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E-CLIPS | April 2002
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DIGITAL CULTURE: THE PUBLIC FACE
Americans for the Arts and the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural
Heritage (NINCH) have developed a $20,000 partnership to produce a series of
white papers and gather information that will help local arts agencies and
other arts and humanities organizations better utilize digital resources.
The papers, to be distributed as part of the joint project, Digital Culture:
The Public Face, will include: The Arts Today: The Digital Promise; New
Teaching--How digital resources enable new ways of understanding and
treating the documentation of artistic expression; New
Collaboration--Digital promises deeper understanding, but it also depends on
new kinds of institutional and individual collaboration; The Public
Domain--What does the public domain look like and how can it be used by the
public use?; and Culture and Computer Science--What are the news frontiers
that artists in all media share with computer and information scientists?
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001
As part of its efforts to work in partnership with state and local leaders
on the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the U.S.
Department of Education will host five regional meetings to educate the
public about the critical need for challenging content standards and
high-quality assessments in K-12 education, and to give the public an
opportunity to comment on new rules for standards, assessments, and academic
progress under the new law. The new act includes a general definition of
"core academic subjects," which includes the arts. This means that whenever
national education programs--teacher training, school reform, and technology
programs--are targeted to "core academic subjects," the arts may be eligible
to receive federal funds. Such recognition of the arts has never before been
included in the ESEA.
The one-day public meetings will take place May 6 in Cincinnati, May 7 in
Atlanta, May 13 in San Diego, and May 16 in Little Rock, AR. A fifth
meeting will be held near New York City, with a date and exact location to
be determined. The public may register to attend or view the current draft
of the rules at www.ed.gov/nclb/rulemaking/.
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
"...Students at the Massachusetts College of Art are protesting the state
legislature's continuing cuts in the budget of the country's only
freestanding public college of art and design. The MassArt students
are...sending state representatives original, one-of-a-kind art in the form
of eye-catching postcards. Each design is different, but the message printed
on each card's border is the same: 'Public higher education is an investment
in the future. Keep public schools affordable.' At the bottom of the cards
is the simple declaration, 'Art is everywhere.' Even in legislative
mailboxes." (Boston Globe. March 27, 2002. www.ArtsJournal.com )
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS
Prepared by Americans for the Arts for Arts Advocacy Day: The 2002 National
Arts Action Summit, An Essential Tool for Arts Advocates: Congressional Arts
Handbook 2002 is filled with useful facts and figures about Congress and the
arts, including legislative issue briefs, legislative voting records,
congressional contact information, and much more.
CREATING A CULTURE OF INQUIRY
Creating a Culture of Inquiry: Changing Methods--and Minds--on the Use of
Evaluation in Nonprofit Organizations describes the results of the Working
on Workforce Development Project, a two-year experiment to help nonprofit
organizations better use the tool of evaluation.
NETWORK FOR GOOD
A nonprofit collaborative of more than 20 nonprofit foundations and
associations, Network for Good aggregates online content and technology
resources to help nonprofits increase their capacity, reach new audiences,
and build Internet strategies.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LATINO ARTS AND CULTURE
Dates: May 14-23, 2002. The Leadership Institute in San Antonio will prepare
leaders/potential leaders of community based Latino arts and cultural
organizations to guide development and stabilization efforts.
THE BAUEN CAMP
307.655.9760. E-mail: email@example.com. www.thebauencamp.com
The Bauen Camp is a resident summer camp teaching youth how to use the arts
to address social challenges. Session One this summer will teach youth how
to build a youth-led community arts-based project. Session Two, led by Bill
Cleveland, will teach teachers, educators, and mentors how to develop and
use a community arts-based curriculum (two in-service credit units
Thank you for supporting our efforts to advance arts education across
Learn more about what Americans for the Arts offers and how your
organization could benefit by visiting the membership section of our website
at www.AmericansForTheArts.org or by contacting our membership department at