Latest Arts education News

Chesterfield schools take part in Disney theater program

Dec. 03, 2022 09:02 AM EST

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — Disney magic is coming to four Chesterfield schools. Bensley, Crestwood, Harrowgate and Reams elementary schools were selected to take part in “Disney Musicals in Schools,” a national program that infuses theater arts in public elementary schools. It is the...

Acting Uvalde police chief during school shooting steps down

Nov. 18, 2022 01:15 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Uvalde officer who was leading the city's police department during the hesitant law enforcement response to an elementary school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers has stepped down, a city spokeswoman said. Lt. Mariano Pargas retired on Thursday...

Professor takes a turn with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 12, 2022 11:37 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — On a Thursday morning in a booth at First Watch on Summers Street in Charleston, conductor Scott Woodard remarked that he’d been around the Kanawha Valley so long he could barely go anywhere without running into somebody he knew. “There’s always a...

Californians approve big funding boost for arts education

Nov. 09, 2022 00:08 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California voters on Tuesday approved a ballot measure backed by a celebrity lineup that included Barbra Streisand and Los Angeles-born rappers will.i.am and Dr. Dre that could pump as much as $1 billion a year from the state’s general fund into arts education. ...

$40K Save the Music Foundation grant enhances arts at school

Nov. 06, 2022 10:50 AM EST

MANNINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Next fall, the Mannington Middle School band will have brand-new instruments, thanks to a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. The school’s student body gathered recently in the auditorium to listen to their band perform...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Nov. 01, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. October 27, 2022. Editorial: Mourn St. Louis school shooting victims. Condemn lawmakers behind Missouri’s gun laws A teacher and a student died following a shooting Monday at a high school in St. Louis. Several others were injured. ...

School gunman had AR-15-style weapon, 600 rounds of ammo

Oct. 25, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old who killed a teacher and a 15-year-old girl at a St. Louis high school was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and what appeared to be more than 600 rounds of ammunition, a police official said Tuesday. Orlando Harris also left behind a handwritten note...

Education chief says music can rebuild connections to school

Oct. 20, 2022 15:15 PM EDT

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona's household as a child was filled with music. Both his parents were performers, and he and his siblings were their backing band. “My brother played the guitar and I played percussion. My sister joined in on...

Star-backed measure for arts education on California ballot

Oct. 11, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — From Hollywood movies to the Beach Boys and Snoop Dogg, California has been a world-famous incubator of the arts. Yet arts education is lagging in the state's public schools. Advocacy organizations say fewer than a quarter of them have a full-time arts or music...

Singer driven from Belarus for speaking out tries to rebuild

Oct. 09, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Ilya Silchukou was a cultural icon in his native Belarus, the lead soloist at the State Opera Bolshoi who represented his nation at official government functions at home and abroad and performed at opera houses across Europe. He lived a privileged and comfortable life...