IPT's The Iowa Journal May 2009

"How important is music education in Iowa? Band and vocal programs and educators have been eliminated in some districts this past year because of drastic statewide budget cuts."

The Iowa Journal looks at music education – should "rhythm" join the 3-Rs as a core part of every school's curriculum? See the video.

Aericans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts

ARTSblog focuses on arts education



Turn Around Arts Report


The Top Ten Skills Children Learn from the Arts

The Washington Post's The Answer Sheet by Valerie Strauss on January 22, 2013, listed the skills that young people learn from the studying of the arts. She talks about why some people are talking about changing STEM to STEAM. Read her reposting of the 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed... by Lisa Phillips. Read more...

Music Display Benefits Schools and Creates Goodwill

What Music Looks Like is a project shared by Rotary International. It is a great way to use a wall or lobby of a community business to display the art of children about music. Borrow their wonderful advocacy plan. Read more...

Commencement Speech by Eric Booth

Last Spring Eric Booth was awarded an honorary doctorate degree—the first honorary doctorate for a teaching artist. He gave the commencement speech at the New England Conservatory, and much of the speech is about teaching artistry. Here is a link to the whole speech: http://necmusic.edu/eric-booth-2012-commencement-speech 


“I am convinced that that crucial artistic moment when people slip into the work of art themselves, whether they expand their sense of the possible in Rachmaninoff or Radiohead, when they make that personal connection—that creative act, to make a connection—they engage in the action that matters. The research about classical music as I read it says clearly, that is what brings people back. It isn’t the quality of your playing that makes art; it is the quality of my connecting experience while improvising within your playing.”

“ And that’s why I am going to give you a new job title. Your job is not to go play the hell out of the music you will play for the rest of your years; your job is to be an agent of artistic experience. And playing the hell out of the music is just one of your tools of agency. All of us have the same job title—the musician, the conductor, the usher, and the marketing director. If this were a conference of the suits of the arts, I would make you take out your business cards now and scratch out the little line that says Associate Director of Marketing, San Francisco Symphony, and write in Agent of Artistic Experience. That’s our job, all of us. Just putting out the nouns, being a purveyor of art products, no matter how good they are, just isn’t enough anymore. Like it or not, that’s how it is. And we need you to put in your artist’s toolkit, and in your heart, and in your personal mission and habits of mind, a wider range of skills committed to helping people perform this act of consequence, which is making personally relevant connections. That’s what brings them back.”

“So this is a moment of history for those of us who share this work of studying and improving at, not just making the artworks, but also at taking responsibility for doing everything we can to bring people into hot connection with those artworks—to learn the artistry of the verbs that bring people into meaningful connection with the nouns.

“ You now know your job is to make things you care about and experiment relentlessly in ways to bring people inside them ever more powerfully, as agents of artistic experience”


Art Through the Ages: Intergenerational Programming Improves Community Life

Creativity is a gift children can pass to their parents and grandparents, too, as it may be the only skill than can be equally enhanced by a lack of experience as a wealth of it. As Picasso said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." Being an educator, I have witnessed firsthand the profound benefits of intergenerational programming, particularly in the arts, for all participants.



Math, music can be taught together - Deseret News

Researchers at San Francisco State University have developed a program to teach fractions, arguably the most difficult elementary school math concept, through music. The program, called Academic Music, is a hands-on curriculum that uses music notation, clapping, drumming and chanting to introduce third grade students to fractions.



Learning Should Be Creative

Give teachers the tools, freedom, and support to be innovative and they will develop learning activities that allow students to demonstrate mastery of concepts in a creative fashion. Yes, this type of learning can be messy at times and not always work out as planned. However, the result will be something that stays with them for years to come and could possibly be a catalyst for even greater things....a love for learning.


Advocacy Ads from Americans for the Arts

Advocacy Ads From Americans for the Arts...


Rhode Island School of Design is promoting the addition of Arts to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the effort to educate our students for the 21st. Century. Read more...

STEAM in the News from RISD...


Third graders who had the arts integrated into their regular curriculum showed remarkable improvement on standardized test scores, researchers announced Thursday.

