As we continue to grow towards our goal of becoming the No. 1 resource for people looking for art careers, we figured now was as good a time as any to roll out our new and easy regular feature — the Monday Five — a collection of five stories about art news. Careers in art and the industry itself can be fickle and hard to follow, so we will cull together what we think is the most pertinent art news from the previous week and deliver it to you. Some will be news about the industry, others will be fun and lighthearted stories we thought others might miss. They will all be about art in some form or another. If you have any news you think we should include, email us at [email protected].

The Five

1. In a time where budget cuts in schools are threatening art programs across the country, any news about the importance of art education for students is important. Luckily for arts education proponents, the National Endowment for the Arts is dedicated to bringing this news to the public, as they did last week when they released a report highlighting the incredible benefits of art education on at-risk youth. The report uses data from the U.S. Department of Education primarily to determine that at-risk youth who are often exposed to arts education tend to have better academic results, a higher level of civic engagement, and better work opportunities. The whole study is worth a read, so take a look if you have the time.

2. In Saturday’s New York Times, art adviser Jean Efron took the time to explain how the art that corporations choose for their office has a distinct effect on the image that the corporation wishes to put forth. The column is basically just a condensed version of stories from her career as an art adviser, but it is still interesting to hear about how much detail, thought, and effort goes into the art that can be found around office buildings. So next time you enter your office, or the office of a friend or family member, pay closer attention to the paintings and sculptures and design you see around you, it may hold clues to the type of business that is housed there.

3. In a story that will make you squirm and feel good all in a 10-span, a Baltimore-area tattoo artist is using his expertise to tattoos nipples onto women who are breast cancer survivors. The artist, Vinnie Myers, called it “far more rewarding than anything else I have ever done,” and it’s not hard to see why. He says he has helped more than 3,000 women cancer survivors and he deserves to be commended for using his unique skill-set to help those in need. Just more proof that art makes a difference in people’s lives, even in ways you may not have thought of before.

4. Good thing we have the Internet, otherwise those that were occupied during last night’s “60 Minutes” examination of the art market wouldn’t be able to see it again online. We were only able to catch some of it, and while a lot of it isn’t exactly new information for art aficionados, it is still stunning to see how the market has defied the recession and is humming away at an incredible rate. I am not going to get into the details or pass along opinion on what is sure to be a controversial topic. So watch it. No, seriously, do it.

5. Recently, The Atlantic interviewed two artists taking the design world by storm, by working together…oh, and they are identical twin sisters as well. Italy natives Elena and Anna Balbusso are identical twins, and they are also accomplished and talented artists who work together to create some impressive pieces of art. How they came to work together and how they work together to make one finished work of art are just two of the topics the short but informational interview contains. It is particularly fascinating to see how they use their differing personalities and styles to complement each other in their art work.