Whether you're an experienced arts educator, or a teacher looking for ways to bring life to your curriculum through visual arts, music, drama and dance, this group will provide a place to meet, share, and imagine!

Welcome to the Arts Community Group

Jason Hobson

Greetings everyone and welcome to the Visual Art, Music and Drama group. I realize that the title of this group suggests a very broad palette, perhaps too broad for some, but lets try it and see what happens. If folks want to suggest smaller, discipline-specific subgroups, that can be arranged as well. But let's start with this and see where it goes.

As someone interested in arts education, you may have been following discussions on Edutopia and elsewhere around a growing sense of energy relating to the arts in our schools.

This is promising given that, in many jurisdictions, cuts to arts funding over the past couple of decades has left a huge gap in the type of school experience that many of our students have.

It would be great if this discussion forum could allow us to raise our voices around arts education. What are some of the issues, topics and ideas that you would like to discuss around arts integration. In a future post, I will tell you a little bit about my own perspective but, for now, I would love to have you join the conversation by introducing yourself, telling us why the arts interest you as a teacher/citizen and, if you're willing to wade into the waters, something about your arts experience in schools.

In short, lets begin by telling some stories!


Stephen Hurley

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Education director at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Susana - Maui Arts & Cultural Center

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Happy New Year everyone! Hope the new year is full of deep arts learning and connections between teachers, students, and administrators! I was intrigued with the message from Susan in New Zealand and wanted to let her and others know about our professional development institute that will focus on using drama in all subjects and documenting student work in the arts. The presenters are Kennedy Center teaching artists Sean and Melanie Layne; dates are June 22-24 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. If anyone is interested, I will send more information. Cost is $175 and covers all materials and 2 meals for the 3 days. Sean Layne will also be presenting a Principals' Forum on arts intetration on June 21.
Come to Maui and learn at the same time! Aloha, Susana Browne

Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

Welcome Shelly

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Welcome to the conversation Shelly. I look forward to hearing more about the BCSA system and some of its unique characteristics!


Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

Ah Maui

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Sounds like a little piece of heaven to me!!!

Project Based Learning

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I would love to hear more about your project based learning! What are you doing?

Pasadena, CA father of 3 students: 1 elementary, 1 middle, 1 high school

Fortunate Father

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Just a quick intro, after which I will lurk quietly. ☺

We're in the Pasadena Unified School District in California, facing about $22 million in cuts this year and next. I fear for the already fragile arts education within the district, but am happy to report that my two younger ones are at a truly remarkable K-8 school, with a principal, Gayle Bluemel, who really, intrinsically "gets it."

Gayle is the only still-teaching principal in the district, she's the founder of the district's musical theatre program, she plays piano for all the assemblies (which are really quite phenomenal), and is a superb role model for our kids. She's a shining example of what the leadership of one person can do, when supported by an entire school full of committed staff and parents, but, sadly, she's very much the exception.

My oldest is a freshman in theatre at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (a goal of hers since 4th grade!), where she just found out that her academic GPA for the first half of the year is 4.0 ... this after missing two crucial weeks near the start of the year due to illness. I'm convinced that the joy she finds in her arts classes has had a direct bearing on her determination and success in all of her classes.

Looking forward to the discussions!

- Ram

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