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A Work Based Learning Program at Vital Theatre

“What I learned is I can’t go through my life silent. Everybody has something in them.”
Caitlin Perkins, Grade 11
Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School

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Artists Gather at RAC to Discuss Possible Actions.

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Artists Discuss Actions After Week of Protests in Ferguson

 By Willis Ryder Arnold Racial divides -- in St. Louis, the arts community and the nation -- were the focus Wednesday night as   artists gathered at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC) to talk about Michael Brown's death. RAC held the gathering for artists to process the week’s events in Ferguson and discuss how artists can address their role in the public dialogue about it.  "...even as tensions remained high, an unidentified poet reiterated a feeling prevalent in the room that 'above all, artists can do something.' " Read more... The Arts CAN Heal:   What suggestions  can you offer to the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission  to testify how the arts can  heal the racial divides in the Ferguson community? … [Read More...]

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Mayor De Blasio Gives $23 Million Boost to Arts Education in NYC

Sarah Cascone, Thursday, July 3, 2014   Mayor Bill de Blasio is responding to charges that New York city’s public schools are neglecting student’s arts education in a big way, funneling an additional $23 million into the program’s budget for 2015 and pledging to hire 120 new art teachers for the fall, reports the New […]

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P.S. Art 2014: Student Artworks at The Met

 As a teacher I have witnessed firsthand the transformative powers of The Arts.  Students learn to express themselves in ways that could never be accomplished through an algorithm or literary analysis.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers P.S. Art, an annual exhibition of work by talented young artists from New York City’s public schools, showcases […]

Today, Children, We’re Not Going To Do A Show

“This isn’t about a single group of kindergartners, but about our core values for all students – that the arts are not disposable, that they are not frivolous, and that they can in fact prepare students for life.” Howard Sherman, Arts Administrator and Producer Of course, on the face of it, it’s simply the dumbest […]

A Work Based Learning Program at Vital Theatre

“What I learned is I can’t go through my life silent. Everybody has something in them.” Caitlin Perkins, Grade 11 Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School

Windmill Theatre's Wizard of Oz. Jude Henshall. Photo by Tony Lewis.

How Theater for Young People Could Save the World

Dramatist and theater essayist by Lauren Gunderson, Dramatist and theater essayist March 20th is World Theater for Children and Young People Day. Some of you might be thinking, “Oh lord, why do we need a day to celebrate actors being silly, wearing bright colors and singing obnoxiously at squirming kiddos and bored parents?” But if […]

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Testimonial #38: LindaAnn Loschiavo, Journalist, Dramatist, and a long time magazine columnist

How has your life been indelibly touched by a teacher who utilized the arts for whatever reason and acknowledge how they were instrumental in breaking the mold to allow you to become who you are today? I had the best “teachers” . . . every talented performer I admired in a Broadway show taught me […]

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