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“We applaud New Bedford municipal leaders for creating a dedicated fund for arts and culture, and also applaud Gov. Baker for supporting this measure. New Bedford receives approximately $70,000 annually in state funding for the arts, and dedicating a portion of the city’s hotel tax to an arts, culture, and...
Arts Education is a Key Piece to a Student’s Education Changes in federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) direct states to restructure their accountability and assistance systems for schools and districts. Under the current system, Massachusetts determines school quality almost exclusively by standardized test scores in English/Language Arts, Math,...
#ArtsEdChat was a Success: Keep the Conversation Going On December 14, educators, artists, and arts & cultural leaders and supporters engaged in an online twitter chat to discuss why arts education matters and how Massachusetts can boost arts education in its schools. The conversation was so vibrant that within minutes, #ArtsEdChat trended nationally....
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The Drama Studio is one of a handful of youth theatres in the United States that offers quality, range, and depth in its acting training programs. For Springfield-area youth, the Studio's conservatory program offers an unusual opportunity for training that prepares its graduates (all of whom are college bound) to...