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Art Talk with Frank Sonntag

September 7, 2011 By Rebecca Gross A Warli performance by Ragamala Dance. Photo by Ed Bock On September 9, the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts will open its doors as one of Minneapolis’s premier art spaces. Formerly known as the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center, the new Cowles has renovated […]

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We All Agree, But Are We Effective?

We, the arts community, agree that arts learning improves academic performance, increases lifelong learning skills and often helps students at risk of failure engage in school. We can point to the children. We can point to classrooms and to certain districts. We see their success. In our arsenal of facts and arguments, we have key […]

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Helping Children Cope with Hurricane Irene: Start with Family Rituals

Post-disaster, participating in a creative activity together empowers families and activates storytelling about positive events previous to time of the traumatic event. And it becomes even more effective if psychologists and counselors encourage famili…

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Art Works Podcast: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi

August 25, 2011 By Josephine Reed PJ and Roy Hirabayashi in performance. Photo by Higashi Design This week’s podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around […]

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Art Talk with Jane Comfort

August 1, 2011 by Paulette Beete Jane Comfort. Photo by Lois Greenfield “Art works. Just let it.” — Jane Comfort Since 1978 Jane Comfort has created more than 45 dance theater works for her eponymous company. Melding the vernaculars of dance, theater, and literature, Comfort creates profoundly moving works that defy simple description or categorization. […]

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Blog Salon Wrap-Up: Leading Through Innovation

Innovation happens at the local level. Despite budget cuts and debt ceiling debates that currently seem to take over our news media, we have seen strong examples of impactful innovation in our field through the projects profiled this week on ARTSBlog. I use the term “impactful innovation” because if a great project or idea is […]

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Leadership: Through the Eyes of Youth

Prior to starting my company, I worked at a couple of places, which will remain nameless, where leadership meant ruling the company through one set of eyes. On one occasion, I was told by the board president that I couldn’t come to meetings because of my youth and (assumed) inexperience. There was another time where […]

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The Nexus of “The Arts” and “Entertainment”

I read Robbie Telfer’s insightful post about the tie between the arts and entertainment. I am reminded of a conversation that I recently had about the effect that So You Think You Can Dance and similar commercialized entertainment has had on the dance community. For many years, I was so frustrated with how dance was […]

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Shattering Teenaged Observations of My Hometown

I remember as a teenager vowing to never return to this place. Oklahoma City was by no means ‘cool,’ and the record-breaking, triple degree summer heat doesn’t help. But thanks to the Thunder, a recession-resistant economy, low cost of living, and a booming energy industry, Oklahoma City has become a bonafide destination spot. And its […]

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