In recent years many school districts have had to restructure their arts curriculums to meet the growing emphasis on standards that is central to most school reform. This unique collection is meant to assist educators, policymakers, grantmakers and other stakeholders by focusing on the potential benefits of arts education for students and communities alike, and providing examples of creative ways school districts are handling their constraints.

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Fire Log: A Report on the Fire Project

May 1, 2004

Building on the workshop process developed during The ICE Project, DanceArts Vancouver, now Judith Marcuse Projects, in the period 1998 to 2001, organized dozens of wide-ranging, carefully-constructed and challenging workshops in movement, theatre, media literacy and film and video production that were attended by a highly-diverse group of more than 400 hundred youth aged 15-18 throughout British Columbia. This in-depth process produced a body of stories, observations and insights that provided the "raw material" for the later creation, by the core artistic team, of the script for the production, FIRE....where there's smoke. While ICE explored the issue of teen suicide, FIRE explored the nature of violence as experienced by youth and its effects on their lives.

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Ice Project

May 1, 2001

In 1995, under the artistic leadership of Judith Marcuse, DanceArts (now JMP) began a remarkable project, one that eventually brought together thousands of teenagers, professonal artists and community resource people in national collaboration.The ICE Project started with two years of small group workshops that involved some three hundred 15 to 18 old young people. These workshops were designed for teenagers to explore and express the pressures in their lives using the languages of art practice.

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