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Ken Brecher is one of those people you really want to sit next to at a dinner party. He's well-traveled, well-read, loves culture, and is a fantastic storyteller to boot. He continues his long career in arts education--he once ran the Sundance Institute and the Boston Children's Museum,...
"If you give children an escape from their regimentation, if you give them an escape from maybe the ignorance they are raised in at home, and you give them an oasis to come to everyday where not only do they learn important things---math, science and all of that, computers---but they also learn to...
"When I was a teenager, I felt stuck on the reservation. It felt like I was ten years behind the whole world. I had no idea what to do with my life and I wanted to quit school. I could feel this whole void opening on top of me." ---Michael Begay, composer As we learn in "Composing...
"Our mission is to build a compassionate community of creative thinkers, leaders, and lifelong learners who are prepared for success in all future pursuits.... If we're going to train our kids to just be somebody else's employee, that's fine. We can teach them the basics. But to...
If a picture's worth a thousand words, then the cover image of the new issue of NEA Arts --- Engaged and Empowered: The Power of Arts Education ---is priceless! The issue's cover is by Inocente, a young artist who came to national attention as the subject of the eponymous short documentary...
In this week's podcast, Marna Stalcup takes us into the thinking behind The Right Brain Initiative , an innovative educational program from Portland, Oregon's Regional Arts & Culture Council. The goal of The Right Brain Initiative is to ensure that all children in the Portland...
"The arts are part of our everyday life, whether we realize it or not." --- Ted Rausch, Portsmouth High School Band Director Band director Ted Rausch has his own philosophy when it comes to his high school marching band: no competition. Not only does Rhode Island's Portsmouth High...
Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
What better way to welcome Dr. Bruce Carter to the National Council on the Arts than by introducing him to you, our beautiful reading public? A resident of Miami Beach, Carter received his master’s in music from the Peabody Conservatory and his PhD in music education from Northwestern...
Art Room by flickr user cayoup As we wind down another year of NEA research blog posts, I thought it fitting to end on a mildly aspirational note. For a topic, I need look no further than arts education, itself redolent with the themes of hope, striving, and self-discovery. It also helps that I...

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