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Virtual Mentoring Through Storytelling and Hip Hop

When we think of literacy within music education, many of our conservatory-trained minds jump to a Western-notated staff. But being “musically literate” can mean so much more than replication within a single cultural context…

Wholistic Homecomings: Accelerator Awardee Essays From The Lewis Prize for Music

Young people with access to Creative Youth Development music learning, performance and creation opportunities will grow into flourishing community members….

Restorative, Resilient and Therapeutic Artistic Actions

What comes to mind when you think of restorative, resilient and therapeutic artistic actions?…

Learning From the Music for Social Change Field

For a decade, “The Ensemble” newsletter has been publishing articles about the growth of the field of music education for social change…

Centering Student Voices to Transform Educational Systems

This report centers student voices in the conversation about how we can transform educational systems. Students are most affected by education policy decisions. Their experiences and perspectives are invaluable to shaping the future of education.

Components of an Arts Education and Student Wellness Ecosystem

This resource provides an overview of policies and actions at the local, state and federal levels that impact the health of this ecosystem and collaboration across agencies. It is designed to be a conversation starter, and the ‘10 Questions for Reflection and Action’ can help you further explore this vision for your community.

The Arts and Literacies

This interactive and adaptive resource explores literacies broadly and captures the insights and reflections of attendees who joined our Arts and Literacies Thinkers Meeting Series. It incorporates art, text, visual graphics and inquiry questions to support visitors in engaging multiple literacies

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Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits