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 Post subject: Re: When Arts Funding is Threatened In School.......what to
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2001 9:51 am 
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Here is something to warm the heart - from the Los Angeles Times:<P><B>Schoolkids Get Trip to the Ball <BR> Arts: An anonymous donor's gift to outreach program provides tickets and transportation for county students to see the ballet 'Cinderella.'</B><P>By MARGARET TALEV, Times Staff Writer<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Vinessa Tellez took dance lessons when she was 3, but until Tuesday the Oxnard sixth-grader had never been to a real ballet. <BR> Her eyes widened with anticipation as she waited outside the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Vinessa and her classmates at Charles Blackstock Junior High School and hundreds of other students from the Oxnard and Hueneme elementary districts were about to see a dance production of "Cinderella." <BR> Their tickets and transportation were courtesy of the new Kids in the Arts outreach program, which this spring is giving 2,000 children from economically strapped communities in Ventura County access to various performances at the Civic Arts Plaza.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <P><A HREF="http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Search-X!ArticleDetail-33250,00.html?search_area=Blended&channel=Search&search_text=Kids+in+the+Arts+" TARGET=_blank>MORE...</A><BR>


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2001 7:03 am 
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The patchwork approach:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>New standards badly underfunded</B><P>Nanette Asimov, SF Chronicle<P>Rosanna Russell of San Francisco chose Rooftop Elementary for her artsy 5- year-old, Lia, because of its high scores and its "arts magnet" program, meant to attract children who enjoy drawing, painting, music and dance.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/05/31/MN200844.DTL" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2001 7:47 am 
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I can easily believe what this article is saying. I wrote about it in the Studio Forum regarding my experiences in teaching in a performing arts magnet school.<P><A HREF=../../../ubb/Forum7/HTML/000199.html><B>TEACHING IN A PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL</B></A>


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2001 11:24 am 
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Leigh Widdowson, The Globe & Mail, 06/11/01:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Leave my school alone</B><BR>As if Harris's cuts weren't bad enough --<BR>now the local school board has its knife out<P>-- I am a student at Canterbury High School in Ottawa. I came to Canterbury in Grade 9 from the National Ballet School in Toronto, where I spent my junior-high-school years. Coming home to Ottawa was not easy, as I feared entering a new school, particularly a high school that would be vastly different than the small ballet school I was used to. I was overjoyed to find out about the Arts Canterbury program, and even more so when I was given the opportunity to be part of it.<P>The arts play a vital role in the life and development of teenagers. They allow teens to develop self-confidence and motivation, inspiring them to take risks. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>To read more:<BR>Netscape Users: Search <B>Leigh Widdowson</B> on the [url=http://www.globeandmail.com" TARGET=_blank>Globe & Mail's</A> 7 Day Search<BR>IE Users: Use this direct <a href="http://archives.theglobeandmail.com/s97is.vts?action=View&VdkVgwKey=%2Fusr%2Flocal%2Frealtime%2Fsearch%2Fhtml%2F20010611%2FRVWIDDN%2Ehtml&DocOffset=1&DocsFound=1&QueryZip=lei gh+widdowson&Collection=TGAM&SortField=sortdate&ViewTemplate=GAMDocView%2Ehts&SearchUrl=http%3A%2F%2Farchives%2Etheglobeandmail%2Ecom%2Fs97is%2Evts%3FQueryZip%3Dleigh%2Bwiddowson%2 6ResultTemplate%3DGAMResults%252Ehts%26QueryText%3Dleigh%2Bwiddowson%26Collection%3DTGAM%26SortField%3Dsortdate%26ViewTemplate%3DGAMDocView%252Ehts%26ResultStart%3D1%26ResultCount% 3D10&]<B>link</B>[/url]<BR><p>[This message has been edited by Marie (edited June 11, 2001).]


