Nov 25, 2019
Photo of Dr. Kymberly M. Cruz
Neuroscience has demonstrated that listening to or playing music has a real effect on brain waves and patterns. This is most directly applicable to music therapy, but what about music education? Current research implies that studying music can help children develop spatial reasoning and listening skills and improve their concentration, but more study is needed to fully understand this relationship.
Nov 19, 2019

Newsweek recently published an opinion article that looks at the role artists could play if they had access to data and tech infrastructure to make cities more liveable: "A smart city should be designed to solve for not just infrastructure needs, but for what kind of city citizens want to live in."

Nov 18, 2019

For the past decade or so, there’s been a renewed emphasis on arts education. When many schools reduced or did away with extracurricular courses such as band, dance, and visual arts, one effect seen was students less engaged and less likely to hone skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.

Nov 07, 2019

Implicit bias and other structural impediments mean that we open fewer doors to girls, students of color and kids from low-income and rural communities. When they don’t engage deeply in STEM, we all lose. But the arts have always been a haven for the otherwise marginalized, and arts education connected to STEM can open many possible doors. 

Nov 01, 2019

ArtsEd Tennessee is three years into an effort to become a one-stop shop for lawmakers who need perspective on whether proposed bills may adversely impact arts education. This advocacy effort is advancing through a partnership with Americans for the Arts and the CMA Foundation.

Oct 25, 2019
Blind Walls by Dénesh Ghyczy

Art museums are open to visitors, but are they welcome and accessible to all? To answer this, museums are becoming more aware of solutions to make artwork available to patrons with disabilities.

Oct 21, 2019
A winning public art installation in Sydney entitled "Barrangal Dyara" - Ti Gong

The awards, initiated in 2011, aim to promote the best practices of public art construction from across the world and enhance urban art and culture standards. The awards ceremony collects the world's best practices and opinions for the reference of Shanghai's development. 

Oct 21, 2019

Though arts budgets in Philadelphia have not recovered to their pre-”doomsday levels,” every elementary and middle school in the city now has some amount of arts resources and schools with 300 students or less are given an extra $50,000 to help support the needs of their students, including arts related funding.

Oct 17, 2019

Music teachers in Milwaukee argue that music is a core subject on par with history and social studies, and that every student should have access to high-quality, sequential instruction — including the opportunity to read music and play an instrument — as part of a well-rounded education.

Oct 14, 2019

State law currently only requires high schools to provide art classes — one credit — though many local school districts have arts requirements for elementary and middle schools. A group of arts educators called the Kentucky Coalition for Arts Education is pushing for the bill, called the Arts Education Equity Act, ahead of next year’s legislative session. A similar version of the bill was proposed but never received a hearing this year.