Arts Education

Blog Post
Posted June 25, 2013

The PA State Education budget has been cut by $900 million in the last two years, forcing public schools across the state to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including complete elimination of the already diminished art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our region.

Blog Post
Posted June 17, 2013

We've been advocating at the city level to save the School District of Philadelphia from extreme budget cuts, but the education crisis isn't limited to just the city. Time is running out for our public schools—send an email to your State legislators today.

Blog Post
Posted June 14, 2013

Marching band members of Northeast High School braved the rain to rally at City Hall this morning with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), playing a mix of patriotic and pep songs in the courtyard.

Blog Post
Posted June 6, 2013

On June 6th, GroundSwell and PCCY screened "Be A Superhero," Masterman senior and Clay Studio intern Samantha Ashok's claymation video demonstrating the importance of arts in schools, for City Councilmembers Wilson Goode, Jr. and Curtis Jones. DVD copies were also delivered to the other members of Council. Watch Samantha's video after the jump.

Blog Post
Posted June 6, 2013

We were at City Hall with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) again today for the latest in our ongoing series of actions to speak up in support of arts education and secure funding for Philadelphia public schools. As you know, The School District of Philadelphia has asked City Council to provide an additional $60 million to schools in next year's budget, and without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating art and music programs.

Press Release
Posted June 6, 2013

June 06, 2013, Philadelphia, PA – At 9:30 AM on June 6, students, parents and advocates gathered at City Council for a show of creativity in support of public education and keeping arts and music in Philadelphia schools, and to present Concilpersons Curtis Jones, Jr. and W. Wilson Goode, Jr. with Arts Education Superhero capes for their outspoken support for keeping arts and music education in Philadelphia’s public schools.

Blog Post
Posted June 3, 2013

The PA state education budget is in crisis, having been cut by $1 billion since 2010.  Locally, the cuts have financially distressed the School District of Philadelphia, which has asked City Council for an additional $60 million for next year’s budget. Without this additional funding, Philadelphia public schools will be forced to make extreme cuts in extracurricular programs and staff, including eliminating the art and music programs that are so essential to our students and to cultivating the creative vitality of our city. Let City Council know they need to find a way to fund our schools!

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

Arts Education Hero capes were presented to Councilpersons María Quiñones-Sánchez and Blondell Reynolds Brown, and students put on a singing performance.

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

The numbers are in, and we collected 752 books at our Center City drop-off point alone! Our partners at the Penn Museum, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art and the Office of Community and Public Affairs at Penn are still counting their books, but the numbers are looking good so far—we're ready to call this campaign a success!

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

In 2001, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education launched an Environmental Art Department to connect vistors with thought-provoking environmental artwork as they experience the Center's 340 acres of preserved land. "We use our forests and fields as a living laboratory to foster appreciation, deepen understanding and encourage stewardship of the environment. Our art department is an inherent part of that process, allowing visitors diverse ways to experience and learn from nature," says Director of Environmental Art Jenny Laden.  Since it was formed, the Environmental Art Department has showcased over 300 artists through a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

In 1996, Spiral Q was formed as a street theater advocacy movement by and for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Their unique ability to successfully use art to spark dialogues quickly caught the attention of other communities, and now Spiral Q annually organizes and engages nearly 5,000 individuals in hands-on art making in support of a variety of issues and goals, with the work reaching estimated audiences of nearly 30,000 people throughout Philadelphia and beyond.

Blog Post
Posted May 20, 2013

Childs' Women in Comedy Project culminates in a month-long run of It’s My Party, a three-part theater production exploring the changing ways women use humor as their lives evolve.  Childs started out interviewing women she knew—non-performers—for the project, gathering insight on the role comedy plays in their lives and whether or not they've shared her sense that getting older, letting go and not caring what anyone else thinks not only lets you really be yourself, but also unleashes your sense of humor.  What she found was that often, the humor her interviewees described came out of painful or difficult experiences. 

Blog Post
Posted May 17, 2013

Raíces Culturales LatinoAmericanas, Inc. was founded in 1991 by a coalition of Latin American folklore dancers and musicians to represent and support all artists with Latin American backgrounds working and creating in Philadelphia.

Blog Post
Posted May 17, 2013

ArtWell partners with schools and other youth-oriented organizations to present arts-based curriculum where students learn to cultivate their own personalities and talents, honor and respect the abilities and strengths of their peers, and deal with challenges and conflict from a perspective of peace and trust.

Blog Post
Posted May 17, 2013

Since 1994, The Clay Studio’s Claymobile van has traveled to schools throughout our region to deliver pop-up art classes to students in need.  “The whole reason the program exists is that we’d rather have the art actually happen in the school and ideally we’d just be this add-on coming in for special projects that they wouldn’t normally be able to do.  We’d like to not be the only art students are getting, but unfortunately that’s [often] the way it ends up being,” says Annette Monnier, Outreach Program Director.

Professional Development Event
Posted May 16, 2013
Professional Development Event
Posted April 15, 2013
Professional Development Event
Posted April 4, 2013

The Arts Relief Course of the BuildaBridge Institute is a one-day training course for creative artists, educators, and social service and community workers who want to serve in global areas of crisis.

Professional Development Event
Posted April 4, 2013

Discover restorative concepts and learn effective strategies for managing student behavior and teaching students to take responsibility for their actions.

Blog Post
Posted March 30, 2013

The first GroundSwell action campaign, a February musical instrument donation drive for Musicopia's Gift of Music program, was a huge success!

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