The Wallis Hosts From The Top

In March, 2020 GRoW @ The Wallis hosted the NPR radio program “From The Top.”  “From The Top” is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians.  The […]

Is There a Good Part?

March 25, 2020 We are settling in to a new normal.  With The Wallis closed for now, we are all working from home.  While our administrative and planning work can continue, I feel disconnected from […]

Featured Student Blog Post: Kaitlin Zuber

In the Art of the Small Ensemble class offered by GRoW @ The Wallis, we not only learned how to combine two different kinds of music–Classical and Jazz–and learned how to work in a small […]

Collective Impact and Systemic Change for Arts Education

What can cultural citizens do together that they can’t do alone?  I had the privilege of moderating a panel discussion on this very topic at The Kennedy Center Arts Summit in Washington, DC on May […]

We Are All Mad Here: A Love Story

It is not every day that an original musical written by high school students is premiered in a leading performing arts center.  But March 12, 2017 was not an ordinary day.  It marked the world […]

Finding Our Voices

Miracle Project Cast

It’s sometimes a cliché to say the arts help people “find their voice.” But in recent months I’ve had a chance to see the cliché become a reality. It has been thrilling to provide a […]

Is STEAM a Real Thing?

I am skeptical about STEAM. Not the mist that comes from a hot shower, but the catchy acronym coined by those would like to see the arts added to a curriculum focus on STEM (Science, […]

Time for Arts Education Advocates to Let Go of Our Victim Mentality

Goldsmith Student Matinee

How many times have you heard this lament — “we all know the arts are the first to be cut when school budgets are tight”? It is so often repeated that it has evolved from […]