No Right Brain Left Behind

Thanks to Sarah Murr of The Boeing Company for sharing this piece that appears in Fast Company.

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Sir Ken Robinson to deliver ArtsOC’s 2011 Creative Edge Lecture

Noted authority on creativity Sir Ken Robinson will deliver ArtsOC’s 2011 Creative Edge Lecture on Wednesday, March 30, 10 – 11:30 am in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  The lecture is presented in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, Fourth District PTA and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  The title sponsor of the event is The Boeing Company.

Sir Ken is well-known for his provocative, dynamic, brilliant and funny presentations.  This one is titled “Launch a Creative Revolution.”  Read more about Sir Ken here.

For tickets to the lecture, click here or phone (714) 556-2787.  Individuals and companies interested in VIP seating and attending the luncheon with Sir Ken that follows his lecture should contact Jon Wagner ( for underwriting information.

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Great video on Arts Ed from The Right Brain Initiative

Was just introduced to this at a state arts agency leaders convening by WESTAF, and thought it does a great job of communicating our case.

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Searching for the ideal arts ed gift?

ArtsEd Blogger Richard Kessler has posted a list of arts-oriented books for children here.  I especially like the title “When Pigasso Met Mootisse”! ROTFL

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Check out our new Arts Ed advocacy flyer

Arts Ed Advocacy Flyer page 1Advocacy Flyer page 2We’re getting kudos from everyone who sees it!  Also, we want to invite you to visit our Arts Education Alliances page online.

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PTA Creates New Position: Arts Education Chair

 In a survey of local PTA leaders conducted last fall, 94 percent said they were interested or extremely interested in PTA continuing to advocate for a complete education that includes the arts – the second highest response behind adequate funding for schools. Given the importance of the arts, they deserve a designated champion in your PTA, someone who understands and will promote the academic, social and career benefits of the arts across the curriculum, and throughout the K-12 experience in our public schools. PTA is looking for Arts Education Chairs.

 Approved by the State PTA Board of Managers at its October meeting, the new job description is posted on the SMARTS webpage and will also be included in the Job Descriptions section of the next Toolkit update, joining other vital committee chairmanships that are designed to serve PTA boards at every level.

The job description includes:  

  • Advocating for high-quality arts education for all California students.
  • Seeking  opportunities to share best practices.
  • Raising awareness about the relevance of the arts in increasing academic achievement and building a vibrant, productive society.

To connect to PTA Arts Advocates or become your school’s PTA Arts Chairman, contact Steve Lustig, 4th District Cultural Arts Chairman in Orange County at

To join your local Orange County alliance for arts education in your community, visit our Alliances webpage to find your local coordinator.

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“Waiting for Superman” ‘distorts the truth’ — Diane Ravitch

Whatever you may think of this provocative new documentary film and the issues that underlie it, you owe it to yourself to read former US Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch’s critique that appeared in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books.  Clearly, there are two sides to the story of whether charter schools are a panacea.

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