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"Short fiction is like low relief. And if your story has no humor in it, then you're trying to look at something in the pitch dark. With the light of humor, it throws what you're writing into relief so that you can actually see it. Otherwise it's just a dark room, and what you'...
Until a few years ago, San Diego’s Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) had no music program to speak of: the school district had cut music education from most of its 45 schools, and no longer employed a full-time music instructor. As a result, organizations like the San Diego Youth...
Amid the sit-ins, marches, and protests of the Civil Rights movement, Ezra Jack Keats played a quieter role, choosing to be an activist on the page rather than in the streets. In 1962, he published The Snowy Day , the first full-color picture book to feature a black child as its protagonist...
"We all live transdisciplinary lives; no one thing defines us. So why not embrace transdisciplinary work? Whatever your field, there is always value in some outside perspective." -- Rachel Sussman What can a simple, unadorned photograph of a tree teach people about a heady concept like...
Next Wednesday, August 27, we'll present the next webinar in our arts and human development series. Mariale Hardiman of Johns Hopkins University and Ivonne Chand O'Neal of the Kennedy Center will share their thoughts on the question: How do in-school arts education programs affect student...
"I would tell [young artists] to not fear seeing with the heart or self-expression, but to fear to not take the challenge to do it or to remain silent about what they want to express and witness to make this a better world. When we create art, we have the capacity to leave a better world for...
"As adults, we tend to go to the theater. As children, we are just as likely to encounter it. It's a small distinction but one which I like."-- Andy Manley Ask any theater person, and they'll tell you that kids make the toughest audiences. Like their compatriots who write kid'...
Today, we’re taking a peek inside the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington, one of more than 2,000 participating Blue Star Museums in the country, which means free admission through Labor Day for the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard...
"People sometimes think of translation as a kind of intellectual subservience, a master-slave relationship; they imagine that the translator subjugates his or her own creative impulses to the demands of the original text in what must be an act of drudgery and submission. But they don't...
The California Arts Council received quite the Valentine's Day surprise from one of its fellow state agencies last February. The head of rehabilitation programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called with a proposal: help coordinate an 18-month, $2.5...

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