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By Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation This week, we launch “Knight Cities,” a new weekly audio interview series that focuses on the people and ideas shaping our cities. Theaster Gates – Chicago-based visual artist, actor, singer, restaurateur, activist, academician and all-around urban transformer – is our first guest. The conversation with Theaster embodies all the reasons […]

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By Nicole Rupersburg This story was originally published in the Knight-funded Creative Exchange. For more stories of community transformation through the arts, please visit Creative Exchange at SpringboardExchange.org. The hardest thing about making a life as an artist is actually making a life as an artist. That’s where Artists U comes in. Andrew Simonet is […]

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By The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra staff The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), American Composers Forum (ACF) and Minnesota Opera are pleased to announce the third season of the Composer Conversation Series, events of which will take place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown Saint Paul (6th & Wabasha) February […]

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By Bonita Buford, Harvey B. Gantt Center In 1974, on a sweltering day in late August, an outdoor festival heralded the launch of a concept to celebrate and recognize the historical, cultural and societal contributions of African Americans in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Afro-American Cultural and Service Center represented the unwavering determination of its founders, […]

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By Kelly Wilson, Pennsylvania Girlchoir The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, is collaborating with young female singers from the Philadelphia area (and beyond!) to present this two-day choral festival on October 17-18, 2014 titled GETMusic! (Girls Empowered Through Music). Director Vincent Metallo pursued illustrious female composers and poets to to create a […]

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By Anna Clark, Creative Exchange This story was originally published in Creative Exchange and was produced in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and the Aspen Institute Arts Program. For more stories of community transformation through the arts, please visit Creative Exchange at SpringboardExchange.org. This story is the first in a three-part series about urban […]

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By Peter E. Leggett, Walker West Music Academy Walker West Music Academy held its 2nd Annual Reverend Carl Walker and Grant West Honors Recital on Sunday, June 22. The event was held at Walker West’s new performance hall at 760 Selby Avenue. The Honors Recital is a celebration of Walker West’s graduating high school seniors […]

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By Becki Kenderes, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation Since mid-June, young artists in the Loyal to Your Soil Youth Arts Program sponsored by the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation and funded by the Knight Foundation have been meeting twice a week to learn about and produce a wide variety of original art.  This free program for youth […]

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By Rudy Sablon, The Motivational Edge Rudy Sablon is the Director of Programs for The Motivational Edge, a nonprofit that uses the arts to inspire youth towards academic achievement, increased self-confidence and building essential life skills. Below, he writes about a student performance showcasing many of the lyrical expression and audio recording program students, which […]

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By Ann Mintz, Reading Terminal Market Reading Terminal Market is a Philadelphia institution with an international flavor. Market merchants offer food from all over the world—Mexican, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and many more. In June, world music complemented the many ethnic cuisines available every day. Traditionally, performances at the Reading Terminal Market take place between noon […]

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