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Arts & Achievement for All!

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, the Partnership for Creative Learning presented "Arts & Achievement for All: A Public Forum for 2010 San Francisco Board of Education Candidates" at KQED Public Media. Previous to holding this forum, all candidates received an email invitation with an attached questionnaire used to devise the forum questions. Please find the questionnaire and...

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Performing Arts Workshop Sticker Contest!

The Workshop invites YOU to join us in the creative process! Design a slogan or catch phrase that embodies our mission to help young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and basic learning skills through the arts. The winner's name and slogan will appear on the Workshop’s website and thousands of people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area will see your ...

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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." "It gave me a sense of the Artist's place in the community."

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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 were there. They had high-voltage expenditure of human energy taking place beneath them, endless...

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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]

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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 skill levels and backgrounds are tasked to make a garment each week given unique parameters and time...

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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 minute to 1 hr lesson, and offer suggestions to deepen engagement and critical thinking between...

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Join the Partnership for Creative Learning!

Join the Partnership for Creative Learning to immediately advocate to stop the San Francisco Board of Education from raiding the California Department of Education Arts and Music Block Grant to make up for cuts to the District’s general fund. Please sign onto our Letter of Solidarity and become a part of a broad coalition of teachers, youth groups, arts providers and many...

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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 sitting quietly at their desks are concentrating on coloring between the lines on their own versions of...

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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 communities. - National 4-H Leadership Trust The words youth development are often heard when discussing...

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