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VIDEO: Aerin Dunford on upcycling, creativity, and systems change

In this video, Aerin explains what upcycling is all about and shares her thoughts on how upcycling connects to social change and large-scale systems change.
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The Heidelberg Project – Historic Art Environment and Cultural Village, Potential Economic Engine for the City of Detroit

The Heidelberg Project is an open-air art environment in Detroit’s East Side. I first encountered it when I was maybe 10 years old. My father's company maintained several properties in Detroit. Each weekend we would drive from site to site to check the progress of the previous week's work. With its famous polka dot...
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Using the Arts to Revitalize Civic Life

The mission of Cultural Agents is simple: to promote the arts and humanities as social resources. Through arts education, Cultural Agents expands citizens’ imagination and resourcefulness so that together, people are more capable of solving community problems. The initiative identifies creative agents of change, reflects on best practices, and inspires their replication.
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Street Talk, Suite Talk: A Rap Opera About Conflict, Community, and Personal Transformation

Street Talk, Suite Talk has been developed through a collaborative process involving Anna, seven young poet-rappers, seven dancers, composer Jakov Jakoulov, and violinist Mark Berger. Advisors to the project include Anthony Toombs of Project Joy and Robert Macy from the On-Track Initiative, part of the Center for Trauma Psychology.
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Detroit Nonprofit Uses Industrial Scraps for Art Education

Industrial remnants and artistic creation—two things you may not associate with each other that when paired, create a social phenomenon called Arts and Scraps. Arts and Scraps is a nonprofit organization in Detroit’s eastside, a location conducive to acquiring plenty of industrial scrap materials. Arts and Scraps reclaims and reuses materials that would otherwise...
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“ArtScience” Teaches Cross-Disciplinary Thinking & Innovation

Together with Cloud Foundation founder, David Edwards, Carrie has led the creation of the Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize, an urban teen empowerment program that provides learning opportunities through the development of breakthrough ideas in arts and design at the frontier of scientific knowledge.
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VIDEO: NPi Speaks with The Cloud Foundation about the 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize

In this video we talk with Carrie Fitzsimmons of The Cloud Foundation about The ArtScience Prize, an award that provides opportunities for teens to develop breakthrough ideas in the arts and design at the frontier of scientific knowledge.
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Reflections, Photos, and Video from NPi’s Community Dialogue on Innovative Youth Programs and Initiatives

Speakers included Carrie Fitzsimmons of the Cloud Foundation and The Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize; Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of Friends of the Children--Boston; and Chad Milner, National Coordinator of Programs and Site Director for Greater Boston, The Young People's Project.
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Doris Sommer Discusses Her Work With Cultural Agents

Cultural Agents looks outside, as well as inside, the university to people who perform and create arts, including interpretation, that make contributions to society. There are an incredible number of these cultural agents who can recognize one another as such, no matter how varied their practices are. What we do is think about what...
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August 6th, 2009 NPi Community Dialogue Reflections, Photos, & Video

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our event earlier this month, “Building Community Online and Offline” at City Year’s headquarters in Boston. Speakers at this event were Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director of Boston World Partnerships; Joseph Porcelli, Founder and Chief Neighbor at Neighbors for Neighbors; and Doris Sommer, Faculty Director at Cultural...
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