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Respect for the Aged Day 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021 | Karl Cole

The concept of filial piety (reverence for one’s elders) has been deeply ingrained in many cultures around the world for forever. At one time this may have been the case in the West, but the obs ...

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Curator’s Corner

National Arts in Education Week 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021 | Karl Cole

How quickly we forget that, up until the late 1800s, going to the local museum to copy “masterpieces” of past art and training under a male relative who was a professional artist were ...

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The Art of Healing

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Gillian J. Furniss

On September 11, 2001, firefighter Brenda Berkman was called to duty and went to the Twin Towers after the terrorist attack. Ten years later, she began to create lithograph prints about her experience ...

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Editor’s Letter: Connections

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Nancy Walkup

As an art teacher, I’ve always considered art to be central to the curriculum—a bridge that unites content areas in logical and meaningful ways. With art as a central focus, the interconne ...

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Digging Art through Science

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Jim Dodson

Sometimes you happen upon a great idea for a motivating lesson from watching your students try out new things. Such is the case with our archaeological dig project that was born from a student observi ...

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A Mural to Celebrate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Elizabeth Barker

In 2020, I received a Missouri Arts Council grant to bring St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc to our small-town community. Cbabi’s first and last names are acronyms: Creative Black Artist Battling Ign ...

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Picture the Music

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Linda Sachs

For the past twenty-five years, The St. Louis Symphony has sponsored an art contest called Picture the Music. The contest invites students to listen to a piece of music composed by classical composers ...

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Visual Thinking, Poetry, and Gold

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Beth Dobberstein

“Have you found the book of gold?” This was the question posed in a book that our reading specialist used to promote literacy at our school. The Book of Gold by Bob Staake (Random House Ch ...

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Curator’s Corner

9/11 Commemoration in Art

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 | Karl Cole

Many artists have tried to make sense of the horrific terror attacks that occurred in the United States 20 years ago, including some thoughtful and affecting artworks. Gerhard Richter created a truly ...

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Davis Desk

In Memory of Laura H. (Hill) Chapman

Friday, September 3, 2021 | Toni Henneman

Last month we lost a pillar of the art education community and an icon in the Davis family of authors. In celebration of the life of Dr. Laura H. Chapman, please enjoy this abridged letter Marilyn Ste ...

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Curator’s Corner

Gem of the Month: Kim Bong-Ryong

Monday, August 30, 2021 | Karl Cole

I have long held a big “Wow!” for lacquer in East Asian arts. That was especially true when I recently came upon this piece, which is why I'm featuring it as my Gem of the Month. It is suc ...

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Curator’s Corner

National Romance Awareness Month 2021 II

Monday, August 23, 2021 | Karl Cole

As is obvious from art even from the distant ancient world, the ideas of romance, affection, and love were not inventions of modern humans. And there are many ideas through art history about how to de ...

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Davis Desk

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Advocacy

Thursday, August 19, 2021 | Julian Wade

The 2021/22 Art Advocacy Planner is now available. This year, we bring you articles and lessons concerning art and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Following is a message from our President, Julia ...

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Curator’s Corner

National Romance Awareness Month 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021 | Karl Cole

I was not aware of the association of romance with the month of August, but I think it’s refreshing. On one website that explains national month days, it said that “February isn’t th ...

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Davis Desk

Happy National Romance Awareness Month: Jalisco Culture, Ancient Mexico

Thursday, August 12, 2021 | Karl Cole

National Romance Awareness Month? Who even knew this existed? Karl, our Art Historian extraordinaire, that’s who! This month, he’ll be featuring some pretty cool art to celebrate. While th ...

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Curator’s Corner

How Art Looks at Age

Monday, August 9, 2021 | Karl Cole

Having made my weekly visit to my dear friend Alice in a senior residence—where she was committed by a state conservator—I began thinking about how society perceives older (and I refuse to ...

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