Artists including Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson and Kelly Rowland all feature on a charity single put together by US First Lady Michelle Obama.
Ancient Islamic Art Provides the Foundation for New Innovation in Materials
The intersection of Art and Science is fascinating to me. Consider how the arts are always the first things to go in the school system; If these scientists were not exposed to art, would they even have had this idea? Think about that the next time your local school board decides to cut your Arts (including Music) programs…you never know what the future holds! The Arts are a core curriculum subject.
A new selection of stretchy but switchable ‘metamaterials’ is created based on intricate, repeating motifs found in Islamic art.
President Obama Cues Rap
President Obama clearly likes to keep up to his wife, so he also go in on the musical act this week, by cueing some freestyle rap in the rose garden at the White House, using words that the rapper had to put into action on the spot. Fun stuff!
President Obama assisted musician Lin-Manuel Miranda in his performance of a government-related rap freestyle at the White House.
“There are children starving in other parts of the world…”
This is a line we’ve all likely heard our parents say but, these days, all of the screen time that kids have tends to make everything a far-away and fairy tale concept. In this video, which I think is best watched and discussed as a family, real children tell of their experience with war. Bringing home real tragedy can have a positive impact on our kids, teaching them about the world they live in, and giving them a concrete appreciation of the relative peace and ease of their lives.
Syrian children explain in stark terms how the war has changed their lives, including the loved ones that they have lost.
Arts Cut Re-Offending Rates; How About Cutting Offending Rates?
Hollywood actor Tim Robbins runs a program in prisons that uses theatre to improve expression and communication skills in offenders. The approach has seemingly cut re-offending rates by almost half.
Can you imagine what would have happened if these offenders had had exposure to core curriculum arts in their youth? Would that have cut the offence rates before it cost the system and taxpayers money? Would the effects have been even greater than the post-offence reduction? Serious questions, worth thinking about.