Author Archives: Dennie Wolf

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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Of all the foundations that have changed the discourse about the arts over the past quarter century, The Wallace Foundation may rank at or near the top. Most impressive to us is that at a time when many major foundations … Continue reading

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Reconstruction: it is easy – maybe far too easy – to think about rebuilding Iraq largely in terms of bricks and mortar or governance and elections. But poetry also turns out to be a major force, reconnecting people to an … Continue reading

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Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits, a new publication from the National Academies Press, makes it abundantly clear that both adults and children can learn from the informal looking, listening, and manipulating that they do as they … Continue reading

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