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09
Sep

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Incorporating Visual Art Into Your SEL Curriculum

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This week, we will be touching on why art is an essential part of an SEL curriculum. Integrating art lessons into a general curriculum is a great way for students to thrive in non-academic pursuits, which has been shown to help them succeed when it comes to test scores, behavior, and general problem-solving skills. Even […]

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04
Sep

The 5 Key Components of Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)

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What is social and emotional learning (SEL)? Social and emotional learning (SEL), according to the CASEL, is the process through which children understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. By incorporating SEL into an elementary or middle school […]

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25
Aug

Art in Action Advocate Spotlight: Anne Dauer

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Anne Dauer served as a member of the development committee and helped raise funds for AiA. Now a former board member, she continues to be a strong supporter of AiA and always makes a reliable appearance at our annual event.  We are so thankful for her constant support and we appreciate everything she has done […]

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21
Aug

Why You Should Study the History Behind the Artwork

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In art, we often focus on the process and techniques used to make the art piece. Though the aesthetic of the product is often mesmerizing, we can learn more about the cultural norms and history when the piece was made by digging deeper into the piece’s past. Each art piece can tell us something about […]

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11
Aug

4 Ways to Continue Art at Home

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Teach Art at Home: Tips & Online Art Classes for Homeschoolers With the shift to virtual learning, we are forced to make the best of what we have, which often means the internet, free resources and household materials. Many students do not have access to typical art supplies, but art teachers are still looking for […]

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11
Aug

Summer 2020- Family Volunteers!

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The staff at Art in Action consider ourselves a family.  During this stressful time in the world, it’s been comforting to work together and support each other, not solely in work, but in our daily lives. When our offices were able to reopen in June, we realized we needed additional support to achieve our goals. […]

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11
Aug

Art in Action Volunteer Spotlight: Margaret Sena

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Margaret Sena is currently the Assistant Dean and Associate Director of El Centro Chicano y Latino. She helped rewrite several lessons to make them more relevant and volunteered her time to educate students on the history behind the art lessons. As a class coordinator, she works to ensure that Art in Action is representing a […]

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05
Aug

5 Reasons Why Art is Necessary to Your Child’s Learning

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Many people see art in schools as only an extracurricular activity. When schools lose funding, the arts programs are usually the first to go. But why doesn’t the mainstream push STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) instead of STEM or incorporate art into the subjects students should focus on? Instead of seeing art as simply […]

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23
Jul

Art in Action Advocate Spotlight: Ruth Housenbold

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Ruth Housenbold served as a board member on the Strategic Program Advisory Committee but now continues to support Art in Action in the classroom as a docent and volunteer. We are so thankful for her continuous support and we appreciate everything she has done for Art in Action!   1) How did you get involved […]

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21
Jul

AiA Lesson Highlight – 2-4 Nelly Mae Rowe, Stormey Weather

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Nellie Mae Rowe was born in 1900, one of nine daughters to a former slave. She spent her entire life in rural Georgia near Atlanta and worked as a maid most of her life.  Rowe’s work is considered Folk Art because she was self-taught and her work represents the lifestyles and traditions of the deep […]

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