The reduction of fine arts programs in public schools sends the message that the acquisition of creativity and mastery of the abstract aren’t imperative for the proper growth and development of our students. Education Through Music-Los Angeles knows otherwise. In 2006 they began partnering with inner-city Los Angeles elementary and middle schools to bring quality music education to over 800 students without it. ETM-LA now serves more than 5,500 students pursuing its mission to secure music in education by providing disadvantaged students with qualified, well-trained music teachers.
In the U.S., women and minorities continue to be vastly underrepresented in the media. The mission of GlobalGirl Media is to put tools of the journalistic trade into the hands of young women around the world. Co-founder Meena Nanji’s work is unified by her ethical and intellectual commitments as well as her artistic vision, whether mentoring young women in journalism across the U.S. with GlobalGirl or making a documentary featuring the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, “I think my works are pieces of a larger, coherent ethical project.”
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San Francisco visual artist Lisa Carroll is devoting her artistic life to investigating the intricate relationship between human beings and their surroundings. She also devotes some of her time to issues like the welfare of women in the war-ravaged Congo.
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Meet a painter whose art, surroundings, and life are all thoroughly intertwined. Calvin Grimm’s works encapsulate the revitalizing energy of our environment, each painting a rich and personal expression of our human relationship with the natural world. And for decades now, Grimm has lived that relationship to the fullest, working hard to protect nature, share it, and instill an appreciation for it among the younger generation.
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Music has the power to bring revolutionary change in a peaceful manner during challenging times. Mollie Stone, a conductor of the Chicago Children’s Choir, has been able to experience the unifying power of music throughout her career in South Africa and the U.S. She discusses the importance of maintaining integrity when teaching world music and the rewards that come with it.