First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Arts at the Core Tour makes fourth and final stop in Evanston

Arts at the Core in Evanston

Arts Alliance Illinois ended the Arts at the Core Tour tonight in Evanston with a show of force for arts education. More than 100 advocates came together to publicly launch the Evanston Arts Education Coalition and commit to creating an arts education plan for District 65.

Arts at the Core Tour comes to Rockford

Arts at the Core in Rockford

There was standing room only at the Collect: Art Gallery in Rockford for the third stop of the Arts at the Core Tour.

Arts at the Core Tour makes second stop in Peoria

Arts at the Core in Peoria

Arts Alliance Illinois was in Peoria today for the second stop of the Arts at the Core Tour. More than 50 arts providers, educators, and concerned citizens came together to reflect on the status of arts education in District 150 and to think about the future of arts learning in Peoria area schools.

Arts at the Core Tour kicks off in Carbondale

Arts at the Core in Carbondale

Arts Alliance Illinois launched the Arts at the Core Tour today in Carbondale. More than 50 teachers from Jackson and Perry County schools in Southern Illinois joined us to talk about Common Core State Standards.

I breathe life into your standards

Give thanks

In today's Chicago Sun-Times, Jeanne Walker, an art teacher at Orr High School in Chicago Public Schools, asks, "What is the purpose of education?"

In the midst of all the rhetoric about strikes, teacher evaluations and a longer school day, perhaps it is time to step back and ask: What is the purpose of education in urban Chicago?

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