Sherman Oaks, CA
Sunday, September 30, 2012
September demonstrates the Arts in the community across all 50 states!
From "Take Part in Art" to the California Arts Council funding of Arts Advocacy "License Plates" to business conventions, artist educators are not letting tough times get them down, but mobilizing to share discoveries.
Nationally nonprofits like Americans for the Arts and agencies like the National Endowment of the Arts, businesses and funders are just some of those meeting at a gathering of the minds in Chatanooga.
Streaming media of the sessions means that those at work in classrooms can join in, remotely, when they are off work to stay abreast with findings and innovations.
For the news and for those interested, attendees addressed the hows and whats of program funding, portfolios development, policy issues. In Education, artists and curriculum designers considered how core standards are being met as well as solutions to gaps in existing goals and resources.
Meeting in concert and exploring new understandings of what could occur if Title I fees were used to maintain a place in school to demonstrate the remarkable human brain and its resilient capacity. Experts and community instructors are looking for affordable arts integration in schools.
With Charter Schools, more testing, and cascading budgets, the question is what does a program arts administrator do with a demand by parents, boards, and research to serve all District children and terrors like in California a two month timeline that might end the entire program due to a District income shortfalls large enough to cancel programs?
Despite living in "the best of times, the worst of times", new technologies, new partnerships, new research, and allies are at work which believe in the power of the arts to impact school success and they are not giving up. There are many conferences, summits and events on the Fall and Winter calendars.
From Sing me a Story Foundation in Nashville to The Armory for the Arts in Pasadena, from city or county Unified School Districts to the U.S. Department of Education, innovation, discovery and sometimes existing bias are being shared, to explore what can be sustained, reoriented or satisfied with arts as core curriculum.
Meanwhile in urban/suburban communities art is driving events on a new scale. This weekend in Torrance, the Torrance Artist Guild (TAG) will present a juried fine arts show and sale featuring South Bay oil, watercolors and all mediums, Saturday and Sunday September 29-30, 2012 at the Toyota Automobile Museum on Van Ness in Torrance, California. With impact studies and community mission statements, civic leaders and citizens are showing how the arts impact our businesses, cities and towns. Maintaining programs and expanding them may be the recommended outcome of arts in the community sessions at arts in ed conventions. Torrance is a great example.
Since continuously presenting research asserts that children are more resilient, resourceful, and responsive than previously believed- new research, and arts innovative classroom experiences are immerging out of shared experience showing an expanding role for an emmerging industry to play. Now mature artists have an intergenerational role to play in doing their work out in the community and also on school sites, where teaching classroom teachers using arts rubrics and scaffolded strategies show that embedded arts scaffolding have positive impact on different kinds of learners.
Working in residency, on professional development projects, and/or exhibiting locally, gives artists a social standing where they can motivate children and at the same time raise scores, attention, motivation and attendance. Project Zero at Harvard has many field studies that result in the broader question "Why not give the Arts a chance?" to evoke the change in school settings we say that is vitally needed?
It is clearer especially throughout our economically challenging times, schools, Districts, school boards, and parent centers will have a role with teachers in standing with artists to make sure whether or not the arts council is strong enough to help out that keeping arts in school is going to be a choice, not a chance with dollars being short.
Questions about social enterprise and advocacy are emmerging. Why not join your parent advisory, and work along side a local nonprofit, team with a library, restaurant or arts guild and volunteer time, to make sure such programs will continue to exist despite cuts?
Your local program or funder may be seeking a make a well needed donation directly to a school, through a purchase, a QR2 code.
This weekend you might contact TAG buy a raffle ticket or come out to the Auto Museum and support the work of over 100 artists.
The tradition of cutting arts programs national wide must find a new way to bring underwriting back into the schools if arts are federally recognized core subjects that drive higher order thinking, jobs, and better achievement outcomes.
The Arts have a role to play and a clarion voice in how to reach several types of learners or in helping in classroom management, vocabulary development and comprehension. From math achievement, memory, and focus as well as higher order thinking, coordination, behavior, and child development, will we give arts a chance? That's what the convening and collaborating and exhibiting is all about.
TAG: http://torranceartistsguild.org/events.htm http://torranceartistsguild.org/newsletters/September2012TAGNewsletter.pdf
100 local artists: For example:
Elizabeth Hestevold, local artist, set painter, arts educator, mother, and landscapist will be one of many terrific artists on exhibit. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378443/fullcredits
Arts in the U.S.: http://www.artsusa.org/
Information about Arts Councils: http://artscouncil.org/ http://www.cac.ca.gov/jobs/ http://www.cac.ca.gov/aboutus/strategicplan.php http://www.artsusa.org/news/afta_news/default.asp#item42 http://www.artscounciloftorrance.org/ http://www.artslb.org/ https://www.facebook.com/ArtsConnectionNetwork
The Cultural Advantage Event: http://www.torrancecentennial.org/events/birthday-bash
Arts in the Community: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/09/08/4240824/arts-council-supporters-step-up.html http://www.torranceca.gov/2398.htm
Arts in Education: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts_integration http://www.pz.harvard.edu/research/research.htm
Arts Grants: http://www.cciarts.org/grantsprogram.htm http://www.americansforthearts.org/get_involved/membership/innovation.asp http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/06/3370506/the-arts-in-mecklenburg-generates.html http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/09/its-arts-in-education-week-lets-celebrate-and-get-to-work/ http://www.aep-arts.org/events/forum/arts-learning-without-borders-forum-program/ http://www.aep-arts.org/resources-2/common-core-and-the-arts/
Sherman Oaks, CA