Arts Education

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.
Blog Post
Posted November 17, 2011
Ten years ago, Cathleen Cohen began calling artists in the Philadelphia community with the idea of using poetry and the arts to begin a dialogue with local Muslim and Christian communities.
Blog Post
Posted November 14, 2011
In an Overbrook church kitchen, a handful of young men on probation for a range of misdemeanors and felonies spend their Saturday morning learning the difference between braising and frying.
Blog Post
Posted November 14, 2011
It is a place that celebrates the liberating expression of architecture, outsider art and even Bastille Day street parties. And it is a prison.
Blog Post
Posted November 14, 2011
A few years ago, we had a student from a disciplinary high school join a poetry club we started there. He lived in a neighborhood where drug deals, break-ins, and gang violence were near-nightly occurrences. One day, when members of his club were recording their work in a professional studio, he was asked what difference poetry made in his life. He lifted up his shirt and showed the freshly sealed wound from a bullet hole. "Instead of going after the guy who shot me," he said, "I wrote a poem about it."
Blog Post
Posted November 10, 2011
In 1985, while serving as assistant director at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Marshall hosted the inaugural Philadelphia International Children’s Festival at Penn, now the oldest and one of the largest children’s festivals in the country.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Blog Post
Posted November 9, 2011
The 35th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show kicks off this Thursday and will run through Sunday at the Convention Center. The premiere show and sale includes 195 of the finest craft artists across the U.S selected from more than 1,400 applicants. That being said, this is far fancier craft show than most. Not only do you have to pay a whopping $15 just to get it, but your chances of finding something for less than $75 are pretty slim.
Blog Post
Posted November 4, 2011
Zulmarie Nazario, a 16-year-old junior at Palumbo high school in South Philadelphia, is a testament to the power of arts education. She has been painting and drawing at the Fleisher Art Memorial just about every week since she came here from Puerto Rico three years ago. "I feel like a totally different person when I come to Fleisher," said Zulmarie. "It allows me to express my feelings and not be afraid of being judged or self-conscious."
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