Music

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, though he…


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 Headlong…


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…


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" with the culture…


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 it's not so much…


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. From…