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Arts Activism

Public Pianos, Vandalism & the Metrics of Hope (or, How to Win 99% of Bets)

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.18.2016 | Arts
Camille Zamora

There is much discussion in nonprofit-land these days about how we measure impact. To that end, how do we leverage the success metric of Sing for Hope Pianos placed in "at-risk" neighborhoods? Over 99% of these beautiful artist-designed pianos emerge not only un-vandalized, but having uplifted spirits on a broad scale.

A Palette for Activism in the Arts and a Call for Action

Annette Blum | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts
Annette Blum

I have lived an unusual life made up of unique and powerful moments and experiences that provide a window into my varied passionate areas of interest.

Baku, A Unique Geopolitical Gathering of Dialogue and Peace

Annette Blum | Posted 01.08.2016 | Arts
Annette Blum

With my own focus on the role of activism in the arts as a mechanism for dialogue and peace, I found the experience I had in Baku to be an accurate representation of the subject we had gathered to debate.

286 Hubs of Harmony: NYC Street Pianos Past, Present and Future

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.05.2016 | Arts
Camille Zamora

By sunrise tomorrow, 50 Sing for Hope Pianos will have been placed throughout the five boroughs, bringing to 286 the number of street pianos placed here since the project's 2010 debut.

Post-Snowmageddon, Songs of Summer

Camille Zamora | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Camille Zamora

Today, in an imagined escape from the 30-degree weather outside, I'm fast-forwarding to June via video -- specifically, via music videos created by artists in past years on the Sing for Hope Pianos.

Creative Resistance: A Study of the Free Southern Theater

Shani Jamila | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Shani Jamila

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the landmark voting rights initiative that took place throughout the state of Mississippi in 1964, it's important to note the key but often overlooked role the arts and culture community played in the social change of that era.

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan Examines Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

"Western soldiers will no longer be dying on a daily basis and, frankly, who will care any more about the deaths of Afghans after 2014? Can we honestly believe that, in this likely scenario, combating the abuse of poor children will be a priority?"

Art and Activism: 1930s and Today

Paul Boden | Posted 02.06.2012 | Arts
Paul Boden

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