west michigan center for arts and technology http://michiganradio.org en 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?