Arts in Action

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...


Student Poetry: One Student’s View From the Inside (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final installment of a three-part series of poetry from *James, an incarcerated youth. What’s Not Happening The clock isn’t moving time is stopped this door isn’t opening it is locked I’m not going home right now I’m in jail I don’t know what’s going on...


Student Poetry: One Student's View From the Inside (Part 2)

This is the second installment of a three-part series of poetry from *James, an incarcerated youth. Thinking Without Thinking Why is life so cruel What is its motivation It’s too confusing I can’t think about it All I know is that I don’t belong here Stuck inside this...


Student Poetry: One Student's View From the Inside (Part 1)

How does it feel to be young and incarcerated? James*, a student from our creative writing workshop, tells us what's going through his head. In this first installment, James writes about how life’s small details--specifically, the county mandated uniform that he is sentenced to...


Creating learning moments out of classroom chaos (yes, it can happen!)

Teaching children can be a volatile experience, especially when the subject is art.  And since art can be almost anything, it pays for a teaching artist to be ready for almost anything when teaching kids.  One of many occupational nightmares a teacher has to face is the...


Honoring Dr. King's Legacy: 5 Reasons Why I Volunteer

This is a guest post from Cyrus Wadia, Vice President of Performing Arts Workshop's Board of Directors.  The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a national “Day of Service” designed to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social...


Why Art Matters: The Transformative Power of Old Vinyl Records

Last weekend, my husband and I were doing the holiday rounds —getting in much neglected time with relatives  in the Sacramento Valley.  The way the geographical scope of our daily lives goes these days, the place where I did most of my growing up, amongst the track homes, the...


Gene Marks misses the mark

A brief response to Gene Marks, “If I Were A Poor Black Kid,” Forbes, 12/12/11. Last week, I had breakfast with a good friend (Amy) who is a college placement counselor at a charter school network. She specializes in placing “at-risk” kids – high achievers in every...


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...


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 ...


10 Salient Studies on the Arts in Education - from www.onlinecolleges.net

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2011/09/06/10-salient-studies-on-the-arts-in-education/ A fine arts education — including music, theater, drawing, painting, or sculpture — whether in practice or theory, has been a part of any well-rounded curriculum for decades — but that may...


Looking At Education: Authentic Assessment, Special Needs Education & the Workshop

Carol Kocivar visits Performing Arts Workshop to discuss the ARISE project and PACT 21. In both these rigorous studies, the Workshop looks at how the performing arts help students prepare for school work and life in the 21 century. The ARISE project found that students who...