• The Strength of Diversity: The Strength of the Arts
    One of our great American leaders, Congressman John Lewis, has been celebrated in the news quite a bit recently. It is the 48th anniversary of the civil rights march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, AL. The march was led by a young John Lewis—his skull was fractured, and for that sacrifice an enormous […]
  • A Tale of Lifelong Learning in the Arts
    When I was a sophomore in high school, my band director arranged for me to audition for the Alton Municipal Band. I had no idea what a big deal this was. It was my first professional gig. I was going to get paid to play the trumpet. I was nervous, and excited, and more than […]
  • Share Your Arts Education Story at Arts Advocacy Day
    Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC is less than a month away and with the recent sequester cuts and still-looming budget battle to come, it is vitally important that members of Congress hear how important the arts are to you and your community in person. Even the staunchest supporters of a tight fiscal policy believe […]
  • Former President Learning to Paint in His Retirement
    In his retirement, President George W. Bush has been spending time learning how to become a better painter. He recently hosted an artist from Georgia at his Florida home for about a month as she taught “43″ and his sister-in-law new techniques. The former President began by painting portraits of dogs, but artist Bonnie Flood […]

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