Month April 2013

Some school children may suffer the long-term effects of their school lacking a sufficient arts program. Photo Credit: Madame Noire.

Children Need Arts in Schools: Stop cutting the budget (Audio Story)

(Audio Story)

 

Introduction:

In a world where the arts seemed to be draining from the lives of school children, America may finally see a comeback in the funding for the art department.

This audio story reflects the vital importance of the arts in a child’s development into adolescence, during the most important time of learning: school.

 

Transcript provided for personal use only:

In present day, more people are sure of the importance of visual arts not only in our everyday lives, but also in the development of children’s growing minds and personalities, which are benefited through performing visual arts activities.

Many arts program advocates agree, when children get the chance to learn about the arts in schools, they are exposed to a practice that allows them to receive essential skill development. With art, children can develop long-term skills that will benefit them later on in adult-hood.

Lisa Phillips, author of  “The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World,” believes that children can benefit in many ways from having art or music class during the school day. In her article, she shares the top ten skills children can learn from the arts: creativity, confidence, perseverance, problem solving, focus, nonverbal communication, receiving constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication, and accountability.

Monique Mason, instructor at Full Sail University, also feels that the arts are important in today’s society. In an interview, she talked about how the need for a visual society has manifested through pop culture. “As far as our mass-mediated world, we have become a very visual society and I think a lot of that stems from the introduction of MTV in 1981. Once people started putting a look to music, it just turned our entire society into very visual society.”

Over the past years it seems the government is always ready to cut more of the budget for arts education. In the 2012 fiscal year, thirty-five states submitted proposals for arts funding budget cuts, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. In 2011, Wisconsin senator Rick Scott Walker motioned to rid the state percent for arts programs and to cut arts funding programs by 73 percent. Also in 2011, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona completely eliminated the states funding for the Arizona Commission for the Arts.

“In my profession as a teacher trying to put my material together to teach, I realize that the students are very visual students. And so, to not have an image is very detrimental; it holds their attention span. So, I really need to have visual arts as part of everything that I do,” said Mason, recalling the everyday importance of art elements incorporated into her lesson plans.

According to an article from LA Times, President Obama’s new budget proposal for the coming fiscal year would increase the federal arts budget by 10 percent. Starting Oct. 1, that would bring the arts education spending up to $1.58 billion for the 2013-14 budget year.

This proposed action from the President, seems as though it may be a turnaround for some classrooms in America. Hopefully with positive efforts, a better place in the world can be made for all children to get the right dosage of artistic expression.

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) TheEliteIcons.com, powered by Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, will give partygoers and promoters a way to communicate directly. Patrons share their needs with venue owners, and owners will be given the chance to make direct improvements. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

The Elite Icons Plan to Give the Ultimate Nightlife Experience

Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, co-owners of Elite Icons, have great ideas to ensure patrons receive the best experience while out on the town, enjoying the nightlife, confirming that all guests get the special treatment of the Elite Icons experience.

What exactly is the Elite Icons experience?  In order to answer the first question, here is something else to think about: have you ever been to a party that promised a special appearance of an official celebrity guest? However, upon arrival you find out that not only is the celebrity not coming, but that the party promoter used false advertisement just to get you and your friends to come to his party. Well, this is exactly what the Elite Icons movement strives to turn around.

Imagine a central entertainment hub, a one-stop-shop for promoters and patrons to interact with one another. Therefore, a club owner can promote a concert to a customer; the customer can then go to the concert and later provide ratings and feedback on the event that the club owner can view and improve upon. The idea is to create business relationships with club owners, event promoters, and venue operators to ensure enjoyment, safety and reliability to all guests. For instance, this would serve as a way to certify to partygoers that if a celebrity is promoted with the event, then that celebrity will actually be at the event.

Tisdale and Howard first met through a mutual friend, by attending home-based entrepreneurial business workshops. It was here that they discussed business plans, strategies and ideas. Moreover, Elite Icons evolved from what started as a modeling company at Tisdale’s high school. Fashion shows were held, and parties were thrown to raise money for the fashion shows, while models helped promote the parties. Eventually the aspect of the modeling company slowed, as Elite Icons at the time focused more on just throwing parties in clubs and lounges.

Pursuing what they love to do, Howard and Tisdale stand as inspiration for all young people planning for success. In the next five years, they see Elite Icons as an up and running platform for guests to fully interact with an event, event promoters, and vice versa. This includes complete event listings by city across the country, event discounts for members, VIP table and bottle service discounts and much more. Read more about the Elite Icons at TheEliteIcons.tumblr.com.

Elite Icons Photo Essay

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are the owners of The Elite Icons, an online event promotions and marketing company designed to ease patrons into thrilling events with reliability. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are the owners of The Elite Icons, an online event promotions and marketing company designed to ease patrons into thrilling events with reliability. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard introduce a new way to have fun and reassurance at major events. With the Elite Icons, patrons can soon be sure that the event of interest is as promising as it seems.  (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard introduce a new way to have fun and reassurance at major events. With the Elite Icons, patrons can soon be sure that the event of interest is as promising as it seems. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) TheEliteIcons.com, powered by Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, will give partygoers and promoters a way to communicate directly. Patrons share their needs with venue owners, and owners will be given the chance to make direct improvements. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) TheEliteIcons.com, powered by Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard, will give partygoers and promoters a way to communicate directly. Patrons share their needs with venue owners, and owners will be given the chance to make direct improvements. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are always working hard to manifest the vision of the Elite Icons experience, coming up with new ways for guests to fully enjoy every aspect of major festivities. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are always working hard to manifest the vision of the Elite Icons experience, coming up with new ways for guests to fully enjoy every aspect of major festivities. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are two innovative minds with bright ideas for the future, inspiring the likes of peers to pursue the passions they believe in. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)

Orlando, FL (Apr. 13, 2013) Devin Tisdale and Devon Howard are two innovative minds with bright ideas for the future, inspiring the likes of peers to pursue the passions they believe in. (Photo by Lawren Chandler)