arts education http://michiganradio.org en Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher http://michiganradio.org/post/student-learns-music-joy-ypsilanti-teacher <p>What stories should we tell about the arts?</p><p>That's a question we sometimes ask on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Facebook page</a>. Jason Towler suggested we profile Ypsilanti music teacher Crystal Harding and he had a good reason to suggest her.</p><p>Harding was Towler's music teacher back in 1988, when Towler was a first-grader at Erickson Elementary School.&nbsp; Harding is all about having a good time through music, singing, and dancing. Here she is in action:</p><p>Harding made a big impression on the shy young man, and that's what this story is about.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:12:46 +0000 Kyle Norris 17526 at http://michiganradio.org Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher Is there a link between arts education and entrepreneurship? This study says yes. http://michiganradio.org/post/there-link-between-arts-education-and-entrepreneurship-study-says-yes <p>A recent study coming out of Michigan State University reaffirms the need for one educational discipline that’s been continuously cut over the past decade — the arts.</p><p>Researchers found a startling link between taking part in arts and crafts activities as a child and patents received or businesses launched as an adult.</p><p>According to that study, which examined MSU Honors STEM students between 1990-1995, 94% of STEM graduates had musical training in their lives, compared to 34% of all adults.</p><p>Joining us is one of the authors of the study, Rex LaMore, the director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development. Cynthia Taggart, a professor of Music Education at Michigan State also talked to us.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:31:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 15378 at http://michiganradio.org Is there a link between arts education and entrepreneurship? This study says yes. What difference does art education really make anyway? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-difference-does-art-education-really-make-anyway <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Only a handful of public schools in Grand Rapids still offer art classes of any kind. To fill the gap, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wmcat.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology</a>&nbsp;(WMCAT) offers free art education at their facility in downtown Grand Rapids.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">State of Opportunity's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/michigan-radio/ff720b6772c2/sign-up-for-the-state-of-opportunity-storytelling-booth" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Story </a><a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/michigan-radio/ff720b6772c2/sign-up-for-the-state-of-opportunity-storytelling-booth" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Booth</a>&nbsp;stopped by WMCAT this summer. The booth goes out across the state to capture stories we might not otherwise hear.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Teenagers participating in various summer art education programs shared stories about what art means to them. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Keon Pearson and her son Keontay Seymour both came into the booth to talk to each other about how access to art education has changed&nbsp;Keontay and State of Opportunity's Youth Journalist Alex Wilson produced this audio postcard.</p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:06:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 14142 at http://michiganradio.org What difference does art education really make anyway? Lansing school board approves a lean budget for the upcoming school year http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-board-approves-lean-budget-upcoming-school-year <p>The Lansing school board last night approved the district's budget for next year.</p><p></p><p>The $142 million spending plan is $25 million smaller than the current year budget. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The district is tightening its belt, including laying off between 90 and 100 employees.</p><p></p><p>Yvonne Caamal Canul is Lansing’s school superintendent. She describes the budget plan as setting a baseline for the district, one the district can grow from in the future.</p><p></p><p>Right now, it’s about preparing for this fall.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:22:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 13176 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school board approves a lean budget for the upcoming school year Grab the sunscreen: ArtPod kicks off summer music, movies and more http://michiganradio.org/post/grab-sunscreen-artpod-kicks-summer-music-movies-and-more <p></p><p>ArtPod is chock-full of summer awesomeness.</p><p>We’re putting our own special ArtPod spin on three big summer crowd-pleasers.</p><p>The end-of-school concerts.</p><p>The new indie movie with all the buzz.</p><p>And your own private guide to craft cocktails in Michigan.</p><p>Hey, that counts as art. Right?</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 02:52:09 +0000 Kate Wells 12827 at http://michiganradio.org Grab the sunscreen: ArtPod kicks off summer music, movies and more Giving the gift of music to at-risk kids in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/giving-gift-music-risk-kids-grand-rapids <p>Every once and a while, our <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity team </a>receives a story pitch from someone in the community who's trying to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth. This is one of those stories. It’s a piece about boys, girls, and the universal language of music.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 12563 at http://michiganradio.org Giving the gift of music to at-risk kids in Grand Rapids Anne Frank cantata helps keep Jewish history alive http://michiganradio.org/post/anne-frank-cantata-helps-keep-jewish-history-alive <p></p><p>When older generations die, there’s always the fear that we’ll lose their stories.</p><p>But in metro Detroit’s Jewish community, they’re trying to keep history alive…through music.</p><p>And they’re doing it thanks to Anne Frank, her chestnut tree, and a stressed-out high school orchestra in metro Detroit.</p><p>Specifically, the Berkley High School orchestra.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 17:33:44 +0000 Kate Wells 12515 at http://michiganradio.org Anne Frank cantata helps keep Jewish history alive Arts education in Lansing with all the cutbacks http://michiganradio.org/post/arts-education-lansing-all-cutbacks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the Lansing School District and its teachers ratified a new contract that totally overhauls the way art and music will be taught in its schools.