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Ben Vereen On His Decision To Promote Arts Education At The DNC

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.25.2016 | Black Voices

“Life, itself, is an art form,” according to actor Ben Vereen. This belief is why the legendary entertainer wants to help preserve the country’s...

STEM has become the Beyoncè of the curriculum

Patte Barth | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Patte Barth

STEM is steadily earning a place as the dazzling star in the high school curriculum and for good reason. The benefit of high-level science and math co...

Opera At 8500 Feet

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 07.06.2016 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I write from the swing on the small front porch of my quaint house with a white picket fence. The view is of an old mining town. My dog, Charlie, lies...

100,000 Students Across The U.S. Will Probably See 'Hamilton' Before You Do

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.27.2016 | Arts

Thousands of public school students across the country are about to realize exactly how lucky they are to be alive right now. History is happening. An...

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.

"En Pointe" Isn't For Everybody

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

Recently this summer, the internet went insane with a viral video of girls from the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center practicing a new style of danc...

This Crayon Recycling Program Is Enhancing Arts Programs In Schools

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.03.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Sheila Michail Morovati, the founder and president of Crayon Collection, saw an opportunity to enhance arts education in public elementary and prescho...

A Response for My Dance Teacher's Letter

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

You have raised me to become a strong and confident individual. An upbringing I couldn't imagine possible had I tried another sport or activity.

The Arts Add Powerful Voice and Vibrancy to Corporate America

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 04.29.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Fifty years ago, David Rockefeller, Chairman and CEO of the Chase Manhattan Corporation, gave an address to the National Industrial Conference Board (...

A Nonprofit In Harlem Wants To Bring Dance To Every Public School

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.29.2016 | Arts

Nestled in the heart of Harlem, not too far from Jackie Robinson Park, sits National Dance Institute. There, in its modest studio spaces most Saturday...

Arts Literacy: Why We Must Change The Tune

Lydia Kontos | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Lydia Kontos

While we have the rare opportunity to make arts education shine brighter than ever, we have a long road ahead of us. The arts have been whittled away at in public schools for over two generations, especially in urban areas deeply affected by budget cuts. As a result, we've created an entire generation that is artistically illiterate.

The Global Search for Education: More Materials for the Arts

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Every day is Earth Day." --  Harriet Taub   Materials for the Arts is one of those organizations you look at and say to yourself - it's so obvi...

Now is the Time for Disabled Artists to Flourish

Lane Harwell | Posted 04.12.2016 | Arts
Lane Harwell

Stevie Wonder, Marlee Matlin, Peter Dinklage, and Chuck Close are names many are familiar with. They are exceptional artists, and they are exceptions ...

The Power of Art to Build Strong Youth and Heal Trauma

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Alex M. Johnson

Recently, I joined hundreds of arts advocates at Los Angeles City Hall as a guest speaker for ArtsDay, part of an annual celebration of Arts Week 2016...

The Arts: Doing vs Viewing -- Reflections on the DCMS Culture White Paper

Sarah Palferman | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts
Sarah Palferman

On March 23rd, following more than five decades of silence on national arts policy, the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published the second ever White Paper on culture and the arts: 'Our Culture'.

The Passion of Arts Advocates Driving Change: Kennedy, U.S. Lawmakers, and You

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Earlier this month I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a lecture on arts and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Policy. ...

Are the Arts and Humanities Worth Your Investment? Making the Case for Our Shared Health and Wealth

Christine Henseler | Posted 03.25.2016 | Business
Christine Henseler

Our shared belief in the benefits of the Arts and Humanities can be found in the practices of our institutions of higher learning, in our communities, our businesses, and our next generation of young people.

Sotheby's To Exhibit Work By Wildly Talented High Schoolers

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.06.2016 | Arts

The National YoungArts Foundation is a scholarship program designed to help talented teens, 15 to 18 years old, feel confident in their skills, get in...

Women on a Mission at N.J. Gateway Project Spaces

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.18.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

I have featured Gateway Project Spaces in Newark before, and no doubt I will again, but the significance of this article is not purely about art, it is multi-dimensional, it is about the founders, owners, and curators of Gateway, both of whom are exceptional women.

Why The 'Hamilton' Cast's Trip To The White House Was So, So Important

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.18.2016 | Arts

This week, the cast of "Hamilton" temporarily left Broadway behind and ventured to Washington, D.C., to perform in one of the most coveted venues in A...

How Cultural Education Nurtures Imagination - and Why This Matters

Sarah Palferman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Sarah Palferman

In a recent article in the Times Education Supplement Sir Peter Bazalgette, the Chairman of Arts Council England, argues that a rich cultural educatio...

Five Macro Trends That Arts Organizations Need to Watch

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

2016 is off and running, and guaranteed to be a dynamic presidential election year. Along with a new administration in Washington, five broad cultural...

New Rochelle, NY Students Pursue Extraordinary Opportunities in the Arts

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 12.23.2015 | Arts
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

Even with continual threats to maintaining funding for arts education, New Rochelle schools continue to deliver these kinds of enriching experiences, a demonstration of our unflagging commitment to educating the whole child through art, dance, music and theatre.

Music To Their Ears: How Creativity Can Reach Incarcerated Teens and Offer Hope

Maud Hickey | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Maud Hickey

While some may feel that incarcerated youth do not deserve something as luxurious as the arts while locked up for a crime, there are just as many arts advocates who see the creative arts as fulfilling a need that will serve all of us better in the long run.

Challenging Gendered Cultures in Childhood to Address School Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

One of the overwhelming findings is that kids are living in a world where sexism and sexual violence are not only normalized, but the relationship between sexism and sexual violence is deeply interconnected.