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Seattle Peace Chorus »Seattle Peace Chorus (SPC) promotes peace and justice through the sharing of music and ideas, both locally and globally, and traveled to several areas in the world, e.g. former Soviet Union, Cuba, Chile, and Venezuela.
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SecondStory Repertory »SecondStory Repertory is dedicated to providing Eastside patrons with high quality theatrical performances and theatre education.
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Art with Heart »Art with Heart is dedicated to improving the lives of children in crisis by creating and providing research-based therapeutic tools, programs, and training.
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Norman Rice addresses Cultural Congress
President/CEO Norman Rice gave the opening keynote address at the 2010 Cultural Congress, a two-day meeting of arts leaders and cultural professionals from across Washington and Oregon.
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Youth Music and Arts Center Fosters a Participatory Creative Culture
The Vera Project (Vera) is a music and arts center run by and for youth. It engages participants in all levels of music production and community organizing to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages. Vera recently completed a $1.8 million capital campaign and moved into a new space at Seattle Center. With a capacity for 400 people, the space includes a performance space, art gallery, recording studio and screen printing studio.
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Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation
Fewer American children are getting access to arts education, whether at school or elsewhere, according to this analysis of federal data issued by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the drop is apparently most severe for African-Americans and Hispanics.
Puget Sound Arts Economic Impact Study
This ArtsFund study reports on the economic impacts of 357 nonprofit arts, cultural, and scientific organizations located in the Central Puget Sound region.
Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executives Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the U.S. Workforce?
Innovation is crucial to competition, and creativity is integral to innovation. U.S. employers rate creativity/innovation among the top five skills that will increase in importance over the next five years, and stimulating innovation/creativity and enabling entrepreneurship is among the top 10 challenges of U.S. CEOs. But how to foster creativity in new entrants to the U.S. workforce?
Reinvesting in Arts Education
This report is a product of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities, which conducted an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education in the U.S. Based on what was learned about needs and opportunities, the PCAH makes five recommendations for actions to be undertaken by different stakeholders to advance arts education.
Arts Education Partnership State Policy Database
The Arts Education State Policy Database is a searchable database tracking the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts.

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