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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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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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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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05
Aug

Free Back-To-School Art Lesson

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Although summer is ending and a new school year is beginning, here’s a fun art lesson that looks to the ocean for inspiration.  Your students will learn about whales and endangered species, discuss concepts of photography and create their own 3-D whale! Enjoy the lesson here.

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18
Jun

Stanford’s Gardner Center: Arts Education Important to Child Development

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Art in Action is thrilled to be featured in a John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities Perspective by Erin Raab, a doctoral candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.  Raab, who is working on the Art in Action project at the Gardner Center, argues that an arts education develops a range […]

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14
May

Art and the Migration of Ideas

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Memorial Day will soon be here, marking the beginning of summer and the end of another school year. Memorial Day, of course, was created to remember the sacrifices soldiers have made on behalf of America. It seems fitting then, that we take a moment to reflect on our fifth grade curriculum in which students take a tour […]

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20
Apr

Art in Action Featured in STEAM Education Magazine

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Art in Action is featured in this month’s digital edition of STEAMed Magazine. The article, “Michael Jackson: Musician, Dancer, Inventor,” written by Executive Director Jeffery Dollinger, focuses on stories of modern-day Renaissance superstars and how students today can be the next generation of polymaths through the influence of arts: “Once students’ eyes are open to […]

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14
Apr

Art in Action partners with Stanford’s Gardner Center

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At the recent Art in Action benefit Object:Art, 8th grade student Laurel Bolts introduced our Art Visionary Award recipient, Google Doodle founder Dennis Hwang. Laurel, who has had Art in Action since Kindergarten, had this to say about art: “What does art and the art in Action program mean to me? Because of Art in Action I […]

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16
Mar

We’re Throwing a Party

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March is Arts Education Month, a time when we advocate for the importance of art in our schools and celebrate the impact Art in Action makes every day to over 50,000 students in nearly 200 schools. While those are impressive numbers, there are still millions of students without access to a visual arts program of […]

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