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Providing safe afterschool arts & sports programming to CMSD youth (Guest Blog by Boo Geisse)

Miss Bri works on poetry with some of the 3rd graders at Mound STEM during summer programming at Mound Elementary School.

I think about safety in two ways. There’s physical safety, which includes the safety of the body, the home, and environments that lend themselves to opportunity. Physical safety is you and I working and living without injury, our children getting through school without harm. This type of safety also incorporates the space around you: your right to exist, to take up space, to participate. It’s being in an environment that allows you to do what you want to do, to pursue goals and dreams.   

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Categories: Arts and Safety, Arts Education, creative intersections, sports | comments

The Power of Learning In and Through the Arts (Guest Blog by Santina Protopapa)

Ever since I can remember, music has been an important part of my life.  Playing an instrument since kindergarten empowered me to become a leader, showed me how to collaborate with others, and provided the perfect opportunity for me to develop creative problem-solving skills.  These skills play a role in every aspect of my personal and professional life.

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Categories: Artists, Arts and Safety, Arts Education, creative intersections, Music | comments

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

Set the Stage for More Young People to Thrive (guest blog by Marsha Dobrzynski)

We are born learners.  

Anyone who has watched an infant grow into a toddler can attest to that.  So what goes on when we get to school?  Boredom and the subsequent conviction that school is irrelevant has led high school students to drop out at the rate of 30% nationally; as much as double that in some demographic groups and geographic areas.

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Categories: Artists, Arts Education, Best Practices, Education | comments

Making the wrong argument to the wrong people

Working at a research organization is strange for me because I’ve always felt most at ease when I’m doing. I want to design and create, to be at the event, to write the content, not analyzing participation and setting strategic plan metrics.  If it’s good content and the right people benefit, we’ve done our job right? Arts and culture changes lives. We know it inherently.

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Categories: Arts Education, research, Storytelling | comments

Synergies Are Created Through Collaborations (by Guest Blogger Ed Gallagher, Beck Center for the Arts)

With all of the discussion surrounding the intersection of the arts and health I have to admit that I feel like for the last 20 years I have been living in the corner house where those streets come together.  From where I sit, our arts community is at the top when it comes to quality, effective, and innovative programming that affect the health and wellness of our residents.

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Categories: Artists, arts, Arts Education, artsandhealth, Best Practices, collaboration, connect, cross-sector, health, Music | comments

Raising Arts Advocates

Inspiration can strike at any time. For example, last night I was reading a book to my five-year old son, Logan. We reached the end of the book and he said very casually after looking at the author’s photo, “There’s the dead guy who wrote this book.” I laughed. I said to him, “Logan, how do you know this author is dead?” Then I said, “That’s like saying all composers are dead.” To which he responded, “But all composers are dead!” Thanks to Lemony Snicket for reinforcing that concept. Anyway, I treated this as a teachable moment, an opportunity to remind him that there are many artists (including writers and composers) that are making work today – and that they should be supported. As I said, inspiration can strike at any time. That’s when I realized that it was the perfect time to share with our readers a really important concept…that arts advocacy begins at home.

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5 Advocacy Resources Every Arts and Culture Leader Should Know About

It’s August. And, aside from it being that time of year when many people go on vacation and commuters experience a little lighter traffic, it’s also the time of year that our elected officials leave the Beltway and come back to their districts for the August Recess. It’s a time when the folks that have been elected to represent us reconnect with their constituents to hear about the issues they care about the most and their expectations about how those issues will progress or be resolved. For those of you arts and culture leaders, it is also the perfect time to reach out to your elected officials and schedule time for them to visit your facilities, learn about what you do and gain insight into how your work directly affects the people they serve. It’s also a time for you to listen and gather information on their chief concerns and priorities and to offer insight into how you can help. This is the foundational work of advocacy – relationship building.

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Categories: advocacy, Arts Education, public policy | comments

Introducing CPAC’s Reading Roundtable

How many times has this happened to you? You hear a radio interview with an author and think “That sounds like a really great read!” You read an article that reviewed a new book and think “If I only had more time…” Or, you receive a book recommendation from a friend and think “I really should read that.” Your “to read” list becomes long, while your, “have read” list is virtually nonexistent. Perhaps  you actually read the book being recommended and think “I wish I had someone to talk about this with.” Or, you’re so excited about the book and want to share that excitement, so you reach out to the first available person only to find that she can’t relate because she hasn’t read the book. 

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Categories: Arts Education, Best Practices, books, collaboration, management, public policy | comments

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