Eportfolios of ePortfolios



Professional Statement

I’ve been having students create professional statements in Internship class –so here’s mine:

Participation in the arts and culture is fundamental to human experience.  As a community arts management educator,I attend to conditions that foster and support the best possible arts experiences. I believe that the arts help connect formal and informal learning,foster participatory culture and civic engagement,and increase quality of life. I facilitate arts participation through education,community partnerships,research,and leadership.

Welcome to a new year


My presentation for ICICTE in Rhodes,Greece,July 6,2012ICICTE

AAD ePortfolios

Today seven students and two faculty will share informally how they have been using their eportfolios in our system.

Here is my brief powerpoint introduction: AADPResent51412

Amiri Baraka!

Last night I attended a talk by Amiri Baraka in Lawrence Hall on the University of Oregon campus,sponsored by the UO Multicultural Center. He’s one of my heroes from the civil rights movement (then and now) and as a noted playwright.  I conducted research on his plays when I was a doctoral student at Arizona State University and learning from Gus Edwards.  He took me back to the days growing up in the South,and going to school with kids from the civil rights movement,including King’s kids. Living it,breathing it,growing up with stories everyone knows… Listening to Baraka talking about King and the impact of the movement on the world then and now,reminded me how important it is to keep history alive –how different it is to live these stories.  Some of the things he said that I captured

“the clan took their white robes off to sit in Congress”

“the south is the homeland of afro-americans”

“you got freedom of speech as long as you don’t say anything”

“great artists have to be at the top of their time”

And when he was tired of talking,he spoke poetry.  And,as it has been all week,it struck me that when words and politics fail us in the struggle against oppressions of all kinds,the arts kick in,they are the power of change and transformation. Beyond advocacy and policies -what I teach all the time –we fall back on the arts when all else fails.

TEP Presentation,Nov 11

On November 11,2011,I was invited by Andrew Bonamici to present on a panel about the history and theory driving the eportfolio project,particularly in the campus-wide initiative with the Ufolio group.

AAD eportfolios

Are you are cultural omnivore?

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What is a cultural omnivore,and how does it apply to cultural policy?

I am at the Social Theory,Politics,and the Arts conference at George Mason University in Arlington,Va. Tomorrow,I’m doing a presentation on early federal programs in community youth arts.

The plenary session today includes updates on national research resources in the cultural industries,including CPANDA (Cultural Policy and National Data Archive),the NEA’s new SPPA (Survey of Public Participation in the Arts), the Humanities Indicators Project,and American for the Arts’National Arts Index.

Coming to you from Arts Advocacy Day

2010Americans for the Arts,Arts Advocacy Day

I was in DC April 8-12,attending Arts Education Partnership.  I participated in the training for Arts Advocacy Day.  Here are some of my brief “take-aways”:

Here’s what they are saying about the Arts:

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Economic stimulus and the NEA

Money for the arts in the jobs package,making the economic case –direct impact on jobs creation and the economy

Development of 21st century skills development for new digital/creative economy and workforce

Connected to sustainable cities (historically the NEA has supported such initiative,Livable Cities is one,and there are many that have been positioned over the years for community development issues).  Now it is more closely linked to the arts as fostering civic engagement,and how this contributed to sustainable communities.

Creative Industries –moving into talking about the creative sector as encompassing not just the nonprofit arts,but also the entertainment industries and for profit enterprises.


Demonstrating numbers impacted in your district

Putting a “face”on it,a personalized spin (stories) that demonstrate impact of participation.

This summer,they are sponsoring a “50 states in 50 days” Members meeting with home district,holding events,and collecting stories of direct impact

For Arts Education:

1. Academic Achievement (including retention and transfer,and fostering            youth civic and community participation.

2. Creative economies workforce development –employers want people who can        demonstrate creativity and imagination

3.  Arts and Healthcare

Tomorrow they go to the capital to lobby! Americans for the Arts is soliciting videos of anecdotes of how the arts benefit us.  Let’s do it….

(Oregon did not have a state rep here today)

Middle School Student Coming to College with eports

In Middle School,Charting Their Course to College and Beyond

NY Times article about middle school students designing learning plans through eports….

Charting the future of education- what we need to prepare for in ways people learn and are prepared for learning…..

But this year,all 428 sixth graders at Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick,N.J.,are charting their own academic path with personalized student learning plans — electronic portfolios containing information about their learning styles,interests,skills,career goals and extracurricular activities……read more…….

Curriculum for arts managers

The  Association for Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) standards state that the core components of a graduate education in arts management,should include the following:

• The nature of the creative process;how art and the artist function in society

• The economic,political and social environment for the arts

• The local arenas in which arts organizations exist

• The arts’ impact capacities within an international environment

• The importance and potential of technology

• The impact of demographic diversity and multiculturalism

• The ethical issues confronting arts managers[1]

One thing I am aware of regarding preparing future cultural sector leaders for the new 21st century cultural economy is that there are a multitude of educational opportunities for advanced study in arts management.  There are a huge range of educational options available to people,including models like the Arts Extension Partnership (AEP) online certification program for arts management,online programs such as at Drexel,arts management programs in Business schools,and located in discipline-specific departments (Theatre,Music,etc).  I have even seen some in Social Work.  As a Research I institute,UO  focuses on research and theory-building,which is a different focus from a business school orientation,or other programs that either focus on developing business schools,or preparing artists to engage with communities,etc. AAAE is helping to define academic preparation more fully for this emerging field.

[1] From AAAE standards doc