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.
Success is Defined as White and Male. A New School Curriculum Could Change That.
By first addressing the lack of diversity--including gender and racial--in school texts that consistently focuses on "male and pale" as the established norm, Maya Goodfellow makes the case for a more complete, inclusive curriculum that better reflects the breadth and depth of history and humanity.
BSU is ‘Making History’ With My Black is Beautiful Campaign
Inspired by the nationwide My Black is Beautiful campaign, Kansas State students organized a weeklong series of events and get-togethers on campus to celebrate black identity, and shared the love with other schools online with #BlacktotheRoots.
Push for Diversity in Ballet Turns to Training the Next Generation
Misty Copeland was the first African American woman promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Now, she is leading a larger discussion about how to establish more diversity in ballet, including both dancers and audience. Now, the major companies are doing more to make sure minority youths have an opportunity to practice.
At Hartford’s King School, ‘Beautiful’ Support On First Day
Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools Beth Schiavino-Narvaez has a plan to transform the city into an "urban center of excellence": raising graduation rates, while cutting suspensions and absenteeism. On their first day this year, students got an incredible greeting that made attendance--and education--seem pretty damn special.
From Grass to Grace: A Young Feminist Shaping the Global Agenda
As Project Officer at The Girls' Agenda, Isatou Jeng works with the community based organization in Brikama, Gambia, to advance the movement for women and girls' human rights and fight against female genital mutilation and child marriage.