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The Center for Arts in the Basic Curriculum (CABC)

In 1989, Eric Oddleifson created the Center for Arts in the Basic Curriculum (CABC) to carry forward his ideas about the need for the arts to be central to the missions of all schools. CABC had a small but stellar board that included Cognitive Psychologist and Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner and Harriet Fulbright, Former Director of the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities.

CABC published a significant library of new thinking on the efficacy of education through the arts. Mr. Oddleifson became a member of the Board of Trustees of Walnut Hill in 1992, one of only three private residential high schools in the United States that offers both pre-professional artistic training for students and academic excellence. There, he found a laboratory of education through the arts, and progressive educational approaches lead by Head of School Stephanie Perrin.

Walnut Hill wished to promote the concept of "education through the arts" to public schools and other organizations, and created an internal Center for Arts and Learning to explore that objective. CABC merged with the Center for Arts and Learning in 1999 to form the National Arts & Learning Foundation, an independent non profit organization housed on the Walnut Hill campus. In the spring of 2002, the organization changed its name to the National Arts & Learning Collaborative to more accurately reflect its approach to fulfilling its mission by creating partnerships and networks among a variety of institutions, organizations and individuals, to accomplish its goals.

New Horizons for Learning previously hosted the CABC's website. We continue to offer access to electronic versions of the CABC's articles and publications.


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