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Celebrating Arts in Education

September 14, 2015
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Celebrating Arts in Education

There is lots of discussion about whether the value of arts education is arts for arts sake or for the kind of tangential benefits it can provide—increasing test scores, improving math or literacy or social skills or empathy or things like school attendance or civic engagement. When I think of all these students, how can you ever say?

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Remarks to Chatham County Board of Commissioners

March 3, 2015
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Remarks to Chatham County Board of Commissioners

My name is Gina Harrison and I currently serve as President of the Board for the Chatham Arts Council. As you consider priorities for the upcoming budget year, I want to thank you for your efforts to fully restore County support for the arts, to share a bit about the work of the Chatham Arts

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Invest in the Arts on #GivingTuesday

December 1, 2014
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Invest in the Arts on #GivingTuesday

I recommend these organizations for #GivingTuesday. Their efforts improve our communities, assist our teachers and schools, and provide our students new opportunities. They need your investment—your time, your talents, your money.

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Remarks to Chatham County Board of Education

September 17, 2013
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Remarks to Chatham County Board of Education

Dr. Jordan, Mr. Hamm and Members of the Board: In the summer of 2007 I made my first presentation to the School Board to advocate for funds for the Northwood Arts Wing. I proposed that “talented students and dedicated faculty could only continue their tradition of excellence for a limited amount of time without a

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Comments to County Commissioners

May 20, 2013
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Comments to County Commissioners

Comments to Chatham County Commissioners May 20, 2013 My name is Gina Harrison. I’m an arts education advocate here in Chatham County—founding president of the NHS Arts Education Foundation, a board member of ArtsNC, and a volunteer serving on the Board of ChathamArts. Thank you for the opportunity to speak as you consider public funding

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Remembering What Might Have Been

January 26, 2013
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Remembering What Might Have Been

I should be sitting in the War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro, proudly supporting our four Northwood singers amid the 800+ high school singers from across North Carolina at this year's NC High School All-State Choral Festival. …Meeting, singing, and sharing with peers (did I tell you it's more than 800 high school singers?) "from Murphy to Manteo." Learning new music, historical background, technique, getting to work with talented college instructors, and measuring their skill and preparation with the group at large. Maybe thinking about getting to sing in college. And performing with perhaps one of the largest groups and...

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Arts Abounding

January 22, 2013
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Arts Abounding

Busy week here in central NC for the arts and arts ed … ArtsNC Board meets this Thursday in Greensboro. Planning for Regional Arts Summits prior to Arts Day 2013: April 9-10. Coming to Hickory, Goldsboro, Concord, and the Triangle in February and March.

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Changing of the Guard

May 31, 2012
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Changing of the Guard

When I think about “parent involvement,” during my kids’ years in Chatham County Schools, three things come to mind as most influential. 4th Grade trip to Outer Banks—Three days traveling with 100 students, their parents and teachers! With Mattie Smith’s superb organizational skills, it was a delight to watch a teacher’s fine mix of discipline

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Supporting Arts & Arts Education in Chatham County: Remarks to Chatham County Commissioners

April 16, 2012
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Supporting Arts & Arts Education in Chatham County: Remarks to Chatham County Commissioners

Investment and Achievement Benefits of Arts in NC In addition to improving the quality of life and promoting communities to new residents and business, the creative community offers tangible, economic benefits. As of 2009 in NC, this industry created and sustained almost 300,000 jobs, generated $10 billion in employee compensation, and produced more than $40

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Seniors Take Center Stage

January 23, 2011
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Seniors Take Center Stage

Just before the winter holiday I got to see some excellent “performances” by students who probably don’t think of themselves as performers. I had the privilege of serving as one of the judges for Northwood’s Graduation Project.  It was a very successful night on many fronts.  First and foremost, the student presentations I saw were

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NC Arts Ed Task Force Report Submitted

December 3, 2010
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NC Arts Ed Task Force Report Submitted

From today’s NC Department of Public Instruction Arts Education Update: S66 COMPREHENSIVE ARTS EDUCATION PLAN MOVES FORWARD The State Board of Education appointed a task force of members from the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Cultural Resources to create a Comprehensive Arts Education Development plan for the public schools in North Carolina.

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Convergence

October 15, 2010
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Convergence

Recently,  NHSAEF, ChathamArts, & NHS Arts Ed hosted a local Creative Conversation for National Arts & Humanities Month, and our friends from EbzB, Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen, presented a great interactive program on Arts Integration. Students, teachers, administrators, and community members participated in a short example as Serena & David led us through

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Moving Right Along…

September 21, 2010
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Moving Right Along…

For our next act, we’ve got an exciting program planned for October, National Arts and Humanities Month. It’s a collaborative effort and we hope to attract broad spectrum of the community … Pittsboro, NC—NHS Arts Education Foundation, ChathamArts, and the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Arts in Ed in My Neighborhood

September 17, 2010
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Celebrating Arts in Ed in My Neighborhood

Along with many, I’ve been celebrating the first National Arts in Education Week. As with any new project, there are a lot of details and more ideas than can be accomplished in a short amount of time. But here are … Continue reading 

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Thank you 50 Times

July 1, 2010
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Thank you 50 Times

Summer is officially here and NHS Arts Ed Foundation is completing it’s 3rd year supporting the Northwood High School Arts Education department, faculty, and students. We just announced our third set of college scholarships—for a total of $15,000 in 3 … Continue reading 

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Celebrating Duke Chapel’s 75th Anniversary

April 15, 2010
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Celebrating Duke Chapel’s 75th Anniversary

Program for Sunday’s concert: Beautiful Savior F. Melius Christiansen Sanctus Charles Gounod Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré Beautiful River arr. John Rutter How Firm a Foundation Traditional American arr. Emma Lou Diemer Where E’er You Go Allan Friedman (sung … Continue reading 

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In the Thick of It Thicket

March 22, 2010
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In the Thick of It Thicket

Last week I was listening to a Downstage Center Podcast from the American Theatre Wing.  Susan Hilferty, Broadway costume designer for Wicked, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Spring Awakening was interviewed and talked a lot about … Continue reading 

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Snippets

February 25, 2010
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Snippets

I love the things that just appear on my digital doorstep.  Since my husband introduced me to google alerts, every day I get information both useful and quirky. At the moment, in addition to alerts for “arts education” + “gina harrison” , I’m getting

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In the Neighborhood

January 15, 2010
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In the Neighborhood

Back in September ArtsBlog from Americans for the Arts started a section focused on Arts Education with more than 25 arts ed experts from across the country making contributions. There are some fascinating posts with provocative ideas. Andrea Temkin’s post, What is Arts Learning Anyway? began with some information about the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership

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Looking Ahead: Virtual Feasts

January 14, 2010
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I go to Weaver Street Market near my office for lunch often and my first stop is always at the dessert counter. I like to stand there and contemplate all the scrumptious and beautifully decorated pies, cakes, tarts, chocolate mousse cups, cup cakes, lemon bars, cheesecakes…well, you get the idea. Then a really nice employee

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