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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the center of attention in most US public schools today. But training in the arts has been shown to improve creativity and innovation. This info-graphic shows the benefits of both.
When people talk about the renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — most recently known as No Child Left Behind — they often sigh with relief at the thought of leaving testing behind. Less cited is the fact that the Every Student Succeeds Act puts arts in a comfortable position as a “core” — and therefore needed — subject.
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has long been an attraction to boaters, anglers, hikers and bicycle riders.
A competition next month could move the park in a new direction. Whiskeytown officials are holding a contest next month to attract visitors armed with canvas, brushes and paint for a plein air painting contest.
Artists will have the chance to earn up to $500 for first prize and have their paintings put on sale at the Whiskeytown Visitors Center, said Whiskeytown Superintendent Jim Milestone.
The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a California lawsuit brought by artists including Chuck Close and the estate of Sam Francis against auction houses over resale royalties. Both sides are interpreting the results to weigh in their favor.
Sheer embarrassment was dementia care worker Lynda Kelly’s overwhelming emotion the first time she sat in on a Manchester Camerata orchestra music therapy session at the residential home where she works; but the lasting change she saw in the residents in response to the musicians was so great that she is now running weekly improvisation sessions at the home.
A patron, an activist and a teacher were the winners of the fourth annual Leadership Awards from the Santa Monica Arts Foundation, organization officials announced last week. Local restaurateur Fred Deni, former California Arts Council Chair Malissa Shriver Feruzzi and gallery owner and teacher George Small received the awards during a ceremony last Thursday at Typhoon restaurant.
Ella DeAmaral, a sophomore at Anzar High School, recited two poems this past weekend at the State Capitol in Sacramento for the Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Through a grant from the California Arts Council, the San Benito County Arts Council brought Poetry Out Loud to the county for the first time this year.
Zayan Reza, a junior at El Camino High School at Ventura College, was the first runner-up in the 2016 California state finals of Poetry Out Loud and will represent the Golden State in Washington, D.C., at the national finals in May if the winner cannot attend.
Joining Forces: Plant to Paper is a new art and writing project catering to veterans and people on active military duty. Mil-Tree joined forces with Arts Connection from San Bernardino to create the project. This multifaceted art project, spanning from February through May, is paid for by a Veterans in the Arts Initiative grant from the California Arts Council.
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