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Jnennifer Pickering

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Founder and director of LEAF Community Arts

For Jennifer Pickering, all art is both local and global and LEAF is that philosophy in action.

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Founding Director and current Executive Director of Armed Services Arts Partnership

In 2013, when Sam Pressler was an undergraduate, he came to a profound understanding of the civilian/military divide and the sobering realities many veterans face when they return to civilian life. Based on his own experiences of coping with loss, he thought comedy might be a way to help returning veterans cope. Since there weren’t any comedy classes for veterans, he started one—partnering with an existing writing group. From that one class, the idea of Armed Services Arts Partnership (or ASAP) grew and flourished. Located in Hampton Roads Virginia and the Washington, DC area, ASAP has reached close to 1,000 veterans, service members, and their families through over 200 workshops and classes. It’s also produced 150 performances of its graduates—including shows at the White House—and reached some 15,000 audience members. Sam Pressler—who recently stepped down as executive director and now sits on the board of ASAP—and the current executive director Brian Jenkins tell us how ASAP came together and grew into a thriving and beloved organization and what they’ve learned about community, veterans, and the arts. It’s a great story.

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder, artistic director and performer

Circus arts by way of the East Village performance scene

Founder of the Big Apple Circus

Finding artistry in intimacy

Executive Artistic Director of Story District

Everyone has a story; Story District helps tell it.

Author of The Artist’s Compass and President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles

In her new book, Rachel Moore gives practical advice and strategic insight for creating a career in the performing arts.

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George Wein

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Impresario, 2005 NEA Jazz Master

A conversation with George Wein, the man who launched the first outdoor jazz festival in the US--the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. [29:54]

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Caron Atlas

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Director, Arts and Democracy Project

Bread and Roses in a Brooklyn shelter: Caron Atlas demonstrates how the arts can be a critical component of disaster relief. [31:45]

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Clive Gillinson

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Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall

Clive Gillinson on bringing Carnegie Hall to all New Yorkers. [34:36]

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Meredith Monk

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Composer, Choreographer, Performer

Meredith Monk reflects on her 45-year career as a performance artist. [41:35]

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