A&E Digest: Creative Ecology program launches, and more

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Menlo Park-based national arts nonprofit launches a comprehensive study, Palo Alto Art Center and Junior Museum & Zoo team up to offer Creative Ecology program to kids, and more.

ART IN ACTION LAUNCHES STUDY ... Menlo Park-based arts nonprofit, Art in Action, has initiated a comprehensive study to determine how best to serve as a national model for arts education. Conducted by Stanford's John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, the study will visit Art in Action programs in schools regionally and nationally to identify more powerful ways to integrate art into school curricula and better provide educators with visual art teaching resources. Currently, Art in Action serves 50,000 students in grades K through eighth grade in 1,800 classrooms from 22 states. To learn more, go to artinaction.org.

ART CENTER, JUNIOR MUSEUM TEAM UP ... The Palo Alto Art Center and the Junior Museum & Zoo are joining forces for a new program: Creative Ecology: Exploring Our Environment with Art, Science, and the Community. Blending lessons in art and science, the project will employ artists-in residence who engage with the natural world in their work, and will take students outdoors in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto to teach an appreciation for the environment. The project is made possible by an $88,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To learn more about Creative Ecology, go to cityofpaloalto.org.

WORK IN THE ARTS ... The Palo Alto Art Center is seeking a part-time coordinator for their Children's Fine Art program. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the city's website. The center is also recruiting contract art educators for art summer camps and future projects. Those interested should email a resume to jennifer.wei@cityofpaloalto.org.

TEENS SELECTED FOR FELLOWSHIP ... Among this year's 29 Bronfman Youth Fellowship recipients from across North America are two Midpeninsula residents. Palo Alto's Lily Dodd and Mountain View's Matan Grinberg will be among the teens taking part in a five-week program of travel and study in Israel this summer, and will spend the following year in an intensive program focused on pluralism and social responsibility. Upon completion of the program, fellows will return home to initiate Jewish community or social action projects. For more information on the program, go to bronfman.org.

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