Inside/Out Blog

Funding: the state of the art

In a world mired in economic uncertainty and with cash for the arts disappearing, how do we argue for culture?

At a recent public debate about organic food the proponents of organic farming extolled its virtues by listing its various benefits. It is kinder to the environment, they said, and to animals, and it keeps toxic chemicals out of our bodies.

Participate in the National Endowment for the Arts Survey on Assessing Student Learning in the Arts

WestEd, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), requests your participation in a survey regarding assessment in the arts.

CAE Director Judy Nemzoff Receives Dream Catcher Award

Our own Judy Nemzoff was honored with a Dream Catcher award, given by the Visual and Performing Arts Department of the San Francisco Unified School District to people in the community who make a difference in arts education.

ISKME's Big Ideas Fest 2009 Program Highlights

Brewster Kahle (keynote speaker), Founder, Internet Archive

"It's when things are going [economically] down that people start to say I have to work together with other people in ways that I didn't have to before. And so I think we're in pretty good shape now that some the economy stuff is in trouble.

Arts Integration Specialist Certificate Program

Teaching Artists Organized and the Alameda County Office of Education Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership Invite Arts Providers to Submit their workshops as Electives in this Summer's


2010 Nancy Hanks Lecture Available Online

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., of Charleston, SC, delivered the 23rd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, focusing on the art of city design and the role mayors can play in transforming their cities into dynamic and more livable cultural communities. For those who were not able to attend the lecture, you can download or listen to online.

Compulsory Education for a Museum Board

The California Attorney General's office ordered the board members of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which came close to a financial collapse in 2008, to undergo special fiduciary training last year after determining that the museum flouted state law in the way it managed its budget, The Los Angeles Times reported.

'Glee' Could Save Arts Education

Tuesday night's return of the singing and dancing series scored its best ratings ever, pulling in 13.7 million viewers, which is a vast improvement over its series premiere numbers last year (9.6 million).

News of a ratings smash should come as no surprise to the millions of dedicated fans, otherwise known as "gleeks." Social networks are constantly abuzz about the Fox series and watch

Music Festivals Offering a Greener Listening Experience

Music festivals, like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, provide a model for reducing the carbon footprint of large events.

When you put thousands of people in one place, whether for the Republican National Convention or Bonnaroo, things are bound to get ugly - for the environment, that is.

The Importance of the Arts in Education

One of the criticisms of the Alameda Unified School District (and the parcel tax now on the ballot) is that AUSD should "live within its means" by focusing just on core academics and cutting out "useless" programs like art and music.