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I like what you had to say and, well, it's brought me out of lurk-dom on
the list although I'm going slightly off your subject (sorry). I
subscribed to the list to try to learn more about what was going on in
arts ed these days, not as an educator or as an artist, but as an arts
administrator. I live in Baltimore and it's not exactly an arts ed town,
either in-school programs or community-based ones. I work with a lot of
living artists and in community development situations so I'm hoping to
find usable information here to change that.
Are there any arts educators or artists as educators out there who can
provide insight into how the schools are working with artists or working in
after-shool situations, especially in urban neighborhoods. Baltimore needs
to deal with a lot of the usual urban problems (crime, drugs, teen
pregnancy, racial tensions, etc. - the sort of things that are in urban
kids' lives every day) and I'm hoping to get the arts more involved. I
know this will take training of artists to work in community situations and
strategic partnering with schools and other community development partners
so I'm open to suggestions.
Anyone else out there in Baltimore?