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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Amy Schwabe

8 June 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Virtual classes have become an unexpected advantage for children with autism and other sensory processing disorders. In-person acting classes can make some children with these disabilities uncomfortable and unable to ...

San Diego Union-Tribune

Deborah Sullivan Brennan

31 May 2020

California, United States

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As teachers have shifted their classrooms to remote learning during the pandemic, the challenge of keeping students actively engaged and interested remains. For some teachers in California this included enhancing less...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Gwynne Watkins

18 November 2019

New York, United States

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New York-based nonprofit, Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), runs theater programs for individuals experiencing incarceration as a way of improving mental health and reducing recidivism. While the United States’ c...

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Tristan Xiong

31 August 2019

Minneapolis, Missouri, United States

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Hoop dancing, an activity with origins in indigenous dance traditions, can provide a means to physical fitness and child development. In Minneapolis, a professional hoop dancer is using this knowledge and his skill to...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

5 July 2019

Medellin, Colombia

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Learning the art of hip-hop provides youth with an alternative to the violence and despair that characterize disadvantaged neighborhoods. In Medellin, Colombia, a program called 4 Elementos teaches kids dance, Dj’ing,...

Chalkbeat

Matt Barnum

12 February 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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An initiative in House schools that gives students access to the arts in the classroom has positively affected students' ability to concentrate, write, and even show compassion to one another. The initiative, known as...

The New York Times

Laura Holson

5 October 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Founded in the Bronx in 2000, the Ghetto Film School’s mission is to train a diverse student body in the skills of making narrative film. Eighteen years later, the school teaches classes in New York, Los Angeles, and ...

NPR

Amy Yee

29 September 2018

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Teaching folk arts and music helps to keep cultures alive. On the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, the Dhow Countries Music Academy teaches students “taarab,” a form of 19th century music that reflects t...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

18 September 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Two innovative solutions in Great Britain in education are proving to be highly successful in improving students' performances in math and reading. A school in Edinburgh uses the Daily Mile (spending 15 minutes a day ...

The Guardian

Danielle Stephens

22 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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Mike Wamaya opened a ballet studio for underprivileged children in Nairobi. Through dance, the children learn a skill, have a means to express often difficult things about their lives, and learn solildarity across tri...

Politico

Derek Robertson

26 July 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A D.C. non-profit is using storytelling, improv, and comedy to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians. A study by doctors at Western Carolina University found that the program resulted in "a significant increas...

BBC

Tom Colls

13 February 2018

Toronto, Canada

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Improvisational comedy teaches people to listen, act quickly on their feet, and be unafraid to make mistakes. An improv class in Toronto geared towards people who struggle to manage anxiety has found that these skills...

The Atlantic

Sara Neufeld

27 April 2015

New York, New York, United States

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With arts funding on the cutting board across the country, students can lack motivation to go to school and the creative resources for critical thinking skills. In Brooklyn, Ascend Learning is an inner-city network of...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 August 2012

Burbank, California, United States

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Through the Burbank Senior Artists Colony - a community created by EngAGE - low-income seniors learn how to become artists. The recreational classes hosted by the community keep people feeling phsyically and mentally ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 September 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Little Kids Rock has helped to revitalize and broaden music education in more than a thousand schools by encouraging children to learn to play popular music, form bands and compose their own songs. Despite a backlash...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 September 2011

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Why do schools teach music in a way that turns off so many young people rather than igniting their imagination? A program that taps into students’ passion for pop and rock is revitalizing music education in many schools.

Christian Science Monitor

Amy Yee

3 April 2001

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Funded by a combination of state grants and private donations, the nonprofit organization, Community MusicWorks, extends the reach and influence of classical music and music education. The nonprofit hosts workshops, l...

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