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Dance Nonprofit Teaches Much More Than Dance

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

As the house lights slowly dim over the audience, the stage begins to glow with an electric pulse. No it is not the thousand watts of spotlights that illuminate the theatre causing the glow, but the smiles of hundreds of children taking the stage at the National Dance Institute performance of "This Land Is Our Land."

Coming Full Circle

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.05.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

June 5, 2015. Later today I will attend one of over two dozen, year-end, in-school galas that are underway in InsideOut schools across Detroit. Each year at this time, iO students' eyes light up as they gather in their school cafeterias or auditoriums or libraries to open their beautiful books and find their words and their names for the first time.

The Arts Are Not Just for Fun

TNTP | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
TNTP

In my classroom the walls are painted with bright murals, depicting great composers of the past and present. If you visit us, you'll see high school students -- 90 percent of whom have never touched an instrument before ninth grade -- focused on creating beautiful music as a team.

Actor/Photographer Brad Everett Young Wants You to Dream Loud

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Brad Everett Young is a mixture of excited, tired, and a little overwhelmed. The Los Angeles based photographer has been awake for over 24 hours. Why you ask? Young was invited to photograph the after-party of the musical "Cruel Intentions."

Korean American Artist Nam June Paik Inspires Elementary School Students

Tom Nagorski | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Tom Nagorski

They filed in, one by one, a long line of fourth- and fifth-grade students, quiet and well-behaved until they crossed the threshold of the Asia Society gallery. And then, one by one, they gasped, cried out, and-- in the case of one young boy-- jumped and nearly fell on landing.

Around the World in 30 Days

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In May, I continued my conversations with thought leaders from China to New York who sketched out for me the conflicting overlaps between creativity, innovation, reform and testing, and shared their efforts to create coalescence between them.

Love's Journey

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha Koltunyuk graduates Princeton University this year. Her journey opens up to new vistas. Dasha's story is uniquely American. She is a first generation American. And that is precisely why her path could unfold nowhere else but here.

Curly: The Legacy of Los Angeles' Chouinard Art Institute

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

The Chouinard Art Institute may no longer be with us, but its graduates continue to paint and inspire, while the Chouinard Foundation continues to keep its spirit alive.

The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future.

Our Kids and Communities Need to Make Music to Succeed

Welz Kauffman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Welz Kauffman

Kids' creativity, as measured by the most recent Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking scores, has been sliding since 1990, most noticeably among our younger students. Reduced music and arts education is cited as a key factor.

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

Blossoming Pianos, Reviving Mimì, and Other Signs of Spring

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Camille Zamora

Today -- finally! -- is the day. After a horrific winter featuring the coldest recorded temperatures in the past 81 years combined with a flu vaccine of historic inefficacy, spring has finally shown up.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.28.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I go around and around about classical music and opera not being popular, especially with younger audiences. It really bugs me. How do you get them to enjoy it and not make it feel so foreign?

Jerry's Gift: The Art and Passion of a Circus Super Fan

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The arts cast a peculiar spell. Relationships are forged and avenues are explored that likely would have never been considered. For some time, Jerry was simply a character, a fun-loving fan of The Greatest Show On Earth whose presence and kindness was much appreciated.

I Teach Dance. Dance Moms Stresses Me Out.

Nora Younkin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Nora Younkin

I watch Dance Moms every week. In some ways it's a guilty pleasure, in others it's an opportunity for introspection on my own work as a dance instructor.

Actors Equity Meets Franz Kafka

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though the proposal had been voted down by two-thirds of its Los Angeles voting membership.

Why Music: The Secret Sauce of Success

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

With all the evidence and examples of how early musical training can affect one's level of success, it should be a no-brainer that music be a prerequisite in every child's development and education.

Women's History Month Through One Woman's History

Ming Holden | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Ming Holden

How can I do justice to the fact that every traumatized woman in the world is more than what has happened to her, more than the worst memory she has, if that memory is the most of what I know about her, and therefore the most of what I have to tell you about her?

Arts Education Poised for Comeback in Nation's Largest School Districts

Doug Israel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Doug Israel

After years of budget cuts, and a narrowing of curriculum at public schools across the country, urban school districts are taking bold steps to expand the school day curriculum and once again invest in arts education.

Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.19.2015 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is not necessarily true that there is more going on than there was 20 years ago, but there certainly is far more information directed at all of us, constantly, and without pause. All of this makes it harder for arts institutions to gain recognition for the work they do.

What's the Best Broadway Can Be?

Damian Bazadona | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Damian Bazadona

Times are great for the Broadway industry today, and I want to keep it that way. And if you ask me how we do that? I believe that a focus on diversifying our workplace, our audience and our belief systems is the best insurance policy we can possibly get.

California Blueprint for Creative Schools Unveiled

John M. Eger | Posted 02.24.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) has held several arts training events based on a groundbreaking program called "Creativity at the Core" in advance of the broader vision.

The Global Search for Education: Education and Economy

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

What role should education play in the success of economies? How can the schools of today better represent the world of 5, 10, and 25 years from now? Will educational inequalities exacerbate economic inequalities? How can we break the chain?

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

Arts Education: Learning How to See

Anna Akbari, Ph.D. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Arts
Anna Akbari, Ph.D.

I escaped the cornfields to pursue more intense arts education at Interlochen Arts Academy, then, after college, I joined the Peace Corps. I had a very idealistic vision of how my service would change the world (I was 22, after all).