International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition

On July 5th, four students from UNC Charlotte performed, and I presented at a special session of the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco. ICMPC accorded us an exceptional honor, providing airfares for the students (my participation was supported by NEC's Sistema Fellowship Resource Center) and... Sistema Fellows Program

The importance of having an artistic community

In academic medicine, the accepted pathway to success is to take a pretty traditional route—run a lab, teach medical students, and practice clinical medicine. Nobody tells you that this is the “accepted” pathway to “success,” but it’s pretty much understood. After all, culture is dictated by what is unsaid more... Sistema Fellows Program

Impact Without Burnout: Lessons Learned at the AFTA conference

As arts leaders, our roles often require us to go beyond the “9-to-5” workday. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see arts leaders working 12, 14, or even 16-hour days on a regular basis to get everything done. While it may seem necessary, the truth is that it’s not okay,... Sistema Fellows Program

Creative Ability Development Workshop

I was fortunate enough to recently attend the Creative Ability Development Workshop in Ventura, California, in large part due to Andrea Landin '13 (pictured below), Alice Kanack, and the New England Conservatory. So what is Creative Ability Development (CAD) and how is it useful in the El Sistema context? CAD... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema and Creative Placemaking

"Creative Placemaking" and "El Sistema" are relatively new terms referring to strategies for transforming communities and changing lives. These strategies have been in use for decades, but only in recent years have these two terms emerged to identify these established ways to address community and social issues. The Kresge Foundation... Sistema Fellows Program


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