Arts in Action

Artists in Schools - A good use of the people's money

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flfXYBDWQvM] Award winning actor Bill Irwin talks about public employment of artists, and his experience working in schools under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) in the 1970s. "I got up each day with an Arts agenda."...


Children are breaking records everywhere.

There’s a lot to say about the Obamas, but one thing you can count on is that Obama’s are breaking records everywhere.  First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 1st Dance Event in the White House East Room, and her daughters Sasha and Malia as well as Michelle’s mother Marian...


Carol Channing - "I'm so old I had the arts."

Let's keep the arts alive! Let's keep young hearts alive! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV1n03WZ80s&fs=1&hl=en_US]


Understanding the Cycle of Artistic Inquiry, with a Little Help from Project Runway

Later this month, Lifetime Television will air the eighth season of Project Runway.  Say what you will about reality television, but this show actually inspires me.  For those of you in the dark ages, the show charts a design competition in which fashion designers of various...


The Subtle Change Within

One of my jobs as the Artistic Director is to visit school sites to support teaching artists.  During a school year my observations take me to child development centers, elementary schools, middle schools and juvenile halls. My role is to understand what takes place during a 30...


Arts Education 50 Years Later

Picture a third grade classroom....maps on the walls…upper & lower case alphabet above the chalk board… desks lined up in 5 rows. The year is 1956. The teacher stands in the front of the classroom holding a picture of Grant Wood’s “Fall Plowing”. The children...


Youth Development through Art

Positive youth development occurs from an intentional process that promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, relationships and support to fully participate. Youth development takes place in families, peer groups, schools, neighborhoods and...


Arts at Risk as SFUSD Grapples with Draconian Budget Cuts

On Tuesday, January 26th the full San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education met to discuss the draconian budget cuts the District is facing over the next two years.  In total, the District is facing a $113 million shortfall (over two years) out of a total annual...


This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of the Arts

by Brian Wiedenmeier As we approach the end of the year with all of its attendant hustle and bustle, please take a moment to consider giving a gift to Performing Arts Workshop. A gift of just $60 provides one hour of quality arts education to a class of thirty young people in...


Community Arts Education Conference

Reflect and Revise: Evaluative Thinking for Program Success. On November 12, 2009, Tom DeCaigny and Leah Goldstein Moses presented this workshop at the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Community Arts Education Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The topics of the...


The beginning

After reading my earlier blog post about my "beginning" in arts education, my mom wanted to set things straight. Turns out that from a very early age, I was predisposed to connect with the Workshop's process-based method of teaching critical thinking through art-making! I'd like...


Access to the Arts for Special Needs Students

A parent of a pre-k special needs student contacted me last year. She had taken a workshop led by one of our artists and really enjoyed it; she felt it could help her child learn to find her own creative voice, and feel successful at school. Her daughter, Cristina, attended...