Arts Education

Blog Post
Posted February 21, 2012
Time cannot silence Verdi, Mozart or Stravinsky, but a lack of money can. This is the unstable world facing opera singers in training at Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. One of the premier opera training companies in the world, AVA refers to its talented young students as "resident artists" as they make a four-year journey from amateur to fully formed professional opera performers.
Blog Post
Posted February 10, 2012
The first broadcast from Philadelphia’s public access television station — Philly Community Access Media — went live this week, capping a 27-year battle to open the airwaves for everyday Philadelphians.
Professional Development Event
Posted February 9, 2012
Shane D. Hudson will lead this webinar as he shares his insights into the future of digital engagement within our field.
Professional Development Event
Posted February 9, 2012
With activities ranging from an opera by and for dogs, teaching children how to steal cars and a vacation for houseplants at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Machine Project is mapping new models of cultural production.
Blog Post
Posted February 7, 2012
This weekend, another flash mob is coming to Philadelphia -- this time as documentary theater. For three days, Thursday through Saturday, a West Philadelphia charter school is staging a play based on last year's random mob violence.
Blog Post
Posted February 2, 2012
Once the hoopla of its grand opening has subsided in May, the Barnes Foundation will be open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday, from 9:30 in the morning until 6 at night.
Professional Development Event
Posted January 31, 2012
Professional Development Event
Posted January 30, 2012
Are you looking to learn how to design informative and manageable approaches to assessing the effectiveness of your arts education programs? Join us for this session with Anne Harrison, Manager of Children and Youth Programs at Fleisher Art Memorial as she shares how Fleisher has worked with its teaching artists to create simple assessment strategies that inform teaching and learning on an ongoing basis.
Blog Post
Posted January 27, 2012
Professional Development Event
Posted January 26, 2012

 How can we make Philadelphia the best possible place to work, play, learn and live creatively? Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy invites you to join the conversation at our 2nd Annual Town Hall meeting on Thursday February 9th at WHYY from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Blog Post
Posted January 24, 2012
An after-school music program in Philadelphia is trying to create better citizens, one musician at a time.
Blog Post
Posted January 20, 2012
In the past 27 years, we have helped to show the dramatic impact that public art can have on neighborhoods, and we have demonstrated that Philadelphians across class, race and ethnicity want both beauty and artistic stimulation in their communities.
Professional Development Event
Posted January 17, 2012
Blog Post
Posted January 17, 2012
At this young nonprofit writing center, the mission is to tackle Philadelphia's literacy crisis by helping kids find the fun in putting pen to paper.
Blog Post
Posted January 17, 2012
For more than forty years, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) has funded community arts programs, improved arts education, and make the arts more accessible and widely available for all Pennsylvanians. Despite years of budget cuts and dwindling resources, the agency continues to play a crucial role in ensuring the health and vitality of arts throughout the Commonwealth.
Blog Post
Posted January 10, 2012
The museum invited a half-dozen area musicians to learn about its ancient objects, write a song, and return to the museum to perform. They will all return to the Egyptian hall on March 28 to perform a concert.
Blog Post
Posted January 4, 2012
The PCA and its long-running grant program, which helps to fund hundreds of arts-related programs around the state, have been under fire in the state Legislature the past two years. Whether that grant money will be available in the future is an open question, despite some influential supporters such as Pennsylvania first lady Susan Corbett, who chairs the PCA.
Blog Post
Posted December 23, 2011
On a recent weekday afternoon the music coming out of the third floor of St. Michael's Church in North Philadelphia would have surprised the Sunday congregation. A group of middle school students wailed away on electric guitar, drums and keyboard while a young lead singer belted out a rendition of Kiss' Rock And Roll All Nite that would have made Gene Simmons proud.
Blog Post
Posted December 20, 2011
A new community mural at 310 W. Chelten Ave., which is currently the site of a Christian bookstore, is one step closer to a design after two community art-making days this past week. The meetups at 5534 Pulaski Ave., just around the corner from the future mural, yielded few visitors, though.
Blog Post
Posted December 13, 2011
It rises 16 feet in the air, stretching toward the skylighted ceiling of the studio in Old Tarble Hall on the Swarthmore College campus. It is black and creepy. Skeletal fingers reach out toward anyone passing by. Beheaded bodies rise from the top and disembodied arms float near the center. A foot-long scalpel thrusts out, arming a confident Dr. Samuel Gross, the same Samuel Gross memorialized in Thomas Eakins' great 1875 painting, The Gross Clinic.
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