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Teaching Dance, Fostering Creativity

Creativity is a skill that can be taught and dance provides an unparalleled opportunity to develop and nurture this skill in our students.  Whether you are a dance teacher or a classroom educator, it is critical that students develop skills and knowledge that will allow them the ability to succeed in an increasingly complex world. […]
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Arts Integration Works!

Earlier this spring, Dayna Laur, an Advanced Placement Politics teacher, and Katlyn Wolfgang, an Art teacher, successfully integrated their two subjects in a cross-class collaboration project at Central York High School in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Laur introduced categories of public policy, which had to be fully researched by the politics students, who then presented their materials […]
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21st Century Skills = Art Skills

“Are we preparing students to function as human beings, or just as flesh-and-blood versions of a hard drive?” asks Bruce D. Taylor, Director of Education for the Washington National Opera, in an Education Week article, The Skills Connection Between the Arts and 21st Century Learning.  Taylor advocates utilizing the skills of arts specialists when building […]
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Art Inspires Learning: A Musician’s Reflections on the Lack of Arts Integration

Mickey Hart, former drummer of Grateful Dead, reflects on his own experience of an education that lacked arts integration.  Connecting his passion for art and science, he shares how he combines the two and how they naturally fuel one another - something he wished he learned in school.  Read his inspiring manifesto-style article.
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Is Creativity the #1 Skill for the 21st Century?

From Psychology Today: the Working Creativity blog authored by Mark Batey, Ph.D., discusses how, against a backdrop of uncertainty, economic turmoil and unprecedented change a new picture is emerging of the skills and traits for success (and perhaps even simply survival) in the modern era.  At the heart of this essential skill set for the future […]
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Creativity can be an economic engine

If we are entering an age when creativity and innovation are the hallmarks of the most successful companies, why then are we not doing more to find out what makes people creative?  This feature article by John Eger, SignOnSanDiego.com, discusses how Massachusetts is leading the charge in measuring creativity in public schools statewide.
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11th Annual Music Student Scholarships

Finish this essay: “How my music teacher has influenced me and my goals in school..." You could win your share of $20,000 including music products for your school music program! For more information, please click here.
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All Kids Can CREATE

The All Kids Can CREATE visual arts program showcases how students with and without disabilities learn through the arts in their schools and communities. The program is presented annually by VSA and CVS Caremark All Kids Can. All submitted artwork will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in a national touring […]
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WSAC’s Arts Education Research Initiative (AERI) Report 2009

This look at the State of Arts Education in Washington State is a "must-read" for all arts advocates! In addition to information about the state of arts education in Washington, the publication includes context from external state and national arts education research, and identifies attributes of effective education practices, and suggestions for taking action for […]
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School Spotlight: Rocky Ridge Elementary

ArtsEd Washington highlights the challenges and achievements of one of its PAL Schools. School Stories: Rocky Ridge
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    • PAL School Receives Crayola Grant! ArtsEd Washington is pleased to announce that our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program participant, Madrona K-8 School, was recently awarded a grant from the Crayola Champion Creatively Alive program! Under the leadership of Principal Farah Thaxton, and with guidance of our PAL program, Madrona has enlisted an active group of parents, community partners, and artists to assist in their capacity building to integrate the arts into all aspects of their curriculum. As they head into their second year of PAL, and now with the support of the Champion Creatively Alive grant, Madrona plans to continue developing their arts plan that will:
      • Establish model lessons and implementation tools;
      • Strengthen teachers’ confidence in facilitating arts-integrated lessons; and
      • Set standards around long-term, sequential arts programming, and more.
      When asked how the PAL program was a contributor to their grant application , Principal Thaxton said, "Our work through PAL enabled our Arts Team to clarify our priorities, to be very intentional in what we plan to achieve in the years ahead. Working with an experienced Coach, we created a realistic, practical plan, with benchmarks each trimester. This is critical in achieving the transformation we have envisioned for Madrona. We were able to show Crayola and NAESP that we are taking concrete steps to teach our students critical skills, like resourcefulness and inventiveness, which strong arts education provides.”. Congratulations, Madrona! A special thank you to Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for providing opportunities for schools to foster creativity through the arts, as part of a basic and complete education. We appreciate all that you do to support arts education for every student at every school!