Friday, September 25, 2009

National Arts and Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month, just a few days away.
The Americans for the Arts description of National Arts and Humanities Month from their web site:
National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and media coverage, communities across the United States join together to recognize the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives.

You can also become a National Arts and Humanities Month fan on Facebook.

This week, the Americans for the Arts Artblog is hosting an Arts Education Salon:
More than 20 guest bloggers will be contributing to this national dialogue through timely and thought-provoking entries on the best way to provide children an arts education. We invite our readers to follow these posts and continue the conversation through your ideas, comments, and personal stories.

Instead of jumping on my soapbox today, I invite you to visit the Arts Education Salon and read all the thought provoking and insightful blog posts by respected leaders in the Art Education Advocacy world.

Just reaching up and grabbing a few books in my collection of books supporting arts in the schools, here's just a few:

The Arts and the Creation of the Mind
by Elliot W. Eisner
Yale University Press  2002

Arts with the Brain in Mind
by Eric Jensen
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 2001

Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind
A Guide to Right Brain/Left Brain Education
by Linda Verlee Williams
Simon and Schuster  1986

There are many, many more books on the subject in my personal bookshelves. I guess I have a little problem. Whenever I go to an art museum, my favorite part is the bookstore.

Love to hear what books on Art Education others highly recommend!
Happy Arts and Humanities Month!

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