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Oct 15, 2014

Our National Patrons Council salon at Hunt Slonem’s studio last month featured a conversation on creative placemaking and preservation.  In this colorful setting, we discussed how artists can transform a place into a vibrant but still vulnerable ecosystem.

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Oct 14, 2014

"Forty-four disasters worldwide caused at least $1-billion in damage last year," said Bob Ottenhoff, Chief Executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. He was speaking at a recent conference about developing guidelines for effective disaster philanthropy. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is working with state regulators to develop guidelines for disaster philanthropy.

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Oct 10, 2014

Way back in 2011, The Kennedy Center selected Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in their “Any Given Child” program; an initiative dedicated to ensuring unique arts education for students throughout every grade level in K-8 schools.  Through a partnership between Tulsa Public Schools and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, local students just r

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Oct 10, 2014

This August, the US Department of Education revealed the Obama administration’s Preschool Development Grant Program, which – for the first time – now includes the arts as a required activity for early childhood education programs.  This great addition of the arts into preschool curricula is in large thanks to the Grantmakers in the Arts’ Arts Education Funders Coalition (AEFC) &nda

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Oct 10, 2014

Recent studies over the past year all point to one key finding: music education is insanely beneficial; to children and adults alike.  Through studies by the Northwestern University Auditory Neuroscience Lab, the Boston Children’s Hospital, the University of Toronto and many others, researchers have accumulated tactile evidence that music training – learning to play an instrument or to sing – for children has large and wide-reaching impact.  Specifically, neuroscie

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Oct 10, 2014

This fall, the South Dakota Board of Education announced that they are seeking to change state standards for fine arts – as well as science and technology – to keep their students on par with other states and help them succeed. 

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Oct 09, 2014

Americans for the Arts and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist Ben Folds to launch the new National Core Arts Standards on Monday, October 20.

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Oct 09, 2014

Arts education is getting an extra push from some big names.  Celebrities, and artists themselves, Kerry Washington, Kevin Spacey, Monica Horan, and violinist Joshua Bell all took a moment this week to herald the need for greater access to arts education for young people across the country.  In a nod to their own successes and opportunities, these stars have taken up the cause – either via their own personal foundations, programs, or public speaking – to promote and figh

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Oct 09, 2014

On Monday, September 15, 2014, a series of press releases announced a long awaited wave of funding specifically for the arts and education of Brooklyn.  While arts and education funding is usually channeled elsewhere, this support was championed by local leaders and advocates who firmly believe in the ability and promise of their local institutions.  All together, over $175 million will be split between local arts and cultural institutions, schools across the borough, and the larges

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