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Back to school: Some of the country’s best cultural organizations offer resources to enliven virtual classrooms

October 1, 2020

As many educators – including parents as well as professionals – adapt to the new normal of remote learning, online offerings from cultural institutions can enhance the experience with rich content and interactive tools. These resources at organizations supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies are available for students of all ages and can be especially useful at a time when it can be hard to build classroom cohesion and field trips aren’t possible.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Peer-to-Peer College Advising – Does It Work?

September 25, 2020

One of our CollegePoint partners, Matriculate, trains college student Advising Fellows to help high-achieving, lower-income high school students identify colleges that are a good fit, complete resumes, recommendations, and application forms, apply for financial aid, compare aid packages, and prepare academically, socially, and emotionally to succeed in college.

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Follow the Data Podcast: A Summer Unlike Any Other

September 18, 2020

The Fresh Air Fund, which was founded in 1877 at the height of the tuberculosis epidemic in New York City was determined to continue its mission of providing free summer experiences for kids. With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, and The JPB Foundation, The Fresh Air Fund created Summer Spaces, in collaboration with the city,  transforming closed New York City streets into age-appropriate, socially distant, play spaces for children. The program also provided employment to local youth ages 18 to 24, who served as activity specialists, coaches, and counselors.

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Public Art Piece in Paris Responds to Climate Change with Singing Trees

September 17, 2020

This week and through September 20th, residents and visitors to Paris have an opportunity to experience an outdoor public art piece by the award-winning digital artists Umbrellium, which highlights the role of collective action in fighting climate change. The piece, titled “Singing Trees,” is supported by Théâtre du Châtelet, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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5 Questions on the important role parks can play in social equity

September 14, 2020

Cities have invested in creative programs, such as ActivateATL in the city of Atlanta, to ensure all their citizens have equal access to these vital public spaces. So, we asked LaChandra Butler-Burks, the City of Atlanta’s Acting Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, to share more about their work in Atlanta and what parks can mean for social equity.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Virtual College Advising – Does It Work?

September 14, 2020

While heading back to school during the pandemic is anxiety-inducing for students, parents, and educators, this fall can be particularly stressful for high school students applying to college, as the coronavirus has upended many aspects of the college application process.

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Building a Creative Career: 5 Questions with Katie Burke, Bloomberg Arts Internship Alum

September 4, 2020

BAI alumni go on to apply the skills they learn through the program to a variety of professional fields, including some who decide to pursue a career directly in the creative sector. As a BAI intern in 2013, Katie Burke gained hands-on experience with Dance Theatre of Harlem. Today, Katie is an individual giving coordinator at Park Avenue Armory, where she also serves as a supervisor and mentor to the Armory’s current BAI interns. We recently spoke with Katie about how her BAI experience prepared her for a career in the arts, as well as her advice for current students.

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Follow the Data Podcast: The 9/11 Memorial Glade: A Tribute to Strength

August 28, 2020

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, support flooded in from across the country to drive the recovery effort in New York, and beyond. Since then, hundreds of thousands of first responders, recovery workers, and community members have gotten sick and many have passed away from exposure to toxins at the recovery site.

To recognize the sacrifice, loss and continuing effort of those who responded to rebuild the community, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum created a physical space on the memorial site, called the Memorial Glade.

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Exploring Creative Careers with the Bloomberg Arts Internship: 5 Questions with Intern Rachel K. McCain

August 27, 2020

The Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) aims to support this planning process by connecting young people from diverse backgrounds with paid internships at cultural organizations along with intensive college readiness and professional development training. Harnessing the power of the arts as a means of workforce development, BAI helps students build essential skills for any professional field they may choose while encouraging awareness of culture as a civic resource.

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Reopening Culture During the Pandemic

August 25, 2020

As the crisis has evolved, some cities and states have begun to allow some venues to reopen – New York City museums began reopening just this week – with health precautions in place. Arts institutions across the country are rising to the challenge, employing nimble and thoughtful practices for offering vibrant cultural experiences while keeping visitors and staff safe.

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