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The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Art Every Day

Now THIS is an awesome idea! The folks at GOOD have put together a 30-Day challenge to incorporate the arts into your daily life! We love the list they’ve put together AND you can do most of these activities at E.E. Bass! Check out the article after the jump!

Art is essential. If you haven’t reached that conclusion on your own, consider some evidence: Science shows that exposure to art is correlated with enhanced abilities in math, cognition, and vocabulary. Studies also show that art has the potential to make people better citizens of the planet. In a 2005 report by the Rand Corporation, researchers wrote that visual arts “can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing.”

We agree with those conclusions. To that end, we’re using March’s GOOD 30-Day Challenge to dare ourselves to make time for art in our lives. Below are 31 ideas for incorporating art into your month. If you’d like, you can try to do all 31 tasks in a week, or take your time and space them out. Either way, every time you’ve completed a task, come back to this page and check off the one you’ve done. At the end of the month, we’ll tally up all the actions to quantify how much more artistic everyone got in March.

As usual, this won’t work if you don’t play along at home. Consider this post an open invitation to join in the challenge as often as you’d like. And don’t forget to sign up for the challenge newsletter below to stay aware of what’s happening with the challenge and read stories about the different elements of living an artistic life. On Twitter and Facebook, we’ll be using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD to keep you abreast of our progress, and we hope you’ll use it to let us know how you’re faring too.

via The GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Art Every Day – Culture – GOOD.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.