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05
Dec

Lessons Learned from Sandpiper Elementary School

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“If we didn’t have Art in Action, we wouldn’t have art at all.” Nancy Murray, Kindergarten Teacher For the past ten years all Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Sandpiper Elementary School in Redwood Shores, California have benefited from the Art in Action program. We recently spoke with Kindergarten Teacher Nancy Murray, Docent Josephine Pai, […]

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05
Dec

Reflections of the Season

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It’s always a good time to count our blessings. Fortunately for me, I am doing just fine. I feel healthy most of the time, even though when I get up in the morning I have some aches and pains. But at least I get up. My wife and I always seem so busy, but I […]

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17
Oct

A Camp Trophy Sets Path for Creativity

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I won. I got the award for arts and crafts at Triangle Acres summer day camp. It was a very happy day for me. “Uncle” Harry, my arts counselor, said he was proud of me because I tried everything, never gave up and had a great attitude. I have never forgotten Uncle Harry. He influenced […]

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17
Oct

Free Art Lesson Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos is a holiday for people to celebrate their loved ones who have died. Families make art of different types to decorate the graves of the relatives as well as altars honoring the dead. The art of Dia de los Muertos is characterized by vibrant colors, skulls and skeletons, and flowers, especially […]

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31
Aug

Welcome Ken Toren, Interim Executive Director

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The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ken Toren has joined Art in Action as Interim Executive Director. Ken comes with extensive leadership skills and entrepreneurial success through his management of organizations in the profit and nonprofit sectors. “Ken’s proven business development and fundraising skills make him an excellent choice for Art in […]

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14
Jul

What’s New at Art in Action

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Dear Friends, As we move through the summer months, we hope you are enjoying long days, warm nights and family vacations. We also hope you have the opportunity to build on your children’s Art in Action education by visiting art shows and museums in your community and beyond. You might be surprised to learn how […]

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12
May

Thank you, Jeffrey

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Dear Friends of Art in Action, On behalf of the Board and all those affiliated with Art in Action, I want to extend a sincere and rousing “Thank you!” to Jeffrey Dollinger, our wonderful Executive Director who will be leaving Art in Action in June as he and his family follow a new opportunity. Jeffrey has […]

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12
May

Art and Visibility

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Last week, Art in Action traveled to San Diego to participate in the California Parent Teacher Association statewide conference.  We talked to hundreds of parent and art advocates about how their schools were integrating art and what they could do to instill a culture of art in their schools. In a workshop showcasing our program […]

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06
Apr

art & science combine to inspire Playa Vista students

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One thing we learned in the recent Stanford University study of Art in Action is that a hallmark of our program is the flexibility it affords schools to tailor the program to fit their needs and circumstances while retaining the benefits of a strong, deep and impactful curriculum. This has been a key factor in […]

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29
Feb

It’s Never Too Early to Start Art

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Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Virginia combed through data about the educational trends in teaching kindergarten and first grade.  The perhaps obvious finding was that over the prior ten years there was more testing, more rigorous reading and math proficiency goals and generally higher expectations of incoming five-year-olds, leaving significantly less […]

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