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Making Music Even in Frugal Times

Students receive lesson at a Santa Fe workshop.  Photo Courtesy of Subject By: Adam S. Poswolsky “I grew up in a world where sports was everything,” remembers J. Curtis Warner, Jr.,…

First person: Entrepreneurs on early lessons in the field — Keyne and Kirsten Monson of Elevita

Keyne and Kirsten Monson founded Elevita in May 2010 to help artisans in developing countries find a greater world market for their products. Dowser: What’s something concrete and tangible you’ve…

Amidst War, An Afghan Renaissance

We often see the arts as only fit for museums, galleries, and film festivals, cloistered in halls only for the intellectual elite.  But the arts can help build a nation,…

Nuvana brings social technology and arts education together to inspire youth

Artists have long enjoyed the creative space at the intersection of social networking and technology, using the Internet to generate new forms of art and more engaging platforms to experience…

Getting life off the page and into the reader’s imagination: an interview with Tracy Kidder

Can writers promote causes for social change, and should they? Tracy Kidder is author of numerous essays and books of fiction and nonfiction, and is recently best known for Mountains…

Critical Exposure: A lens and a student aiming for systematic reform

The photo shows a wall-mounted clock with chunks of glass missing between one and three o’clock. “This photo depicts a broken clock in a classroom. It shows how time is…

On Fundraising: Kit Jenkins of Raw Art Works

The best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: the strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

Concrete Canvas: NYC public design competition

At its best, public art can transform urban landscapes from utilitarian to thought-provoking and give neighborhoods a renewed sense of ownership. Got an idea for a successful public art project?…

Retelling and rethinking masculinity

Why are gender-based issues primarily considered “women’s” issues? Josie Lehrer founded the Men’s Story Project (MSP) to rethink this faulty truism. Intended for local replication, the MSP uses performance and…

Interview: Just Vision’s Ronit Avni on nonviolent leaders in the Middle East

Eight years ago, the human rights activist and award-winning filmmaker Ronit Avni conducted over 475 interviews with Israeli and Palestinian activists to find out what kind of support they needed…

Broken City Labs: Using public art for urban renewal

Can public art projects effectively draw attention to areas of a city that need change? Cyclists from Broken City Labs believe so: they set up these large, brightly-colored letters reading…

Tim Carpenter on aging and the arts

Tim Carpenter, founder and executive director of EngAGE, believes in the potential for continuing education and intellectual growth within senior living centers. EngAGE offers programs in arts, wellness and intergenerational…

Six Words on War: mini-memoirs reveal how to communicate with impact in a media-saturated age

Is it possible to create an arresting intimacy in a matter of words? Larry Smith’s Six-Word Memoir Project, an Internet hit turned New York Times best seller, continues to surprise…

Frames (poetry): Tony Hoagland on empathy and alienation in America

In the second installment of our occasional Frames series — which turns to the world of poetry and art to explore the human elements at the heart of change —…

On Food: FEAST! invites a community to dinner and reinvents the financing of art

In the back of a candle-lit church basement in Brooklyn, eight groups of artists recently presented their work to 200 people. This quarterly dinner party — hosted by FEAST (Funding…