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Why Music: The Secret Sauce of Success

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.17.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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).

The Wonder Working Power of the Circus Arts

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Such is the wonder and working power of Arts Education. Give a child the Arts and you give them access to a world far beyond anything they've ever known.

7 Ways Michelle Obama Positively Influenced Education in 2014

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Michelle Obama carried out an impressive education agenda that rivaled her husband's in many respects. It seems that the two are a tag team for the ages, and P-20 education is lucky to have this duo championing it.

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.

#JadeTalks to Mark Powell: A Leading Voice in Arts Leadership

Jade Simmons | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Jade Simmons

What I got in the way of responses came from someone deeply entrenched in not just the philosophy of music business, but in passing along the importance of the process and the power of immediately applicable education.

The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.

Arts Education Transforms Societies

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans' President Kevin Bailey credits the brand's creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken.

Arts Education: The Need for More Arts Teachers in School

Gary P. Steuer | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Gary P. Steuer

We try to organize class trips, and bemoan the increasing challenges of getting access to buses, to getting the OK to leave school for an arts experience when the pressures of sticking to curriculum and "teaching to the test" are ever-present.

Meet 2 Boomers Making A Real Impact Through Their Encore Careers

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Encore.org is preparing to honor social entrepreneurs over 60 at next week's Encore Conference. Through recognizing these Boomer pioneers, I believe we will begin to define a better sense of what our generation is capable of in the coming decades, and, most importantly, to better persuade the rest of society just how important our continued leadership is going to be for everyone's collective future.

Supporting Youth in the Arts

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

This proves that society should not continue to trivialize this field of study. Nonetheless, young artists aren't waiting for their parents or communities to back their endeavors.

#ShowYourArt in October

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

To be honest, every month is an arts and humanities month, with 100,000 nonprofit arts organizations alone serving all of America. It's just that October is a month to boast a bit about our American arts and humanities treasures.

Climate+Change Exhibition Reopens in Nepal With Strong Educational and Outreach Programs

Niranjan Kunwar | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Niranjan Kunwar

After a successful run in Kathmandu's Nepal Art Council between December 2013 and April 2014, the Climate+Change exhibition opened its second edition in Pokhara's International Mountain Museum on Saturday, September 27, World Tourism Day.

Kids Review Famous Paintings, Prove The Best Art Critics Are 5 Years Old

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

How important is it to introduce kids to art? According to British artist Jake Chapman, not very important at all. In an interview with The Independen...

'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

Adria Rolnik | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

I had the privilege recently to attend a dance festival a bit different from the norm -- not one produced by an established organization, or part of a regional effort, or one of the well known dance festivals found in nearby New York City

Learning Los Angeles: Lula Washington, Building Cultural Identity Through Dance

Cathy Weiss | Posted 11.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

Lula Washington, the co-founder of this modern dance company, is a serious woman. She has a commitment to her community and has fought to create this place to dance. She expects the highest level of integrity and hard work, and she gets it from her students.

Why You Need Painting to Say That Painting Is Dead

Marc Trujillo | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be able to even make the statement.

From Cubicle to Classroom: Corporate Volunteerism in a Purpose Economy

Michele Kotler | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Michele Kotler

Companies that give their employees time to volunteer and bring greater meaning to their careers are doing it with purpose.