Arts-Education Policy

Vote Yes on Prop C in November!

By Jessica Mele, Executive Director On Monday, September 15, Performing Arts Workshop’s Board of Directors voted to endorse a proposition for only the second time in our nearly 50-year history. The proposition in question is Proposition C, and for those of you who care deeply...


Advocating at the State Capitol

By Jessica Mele, Executive Director It’s hard to muster enthusiasm on a crisp early Tuesday morning. But, standing on the train platform with Performing Arts Workshop staff, we buzzed with chills of anticipation (and maybe a little from the cold). We were turning our eyes...


Partners in Arts Education Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2013 Contact: Heather Ikemire  (212) 268-3337 ext. 10 heatherikemire@nationalguild.org...


Obmamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians

The Workshop is one of the leading Teaching Artist Hiring Organizations examining health benefits for teaching artists, both internally with our own artists and as a member of Teaching Artists Guild. This project will rely heavily on what is to come as a result of the Affordable...


STEM vs. STEAM – What’s changed since 2010?

In March of 2010, we linked to Joseph Piro’s article on Education Week about going from STEM to STEAM. This is still our most viewed blog post. Why? What is it about this idea that people find so compelling? Science Technology Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects,...


The Future of Arts Education - Our Dreams for 2013 and Beyond

Our annual Board and Staff retreat is this weekend. We will be reviewing our strategic plan, looking at our current business model and discussing opportunities for change capital. In our almost 50 year history, the Workshop has constantly adapted to the changing demands of field,...


Fund California's Education: Prop 38 & 30

Hello California Voters! Getting ready to vote on November 6th? Wondering why there are two different education propositions on the ballot? The Board of Performing Arts Workshop has officially endorsed Prop 38 and Prop 30. They both set out to generate revenue for our sorely...


Artist vs. Athlete – Why Education Should Unite vs. Divide

When my sister was a junior in high school, her basketball coach told her she would never play varsity unless she stopped doing drama. She quit the next day. Now she works for Second City on a Cruise ship making mad cash and living her life to the fullest. Why does this story...


If you could air a one-minute PSA about arts education during the Superbowl, what would you show?

A few Workshop staff members have some great ideas. Which ad would you air? The "arts and athleticism aren't mutually exclusive." -Larry Jones Larry Jones, Program and Administrative  Assistant: I'd probably do a minute clip that splices a quarterback on the...


Who Are Our Teaching Artists?

    Who are teaching artists?     Where do they work? Under what terms and conditions?     What sort of education have they had?     How are they hired and what qualifications do employers look for?     How much do they make?     How much experience do they...


It’s “Déjà Vu All Over Again” for Arts Integration - from ED.gov

As Arts in Education Week – September 11-17 – was being observed, arts integration was a hot topic nationally.  Consider these two statements about arts integration:  (1) “Creative teachers have integrated the arts with other subjects for years. During the past decade,...


The Power of Teaching Artists - From EdWeek

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2011/09/report_highlights_the_potentia.html?print=1 Education Week's blogs > Curriculum Matters The Power of Teaching Artists Highlighted in New Report By Erik Robelen on September 22, 2011 4:00 PM | 1 Comment | Recommend ...