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A Training Ground for Untrained Artists

The New York Times

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An Oakland nonprofit that uses art for therapy has a startling track record for helping developmentally disabled adults become prolific—and profitable—artists.

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For Healthy Aging, a Late Act in the Footlights

The New York Times

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EngAGE is a program that funds alternative housing for low-income older people in California. They offer recreational classes that help keep people mentally and physically young.

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Colorado's affordable artist housing efforts catching on quickly

The Denver Post

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Artists need cheap living costs, but their presence improves a community and the property values. The State of Colorado and private developers are creating affordable housing and work spaces for artists in neighborhoods they want to thrive.

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Education in Indian Country: Obstacles and Opportunity

Education Week

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota, about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encourage resilience.

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Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future?

Ensia

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After a devastating cyclone changed the nature of local soil, NGOs preserved Indian rice crops by reintroducing traditional rice varieties that can be cultivated even in salt ridden earth.

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For U.S. Tribes, a Movement to Revive Native Foods and Lands

Yale E360

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Property rights, circumscribed jurisdictions, and conflicts with neighbors exacerbate Native American efforts to restore tribal land and resources. Some tribes have found success by tapping into a trend of support from the government and conservationists.

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Four Ways Mexico's Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Yes! Magazine

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With a global food crisis, farmers look for how to get long-term high yields out of difficult farmland. In Oaxaca, Mexico, farmers farm like a forest, eat low on the food chain, restore damaged land, and have reverence for the planet.

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The Changing Face of California Agriculture

The New York Times

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Immigrants from Laos farming in California are using traditional knowledge and small-scale farming to make farming economically viable.

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Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom

The New York Times

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As American classrooms have focused on raising test scores in math and reading, an outgrowth of the federal No Child Left Behind law and interpretations of the new Common Core standards, even the youngest students have been affected, with more formal lessons and less time in sandboxes. Washington...

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How Seattle Got Its (Arts) Groove Back

Bright Magazine

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Arts education programs in the United States are subjected to cutting for maintaining tight school budgets. Technology sectors in Seattle seek professionals who have been trained in problem solving skills and innovative idea generation. In response, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Office ...

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