Author Archives: Dennie Wolf

The New Victory Theater is a project of The New 42nd Street, located in Times Square, NYC. The New 42nd Street is an independent nonprofit organization committed to the transformational power of the arts. As a part of that larger project, the New … Continue reading

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Over the last year I have been working with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program that brings extra ordinary music to people in need throughout New York City. One strand in that work, inspired by composer Tom Cabaniss, is the Lullaby … Continue reading

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If a genie rose in a stream of twisted blue smoke and offered me, free of charge, an all expenses paid research study of my dreams, I would know immediately what to say. It would be a longitudinal study of … Continue reading

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You are rushing through a New York subway tunnel to catch the B train but are stopped dead in your tracks by a billboard: A man sits transfixed in an empty subway car, a stark outline against the orange seats. … Continue reading

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The Digging into Data Challenge is an international project exploring how quantitative reasoning, and in particular, the use of fast and large-scale computing might create both new questions and new ways of understanding in the humanities and social sciences. Round … Continue reading

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Crowd-sourcing is the application of democratic principles to content and decision-making, from the design of cars and sneakers, to selecting winning performances (à la American Idol). While its implementation in the arts may send shivers down many aesthetic spines (particularly … Continue reading

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The recent news that Riccardo Muti, one of the world’s greatest orchestra conductors, was performing at the Warrenville, Illinois all-girl juvenile prison might have been regarded by some as little more than a public relations photo-op. But those who follow … Continue reading

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Michigan may be the epicenter of the recession, but new forms of investment in the arts are on their way up.  In Grand Rapids, a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Rick DeVos, invented an event called Arts Prize, in which he … Continue reading

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Imagine a museum exhibition about how the Normandy coast inspired Impressionist painters – but one where the paintings come with photographs of those coastal landscapes and an immersive sound-scape. Or imagine an exploratory gallery where you can grab a giant … Continue reading

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In a recent series of visits to schools and after school programs, I had the chance to remember why this work matters.  In many classrooms, no activity lasted more than three minutes.  Classes opened with short “do-nows,” followed by mini-lessons, then … Continue reading

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