Expanding the Arts in Boston’s Schools – Meet Myran Parker-Brass, 2016 Leader to Learn From
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Expanding the Arts in Boston’s Schools – Meet Myran Parker-Brass, 2016 Leader to Learn From


I’m a musician. I’ve always been a musician. I also love teaching. Finding the opportunity to teach, as well as you know to perform has always been what keeps me sane. Our job is to make sure that our students see art, understand art, appreciate it. And if they are passionate enough, create it. She’s changing the minds of people whose whose minds were decided pretty fixed on with the arts were not for and could not do. The biggest challenge we have is the
data conversation because that is the reason why people give not to do arts,
where Myran has been really effective is she manages to humanize those words and numbers, and to help us all meet in the middle and recognize that the reason
that we’re struggling with each other is not about each other it’s about ways to
support kids. This building process for Boston
Public Schools, of Arts Education, has been very purposeful and it’s a partnership –
the school district, the arts community we have both sides of our community who
are committed to arts education and we’re working in parallel. Learning and working in the arts
provides students the opportunity to be creative to be innovative to be
reflective, you know, to learn how to work as a team. It turns them into these
wonderful creative-thinking citizens and they take all of the skills that we
teach them in the arts, and they can apply them. The arts are there to really help our
children understand how to learn in a space where, for many of them, it is that
space where they feel successful

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