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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…



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…


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…


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


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…


Leading the Way

December 4, 2017

Last year, artist and filmmaker Vashti Harrison challenged herself to draw one notable African-American woman every day during Black History Month. “I really wanted to focus on women who are not often spoken about,” Harrison told TFK. Her whimsical…


Winter 2017 Book Reviews: Part One

November 13, 2017

Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Author: Rick Riordan Reviewed by: TFK Kid Reporter Aanand Mehta Genre: Fantasy Number of pages: 432 pages What’s the basic story line? Magnus Chase, the son of Frey, god of peace…


Winter 2017 Book Reviews: Part Two

November 13, 2017

Title: Saving Marty Author: Paul Griffin Reviewed by: TFK Kid Reporter Christopher Nguyn Genre: Fiction Number of pages: 195 What’s the basic story line? Eleven-year-old Lorenzo Ventura, a.k.a. Renzo, lives with his mom and grandfather on a peach farm.…


Finding Your Fierce

November 13, 2017

For as long as she can remember, ALY RAISMAN has kept a journal. She has also loved gymnastics. Now, the two-time Olympic champion is hoping to inspire young readers with her first book, Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything.…