When the New School's Center for Public Scholarship organized a two-day conference in New York on "The Fear of Art," it was impossible not to be moved. The subject was censorship, banning, and violence against art.
From jazz and blues to R&B and Motown, from plays to comedians and from Amateur Night to Showtime at the Apollo, the theater has been among the most important cultural and entertainment institutions for not only the African-American community, but the world.
Disruptive ideas. Innovation. Creativity. These buzz words drive the conversations in branding, business, visual design and the arts. And all three boil down to the same pressing question -- how do you create something new?
"I owe this group so much," says Alexandra Saali, a founding member from 2008 who now serves as a Young Professionals "Amplifer" for Girl Be Heard. Hearing about the plights of Congolese women and the other girls gave her "purpose, mission, and the drive that kept me on track through the crazy years of growing up.
More often than not, it is the co-curricular activities - those that compliment curriculum and expand upon the educational experience of students - that are struggling to survive in our university system. But why is that? Why do we cut programs like speech and debate?
That machines may someday reduce the size if the workforce and require a different skill set is not a new concern. The disruptions are coming sooner, and we more urgently need to determine what we can do, and what the role for government should be, which can make the transition somewhat less difficult.
Is this really what you want to do with your life? I know, I know, you've already been asked this by countless teachers and coaches and young artist program leaders and even relatives and well meaning strangers in Starbucks who see you carrying a binder of music.
Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods once spoke the language of exit ramps, street widening and parking adequacy. Now, different conversations, and varied imagery, create diverse story lines, where urban policy and citizen activism converge.
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Deftones have been one of the mainstays of the hard rock and metal industry since they blazed their own trails in the mid 1990s. The melodic brutality of their music has developed into their signature sound, and has been influential for the new generations of metalcore bands.
(Photo credit: Andrew Stuart) Slayer has been a name synonymous with heavy metal for over 30 years now to where even people that...
From an overarching standpoint, the sad detachment hallmarking Weisberg's work may imply her personal sense of isolation in longing for the past and yearning for communication with deceased artists.
A staunch believer in doing work that switches one's soul on, Jethro is adamant that the first step towards success in any creative discipline is to "get cool with being poor."
Metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada is currently on the road headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with the likes of Slayer, King Diamond, and HELLYEAH, and touched base here at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan this past weekend.
Creativity can be nurtured throughout life, and the older brain, rich in life experiences, can be stimulated to create and contribute in extraordinary ways.