As protesters flooded the state capital in Wisconsin protesting the loss of collective bargaining options for teachers and other public employees Trudel MacPherson principals, working with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education network, coached representatives of the Wisconsin Arts Alliance and other arts education advocates from across the country including attendees from Florida, Oklahoma, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Washington. All shared similar issues — how to build support for education in and through the arts in a time of fiscal tug-of-wars?Read More
Some noises we’re hearing as 2011 gets underway — Snip, snip, snip – the sound of Congress cutting budgets for non essential programs; snap, snap, snap – the sound of state budgets collapsing from overstretched entitlement programs. How can arts education programs in states across the country survive and prevail?
Principals Mary Trudel and Rory MacPherson will work with members of the Alliance to help beleaguered directors and staff members find the words to reframe the conversation and help make Arts Education a high community priority, able to resist budget cuts, overcome apathy and energize advocates.Read More
As the late Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill said famously, “all politics are local.” Could this be a lesson for the arts sector?
Trudel | MacPherson is intrigued by the Arts Spaces initiatives taking root across the U.S. and suggested the topic Art Works: A Discussion About Art Spaces and Communities for an Alliance for the Arts/Times Arts Forum. Panelists from the Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Festival and Artspace Projects discussed the transformative role arts assets and artists can play in reviving neighborhoods and strengthening communities.Read More