find Work and Happiness

“My current job relies on problem-solving, troubleshooting, attention to detail, persistence, focus, staying on task, accomplishing goals, being professional, understanding your audience – all skills developed at art school,” stated one of over 13,000 respondents in a survey, Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni, conducted by the Strategic National Arts Alumni […]
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Students, Parents, and Teachers Plead with Board to Save the Arts

“Band teaches you to work for something you believe in; it gives you a chance to show who you really are…I know I’m only 14, but I know there has to be another way,” said a student, who was one of more than 100 students, parents, and teachers that gathered and spoke at a recent […]
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Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable: the Role of Arts Education

In their annual National Arts Policy Roundtable forum, Americans for the Arts bring together top-level leaders from both private and public sectors to discuss critical issues that advance American culture and society.  The conclusions of year’s theme, The Role of the Arts in Educating America for Great Leadership and Economic Strength, are detailed in this […]
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What’s Arts Education Month & What’s My Role?

Arts Education Month is a special opportunity in Washington state to publicly spotlight the critical role of arts learning in a complete and balanced education, and demonstrate the value of arts education to elected officials and school boards. We cannot define a complete education without the arts. In a world where innovation and creativity are […]
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Highline School District: Ensuring Equitable Access to Arts Learning

Highline School District continues making progress on their thoughtful and systemic work to ensure equitable provision of arts learning to all students. In recognition of the need to attend to arts education, and in response to concerns raised by parents, Highline Superintendent John Welch established a Superintendent’s Council on the Arts in the fall of […]
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Parents and Students Rally to Save the Arts in Florida

The Tampa Tribune, April 12, 2011 As the Pasco County School Board deliberated over what programs to cut, over 500 parents, students, and teachers attended a series of town hall meetings to advocate for arts education.  Read how these arts advocates came together and what you can do at your next School Board meeting.
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Kevin Spacey Advocates for Arts Education Funding

Examiner.com, April 6, 2011 Actor Kevin Spacey has been on the arts advocacy circuit: he spoke at Capitol Hill commemorating Arts Advocacy Day, gave the keynote address at the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center, and made an appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews – all to advocate for […]
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U.S. Education Secretary: Premature Cuts Can Lead to Unintended Consequences

“There are right ways and wrong ways to cut spending, and the most important guiding principle I can offer is to minimize the negative impact on students and seize this opportunity to direct your spending to the highest priorities.” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated in a recent letter to state governors, urging them to […]
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    • In the News: PAL School Excels Through the Arts

      As they complete their second year of the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program, Black Diamond Elementary has already noticed significant positive change amongst their students: attendance has improved, students are more highly engaged in school activities, there’s been a marked decrease in disciplinary issues and academic achievement is on the rise.

      When asked what she attributes these changes to, Principal Gerrie Garton has one answer: the arts.

      Principal Garton shared these improvements with the Enumclaw School Board, as well as the school’s involvement with the PAL program, which has helped prepare her to lead the staff towards building art-focused curriculum in all subjects.

      Learn more about Black Diamond Elementary’s success through the arts in the Enumclaw Patch, and read ArtsEd Washington’s interview with Principal Garton about how PAL has transformed the school.

      Want to enroll your school in PAL?  Apply for Fall 2012!