New ArtWorks! Story: Center for World Music

"It's fun to learn another culture's music because then you can 'speak with them' in a way." So wrote college student Elizabeth Keck of her experience studying Balinese gamelan as a child at the Museum School in San Diego. 

She and many more San Diego children have learned about world cultures through music and dance through the work of the Center for World Music, a grantee of the Arts Council's Artists in Schools Program. The Center's World Music in the Schools program enlists more than 20 artist-teachers to reach over 8,000 students per year. Their offerings include the traditional performing arts of India, Java, Bali, Iran, Mexico, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and countries in Europe. Read more.


New Investment Model "ArtPlace" Joins Public & Private Funders in NEA-driven Collaboration

In an unprecedented private-public collaboration, 11 of America's top foundations have joined with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies to establish ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to drive revitalization in cities and towns with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of economic development. In a shift from earlier approaches to economic development and the arts, ArtPlace neither treats the arts as an add-on nor expects development to follow on its own from investments in cultural projects.

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