“Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.” Marshal McLuhan
The 12th Annual All Oakland Youth Talent Showcase was held at Laney College on Saturday, May 19. Bay Area non-profit Oakland Leaf sponsored this year’s showcase. Oakland Leaf transforms community “through creative education.” The theme, “Taking Back Oakland: The Heart of Resistance,” was chosen by youth leaders, so that Oakland young people could create their own vision of Oakland.
Art education is not a fringe concept. Elliot Eisner, Emeritus Professor Education at Stanford, popularized 10 Lessons That Arts Teach. When students practice art, students become better problem solvers. Students become more innovative. Young people always become better communicators.
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On Friday March 30, the Epilepsy Foundation of America held the 2012 National Walk for Epilepsy VIP Reception. Eisai sponsored the event. It was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts the evening before the National Walk for Epilepsy. I embedded a 39 picture photo gallery below the initial photos.
At the event, EFA honored Howard Koh and his part at creating the Institute of Medicine Report on the Spectrum of Epilepsy. According to Tony Coelho, the IOM would not have released the report if not for Dr. Koh.
Several other prominent epilepsy advocates attended the event, including Susan Axelrod and Carmita Vaughan from CURE Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. (I saw Carmita at the walk the next morning also.) Many others attended. If you can identify them, would you please use the comment section and add names and affiliations if relevant? I will update the blog post periodically and add names and links to sites.… Read the rest