Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education

Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education
This presentation, by Dr. C. Earl Leininger, Associate Provost for Arts and Sciences at Gardner-Webb University, is focused on two ideas: education grounded in the Liberal Arts and preparation for career. It distinguishes between Liberal Arts disciplines and Liberal Arts values and argues that we need to erase the artificial distinction between studies deemed liberal and those called practical. Liberal Arts education and preparation for career are not in competition—they are complementary. A Liberal Arts education is a practical education because it develops just those capacities required for any job or career—the knowledge, skills and connections that are crucial to life and work.

Be a Superhero: Save Arts Education

Be a Superhero: Save Arts Education
As a result of increased budget cuts, Philadelphia District schools have bleak futures. Funding has been cut for staff, supplies, and extra-curricular activities. By removing arts education from public schools, the school district would have detrimental effects on students’ success in school and in life. Please ask city council to vote to give million to the School District to save these programs and the futures of Philadelphia public school students.

Created by JR Masterman student Samantha Ashok with the help of Annette Monnier, Outreach Program Director at The Clay Studio.

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 http://store.artscorps.org.

FEATURED EXPERTS
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)

FEATURED EDUCATORS AND TEACHING ARTISTS
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)

The SEATTLE ARTS EDUCATION CONSORTIUM presents
“Powerful Learning through the Arts”
A Global Griot Production

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Lisa Fitzhugh
DIRECTOR, EDITOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER Brian Quist
PRODUCER Karen Hirsch
FILM ASSOCIATE Aisha Mitchell
GAFFER Erik Vilinskas
SOUND MIXER Carl Bishop
NARRATOR Christina Twu

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

SPECIAL THANKS
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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