</span></p><p>Art, music and phys ed teachers will be replaced in Lansing elementary schools. Instead, contract consultants will teach those subjects alongside the regular classroom teachers.<br><br>This story got us wondering about the future of arts education in Michigan.</p><p>How can school districts who are coping with cuts in funding and eroding tax bases and population manage to still provide arts education?</p><p>How much does arts education really matter in these days of heavy emphasis on the STEM classes....science, technology, engineering and math?<br><br>Joining me now is Kathy White. She's the President and CEO of the Michigan Assessment Consortium and she is the Project Director of the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Program.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:05:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 12300 at http://michiganradio.org Arts education in Lansing with all the cutbacks Flint art students bring their work to Washington D.C. http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-art-students-bring-their-work-washington-dc <p>The art and artistry of dozens of Flint school children are on display this weekend in Washington D.C.</p><p></p><p>The Flint Institute of Arts and other Flint area arts groups are taking part in the trip as part of a U.S. Department of Education effort.</p><p></p><p>John Henry is the FIA’s director. &nbsp;He says the experience will help the students grow as artists.</p><p></p><p>“Most students are not exhibiting or performing until later in their career,” says Henry, “This is an opportunity for these kids to see how an audience reacts to their work.”</p><p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12161 at http://michiganradio.org Flint art students bring their work to Washington D.C. Teacher back at work after suspension for playing pro-gay song http://michiganradio.org/post/teacher-back-work-after-suspension-playing-pro-gay-song <p></p><p>A Southeast Michigan teacher is back at work today &nbsp;after the school suspended her for showing a pro-gay video in class.</p><p>The trouble started when Susan Johnson allowed a student to play the song “Same Love,” by the artist Mackelmore, in her South Lyon middle school class.</p><p>The student asked Johnson if he could play it, and Johnson says she inquired if there was any violence or profanity in the song. She gave him the okay when he told her it was clean. The song’s about supporting same-sex marriage, and includes the following lyrics:</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:16:12 +0000 Kate Wells 10141 at http://michiganradio.org Teacher back at work after suspension for playing pro-gay song More funding, celebrity attention bolster Grand Rapids Public Schools’ music program http://michiganradio.org/post/more-funding-celebrity-attention-bolster-grand-rapids-public-schools-music-program <p>On June 18, the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education approved next year&rsquo;s budget for their district.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/06/grand_rapids_school_board_sign.html">MLive reports</a> that although the 2012-2013 budget includes $9 million in cuts due to decreased enrollment, board members voted to allocate $990,000 to hire 11 more teachers to support increased arts education.</p><p>These additional teachers will facilitate full-year&mdash;as opposed to semester-long&mdash;art and music instruction for the district&rsquo;s elementary school students.</p><p>In addition to the financial boost, students in Grand Rapids schools have also received attention from celebrities this month.</p><p>On June 14, students from City and Creston high schools in Grand Rapids accompanied the British-American rock band Foreigner on stage at the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Amphitheater singing their hit, <a href="http://video-embed.mlive.com/services/player/bcpid619329490001?bctid=1687983140001&amp;bckey=AQ~~,AAAAQBxUt4k~,xUwVSy8RSh6TeV7KGIz7i-2rgrUIB3vE">&ldquo;I Wanna Know What Love Is.&rdquo;&nbsp;</a></p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:10:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7957 at http://michiganradio.org More funding, celebrity attention bolster Grand Rapids Public Schools’ music program Artpod: Detroit arts group inspires students to succeed http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-detroit-arts-group-inspires-students-succeed <p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/artpod">Artpod </a>is back!</p><p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_121411.mp3</p><p>In today&#39;s podcast, we look at how an arts group is encouraging lower-income kids to go on to college, with <a href="http://www.mosaicdetroit.org/mosaic-model.pdf">measurable results</a>. It&#39;s called <a href="http://www.mosaicdetroit.org/">Mosaic Youth Theatre</a> of Detroit, which one student describes as a place filled with &quot;pops of rainbow colors.&quot;</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:15:13 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5391 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Detroit arts group inspires students to succeed Kids make music about their lives & struggles http://michiganradio.org/post/kids-make-music-about-their-lives-struggles <p>A program based out of Flint teaches kids the fundamentals of songwriting and music production. But the songs kids write are not your typical bubble-gum pop. The program is a professional music studio that travels to schools and community centers in Flint, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. It&#39;s called <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bangtownmobilestudio">Studio on the Go.</a></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:24:05 +0000 Kyle Norris 3990 at http://michiganradio.org Kids make music about their lives & struggles Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center getting even bigger http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-s-largest-contemporary-arts-center-getting-even-bigger <p>This weekend the Grand Rapids <a href="http://www.uica.org/">Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts</a> opens at its new location.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pepfX6D5SI&amp;feature=player_embedded">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pepfX6D5SI&amp;feature=player_embedded</a></p><p>The UICA is the largest contemporary arts center in Michigan. With the new location, it&rsquo;s one of largest in the country in terms of programs and square footage.</p><p>There are five floors, including a ceramic studio, two theaters, and a place for kids to create art. There are very unique gallery spaces; this is not your average, open, white, space gallery. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:59:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3534 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan’s largest contemporary arts center getting even bigger