Month: September 2020

How do you teach performing arts when there are no performances? This school is learning

PHOENIX — For Monica Sauer Anthony, adapting to the challenge of a virtual classroom started with a reenvisioning of what it even means to teach at a performing arts school.

A choir can’t really rehearse in a virtual classroom much less give a live performance.

Neither can an orchestra.

There’s too much digital delay involved in streaming to get everybody synced up.

When Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Arizona schools to close in March because of the pandemic, Sauer Anthony was teaching Music History and Culture, and Beginning Woodwinds, Flute and Oboe Studies at Arizona School for the Arts in downtown Phoenix.

As ASA began to make the switch to online learning, Sauer Anthony, who’s since become arts director and vice principal of student services, said the faculty was trying to maintain as much of a sense of normalcy as it could.

Teachers changed their focus

They did some virtual

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Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history

<span class="caption">Did ancient Egyptian parents worry their kids might get addicted to this game, called senet?</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SenetBoard-InscribedWithNameOfAmunhotepIII_BrooklynMuseum.png" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons">Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons</a>, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CC BY-SA">CC BY-SA</a></span>
Did ancient Egyptian parents worry their kids might get addicted to this game, called senet? Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Video games are often blamed for unemployment, violence in society and addiction – including by partisan politicians raising moral concerns.

Blaming video games for social or moral decline might feel like something new. But fears about the effects of recreational games on society as a whole are centuries old. History shows a cycle of apprehension and acceptance about games that is very like events of modern times.

From ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, historians know that the oldest examples of board games trace back to the game of senet around 3100 B.C.

One of the earliest known written descriptions of games dates from the fifth century B.C. The Dialogues of the Buddha, purport to record the actual words of the Buddha himself. In them, he is reported

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We need to fight systemic inequalities in the arts to create a diverse talent pool

Arts need to be invested in all over Britain – not just London (Getty Images)
Arts need to be invested in all over Britain – not just London (Getty Images)

At the beginning of 2020, Arts Council England set out bold new plans with the potential to kickstart a radical shift in the cultural fabric of our country. 

The ten year strategy focused on creativity and diversity and heralded a welcome shift from lofty “great art” language. It emphasised “everyday creativity” and moved away from elitist views of arts and culture, which made the arts inaccessible for so many – especially young people. 

However, arts, culture and youth services have taken a real hit, with a decade of funding cuts and the impact of Covid-19, meaning many organisations face threat of closure. 

This cannot happen – arts and culture are the soul of our communities and central to our lives, improving wellbeing and connecting people. We know that music-making, as an

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Notorious B.I.G crown fetches $600,000 at Sotheby’s first hip-hop auction

(Reuters) – The plastic gold colored crown that American rapper Notorious B.I.G wore on the last photo shoot before his death fetched $600,000 at the first-ever hip hop auction held by an international house, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday.

The auction was a celebration of the history and cultural impact hip-hop has had on art and culture from the late 1970s through mid-1990s, and up to the present, Sotheby’s said.

After highlighting sneakers and handbags in recent years, Sotheby’s in New York dedicated its September auction to hip-hop culture, featuring some 120 lots that included boomboxes, photos of Snoop Dogg and Louis Vuitton luggage.

The auction house has said it was the first auction staged by an international house anywhere devoted entirely to hip-hop.

The signed crown, which was just a plastic prop from a party shop, worn by the rapper in the 1997 “King of New York” photograph was offered

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