It’s cold, rainy, and gray today in St. Louis. When the weather gets like this, all I want to do is curl up with a book and a blanket. If you’re feeling similarly and need a brain break from whatever you’re working on, check out these gems I found over the last month throughout the arts education community. Enjoy!
As part of its second annual “Art of Education” program, KRIS Wine is teaming with Americans for the Arts to award 16 schools in the United States a total of $25,000 to improve academic achievement through arts education.
The bill offers new insights into the direction of federal education policy and how the arts can fit within it.
It teaches us about human motivation and psychology. In historical plays we get lessons in leadership and government. In contemporary plays, we learn about people and cultures in different parts or our own country or in other countries. Studies have shown that students who participate in theatre do better in school. Making plays together also draws kids out of their shells and helps them learn to socialize in a productive and healthy way.
-Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
There’s also a lot to look forward to this month on ArtSmart: guest posts, teaching artistry and book reviews oh my!