Since retiring in 1995 as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Heather Watts has given so much back to the dance community. Heather is chairperson of Celebrate the Beat, a not-for-profit which teaches music and dance classes to children.
Arts + Tech month is the global embodiment of the STEAM theme that I've been talking about for the past year or so. Great ideas today add Art to turn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into STEAM to create innovations that taste delicious.
Through theater, all of these things take place as well as learning history, reading skills and building core confidence in themselves and most of all, realizing that it's okay to dream and everyone has a time when they can "shine."
In all my years making theater in the Bronx, I've never seen kids give this much of a damn about a show before. Ironically enough, I think it's because we've never done a show that connects so directly to their lives.
As the arts are continually cut in schools and communities, the private sector needs to respond and find ways to fund these important programs. The arts serve as a way to both bond and celebrate communities.
Written and performed by the students of Henry M. Gunn High School, Faceoff seeks to explore the intersection of tyranny and resistance. I caught up with Betsy Franco, who coached Gunn's teen writers and actors through the process.
What is especially exciting is that the rationale for the Center has little to do with the millions of people who travel to Las Vegas every year to enjoy the hotels, gambling and shows for which Las Vegas has become famous.
That leaders are seriously considering devastating cuts to elementary arts education programs in L.A., arguably the American city where the positive economic impact of the arts is most apparent, ought to be a wake-up call to all of us.