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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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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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14
Oct

art in action featured in education magazine

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Program Manager Kelly Bravo’s article: STEAM ON! Designing Art Lessons that Integrate with Core Curriculum was recently featured in Education Closet’s STEAMed digital magazine.  The article takes the reader through how we created our new Spirals in Nature lesson as Kelly provides advice on how to work with subject specialists, parent volunteers and classroom teachers […]

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24
Sep

Art in Action teams up with City Year to bring art programs to San Jose Schools

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Art in Action is proud to announce that it has just entered into a partnership with City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley to bring our program as after school enrichment to twelve new schools in San Jose, California. City Year, a member of the AmeriCorps national service network, is an education-focused national service organization dedicated to […]

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14
Sep

Celebrating Arts in Education Week: “I wish all kids could have Art in Action!”

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In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week” to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. Now five years later and several weeks into a new school […]

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26
Aug

Art in Action Receives Funding to Deliver Visual Arts Education To Title 1 Schools

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August 24, 2015 Menlo Park, CA–Art in Action has recently received nearly $75,000 in grants to deliver its visual arts education program to schools with need in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose, San Francisco and Monterey County.  The grants were awarded by the Palo Alto Community Fund, the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, the […]

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