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On Point

February 14, 2019

Jenelle Henry started ballet classes when she was 3. When she was around 10, her teachers said she could begin to train en pointe. This meant she would learn to dance on the tips of her toes. Jenelle bought…

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Music and Theater

Hidden Treasures

January 18, 2019

Phoebe Wolinetz, 9, dreamed up a mystery about a mother-daughter detective duo. The details were vivid. The setting: a rare-plant shop in New York City. The culprit : a man with yellow eyes from a scary, faraway island. Story Pirates…

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Music in Motion

December 4, 2018

Many people who are deaf or hard of hearing love attending concerts. But because they may have total or partial hearing loss, they need help getting the full experience. This is where sign language concert interpreters come in. Signing is…

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Art In Action

November 30, 2018

It was an ordinary day at Grand Central Terminal, in New York City. People were rushing through the busy train station on their way to and from work. Then the creatures showed up. At first, they looked like multicolored haystacks:…

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Going, Going, Gone

October 12, 2018

Nothing seemed unusual at an October 5 art auction at Sotheby’s in London, England. Then the unthinkable happened. A work by Banksy—a famous British street artist whose identity is a mystery—had just been sold to an anonymous buyer for nearly…

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Bridging the Arts Gap

June 14, 2018

Jayden Hairston was frustrated. More than anything in the world, he wanted to learn how to sing. His elementary school in Yonkers—just north of New York City—didn’t offer the music instruction he needed. So he begged his parents to sign…

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8 Questions for Amanda Gorman

April 27, 2018

In 2017, Amanda Gorman, then 19, was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate. She spoke with TFK’s Brian McGrath about how poetry can give voice to a new generation of leaders. Has poetry always been a part of your…

Arts

Painting History

February 26, 2018

Before leaving office in January 2017, President Barack Obama took care of an important piece of official business: He chose an artist, Kehinde Wiley, to paint his portrait. First Lady Michelle Obama chose Amy Sherald to paint hers. Their selections…

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

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Making Music Again

February 16, 2018

A project to repair damaged instruments is bringing music back to public schools. In December, 400 musicians, young and old, marched onto the stage of the 23rd Street Armory, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One hauled out a cello with dangling strings.…

Movies and Television

Making a Splash

January 8, 2018

For nearly 20 years, SpongeBob SquarePants has entertained TV audiences. Now, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL brings Bikini Bottom and its ocean inhabitants to life. “When you walk into the theater, you walk into Bikini Bottom,” Lilli Cooper told…