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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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The First 100 Stories Campaign

The Arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation. Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent the decline of arts inclusion, the budgetary solution remains to be that the arts are perceived as extra-curricular and disposable.  In Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee, the central character decided to right a wrong by collecting stories:  “One story makes you weak.  But as soon as we have one-hundred stories, you will be strong.” Similarly, we can do the same for the Arts.  Here’s how: First Online with Fran is launching The First 100 Stories Campaign. Let’s hear it from you: Teachers! Students! Graduates! Parents! Artists! 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? Click here. How are the arts re-igniting your community and sparking innovation and creativity in your local schools? Click here. Here's the first testimonial...contributed by one of my favorite high school students... Testimonial #1. Edie Falco, Tony-Award winning Actor "Fran McGarry and Eve Terry, perhaps unbeknownst to them, played a huge part in my path to my present career. Though I was just a school kid, they treated me like an artist; made me believe I had something unique to offer. They helped grow my confidence which I believe can take you anywhere you want to go. I am so grateful." What's your story?  … [Read More...]

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National Arts in Education Week

  In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 designating the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week. The resolution expressed congressional support for arts education:     Whereas arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual […]

The Survivor Tree Poem: Arts Advocating Healing

“There is nothing so bad that we cannot survive it.” The Survivor Tree is a children’s poem on behalf of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It’s the story of a lone pear tree at the World Trade Center that miraculously survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Discovered in the rubble […]

Commemorating the 13th Anniversary of 9-11

Today, we honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children who were taken from us too soon thirteen years ago. At the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, we will read their names aloud. We will stand together in silence at six moments, marking when the Twin Towers were struck, the buildings fell, the […]

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At STEAM Schools, Arts Are Woven Into The Curriculum

The idea behind STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – is to find ways to integrate the “A” into all class subjects, believing the fusion of arts and science gives students an edge to create and innovate.  Like STEM, it’s more a philosophy than a specific curriculum, emphasizing connections across subject areas and […]

Real farm life, at the intersection of arts and agriculture

by Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media “Art is to stop and make you think,” she said. “That’s the goal of what we do, right? Is to put something out there to change an image or to update a perception.” Artists use their work to understand the human experience. So here in America’s breadbasket, many artists […]

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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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