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How Seattle Got Its (Arts) Groove Back

Bright Magazine

Illustrations / Under 800 Words

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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Police and the Public Bridge Gap on Stage

Wall Street Journal

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An ensemble of New York Police Department officers and members of the public are participating in a theater program designed to bring together the opposite sides of the nationwide debate on interactions between police and minority communities.

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The Sesame Street of Sex Ed: Ugandan Show Uses Puppets to Break Taboos

News Deeply

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Uganda has some of the highest fertility and HIV prevalence rates in the world. Yet the government has banned comprehensive sexuality education in schools, and parents feel uncomfortable talking about the taboo subject. So Chicken & Chips, a television show about puppets, was created to educate t...

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How Drums Are Saving One of the World's Most Violent Countries From Gangs

OZY

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Even in the face of rampant violence, corruption, and poverty in El Salvador, hope rises for youth in the form of TuYulu ("our hearts") batucada workshops. The organization promotes and encourages young groups of musicians and performers to foster community and positive change through the "turb...

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How theatre is bringing young African migrants and Italians together

The National

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Italy has had a huge influx of migrants, many of whom are placed in rural areas and struggle to create their new life. An Italian theatre company 'Teatro delle Albe' has helped migrants integrate by including both Italians and African migrants in their productions, helping to foster relationships...

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Actor's Gang: How Tim Robbins has cut reoffending rates

BBC

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For many offenders, prison can be a tense, divisive, and anger-inducing environment, fueling the negative influences that landed them there in the first place and leading to high recidivism rates. Actor Tim Robbins - who once famously portrayed a prisoner himself - started a program called The Ac...

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Working with Dark Light: Puerto Rican artists are healing the spirits that Hurricane Maria broke

Washington Post

Video / Over 15 Minutes

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, artists are putting on performances of all kinds in traditional and non-traditional spaces. These performances provide entertainment; express pain, loss, and anger; satirize and critique government inaction; and instill pride and hope.

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Art & Gentrification: What is "Artwashing" and What Are Galleries Doing to Resist It?

Artspace

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In some communities, the founding of art galleries in historically impoverished neighborhoods has led to development, the severing of community ties, and displacement. “Artwashing” signifies how culture can aid in the process of gentrification. Some New York City galleries, including HOUSING, ha...

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It Takes A Village to Not Marry A Girl

Bright Magazine

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Some communities in Malawi are beginning to fight child marriage their own way—with music, dance, and a few tears, using theater to motivate cultural change.

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Big in Bolivia: Zebras in the Streets

The Atlantic

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In La Paz, local government is using people dressed in zebra costumes to direct traffic and change the behavior of people who break the rules. La Paz borrowed the idea from Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of Bogota, who discovered that people are more afraid of being ridiculed than being punishe...

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