This is the online stream for sharing conversations that happened throughout the Greater Bay Area from March through June 2012 around the question:

How can we collectively transform public education through the arts to create a better future for everyone?

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RESOURCE Recommendations from the Alliance Teaching and Leanring Group Meeting

1. Documenta 13 (international arts exhibition) taking an interesting swerve into transdisciplinary territory.   The interview
with its curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is in May’s issue of Artforum:
2.  Book recommendation  Chaos, Complexity, Curriculum and Culture:  A Conversation; Editors Doll, Jr., Fleener, Trueit and St. Julien
3.  From Kevin Bayuk  – Link to SF Permaculture Institute course site Provides
interesting framework for systemic thinking and generative change.
4.  Intersection for the Arts E-News: EXAMPLE of how an organization is highlighting conversations as a spring board for generative actions.
5. Go to place for art ed research–well organized and comprehensive!   Art Ed


True Blue – School built around Blue Man Group principles

Inspiration from the Blue School.  Check out this school (with roots in the Blue Man Group) whose mission is:  “cultivating creative, joyful and compassionate inquirers who use courageous and innovative thinking to build a harmonious and sustainable world.”

The school’s educational framework, takes its organizing principles directly from the personality profile of the Blue Man himself. “When we were designing the show,” Blue Man Matt explained, “we imagined the characters seeing and interacting with the world like children do. The Blue Man continually explores and researches the world around him. So we imagined him doing so via six different lenses:

  1. The Group Member – the lens of collaboration, connection, and global citizenship
  2. The Scientist – the lens of curiosity, critical thinking, experimentation and analysis
  3. The Hero – the lens of perseverance, commitment and leadership
  4. The Trickster – the lens of provocation, innovation, and play
  5. The Artist – the lens of imagination, instinct and creative expression
  6. The Innocent – the lens of emotional awareness and mindfulness

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Artists Brings What Schoo…

Artists Brings What Schools Need

Teaching artists are a catalytic force for teaching, learning and generative education transformation.  An article in the Huffington Post by Nick Rabkin articulates well the value teaching artists bring to our work.