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Arts|Learning is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network--a consortium of 35 state alliances across the United States dedicated to arts advocacy and quality arts education for the nation's children.
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It's official!  Arts|Learning is now the legal name for the former National Arts and Learning Collaborative.  With our new name and logo comes the same commitment to excellence in arts programming, advocacy, and school restructuring and decentralization efforts.  We hope you enjoy reading about our new accomplishments!
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A|L has recently presented at two major conferences, first for the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Leadership Conference on Bridging the Achievement Gap on November 4, and then at the joint conference of the Massachusetts Associations of School Committees and School Superintendents on November 20th.  The conferences featured arts education researchers including the work of Gottfried Schlaug, Lois Hetland, and Nadine Gaab; Kodaly Music demos, and other presenters including Lisa Leach, Worcester (MA) Public Schools, and Miriam Kronish, Cambridge College.  Upcoming conferences include the MA High School Drama Guild in January, the Arts|Learning Symposium in Pittsfield, MA in April, and our annual awards event at the MA Statehouse in late May (see below for call for nominations for the awards).  For more information about our advocacy work, please click here.
School Decentralization:  A Way to Make Room for the Arts
eric Oddleifson Arts|Learning co-founder Eric Oddleifson (pictured at right) and our Policy and Leadership Group is hard at work trying to restructure the very nature of schools and learning through work on school decentralization, weighted student funding, and a portfolio approach to school district offerings.  Sound like mumbo-jumbo?  Click here to learn more about this fascinating work by Eric and colleagues.
Nominate an Arts Advocate
From 1984 through to the present, the MA Champion of Arts Education Advocacy Awards have recognized over 175 teachers and arts advocates in our schools and communities for their accomplishments educating students and for supporting arts education.  Arts|Learning continues this tradition of recognizing excellence in arts education programs and advocacy. Nominations may be submitted by any Massachusetts resident and current A|L members.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Distinguished Arts Educator Advocate
  • Excellence in School Administration Arts Advocate
  • Outstanding Parent Advocate
  • Outstanding Community Arts Collaborative
  • Corporate/Business Support of Arts Education
  • Outstanding Student Advocate
  • School Committee Advocate
  • Schools of Distinction in Arts Education
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Jonathan C. Rappaport, Executive Director
National Arts and Learning Collaborative