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Perhaps Joseph Maddy’s most unique quality was not his drive, passion, or vision, but his unwavering belief that children were fully capable of high-level success. When he founded the National High School Orchestra Camp in northwest Michigan 1928—the nation’s first summer camp devoted to music—it...
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation Executive Director Nick Tilsen talks about the importance of the community in developing a new Our Town project.
“ I think one of the things that is so damaging in our society is the way that we build barriers against one another and feel that other people’s experiences now threaten ours. And the arts are a unique way to move people beyond their barriers. Public policy cannot do that effectively without there...
When Paul Willis was growing up in rural Illinois, there wasn’t an LGBTQ student group at his high school, nor was there easy access to mentors, resources, or information. The same went for college. It wasn’t until Willis moved to Minneapolis after college that he encountered a visible LGBTQ...
In the late 80s, there was no true arts or cultural center for the LGBTQ community in San Francisco, the city which had—and has—the largest LGBTQ population in the country. As Pam Peniston remembers discussing with her peers, “That’s insane.” As part of Mayor Art Agnos’s Cultural Affairs Task Force...
Initially, the first conference between the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) felt like “a kind of strange wedding,” said Haystack Director Stu Kestenbaum. This was in 2002, when the intersection between technology and the arts was still at the...
"We are trying to expand our audiences’ horizons and help them understand that dance is a bigger tent than they probably think it is." -- Dan Hurlin, American Dance Institute In the category of “rare as hen’s teeth,” you can include newly founded, contemporary dance presenters, institutions whose...
Few individuals have been regarded with the same fascination as Marilyn Monroe. And she was indeed fascinating, a woman who—thanks in large part to her physical appearance—appeared to have everything: celebrity, fame, wealth, and no shortage of male admirers. But as has been endlessly explored...
Judy Pest of the Ozark Foothills Filmfest, a Challenge America grantee in Batesville, Arkansas, talks about why the film festival is important to the rural community.
In 1979, music teacher Doris Walker was conducting class when one of her students—blind, autistic, and normally shy—told her offhandedly the key of a certain song. Surprised, she pushed further, and discovered a talent for singing. If music could reach an unreachable student, who else...

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