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Wow!  This has been a wonderful year of accomplishments, and next year looks even better.  We hope that during this season of giving, you will consider supporting Arts|Learning.  Our generous supporters have made it possible to:
  • dialogue with city government, school administrators, committed teachers and concerned parents to build constituency for school reform efforts in Boston, Worcester, New Bedford, Quincy, Nantucket and other Massachusetts communities
  • deliver institutes in Worcester, Marlborough, New Bedford and Boston for arts education and community leaders to share leading-edge research and hone advocacy skills, in collaboration with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the MA Cultural Council, Young Audiences of MA, and the MA Music Educators Association
  • increase our focus on equitable access to quality arts education for all children, and especially in our neediest schools, through our growing audience (5800) for the latest developments in arts education in the Arts|Learning monthly "e-Newsletter"
  • secure funding by the Kennedy Center (KCAAEN) to produce an advocacy video, Enlivening the Senses:  Arts|Learning at the Core of Education.
  • recognize 20 outstanding educators, artists, political leaders, students, organizations, and businesses across the Commonwealth with Arts|Learning advocacy awards, including the Boston Arts Academy, our statewide nominee for the "School of Excellence" award, one of five such US schools recognized nationally by the KCAAEN in 2010
  • serve as the arts education partner for the Boston Foundation-sponsored effort to reinvent MAASH as a prominent force in the creative economy in Massachusetts

Membership support is only $30 for individuals and $50 for institutions and organizations. For those of you who can help beyond membership, please consider becoming a benefactor ($5,000 +); patron ($1,000 +); sponsor ($500 +); supporter ($250 +); or friend (any contribution up to $250).  Please consider joining us in our continued efforts in increasing access and equity for all children to experience a quality, sequential arts education!  We thank you for your generosity.

AL Logo  A|L Plans for 2011!

  Arts|Learning has over 7 new
  initiatives and programs in
  process.  They include:

  • Arts|Learning has been invited to submit a full EdVestors proposal for funding a special project increasing music instruction in two Boston schools, based on the successful Kodály music pilot at the Peabody Elementary School in Cambridge 
  • Arts|Learning has been asked by the Boston Public Schools to take a leadership role in planning an arts-centered K-8 "Innovation School" for the city
  • The tireless effort and thought leadership of our Executive Director, Jonathan Rappaport, has led the KCAAEN to nominate him for their National Leadership Committee

Of course, we continue to work tirelessly to advocate for arts education and to partner with key arts education professional associations, political leaders, state agencies, and other organizations to make sure this will happen.

Boston Arts Academy wins KCAAEN School of Excellence Award! BAA
  Arts|Learning is thrilled that the Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the arts, is the first MA school to win the coveted KCAAEN "Schools of Excellence" Award, and only one of five such schools in 2010 across the USA.   Founded in 1998, the Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is the city's first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts.  It was founded on the conviction that academics and the arts are equally important to student development and achievement.

  Its 415 students reflect the diversity of the seventeen Boston neighborhoods from which they come: 40% are African American, 40% Latino, 14% Caucasian, 4% Asian, and 2% self-identified as Other. Nearly 60% come from low-income households.  Over 94% of its graduates continue with higher education.

  Pictured above is Cleopatra Knight-Wilkins, BPS Program Officer for the Arts and A|L Board member; Linda Nathan, BAA Co-Headmaster;
Yocelyn Rodriguez, BAA Student Council President; Jonathan Rappaport, A|L Executive Director; Charles Combs, A|L VP of Advocacy; and Katherine Sloan, Chair of BAA Board of Trustees & President of MassArt.

EdSteps Launches Work Collection for Creativity
  The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has announced the launch of its EdSteps program and is officially soliciting work samples that demonstrate creativity. EdSteps is an innovative online resource for teaching and assessment focused on five skill areas that are important to college and career readiness but are typically difficult and costly to assess: writing, global competence, creativity, problem solving, and analyzing information.

  EdSteps is seeking samples of student creativity across grade levels, subject areas, demographics, ability levels, and geography. A sample may consist of a video of a performance, a visual work, or even a creative application in mathematics or science. Teachers, parents, and students will be able to access the work samples online to answer central questions for student growth: Where is a particular student now, and what should he or she do to improve? EdSteps has been developed by CCSSO with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Contact EdSteps for more information.