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2001 1:05 pm 
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I don't think we'll ever be able to convince school districts of the value of the arts for art's sake only. They're too budget-minded and will only ever see arts as fluff no matter what else is said...unless, that is, someone can prove to them that immersing oneself in the arts also aids one's academic learning. And the exciting thing is that brain researchers are now beginning to publish their findings in favor of the arts as a means towards improved academic success. <P>If ever there's a book that offers proof that the arts improve brain function, it's "Teaching With The Brain In Mind" by Eric Jensen. Please, get hold of this book and get it to your schools. It explains how enrichment (including music, art, dance) changes the structure of brain cells making them more efficient and better able to process new information unrelated to the arts. He lists these key factors as the ones that influence early brain development and academic achievement: nutrition, exercise, genes, challenge, the arts, love and feedback. <P>As Jensen states (and proves with various examples: "Give a school daily dance, music, drama, and visual art instruction in which there is considerable movement, and you might get a miracle." He states that the only way to increase enrichment is to "reaffirm the integration of the arts and movement into the curriculum." <P>Did you know that the USA national Goals 2000 statement hardly mentioned the arts? <BR>Education in America is way behind current scientific knowledge of the brain's workings and somehow, to me, that seems to be ignorance of the worst kind since one would assume that educators would be on the cutting edge of anything that impacts learning.<P>Jensen has suggested that educators, parents, people within the arts should form better alliances among schools, including college and universities, so that these studies will be followed more closely and more studies initiated. He says that there are two rules that come from the recent brain research. One is that we should eliminate threat because above all else, the element of threat a student feels shuts down the brain's workings faster than anything else. The other rule is that we should enrich like crazy because that's what grows a better brain.<P>We all need to get this message out to our local town meetings, PTO's, city, district, state and federal leaders. It's the only way that arts will stand a chance. People have to realize that arts education ISN'T icing but is a necessity.<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: When Arts Funding is Threatened In School.......what to
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2001 3:41 pm 
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You are so very right, JM. But it's not only the teachers and other powers that be, it is also the parents. Many of them think it is "fluff" too.<P>The PTA/PTO at my son's school (many years ago) didn't even see the need for a library let alone music/art/dance. <P>That particular school was around for about 50 yrs., in a very established neighborhood, had a powerful PTA - and had never even dreamt of having a school library. They did bake birthday cakes for the teahers, though. That wasn't considered "fluff". I never was able to find out what they had been doing all those years for the benefit of the school. <P>It's total re-education on every level that is needed. I agree with you.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2001 9:17 am 
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From the Los Angeles Times:<P><B>Arts boot camp recruits several valley teachers</B> <P><BR>By MATTHEW CHIN / MATTHEW.CHIN@LATIMES.COM<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> It's called boot camp, but don't let that fool you. <BR> When four Inland Valley teachers go to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles this week for "arts boot camp" it will be the kind of summer camp fun that could make many of their young students jealous. <BR> This year's five-day arts boot camp begins today. The program started 24 years ago as a way to combat the decline of arts instruction in public schools.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><A HREF="http://www.latimes.com/communities/news/inland_empire/20010709/tiv0015363.html" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><BR>


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2001 5:04 pm 
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Sounds promising:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A Creative Way of Keeping the Arts in Education<P>NEDRA RHONE, LA TIMES<P>Year after year, in a spacious rehearsal room in downtown Los Angeles, teachers from the county and beyond try to revive long-forgotten traditions.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/latimes/20010808/lo/a_creative_way_of_keeping_the_arts_in_education_1.html target=_blank>More</a>


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2002 5:52 am 
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From the Boston Globe:<P> Image <P><BR><font size=1>MassArt has mailed about 3,000 postcards, such as this one by Ryan Hodson.</font><P><B>Postcards from the edge<P>MassArt students, facing funding cuts, send a creative message to legislators</B><P>By Christine Temin, Globe Staff, 3/27/2002<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>In a campaign reminiscent of those waged by such art activists as the Guerrilla Girls, students at the Massachusetts College of Art are protesting the state Legislature's continuing cuts in the budget of the country's only freestanding public college of art and design. The school started the current fiscal year with a core allocation of $15.8 million, which was cut to $15.1 million during the year. The governor's proposed budget for next year would shave off another $1.4 million.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/086/living/Postcards_from_the_edge+.shtml" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE of the article...</B></A><P>see more of the postcards here:<P><BR><A HREF="http://www.boston.com/photo_gallery/massart_postcards/2.htm" TARGET=_blank><B>Postcards</B></A><P><BR> <BR>


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Does any one but me consider that the study of and success in ballet training is an intellectual process as well as a physical one? How can one perform perfect plie without knowing what a perfect plie is?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2002 6:13 am 
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Welcome to the board, Senior.....this might be a good question in the Studio Forum.<P>The process is a physical one guided by a mental one, based on knowledge imparted by the teacher. <P>But then, I would ask - is there a perfect plié?<p>[This message has been edited by Basheva (edited March 29, 2002).]


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Immersion in an art form is inspiring, students told<P>Earnest Winston, Cincinnati Enquirer<P> COVINGTON — Richard Hawley, principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, recalled Tuesday how he immersed himself in his art form for a week in January 1988.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://enquirer.com/editions/2002/05/08/loc_immersion_in_art.html target=_blank>More</a>


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Arts in classes rise from ashes <BR>State providing money, setting student standards after decades of neglect<P>Nanette Asimov, Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle<P>The arts, like a species only rumored to be extinct, are rising again in California public schools.<P>From pristine concert halls in well-to-do school districts to patchwork pianos in resuscitated music rooms, educators are finding new ways of delivering the arts to students long deprived of their pleasures and benefits.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/13/MN217769.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Students' experience in art programs - one rich, one poor -- priceless<P>Nanette Asimov, Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle<P>Travis Kaufman is crazy about music. The 16-year-old rehearsed Debussy's "Trois Chansons" recently with Los Altos High School's Main Street Singers, a chamber ensemble that has performed from Egypt to Argentina. Last month, they toured Australia.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/13/MN15401.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE ARTS ON THESE WEB SITES<P>Nanette Asimov, SF Chronicle<P>Here are online arts connections for all ages and interests - academic, political, instructional or just plain fun.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/13/MN100438.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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