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From Australia with love and excitement

From Australia with love and excitement

Reminds me of the quote from sweet home Alabama. ( so I can kiss you anytime I want)

Reminds me of the quote from sweet home Alabama. ( so I can kiss you anytime I want)

I help young people express themselves through music  #reverseriots

I help young people express themselves through music #reverseriots

The Union City Music Project

The Union City Music Project

"As the LA board of education met to consider dismissing arts education in elementary schools...."   El Sistema works in Venezuela.  It could work here with adaptations.  But not if we continue to systematically decimate arts education.

"As the LA board of education met to consider dismissing arts education in elementary schools...." El Sistema works in Venezuela. It could work here with adaptations. But not if we continue to systematically decimate arts education.

Every year Conservatory Lab kindergartners—not quite ready for prime time—make their own  instruments—out of paper mache. When playing in a “paper orchestra,” they get the feel of their  instrument and learn to respect it. At the end of school year, the students receive their first, very  own, real instrument.

Every year Conservatory Lab kindergartners—not quite ready for prime time—make their own instruments—out of paper mache. When playing in a “paper orchestra,” they get the feel of their instrument and learn to respect it. At the end of school year, the students receive their first, very own, real instrument.

In spite of scattered pockets of excellence in some state and private schools, Australia remains a country in educational decline.

In spite of scattered pockets of excellence in some state and private schools, Australia remains a country in educational decline.

The idea of bringing El Sistema to North Carolina was born in the minds of three women, at nearly the same time. Lucia Powe, Kidznotes co-founder and North Carolina philanthropist was inspired by a 2008 “60 Minutes” special on the phenomenon of El Sistema in Venezuela, and its early adaptation in the United States. Lucia quickly told friend and child advocate Kathie Morrison about the special, and discovered in her a love of Latin America and children.

The idea of bringing El Sistema to North Carolina was born in the minds of three women, at nearly the same time. Lucia Powe, Kidznotes co-founder and North Carolina philanthropist was inspired by a 2008 “60 Minutes” special on the phenomenon of El Sistema in Venezuela, and its early adaptation in the United States. Lucia quickly told friend and child advocate Kathie Morrison about the special, and discovered in her a love of Latin America and children.

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Hannah Clemons, 6, strains as she flexes her muscles during ballet class at Rainey Institute. Clemons is one of eight students in the class taught by Groundworks DanceTheatre's Noelle Cotler. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

Plain Dealer photo recap, May 8, 2014 (slideshow)

Hannah Clemons, 6, strains as she flexes her muscles during ballet class at Rainey Institute. Clemons is one of eight students in the class taught by Groundworks DanceTheatre's Noelle Cotler. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

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