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Fine Arts Museum Bringing Students, Ancient Worlds Together

It’s just a few dozen yards from the charter buses to the stately columns of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts entrance. Dozens of energetic 12- and 13-year-olds jump off the bus after a 25-minute ride from their Clearwater’s Oak Grove Middle School. Volunteer docents scramble to sort out small groups by color, and […]

How An Arts Program Is Changing A School’s Identity

When Jonathan De Leon left his home state of New Jersey to teach at North Miami Middle School in 2007, he immediately saw possibility — both in the school and the students. A post-graduate teaching job in an affluent neighborhood in Philadelphia quickly convinced De Leon that North Miami Middle — persistently a low-achieving school, […]

VIDEO: Sir Patrick Stewart Talks Arts Education, Shakespeare

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart is best known in the United States for his roles on stage and on screen. But you might be surprised to learn that the man who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard is chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, a 20,000-student university in England. Stewart was in South Florida this past week for Going […]

Why Florida Educators Want To Change Arts Accountability In Schools

When Allison Rojas looks at a painting by Alice Neel, the high school junior sees more than a seated woman in a purple sari. “She uses very bold lines as you can see,” says Rojas. “Very fleshy paintings.” Rojas has an eye that’s been trained in fine arts classes at Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior […]

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