Saturday, February 16, 2008

Art IS

Art IS Education is an arts integration program taking place in Alameda County, California that is focusing on quality integrated arts education. Looks like they are going to have an interesting conference surrounding their integration, research, and praxis. I particularly like the use of student Artist Statements that tie students' own viewpoints into the research. I think it's a step in the right direction in terms of integrating the student voice into curriculum planning, research, and assessment.

Just a side note, the name "Art IS Education" reminds me of something Jacques D’Amboise, founder of the National Dance Institute once said:
“There’s an awful word they say: arts in education. As if they’re
injecting it. Arts is education. Arts is learning—discovery about
ourselves and our emotions.”

Yes, Arts IS.

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