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Progress Made Toward Virtual Ensemble Playing

12-01-2020

We may be close to real-time virtual ensemble playing. Listen to this NPR segment on new tech from Audio Movers and Jack Trip that may make it possible for musicians to play together online. There are still glitches, especially with distances beyond a local area, but this is a hopeful update on a technological breakthrough that would benefit our work profoundly.

Grace Moore Became the Youngest Composer Performed by NY Phil

12-01-2020

Last month, Brooklyn, NY native Grace Moore became the youngest composer to have their composition performed by the New York Philharmonic. Grace is a 7th grader who recently participated in the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. Grace talks about her upbringing, her passion for music, and the significance of being a young woman composer of color in this feature article from PIX11.

AMP Academy of Rare Instrument Program

12-01-2020

The Atlanta Music Project has announced a refreshing new initiative: the AMP Academy Rare Instrument Program. Virtual one-on-one lessons for instruments, including oboe, bassoon, viola, percussion, French horn, and voice, are available tuition-free to any young person in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, regardless of their prior experience. Students admitted to the AMP Academy Rare Instrument Program will receive weekly virtual lessons with an AMP teaching artist, perform solo recitals, and even participate in masterclasses with renowned artists. Learn more here.

Article from Edutopia Walks Through Ways to Increase Student Engagement

12-01-2020

An article on Edutopia shares some practical measures for moving toward more “student-centric” framing during online learning. The article, titled “How to Choose Words That Motivate Students during Online Learning,” walks through practical scenarios and language shifts that help create an environment where students experience self-motivation, ownership, and engagement. All educators who miss their classrooms might find this useful.

Share Your Stories with Creative Generation

12-01-2020

In this current phase of the Arts & Cultural Education is a Fundamental, Civil, and Human Right campaign, Creative Generation invites you to share your story about how your work has delivered on the promise of arts and cultural education as a right for youth. Share stories, photos, videos, artworks, songs, and performances by email to info@creative-generation.org, or on social media using #RightToArtsEd!

A Compositional Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement Launched by OrchKids

12-01-2020

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program is launching a compositional celebration of the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, called Queens Unseen: Royals Without Crowns. The composition will focus on three main areas: representation, voting, and the future of democracy. The project will also explore the “intricate and contentious element of racism throughout the suffrage movement.” For its mid-December release, the composition will be accompanied by visual images captured by Johns Hopkins University Film students.

KiddlyWinks

11-18-2020

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New Report Examines Partnerships between Arts and Cultural Practitioners and Community Developers

11-18-2020

ArtPlace America and Welcoming America have released a report exploring how arts and cultural practitioners have long been and may increasingly be partners in helping to achieve community development goals: Bridging Divides, Creating Community: Arts, Culture, and Immigration. ArtPlace America recently completed its ten-year mission as a leading funder of creative placemaking in the U.S., and they are publishing their learning in a series of reports. This report is the eighth in their series of cross-sector field scans, examining arts and culture as “a platform that helps immigration policy expand beyond a singular focus on border security to one that embraces a broader national vision of inclusive economic development, community connection and cohesion, and welcoming communities in which all people can thrive.”

National Guild for Community Arts Education Offers Online Series on Community Arts Learning Beyond the Pandemic

11-18-2020

The National Guild for Community Arts Education in the U.S. is offering a three-month series that examines how arts organizations are responding to prevalent social inequities stemming from the pandemic. Titled “Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic,” the gathering will feature guest speakers and programs from across the U.S. Participants will join discussions and workshops on adapting to the necessary programmatic changes needed to best serve marginalized communities during and beyond periods of crisis. This series takes place from December 2, 2020 – February 24, 2021, and registration is open now. You can register for the entire series, or for individual sessions. Read session descriptions and register here.

Join The Walk to Support Refugees

11-18-2020

The Walk is a traveling arts festival from Good Chance Theatre. On The Walk, Little Amal, a giant puppet, will travel 8,000 km across Turkey and Europe in support of refugees, being welcomed by hundreds of cultural events along the way.

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