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Car Spotting – Critical Thinking for the Automobile

On a relaxing Saturday mid-afternoon, people walking on the streets of San Francisco might not notice this car as anything special. Sure, it’s older than other models that surround it, but at the end of the day it’s just another car. To a car spotter, however, a process begins. Also, if this particular car spotter is with a group of friends, the process starts with pleas...

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Action!

Workshop Teaching Artist, Michael Wiggins, shares an Arts Integrated Lesson Plan he prepared for the San Francisco 2011 SUMMER LEARNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY, put on by the San Francisco Summer Learning Network. Content Standards Addressed by this plan: •Math Content Standards •Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards •English Language Arts Content Standards...

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Victory? Victory!

We are unaccustomed to victories in arts education, particularly at this time of economic uncertainty, and particularly at this time of the year. It's spring: pinkslip time for many teachers in California. Advocates in local school districts are fighting fiercely to provide all children with a high-quality education that includes the arts. In this difficult climate, we fought...

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Final Reflections and Thank You

It’s hard to believe that it has been eleven and a half years since the Workshop’s Founder, Gloria Unti and Artistic Director, Gary Draper first interviewed me for an afterschool Program Coordinator position.  I still remember our conversation about the role of the arts in developing critical thinking skills, reforming education as well as how the arts transformed my own...

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Can art in HD still speak to you?

When the first movie theaters opened, audiences raced to the exit when they found themselves face-to-face with a train choo choo-ing towards them with zero intention of braking.  Fast forward to 2011, people now flood movie theaters sporting 3-D glasses in order to be on Pandora among the Na’vi. According to the National Arts Index, more Americans are demanding the arts. ...

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National Arts Index Drops to Lowest Point in Twelve Years, but Signals that Arts Creation and Volunteerism is Up

Americans for the Arts released its second annual National Arts Index scores this week and the findings demonstrate well that the arts follow the nation’s business cycle: the 2009 Index score of 97.7 is the lowest Index score in the twelve years measured by the Index. The 2009 score represents a drop of 3.6 percentage points from 101.3 in 2008. There were 3,000 new nonprofit...

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California Legislature Budget Update

This is posted courtesy of Kathy Lynch of Lynch & Associates. THE 2011-12 LEGISLATURE CONVENES TO HISTORIC BUDGET DEFICIT IN THE BLUEST OF STATES The 2011-12 Legislature convened Monday, December 6th to begin a new legislative two-year cycle. The 120-member Legislature includes 38 legislators taking new seats. The Assembly is comprised of 52 Democrats and 28 Republicans,...

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Performing Arts Workshop named 2010 Top Nonprofit

Performing Arts Workshop has been recognized by Philanthropedia as one of the top 21 high-impact nonprofits in the arts and culture field in the Bay Area!  We were ranked #16 by 127 regional experts working in the field. Philanthropedia is a nonprofit (funded by the Hewlett Foundation) that tries to help donors give more strategically by surveying large groups of experts...

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San Francisco’s Performing Arts Workshop Names New Executive Director

San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2010— The Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Workshop has named Jessica Mele the organization’s new Executive Director. Mele, currently Deputy Director, will replace Tom DeCaigny, who has served in that role for the past eight years. “I am honored that the Workshop’s Board of Directors has entrusted me to lead one of the nation’s...

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Local Leaders & National Report Lauds Afterschool for All’s Pioneering Efforts on National “Lights On Afterschool” Day

"As part of the nationwide "Lights On Afterschool" day, San Francisco's pioneering efforts to provide universal afterschool programs for elementary and middle school youth were recognized by local elected officials, parents, afterschool staff and youth at a press event on Thursday, October 21. In 2009-10, San Francisco's Afterschool for All effort was able to provide...

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