It’s hard to believe that summer is wrapping up when it’s 100+ degrees here in St. Louis, but it’s true. After Labor Day, our education department hits the ground running with in-school residencies! In my spare time this summer (ha!) I’ve been bookmarking away, saving links that I hope you will find fun and interesting reads on this three-day weekend. Enjoy!
- Love and the city — using art and fun to renew metro areas: the role of the arts in creating emotional connections with one’s geographical location.
- The Power and Passion are Apparent: the ever-articulate Lynne Kingsley of AATE reminds us that parents are an under-utilized resource for arts advocacy.
- TKTS in New York has a new program that strives to make Broadway more accessible to young people on the autism spectrum.
- I, Malvolio Bringing Shakespeare to Life for Young Audiences: a wittily-written piece on what the Royal Shakespeare Company is doing to maximize the fun and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s work for all ages.
- What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education: this new brochure, published by the Arts Education Partnership and the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities gives school principals actions to take to bring more arts education to their school communities.
- Arts Powered Learning: A Mural of Mythic Proportions: a magnificent example of TRULY integrated learning in Brooklyn. Watch this now!
I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote from the manifesto of PinPuppets, a New York-based theater company co-founded by Susannah Berard Dalton:
“Theater is not dead; it is the definition of alive. In these days when you can’t even get a real person on the phone to place a complaint with the electric company, what a luxury to have living breathing humans in front of you, fervently believing in a lie in the hopes that you will believe too. Theater is a human necessity. Theater reminds us that we are all alive and that we are all here together. We believe that theater is a delicious treat, a taste of life—which, if you use the proper ingredients, tastes bittersweet, like the kind of chocolate that’s actually good for you.”