El Sistema: How Music Saved Venezuela’s Children

The San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory recently hosted a series of events focused on the transformative nature of El Sistema. The remarkable accomplishment of a great humanist, José Antonio Abreu, who dedicated his life to set up the 'Sistema' in 1975, an extraordinary music...

[+a]rts & the State of the Union

This week, President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union speech before the United States Congress where he addressed three areas of concern that resonate with arts advocates: federal spending, jobs and education policy. Earlier this week, 165 conservative members of Congress representing...

The “Economic Recovery” Is a Sad Joke – John M. Eger

More and more of our students earning a coveted degree from one of America's great universities are doomed to an uncertain future. The worldwide financial meltdown has, we know, gutted the job market but when the dust settles, surely we face a jobless recovery.  The problem is...