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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...


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 ...


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...


Workshop Teaching Artist Engages Youth through Dance

This summer, Workshop Teaching Artist Amani Manning, had the opportunity to partner with the Bayview Hunter's Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) through Performing Arts Workshop. This was a summer program with an intense schedule. Amani taught class for two hours,...


Arts Education Blog Forum Continues

http://blog.westaf.org/2011/07/arts-education-blog-forum-continues_26.ht Introduction to the Arts Education Blog Forum For the next four weeks, Julie Fry, Program Officer  in the Performing Arts Program for The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and I will host an ongoing...