In addition to over 300 workshop listings, the September issue has a marvelous article on a Dallas initiative that integrates the arts into the standard middle and upper school curriculum (“Kids Get Smart With Art,” by Tucker Coombe). The premise is simple and incontestable: students learn best when they engage all aspects of their being: their bodies as well as their brains. Mathematical intervals make sense when you’re dancing; optics, when you mix colors of paint or play with stage lights. Read about arts initiatives across the country in the Wallace Foundation’s report, produced by the RAND Corporation, “Revitalizing Arts Education through Community-Wide Coordination”.
Reading Tucker Coombe’s article (and the tributes pouring in from former students of Frank McCourt) reminded me of the wonderful teachers who so influenced my life. In my letter from the editor in the September issue, I urged you drop a line to an art teacher you’re grateful to. If you’ve lost touch, I invite you to post the letter here. Maybe it will find its way to her or him!