Archive for April, 2011
This is just too good not to share! There are so many points to be made regarding this video clip. It is obvious Yo-Yo Ma is amazing and describing the dancer, Lil Buck from L.A., as smooth is an understatement. The partnership between the two artists is a true collaboration of talents. And yet, it is a combination we just don’t often see. Who would have thought that a hip-hop dancer and the famous musician would produce such a memorable moment? It is such a perfect representation of how as artists, we need to come together and create positivity among the budget cuts to the arts and education. As a.r.t.-ists, we need to join our hands in helping the future artists.
This video was actually shot at an event to raise money for arts education. Just one more example of how not just in our communities, but around the country, others are also passionate about the arts education.
Get involved locally by attending one of the a.r.t. spring events. Saturday, May 7, will be a one-of-a-kind fundraiser. The a.r.t. rummage sale will include all classroom items. Current teachers are encouraged to donate their materials from those Tupperware bins… you know, those things in the basement packed away that you haven’t looked at in years. Retiring teachers are invited to donate their materials for the teachers to be. What a smart (and affordable) way to build your classroom, college students! The proceeds will be used to give kids more art.
Grab your Blackberries and iPhones, and be sure to save May 21. The date will be a.r.t.’s 2nd annual benefit concert. We are looking forward to our new venue, The Hotel Foster on North Avenue. Come check out some of the best live music in Milwaukee with The Delta Routine and Fresh Cut Collective. The show (21+) starts at 9pm. The Gutens will also provide additional tunes. New this year will be a raffle including gift certificates and an iPod touch. Admission is free. Support local music. Save the arts.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in making donations for the teacher rummage and/or benefit concert.
See you soon!
Dance and love,
Christina M. Ratatori
The Delta Routine www.myspace.com/thedeltaroutine
Fresh Cut Collective http://freshcutcollective.com/
The Hotel Foster www.thehotelfoster.com
Sir Ken Robinson spoke on the UW-Madison campus on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
His definition of creativity and its importance is eye opening!
Some of the highlights of the night…
Ken found himself in a special ed classroom when he was a little boy in Liverpool. He compared that classroom to the bar scene from Star Wars. (Sir Ken is funny AND smart. ;) )
Teaching is about 1/2 the knowledge… 1/2 engaging students.
3 Key Points of the lecture:
1. We are living in a time of revolution.
2. We have to think differently about ourselves. (Many adults believe they are not creative; they are.)
3. We have to educate others in a different way.
Sir Ken’s definition of CREATIVITY = having original ideas that have value. (Our schools are lacking in the creativity department. Ah, yes! The importance of arts education. However, students can be creative in math and science, too. We must remember that creativity is not departmentalized for the arts.)