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I Love Music

Tracy Morgan | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Tracy Morgan

Growing up in the hood surrounded by a lot of poverty, music was one of the only things that made people feel good. That's why we need music and arts. We've got to put instruments in young people's hands because that's the kind of thing that really touches the soul.

Crash Chorus: Griffin House

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment
Nicholas Ferroni

To show the power of music and its ability to transcend all cultures and ages, I bring you "Crash Chorus," a series where, along with a famous musician or artist, we crash a random location, and allow strangers to rewrite the lyrics of one of their most popular songs.

A Maryland Teacher Changes Lives By Creating Opera in the Classroom

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.02.2013 | DC
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Mary Ruth McGinn's class at Stedwick Elementary School in suburban Maryland has an intriguing second name and unique purpose: they've have formed an in-house troupe called the Fire Starters Kids Opera Company.

Reflecting on Creativity: Getting It "Right"

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.30.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Just one block away on Trumbull stands an all too typical boarded up, burned out example of Detroit's abandonment and decay. But walk a few more steps and you'll find a building of the same vintage, transformed into a beautiful, living testimony to the arts.

The Hidden Gems That Exist in Our Favorite City

Julia Wasson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

As third grade teachers, for many years we have taken our students to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in a wooded setting at the top of Topanga Canyon. Luckily, everyone in Los Angeles can experience what we have witnessed year after year.

NYC Students Get Insider's Look At Broadway, Courtesy Of 'Annie'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.12.2013 | New York

Some 2,500 New York City students from 25 public schools were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway, courtesy of the "Annie" cast and crew....

Hitting the Right Note in Education Reform

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 06.09.2013 | New York
Katherine Damkohler

In inner-city schools, much of the arts curriculum has been stripped out over the years. In many cases, the curriculum has become too basic, especially in the poorest communities.

With Little Resources for Arts in Schools, Theatres Bring Performances to the Classroom

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Right now, a specially-commissioned play is touring schools in 12 Ohio counties, bringing theatre to kids so that they don't have to leave school, ride a bus and miss out on mandated teaching programs.

10 Lessons Veronica Mars Can Teach Non Profits About Fundraising

Jason Pugatch | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Jason Pugatch

Lesson #1: Know your fan base, no matter how "small." 55,000 people wouldn't keep a network television program on air past the first commercial break. Yet 55,000 passionate people can fund a movie.

6 Artists on their Road to Broadway and Engaging Audiences: Here, Now and Then

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Since last week, Paul's next play has been announced at Signature Theatre in Arlington; Santino opened to positive reviews in Cinderella; Kinky Boots has had a bravura first few performances, and the theatre world keeps turning.

Independent, Online Teaching Provides Creative Careers for Women

Jess Greene | Posted 04.30.2013 | Arts
Jess Greene

Online learning is increasing in most educational sectors, including creative self-enrichment. You can now learn photography, painting, drawing, writing, and knitting online. And then there is the twist that more and more classes are adding: empowerment through creativity.

Michelle Obama's Faustian Bargain For The Arts

Howard Sherman | Posted 04.27.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

Perhaps you were asleep. Or drowsy. Or buzzed from a drinking game. Perhaps you were focused on the dress. You were comparing it to all of the evenin...

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

Theatre Brings New Perspective to Global Health Issues

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

Global Health and the Arts demonstrates how crucial a theatre can be in addressing complex technical and social issues, especially when they intertwine.

Celebrating a Decade of Creative Learning and Student Leadership in the South Bronx (Video)

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Kate Quarfordt

We've come a long way from those days in the church parking lot. A decade later my colleagues, students and I are thrilled to officially unveil a 10-minute documentary that chronicles the evolution of the Bronx Prep Performing Arts Academy.

About a Museum

Agnes Gund | Posted 04.16.2013 | Arts
Agnes Gund

The museum thrives, I think, because of that long embedded public mission. When I visited it recently, I was struck all over again by the immediacy and urgency of providing "benefit to all the people." How, I wondered, is the mission met, today?

YoungArts Wows LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

If you ever had any doubts about the incredible young talent in America today, just check out the next generation of visual, literary and performing artists who have been recognized by YoungArts, the national organization devoted to mentoring and supporting emerging artists.

Theater Education Programs Are in Demand for Workforce Creativity

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 01.22.2013 | Education
Bruce E. Whitacre

A significant number of young people today, when they enter the workforce, will never have been exposed to the valuable skills that come with arts education and specifically the theater experience. This is a missed opportunity.

The Global Search for Education: What Will Finland Do Next?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Systematic pursuit of children's wellbeing and happiness in secure environments takes precedence over measured academic achievements in Finnish schools, according to Pasi Sahlberg, author of the award-winning book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

The Lost Generation in the Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

It is our responsibility in the field to continue to push the artform to exciting new levels, and to also offer educational opportunities to the next generation.

The Arts And Our Kids: An Essential Element For Success

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 12.20.2012 | TED Weekends
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

It's time we reclaim the arts for our kids. The benefits are just too great to ignore and it's a true win-win for everyone.

Inappropriately 'Blonde' for High School Musical?

Howard Sherman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

When I think about controversial shows that meet resistance in high schools, Legally Blonde hasn't made my list.

The Threshold of Revelation

Christian Clarke | Posted 02.15.2013 | Education
Christian Clarke

This year there are moments when I'm lost and miserable and struggling with what it means to be an inner-city teacher. For the first time I'd started to wonder if I can go on teaching in the school I love but which is struggling against immense forces it can't control. Had I lost my calling?

Start Off As A Builder Of Fires

Kate Gale | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Gale

When my son was in the fourth grade, his class did a short version of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know why that play was decided on for the fourth grade, but I believe his teacher was a romantic and liked the idea of little kids acting out this play of love and glory.

Society Is Killing Schools' Ability To Encourage Creativity

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Brian Rosenberg

It's easy and tempting to blame teachers or unions or professors for the problems in education, but the reality is that here -- as in the political institutions about which we so passionately complain -- we get what we deserve, or rather, we get the natural result of the choices we make.