May 2011

2011 Nancy Hanks Lecture Featuring Kevin Spacey

April 2011 | Americans for the Arts - Americans for the Arts 24th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy on April 4, 2011 featured actor Kevin Spacey. In his presentation at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mr. Spacey focused on why public support for the arts does matter and how it has affected his life and career.

What Your Business Can Learn from a 6th Grade Classroom

May 2011 | by Dan Pink - "Josh Stumpenhorst, a teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, wrote to share his experience trying implement a FedEx Day, one of the stickiest ideas in the Motivation 3.0 repertoire, in his 6th grade classroom. He dubbed it Innovation Day 2011 and has a great description at his blog, Stump the Teacher. But I wanted to highlight some of his ideas that I thought were exceptional. Josh’s goal was to guide 250 students as they tackled self-selected learning projects — everything from building a model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to writing and performing a comedy act, to creating a documentary video of Innovation Day itself. What could have been full-bore chaos turned into a fantastic day of learning and sharing." Full Article

Harvard Professor Highlights Importance of Arts in Education

April 2011 - by Jenny Che, The Dartmouth - "Incorporating the arts into educational curricula will lead to an increase in creative solutions to political and social problems, according to Harvard University romance languages and literatures professor Doris Sommer. Sommer argued for an increased presence of the arts in American education during the 10th annual Susanne Zantop Memorial Lecture on Thursday afternoon.

Sommer, who is also the director of graduate studies in Spanish at Harvard, spoke about the decline of the arts in education over the past several decades and the need to strengthen their role in school communities. She called for teaches and other 'everyday leaders' to forge the way for an elevated emphasis on arts education." Full Article

PPS's Excellence for All Features Arts Education

April 2011 | Pittsburgh Public Schools - This edition of PPS's Excellence for All highlights arts education within the District and gives an overview of the opportunities available to students.