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The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

My Crew

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The men and women who run the shows, move the sets, carry the props, light the lights, manage the sound, dress the performers and on and on are among my favorite colleagues in every arts job I have held and the Kennedy Center is no exception.

Juilliard's 109th Commencement Speech

Joyce DiDonato | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Joyce DiDonato

Chairman Kovner, President Polisi, most distinguished honorees, dedicated family, friends, faculty, and to EACH of the talented, ambitious, courageous...

Here to Change the World: Emerging Artists Turn Downtown Dreams Real at University Settlement and The Door

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.30.2014 | New York
Jaime Lubin

The emerging artists from US and The Door have certainly made an indelible impression on how I think about the world -- here's hoping they continue to do so for a lifetime.

What We Lose When We Cut Fine Arts Education

Peter Greene | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

A few nights ago I attended our high school choir concert. It was particularly bittersweet because our young choir director has had quite a year.

Who's That Girl?

Steve Schonberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

What's her name again? You know who I mean. She starred in several Broadway shows. I think "Wicked" and "9 to 5". Don't know? Shoot, it's on the ti...

How to Save Our Schools: The Arts and Music are No Fairytale

Kerry Washington | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Kerry Washington

The arts are not the whole solution for education in the 21st century. We need strong leadership, effective teachers and hard work on many fronts. But arts education gives our schools effective tools to reach and teach students.

The Arts and Humanities Are Alive and Well -- Just Watch the Millennials

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

Let's stop talking about the death or decline of the arts and humanities. Let's explicitly engage with its rebirth.

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The arts have always had a secondary place in K-12 learning. If you doubt that statement, think of the first programs to go whenever budget cuts are i...

Reflections of Canceled Kindergarten Music Programs

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

When America stares into the mirror of education, we see our societal self staring right back. So I was particularly disturbed by a story about a kindergarten show in New York that was canceled so that the students could continue to work towards becoming "college and career ready."

Look for the Helpers: Fostering Activism in Our Youth Is Simpler Than You Think

Lysa Heslov | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Lysa Heslov

How are we supposed to effect change? It is very easy to be overwhelmed, but it is also easier than you think to just jump in and give it a go.

Partners in Education Week

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

These are people who are fighting on the front lines of arts education: teachers, administrators, arts managers who are united in the belief that a solid arts education is a crucial component of a comprehensive curriculum.

The Best Way to Arm and Engage Kids Is With Arts

Steph Thompson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Steph Thompson

He was a fighter, this one, I could see it in his eyes. Bored easily, passionate when lit. When I see them, this kind of human, I know I need to s...