Seattle Arts Education Consortium: Powerful Learning Through the Arts

Seattle Arts Education Consortium: Powerful Learning Through the Arts
As the advocacy project of award-winning, documentary filmmakers Brian Quist and Karen Hirsch and six arts education organizations in King County, Washington, “Powerful Learning through the Arts” speaks to the tremendous impact of arts learning – an aesthetic, dynamic body of work that invites us to take risks, think critically, trust uncertainty, imagine possibilities and persist.

Watch how engaged, inspired learning happens in the classrooms of these organizations as students and teaching artists practice and model creative habits of mind. Featuring classroom footage and interviews from some of the nation’s arts education experts, this film sheds light on an undervalued field that has had enormous impact on the youth it has touched. The film offers us a potent tool to shift the perception of what quality education is all about.

Come witness what arts education can do, and ask yourself as you’re watching: Could this type of learning happen in every classroom?

To purchase a copy of the high definition DVD, complete with a discussion guide and further engagement opportunities, please visit the Corps Store at

Eric Booth (National consultant and expert teaching artist through The Lincoln Center Institute and Julliard School), Lisa Fitzhugh (Arts Corps’ Founder and Executive Director), Sandra Jackson-Dumont (Seattle Art Museum’s Deputy Director or Education and Public Programs), Steve Seidel (Harvard University’s Project Zero Director)

Lauren Atkinson (visual arts teaching artist), Jay McMillan (5th grade teacher, St. Therese School), Michael Place (theatre teaching artist), Arturo Rodriguez (music teaching artist), Stacy Stark (1st and 2nd grade teacher, Orca School)

“Powerful Learning through the Arts”
A Global Griot Production

PRODUCER Karen Hirsch
GAFFER Erik Vilinskas
NARRATOR Christina Twu

Arts Corps, Coyote Central, Powerful Schools, Seattle Center Academy, The Nature Consortium and Youth in Focus

to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs for their generous support of the Seattle Arts Education Consortium

Why Liberal Arts Education Matters: Michael Roth with Frank Bruni

Why Liberal Arts Education Matters: Michael Roth with Frank Bruni
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Contentious debate over the benefits—or drawbacks—of a liberal education is as old as America itself. An anachronism for all but the entitled few—or essential for developing the kind of innovation, critical thought and creative potential upon which our nation is founded? Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth, author of the new book, Beyond the University, makes the case for the great American tradition of humanistic education to New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni.

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Fareed Zakaria: STEM and the Liberal Arts Were a Power Couple

Fareed Zakaria: STEM and the Liberal Arts Were a Power Couple
In its ancient origins, the liberal education featured science as an abstract elective rather than a practical subject which would net you a job. That science leads to a career while English and other liberal arts are subjects for stimulation is a very modern concept. Zakaria is the author of the new book “In Defense of a Liberal Education” (


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Transcript – In its origins a liberal education always had science in it. Though interestingly people studied science in ancient Greece and Rome and the Middle Ages until very recently for precisely the opposite reason that people are now told to study it. We are now told you should study it because it’s a practical skill that you could use in the real world. Well in ancient Greece the practical skills that got you jobs and got you a career were rhetoric and oratory and a study of history and law. Science was seen as a kind of abstract quest for knowledge. The only reason you were doing it was mental stimulation. And yet for hundreds and hundreds of years people studied science really just to try to answer the big questions. There was no sense that it could be applied in a way that was practical, would provide you with a career. That’s a very modern conception of science. And so I think what’s interesting is that even then when we thought science was useless we studied it – useless in a practical sense – today my argument would be, you know, think about that length and breadth of history when you say that English is useless.

Yale has opened a campus in Singapore and what they’ve done is they’ve tried to reimagine what a liberal education would look like and they’ve also tried to reimagine what it would look like in a global context. There is a core that for the first two years there is a series of required courses. But the requirements are more in method of inquiry. That is in critical thinking rather than in a particular subject or a particular set of books. You study Aristotle but at the same time you read Confucius who was Aristotle’s contemporary. And you ask yourself why did Aristotle have certain concerns about politics but Confucius had others. What explains this difference?

So the idea here would be to try to understand that the West is not the only thing in the world. That there is a much broader universe and you understand the differences and similarities. All these subjects have deep long traditions and feed various parts of the human brain and the human soul. And so recognize that what seems fashionable when one era will not seem fashionable in another but they all together interact and comprise a liberal education.

EdCast 58 — Saving Arts Education

EdCast 58 — Saving Arts Education
Linda Hirsch interviews Eric Pryor and Doug Israel from The Center for Arts Education to discuss the impact of the arts in schools and and why they must be restored to the K-12 curriculum. Jim Carney visits MS 223 in the Bronx and Principal Ramon Gonzalez to see the arts in action and speaks with children’s dramatist and composer January Akselrad.

Catching Up to Kids: How Technology is Remaking Arts Education

Catching Up to Kids: How Technology is Remaking Arts Education
Keynote Address, 76th Annual Conference for Community Arts Education
October 30 – November 1, 2013, Chicago, IL

Speaker: Don Marinelli, Co-Founder, Entertainment Technology Center , Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Do you often find yourself wondering how technology is transforming how students learn about, create, and share art? How it may alter longstanding traditions of teaching and learning? How it may transform established business models?

You’re not alone.

So we’ve asked Don Marinelli, co-founder of the world-renowned Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and a former professor of drama and arts management at Carnegie Mellon University to share his thoughts and experiences from the frontier of arts and technology integration. ETC brings artists and technologists together to work on substantive, real-world projects combining the latest digital media technologies with myriad artistic, educational, and entertainment efforts. Learn how technology is changing student learning and educational paradigms—and how you can harness its potential.

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10
On April 2, 2012, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a comprehensive statistical report on the conditions of K-12 arts teaching and learning, Arts Education in Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10.
The release event took place at the Myrtilla Miner Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Joining NCES Commissioner Jack Buckley at the event were Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton.

Following an overview of the report’s findings by Commissioner Buckley and remarks by Secretary Duncan, Assistant Deputy Secretary Shelton moderated a panel of experts from K-12 and postsecondary education to discuss key aspects of the survey’s findings.

Also featured during the one-hour event was the Miner Elementary Glee Club, under the direction of Miner Elementary music specialist Martin Ford.

Complete information on the survey report, Secretary Duncan’s remarks, and the NCES press release can be found at:

Washington Watch: The Importance Of Arts Education

Washington Watch: The Importance Of Arts Education
Across the country, more and more schools faced with budget cuts and an increased focus on educational outcomes have pushed arts education to the background — in fact, off the agenda. Far too many schools don’t have arts programs at all.

Debbie Allen, Jackée, Dondre Whitfield and Brian White joined Roland Martin on Washington Watch to discuss why these programs are so important.

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