Arts-Education Policy

The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 2 - Create An Artist Corps

This idea could be a great way to engage young artists in valuable paid work, something Performing Arts Workshop knows from experience is hard to find as a teaching artist. Most work part-time for a number of different organizations in order to pay their rent, eat, and pursue...


Performing Arts Workshop and SFUSD Present at National Forum

Performing Arts Workshop Executive Director Tom DeCaigny and I recently presented in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District at the Arts Education Partnership's forum in Cambridge, MA. The forum was titled: "Charting a Course for the Arts and 21st Century...


The Obama Arts Policy Platform: Part 1 - Public/Private Partnerships

“Part of what arts education does is that it teaches people to see each other through each others’ eyes. It teaches us to respect and understand people who are not like us and that makes us better citizens and it makes our democracy work better. That’s something that I...


C’mon, Can’t We All Work Together?

21st Century Learning! 21st Century Skills! Business leaders, educators, and parents are calling for major change in our current education system. The current model – reading, writing, and arithmetic – is the one that is drilled, tested, and evaluated. But this curriculum...


Arne Duncan and the Arts

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the following statement on June 15, 2009 regarding results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Arts 2008 assessment of Music and Visual Arts at Grade 8: "These results are important for several reasons. First,...


The Arts are Back

White House Convenes and Briefs Arts Activists Given the abundance of crises and combustible situations we face, one would hardly blame the new administration if it moved slowly on the cultural front. But last week, the President named a new chair of the National Endowment for...