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Is Studying the Arts in School Important?

Arts | August 3, 2015 | 44 Comments

Is Studying the Arts in School Important?

In recent decades, American schools have been pressured to increase standardized test scores, causing them to make cuts to programs like visual art, music, dance and theater. Is arts education important to you?

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Art + Activism with Sanaz Mazinani

Arts | July 16, 2015

Art + Activism with Sanaz Mazinani

Sanaz Mazinani is an artist with a background in political activism who uses art to inspire dialogue about perceptions of cultural identity. In the latest episode of Art School, she describes her current art practice and the intentions behind her recent installation at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

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Creativity at The Core Conference

Arts | July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Creativity at The Core Conference

The deadline to sign up for the “Creativity at the Core” conference in Los Angeles is approaching on August 1. Sign up for this three-day institute focusing on integrating the arts into Common Core instruction.

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Can Artist Manifestos Create Social Change?

Arts | July 8, 2015 | 8 Comments

Can Artist Manifestos Create Social Change?

Artists have a history of publishing manifestos. A manifesto is a written public statement declaring the intentions, motives, or views of an individual or group. Manifestos are noted for their powerful and bold language. Create a short manifesto that expresses your own point of view about the role of art or artists in political and social change.

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What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

Arts | July 1, 2015 | 19 Comments

What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking. What’s your signature dance move?

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What Ordinary Object Best Represents You?

Arts | June 23, 2015 | 142 Comments

What Ordinary Object Best Represents You?

You might be surprised to learn that for many artists, inspiration often comes from ordinary, everyday objects, experiences, and materials. What everyday object or material best represents you?

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Museum Etiquette: Prep for Summer Visits with Video

Arts | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Museum Etiquette: Prep for Summer Visits with Video

Prep for your adventure by watching this fun, super-hero-style video about the most important museum rules.

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Do You Learn Better Through Making?

Arts | June 2, 2015 | 107 Comments

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon. Referred to as Maker Culture or the DIY Movement, self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert (aka do-it-yourself), usually involving technology and online sharing has truly exploded around us, especially in the Bay Area. Why is this happening?

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Students Discuss Representation of Women of Color on Television

Arts | June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students Discuss Representation of Women of Color on Television

After a controversial article was posted on Deadline.com, questions were raised about the equality of representation of women of color on television. Read what students had to say about the representation of women of color in the media.

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KQED Professional Learning for Teachers

Arts | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

KQED Professional Learning for Teachers

KQED is pleased to offer a variety of free, customizable trainings and professional learning opportunities for teachers to support the effective use of digital media in the classroom. Local Learning: Professional Development with KQED Designed for schools, districts, professional learning communities, or other groups of educators, these experiences can take on a number of different forms depending on […]

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