The letter from Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, featured in the page 1 story “Obama Education Secretary Affirms Arts as ‘Core Academic Subject’ ” and reprinted on page 2, has caused a stir online. A weekly newsletter and a nonprofit that focuses on creative therapy and education round out this issue’s list. These links were active as of August 19, 2009.
The Support Music Web site has made an audio recording of Duncan’s Aug. 18 conference call available at www.supportmusic.com/ccc_ArneDuncan.mp3. Richard Kessler, the executive director of a nonprofit center that supports arts education in New York City public schools, has commented on Duncan’s letter and the conference call on his blog, Dewey21C, located at http://www.artsjournal.com/dewey21c.
John Abodeely, arts education manager at Americans for the Arts, is quoted in the page 1 article. His weekly e-mail newsletter, which goes out to the organization’s arts education listserv, includes information about events, federal policy changes, jobs, conferences, funding opportunities and more. Archived newsletters and details on how to sign up or list information are at www.americansforthearts.org/networks/arts_education/arts_education_017.asp.
The Portraits of Hope program produces original and unique art projects to inspire and provide therapy for sick or disadvantaged youth, as well as to educate people of all ages. More than 800 hospitals, schools, after-school programs and social service agencies have partnered with the program, at www.portraitsofhope.org.