Music

Detroit Youth Volume students

Detroit Youth Volume inspires east side kids with no-cost violin lessons

Detroit Youth Volume, the only program in the city to offer no-cost violin lessons using a special training known as the Suzuki Method, has an innovative ethic that makes learning to...


Jami Duffy

Denver-based Youth on Record is an innovative music education program with national relevance

Youth on Record was formed in 2007 by members of Denver hip hop and rock band Flobots as a platform for youth and youth-adult organizing. It has evolved significantly since those early days, and is...


Vinson Muhammad

As Allah's Apprentice, Vinson Muhammad leads his 'be yourself' motto by example

Oscar Wilde once said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Vinson Muhammad embodies that ethos and lives it every single day. Muhammad is known by the stage name...


David Swirsky

David Swirsky has such Big Love for Akron, he's even leading an Intervention

David Swirsky is the Chapter Leader of the Akron League of Creative Interventionists, a global network that creates shared experiences in public space that break down social barriers and catalyze...


The Raiz Up

Antonio Cosme is a young artist, activist, and social organizer in Southwest Detroit

Antonio Cosme is working on a mural. But before any brush touches paint, before any pencil hits a pad, Cosme has meetings to attend, books to read. The new mural will go up in Delray, “essentially...


Erik Urycki

Erik Urycki of The Speedbumps bolsters Northeast Ohio's singer-songwriter community

Erik Urycki is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with the Akron-based indie folk band The Speedbumps. That’s his “day job,” at least; when he’s not writing for, playing or...


Nathaniel Chaitkin

Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics, mixing the Beastie Boys with Beethoven

Nathaniel (“Nat”) Chaitkin grew up in the music world. Both of his parents were musicians and he grew up about a mile from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. “My...


Gayle Isa

Asian Arts Initiative shepherds community engagement and integration in Philly's Chinatown North

Gayle Isa started working at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia in 1993. This was in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King verdict and the riots in Los Angeles that followed. Racial...


Laura Zabel

Welcome to Creative Exchange (again)

“I believe in the magic of storytelling, not only for teller but also the listener,” says agrarian artist Nikiko Masumoto, who lives and works in California’s Central Valley....


Andrew Novick posing with a model from his Blood Lustre photography exhibit.

The weird world of Andrew Novick: Blood, pancakes and punk rock

“If I’m not back in a few hours,” I said to my husband on an otherwise ordinary Saturday, “let the police know I was having coffee with the man who makes art out of human...


The itchy-O sound is a catchy mixture of percussion and  handmade electronic instruments.

Denver's itchy-O Marching Band: Chaos of the best variety

Imagine this: It’s late on a weekend night and Denverites are out and about. Maybe they’re hanging out at the latest hipster bar along South Broadway or enjoying an adult beverage at a...


Adam Lerner is the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Adam Lerner is mixing tastes at MCA Denver

Fact: MCA Denver Director Adam Lerner grew up in Queens, New York, in a family of Jewish immigrants who square danced competitively. As the youngest dancer at the AL’e’MO Squares...


John Haywood

John Haywood re-paints the narrative of what it means to be Appalachian and to be an artist

John Haywood grew up in the Appalachian region of southeastern Kentucky with dreams of becoming a rock star. But mountain folk don’t become rock stars. Mountain folk don’t even go to...


The FAME Shop

Clement Brown, Jr. celebrates Fashion, Arts, Music & Entertainment in an underserved area of Detroit

The west side neighborhood around the intersection of Joy Rd. and Meyers in Detroit can be a tough place, but theFAME Shop, located at 10608 Joy Road, is a brightening presence. FAME...


Jun-Li Wang leads an Observation Tour

Artists as community leaders

What a journey! Three years ago, Springboard for the Arts launched Irrigate, a creative placemaking project in partnership with the City of Saint Paul and the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support...


Jonathan Sears

PAR Projects is building a home for arts education and programming in Cincinnati's Northside

Things don’t always work out the way you plan, but they do tend to work out the way they’re supposed to. Jonathan Sears is the co-founder of Professional Artistic Research (PAR) Projects,...


Sphinx Organization

Afa Dworkin seeks to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts

In 1996, when the Sphinx Organization was first founded, only three percent of orchestras around the nation represented those of Latino and colored descent. That number...


Andrew Simonet

Artists U teaches artists how to make a life

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 a choreographer and a writer who directed the...


Floco Torres

Floco Torres is a self-made man in Macon

What do you do on your lunch break? Rush out the office door to grab something from the nearest fast food joint or food truck you can find? Order take-out from a nearby restaurant to eat at your desk?...


Lauren Reskin

Gonna Make You Sweat: Sweat Records promotes Miami's independent, local music scene

It’s impossible to talk about the arts in Miami without mentioning Art Basel – how does this or that scene/event compare to Art Basel and how does it contrast; does it “fit in”...


Joey Stuckey

Joey Stuckey is a blind musician who teaches people how to hear

Joey Stuckey is a recording artist, a recording engineer and producer, a radio personality, a television host, and an educator. He is also blind. The latter part is important not because it impairs...


Ismail Al-Amin

A new rep for rap: Keepers of the Art educates as it entertains

Rap has a bad rep. What started out as a way for young black and brown kids in the Bronx in the 1970s to have a voice and share what was going on in their community has been co-opted and diluted by...


Kyle Tran Myhre

The media is the message: Guante uses hip hop culture to educate and engage the community

Canadian philosopher and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan coined the expression “The medium is the message” in 1964 (long before the creation of the Internet), implying that...


Betsy Fitzgerald is a classical musician who doesn't take "no" for an answer

Betsy Fitzgerald knows that the world of the classically trained musician doesn’t always intersect with the world of arts advocacy and community engagement. In fact, at the time she attended the...


Y-O Latimore

Y-O's Poetic Peace Arts poetry slams give a voice to unheard Macon artists

Poet and community organizer Y-O left her native Macon, Georgia to attend Georgia College in 1991. It was here that she “officially” became a poet, writing her first poem at the age of 17....