art http://wkyufm.org en Organization Studies Level of Art Education Access in Kentucky, 8 Other States http://wkyufm.org/post/organization-studies-level-art-education-access-kentucky-8-other-states <p>The Kentucky Arts Council is examining data gathered by two studies regarding the status of art education across the commonwealth.&nbsp; The studies were conducted by <a href="http://www.southarts.org/" target="_blank">South Arts</a>, an organization that represents Kentucky and eight other states.&nbsp; Lori Meadows is executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.<br /><br />“Arts education really contributes to the education of the whole student,” &nbsp;said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. &nbsp;“In other words, it teaches creative thinking skills and the ability to connect different curriculum and different subject areas together.”<br /><br />The studies found that a sampling of Kentucky schools is performing at-or-above national averages when it comes to providing access to arts education.&nbsp; But Meadows cautions that only 27 percent of schools in the state responded to the a voluntary survey known as Phase One. But Phase Two, says Meadows, profiled an individual program that has shown success. In Kentucky’s case it was Owensboro Public Schools.<br /><br />“Children in that district – the students start out and they have the ability to participate in visual art, drama, music and dance,” said Meadows. “And at that particular high school [Owensboro High School]&nbsp; the drama program, known as the Rose Curtain players, is the oldest high school drama program in the state.”<br /><br />Meadows says community support of arts education is equally important as what is provided by school districts.<br /> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 50259 at http://wkyufm.org Organization Studies Level of Art Education Access in Kentucky, 8 Other States Ali Center in Louisville and Michigan Gallery Settle Dispute http://wkyufm.org/post/ali-center-louisville-and-michigan-gallery-settle-dispute <p>The Muhammad Ali Center and a Michigan art gallery have settled a dispute over whether and how to display more than 180 pieces chronicling the champion&#39;s career that were donated to the center. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:51:01 +0000 Associated Press 14903 at http://wkyufm.org Ali Center in Louisville and Michigan Gallery Settle Dispute