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Colorado Newsline

Moe Clark

23 August 2021

Colorado, United States

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The Prison Arts Initiative program, jointly run by the Colorado prison system and University of Denver, puts personal expression through visual and performing arts at the heart of the prisons' mission to become less p...

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Celeste Hamilton Dennis

10 June 2021

Miami, Florida, United States

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Code/Art trains art teachers in a curriculum that combines art and coding, with the goal of inspiring girls to code. They also offer weekly clubs for elementary and middle school girls, a Future Female Tech Leaders pr...

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Lidija Pisker

9 November 2020

Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Nas Most uses artistic and cultural initiatives to combat loneliness among seniors. Over seven years, informal weekly meet-ups turned into formal painting and handicraft courses and membership grew from 30 to over 100...

The Chicago Reader

Arionne Nettles

31 August 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Artists in Chicago can benefit from entrepreneurial training programs which teach technical business skills, provide access to information about art grants and also build a network of like-minded creatives. Rebuild Fo...

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Richard Chang

22 May 2020

California, United States

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Some arts organizations in Orange County, CA have found creative ways to deal with Covid-19 closures by bringing their collections online, creating digital programming, and reaching out to new audiences. For example, ...

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Steve Chiotakis

26 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the age of social distancing due to COVID-19, Los Angeles galleries and museums are creating virtual experiences, adapting their exhibitions for people to enjoy via the internet. In one example, the Museum of Conte...

Hyperallergic

Christine Ro

16 March 2020

France

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Refugees and asylum seekers are being trained to work in French museums and other cultural institutions through a nonprofit established by a Syrian refugee. Participants in the program go on to lead tours, answer ques...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

28 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) offers support for youth experiencing incarceration. Funded by personal donations and grants, they offer art workshops and classes on how to navigate the just...

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Lidija Pisker

7 January 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Zdena Šarić, known as the mother of encaustic painting in Bosnia, began melting wax and applying it to surfaces such as paper, canvas, and wood to help with her own depression. She has since used social media, local m...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Gwynne Watkins

18 November 2019

New York, United States

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New York-based nonprofit, Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), runs theater programs for individuals experiencing incarceration as a way of improving mental health and reducing recidivism. While the United States’ c...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

5 July 2019

Medellin, Colombia

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Learning the art of hip-hop provides youth with an alternative to the violence and despair that characterize disadvantaged neighborhoods. In Medellin, Colombia, a program called 4 Elementos teaches kids dance, Dj’ing,...

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Donna Liu

11 June 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark, New Jersey, an organization called Creative New Jersey brought together over 300 people to take part in over 50 different community improvement conversations during a convening called Call to Collaboration....

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Audrey F. Henderson

22 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Art inspires innovation. At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the annual Black Creativity festival focuses both on championing the voices of African-American artists, innovators, and community leaders, an...

Deseret News

Lauren Bennett

15 February 2019

Utah, United States

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By removing barriers to access, the Accessible Arts Academy empowers visually impaired students to engage with the arts. The three-week program at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind brings together schools and co...

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Matt Barnum

12 February 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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An initiative in House schools that gives students access to the arts in the classroom has positively affected students' ability to concentrate, write, and even show compassion to one another. The initiative, known as...

WOUB Public Media

Rachael Beardsley

30 October 2018

Athens, Ohio, United States

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LGBT adolescents are invited to come to the PRISM Art Education classes put on by an Athens, Ohio arts organization. Through these classes, the youth learn skills, but more importantly get to know peers and build a su...

PBS NewsHour

Jeffrey Brown

Mike Fritz

16 October 2018

South Dakota, United States

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In order to help Native artists, the First People’s Fund launched the “Rolling Rez Arts,” a shuttle bus that doubles as an arts center, cell, and business incubator. “Every culture has stories. They have art. They hav...

The New York Times

Laura Holson

5 October 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Founded in the Bronx in 2000, the Ghetto Film School’s mission is to train a diverse student body in the skills of making narrative film. Eighteen years later, the school teaches classes in New York, Los Angeles, and ...

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Kristen Davis

21 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Lee Gaddis transformed an interest in board games into a business that helps all gamers, while on the side empowering youth to find career opportunities in gaming in his hometown of Detroit. The TableTopper is a produ...

The Guardian

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Danielle Stephens

25 July 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Shirley Apthorp was inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, a national system that provides impoverished kids access to music education. She wanted to do something similar with opera in South Africa, were the genre was on...

The Bristol Cable

Sandi Dheensa

18 June 2018

Bristol, United Kingdom

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Breaking into the creative sector can be daunting. Rising Arts Agency increases access to mentorship, including by bringing young people of color to cultural institutions after hours. The program benefits everyone. Th...

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Jack Graham

15 June 2018

Bogotá, Colombia

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Participation in art and music improves cognitive development and fosters social skills in young children. In Bogotá, Columbia, a program developed by Nidos: Art in Early Childhood provides tens of thousands of childr...

Artnet

Henri Neuendorf

9 May 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Arizona State University have teamed up to provide graduate students with a scholarship, an opportunity to work at LACMA, and a salary for that work. Furthermore, the program i...

The Guardian

Gillian Dohrn

16 March 2018

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Mostar Rock School is a school that takes students from both sides of the Nereta river, which divides the Bosnian Croat population and the Bosnian Muslims. The school allows students from different ethnic backgrounds ...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

14 March 2018

Lima, Peru

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Vania Masías abandoned her prolific career as a professional ballerina to teach impoverished youth in Peru hip hop. “More than 100,000 children have passed through the programme over the years.”

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