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Integrating the Arts - Chicago's Ingenuity

A few weeks ago, Valerie and I had the opportunity to attend a presentation put on by the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium with guest speaker Nicole Losurdo Upton from Ingenuity. Ingenuity is an advocacy organization that has been working with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, certified teachers, students, parents and Chicago’s arts and culture community to ensure excellence in arts education for every student in Chicago’s Public Schools. Ms. Upton spoke on Ingenuity’s process on integrating the arts back into Chicago Public Schools through the CPS Arts Education Plan, a plan designed to bring the arts to every student, in every grade, in every school. Ingenuity started in 2011, and has since made strong progress in increasing the percentage of Chicago Public Schools that have arts programs.

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Categories: advocacy, Artists, Arts Education, creative intersections, Education, evaluate, public policy | comments

Why You Need A Feedback Loop (by guest blogger Darlene Montonaro)

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers,says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in any field (a daunting statistic for those of us who aspire to achieve mastery in the arts).  His comments have generated someinteresting conversations,  but Daniel Goleman adds a wry sidebar to the research.  InFocus,he points out that if you keep doing something badly, or making the same mistakes over and over, even thousands of hours of practice won’t improve your craft.  In other words, your hours must be devoted to increasing your skill level – pushing your limits, tweaking your practice, and including a feedback loop that helps you recognize errors and correct them.

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Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius - Pietro Aretino

Winter Garden Robin

With the Winter solstice fast approaching and the calendar  winding down it is not uncommon for our  thoughts to be centered on the end of the year; the taking of inventory for all that has transpired -- a cataloguing of activities, a celebration of successes and a renewed strategy to address ongoing challenges. Just as the soil sleeps in the winter until the spring announces a new time for growth, so too artists, and arts and cultural organizations may find themselves “resting” as the New Year approaches. 

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Categories: Artists, Best Practices, evaluate, management, strategic planning | comments

Your Virtual Reality (part 2)

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Picture your perfect website. You can find everything you’re looking for. You can access all the information you need. While you know nothing could replace seeing your work in person, you are as close as you can get to that experience. Now, how do you turn that arts and culture vision into a virtual reality? Last week we offered tips for detailing and planning all of the features you want on a new website. After developing our two new sites designed to support, strengthen and unify greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector, we thought we would offer some of our experience to transition from concept to site launch.

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Categories: audience, Best Practices, evaluate, experience, internship, metrics, Storytelling, website | comments

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