As LA County Ends Solitary Confinement for Minors, Artists Step in to Reimagine the SHU
In May, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to stop placing incarcerated youth in solitary confinement (except in extreme cases). Now, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network is working to transform those special housing units--or SHUs--into cultural hubs, "cooling down" areas, and "hope centers." At Camp Joseph Scott juvenile detention center in Santa Clarita, a new mural project has given a new outlet to the 25 girls in custody.
Michelle Obama Secures a Post-White House Future for Her School Arts Program
The arts, according to Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, "are integral to the very idea of human dignity." In this context, it's essential to nurture creativity in today's youth--not as a luxury for some, but as a foundation for all. Turnaround: Arts, a passion project for First Lady Michelle Obama that brings arts education programs and supplies to a group of the lowest-performing elementary and middle schools in the country, now has a new partner in the Kennedy Center; the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities will help the performing arts center raise funding.
The Kaiser Games: A Comic Response to Michael Kaiser
A recent study led by Michael Kaiser, and conducted by the University of Maryland’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management, came to the controversial conclusion that smaller black and Latino arts organizations struggling to draw funders might need to fall away so that larger ones could thrive. Jason Tseng, community engagement specialist at Fractured Atlas, turned the results into a Hunger Games-like comic.
Study Sends ‘Wake-Up Call’ About Black and Latino Arts Groups’ Meager Funding
A new national study from the University of Maryland’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management suggests that smaller arts organizations are struggling to draw funders to support their productions of works by lesser-known artists of color.