Academy of Art University: Supporting Artistic Freedom

New York Fashion Week is a platform that allows people to tell their different stories through fabric and stitching. The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its 21st runway showcase in September. Months of painstaking work, sweat and tears were poured on to the runway for 15 minutes for the world to relish. Ten new Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts graduates worked together to portray their visions of the future of fashion and stories from all their diverse backgrounds. They had five women’s wear, two men’s wear and two collaboration collections between them. There was the use of traditional hand and machine embroidery techniques and beautiful prints inspired by the breathtaking San Francisco topography. However, the creative combination of different fabrics carried the day.

Different and Better but the Same

The then Sunset Magazine Creative Director, Richard S. Stephen, established the Academy of Art University in 1929. He had a dream to transform aspiring and discerning artists into industry titans. He believed in the ability of a driven person to learn the relevant skills to thrive in their craft. The current President, Dr. Elisa Stephens, has done an excellent job of keeping the institution up to date while still maintaining the founding father’s vision. Thankfully, they have maintained a position ahead of the curve, which is a testament to their selfless commitment.

Churning Out Quality

The largest property owner in San Francisco boasts a state of the art facility right in the heart of the city. The Academy of Art University has a faculty of industry professionals like actress Diane Baker and a well-rounded curriculum to give the graduates an edge. Today, the institution has more than 18000 students and is the largest accredited private art and design university. It is exceedingly proud of its alumni, frequently posting on their achievements, awards, and nominations. On the list of former students are Raven Simone, Lauren Conrad, Elena Slivnyak and Alex Snyder. Most recently, the Academy of Art University was recognized as having the top rank in online education and animation.

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The Success Academy Is Making A Positive Difference For New York’s Charter School Students

Eva Moskowitz founded the Success Academy with two goals. She wanted high performance schools in New York City and an improvement in American education. A free portal referred to as the Success Academy Educational Institute offers strategies for teacher and curriculum development. These strategies will be used all over the city in the Success Academy’s 41 locations.

 

According to Eva Moskowitz too may children have become trapped in schools where they are not learning basic reading, writing, science and Add to mathematics. The Success Academy ha already achieved a track record for improving the academic outcome of students of color from low income families. They won the Broad Prize for $250,000 for scholarships for college readiness. Their online platform is introducing teachers all over the country to the mantra of the Success Academy.

 

The Success Academy is opening a training facility for teachers in Manhattan complete with a lab school for kindergarten up to the eighth grade. This includes workshops, training sessions and conferences at the facility in Hudson Yards. Of the 14,000 students 76 percent are from low income families and 93 percent are Hispanic or African-American. Their elementary and middle school students were in the upper ten percent statewide in science, math and English testing.

 

According to Eva Moskowitz the network is successful because they place their focus on improving the literacy of their students. This was the reason for the new website’s launch. The lesson plans are broken down in steps that are easy to follow and use the THINK Literacy curriculum. The Education Institute will eventually include the Success Academy’s curriculum for math, science and humanities. Eva Moskowitz has fought the Mayor of New York City for the right to have her charter schools and she has won her battle regarding her program for the pre-K program students.

Mission Possible

 

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