NAFA’s 75 Years of Arts Education

NAFA’s 75 Years of Arts Education
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to celebrate our 75th Anniversary as a pioneer of arts education in Singapore. Check out this video for a brief take of how NAFA was started, its challenges on the journey and the achievements today.

Resident modifies martial arts education for people with disabilities

Resident modifies martial arts education for people with disabilities
People with disabilities are 50 percent more likely to be victims of crime, and women with disabilities are 80 percent more likely to become victims of sexual violence, says Paul Brailer, who, six years ago, refused to become one of these statistics. Brailer, who has suffered from spina bifida since birth and is wheelchair bound, studies a modified form of martial arts he refers to as “criptaedo” — a play on words from the “hand, foot way” translation of Tae Kwan Do.

Brailer’s seeking funding to establish tax exempt status so he can take his modified program to karate schools and certify them on how to teach people with disabilities.

Beyond self defense and physical fitness, martial arts are a great way to boost self esteem and confidence, says Heidi Rudibaugh, an instructor at Art of Karate, the family-owned studio in Barberton where Brailer trains.

For info, visit http://www.booster.com/criptaedo2, http://www.gofundme.com/criptaedo and http://www.criptaedo.com.

To sign up for classes, visit http://artofkarate.com or call (330) 848-3500.

Visit the Akronist at http://www.akronist.com for more about this story.

11-year-old, blind musician, Arun Pickering – MUSE Arts Education – SLO County

11-year-old, blind musician, Arun Pickering – MUSE Arts Education – SLO County
The story of 11-year-old Arun Pickering, blind musician, from Atascadero, CA. Arun is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, with absolute perfect pitch. He is a scholarship student through the non-profit organization, MUSE Art Education, out of San Luis Obispo County.

To learn more about MUSE Arts Ed., go online to http://museartsed.org.

To learn more about teVelde Conservatory of Music and sign-up for lessons, go to http://teVeldeMusic.com.

A Liberal Arts Education — An Interview with President-Elect Teresa L. Amott

A Liberal Arts Education — An Interview with President-Elect Teresa L. Amott
Knox had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Amott in the Suitts Center at the Gale House before the official campus announcement to discuss her impressions of Knox, her thoughts on becoming the 19th president of the College, and her belief in the importance of a residential liberal arts education.

Watch Dr. Amott discuss the importance of a residential liberal arts education. For more information, see http://www.knox.edu/knox-college-presidential-search.html .

Arts Education: Healthy Fresh Arts (2008) Ad Council Radio PSA

Arts Education: Healthy Fresh Arts (2008) Ad Council Radio PSA
An impressive 89% of Americans believe that the arts are important enough to be taught in schools, and that it fulfills an important role in a well-rounded education.

The average kid is provided insufficient time to learn and experience the arts. This PSA campaign was created to increase involvement in championing arts education both in and out of school. Unfortunately, the truth is that the average kid spends more time at their locker than in arts classes. This PSA campaign was created to increase involvement in championing arts education both in and out of school.

The newest PSAs use the popular Disney Little Einsteins™ characters to inspire children to play music, dance, and draw with their friends and family.

And they are right; studies show far-reaching benefits of an arts education:

The Arts:

Allow kids to express themselves creatively and bolster their self-confidence.
Teach kids to be more tolerant and open.
Improve kids’ overall academic performance.
Show that kids actively engaged in arts education are likely to have higher SAT scores than those with little to no arts involvement.
Develop skills needed by the 21st century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, team work and more.
Keep students engaged in school and less likely to drop out.
Parents are encouraged to visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org for 10 simple ways to get more art in their kids’ lives. The campaign stresses that some art is not enough and reinforces this with the tagline: “The Arts. Ask for More.”

A public service message brought to you by Americans For the Arts, The NAMM Foundation and the Ad Council. :)

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