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 Post subject: Re: When Arts Funding is Threatened In School.......what to
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2002 5:33 am 
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Many years ago, local funding for extracurricular activities in one small Texas community was slashed, with the assumption being that the schools would cut music and other arts programs; instead, the superintendant cut the football program (understand that many people in small Texas towns compare football to religion. There are other people who find such comparisons highly disrespectful...to football).<P>Miraculously, the money was found and the funding restored.<P>------------------<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Lighting Designer<BR>"Shang-a-lang, feel the <I>sturm und drang</I> in the air!"<BR>Online portfolio: <A HREF="http://www.jeffsalzberg.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.jeffsalzberg.com</A> <P><BR>

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 Post subject: Re: When Arts Funding is Threatened In School.......what to
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2002 5:56 am 
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There has been a very interesting and informative (as much as a TV commercial can be) television ad campaign touting the many advantages of teaching arts in public schools.<P>I don't know if the ad campaign is limited to Southern California - that's of course where I see it. It is a very well done ad showing a school orchestra and how it falls silent when arts are not supported, and how that causes a domino effect on other studies like math, etc. This ad has been running for some time - several weeks.


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2002 6:00 am 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Davis' budget spares education but hacks funds for school arts<P>Nanette Asimov, SF Chronicle<P>One year after Gov. Gray Davis lifted the hearts of arts teachers across the state by showering the California Arts Council with money, he has proposed slashing its budget by more than half.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/16/BA98579.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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Simply ouch:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Davis' budget puts arts under the ax<P>David Kipen, SF Chronicle<P>Gov. Gray Davis has a foolproof energy-saving plan to keep the lights on this summer: Make arts and literature organizations all over the state go dark.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/18/DD78971.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2002 5:17 am 
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SF Ballet is doing its part:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>S.F. faces job cuts, fewer city services <BR>Brown presents 'painful' spending plan <P>Rachel Gordon, SF Chronicle<P>San Francisco -- The bad news trickled out slowly Monday, as San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and his budget team revealed details of a proposed annual spending plan that started out $175 million in the hole.<P>...<P>The San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet also stepped forward, promising to raise $1 million for the arts program in the public schools -- money that now comes from City Hall.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/06/04/BA87069.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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Don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Willie's tune sounds like million bucks <BR>Opera, ballet boards hear siren's song and pony up pronto <P>Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, SF Chronicle <P>...<P>Just ask the swells on the city's opera and ballet boards who, after hearing a little aria from the mayor [SF Mayor Willie Brown], managed to commit an extra cool million bucks to help cover the deficit-plagued city's long-standing contribution to school arts and music programs. <P>That's quite a generous note for the black-tie crowd to hit -- especially considering that the opera and ballet are still waiting to find out whether they'll close out the year in the red.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/06/16/BA191377.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2002 8:37 am 
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Senior...I am sorry I didn't see the question you posed so long ago. I agree entirely with you, the study of ballet (or any art) is very much an intellectual process. A good teacher teaches to the mind - explains, edifies, illuminates. It's the difference between 'teaching' class and merely 'presenting' class.

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Stars Come Out to Urge Arts in Schools
Education: At a special committee hearing in Burbank, actors and lawmakers discuss ways to foster cultural instruction for children.


By DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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Hollywood stars and Sacramento politicians Thursday urged schools in California to pay the kind of attention to the arts that is given to mathematics and reading.

California has one art teacher for every 737 students, according to the state Department of Education. In Los Angeles County, one art teacher is available for every 1,200 students. Many school districts are weathering severe budget deficits, and few people expect arts programs to expand.

The county Office of Education, acknowledging its deficiencies in the arts, next week is scheduled to release a blueprint to improve such instruction. The plan, in conjunction with the county Arts Commission and Board of Supervisors, will call for more required courses, better training for teachers, more links to nonprofit and professional arts groups, and more funding by local districts. Details of the plan will be released on Wednesday.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2003 1:32 pm 
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School reform should bring back the music

By Acel Moore, Philadelphia Inquirer

Every once in while a musical experience - other than listening to my child practice piano and violin - brings forth memories of a childhood filled with music. <a href=http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/columnists/5739174.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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Tonight I read an article in the alumni newsletter from my high school (Lowell H.S. in San Francisco), and was appalled to learn that funding for the following programs has been entirely cut for the 2003-2004 school year:

Band
Choir
Orchestra
Piano
Italian
Physical Education electives

I'm especially sad about the orchestra being cut, because I played in it, way back when ('64-'67). At that time, it was on its way to becoming a fine youth orchestra. It must be a great asset to a school to have an orchestra that can bring a high school assembly crowd to cheers by playing Tchaikovsky or Prokofiev or Beethoven.

According to the article in the newsletter, alumni and parent fundraising efforts have been successful and will be continuing, in hopes of offsetting the budget cuts.


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2003 7:51 am 
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- I am in agreement with you. Ballet is certainly a science of getting into the body - getting to know your body and what you can do with it. There is a wonderful quote - "without art, there is no science. without science, there is no art" (somesuch)by one of the Western world's great philosophers (I want to say Socrates, but am not certain). While at one time, it is an exercise of intellect, at the other it is the letting go - the relaxation - that makes it happen.

My instructor has been so kind as to say that the pursuit of ballet (as in other art forms) is a pursuit of perfection. Although one realizes they will never achieve it, it is finding the joy that comes from striving for it.


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The rehearsal room was stuffy and hot and smelled of old McDonald's bags. It was 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, and even though the weather wasn't great, the Cleveland School of the Arts kids were ready for rehearsal to end. <a href=http://www.cleveland.com/artsandevents/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/105292260133920.xml target=_blank>more</a>


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The art of the matter
Laura Bleiberg, Orange County Register

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The Artists in the Schools program is one example of what's known as an arts education partnership. Such partnerships bring together artists, arts organizations and schools to give students what is touted as an in-depth, enhanced artistic experience.

Programs such as these have become increasingly important in the varied landscape of arts education, and increasingly popular as well. With public education struggling to stave off steep budget cuts and forced to cope with the extra emphasis on standardized testing, it has become difficult if not impossible for schools to add their own art, music, drama and dance teachers. Partnerships are sometimes hailed as an alternative to these arts classes. Adding to the desirability of partnerships is that the arts organizations pick up most of the tab for the program; they, in turn, have diverse sources to go to for funding, which has provided a significant impetus in the growth of such programs.
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From the Contra Costa Times.

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Budget cuts trip up high school dance classes
By Meera Pal
STAFF WRITER

The students in Natasha Clarke's class just want to dance.

Since the beginning of the school year, 70 girls in Campolindo High School's dance class have been learning to swing, salsa, and hip-hop like professionals, in preparation for their final dance performance. Young women who once thought the jitterbug was some kind of insect are dancing with visions of Fred and Ginger in their heads.

But earlier this month, the girls heard something that stopped them in their tracks. Not only was there not going to be a final performance, but the class won't even be offered next year, the latest victims of the state budget crisis.
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