The Developing Reading Education with Arts Methods, or DREAM, program is in its third year of operation in 10 school districts, funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and led by California State University San Marcos and the San Diego County Office of Education.


LL Cool J and Creative Arts

Actor and hip-Hop star LL Cool J discusses his upbringing, and whether America is still a "Country of Opportunity." The host of the 2012 Grammy Awards Ceremony speaks about the importance of the Creative Arts in this CNN interview. See the video...

Arts Education Advocacy Research and Resources

Building on its foundation of three decades of experience, the collaborative work of IAAE continues to grow and to benefit Iowans despite new political, fiscal, and organizational challenges.

Members of the Executive Board are available to advise and support member organizations and individual members in the formation of an Advocacy Plan. The following scholarly articles serve to support your practice and collaboration: Your Advocacy.

Contact Patrick Kearney, the Advocacy Chair of IAAE at pkearney@johnston.k12.ia.us

Youth Arts Transforms Lives – FACT!

This resource provides evidence to demonstrate how youth arts can transform young people’s lives through a collection of case studies.


Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts

This guide outlines a holistic approach that integrates arts learning with principles of youth development. It is designed to help staff and faculty develop new programs and services for teens or to rethink and strengthen programs they already offer.


What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education

School principals and other leaders interested in increasing arts education in America's schools can adopt any of these easy actions and strategies one at a time or implement several at once.


Proclamation of Iowa Arts Month

Share this proclamation with your school board, administration, students and parent groups.

Here is a pdf version...

Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's TaxonomyIn 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior important in learning. During the 1990's a new group of cognitive psychologist, lead by Lorin Anderson (a former student of Bloom's), updated the taxonomy reflecting relevance to 21st century work. The graphic is a representation of the NEW verbage associated with the long familiar Bloom's Taxonomy. Note the change from Nouns to Verbs to describe the different levels of the taxonomy.



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Ten Ways to Guide the Creative Process in your Classroom
1/8/2011 Lynne B. Silverstein and Sean Layne, Kennedy Center for Arts Education

Teaching for Creativity through the Arts: Why, What, and How

"Creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status."--Sir Ken Robinson

Our world is rapidly changing and the future is largely unknowable. What kind of people will thrive? What skills will they need? Certainly they'll need more than subject area knowledge....

How the Arts Lay a Foundation for Learning
An article from ED Week, 12/2010 by Kathran Siegel

Children develop from the inside out. They must learn skills for dealing with the challenges they face at the same time they are gathering information about the world around them. We tell ourselves a lie of convenience when we support the belief that schildren who can score well on standardized math and reading exams are being equipped for life...

Charting Creativity: Signposts of a Hazy Territory
An Article in the New York Times, May 7, 2010

creativity: the ability to combine novelty and usefulness in a particular social context

As the study of creativity has expanded to include brain neurology, however, some scientists question whether this standard definition and the tests for it still make sense. John Kounios, a psychologist at Drexel University, argues that the standard “has outlived its usefulness.”

Arts Education Promotes Emotional Intelligence
An article from the Miller-McCune Magazine, January 7,2010

As arts education is pushed further to the margins by the current emphasis on standardized testing, a tool for nurturing children’s social and emotional development is being lost.

This is Your Brain on Art
Neuro-ed researchers say creativity can set kids' minds on fire.
by Deborah Rudacille in Urbanite Magazine Online

Americans for the Arts provides highlights from key national research on arts education. This is the 50th. anniversary of Americans for the Arts. Check out the 50 State/ 50 Days initiative.

Maryland study finds a correlation between music instruction in grades six to eight and success at algebra.

Our affiliation with the Kennedy Center offers several resources, including the Advocacy Tool Kit.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills is the leading advocacy organization infusing 21st century skills into education. A fresh approach to United States education that closes national and international achievement gaps is critical to the future of the United States.

The Wallace Foundation provides insights that can be used to build and sustain participation in the arts in education

The Quadrant philosophy comprises four interconnected quadrants: Research informs Advocacy, Advocacy informs Public Policy, Public Policy creates Change, Change creates more Arts Education for students.

The National Association of Art Educators provides a terrific flier to share with parents and collegues: The Visual Arts: So Much More Than You Can See