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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

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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09
Dec

Accessing the Art World

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When I was growing up in Columbus, Ohio, we’d take family trips to the Columbus Museum of Art.  I remember three things about those trips. One was a Deborah Butterfield horse in the lobby that seemed huge at the time; another was a frayed Renaissance tapestry that filled the main stairwell.  The third was a […]

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01
Dec

Stanford’s Gardner Center publishes Art in Action study

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Over the past year, the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities at Stanford University has been working on a study of Art in Action to understand the factors that make adoption of our program successful in schools and to better understand some of the expected impacts of the program on entire school […]

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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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25
Nov

With Gratitude…

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On behalf of the Board and staff of Art in Action, THANK YOU for helping us bring art to kids everywhere.  Whatever your connection – classroom docent, community volunteer, event participant, donor, or arts education advocate, we want you to know we are grateful for you.  Art in Action would not be able to reach […]

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04
Nov

New art lesson! — inspired by artist Ruth Asawa

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After months of rigorous research, development and testing Art in Action has added a new art lesson based on the sculpture of Japanese-American artist and California native Ruth Asawa (1926-2013). Asawa’s work helped change the definition of sculpture. In 1950 she submitted an artwork made of her signature looped-wire to the San Francisco Museum of […]

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14
Oct

Reflections — Jeffrey Dollinger, Executive Director

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One of the things I love most about Art in Action is the way that it allows the entire school community to reflect on what is important to them in education.  Art makes the deepest impact in a school where the teachers, parents and students collaborate to provide space for creativity and expression.   Space […]

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