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The Cloud Horse Art Institute is a non-profit arts organization located on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Founded in 2001 by Tilda Long Soldier St. Pierre and now co-run with her husband Mark St. Pierre, the Institute’s programs in traditional Lakota folk arts including hide tanning,...
Not only was Nicholas Amador—now a freshman studying astrophysics at Harvard University—Hawaii's Poetry Out Loud champion for three straight years, but he also placed in the top three at the National Finals each of those years. Having declared poetry persona non grata in fifth grade—thanks to a...
"Write the stories you've always wanted to read. Allow yourself to be the main character of your narrative. Become both the window and the mirror for those who read your work. Lean into fear. Write the hard poem." — Elizabeth Acevedo In addition to being an accomplished writer—she was at the...
For over six years, community artist Alexis Iammarino has made engaging art in the small coastal town of Rockland, Maine. From vibrant murals all the way to a curatorial public history project about the origins of the American-style donut, her multidisciplinary artwork stands out because it’s...
What if the cost of having a creatively fulfilling job that allowed you to have a measurable impact on your community meant a seven-day work week, no health insurance, and no guarantee that any of the several jobs you were juggling to keep financially afloat were going to exist year to year? That...
A growing body of research suggests that arts education can contribute to positive outcomes in childhood and youth development. We know, for instance, that training in classroom drama can strengthen verbal skills, while music training has been found to improve word decoding skills and may...
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) was founded more than 25 years ago with the vision of helping creative people on the Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon, move forward with their work by providing an infrastructure via professional development and...
Since 1963, St. Louis Classical Guitar Society —originally known as the George C. Krick Classical Guitar Guild (SLCG)—has brought the sound of music to its community with a range of programs including concerts and master classes. Seeking to use its expertise as an arts organization to help...
When Janae Claxton transferred to a new school as a sophomore, she was excited to have the opportunity to engage in her twin passions—volleyball and theater. Conflicting schedules, however, meant that it was impossible to pursue both. Though Claxton was disappointed to let go of theater, she soon...
"[Poetry Out Loud] really does change your life. It really does have that power. For me, it changed my identity, made me see myself differently [and realize...

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