This sounds really nifty, lord knows I like this sort of stuff, but I’m troubled by the fact that ““The hipster element is helping drive the restaurants, for sure,” said Colliers Tampa Bay real estate senior associate Raquel Coryer. “It’s been a long time coming, but this is a community growing into itself.”” Seminole Heights ain’t the prettiest neighborhood in Tampa, but implying that the community lacked food, culture, etc… before affluent white people started buying dilapidated properties and putting in restaurants that the community already there would never eat in, is wrong. I mean, take Taco Bus for instance. Say what you will (I know some people say its not as good as it used to be), the food is good and its not overpriced. Its picked up white-people appeal in the last few years but the fact is you don’t have to be necessarily affluent to eat there. Places like The Refinery do not share that accessibility (look at their menu if you doubt me), and therefore potentially serve to alienate the community, not “grow into itself”.
Holy hell, George Lucas is on this site. He is, for lack of a better term, talking about arts integration- the idea that graphic knowledge, cinema and music belong in the classroom as much as the 3 R’s.
I should back up- going to their “about us” page, I learned that this is, in fact, an offshoot of the George Lucas Foundation, so I guess it would make sense that he’s on it.
I like the fact that the core strategies they cite are not standards based but student-based; the idea that each student should be evaluated on their inherent qualities rather than their ability to meet predetermined standards is refreshing, coming from an organization like this (just look at the shit-show the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has shelled out money for in my home district of Hillsborough if you want to see what education reform should not look like).
A good example: a teacher from West Virginia wrote about how her students do their assignments completely and well, but not always in the time frame expected, which has administration breathing down her neck. Rather than giving the students arbitrary quizzes to take up time and fill grades, other teachers suggested that the students ought to be evaluated for their process as much as the final results, which I think is highly worth while.
This is not the first time I’ve come across this site- in fact, I have a separate tab open right now with a recording from the Chicago Creative Expo on how to get published. CAR is extremely well organized, which for artists is a rarity. The site can be filtered by dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, as well as by general announcements, reflections, articles, job/work announcements, events, locations- ridiculously comprehensive. I admit to most frequently checking their site for job listings. I also follow them on facebook so I often read the articles they post when they announce them. As an artist its really helpful to have these sorts of resources available.