Arts Education

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.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 8, 2011
This webinar is one of a seven part series as AFTA rolls out a toolkit for the field of Arts Education that will illuminate ways to navigate the complex web of citizens, policy-makers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education from the schoolhouse to the White House and from the kitchen table to the Boardroom.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 8, 2011
The New Normal—a term we hear every day, but does it mean anything to the work of your organization?
Blog Post
Posted December 6, 2011
A Curtis graduate has chosen a different musical path, cultivating young talent from poorer areas of the city.
Blog Post
Posted December 5, 2011
The Montgomery County Commissioners have released their FY2012 budget and it eliminates funding for the Department of Parks and Heritage Services, the Planning Commission, the Elmwood Park Zoo, and the Montgomery County/Norristown Library. It also reduces funding for the Montgomery County Community College.
Blog Post
Posted December 1, 2011
Oranit Solomonov flipped through her sketchbook, pausing to smooth out a page with a colorful airplane before moving on to a jaguar, a figure labeled "Hercules" and another unlabeled portrait. The 44-year-old giggled to herself -- it was a drawing of Michael, she explained, another client at Oasis, a nonprofit that offers art- and life-skills programs for people with mental disabilities.
Blog Post
Posted November 28, 2011
Four Chester County elementary-school students were among 21 students statewide who won division awards in PennDot's aviation art contest, which was themed “Aviation’s Value to My Community.”
Blog Post
Posted November 28, 2011
One of the world's rarest and most valuable books is out of the vault and on public view as part of an unusual daily ritual at the nation's oldest natural history museum. Every weekday at 3:15 p.m., a white-gloved staff member of the Academy of Natural Sciences lifts the locked protective cover from 19th century naturalist John James Audubon's influential book, "The Birds of America," and turns a large linen-backed page to reveal the bird of the day.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 28, 2011
Assistant Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee will participate in a live webinar with the National Endowment for the Arts during which the the first-ever federal Interagency Research Task Force on the Arts and Human Development will be announced.
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