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Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.
Week 15 of President Obama’s Champions of Change initiative focuses on Arts in Education. As stated on the website, “President Obama believes that the arts and humanities should be part of the education of every child in America.” 14 individuals were nominated and selected as some of the leading arts in education advocates in our country. Among those selected are actors, teachers, principals, superintendents and organization leaders. All whom are “creating innovative programs across the country that are benefiting their local communities.”
Brief bios and/or videos can be found on the website for each Champion of Change. In their videos, each advocate got the opportunity to express their love for the arts and its importance to education and our communities. “I believe that every innovative thought comes from a creative mindset ….A creative mindset is what drives our world, and art is the base of that,” said Omar Epps, arts education advocate and actor, in his video. Also on the website, are a handful of Champion of Change blog posts regarding the arts in education, essential skills and the state of our students.
Please visit the Champions of Change website to meet and learn more about all 14 of these leading arts advocates.
A Night Out Against Crime is an national event but Denny Daniels and the Museum of Interesting things is more than happy to bring their hands-on exhibition locally to New York City every year. The event will take place Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 3 – 8pm. Daniels and the Museum will be there until 7pm. The NYC Police Department 9th Precinct is located at #321 East 5 Str. between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave Manhattan. The event will be held in the park across from the precinct.
The Museum of Interesting Things travels to almost any location, such as schools and hospitals. This traveling exhibition highlights antiques and cool inventions in hopes of inspiring kids to learn and become more creative.
Join the 9th Precinct, the community and museum as the work together to better the education system by promoting creativity and innovation in our youth. See Denny Daniel’s and The Museum of Interesting Things in action and bring the show to your school, theater or community organization.
Cookstr, the world’s #1 collection of online cookbook recipes, has recently announced their launch of made-for-mobile cookbooks available on Apple’s iBookstore.
Cookstr’s iBookstore premiered with award-winning chef, cookbook author and Arts Horizons board member Rozanne Gold’s The 1-2-3 Collection. Over 10 years ago, Gold embraced simple cooking. Today, she is known for her vibrant three-ingredient recipes. The 1-2-3 Collection is iPad friendly with each recipe only 140 words or less, stunning images and exclusive notes by Rozanne Gold herself. “The opportunity to create new cooking experiences that embrace technology is exhilarating,” said Gold.
To learn more about Rozanne Gold, visit her blog at http://rozannegold.wordpress.com/
By MELANIE WEST
Famed artist LeRoy Neiman drew his first prize-winning picture more than 80 years ago. As a child, he says, drawing was a passive classroom activity, and not something teachers or parents paid much attention.
“There was no glory,” says Mr. Neiman, now 90. “Nobody cared if you were a genius.”
But Mr. Neiman is determined to inspire genius in a generation of new artists. A few years ago, Mr. Neiman gave $1 million to Arts Horizons, a nonprofit arts education organization, to establish the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in central Harlem. He supports the organization annually and recently gave $150,000 to the organization to further the programming and provide scholarships to students at the center.
Arts Horizons, which is based in Englewood, N.J., primarily works to bring art, music, dance and theater to schools in the tristate area. The organization also has programs for senior and community centers and hospitals, ranging from African dance groups to songwriting to quilting.
The center in Harlem, at Frederick Douglass Boulevard near 148th Street, offers low-cost classes, taught by professionals, to all ages. About 600 people take classes annually.
“People of any age really have the chance to be transformed by the art and when they walk in the door they can leave the pressures of school and life behind and immerse themselves in the creative art that they’re doing,” says Elizabeth Halverstam, executive director of Arts Horizons. “We feel that’s a legacy that can stay with them the rest of their lives.”
During his career, Mr. Neiman often taught art classes and says that all young artists need to be amused in a classroom to maintain interest. A good artist can be often be identified by his sense of mischief and humor, says Mr. Neiman. Bravado is an important element, too. “Showing off is a big thing,” he says.
Inside Mr. Neiman’s art studio in the Hotel des Artistes on the Upper West Side, the walls are filled with a lifetime of artwork. A painting of Frank Sinatra leaning against the bar at Rao’s Restaurant features prominently. There is a painting of jazz greats that fills a wall and a drawing of a dancer in Vegas. His colorful images have appeared in galleries, hundreds of magazine and newspapers articles and in his book. His paintings of athletes and sporting events are well known.
Mr. Neiman recalls that when he was a young artist he knew he was talented, but what separated him from his competition was a drive to be successful. He sees that in some of the students who attend the Harlem center.
“I was a kid from the streets and being from the streets you knew a lot of things the other kids didn’t know. Mostly mischief,” he says. “So these elements you put to work in your art and your subject matter is rich.”
For Melanie West’s article in the Wall Street Journal:
Renowned Artist Seeks to Inspire New Generation
Teaching Artists Conference
September 13 & 14, 2011
Grounds for Sculpture
The two days will include panels, presentations, group discussions, hands-on workshops, reflection time, and networking opportunities.
Artist, Activist, and Author of 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day And Change Your Life
To learn more click here for the official Save the Date